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Friday Boxing announcer  Michael Buffer  will ring the NASDAQ Closing Bell to celebrate Saturday’s Gennady Golovkin - Daniel Geale championship bout at MSG. Late WGN Cubs and White Sox TV and radio announcer Jack Brickhouse will be honored during the afternoon Cardin...

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07/07/14
DirecTV Debuting "Fantasy Zone" Channel

DirecTV will add a "Fantasy Zone" station to its lineup this fall as part of its NFL Sunday Ticket package, with the new channel "residing next to its popular 'Red Zone' channel," according to Chris Strauss of USA TODAY. The new channel will broadcast "while games are in progress, but will focus sol ...

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07/07/14
Media Notes

The AP noted "not everyone got the memo" that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 was postponed from Saturday night to yesterday morning. When TNT's race coverage began yesterday, most TV program guides still had a "Lord of the Rings" marathon listed. The Coke Zero 400 "preempted the thi ...

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07/03/14
Belgium-U.S. Draws Big Univision, ESPN Numbers

ESPN and Univision combined to draw 21.59 million viewers for Tuesday's Belgium-U.S. FIFA World Cup Round of 16 match. ESPN’s 16.49 million viewers marks the third-best audience for a soccer match in U.S. TV history, behind only ESPN’s U.S.-Portugal match on June 22 (18.22 million) and ...

Tags: Media, ESPN, FIFA World Cup, Univision, Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

07/03/14
USMNT Players Seeing Social Media Gains

The widespread influence of the U.S. men’s national team at the FIFA World Cup was reinforced by the boost in popularity for each player on social media. Every member of the team active on social media saw at least 100,000 new followers combined between Instagram and Twitter over the last ...

Tags: Media, FIFA World Cup, Twitter, Instagram

07/03/14
Bowman Discusses 120 Sports

MLBAM President & CEO Bob Bowman said the theory behind recently launched digital network 120 Sports "is that every story is two minutes long, 120 seconds." Bowman, appearing Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," added, "It's built for the digital age, i.e. it's built for digital first, not even ...

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07/03/14
How Clay Travis Rose To Fame & Fortune

Sports blogger and Nashville-based WGFX-FM co-host Clay Travis in the past eight years has "propelled himself from a couch-crashing blogger and aspiring author to a one-man sports media brand," according to a profile by Nate Rau of the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Travis is now a "full-fledged celebrity, t ...

Tags: Media, Fox

07/02/14
ESPN Gets Its Best World Cup Overnight

ESPN earned a 9.6 overnight rating for Belgium’s 2-1 win over the U.S. in extra time yesterday in the FIFA World Cup Round of 16, marking the cable net’s best overnight on record for a World Cup match. When final ratings and viewership figures become available later today, the match tel ...

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07/02/14
Howard Makes Media Rounds Following U.S. Loss

U.S. G Tim Howard was seemingly on every TV channel and national radio show this morning following the men's national team's 2-1 loss to Belgium in extra time last night and subsequent exit from the World Cup, and the media coverage was part of an organized strategy by the U.S. Soccer Fede ...

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07/02/14
U.S.' World Cup Exit Gets Heavy Media Coverage

The Belgium-U.S. match was treated as a major news story on all three network morning shows today, following a pattern that “GMA,” “Today” and “CBS This Morning” set with the three U.S. group-stage games. The U.S.' defeat in extra time last night was the second re ...

Tags: Media, Soccer, FIFA World Cup

07/02/14
Rick Jeanneret Diagnosed With Throat Cancer

Sabres broadcaster Rick Jeanneret "has been diagnosed with throat cancer," according to a front-page piece by Alan Pergament of the BUFFALO NEWS. Jeanneret, who has been calling Sabres games on radio and TV for 43 years, said that a "golf ball-sized growth in his throat was malignant." He expects to ...

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