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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 28 / 15

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01/08/15
Media Notes

CABLEFAX DAILY reports Liberty Media President & CEO Greg Maffei yesterday "mused aloud ... about why Dish changed up its much delayed OTT service ." He suggested that Dish Network Chair & CEO Charlie Ergen is "targeting someone very different than traditional cable customers and also possi ...

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01/07/15
NFL Viewership Relatively Flat In '14

The NFL averaged an audience of 17.6 million viewers per game during the regular season, flat with the '13 campaign despite the addition of a broadcast TV partner for Thursday night games. The '14 season saw the addition of CBS as a "TNF" partner alongside NFL Network, but that Thursday night s ...

Tags: Media, NFL, NFL Network, CBS, NBC, ESPN, Fox

01/07/15
Cubs To Return To WGN In Five-Year Deal

The Cubs are "close to returning to their longtime television home" at WGN in a deal that "keeps about 45 games per season on the Tribune Media station" through '19, according to sources cited by Robert Channick of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The deal "is being finalized." The Cubs last month announced a ...

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01/07/15
Dish Prez: Sling TV Won't Cannibalize Core Business

Dish President & CEO Joe Clayton yesterday indicated that he did not believe Sling TV, the new streaming video service that costs $20 a month and includes ESPN, would "lead to cannibalization of our core business." Appearing yesterday on CNBC, Clayton said, "I'm not in the 18-35 year-old millenn ...

Tags: Media, Dish Network, ESPN

01/07/15
Cavs App Now Live-Streaming FS Ohio Games

Fans can now "watch every Fox Sports Ohio broadcast" of a Cavaliers game on a mobile device, "a game-changing development that for the NBA has been years in the making," according to Kevin Kleps of CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS. FS Ohio GM & Senior VP Francois McGillicuddy said that the net eventua ...

Tags: Media, Cleveland Cavaliers, Fox, NBA

01/07/15
Media Notes

A blurb in today's N.Y. TIMES calls for Knicks beat writer Scott Cacciola to get "a break from such woeful basketball," as the Knicks "appear to have officially given up on this season." The TIMES: "He deserves to see the game played at a higher level. For the next month or so, we would like to poin ...

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01/06/15
ESPN Included In Dish's New Sling TV

Dish Network is "trying to lure younger viewers back to paying for television with the start of a web-based offering that includes ESPN and a number of other popular networks for $20 a month," according to Emily Steel of the N.Y. TIMES. The new Sling TV was announced yesterday at the Consumer Electr ...

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01/06/15
NBA, Samsung To Test Virtual Reality Service

The NBA last night at the Int'l Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas said that it will be part of Samsung’s new Milk VR virtual reality streaming video service. The league beginning next month will contribute game highlights and behind-the-scenes video content to the service, which involves ...

Tags: NBA, Media, Samsung

01/06/15
Wild Card Weekend Audience Lowest Since '10

NFL Wild Card weekend averaged 29.9 million viewers across ESPN, NBC, CBS and Fox this year, marking the first time since ’10 that the four-game average did not cross the 30-million viewer threshold. Wild Card weekend viewership is down 14% from 34.7 million viewers last year, which remains th ...

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01/06/15
UNC Honors Scott Prior To Basketball Game

Late ESPN anchor Stuart Scott was honored prior to the start of last night’s Notre Dame-North Carolina men’s basketball game, with the UNC players wearing a “patch in memory of … Scott on their uniforms” and the school holding a moment of silence before the opening tip ...

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