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Under The Lights: ABC's Saturday Night College Football Package Up 10% This Season

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 07 / 16

Viewership for ESPN’s signature Saturday night college football window on ABC increased by nearly 10% this season, leading the network to call it “the most-watched college football franchise on any network this season.” The Saturday night games averaged 5.997 million viewers and to...

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AT&T Launching DirecTV Now Streaming TV Bundle

AT&T yesterday "unveiled a streaming television service," offering an "extensive list of channels for less than most cable plans," according to Daniel Victor of the N.Y. TIMES. The service, called DirecTV Now, includes ESPN, TBS, AMC and Disney Channel, and the cheapest package offers "60 c ...

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Social Studies: Neumann Univ.'s Caleb Mezzy

It is not uncommon for college professors to send students to MLB’s Winter Meetings in order to learn more about the industry. However, Philadelphia-based Neumann Univ. Industry Relations, Media Specialist for Sport Management Caleb Mezzy ( @Caleb_Mezzy ) has his students placing an emphasis ...

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CBS Leads NFL Week 12 Overnight Ratings

CBS led all NFL overnights yesterday with a 15.1 rating for its national window coverage, which featured Panthers-Raiders in 63% of markets. The window, which is CBS' second-highest rated of the season, is down 10% from the net's comparable window last year, which featured Steelers-Seahawks in 98% o ...

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Source: NFL Considers Ending "Thursday Night Football"

The NFL will be "considering the possibility of ending, or at least limiting, Thursday Night Football," according to a source cited by Mike Florio of PRO FOOTBALL TALK. The current contract with CBS and NBC runs through '17, "which means that changes to the package could be made" by '18 -- "bar ...

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Michigan-OSU Is Most-Watched CFB Game

Ohio State's 30-27, double-OT win over Michigan on Saturday afternoon drew 16.65 million viewers on ABC, marking the most-watched college football game of the season across all networks to date. The game, pitting No. 2 against No. 3 in the CFP rankings, is the most-watched noon ET kickoff on record ...

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NBC, Not NBCSN, To Air NHL All-Star Game

NBC will broadcast the ’17 NHL All-Star Game, the first network-television broadcast of the game since ’04, when it was on ABC. The game, which was originally scheduled for NBCSN, will be played on Jan. 29 with coverage starting at 3:30 pm ET. Last year’s NHL All-Star Game averaged ...

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Sources: UFC Seeking $450M Annually For Next TV Deal

UFC's "magic number" for its next media-rights deal is $450M a year, a "potentially staggering increase" from the $115M annual average that Fox Sports now pays, according to sources cited by Ourand & Mullen of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Sources added that although formal negotiations "aren’t ...

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Media Notes

PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Michael David Smith notes the screen "suddenly went blank for ESPN2 viewers" late in last night's broadcast of the Redblacks-Stampeders CFL Grey Cup. A crawl across the bottom of the screen eventually "informed viewers that ESPN was having technical difficulties." An ESPN so ...

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Is NFL Viewership On The Rise Again?

NBC and NFL Network last week finished with 13.33 million viewers for the Saints-Panthers “TNF” matchup, which was NBC’s first foray into a regular Thursday night NFL package. The net has aired Thanksgiving night games for a few years now, while the season-opening Thursday night ga ...

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Detroit Teams May Combine Media Rights

One way in which the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons' owners may "seek to join forces -- in addition to sharing an arena for hockey and basketball -- is combining team media rights through" the launch of an RSN, similar to YES Network in the N.Y. market, according to Frank Witsil of the DETROIT FREE P ...

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