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College Bowl Season Set To Begin, Including New Game In Montgomery

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 19 / 14

The ’14-15 college bowl season kicks off tomorrow with five games. Financial documents filed this summer by New Orleans Bowl Inc. indicated that last year's R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl generated $3.77M in revenue, with 58% of that via ticket sales. Last year's game drew its third straigh...

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BBC Talks With BT About Sharing Wimby Rights

The BBC has had discussions with BT about allowing the pay-TV net "to share its rights to screen Wimbledon tennis matches live" for the first time, according to sources cited by Spence & Fildes of the LONDON TIMES. The BBC has been the exclusive Wimbledon broadcaster in Great Britain "for nearly ...

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NBC's EPL Investment Paying Off

NBC Universal is paying $250M over three years for the EPL's TV and digital rights in the U.S., a figure "nearly four times what Fox Soccer had been paying in the last deal, but it has paid off," according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES. EPL games "have strengthened NBCSN’s identity and ...

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ESPN Stays On Top Of Comscore Rankings

ESPN in November extended its historic level of performance in the comScore Media Metrix Multi-Platform rankings, surpassing 90 million unique visitors for the second time in three months. Its total last month of 90.8 million uniques trails only its September total of 94 million in the history of th ...

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App Review: Deck Pass Plus For iPhone

Widely used and lauded by members of USA Swimming, Deck Pass Plus for iPhone delivers some essential tools to the hands of top-level swimmers and their families. With the main downside being an archaic interface, the app succeeds in bringing live swim competition data and individual achievements t ...

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WLS To Air 25 Cubs Games Annually

WLS-ABC on Friday announced that it has "agreed to a five-year deal to air 25 Cubs games per season" through '19, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN CHICAGO. A source said that the Cubs "will be paid $750,000 per game for the rights," netting them $18.750M per season and $93.750M "over the course of ...

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Norman, Buck Upbeat Following Golf Debut

Fox on Saturday made its golf debut with the final-round telecast of the Franklin Templeton Shootout, and tournament host and color analyst Greg Norman said he and broadcast partner Joe Buck "nailed the broadcast," according to Dave Kempton of the Ft. Myers NEWS-PRESS. Norman said, "I even had ...

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Heisman Overnight Drops With Little Drama

ESPN drew a 2.0 overnight rating for the Heisman Trophy presentation on Saturday night, which saw Oregon QB Marcus Mariota win by a wide margin. That figure is down 26% from a 2.7 overnight last year, when Florida State QB Jameis Winston also won by a large margin. The telecast in ’12 drew a 3 ...

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NBC Has Best "SNF" Since Week 1

The NFL’s Sunday game windows were a mixed bag during Week 15. Fox led the way with the national window featuring 49ers-Seahawks, but the 16.8 overnight rating for that telecast was down 7% from Packers-Cowboys in Week 15 last year. Fox also drew an 11.0 overnight for regional coverage in the ...

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EPL Adding Friday Night Matches

Live EPL matches are "set to invade British homes on Friday nights, as bidding for the rights to show the games and highlights kicks off between BT, Sky and others," according to Blitz, Mance & Thomas of the FINANCIAL TIMES. The EPL "is throwing an extra 14 matches into the three-year packages, ...

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Scout.com Launches New Recruiting Platform

Scout.com, the online college sports and recruiting network repurchased last year by site founder Jim Heckman, has launched a new recruiting platform called the Scout Spotlight. The new content initiative seeks to advance beyond customary, text-based prospect lists by compiling digital videos o ...

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