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NYC FC Set To Introduce Lampard; Beasley Signs With Dynamo

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 24 / 14

NYC FC today is expected to introduce Frank Lampard as its new designated player signing as he joins the MLS expansion team following his career with EPL club Chelsea. The event "also will see Lampard taking part in a coaching clinic with local children" ( DAILYMAIL.co.uk, 7/24 ). Meanw...

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Germany-U.S. Sets Concurrent Stream Record

ESPN on Thursday afternoon reached 1.7 million concurrent viewers on WatchESPN toward the end of the Germany-U.S. FIFA World Cup match. The audience figure, while not specific to that match but rather all of WatchESPN, set a new record for the platform. Final audience numbers for the game are expe ...

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ESPN's Jed Drake Talks World Cup Production

ESPN Senior VP & Exec Producer Jed Drake gives his staff in Brazil a simple message as his network produces its last FIFA World Cup event until at least '26: do not be afraid to take it all in. "These things are what you work careers towards. I said that yesterday in our production meeting. I re ...

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ESPN Gets Record NBA Draft Overnight Rating

ESPN drew a 3.1 overnight rating for the NBA Draft on Thursday night, marking a record figure since ESPN began airing the event in ’03. The previous record was a 2.7 overnight for that first ’03 draft, which featured LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Thursday ni ...

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Final Ratings: F1 Numbers Up On NBCSN

NBCSN drew 413,000 viewers for the Austrian Grand Prix last Sunday, which was the first F1 race in the country in 10 years. That figure marks the third-best audience for the cable network since NBC Sports Group acquired rights to the racing circuit prior to the ’13 season. NBC also drew 1.46 ...

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Media Notes

In St. Louis, Dan Caesar notes the Red Sox and Yankees play their second series of the season this weekend, and the TV networks are going "ga-ga with it despite the teams occupying second and third places in the AL East.” All four games of the teams’ first meeting in April were shown nat ...

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Randle Sees Biggest Twitter Jump Among Draftees

The large, global social media following of the Lakers welcomed Julius Randle with open arms after he was taken with the No. 7 pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. Randle gained over 40,000 new Twitter followers overnight to lead all first-round picks. The other significant mover was overall No. 1 pick And ...

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U.S.-Germany Could Set WatchESPN Records

The U.S.-Germany FIFA World Cup match begins at 12:00pm ET today, and the midday start time means ESPN is not likely to top TV soccer records set during the first two U.S. matches of this tournament. However, there could be streaming records set today on WatchESPN. Each of the top five most-vi ...

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ESPN's "Men In Blazers" Gain Mainstream Appeal

The '14 FIFA World Cup has introduced millions of Americans to ESPN's "Men in Blazers," Michael Davies and Roger Bennett, "two scruffy, balding Britons, clutching a miniature banana as a make-believe microphone, riffing on the day’s games," according to Jonathan Mahler of the N.Y. TIMES. ...

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BTN, Comcast Reach Deal In Maryland, New Jersey

The Big Ten Network and Comcast have "finalized an agreement for distribution in New Jersey and Maryland, as the Big Ten prepares to officially welcome new members Rutgers and Maryland on July 1," according to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN.com. BTN announced " similar agreements with both Time Warner Cab ...

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120 Sports True To Premise In Debut

120 Sports, the new digital-only multisports network, debuted at 6:00pm ET last night, buttressed from the very start with a no-hitter by Giants P Tim Lincecum that was completed just minutes after the venture debuted its nightly live programming. True to its premise, the service feature a quick-pac ...

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