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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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Tags: Colleges, Research and Ratings

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03/17/14
NBA keeps media deal choices open

Moving the NBA on TNT off of Thursday night? Taking on a third TV partner? Bringing the NBA’s digital rights back in-house? These are three of the ideas that have been floated as the league starts the process of negotiating its next media deal. ...

Tags: Media

03/10/14
ESPN Classic to become VOD channel

ESPN Classic’s 19-year history as a full-fledged TV channel is nearing an end. In its place, the channel best known for its pre-HD footage of old games is being reinvented as a video-on-demand channel. The move is one of the overlooked parts to Disney’s massive carriage deal with Dish ...

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03/03/14
Palmer doc to air around Masters

Golf Channel will carry a three-part documentary on the life of Arnold Palmer — one of the channel’s co-founders — in the run-up to the Masters next month. The documentary “Arnie” will run April 13-15 in the 10 p.m. ET time slot, following the channel’s “ ...

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03/03/14
Verne Lundquist: “How DO you do?”

T he undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes faced a fourth-and-10 with a little more than two minutes remaining in December’s Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis. Ohio State trailed by 10, and a trip to the BCS National Championship Game hung in the balance. More than 500 miles away, on the ...

Tags: Champions

03/03/14
Fox Sports execs like trends at FS1

One week before the launch of Fox Sports 1 last August, the channel’s most recognizable talent, Regis Philbin, told the Los Angeles Times, “I think it’s time for ESPN to get a little competition, don’t you?” That theme of Fox Sports 1 competing with ESPN proved to be ...

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02/24/14
Penguins set for five-peat atop ratings

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02/24/14
Ratings bump from Sochi hockey unlikely

The U.S. men’s hockey team’s shootout win over Russia at the Olympics drew 4.1 million viewers, the biggest audience to watch a hockey game on NBC Sports Network. Four days later, NBC Sports Group set an online record when 798,337 unique users streamed the U.S. team’s win over the ...

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02/17/14
Despite L.A., NBA local TV numbers good

The NBA’s local TV ratings look a lot like the league’s standings at the halfway point of this season, with good numbers in Oklahoma City and disappointment in Los Angeles. Coming off a year in which the Thunder posted the NBA’s best RSN ratings, OKC’s games on ...

Tags: Media, Leagues and Governing Bodies

02/17/14
SportsNet LA marketing Dodgers

Less than two weeks before one of the most anticipated network launch dates, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ network, SportsNet LA, is rolling out its biggest marketing push yet around the channel. The campaign breaks in full this week and includes TV, radio, digital, billboards and print. The cam ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Media

02/17/14
‘New guard’ creates new feel with NBC

Shortly after 4 p.m. last Wednesday, NBC Sports Group’s top executives gathered in a makeshift conference room within NBC’s massive Sochi compound. There was nothing remarkable about the meeting — it was similar to production m ...

Tags: Olympics

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