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Published August 28, 2013
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK: In Richmond, Michael Phillips wrote the debut of ESPN's documentary "The Will To Win," about Redskins QB Robert Griffin III's return from injury, "showed a man possessed by his goal of playing" in the team's Sept. 9 opener against the Eagles. Griffin in the film "went through intense training, including in 100-degree Las Vegas heat the morning after his bachelor party." Redskins coach Mike Shanahan "wasn’t featured prominently in the film, but team trainer Larry Hess was." Griffin's "sense of humor was showcased" throughout the documentary (TIMESDISPATCH.com, 8/27).
FIGHT'S EFFECT ON FIGHTING? YAHOO SPORTS' Kevin Iole wrote while expectations are "soaring" for the results of the Floyd Mayweather-Canelo Alvarez PPV boxing match, which will be held Sept. 14, promotion of the fight is "being hurt badly by the dispute between CBS, and Time Warner Cable." Customers in N.Y., L.A. and Dallas "aren't able to view any of the fight's promotional shows on television." TWC Group VP/Communications for the East Region Susan Leepson said that even if the dispute is not settled, TWC customers "will be able to purchase the Mayweather-Alvarez pay-per-view" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/27).
WHAT'S ALL THE RACQUET? Tennis Channel Chair & CEO Ken Solomon said with ESPN taking over the U.S. Open broadcast rights, "Our hope is that we're going to be able to bring more, but time will tell." Solomon said the increasing viewership on the channel has equated to increased revenues, with "our ad sales growing about an average rate" of 35% a year. He added, "Obviously, our distribution has grown so those revenues have gone up but really we're in a growth mode. You're seeing significant jumps in the valuation of our revenue stream" ("Markets Now," Fox Business, 8/26).