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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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12/15/14
Media Notes

In Boston, Fluto Shinzawa wrote, "The buzz for the Winter Classic has been nonexistent, which speaks to the importance of HBO’s 24/7 series. The beautiful pieces were appointment TV" ( BOSTON GLOBE, 12/14 ). TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING? In Montreal, Brendan Kelly looks at the new hockey T ...

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12/12/14
Cubs Could Air Games On WLS-ABC For First Time

The Cubs "are about to strike a deal" with WLS-ABC "to broadcast a portion of the team's schedule" through '19, according to Robert Channick of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Beginning in April, the net is "expected to carry 25 games per season." WLS-ABC "would air games in primetime, daytime and weekends." S ...

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12/12/14
Glazer Continues To Be Critical Of ESPN

Fox' Jay Glazer on Thursday defended a series of tweets he sent out earlier in the week critical of ESPN not crediting him for breaking the news Browns QB Johnny Manziel will start his first NFL game this Sunday against the Bengals. Appearing on NFL Network's "The Rich Eisen Show," Glazer said, "I ...

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12/12/14
"Road To The Winter Classic" To Be Uncensored

The upcoming "Road to the Winter Classic" series will feature "unprecedented volume in terms of its access and scope," including "salty language because the shows will be uncensored," according to Ed Sherman of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The first of the four-part series, "chronicling the Blackhawks ...

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12/12/14
Audience Analysis

CBS averaged 12.8 million viewers for Alabama's blowout win over Missouri in Saturday's SEC Championship game, down 11% from 14.4 million for Auburn's win over Missouri in the '13 game. CBS drew 16.2 million viewers in '12 for Alabama's win over Georgia. Meanwhile, ABC averaged 10.1 million viewers ...

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12/11/14
CFP News Drives Increases In Web Traffic

During last Sunday's CFP Selection Show on ESPN, TCU message board KillerFrogs.com became a "destination for fans wanting to sound off about the Frogs or the playoff," averaging a record 5,494 viewers as the school "floated on the bubble," according to Travis Brown of the FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. Th ...

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12/11/14
Providence Hopes For Changes To FS1 Schedule

Providence College AD Bob Driscoll hopes that changes can be made to the Big East's television contract with FS1 that "either limit 9 p.m. starts for East Coast cities ... or make sure the late TV window is filled with a marquee matchup that would draw fans no matter what time a game is played," acc ...

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12/11/14
Media Notes

In Tampa, Tom Jones reports Lightning broadcaster Bobby Taylor, "who has been calling Lightning games on television since the team's second season, 1993-94, is stepping into a new role." Taylor yesterday said that this season will be "his last as a color commentator." Next season he will "appear on ...

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12/10/14
MLS Cup Finale Sees Audience Bump

ESPN finished with 964,000 viewers for the MLS Cup Sunday afternoon from 3:00-6:17pm ET, marking a 91% increase compared to the title game last year (505,000 viewers), which aired on a Saturday afternoon. This year's game marked the final game for Galaxy F Landon Donovan. The Galaxy’s win over ...

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12/10/14
Media Notes

CBS does not have rights to put NFL programming on its All Access service, and CBS President & CEO Les Moonves said that "gaining football rights could mean a change in the price" from its current $5.99 monthly figure. The net currently is "focused on renewing its 'Thursday Night Football' ...

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