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Verizon Extends NFL Media Rights, Sponsorship Deal For Another Five Years

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 11 / 17

The NFL and Verizon have signed a five-year deal that will see the wireless communications outfit stream in-market and national NFL games via digital and mobile platforms starting next month. Sources said that the media rights and sponsorship deal is worth an average of close to $500M per year, an i...

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Fox Draws Best NFL Overnight Of '17 Season

The NFL's decision to keep Eagles-Rams as the featured game in the late window yesterday paid off for Fox, as the marquis matchup delivered Fox the best NFL overnight rating (16.0) this season to date. The previous high was in Week 2 for Cowboys-Broncos (15.9). The Eagles' 43-35 win over the Rams wa ...

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CBS on Saturday afternoon drew the best overnight rating for the Army-Navy football game in 23 years. Army's 14-13 win over Navy in the closing seconds drew a 5.9 overnight, which is the best for the annual matchup since ABC drew a 6.5 in '94. The 5.9 overnight also is up 5% from a 5.6 last year. Th ...

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SNY Upping Social Media For Winter Meetings

. @emacSNY , @NYDNHarper & @AnthonyMcCarron on Stanton joining the Yankees and teaming up with Aaron Judge pic.twitter.com/pumGzK5fy7 — SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) December 10, 2017 SNY will cover this week’s MLB Winter Meetings in Orlando using Facebook, Twitter a ...

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Most Nets Down For CFB, But Fox Sports Up

College football viewership took a hit this season, with CBS, ABC, NBC and ESPN all posting significant declines. Figures for ESPN2 were not available at presstime. Fox, as expected, was the one outlier, as it easily passed its previous record-high viewership levels for CFB this season, its first wi ...

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"Fox NFL Sunday" Moves Broadcast To Coliseum

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Tiger Woods Again Boosts Hero World Challenge

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Media Notes

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Iger Could Stay On If Disney-Fox Deal Reached

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Moon Taking Leave From Seahawks After Claims

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