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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 22 / 14

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07/11/14
People & Personalities

In Boston, Chad Finn reports Fox' Joe Buck has "enjoyed the challenge" of calling MLB games this season with Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci despite his "general skepticism" about a three-man booth. Buck, during a conference call previewing Tuesday's All-Star Game, said, "They see the game differen ...

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07/11/14
Media Notes

In California, Michael Lev notes Fox' MLB game-of-the-week ratings are "mired in a season-long slump." Fox Sports President & COO Eric Shanks said that a "dip in ratings was expected" after the net "altered its MLB scheduling format." The net in recent years would put "five regional games in its ...

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07/10/14
ESPN Garners Record 4.3 Overnight Rating

ESPN earned a 4.3 overnight rating yesterday for Argentina’s win over the Netherlands in penalty kicks, a record for a FIFA World Cup semifinal match on ESPN or ESPN2. The 4.3 figure surpassed the previous record set on Tuesday -- a 4.1 rating for Germany's blowout win over Brazil . Baltimore ...

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07/10/14
Cox To Carry SEC Network

ESPN and Cox Communications yesterday announced a carriage deal for the SEC Network, which is set to launch Aug. 14. Cox subscribers will have authenticated access to additional live events slated for the SEC Network's digital platform. Cox has sub ...

Tags: Media, Cox Communications Inc., ESPN, SEC

07/10/14
ESPN Ombudsman Examines Affinity Websites

ESPN Ombudsman Robert Lipsyte's latest column discussed the various "affinity" sites under the ESPN.com umbrella and wrote the proposed project fronted by Jason Whitlock has the "potential of becoming the media empire’s signal social achievement." The "as-yet-unnamed African-American ...

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07/09/14
ESPN Draws 4.1 Overnight For Germany Rout

Despite Germany scoring five goals in the first 29 minutes on its way to a 7-1 rout of Brazil yesterday, ESPN drew a record overnight Nielsen rating for a FIFA World Cup semifinal match. The net earned a 4.1 overnight from 4:00-6:00pm ET. No men's World Cup semifinal has ever aired on ABC. The ...

Tags: FIFA World Cup, Media

07/09/14
Iowa State-Texas To Air On Cyclones.TV

Iowa State Univ. AD Jamie Pollard's "desire to air additional football games on athletic program specific TV channels led to the Oct. 18 Iowa State at Texas game to air on the Longhorn Network and Cyclones.tv," according to Bobby La Gesse of the AMES TRIBUNE. The contest will "air on the networ ...

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07/09/14
Media Notes

Astros Owner Jim Crane this week said that U.S. Bankruptcy judge Marvin Isgur "isn’t going to give" CSN Houston a "third strike when it comes to reorganization delays." In Houston, David Barron noted Isgur last week "granted attorneys for the Astros-Rockets-Comcast partnership a seco ...

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07/08/14
Syracuse Cuts Ties With IMG

Syracuse Univ. has "terminated its multi-million dollar agreement" with IMG, according to Dave Tobin of the Syracuse POST-STANDARD. IMG's contract with SU "had extended through" the '20-21 season, but the school "sent a letter to sponsors last week, notifying them that SU's contract with IMG was ter ...

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07/08/14
NBC Sports Keen On Howard Returning As Analyst

NBC Sports execs "liked what they heard" from U.S. G Tim Howard during his work as an EPL analyst last season , and following his on-field performance in the FIFA World Cup , the network is "keen to have him return" when the season begins in August, according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. How ...

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