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Texans' McNair Believes "Hard Knocks" Will Bring Positive Attention To Beleaguered NFL

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 28 / 15

Texans Owner Bob McNair believes the team appearing on HBO's "Hard Knocks" will "benefit not only his franchise but also the NFL at large, given all the negatives the league has confronted of late," according to Dale Robertson of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. McNair said, "The last year has not been t...

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Caps-Rangers Overnight Down On NBC

NBC drew a 1.3 overnight for its lone NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game of the weekend -- Capitals-Rangers Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 2 on Saturday afternoon. That figure is down slightly from a 1.4 overnight for the comparable Bruins-Canadiens Game 2 last year. Both telecasts led into coverage o ...

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PGA Tour Stands By Wei's Credential Suspension

PGA Tour CMO Ty Votaw said that freelance reporter Stephanie Wei, who last Thursday  had her media credential stripped for the season after using Twitter-owned streaming app Periscope to film a practice round last Monday, "is free to reapply for a credential at season’s end, and ... any ...

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NFL Draft Overnight Down From Record In '14

ESPN and NFL Network both saw overnight ratings decline for the NFL Draft last night, as this year's first round lacked the drama surrounding QB Johnny Manziel seen last year. ESPN drew a 5.1 overnight for the first round from 8:00-11:30pm ET, down 25% from a record-setting 6.8 overnight last year. ...

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HBO, Showtime Concerned About PPV Surge

Both Showtime and HBO said that early pay-per-view orders for Saturday's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao bout "are tracking higher than they have ever seen, and that initial numbers have been so robust there are concerns the system might not be able to handle the surge of buyers," according ...

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ESPN Expanding Remote TV Productions

In a move that "could mean more" local jobs for ESPN's Charlotte-based SEC Network and ESPNU, six ACC baseball and softball games this month "will have the production and announcing done" in the city, according to Erik Spanberg of the CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL. The motivation for testing ...

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TWC's Q1 Profits Hampered By Dodgers' RSN

Time Warner Cable on Thursday reported Q1 earnings, which "continue to be pinched by the Dodger channel debacle" to the tune of $100M annually on its contract with the club, and those losses "prompted the company to reduce its full-year earnings estimates," according to Meg James of the L.A. TIMES. ...

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Liga MX Match Gets Big Viewership

Univision averaged 2.91 million viewers for the Liga MX Chivas de Guadalajara-Club America match on Sunday night, marking the most-viewed regular-season club soccer match -- from any league -- in the U.S. in over five years. The match had competition from ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball,& ...

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Reporters Won't Hold Back In Tweeting Draft Picks

While neither ESPN nor NFL Network reporters will tip off team picks on social media during tonight’s NFL Draft coverage, do not look for other NFL reporters across the country to show such restraint. The consensus among a group of just more than 10 national and beat reporters surveyed by THE ...

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ESPN, NFL Network Approach Draft Differently

For coverage of the NFL Draft, both ESPN and NFL Network "will have broadcast positions in Grant Park along with their traditional sets inside the Auditorium Theatre," according to Ed Sherman of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The Draft begins tonight at 8:00pm ET, and NFL Network Coordinating Producer Charlie ...

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SI To Create Dedicated Film Division

SI is creating a new unit called SI Films that will be dedicated to developing documentaries and other video features. SI already has been creating documentaries and other long-form video programming for some time, and it recently won a Webby Award for its feature on homeless athletes, "Young, Gifte ...

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