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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 30 / 14

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Overnight For "MNF" Opener Down Sharply

ESPN earned a 9.2 overnight rating for the Lions’ blowout “MNF” win over the Giants last night, down 21% from an 11.6 figure for Eagles-Redskins in the same window last year, which was the net's best "MNF" opener since it acquired NFL rights prior to the '06 season. In Detroit, las ...

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09/09/14
How TV Networks Are Covering Ray Rice

TV coverage of the Ray Rice situation was heavy not only on sports outlets, but also on network TV primetime news shows. Last night's editions of ABC's "World News" and NBC's "Nightly News" both teased the Rice story in their opening segments. NBC led its broadcast with Rice, while ABC reported on h ...

Tags: Media, NFL, NFL Network, CBS

09/09/14
EA Delays Release Date For "NBA Live 15"

EA Sports last night said the company will delay the release of its upcoming “NBA Live 15” basketball title from a planned retail release of Oct. 7 by three weeks to Oct. 28. The postponement is the latest hit in an extended series of problems for the beleaguered video game franchis ...

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09/09/14
App Review: NFL Now For iPhone

NFL Now is about video, and the mobile application contains a deep library of it. Customization makes the experience more personal, and access to game highlights is a bonus. Unfortunately, access hurdles put a damper on the fun. NFL Now for iPhone is an ad-supported free download developed by NF ...

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09/08/14
NFL Sees Week 1 Overnight Ratings Decline

The NFL saw a year-over-year overnight ratings decline for its Week 1 game telecasts on Sunday, which saw blowouts for many marquee matchups. Fox led all telecasts for Week 1 with a 17.4 overnight for its national window, which featured 49ers-Cowboys in 89% of U.S. markets. That game, which saw the ...

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09/08/14
SI Unveils New Digital Video Franchise

SI today is debuting another new digital video franchise, SI Wire. The effort will comprise short-form breaking news video, with video segments typically lasting 30-45 seconds. While somewhat analogous to the 120 Sports OTT venture, of which SI is a partner, SI Wire will not have official league hig ...

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09/08/14
NBA Near Agreement On New TV Rights Deal

The NBA and its network partners, Turner Sports and ESPN, "expect to reach an agreement in principle on new long-term media deals by the start of the regular season," according to sources cited by Lombardo & Ourand of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Talks "have progressed so rapidly that details ar ...

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09/08/14
U.S. Open Women's Final Overnight Down

CBS drew a 4.0 overnight rating for Serena Williams’ third straight win at the U.S. Open, a figure that is a mixed bag compared to the women’s final from the past few years. Williams’ win over Carolina Wozniacki yesterday was down 18% from a 4.9 overnight for her win over Victoria ...

Tags: USTA, Media, CBS

09/08/14
Oregon-Michigan State Sets Record For Fox

Fox drew a 4.0 overnight rating for Oregon’s 46-27 win over Michigan State on Saturday night, marking a record figure any regular-season college football game on the net. The 4.0 rating is up 111% from the net’s Week 2 primetime game last season, which saw West Virginia-Oklahoma draw a ...

Tags: Media, Fox, ABC, NBC

09/08/14
Champions League Gets Red Zone Treatment

Fox Sports this year will introduce a red-zone channel "during the group stage of the UEFA Champions League with Multimatch 90, which will show up to eight games at a time as they are played simultaneously throughout Europe on 12 days, starting on Sept. 16 and ending on Dec. 10," according to Richar ...

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