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Universal Sports Signs Deal With National Cable Television Cooperative

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 18 / 14

Universal Sports today signed a distribution deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative, a group that represents around 900 small cable operators in carriage deals. Universal Sports previously had deals with NCTC members Google Fiber, Wave Broadband, GCI and Hawaiian Telecom. As part of the...

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05/29/14
SportsBusiness Daily: CBS Sports Network Airing Seven AVP Events

CBS has renewed its deal with the AVP for one more year. CBS Sports Network agreed to carry seven men's and women's AVP tournaments this year, up from five last year. Sources say no rights fee is associated with the deal. Competition will be streamed on AVP.com and produced by CBS Interactive Media ...

Tags: Media, AVP, CBS

05/27/14
SportsBusiness Daily: NBC To Air Broadcast Net's First MMA Bout

NBC will air its first MMA bout in July as part of a multiyear deal with the World Series of Fighting (WSF) that runs through '17. The move signifies a change in strategy for the Comcast-owned company. When NBC Sports Group passed on a UFC deal in '11, its execs said MMA was off-brand and was diffic ...

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05/26/14
SportsBusiness Journal: Three show interest in Houston rights

At least three companies have expressed interest in picking up the Houston Astros’ and Rockets’ local TV rights from CSN Houston, the troubled regional sports network that filed for bankruptcy protection last September. According to several sources, NBC Sports Group, AT&T and Fox ...

Tags: Media

05/23/14
SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN's Skipper Hits Back At PBS Producer

ESPN President John Skipper hit back at a PBS producer who accused the sports network of abandoning the "League of Denial" documentary. While accepting a Peabody award for "Frontline" earlier this week, producer Michael Kirk said, "ESPN abandoned us. ... No other network would have done that." ...

Tags: ESPN, Public Broadcasting System, DirecTV, NBC, Media

05/21/14
On The Ground: Best in Sports Media: NBC Sports Group

NBC Sports Group swept all three media awards of the Sports Business Awards, marking the first time the same company has won all three media awards on the same night. NBC Sports Group’s final award was for Best in Sports Media. “This is quite a night for the NBC Sports Group ...

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05/21/14
On The Ground: Athletic Director of the Year: Kevin White, Duke University

Duke University’s Kevin White won the Athletic Director of the Year award after a year that saw both on-field success for the school’s­ football team, which reached the ACC Championship Game, and off-field influence —­ White is one of three conference ADs on the tele ...

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05/21/14
On The Ground: Best in Sports Television: NBC Sports Group

NBC Sports Group won the Best in Sports Television award after a year that saw the broadcaster earn huge TV ratings from the Winter Olympics and “Sunday Night Football.” The company’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Final was the most watched on record. “It’s ...

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05/21/14
SportsBusiness Daily: MLB Network Names McGlarry Exec VP

MLB Network today appointed Rob McGlarry  Exec VP/Content, filling a slot that has been vacant since last year when Mark Loomis moved over to Fox Sports. The net announced the move during an internal meeting. McGlarry in his new role will oversee the production and programming departmen ...

05/20/14
SportsBusiness Daily Global: Corbis Buys WSM Communications

Entertainment marketing company Corbis Entertainment bought British-based sports marketing company WSM Communications for an undisclosed amount, ­ a move that allows Corbis to expand into the sports sponsorship marketplace. A formal announcement is expected to come this week. "If you look at WME's I ...

Tags: Finance

05/19/14
SportsBusiness Daily: Corbis Buys WSM Communications

Entertainment marketing company Corbis Entertainment bought U.K.-based sports marketing company WSM Communications for an undisclosed amount in ­ a move that allows Corbis to expand into the sports sponsorship marketplace. A formal announcement is expected to come this week. Corbis Exec VP Mark Owen ...

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