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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 05 / 15

15 – Number of clubs that have scheduled MLB Ambassador for Inclusion Billy Bean for a visit during ’15 Spring Training ( “OTL Extra, ESPN3, 3/5 ).

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Raftery's Final Four Addition Seen As Positive

CBS Sports and Turner Sports last week "turned a negative story into a positive one" with the news that Bill Raftery will call his first NCAA Tournament Final Four by replacing the suspended Greg Anthony, according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Following the announcement, social-media users "were ge ...

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02/09/15
NBA TV's "The Starters" Growing In Popularity

NBA TV's "The Starters" is "growing quickly in popularity," with viewership this season having increased by 24% and podcast downloads up 22%, according to Jonah Bromwich of the N.Y. TIMES. NBA TV said that it will "continue to raise the show's profile," which is available to stream live and download ...

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02/09/15
Media Notes

In N.Y., Steel & Gelles note a year after it was announced, Comcast’s "audacious acquisition of Time Warner Cable remains in limbo." In recent weeks, the "air of inevitability around the deal has dissipated." With the FCC proposing "stringent new rules to govern the Internet, analysts ...

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02/06/15
Davis Taking Over "GameDay" Duties

ESPN's Rece Davis has signed a multiyear agreement with the network through '21 that includes taking over full-time hosting duties from Chris Fowler for "College GameDay" in '15. The transition means Davis will relinquish his role calling Thursday night college football games for the net. Davis, who ...

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02/06/15
Pacquiao-Mayweather TV Deal Not Done Yet

Showtime Sports Exec VP & GM Stephen Espinoza on Thursday refuted a statement from Top Rank Chair Bob Arum that a Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao agreement was close, saying "there are still a few significant issues on the network side and the fighters' side," according to Bob Velin of ...

Tags: Media, Showtime, Top Rank, Boxing, HBO

02/06/15
Blues A Key Part Of NBC's NHL Schedule

NBC Sports Exec Producer Sam Flood said that the Blues "have become a key component in the NBC/NBCSN game plan" for airing NHL contests, "not only because of their success but in the fact that they are in the Central time zone and that fits in perfectly with its scheduling," according to Dan Caesar ...

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02/06/15
NBC's Chelsea-Man City Gets Strong Audience

NBC on Saturday drew 1.35 million viewers for the EPL Chelsea-Manchester City match. That figure marks the third-best EPL audience in U.S. TV history. NBC over the last five months has aired three of the four most-viewed EPL matches on record in the U.S....CSN Chicago averaged a 4.81 local rating fo ...

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02/06/15
Media Notes

THE STREET's Jeff Berman reported Fox' sales "related to sports" in the company's Q2 earnings report were "discouraging." Bernstein Research VP & Senior Analyst of U.S. Media Todd Juenger in a research note wrote, "The surprise for us was ad revenue being down for sports." 21st Century Fox ...

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02/05/15
SI Unveils Swimsuit Issue Cover On "Fallon"

Davis' SI cover was unveiled a few days earlier than usual  SI last night on NBC's “The Tonight Show” unveiled the cover of its ’15 Swimsuit issue featuring Hannah Davis, markin ...

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02/05/15
NHL Could Benefit From ESPN Winning WC Rights

ESPN reportedly winning the broadcast rights to the '16 World Cup of Hockey "could mean big business -- and big exposure -- for the NHL," according to Jared Clinton of THE HOCKEY NEWS. ESPN has not broadcast pro hockey since the strike cancelled the '04-05 season, and the net's perceived lack of c ...

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