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ESPN and NFL Network on Thursday night combined for a 6.7 overnight rating for Round 1 of the NFL Draft, marking the telecast's best figure since a record-setting 8.7 overnight in '14, as fans waited on QB Johnny Manziel's selection. The combined figure is up 6% from a 6.3 overnight last year. ESPN ...
Industry analysts "estimate" that CBS made $150M from its NFL deal this year, while ABC lost "at least" $150M and Fox made a "modest profit," according to Diane Mermigas of ELECTRONIC MEDIA. CBS Presi
Turner Broadcasting is "expected to announce today" plans for a new regional cable channel which will launch this fall and feature 24 hours of movies, sitcoms, and regional news and sports "geared tow
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Golf has "edged the NBA" in Nielsen ratings the past two weekends, as it has been "buoyed" by the "surge" of Tiger Woods, according to USA TODAY''s Rudy Martzke. Sunday''s final round coverage of the
The Browns have awarded local TV broadcasting rights to WKYC-NBC, according to David Morgan of the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL. WKYC will broadcast the team''s preseason games not seen on national TV and wil
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NASCAR exec and drivers are upset by a recent article by SI''s Steve Rushin, which was "less than complimentary" of the sport, according to Mike Mulhern of the WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL. NASCAR found the
Following the "intervention" of the NHL, CBC won an "11th-hour deal" with ESPN2 late Friday which "allowed" the network to carry Saturday''s inaugural game at the Air Canada Centre, according to Willi
In N.Y., Bob Raissman wrote that "it''s time" for Turner Sports "to make up their minds" and decide if they will carry a monthly boxing card. Raissman noted that TNT''s airing of two trial cards on Se
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