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ESPN To Run Special On O.J. Parole Hearing; Other Outlets Airing Extensive Coverage

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 20 / 17

ESPN's "OTL" will air a 90-minute special today at 1:00pm ET "featuring live coverage" of O.J. Simpson's parole hearing in Carson City, Nev., according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Jeremy Schaap will "anchor the coverage" from ESPN HQ and will be "joined in-studio" by legal analyst Ryan Smith ...

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Minute Media Creates New Esports Site

Minute Media, which operates the 12Up and 90min destinations, has created a new site devoted to esports, Dbltap.com. The new site follows internal research that found that 85% of Minute Media’s online audience was comprised of gamers, and more than half described themselves as avid gamers. Dbl ...

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Wojnarowksi Joining ESPN For NBA Free Agency

SI.com's Richard Deitsch reported The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski officially "will join ESPN on July 1, which coincides the date NBA free agents can begin reaching verbal agreements with teams." It has been an "open secret in sports media and NBA circles that Wojnarowski was headed to ESPN fr ...

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Social Studies: Warriors' Daniel Brusilovsky

Warriors Digital Initiatives Lead Daniel Brusilovsky ( @danielbru ) joined the club during the '14 NBA Playoffs. His previous experience was with startups and venture capital, including Highland Capital Partners, where Celtics Managing Partner & CEO Wyc Grousbeck was a partner. Brusilovsky said ...

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NBA Draft Viewership Up 14% From Last Year

ESPN on Thursday finished with 3.42 million viewers for the NBA Draft, up 14% from last year, but below the record-setting figure from the '15 Draft, when the T'Wolves selected C Karl-Anthony Towns with the No. 1 overall pick. ESPN began airing the event in '03. This year marks the net's third-best ...

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NESN Pulls David Ortiz' Roast From Schedule

NESN originally planned to air former MLBer David Ortiz' recent roast over the weekend, but it was "scrubbed" from the RSN's schedule "because much of the humor was wildly vulgar and profane," according to Mark Shanahan of the BOSTON GLOBE. Most of the jokes at Thursday's roast "were NSFW to th ...

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Media Notes

In Tampa, Tom Jones writes Fox deserves "big-time pats on the back for its coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup." Game coverage has been "excellent, but it's the studio show that really rocks, especially if you follow international soccer closely." There is "a lot of 'insider soccer' here, but th ...

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NBA Draft Overnight Ratings Rebound For ESPN

ESPN saw a big uptick in overnight ratings for its NBA Draft coverage on Thursday night. The two-round telecast averaged a 2.7 overnight, up 13% from a 2.4 last year, which was the event's lowest mark since '12. The '15 and '14 telecasts still have the top mark for an NBA Draft with a 3.1 overnight. ...

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Kraft Says Future Of Broadcasts Will Be In OTT

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft said that the future of NFL broadcasts is in "'over the top' deals like the livestreaming agreement the NFL signed with Amazon this spring," according to Claire Atkinson of the N.Y. POST. Kraft said, "There has been a dramatic shift. This year we’re with Amazon and ...

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Bruins, WBZ-FM Reach Multiyear Extension

Boston-based WBZ-FM has "reached a multiyear contract extension with the Bruins to air all of the franchise’s games," according to Chad Finn of the BOSTON GLOBE. Bruins games have been carried by CBS Radio-owned stations since '95-96, "switching over from WBZ-AM to WBZ-FM" for the '0 ...

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WFAN Testing Replacements For Mike Francesa

WFAN-AM next week will start to "test combinations in search of an afternoon drive time show to replace Mike Francesa, whose final program is scheduled for Dec. 15," according to Neil Best of NEWSDAY. WFAN-AM VP/Programming Mark Chernoff said that his goal is to have a "succession plan in place ...

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