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Comcast Drops Plans To Acquire Time Warner Cable After Pressure From Regulators

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 24 / 15

Comcast on Friday morning announced that it has terminated its agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable, with Comcast Chair & CEO Brian Roberts appearing on CNBC to discuss the failed deal. Roberts said, “We wanted to bring the products that we've got that we're very proud of to new market...

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App Review: NCAA Tourney On CBS Sports

The CBS Sports mobile application offers year round, customizable coverage for sports fans. In March, it surfaces a dedicated NCAA Tournament section along with bracket games. This week, we examine those features specifically. An ad-supported free download, CBS Sports was developed by CBS Interac ...

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Is WWE Network's Growth Sustainable?

The WWE Network "has more than 1.3 million subscribers," and a 31% increase in just two months "has left investors wondering if the growth is sustainable," according to Shalini Ramachandran of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. The jump "was driven, in part, by consumers’ anticipation" of last weekend's ...

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Albert, Costas, Michaels To Call Boxing

Broadcasters Marv Albert, Bob Costas and Al Michaels, who "have never appeared on the same sports broadcast" together, will "join forces" for NBC's "Premier Boxing Champions" telecast on April 11, according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. The trio will come together "for a pair of boxing matches from ...

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Former NFLer Coy Wire Joins CNN Sports

Former NFLer Coy Wire has joined the CNN Sports team as a full-time anchor and contributor, where he will be anchoring Bleacher Report for the HLN Weekend Express segments. The deal for Wire was negotiated by CSE Dir of Broadcasters & Talent Representation Kim Garner. Wire played nine years in t ...

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Elite Eight Up Big For CBS, Turner

CBS averaged an 8.6 overnight rating for yesterday's NCAA Tournament Elite Eight doubleheader, up 10% from last year. Duke-Gonzaga in the late afternoon window led the way with a 9.9 overnight, marking the best game in that window in 10 years. The game was up 10% compared to Kentucky-Michigan in the ...

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Players' Tribune Continues Maintaining Mission

Red Sox DH David Ortiz' recent post on The Players' Tribune about "being unfairly branded a cheater" in '03 was a “small triumph for a website that has a mission to give an athlete a platform ... without a reporter playing the journalistic middleman," according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. ...

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Media Notes

SI.com's Richard Deitsch reported Fox Sports has hired former MLBer Raul Ibañez "as a studio analyst for its pregame and postgame coverage." Ibañez "will also contribute" to "Fox Sports Live," "America’s Pregame" and "MLB Whiparound." Fox Sports "has also assigned Joe Davis and A ...

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NCAA Tourney Continues Record Ratings

CBS and Turner on Thursday night extended its record-setting audience for the NCAA Tournament, as the four game on the opening night of the Sweet 16 combined to average a 9.1 overnight rating on CBS and TBS. That marks a record overnight for Sweet 16 Thursday, dating back to '91. The 9.1 also is up ...

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Coyotes Analyst On Leave After Arrest

The Coyotes on Thursday placed radio analyst Nick Boynton "on a leave of absence" after he was "leveled with a host of charges ... following an overnight incident at a Buffalo casino," according to Sarah McLellan of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Buffalo Police spokesperson Michael DeGeorge said that Bo ...

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Burke Explains How She Reached Current Role

ESPN's Doris Burke is profiled by the Albany TIMES UNION's Pete Dougherty in advance of her working the NCAA Women's Tournament in Albany this weekend, and she called herself a "happy accident in the world of sports broadcasting." She said, "When I left coaching in 1990 because I wanted to get marri ...

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