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Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Redistributive TV Service Aereo

04 / 22 / 14

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the Aereo case this morning and is expected to hand down a decision within months. Aereo uses antennas to redistribute broadcast signals via the Internet for a small monthly fee. Because Aereo does not pay retransmission consent fees, broadcasters (ABC, CBS,...

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05/25/11
Subway Sponsoring "The Boys In The Hall" Series

Subway has signed on as presenting sponsor of the upcoming FSN series "The Boys in the Hall," which premieres Sunday at 6:00pm ET. Tom Brokaw and Fay Vincent collaborated on the show, which features conversations between Vincent and MLB HOFers, including Brooks Robinson , Frank Robinson , Duk ...

05/23/11
David Rone Hired As TWC Sports President

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Tags: People and Pop Culture, Time Warner

05/23/11
Fox Sold Out Champions League Inventory In Mid-April

Fox sold out its ad inventory for the UEFA Champions League Final in mid-April, when Gatorade picked up the last two spots. Last year, the same game did not sell out until early May. Fox is reporting that pricing is up about 10-15% this year. In addition to Gatorade, Apple and Burger King are new ad ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship

05/23/11
Rone Named TWC Sports President

Time Warner Cable hired former CAA exec David Rone to a newly created position as President of TWC Sports. Rone will be based in L.A. and will report to TWC Exec VP/Chief Video & Content Officer Melinda Witmer . The cable operator hired Rone to help it strengthen relationships with sports lea ...

05/17/11
ESPN Holding Upfront Presentation

ESPN is expected to make several programming announcements at its upfront presentation at the Best Buy Theater in N.Y. this morning. It is expected to officially announce a new lineup on ESPN2, including " Dan Le Batard is Highly Questionable ." Another planned ESPN2 afternoon show called "Numbers D ...

05/05/11
MASN's Orioles Ratings Up

MASN drew a sizable 24% ratings jump for its Orioles games in the Baltimore market so far this year. The team's 26 games in April drew a 5.6 rating in the market, compared to last year's 4.5 mark. Meanwhile, O's games have jumped 114% this season in the DC market, registering a 1.5 rating ...

05/04/11
IOC Planning For TV Rights Bidding Next Month

The IOC plans to hold bidding June 6-7 in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the '14 Sochi and '16 Rio de Janeiro U.S. TV rights package. The organization recently provided networks with those dates, according to sources familiar with the IOC's plans. NBC paid $2B for rights to the '10 Vancouver and '1 ...

Tags: Media, IOC

05/04/11
IOC To Hold TV Rights Bidding In June

The IOC plans to hold bidding June 6-7 in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the '14 Sochi and '16 Rio de Janeiro TV rights package. The organization recently provided networks with those dates, according to sources familiar with the IOC's plans. NBC paid $2B for rights to the '10 Vancouver and '12 London G ...

05/03/11
Vancouver Olympics Big Winner At Sports Emmys

NBC's coverage of the ‘10 Vancouver Games was the big winner at last night's Sports Emmy awards in N.Y. The event picked up five awards out of 12 nominations, and helped NBC and its properties win nine awards -- the most of any TV company for the night. The event won Emmys for best open/tease, best ...

Tags: Media

05/03/11
Pac-10 To Unveil $3B Media Deal

The Pac-10 Conference has agreed to a media rights deal with ESPN and Fox that is worth $3B over 12 years, according to multiple sources. A formal announcement will come tomorrow. The deal, which averages out to $250M per year, includes football, basketball and Olympic sports rights. It is more than ...

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