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NFL Draft Draws Best Combined Overnight Rating On ESPN-NFL Network Since '14

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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 ...

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Social Studies: Toyota Racing's Jeff O'Keefe

Jeff O’Keefe ( @jeffokeefe ) is in his first season as Toyota Racing Social Media Manager after spending more than four years with Richard Childress Racing, as well as prior experience working with Ryan Truex and Turner Motorsports. O'Keefe said of his current position, which has him expa ...

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NBC's Lead NHL Team Earning Kudos

The first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs wrapped up last night, and no announcing crew has "settled into their roles more comfortably than NBC's lead hockey team" of Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk and Pierre McGuire, according to Tom Jones of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. With that comfort comes "even more co ...

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Browns, FS Ohio Reach Multiyear TV Agreement

The Browns and FS Ohio have "reached a multiyear TV agreement" that includes "shared programming, production and marketing commitments" between the net, SportsTime Ohio and the Browns, according to Kevin Kleps of CRAIN's CLEVELAND BUSINESS. The Browns' previous broadcasting deal with the networks ex ...

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Media Notes

In Las Vegas, Mark Anderson noted the Raiders are "scheduled to play 11 regular-season games on CBS next season, but whether all 11 are shown in Las Vegas is still to be determined." Vegas-based KLAS-CBS GM Lisa Howfield said that she "hoped to carry all the Raiders’ games scheduled to be ...

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NFL Loads Primetime Schedule With Top Draws

The NFL's ratings slide last season "clearly impacted the league's schedule-making process," as the league "packed its prime-time schedule with its best draws," according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. The league formally released its '17 schedule Thursday night, and 10 teams "have the maximum number ...

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Jaguars Find New Stations To Show Preseason Games

Sister stations WJAX-CBS and WFOX-Fox have "landed rights to air" the Jaguars' preseason games, according to Drew Dixon of the FLORIDA TIMES-UNION. The two Cox Media Group-owned stations have "been carrying most of the regular season games for years," but WJXT-Ind. had been "running most of the pres ...

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WBZ Tops WEEI In Battle Of Boston Radio

WBZ-FM "finished first in the coveted men 25-54 demographic in the Boston market" from Jan. 5-March 29, while WEEI-FM was third, according to Chad Finn of the BOSTON GLOBE. WBZ finished "ahead of WEEI in all four day parts in Boston, but in a certain way these numbers are actually weighted towa ...

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NWSL Faces Learning Curve With New Streaming Deal

Verizon's go90 streams of NWSL games are "causing some headaches" for fans so far this season, according to Jamie Goldberg of the Portland OREGONIAN. While fans can "still access games for free on go90, the streams are currently only available on the mobile app for iOS and Android devices. ...

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UW Announcer Bob Rondeau Retiring

In Tacoma, Christian Caple reports Univ. of Washington play-by-play announcer Bob Rondeau "will retire" following the '17 season. Rondeau has called UW football games for 36 years and men's basketball for 31 years. He was awarded in '16 with the Chris Schenkel Award by the National Footbal ...

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"UFC On Fox 24" Sees Audience Decline

Fox on Saturday night drew just under 2 million viewers for "UFC on Fox 24," marking the net's second-lowest audience for a UFC card since it began airing telecasts for the MMA outfit in late '11. The primetime telecast, which featured a card headlined by Demetrious Johnson's defeat of Wilson Reis, ...

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