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Kentucky is top draw during CBS-Turner era

04 / 14 / 14

During the first three years of CBS and Turner’s NCAA tournament partnership, it was clear who held the most influence: CBS had the biggest games and posted the biggest ratings for the event. This year, though, marked the first time TBS carried Elite Eight and Final Four games. While ...

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12/11/06
Wooden’s Bruins lead 4-pack of HBO docs

HBO Sports is planning to roll out a slate of four documentaries next year, starting with a look at UCLA’s college basketball team that won 10 national titles from 1964 through 1975. The documentary “Dominant Decade: The UCLA Basketball Dynasty” is set to debut at 10 p.m. March 26, in the m ...

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12/11/06
USTA buys into Tennis Channel

Spurred on by the growth of single-sport networks such as the NFL Network, NBA TV and The Golf Channel, the U.S. Tennis Association has decided to invest in The Tennis Channel as a way to grow the network and the sport. The USTA, the governing body for the sport in the U.S., is set to anno ...

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12/11/06
Cox adds ESPNU, near deal with The mtn.

Cox is spending the holiday season filling its digital sports and information tier with college sports networks. The country’s fourth-largest cable operator signed a deal last week that puts ESPNU on its digital tier, a move that will add up to 2 million subscribers to the service. The de ...

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12/04/06
Will NFL fans defect to satellite?

Now that the pregame bluster is over and the NFL Network has started airing live regular-season games, industry watchers are keeping an eye on whether subscribers will churn away from the multisystem operators that aren’t carrying the network. KC and Denver kicked off li ...

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11/27/06
ESPN, AFL work on details

The Arena Football League is in serious talks with two networks about a national media rights deal just over two months before it kicks off its regular season. ESPN would grab a stake in the Arena Football League as part of the media rights deal that’s being discu ...

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11/27/06
New sponsors for ‘50 Greatest’ and MSG NY

MSG’s two-month-old rebranding already is starting to pay ad sales dividends, as the network has signed multiple sponsors for both its “50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden” and “MSG NY” shows. A New York HMO will sponsor the series, which features MSG moments ...

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11/27/06
Booyah, mate! ‘SportsCenter’ goes down under for ESPN Internation ...

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11/20/06
Carriers ready for long fight

Italia Commisso Weinand’s face lit up last week when a reporter approached her at a black-tie dinner for cable executives in Washington, D.C., and asked whether her company would carry the NFL Network this year. The senior vice president of programming for the country’s seventh-largest mul ...

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11/20/06
Exec producer Plavnick exits ESPN Classic

Judy Plavnick left ESPN Classic last week after spending a year in Bristol, Conn., as an executive producer for the network. Plavnick decided to move back to her hometown, Washington, D.C., for personal reasons, a network spokesman said. Plavnick was hired in October 2005 from the D ...

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11/13/06
Talks with Comcast are rolling

Avoiding the bitter public battles that have become a hallmark of previous contract renewal negotiations with broadcasters, Comcast quietly is wrapping up wide-ranging deals with both Disney and Fox that will keep ESPN and some of Fox’s sports offerings on the nation’s largest multisystem operat ...

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