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Who stands above all others in the sports business world? Submit your entry for the '15 SPORTS BUSINESS AWARDS by Friday, January 9 . We’re looking for the best in 15 categories, including: Sports Media Sports Television Digital Sports Media To see the full list of categorie...

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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 ...

Tags: Media, Fox, Big East

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 ...

Tags: Media

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 ...

Tags: Media, MLS, ESPN, Univision

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' ...

Tags: Media

12/09/14
WTA, Perform Agree On Media-Rights Extension

The WTA Tour has inked a 10-year extension to license to London-based Perform all live int'l media rights of the circuit’s 54 tournaments beginning in '17. WTA Chair & CEO Stacey Allaster said that including production costs, the deal is valued at a minimum of $525M over the 10 years. Perf ...

Tags: Media, WTA

12/09/14
"MNF" Viewers Miss Big Second Half

ESPN drew a 9.0 overnight rating for the Packers' 43-37 win over the Falcons on "MNF" last night from 8:15-11:45pm ET, down 18% from an 11.0 overnight for Cowboys-Bears in Week 14 last year. Last night's game peaked at a 10.6 rating from 9:15-9:30pm, as the Packers held a 31-7 lead at halftime. In M ...

Tags: ESPN, Media, NFL

12/09/14
ESPN Sets CFP Announcing Assignments

ESPN has made its broadcast assignments for the College Football Playoff, as Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit "will call [the] Rose Bowl playoff semifinal," while Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge "will call the Sugar Bowl playoff semifinal," according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Heather Cox&n ...

Tags: Media, ESPN

12/09/14
Fox, Norman Ready For First Golf Broadcast

Fox this weekend will broadcast the final round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout, marking the first time a "new network will begin televising golf" since the debut of Golf Channel in '95, according to Geoff Shackelford of GOLF WORLD MONDAY. Joe Buck and Greg Norman "will work together for the ...

Tags: Fox, Media

12/09/14
Brady: Nets To Blame For Showing Him Cursing

Patriots QB Tom Brady in recent weeks has come under fire for being caught on camera saying the "f-word" while on the sidelines, but Brady said CBS and NBC deserve blame "for putting it on TV." Brady, during his weekly appearance on WEEI-FM yesterday, said, "Don’t blame me. ... We’re not ...

Tags: Media

12/09/14
App Review: NBA Game Time For iPhone

For unpaid users, NBA Game Time is an ad-supported free download offering live scores, stats, schedules, news and video for all 30 NBA teams. Game recaps and post-game highlight reels are also free. A $9.99 upgrade gets fans home and away live radio broadcasts, full and condensed game video recaps ...

Tags: Media, NBA

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