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Lakers RSN Ratings Reach New Low

The audience for Lakers games on Time Warner Cable SportsNet took a “dramatic tumble this season," as the team's 2.15 local rating in L.A. marks what "is believed to be a new low for the franchise,” according to Joe Flint of the L.A. TIMES. The previous low was a 2.71 rating for the '04- ...

Tags: Media, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Time Warner Cable, NBA

Nike, USATF Sign 23-Year Extension

Nike and USA Track & Field yesterday announced a 23-year sponsorship extension that is valued at more than $400M. The current eight-year deal Nike signed with USATF through '16 is worth an estimated $10M a year. Sources valued the new deal, which runs from '17-40, at more than double that: $20M+ ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Nike, USA Track and Field

Names In The News

The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER named its "35 Most Powerful People In Media" for '14, and the list includes NBC's BOB COSTAS , NBC Sports Group Chair MARK LAZARUS , CBS Sports Chair SEAN MCMANUS and ESPN President JOHN SKIPPER ( HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 4/20 issue ). MONEY ON MY MIND : In Philadelphia, ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture

Purdue Upgrading Ross-Ade Stadium

Purdue Univ. as part of a new renovation project will add "two large video boards, including a giant scoreboard that will, in essence, enclose the south end zone" of Ross-Ade Stadium, according to Pete DiPrimio of the Ft. Wayne NEWS-SENTINEL. Texas A&M currently has the nation's largest scoreboa ...

Tags: Facilities, Big Ten

Kohl Praised For Dedication To Milwaukee

Following "just two winning seasons" since '01 and a franchise-worst 15-67 record in '13-14, Herb Kohl recognized that "the time was right" to sell the Bucks , according to Gary D'Amato of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The losing "ate at" Kohl, who yesterday agreed to sell the team ...

Tags: Franchises, NBA, Milwaukee Bucks

ESPN To Air Klitschko Title Bout

The April 26 Wladimir Klitschko-Alex Leapai heavyweight title bout in Oberhausen, Germany will be televised live in the U.S. on ESPN "after the network reached a deal" yesterday with IMG, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. ESPN will be “televising two heavyweight title bouts in two weeks" af ...

Tags: Media, ESPN, IMG

Illinois Athletics, Nike Unveil New Look

Illinois unveiled two primary athletics logos, the block "I" and the "victory badge"  The Univ. of Illinois athletic department last night unveiled the results of an "18-month collaboration with Nike ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Nike

SI Print Revenue Down In Q1

Sports Illustrated began ’14 with a slight dip in print ad revenue, as Q1 saw $146.0M compared to $147.8M last year during the same period (one less issue in '14), according to data from the Publishers Information Bureau. The Q1 data for SI does not include the annual swimsuit issue, which ha ...

Tags: Research and Ratings, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Golf Digest, Golf magazine, Golf World

NHL Jets May Add Seats At MTS Centre

NHL Jets Chair Mark Chipman said that the seating capacity of the 15,004-seat MTS Centre "could go up in the not-too-distant future," according to Tim Campbell of the WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. Chipman yesterday said, "We've looked at a plan to build some loge seating which would basically hang off t ...

Tags: Facilities, Winnipeg Jets

Arthur Blank, Atlanta Officially Awarded MLS Team

MLS Commissioner Don Garber yesterday "amidst a parade-like atmosphere" officially announced that Atlanta "will be the 22nd team" in the league, according to Doug Roberson of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Falcons Owner Arthur Blank will own the team, which will begin play in '17 in the new $1.2B ...

Tags: Franchises, MLS

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