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Facebook Enlists Popular Soccer Teams, Athletes To Help Drive Live Streaming Efforts

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 29 / 16

Facebook has "drafted a roster of soccer teams and stars to create live videos in hopes that the world’s most popular sport can help the social network score with its live streaming efforts," according to Steven Perlberg of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Of the roughly $50M Facebook has "agree...

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Wimbledon Men's Final Low For ESPN

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NBC Sticks With Authentication For Olympic Streaming

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Pac-12 Networks Strikes Deal With Frontier

A wider swath of Southern California "will be able to watch the Pac-12 Networks" after the conference on Thursday announced it "had reached a deal" with Frontier Communications to carry the stations, according to Ben Bolch of the L.A. TIMES. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said that the "arrangement ...

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Erin Andrews To Focus On Fox NFL Coverage

Fox Sports' Erin Andrews "has re-signed" with the net for multiple years, but as part of her new deal, she will "no longer be part of" its MLB coverage, according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Andrews instead will "focus solely on the NFL moving forward." Andrews was initially hired by Fox ...

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Len Dawson To Only Call Chiefs Home Games

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Euro 2016 Finale Audience Down For ESPN

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MLB All-Star Game Audience Hits New Low

MLB All-Star Game viewership hit an all-time low this year, with Tuesday night's telecast on Fox averaging just 8.71 million viewers. That also marks the first time the event has failed to crack 10 million viewers. Fox saw a 20% drop in viewership for the ASG compared to '15. This year's ASG also w ...

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NBC/Golf Channel Put Resources Behind Open

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