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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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NFL Network Reporters Walk A Fine Line

Storylines in the NFL this season have ranged from domestic violence cases involving some of the league’s best players to, most recently, deflated football allegations involving one of the league’s best teams. In commenting on these controversial off-field topics, NFL Network on-air pers ...

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01/30/15
Many Former Patriots Currently In Media Jobs

In Boston, Chad Finn notes there are "at least 15 members of the Patriots’ three Super Bowl winning teams who have full- or part-time media gigs of varying degrees of prominence." NBC Sports' Rodney Harrison and ESPN's Tedy Bruschi "are national stars." Damien Woody is at ESPN, while Willie Mc ...

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01/30/15
NBA Extends Rights With China's Tencent

The NBA and China-based Internet service provider Tencent Holdings Limited on Thursday announced a five-year expansion of their deal that will create the league's largest int'l digital partnership. The new partnership will be effective July 1, 2015. As the Exclusive Official Digital Partner of the N ...

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01/30/15
Daily Fantasy Sports Participation Booming

Daily fantasy sports -- "a faster, more addictive, potentially more lucrative iteration of traditional fantasy games -- has experienced a boom" over the past year that is "bringing cash and new players to the industry in unprecedented numbers," according to Albert Chen of SI. The rules "are simple: ...

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01/30/15
Back9Net Trying To Raise "Significant" Capital

Fledgling golf lifestyle channel Back9Network is attempting to raise a "'significant' amount of capital to keep its doors open," and reaching a deal could "mean a change in the company's ownership," according to a source cited by Greg Bordonaro of the HARTFORD BUSINESS JOURNAL. The net's board and ...

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01/30/15
Pro Bowl Audience Down On ESPN

ESPN averaged 8.77 million viewers for the Pro Bowl on Sunday night, marking the game’s lowest figure since it aired on CBS on a Saturday night in ’07. Sunday night was the first time the telecast dipped below the 10-million viewer mark since it began airing the week before the Super Bo ...

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01/30/15
Media Notes

In N.Y., Mike Puma cites a source as saying that SNY's Bob Ojeda "won’t be returning to the Mets’ pregame and postgame studio shows" this season. Ojeda was "seeking a raise in new contract negotiations." A source said that the gap was “'not substantial,' but the two sides failed to ...

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01/29/15
Rogers Wins World Cup Of Hockey TV Rights

TSN "believes it took another shot to the chin from the NHL after failing to win the broadcast rights" to the '16 World Cup of Hockey, which were awarded to Rogers, according to David Shoalts of the GLOBE & MAIL. Sources said that Bell Canada President & CEO George Cope, whose company i ...

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01/29/15
MLS Sells YouTube Channel KickTV

MLS today announced that it has sold its premium YouTube channel KickTV to Copa90, a London-based global soccer media platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but MLS will retain a minority stake and hold a board seat at the newly created company, according to MLS Business Ventures Presi ...

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01/29/15
MLB, Nats Claim MASN Is Overreaching

MLB and the Nationals, in new court filings with the N.Y. Supreme Court, said the Orioles-controlled MASN is overreaching in its ongoing lawsuit to vacate a league ruling in favor of the DC club. The latest documents, filed in advance of a scheduled May 18 trial, contend MASN is stalling to prevent ...

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