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NFL Looking For New CMO After Waller's Role Shifts; Grubman Focusing On L.A. Team

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 27 / 14

The NFL is conducting a search for a new CMO after a series of high-level organizational changes, outlined in a memo sent yesterday by NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL to teams and league officials. MARK WALLER is dropping his CMO title to fully focus on international, a role he previously had bef...

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08/25/14
NFL Media Notes

THE MMQB's Peter King reports NBC's Cris Collinsworth last week agreed to "buy a significant stake" in analytical website Pro Football Focus. Collinsworth will "use his influence to help grow the company and seek out new business for it." PFF has "made a business of analyzing the performance of ever ...

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08/22/14
Little League Ratings Strong Again For ESPN

ESPN earned a 2.6 overnight rating for Illinois' 6-5 win over Pennsylvania in the Little League World Series on Thursday, the net's second-best rating on record from Williamsport. Last night's figure only trails Wednesday night's 3.4 rating for Nevada-Pennsylvania. Mo'ne Davis was the starting pitch ...

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08/22/14
NBC Horse Racing Analysts Ready For Double Duty

In Albany, Pete Dougherty notes two significant horse races "on tracks separated by nearly 3,000 miles take place this weekend," and NBC's Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey "are going to see both -- in person." Their itinerary "calls for the two men to be picked up by a car service early Saturday evening, ...

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08/22/14
Final Ratings

Monday’s Browns-Redskins “MNF” telecast earned a 4.5 final rating and 6.9 million viewers on ESPN, the highest-rated and most-viewed NFL preseason game on the network since Brett Favre’s national TV debut with the Vikings in ’09. That game averaged a 5.2 rating and 7.9 ...

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08/22/14
Media Notes

In Phoenix, Andrew Joseph notes WFAN's Mike Francesa on Thursday criticized Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari on-air, calling him a "'master recruiter' and 'master motivator' but not a great x's-and-o's coach." Calipari "was not amused," and he "called in to the radio show as 'John from ...

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08/21/14
Davis Gives ESPN Its Best LLWS Overnight Ever

Mo'Ne Davis' team might not have won last night's LLWS game, but her presence on the mound led to ESPN's highest-rated game ever from Williamsport. The net earned a 3.4 overnight rating for Nevada’s 8-1 win over Pennsylvania, up 143% over the 1.4 figure ESPN received for the comparable ...

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08/21/14
MLB.TV Blackouts Could Be Lifted By '15

An easing of blackout restrictions on MLB games online "could come as early as next season," according to Anick Jesdanun of the AP. MLBAM President & CEO Bob Bowman this week said that he is "optimistic that a deal could be reached soon with various cable operators, channels and ballclubs." Jesd ...

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08/21/14
SEC Network Lands Carriage Deal With Verizon FiOS

Verizon FiOS has completed a deal to carry SEC Network, sources said. The channel will be on an expanded basic tier within SEC territory and include access to WatchESPN. It is not clear where Verizon will carry it outside of SEC territory. A formal announcement could come as soon as this week. The d ...

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08/21/14
Media Notes

AD AGE's Michael Sebastian noted The Onion tomorrow is "rolling out the second season of its original web series 'Tough Season,' a mockumentary about one man's quest to become champion of his fantasy football league." The show is being produced by The Onion Labs, an "in-house creative and mar ...

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08/20/14
Davis Becomes First Little Leaguer On SI Cover

Little League World Series female P Mo'Ne Davis appears on this week's national SI cover, the "first Little Leaguer" to do so, according to Matt Breen of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. SI "dispatched a reporter" to the LLWS on Saturday and a photographer followed Davis' Pennsylvania team "for the two pr ...

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