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Mark Cohon Will Not Seek Third Term As CFL Commissioner

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 20 / 14

CFL Commissioner  Mark Cohon  said that he "will not seek a third term" after his contract expires next spring. League Chair Jim Lawson said that the CFL BOG "will discuss the next steps toward finding a replacement for Cohon soon." Cohon has spent eight years in the position, ...

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MAC, ESPN Reach 13-Year TV Deal

The Mid-American Conference and ESPN yesterday announced "a 13-year television and digital media contract," with sources saying that it is worth more than $100M and "will pay each of the 12 member universities about $670,000 per school year" through '26-27, according to Mark Znidar of the COLUMBUS D ...

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Syracuse, IMG Renew Multimedia Rights Deal

The Syracuse athletic department yesterday “signed a new contract with IMG that covers both broadcasting and multimedia rights,” according to Chris Carlson of the Syracuse POST-STANDARD. The school in a release said that IMG “will sell corporate sponsorships and market other asset ...

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Ditka: Redskins Name Controversy "Appalling"

The debate over the use of the Redskins name continues to gain steam after CBS' Phil Simms and NBC's Tony Dungy recently said they would not refer to the nickname, but count ESPN's Mike Ditka as a supporter of the moniker. The Pro Football HOFer said the debate is "so stupid it's appalling" in a rec ...

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MASN Gains Injunction Against MLB, Nationals

MASN yesterday in Manhattan gained a preliminary injunction against MLB and the Nationals from the New York State Supreme Court, representing another significant legal victory for the Orioles-controlled RSN in its ongoing media rights battle with the Nationals. The injunction extends a temporary res ...

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Simms, Dungy Will Not Use Redskins Nickname

CBS' Phil Simms yesterday said that he "likely won't use the term 'Redskins' when discussing the franchise" during the upcoming season, according to Barry Wilner of the AP. Simms said, "My very first thought is it will be Washington the whole game. ... I never really thought about it, and then it ca ...

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Report: SI Used Ad Friendliness In Layoffs

An internal document shows SI rated its writers "on whether their work benefited advertisers" as one part of eight criterion used "in deciding which staff members to lay off," according to Ravi Somaiya of the N.Y. TIMES. A spreadsheet that included "traditional benchmarks like productivity and tenac ...

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Fox Sports, YouTube Partner For Daily Web Show

Looking to "deepen its reach with younger audiences on social platforms," Fox Sports has "partnered with YouTube Space LA to produce a daily web-video series explicitly focused on fast-breaking stories that will be shared online," according to Todd Spangler of VARIETY. After a soft launch "earl ...

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ESPN Sees Strong July ComScore Figures

ESPN in July ebbed slightly from its category record-setting performance in June, but still posted 74.8 million unique visitors last month according to comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform ratings, the second-best reach total ever for a U.S. digital sports entity. With the category's overall traffic ...

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NHL Jets Games To Air On TSN3

The NHL Jets this season will have 65 regional games "broadcast live on TSN3," meaning fans "will no longer have to pay an extra $60 to pick up those games on the tube," according to Jim Bender of the WINNIPEG SUN. The "previously-offered subscription to TSN Jets is no longer required" as a result o ...

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App Review: FanNation For iPhone

FanNation, Sports Illustrated’s foray into the daily fantasy scene, is a simplistic contest-driven experience that feels more like a pastime than a competition. There are free and paid contests, but with entry fees capped at $20, high rollers are likely to go elsewhere. Launched in July, Fan ...

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