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NFL Reluctant To Lock Into Long-Term Thursday Night Deal As Media Landscape Shifts

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 27 / 15

The NFL is "reluctant to agree" to a "Thursday Night Football" contract with CBS longer than a year because of the changing media landscape, which is increasingly filled with consumers "untethering themselves from cable and satellite subscriptions," according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES. W...

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Colorado AD Rick George Bullish On Pac-12 Net

Univ. of Colorado AD Rick George and many of his colleagues around the Pac-12 "are hopeful that a recent takeover of DirecTV by AT&T will lead to a long-awaited distribution deal between DirecTV and the Pac-12 Networks," according to Kyle Ringo of the Boulder DAILY CAMERA. That agreement would " ...

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Sources: Josh Elliott Could Return To ABC

Nearly 18 months after leaving ABC , NBC Sports' Josh Elliott is "in talks to return to his old job as the news reader on 'Good Morning America,'" according to Ramin Setoodeh of VARIETY. Sources said that ABC execs are "potentially open to a plan" to buy Elliott out of his $4M annual contract at NB ...

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CBS, ESPN Reach Sub-License Deal For MVC

CBS Sports has signed a five-year deal to sub-license Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball games from ESPN. The deal, which runs through the '19-20 season, will keep the MVC Tournament championship game on the broadcast channel, which has carried the game for the past 10 years. Deal terms wil ...

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NESN Providing News Inserts During Sox Games

An existing content partnership with NESN "has been taken to new heights, with stations in Providence and Burlington providing two-minute local news and weather updates that run in the middle of the sixth inning" during most Red Sox games, according to Michael Malone of BROADCASTING & CABLE. Sta ...

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The Players' Tribune Continuing To Gain Momentum

Derek Jeter's The Players' Tribune since launching in October has enabled athletes to "speak in their own words" and has become a "source for first-person athlete accounts that increasingly are making news and driving headlines in a rapacious media environment," according to a cover story by Marisa ...

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Iger Talks ESPN Going Straight To Consumer

Disney Chair & CEO Bob Iger yesterday said that he sees ESPN as a media property that "could be eventually sold directly to consumers like Time Warner's HBO, but not in the next five years," according to Matthew Belvedere of CNBC.com. Iger: "If we end up seeing more erosion in the so-called mult ...

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PGA Tour Debuting OTT Service This Week

Beginning with Thursday’s first round of the Quicken Loans National, the PGA Tour, in collaboration with MLBAM, will "broadcast exclusive live action of two marquee groups in the first two rounds of tournaments throughout the season," according to Steve DiMeglio of USA TODAY. The PGA Tour Liv ...

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Virtual Reality TV Possible For '24 Olympics?

If technology progresses "as developers in Silicon Valley expect it will, virtual reality could put spectators in the middle of Olympic action" by the '24 Games, according to Shira Springer of the BOSTON GLOBE. The Olympics "appear an ideal fit for virtual reality," as individual sports "offer the g ...

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Social Studies: Twins President Dave St. Peter

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Media Notes

Broadcasting veterans Fred Hickman and Fran Charles will be teamed with current boxer Austin Trout on Bounce TV’s “Premier Boxing Champions -- The Next Round,” which launches Aug. 2 at 9:00pm ET. Formerly with CNN and ESPN, Hickman will serve as the show’s anchor, and Charles ...

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