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NBC Has Created "Sky-High Expectations" For Its NASCAR Coverage, Beginning Sunday

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 02 / 15

NBC has "built sky-high expectations for its portion of the Sprint Cup Series schedule that begins Sunday night" at Daytona Int'l Speedway, but "living up to the hype won't be an easy task, because NASCAR fans are notoriously picky when it comes to broadcasts," according to Jeff Gluck of USA TODAY. ...

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Austin Radio Network Lands Radio Rights To Texas

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

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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

NBC earned a 5.6 overnight rating for the Blackhawks' NHL Stanley Cup-clinching win over the Lightning in Game 6 last night, down slightly from a 5.7 for  Game 6 in '13, when the Blackhawks beat the Bruins to clinch the Cup. That game also was on a Monday night. Though down compared to '13, las ...

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06/16/15
NBA Finals Still Best Since '98

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ABC Gets Best Finals Game 5 Since '04

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06/15/15
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