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ESPN, NFL Net See Overnight Ratings Decline For Draft After Record-Setting First Round In '14

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 01 / 15

ESPN and NFL Network both saw overnight ratings decline for the NFL Draft last night, as this year's first round lacked the drama surrounding QB Johnny Manziel seen last year. ESPN drew a 5.1 overnight for the first round from 8:00-11:30pm ET, down 25% from a record-setting 6.8 overnight last year. ...

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PGA Tour Set To Debut OTT Service This Summer

The PGA Tour yesterday announced the creation of PGA Tour Live, a new OTT digital streaming video service set to debut later this summer. Developed in partnership with MLBAM, PGA Tour Live will offer streaming coverage of two featured pairings on Thursday and Friday play from more than 30 Tour event ...

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SB Nation's Angels Blog Attacks Josh Hamilton

Halo's Heaven, SB Nation's Angels fan page, "ran a dreadfully un-empathetic post" about Rangers LF Josh Hamilton's struggles with addiction and comments made after his trade from the Angels , according to Ryan Glasspiegel of THE BIG LEAD. SB Nation's Mat Gleason, who writes under the byline Rev Hal ...

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MSG Network Scores Big NHL Ratings

MSG Network drew a 4.47 local rating in N.Y. for Capitals-Islanders first round Game 7 on Monday night, marking the highest rating for an Isles game on the RSN since the net began tracking ratings in '91. For the entire Caps-Isles series (five telecasts), MSG Net averaged a 2.49 local rating, markin ...

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Showtime, HBO Sue Over Free Streams Of Fight

Showtime, HBO and the promotional outfits for both Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have "filed a joint lawsuit that demands significant relief from alleged copyright infringement" ahead of Saturday's fight, according to Eriq Gardner of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The nets yesterday "threw their ...

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Media Notes

ESPN yesterday announced analyst Ray Lewis will remain at home in Maryland rather than work the '15 NFL Draft in Chicago. Instead, Lewis will continue his efforts to help stop the violence in Baltimore. ESPN's Louis Riddick will replace Lewis on ESPN’s Thursday-night telecast of Round 1, ...

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ESPN Sues Verizon Over TV Bundles

ESPN has filed a lawsuit against Verizon "alleging the telecom company’s new FiOS TV packages breach a contract covering how the sports TV network is to be distributed," according to Joe Flint of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Verizon began offering “Custom TV” plans last week "starting ...

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AOL Making Move Into Sports

AOL's ultimate goal is to become a "central part of the daily sports discussion, without trying to be ESPN or Fox Sports," and it is "working with an assortment of partners to develop that content, including Relativity Media and Derek Jeter's The Players' Tribune," according to Michelle Castillo of ...

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How HBO, Showtime Will Co-Produce Big Fight

HBO and Showtime "usually operate in separate orbits of the boxing universe," but the "interests of the rival networks will align" for Saturday night's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight, according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES. The telecast "will be a joint venture of the networks, w ...

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Record Ratings For Padres Games On FS San Diego

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Cowherd Complains About Televised eSports

ESPN's Colin Cowherd on his radio show yesterday criticized the company for airing eSports, saying he would "quit" if ESPN "ever forced me to cover that or do play-by-play." ESPN2 on Sunday aired "Heroes of the Dorm," a tournament final of the computer game "Heroes of the Storm” feat ...

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