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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 03 / 15

Saints TE Benjamin Watson will appear on Fox News' "On The Record" at 7:00pm ET for a discussion on using faith to fight ISIS.

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03/03/15
Fox Promising Strong MLS Broadcasts

MLS returns to Fox this year after a three-year absence, and studio host Rob Stone said fans "should expect a stronger product on the screen" than they have seen in the past, according to Jonathan Tannenwald of PHILLY.com. Stone said preparations "are in full gear right now" despite the league and ...

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03/03/15
Albert's Hire May Be Winner For NBC

It "might seem a curious choice on the part of NBC and the Premier Boxing Champions" to name Marv Albert their No. 1 voice, but "on so many levels, it was a brilliant idea," according to Kevin Iole of YAHOO SPORTS. The soon-to-be 74-year-old "hasn't called a boxing match since" the '8 ...

Tags: Media, Boxing, NBC

03/03/15
Media Notes

The GLOBE & MAIL's David Shoalts writes TSN "was the clear winner over Sportsnet in the annual battle for best telecast on the NHL’s trade-deadline day." TSN’s presentation "on a deadly dull day as far as the trades went ... was a clear artistic success." The net "did make ...

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03/02/15
March Madness YouTube Channel Launching

Turner Sports, which manages the NCAA’s digital rights, later today is launching a March Madness YouTube channel for the first time. The new channel -- YouTube.com/MarchMadness -- will feature real-time highlights and video recaps from all 67 games of the NCAA men's tournament. Press conferenc ...

Tags: Media, YouTube, TBS/TNT

03/02/15
FS1, AT&T U-verse Entangled In Dispute

FS1 "will continue to be shown" on AT&T U-verse, but "some of its bigger events may not," according to Brian Steinberg of VARIETY. The network on Friday announced that it "would not show some major events to AT&T U-verse subscribers, including Saturday’s NASCAR Xfinity Series race from ...

Tags: Media, ATT, Fox

03/02/15
Media Notes

The SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS noted the A's have "worked out an agreement" with KGMZ-FM to "have their games broadcast on that radio station" through at least '18. KGMZ has been the A's flagship since '11, and the new deal includes "all 162 regular-season games." Ken Korach "will continue as the team's ...

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02/27/15
Pacers RSN Ratings 35% Lower This Season

The Pacers have seen game ratings on FS Indiana drop 35% compared to last year at this time, which is the "third biggest TV ratings decline" among NBA teams, according to Anthony Schoettle of the INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL. Only the T'Wolves (54%) and Nuggets (53%) "have seen steeper declines." B ...

Tags: Media, Indiana Pacers, FSN

02/27/15
ESPN's Dave Brown Assists UMass Football

While UMass searches for a new AD, the school is "set to utilize the services" of ESPN VP/College Sports Programming Dave Brown to "help fill" the '16 football schedule, according to Matt Vautour of the DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE. UMass "needs to add at least three home games for that season." Sou ...

Tags: Media, ESPN

02/27/15
SNY's Mets Team Enters Year 10 Together

SNY is beginning its 10th season televising Mets games, and the net "has kept intact its popular three-man booth of Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling, as well as producer Gregg Picker and director Bill Webb, for the entire, decade-long run," according to Neil Best of NEWSDAY. Hernandez: "W ...

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02/27/15
Van Gundy Asked To Tone Down Rhetoric

ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy said that he might "have to switch on his rarely used internal censor" when it comes to discussing Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau's "shaky relationship" with the front office. Van Gundy: "I've been asked by (Leon Rose of CAA, the firm that represents Thibodeau) to tone it down a bit ...

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