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NCAA Settles Class-Action Concussion Lawsuit, Creates $70M Fund For Trauma Diagnosis

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 29 / 14

The NCAA today agreed to "settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit" by creating a $70M fund to "diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports," according to Michael Tarm of the AP. The N...

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U.S.' World Cup Exit Gets Heavy Media Coverage

The Belgium-U.S. match was treated as a major news story on all three network morning shows today, following a pattern that “GMA,” “Today” and “CBS This Morning” set with the three U.S. group-stage games. The U.S.' defeat in extra time last night was the second re ...

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Rick Jeanneret Diagnosed With Throat Cancer

Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret "has been diagnosed with throat cancer," according to a front-page piece by Alan Pergament of the BUFFALO NEWS. Jeanneret, who has been calling Sabres games on radio and TV for 43 years, said that a "golf ball-sized growth in his throat was malignant." He expects to ...

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People & Personalities

Broadcaster Tim Brando said he had his "sights set" on joining Fox Sports "from the very beginning." Brando, appearing on the FOXSPORTS.com podcast "The Audible," added, "I did largely because of the volume of properties that they have in football and basketball" and the net's "willingness to grow t ...

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World Cup Leads ESPN To Break Streaming Record

ESPN's live streams prior to last night's Belgium-U.S. game had already "logged 30 million viewing hours during the 2014 World Cup, enough to make the tournament the most-streamed live sporting event" in U.S. history, according to Brian Stelter of CNN MONEY. For comparison, NBC said that the '12 Lon ...

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World Cup Sets Records On Univision

Univision averaged 10.4 million viewers for the Netherlands' win over Mexico in stoppage time during their FIFA World Cup Round of 16 match on Sunday, making it the most-viewed Spanish-language program in U.S. TV history. Netherlands-Mexico was 2% higher than the previous record, set in December '07 ...

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Report: Comcast Nearing SEC Network Deal

Comcast is nearing a carriage agreement with SEC Network, with Comcast Exec Dir of Corporate & Financial Communications   John Demming saying the MSO is "working out final details" of a deal, according to Clay Travis of FOXSPORTS.com. Demming added, "We expect to come to an agreement ...

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Big Ten Net To Air Maryland Hoops, Football

The Big Ten Network expects "to broadcast four to six" Maryland football games this season and "as many as 20 men’s basketball games," according to Jeff Barker of the Baltimore SUN. Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman said of new conference members Maryland and Rutgers, “We need to ...

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Fox Touts Strength Of UFC Partnership

Fox Sports Exec VP/Programming Bill Wagner said that the state of the network's relationship with UFC has "never been stronger," according to Ben Fowlkes of USA TODAY. The parties are two and a half years into a deal that was "reported to garner the UFC" at least $100M a year. Wagner said, "It's one ...

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App Review: Ubersense For iPhone

Ubersense bills itself as an app "built to empower people to become better at sports." Users can upload video of themselves doing something athletic, watch it in slow motion and post it to the Ubersense community for feedback and encouragement. Recording video with Ubersense is simple, as clips can ...

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Media Notes

The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER’s Nicole Pajer reported singer Carrie Underwood is "back to kick off" the '14 season of NBC's "Sunday Night Football" after her "sassy rendition of 'Waiting All Day for Sunday Night'" last year. Although the song "will be the same, this latest version is a bit fresher." ...

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