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Discovery Communications Looking To Sublicense Rights For '22, '24 Olympic Games

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 06 / 30 / 15

Discovery Communications President & CEO David Zaslav following the announcement of a European Olympic media-rights deal yesterday said that the company hopes to be "sub-licensing rights in many, especially strategic, markets to free-to-air networks and retaining cable network rights," accordi...

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The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's Lacey Rose reported HBO "is said to have made a big play" to land Bill Simmons "after his unceremonious booting from the more corporate ESPN." Though Simmons "is said to have several suitors, insiders say con­versations at HBO have focused on a TV show -- something Simmons i ...

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06/17/15
Warriors-Cavs Highest-Rated Since '01

ABC averaged a 13.9 overnight rating for the six-game Warriors-Cavaliers NBA Finals, the highest-rated Finals since NBC averaged a 14.8 for the five-game Lakers-76ers series in '01. The overnight for Warriors-Cavs is up 31% from a 10.6 rating for Spurs-Heat last year, which went five games. The Warr ...

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06/17/15
Stanley Cup Final Second-Most Watched

NBC and NBCSN averaged with 5.55 million viewers for the six-game Blackhawks-Lightning NHL Stanley Cup Final, making it the second-most watched Cup Final on record (figures date back to '94). This year's finale trails only the '13 Blackhawks-Bruins series, which earned 5.76 million viewers over six ...

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06/17/15
Austin Radio Network Lands Radio Rights To Texas

The Univ. of Texas and IMG College yesterday announced that Austin Radio Network, a "group of six local stations stitched together" by local radio personality Bob Cole and a group of investors, "has won a seven-year contract to broadcast" the school's sports, according to Brian Davis of the AUSTIN A ...

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06/17/15
Fox Readies Debut U.S. Open Broadcast

The U.S. for two decades had "experienced the U.S. Open through NBC cameras," but that changes this week, as Fox "takes over in the first Open installment" of its 12-year, $1.1B deal with the USGA, according to Ron Sirak of GOLF WORLD. The move to Fox has created many questions that "mostly involve ...

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06/17/15
Dolan Predicts Crumbling Video Programming Bundle

MSG Chair and Cablevision CEO James Dolan yesterday said that with more OTT services available, the traditional video-programming bundle "might start to crumble," according to CABLEFAX DAILY. Dolan said, "The one thing that we see as being inevitable, is a reduction in the number of customers that t ...

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06/17/15
Fox Streaming U.S. Open In VR

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06/16/15
Blackhawks' Clincher Down Compared To '13

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NBA Finals Still Best Since '98

ABC is averaging 19.22 million viewers per game for the Warriors-Cavaliers series heading into tonight's Game 6, keeping the matchup on pace to be the most-viewed NBA Finals since NBC averaged 29.04 million viewers for Michael Jordan's final title with the Bulls in '98. The most-recent NBA Finals to ...

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ABC Gets Best Finals Game 5 Since '04

ABC drew a 14.2 overnight rating for the Warriors’ 104-91 win over the Cavaliers last night, marking the best figure for an NBA Finals Game 5 since the net drew a 15.4 overnight for the series-clinching Pistons-Lakers matchup in ’04 on a Tuesday night. Cavs-Warriors Game 5 is up 21% from ...

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