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NCAA Settles Class-Action Concussion Lawsuit, Creates $70M Fund For Trauma Diagnosis

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 29 / 14

The NCAA today agreed to "settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit" by creating a $70M fund to "diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports," according to Michael Tarm of the AP. The N...

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In Raleigh, Luke DeCock poses the question, "Has the time come for an ACC Network, an actual channel dedicated to the conference?" The "easy answer is yes," as there has "never been a better time to start a sports network of any kind." But the conference "has taken a surprisingly equivocal tone ...

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07/18/14
SEC Network Secures Carriage Deal With Comcast

SEC Network landed its biggest fish Friday, announcing a long-term carriage deal with the country's biggest distributor. Comcast will carry the channel at its Aug. 14 launch on its expanded basic tier within SEC territory and digital basic outside ...

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07/18/14
CBS' Moonves Discusses NFL Thursday Night Package

CBS President & CEO Les Moonves on Thursday made a "rare appearance at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to help hype" the net's new eight-game Thursday night NFL package, something CBS is "trying to parlay ... into a long-term deal," according to Michael O'Connell of the ...

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07/18/14
Erin Andrews Leaving CFB Duties At Fox

Fox Sports' Erin Andrews, who hosted FS1's "college football pregame show last year after high-profile college football assignments at ESPN, will no longer have a broadcasting role in the sport," according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. The move comes after Andrews was " elevated to the No. 1 sidelin ...

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07/18/14
Showtime Will No Longer Release Boxing PPV Numbers

Showtime Sports Exec VP & GM Stephen Espinoza said that the network "plans on withholding upcoming PPV numbers to avoid the type of controversy that engulfed Floyd Mayweather’s last bout with Marcos Maidana on May 3," according to Mitch Abramson of BOXING SCENE. Espinoza indicated that the ...

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07/18/14
Sinclair To Launch American Sports Network

Sinclair Broadcast Group announced it has launched the American Sports Network, a collegiate sports initiative to be aired on a number of Sinclair's broadcast TV stations. The company has entered into rights agreements with several NCAA conferences, including Conference USA, the Colonial Athletic As ...

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07/18/14
AFL Team's Website Now A Sex Offender Database

OrlandoPredators.com for years was the online home of the AFL Orlando Predators, but the website now "redirects visitors to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's archive of sexual offenders and predators," according to Alicia DelGallo of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. The domain change is "pa ...

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07/18/14
Final Ratings: FS1 Vs. ESPN, Iowa IndyCar

In N.Y., Steel & Sandomir cite analysts and industry execs as saying that “among the top reasons” that News Corp. Chair & CEO Ruper Murdoch covets Time Warner “is the opportunity to acquire more sports rights and bolster” FS1. Horizon Media Dir of Research Brad Adgat ...

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07/17/14
Fox All-Star Game Ratings Highest Since '10

Fox ended up with a 7.0 fast-national rating and 11.34 million viewers for the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night, marking the best figures for the event since ’10. The increases in both metrics comes after overnight ratings had the event down slightly. The audience in ’14 also marks the ...

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07/17/14
High Expectations For CBS' Thursday NFL Package

Thanks to the addition of the "Thursday Night Football" package, CBS is "heading into the fall ratings battle with the biggest new weapon" since NBC lured "SNF" from ESPN in '06, according to Marisa Guthrie of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. CBS kicks off its "TNF" franchise "in a marquee matchup Sept. 11" ...

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