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NBA Sends Draft Lottery Issue To Committee For More Study

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 22 / 14

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver  today said that owners have sent back the issue of draft lottery reform to the league's competition committee for additional study with a need to find the right balance between creating appropriate incentives and allowing a draft to work as it should. He also addr...

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Could Suspension Push Simmons Away?

Bill Simmons' contract with ESPN expires next year, and author Jim Miller said while a "lot of people are writing today it's inevitable that he's going to re-sign" with the net, he believes Simmons' return is "very much in doubt, particularly with what's gone on this week." Simmons was suspend ...

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An Inside Look At Decision To Suspend Simmons

It was around 5:00pm ET Wednesday afternoon when Marie Donoghue, one of ESPN's highest-ranking female execs, picked up the phone in the network's Manhattan office to call Bill Simmons. Donoghue, who has developed a good relationship with the star columnist over the years, had a tough message to deli ...

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ESPN Ombuds: No Choice But A Suspension

ESPN Ombudsman Robert Lipsyte has addressed the net's  three-week suspension of Bill Simmons , writing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to be proven to be a "certified liar" and Simmons has "no license to call him one without more justification than 'I’m just saying it.'” ...

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Jeter Finale Sets YES Network Record

YES Network drew a 10.84 local rating and 1.245 million viewers for Orioles-Yankees on Thursday night from 7:00-10:45pm ET, marking the RSN's most-viewed Yankees game telecast on record. The game, which saw Yankees SS Derek Jeter hit a walk-off single in his final game at Yankee Stadium, had to com ...

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Giants-Redskins Draws 11.2 Overnight Rating

CBS and NFL Network combined for a 11.2 overnight rating for the Giants' 45-14 win over the Redskins on "TNF" from 8:30-11:45pm ET a figure that is between the 13.7 overnight for Steelers-Ravens in Week 2 and the 8.5 overnight in Week 3 for Falcons-Buccaneers. NFL Network last year drew a 5.3 overni ...

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Many NFL Teams Seeing Local Ratings Rise

If “anyone is boycotting the NFL over recent controversies enveloping the league , they must not be living in central Indiana,” as the local TV audience for the Colts’ three games to date is “running very near to what it was over the first three games” in ’13, a ...

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Networks Bidding On New NFL History Show

The NFL is "eyeing a big-scope historical drama project about its past" and has "teamed with filmmaker Jon Favreau and producer Kevin Misher for a sprawling scripted series that chronicles the history of football in America," according to Nellie Andreeva of DEADLINE.com. The series, which does ...

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Sources: Hornets, WFNZ Ink Radio Deal

Charlotte-based WFNZ-AM has "signed a multiyear agreement" to remain the Hornets' flagship radio station, according to sources cited by Erik Spanberg of the CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL. The Hornets' contract with WFNZ "expired after last season, and with the combined momentum of a playoff berth and t ...

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Dodgers Pull Season-High Local Rating

The Dodgers' NL West-clinching win over the Giants on Wednesday night drew a 6.41 local rating in L.A., marking the team's highest figure of the season. The game pulled a 4.91 rating on over-the-air KDOC-Ind. and a 1.5 on SportsNet LA. After reaching few fans all season because of SportsNet LA's dis ...

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Final Ratings From Recent Telecasts

The chart below lists final ratings from recent sports telecasts. Figures for several CBS broadcasts were unavailable at presstime ( THE DAILY ). TELECAST DATE NET ...

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