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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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NBC halts Sochi ad sales for now

Weeks before the Sochi Games are scheduled to start, NBC has stopped taking ad sales orders for the Winter Olympics. The network is reserving an undetermined number of ad units for advertisers in case it does not hit ratings guarantees during th ...

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Tier to boost NBCSN numbers

NBC Sports Network will add around 7 million homes to its distribution footprint in the next few weeks, moves that potentially could add close to $30 million per year in revenue for the channel. The channel’s biggest distribution gain will ...

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SEC net’s cost will top other conferences

Distributors in SEC country can expect to pay a rate of $1.30 to carry the soon-to-be-launched SEC Network, according to several sources with knowledge of the rate card. That fee, paid on a monthly per-subscriber basis, is what cable and satellite companies within the SEC’s 11-state footpri ...

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Fox, ESPN give their regards to Broadway

Super Bowl Boulevard will be bookended by two large broadcast sets, with Fox Sports setting up in a Times Square location best known for its New Year’s Eve celebration and ESPN in Herald Square, best known for serving as the base for the city’s Thanksgiving Day parade. From opposite e ...

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Golf Channel has momentum

Coming off its third consecutive year of record-high viewership in 2013, Golf Channel executives say they are confident that a couple of schedule tweaks will help the channel set another record in 2014. “You can drive yourself crazy watching ratings fluctuate day-in and day-out,” said ...

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Distributors concerned over NFL Now

The NFL’s high-profile move last week to create NFL Now, an over-the-top digital content network, is certain to anger the league’s existing broadcast and cable distribution partners. Announced during last week’s run-up to Super Bowl XLVIII in New York, NFL Now will feature highl ...

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Cable nets see distribution drop

ESPN is in 96.994 million homes, the channel’s smallest footprint since 2008, according to the latest cable distribution figures from Nielsen. In fact, ESPN has lost 3.183 million homes from its footprint over the past two years, since reaching nearly 100.2 million homes on Nielsen’s ...

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Sports gets up early on Saturday

Editor’s note: This story is revised from the print edition. Kids’ programming has dominated Saturday morning TV for decades. But sports networks are finding out that they can carve out audiences of their own on Saturday mornings with demographics that are among the strongest t ...

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Numbers change with ‘Ultimate Fighter”

One of UFC’s signature TV shows — “The Ultimate Fighter” — suffered a 22 percent viewership drop this season, its first on Fox Sports 1. The series, which wrapped up its 18th season over the weekend, averaged 648,000 viewers this year, down from last year’s 832 ...

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In NBA, slow road to streaming

A month into the NBA season, just two teams have developed local streaming services, even though the biggest regional sports network groups reached agreements with the league to stream games locally at the start of the season. What gives? The answer from media and team executives is that local ...

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