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College Bowl Season Set To Begin, Including New Game In Montgomery

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 19 / 14

The ’14-15 college bowl season kicks off tomorrow with five games. Financial documents filed this summer by New Orleans Bowl Inc. indicated that last year's R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl generated $3.77M in revenue, with 58% of that via ticket sales. Last year's game drew its third straigh...

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Heisman Audience Among Lowest In Last Decade

ESPN drew 3.15 million viewers for the Heisman Trophy presentation on Saturday night, marking the telecast’s smallest audience in at least a decade. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota was the overwhelming favorite heading into the telecast. The viewership was down 25% from Florida State QB Jameis Wi ...

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12/19/14
Media Notes

In N.Y., Bob Raissman reports Cablevision’s approximately three million Optimum subscribers "received notices in billing statements that their sports TV surcharge will increase next month." The message said, "Due to increasing programming costs, you will see some changes beginning with your Ja ...

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12/18/14
Wojnarowski Profile Alleges Improper Sourcing

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski is profiled in a lengthy piece by THE NEW REPUBLIC's Kevin Draper, who writes Wojnarowski "mixes his reporting and opinion writing in improper ways, rewarding sources with flattery and punishing the uncooperative with nastiness." It often appears that Wojnarowski "le ...

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12/18/14
Media Notes

ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael wrote Saturday night boxing cards that "went head-to-head" on HBO and Showtime "hurt both of them." Viewership for the two fight cards in Las Vegas last Saturday -- HBO’s tripleheader headlined by Timothy Bradley Jr.-Diego Chaves and Showtime’s quadrupleheader ...

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12/17/14
Alexi Lalas Leaves ESPN For Fox Sports

ESPN's Alexi Lalas has joined Fox Sports as a studio and game analyst, joining the net's soccer team of host Rob Stone and analysts Warren Barton, Eric Wynalda and Brad Friedel. Lalas is set to contribute to Fox Sports' coverage of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, England's FA Cup, MLS ...

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12/17/14
People & Personalities

In Chicago, Daryl Van Schouwen notes although announcer Hawk Harrelson has "considered cutting back his workload," it is "tough to see the White Sox broadcaster ... pulling himself away from the booth" in '15. Harrelson: "I looked at the schedule 15, 20, 30 times. I narrowed it down to about 120 gam ...

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12/17/14
Media Notes

CBS' telecast on Saturday of the Army-Navy game was the highest-rated and most-watched of the series since '99. The game drew a 4.1 final rating and 6.3 million viewers, up 5% and 2%, respectively, from a 3.9 rating and 6.2 million viewers last year ( THE DAILY ). BEAR DOWN : In Chicago, Lewis ...

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12/16/14
"MNF" Down On ESPN For Saints-Bears

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MASN Wins Majority Of Discovery Request

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Lakers, Clippers See Dip In RSN Ratings

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