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Lakers On-Court Struggles Produce Lowest RSN Ratings In Franchise History

04 / 17 / 14

The audience for Lakers games on Time Warner Cable SportsNet took a “dramatic tumble this season," as the team's 2.15 local rating in L.A. marks what "is believed to be a new low for the franchise,” according to Joe Flint of the L.A. TIMES. The previous low was a 2.71 rating for the '04-...

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Marc Watson Out At BT TV

BT TV CEO Marc Watson "has been squeezed out as part of a major revamp of the telecoms company’s media divisions," according to Nic Fildes of the LONDON TIMES. Watson will leave "as his division is merged with BT Sport into one unit." BT is "now looking for a new managing director for the expa ...

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CSN Philadelphia Seeking Phillies Surcharge

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia is “seeking a subscriber surcharge on behalf” of the 25-year, $2.5B TV rights deal it negotiated with the Phillies in January, according to Bob Fernandez of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. Sources said that the RSN is “asking pay-TV operators, including ...

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In Birmingham, Michael Casagrande noted former NFLer Greg McElroy is "signing a long-term deal" with the SEC Network. McElroy, an Alabama alumni, said, "I'll be going to cover the game and be unbiased and tell what I really think. I think the world of every one of those schools. ... I'll have an unb ...

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Golf Channel To Air Friday Ryder Cup

NBC's '06 trade of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to ESPN officially has run its course, as NBC Sports Group picked up the rights to Friday coverage of the Ryder Cup. As part of the Oswald trade, ESPN carried the Ryder Cup's Friday matches from '06-12. But this September, NBC-owned Golf Channel will step i ...

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ESPN Readies 25th Season Broadcasting MLB

ESPN is about to embark on its 25th season of carrying MLB games with a new rights deal that will see several changes in the way the channel covers the games. The new eight-year, $5.6B deal gives ESPN more flexibility in picking games, allowing it to focus even more on teams that deliver the be ...

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UK-Wichita State Leads Sunday NCAA Ratings

Kentucky’s upset win over Wichita State yesterday from 3:00-5:30pm ET drew a 7.9 overnight on CBS, marking the best figure for any CBS or Turner Sports game on the first Sunday of the NCAA men's basketball tournament since the current setup began in ’11. It also is the best overnight f ...

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MML Already Past '13 With 51 Million Streams

March Madness Live has surpassed 51 million live video streams through the first weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, more than the total for the entire tournament last year and a new record for digital streaming of the event. The 51 million live streams are up 40% from a comparabl ...

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Pac-12 TV Deal Not A Windfall For Member Schools

Two Pac-12 ADs said that most fans "misunderstand how much new money is being infused" into member schools via the conference TV deal, "in part, because there are costs and also, the notion that you're giving up old money to get new money," according to John Canzano of the Portland OREGONIAN. Canzan ...

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In Baltimore, Aaron Wilson reports Fox' Brian Billick "will no longer call games for the network" after "six years as a color analyst" on NFL broadcasts. Fox Sports VP/Communications Dan Bell last night‏ confirmed that Billick's expired contract "won't be renewed." Billick has not coac ...

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CBS, Turner Score Big Overnight For NCAAs

Second-round NCAA Tournament play on Thursday averaged a 6.0 overnight rating across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV, marking the best opening Thursday for the tournament in 23 years. The rating is up 3% from a 5.8 figure in ‘13. The early primetime window was the top of the day with a 7.7 overnight, ...

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