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NBC, ESPN Take Home Most Sports Emmy Wins; Ernie Johnson Honors Late Stuart Scott

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 06 / 15

NBC Sports Group and ESPN each won 11 Sports Emmy awards last night, the most among media companies. NBC Sports has now solely held or shared the top spot in the Sports Emmy count for five straight years. ESPN's 11 Emmys tie for the net's most on record. Former ESPN President George Bodenheimer was ...

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WEEI Shows Empathy Toward Dennis' Plight

WEEI-FM morning show co-host John Dennis received "empathy" from the station and its management "in the months-long buildup to his decision Tuesday to check into a rehabilitation facility for alcohol abuse," according to Chad Finn of the BOSTON GLOBE. Entercom Boston VP & Marketing Manager ...

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ESPN's McHenry Suspended One Week

SI.com's Richard Deitsch reported ESPN's Britt McHenry "has been suspended one week by the network following the release of a video tape on Thursday in which she is  seen berating a towing company worker ." In what "appears to be an edited tape," the woman at the towing establishment "threatens ...

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NBCSN Sets EPL Cable Record

NBCSN drew 1.13 million viewers for Manchester City-Manchester United last Sunday from 10:57am-1:04pm ET, marking the most-viewed EPL match ever on U.S. cable TV. The previous record was 1.03 million viewers for the same matchup on ESPN on April 30, 2012. Last Sunday’s game peaked at 1.3 milli ...

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Media Notes

In Indiana, Eric Hansen reports Notre Dame's football season opener against Texas in South Bend "will be a night game," with kickoff slated for 7:30pm ET. A recent clause "added to the ND television contract with NBC allows for three night games at Notre Dame Stadium in each two-year cycle, mov ...

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NBA Launches Digital Fan Appreciation Campaign

The NBA this morning launched a fan-appreciation digital media campaign that includes 20 current and former players conducting at least 20 chats on Facebook, Twitter and Weibo. It is the first time the league has used social-media chats as part of its annual fan-appreciation efforts. The ...

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Boston Radio Host Dennis Checks Into Rehab

WEEI-FM morning show co-host John Dennis after the Red Sox' home opener Monday decided to "check himself into rehab," according to Steve Buckley of the BOSTON HERALD. Dennis said that he "had gone 40 days without touching alcohol." But "then came the traditional home opener, after which he decided t ...

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NBC/NBCSN Down For NHL Season

NBCSN averaged 349,000 viewers for 91 NHL game telecasts during the '14-15 season, down slightly from 351,000 viewers over 88 games last season. The audience still marks the cable net's third-best audience since acquiring NHL rights prior to the '05-06 season. Only last season and the lockout-shorte ...

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Clippers' Ralph Lawler Returning In '15-16

Clippers TV play-by-play man Ralph Lawler yesterday said that he "would return" for the '15-16 season, his 37th with the team, according to Ben Bolch of the L.A. TIMES. Lawler, who turns 77 next week, said that there were a "handful of factors that prompted his decision to return." The Clippers ...

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NFL Network Morning Show Going On Hiatus

NFL Network’s live morning show "NFL AM" will go on hiatus for a couple of months following the May 8 show. Network execs said that they plan to bring the show back at some point during the '15 NFL preseason, though they have not set a firm date for when it will return. NFL execs said they de ...

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Masters Weekend Viewership Up From '14

CBS finished with 14.0 million viewers for the final round of The Masters on Sunday afternoon, up 26% from 11.1 million viewers last year, but down from 14.7 million viewers in '13 when the event went to a playoff. Saturday’s coverage on CBS finished with 8.9 million viewers, up 51% from 5.9 m ...

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