Quote of the Day

"We can see a situation where a Team Shanghai is playing the Esports Celtics, or the E-Sixers are playing a team in Paris, and this becomes a truly global e-sports league."
-- NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, on the league’s efforts to create a new pro e-sports league in collaboration with video game partner 2K Sports. (THE DAILY)
Thursday April 20, 2017 Vol. 23 — No. 155 Print This Issue

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  • Room To Grow

    NBA television viewership was down across the board during the ’16-17 regular season, with the average audience across TNT, ABC, ESPN and NBA TV (1.19 million viewers) down 6% during the first season of the league’s nine-year, $24B rights extension with ESPN and Turner Sports. Each network saw declines in audience this season, one season after each network saw gains. There were several factors contributing to the decline, including 19 more games across TNT, ABC and ESPN compared to ’15-16. The early part of the NBA season, much like the NFL, had to compete with coverage leading up to the presidential election, followed by increased figures for cable news following the election. While down from last season, viewership level ...

  • West Coast Swing

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  • Roster Call-Ups

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  • Safe Landing Spot

    Phil Simms taking over Gonzalez' spot on "NFL Today."

  • Doubles Partner

    Serena's pregnancy makes her the latest top player to take unexpected absence from WTA.

  • A Real Team Effort

    Penguins execs show quest for Cup goes beyond the ice.

  • Roll Call

    The Patriots' White House trip overshadowed in part by absentees, Hernandez' death.

  • On The Green

    Golf leaders discuss how President Trump's influence impacts the game.

  • Game On!

    Sports execs continue to be optimistic on e-sports' future.

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