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ESPN Narrowly Avoids Record-Low "MNF" Rating With Colts' Blowout Of Jets

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 06 / 16

ESPN barely avoided a record-low "MNF" overnight rating for the Colts' 41-10 win over the Jets. The telecast from 8:15-11:32pm ET drew a 6.0 overnight rating, which is still above the record-low 5.7 overnight that ESPN drew for Falcons-Saints on Sept. 27. That game was up against the highly-anticipa...

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Mavs' Cuban, ESPN Resolve Reporter Issue

ESPN and Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban on Friday "reached a resolution" that will allow the network's reporters to be credentialed to cover the team's home games, according to ESPN.com. ESPN President John Skipper in a statement said, "ESPN has never contemplated automated reporting for our NBA coverag ...

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The Ringer Not Mirroring Success Of Grantland

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DirecTV's Dan York "Ringleader" Against SportsNet LA

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Media Notes

In Buffalo, Mike Harrington wrote NBCSN is finally "getting the hint," as the cable net is "adding a marquee game" to its NHL schedule with Maple Leafs-Oilers on Nov. 29. The net "did not have a single game involving" the Oilers on its schedule prior to the season and had "just one involving" the Ma ...

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"First Take" Moving From ESPN2 To ESPN

ESPN will move “First Take” from ESPN2 to ESPN, a move that ESPN execs believe will increase viewership for the nearly 10-year-old franchise. The move to ESPN’s 10:00am-12:00pm ET timeslot starts Jan. 3. Two hours of “SportsCenter” will replace “First Take” ...

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NFL Pregame Shows Generally Lower In '16

The decline for NFL games has been well documented, and that dip has also meant a decline for most pregame shows through Week 9. Not helping Sunday morning shows this year was the league’s third London game returning to linear TV (NFL Net) after streaming on Yahoo last year (aired over-the-air ...

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Malone: "Disney Being Held Back By ESPN"

Liberty Media Chair John Malone on Thursday said that Disney is "being held back from its full potential by ESPN and may consider spinning off the sports broadcast network," according to Elizabeth Gurdus of CNBC.com. Malone, appearing on CNBC, said, "If I had to guess, what you will see is a split o ...

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College Football Telecasts A Mixed Bag

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Aikman Signs Three-Year Extension With Fox

Fox NFL analyst Troy Aikman has "signed a three-year contract extension" with the net, where he will "continue to work with" play-by-play announcer Joe Buck and sideline reporter Erin Andrews on Fox' top announce team, according to sources cited by Michael McCarthy of SPORTING NEWS. Aikman duri ...

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Bayless "Offended" By Kerr's Comments

FS1's Skip Bayless said he was "offended" by comments Warriors coach Steve Kerr made on Wednesday about sports talk shows while discussing the presidential election, according to Neil Best of NEWSDAY. Kerr noted people are "getting paid millions of dollars to go on TV and scream at each other." ...

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