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Panini Signs QB Marcus Mariota To Autograph Trading-Card Deal

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 30 / 15

Panini has signed NFL Draft prospect and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota  to an autograph trading-card deal. Under the agreement, Mariota will appear on Panini packaging including its first collegiate licensed trading cards, "Contenders ...

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03/16/15
CBS' Selection Show Overnight Down

CBS drew a 3.9 overnight rating for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Selection Show yesterday from 6:00-7:00pm ET, marking the lowest figure for the show in at least a decade. Yesterday’s telecast was down 7% from a 4.2 overnight last year, and down from a 4.4 overnight in ’13. ...

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03/16/15
MLB Cardinals Nearing New Local TV Deal

The MLB Cardinals and FS Midwest are negotiating a new contract "that will be far more lucrative for the club" when it begins the '18 season, according to Derrick Goold of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. The team's contract with FSM expires at the end of the '17 season, and Cardinals Chair & C ...

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03/16/15
Dodgers' Carriage Issue For RSN Will Roll On

Dodgers fans "looking for a resolution in the long-running battle" over carriage for Time Warner Cable's SportsNet LA "will have to wait even longer," according to Meg James of the L.A. TIMES. The FCC on Friday said that it "was putting on hold its review of two media mergers -- Comcast's propo ...

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03/16/15
FS1's "Garbage Time" Receives Mixed Reviews

FS1 debuted “Garbage Time with Katie Nolan" last night, and the show is "going to be a work in progress," according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Nolan "led with a Weekend Update-style block and that’s very tough to do for seasoned comics, especially without a live studio audience t ...

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03/16/15
Media Notes

WEEI.com's Christopher Price wrote it "now seems like a slam-dunk that the Patriots will open" the '15 regular season against the Jets in the Thursday-night regular-season opener following CB Darrelle Revis' defection from the Pats to the Jets. Price: "While there's always the possibility of ei ...

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03/13/15
Snapchat Could Partner With NCAA, Turner

Snapchat is "working to forge media-rights deals with sports leagues and broadcast networks, including the NCAA and Turner, so it can feature live sports in its 'Our Story' feature, starting with the NCAA Final Four," according to sources cited by John McDermott of DIGIDAY.com. The partnership will ...

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03/13/15
ESPN2 Gets Good MLS Audience

ESPN2 drew 539,000 viewers for the debut match of NYC FC and Orlando City last Sunday from 4:36-7:12pm ET, marking the net’s fifth-best MLS regular-season audience ever. The top audience for the net remains Chivas USA-Galaxy from Aug. 23, 2007, which was the first “SuperClasico” af ...

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03/13/15
ESPN Leads ComScore Rankings Again

ESPN in February led monthly comScore sports ratings for multi-platform digital reach for the 12th-straight month. But its total of 74.7 million uniques was down by nearly 20 million from its record-setting total in January, and its lowest total in nine months. Many other leading entities in the ca ...

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03/13/15
Media Notes

In N.Y., Bob Raissman writes if Jets WR Brandon Marshall "continues as Showtime’s featured analyst on 'Inside The NFL,'” Owner Woody Johnson can "count on the always entertaining Jets circus continuing." Raissman: "Just think Hard Knocks as a weekly mini-series." The show is "supposed to ...

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03/12/15
Big Ten TV Negotiations Heating Up

The Big Ten and Commissioner Jim Delany "face crucial decisions about their TV future" with the conference's football and basketball deals with ESPN/ABC and CBS set to expire after the '16-17 basketball season, according to Ed Sherman of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Negotiations are "expected to heat up soo ...

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