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Clippers' Ballmer Reportedly Declines Prime Ticket's Extension Offer, Wants OTT Network

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 28 / 15

Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer "has turned down" a $60M-a-year offer from FS Prime Ticket for local-TV rights and is instead "forging ahead with a plan to start his own over-the-top streaming network," according to Claire Atkinson of the N.Y. POST. Sources said that if he "follows through on the plan,...

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Social Studies: MLS' Amanda Vandervort

MLS Senior Dir of Social Media Amanda Vandervort ( @vandey01) made the move from coaching at NYU to earning a Master's degree in educational technology, which led to her current role. "The shift that happened in me when I left coaching was I found that I could teach people how to leverage digital a ...

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Woods Drives Wyndham Ratings

Tiger Woods this weekend showed that he still draws in viewers when he is in contention, as CBS drew a 3.9 overnight rating for the final round of the PGA Tour Wyndham Championship yesterday. That marks the event's best figure since the mid-'90s. Woods, playing the event for the first time, ent ...

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Le Batard Likely To Fill ESPN Radio Mid-Day

At "ESPN's urging, Dan Le Batard is expected to move" to the 10:00am-1:00pm ET slot on ESPN Radio, "replacing Fox-bound Colin Cowherd, provided ESPN Radio agrees to contractual terms with Le Batard’s on-air partner, Jon Weiner,” according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. Though Le B ...

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ESPN's The Undefeated Remains In Limbo

More than two years "into the gestation of The Undefeated, ESPN’s website about sports and race, the site exists in digital limbo," according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES. The site "has no start date," and "no permanent leader." Its seven writers "are still reporting stories, but they ...

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HBO Sports Prez Pleased With "Hard Knocks"

HBO Sports President Ken Hershman said that this season's "Hard Knocks" is "progressing well as it nears the midpoint of its five-episode run," according to David Barron of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Hershman: "The character development has been terrific. The big stars of the team have turned out to be ...

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NBC's P&G Gymnastics Up In Primetime

CBS finished with 6.7 million viewers for the final round of the PGA Championship last Sunday, marking the event’s second-best Sunday finish (behind last year) since Y.E. Yang held off Tiger Woods in ’09 (10.1 million viewers). CBS’ audience for Jason Day’s three-stroke win o ...

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NWSL Struggles With Live Streams

The NWSL "has had problems surrounding its live streams since the league's inception" in '13, and while streams "have improved and the vast majority of NWSL live streams this year have worked, there have been a few notable instances of streams failing," according to Jamie Goldberg of the Portland OR ...

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Cushing, O'Brien Standouts On "Hard Knocks"

This season's second episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" aired last night, and producers "returned to the tried-and-true 'Hard Knocks' formula of focusing on two or three rookies or players on the bubble," according to David Barron of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. In this case, those rookies Texans DB Charles J ...

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Last-Minute CFB Tix Options Expanding

S.F.-based mobile ticketing company Gametime is expanding into college football, adding tickets to more than 50 NCAA programs into its app. The company, which specializes in last-minute, mobile-based orders, piloted college football ticket availability last year with Cal and Stanford, and now will o ...

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CBS Sports Network Hires Feely As CFB Analyst

CBS Sports Network has hired former NFLer Jay Feely as a college football game analyst for Army and MAC games. He will be teamed with Ben Holden on play-by-play and John Schriffen as the sideline reporter. The network will produce 63 games this season, culminating with its first bowl game -- the Aut ...

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