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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 23 / 14

Sports On Earth's Patrick Hruby : "The NFL expects between 15 and 25 percent of its retirees to come down with neurodegenerative diseases! … How is that not a headline? I'm dead serious." Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel : "Won't embarrass the player, but at MAC Media Day today had one tell...

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07/23/14
ESPN Airing Special On Seahawks Training Camp

ESPN cameras will focus on the Seahawks' "hyper-competitive personalities between the lines" during the net's "SportsCenter Special: Seahawks Training Camp," which will air live for nearly two hours next Tuesday, according to Nate Davis of USA TODAY. The new show will coincide with the club's "firs ...

Tags: Media, ESPN, Seattle Seahawks, NFL

07/23/14
CFL Could Expand ESPN Deal In U.S.

The CFL would "love to take its new broadcasting agreement with ESPN and turn it into something even bigger down the road," and that is the reason why the league "entered into an exclusive, multi-year deal" with the net in the U.S. last month, according to Kirk Penton of the WINNIPEG SUN. CFL C ...

Tags: Media, CFL, ESPN

07/22/14
ESPN Up For MLB Telecasts At Midpoint

Viewership for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” and the net's complete package of MLB games was up through the All-Star break, while Fox and MLB Network are down during the same period. “SNB” is building on a 6% viewership increase seen last season. ESPN’s Sunday ...

Tags: Media, MLB, MLB Network, ESPN, Fox, FS1

07/22/14
ESPN Plans Inspirational Special Olympics Coverage

ESPN will air next summer's Special Olympics, and the network will focus more on "the personal story lines surrounding the inspirational athletes who have intellectual disabilities" than simply "charting the gold medal winners," according to Debbie Emery of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. ESPN President Joh ...

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07/22/14
Media Notes

In L.A., Joe Flint reported Time Warner, in a "move designed to ward off a potential hostile takeover," approved a provision that would "make it difficult for dissident shareholders to force a vote on a sale or attempt a change" in the comapny's BOD. The move "comes in the wake" of Fox' $80B offer ...

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07/21/14
ESPN's British Open Overnights Finish Lower

Rory McIlroy's two-shot win over Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia at the British Open yesterday earned ESPN a 2.6 overnight from 8:00am-2:00pm ET. The 2.6 overnight rating for McIlroy’s third career major win is down 28% from a 3.6 rating last year for Phil Mickelson’s three-shot, come-fr ...

Tags: Media, Golf, ESPN

07/21/14
Media Notes

In Raleigh, Luke DeCock poses the question, "Has the time come for an ACC Network, an actual channel dedicated to the conference?" The "easy answer is yes," as there has "never been a better time to start a sports network of any kind." But the conference "has taken a surprisingly equivocal tone ...

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07/18/14
SEC Network Secures Carriage Deal With Comcast

SEC Network landed its biggest fish Friday, announcing a long-term carriage deal with the country's biggest distributor. Comcast will carry the channel at its Aug. 14 launch on its expanded basic tier within SEC territory and digital basic outside ...

Tags: SEC, Media, Comcast Corp.

07/18/14
CBS' Moonves Discusses NFL Thursday Night Package

CBS President & CEO Les Moonves on Thursday made a "rare appearance at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to help hype" the net's new eight-game Thursday night NFL package, something CBS is "trying to parlay ... into a long-term deal," according to Michael O'Connell of the ...

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07/18/14
Erin Andrews Leaving CFB Duties At Fox

Fox Sports' Erin Andrews, who hosted FS1's "college football pregame show last year after high-profile college football assignments at ESPN, will no longer have a broadcasting role in the sport," according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. The move comes after Andrews was " elevated to the No. 1 sidelin ...

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