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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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11/25/13
NASCAR pleased with viewership consistency

Photo by: GETTY IMAGES NASCAR appears to have found its sweet spot on TV. Though viewership remains well below 2005 levels, NASCAR and network executives are happy with the sport’s perf ...

Tags: Media

11/18/13
Final Four: Choose your perspective

TruTV will carry the semifinals of the NCAA Final Four in April. So will TNT. TBS, too. In an unprecedented move, Turner Sports and CBS will produce three different telecasts for each of the two national semifinal games, each with its own set of announcers. The traditional national telecast will ...

Tags: Colleges

11/11/13
Sports media’s next step

The deal ESPN cut for rights to El Tri — Mexico’s national soccer team — wasn’t particularly long or lucrative. It hasn’t delivered big audiences for ESPN. But the January deal provides a glimpse behind ESPN’s growth strategy for the next decade or so ...

Tags: In-Depth

11/11/13
WNBA solidifies spot at ESPN

Would you believe the WNBA’s regular season averaged more national TV viewers for each game than MLS this year? It’s true. Not only that, but the WNBA Finals — a three-game sweep last month — averaged more viewers on ...

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11/11/13
Fox Sports will sell for Big East

Days before Fox Sports produced the first game in its 12-year, $600 million relationship last week with the Big East Conference, the two signed an integrated sales partnership. The two-year deal will have Fox Sports sell and market all corporate sponsorships around the Big East, including a pres ...

Tags: Colleges

10/28/13
By The Numbers

On Oct. 4, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon opened “Pardon the Interruption” with a three-minute discussion of the Pirates-Cardinals NLDS Game 2 that was played earlier in the day. The Friday afternoon show looked much the same ...

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10/21/13
Twitter deal rankles some network execs

The NFL’s new deal with Twitter isn’t causing the same level of angst among TV networks as the league’s extensive content deal with Verizon earlier this year or the launch of NFL RedZone four years ago. But network executives privately express annoyance over the Twitter agreemen ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

10/21/13
Leagues embrace Twitter

On Oct. 13, the Boston Red Sox loaded the bases in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. At the same time, the Washington Redskins were driving into Dallas Cowboys territory during the fo ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

10/21/13
NBA near deals to allow streaming

The NBA is poised to become the first major U.S.-based sports league to allow its games to be streamed live locally. The league is finalizing TV Everywhere deals with Fox Sports Media Group and NBC Sports Group, the country’s two biggest owners of regional sports networks. Other RSNs, such ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

10/14/13
UEFA preps for Champions bids in U.S.

U.S. television networks have been told that UEFA will begin accepting bids on rights to the Champions League before Thanksgiving, according to several sources. UEFA officials told the networks to submit bids next month for a new deal that will start after the 2014-15 season. As with past media r ...

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