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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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Univision Deportes Launching Radio Stations

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"Boomer & Carton" Top N.Y. Radio Ratings

WFAN-AM's "Boomer & Carton" morning show ended the winter ratings period "ranked first" in the N.Y. area among men 25-54 in their time slot, according to Neil Best of NEWSDAY. The show, which airs from 6:00-10:00am ET, "averaged" a 7.3% share of the audience in that demo compared to ESPN Radio N ...

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Amazon Deal Includes $30M Of Marketing For NFL

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USF Enters Media Rights Deal With New Company

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MLBPA Launches New Social App For Players

The MLBPA today launched Infield Chatter, a social network app for players which is a combination of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but has a human monitor to silence trolls. About 450 of the 750 players on MLB rosters have signed up to participate on the mobile app, and many minor leaguers have b ...

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Durant Lanches New YouTube Channel

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Showtime, HBO To Both Air Joshua-Klitschko

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In Las Vegas, Jesse Granger reports the Golden Knights will air "select games" during their inaugural season on ESPN Radio Deportes 1460 Las Vegas, helping team Owner Bill Foley "fulfill his desires to develop a fan base with the area's heavy Hispanic population." The "initial plan is to air a game ...

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ESPN/ABC, TNT See NBA Playoffs Ratings Gains

ABC yesterday earned a 4.4 overnight rating for the Warriors’ 121-109 win over the Trail Blazers in their Western Conference quarterfinal Game 1, up 10% from a 4.1 for last year’s comparable Cavaliers-Pistons matchup. ESPN on Saturday averaged a 2.1 rating for a tripleheader that inclu ...

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Romo Helps Mavs Ratings In Home Finale

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