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Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin Criticize NFL's Media, Sponsor Policies In Skit

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 11 / 26 / 14

Seahawks CB Richard Sherman "took issue with several NFL policies" during his weekly media availability Tuesday, including the league's sponsorship stance and its "decision last week to fine teammate Marshawn Lynch $100,000" for not talking to the press, according to Bob Condotta of ...

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Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer said of whether he is considering an over-the-top media-rights package for the team, "We’re partners with Fox in L.A. ... And that’s been a great relationship. But the big question for everybody, whether it’s Fox or the Clippers is, 'What do you do over ...

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World Series Averages 13.8 Million Viewers

The seven-game Giants-Royals World Series finished with an 8.2 rating and 13.8 million viewers, down 8% and 7%, respectively, from the six-game Red Sox-Cardinals series last year. However, Giants-Royals is up 8% and 9%, respectively, from the Giants’ sweep of the Tigers in ’12, which r ...

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Thurs. Games Draw Combined 16.7 Million Viewers

“Thursday Night Football” on CBS and NFL Network proved to be the second highest-rated and most-viewed NFL primetime TV package after the first eight weeks of the season. The games, which aired on CBS and were simulcast on NFL Network, posted an average audience that was about 5 million ...

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NFL TV Viewership Through Week 8

NFL viewership remains the strongest programming on TV, but many of the league's TV partners are seeing slight declines at the '14 season's midway point. Fox is averaging 20.7 million viewers for its Sunday afternoon telecasts through Week 8, down slightly from the its record-setting start to the &r ...

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NFL Ratings Unhurt By Off-Field Issues

The NFL TV audience is "doing fine, even after a ton of talk has centered on domestic violence and concussions recently," according to Frank Schwab of YAHOO SPORTS. TV ratings would be the "one key area in which you'd see a dip" in the wake of the league's off-field issues, but they are "as strong a ...

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CBS' McManus All In For "TNF" Broadcasts

Despite the move of “Thursday Night Football’ exclusively to NFL Network for this week’s Saints-Panthers game, CBS Sports Chair Sean McManus does not plan on holding anything back. The first seven “TNF” games aired on CBS and were simulcast on NFL Net, but the remaining ...

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Ruling Allows Purchase Of CSN Houston

A federal bankruptcy judge Thursday approved a Chapter 11 reorganization plan that will "allow AT&T and DirecTV to purchase" CSN Houston and relaunch it in November as Root Sports Houston, according to David Barron of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. There was "no immediate indication, in the wake of Judg ...

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New Ads Promote NBC's Streaming Platform

NBC Sports this weekend will debut a new TV campaign to promote NBC Sports Live Extra, marking the first time it has developed a major marketing initiative behind its live streaming platform. A trio of spots, promoting NBC's live streaming of NFL, EPL and NHL coverage, will feature prominent networ ...

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Bears Players Embrace Media Opportunities

Radio appearances by current and former players are "commonplace in NFL markets across the country," but the "sheer number of them is unique" to the Bears, according to Patrick Finley of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. A total of 14 Bears players now "claim media deals -- from five-minute radio hit ...

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Final Ratings

ESPN finished with a 3.0 rating and 4.9 million viewers for LSU's upset win Saturday night over No. 3-ranked Ole Miss, helping the net to its most-viewed college game of the '14 season. ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 also combined to televise eight of the nine most-viewed college football games of the week ( T ...

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