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Texas Seeking Basketball Coach To Spark Interest In Program

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 29 / 15

Univ. of Texas men's AD Steve Patterson  is tasked with making another key hire in the wake of the school's announcement that men's basketball coach Rick Barnes  "will not return after 17 seasons." Barnes, who made $2.55M this past season, "has a buyout" of $1.75M that "would have d...

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NFL To Stream Bills-Jaguars Online

The NFL yesterday announced the Week 7 Bills-Jaguars game from London will be the game aired "on a national digital platform" this season -- "opening up an important new door for the sports-media industry," according to Kevin Clark of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. The game "will remain on over-the-air te ...

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NFL Suspends Blackout Policy For '15

The NFL has "suspended the long-standing local blackout policy" and will re-evaluate the rule following the '15 season, according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com. The blackout policy "was instituted in the early 1970s when NFL teams relied primarily on ticket sales to generate revenue." Teams have "succes ...

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Browns Leery Of "Hard Knocks" Feature

The Browns are unlikely "to raise their hand" and volunteer to be featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks" this year, as they will "try to dissuade NFL Films this week" from picking the team, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. The Browns "might not be able to talk NFL Films out o ...

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TWC Expects $1B Loss For SportsNet LA

Time Warner Cable "is expected to shoulder the burden of its bad deal to acquire TV rights" to Dodgers games "by writing down the value" of SportsNet LA by up to $1B, according to sources cited by Atkinson & Kosman of the N.Y. POST. TWC paid rights owners, led by Dodgers Owners Guggenheim P ...

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Growth Slowing For Tourney Live Streams

While March Madness Live saw a record 54 million live streams during the first three rounds of this year's NCAA Tournament, the growth in live streaming "may be testing its limits," according to Mike Shields of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Turner Sports said that fans consumed "over 11 million hours w ...

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NBC Plans Three Days Of On-Site EPL Coverage

NBC Sports "will have its entire on-air Premier League team on-location in the United Kingdom for games from April 11-13," providing "more than 18 hours" of EPL coverage across three days, according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. NBC said that there will be "dual on-site studios for pre-match, halfti ...

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March Madness Overnight Best On Record

The NCAA Tournament through Sunday is averaging a 6.7 overnight rating across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV, marking a record figure for the first week of the event (dating back to CBS gaining exclusive tournament coverage in '91). That figure includes the First Four last Tuesday and Wednesday. This year& ...

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Browns Reportedly To Appear On "Hard Knocks"

The Browns "are front-runners" to be featured on the upcoming season of HBO's "Hard Knocks" series, according to the Buffalo News' Vic Carucci ( TWITTER.com, 3/22 ). In Cleveland, Tom Reed notes the Browns last year "declined a chance to be featured on the training camp series," but they "don't ha ...

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Sports Documentaries Growing In Popularity

The success of ESPN's “30 for 30” has "created a growing industry on television for sports documentaries," and their proliferation and profitability "has quickly brought a niche market into the mainstream," according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES. Director Jonathan Hock ...

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Media Notes

YAHOO SPORTS' Ryan Ballengee noted throughout Saturday's telecast of the PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational, NBC Sports Golf Producer Tommy Roy "gave viewers a glimpse at a different view of Palmer's Orlando digs with the help of drones." Using drones "is nothing new," as Roy "used them wonderfully ...

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