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Fox Sports' NASCAR Cup Viewership Down 6% As TV Baton Gets Passed To NBC

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 01 / 16

Fox Sports saw a 6% viewership decline for its NASCAR Sprint Cup race package this season, as an increase for FS1 telecasts could not erase big drops seen by the Fox broadcast channel early in the season. Fox and FS1 combined to average 5.578 million viewers for 15 races, which excludes the Pocono r...

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NFL Cardinals' Amazon Series Debuts

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Online Network Changing Gymnastics Coverage

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NBC Swim Trials Audience Down Big

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ESPN Viewership Slightly Lower In Q2

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Pistons Flagship Dumps Sports Format

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ESPN Didn't Have Much Say On CWS Finale Start

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USOC Revokes Media Credentials For FloSports

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NBC Plans Record Amount Of Olympic TV

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