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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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10/07/13
NASCAR stays course on TV

EDITOR’S NOTE: After this story was filed on Thursday, NASCAR over the weekend rejected a formal proposal from its broadcast partners that would have seen Fox and NBC begin televising the sport in 2014. NASCAR’s VP of Broadcast and Production Steve Herbst said, “While we w ...

Tags: Media

10/07/13
ESPN builds SEC Network infrastructure

More than 10 months out from the launch of the SEC Network, ESPN’s focus has been more on building the infrastructure for the channel than attracting talent. The Charlotte offices that currently house ESPN Regional Television and ESPNU will soon become the home to the ESPN-run SEC Network, ...

Tags: Media

10/07/13
MLS opens talks with ESPN, NBC

MLS has started negotiations to extend its media deals with ESPN and NBC Sports Group. The league is in an exclusive negotiating window with ESPN that expires at the end of this month. It also is in an exclusive negotiating period with NBC Sports Group, and while it’s unclear when that wind ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies

09/30/13
Smallest MLB markets show ratings boost

MLB saw its largest local ratings gains in its smallest markets this season. Six of the league’s eight smallest TV markets posted double-digit ratings jumps this year. On the flip side, the poor on-field performance of many of the league’s big-market teams led to ratings declines, wit ...

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09/23/13
Talks continue on local streaming

Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but the NHL is negotiating with regional sports networks about the possibility of streaming local games this season. For at least the fifth season in a row, the league and RSNs started talks over the summer to try to find the best way to move forward wit ...

Tags: In-Depth, NHL Season Preview

09/23/13
Paralympics to get live coverage from Sochi

NBC showed 5.5 hours from the London Paralympics; live Sochi coverage will reach 50 hours. Photo by: GETTY IMAGES NBC Sports Group is completing a deal to carry next year’s Para ...

Tags: Olympics

09/23/13
CBS Radio-Nets deal far more than rights

In January, just a couple of months before the Brooklyn Nets’ radio rights deal with WFAN was expiring after nine years, CBS Radio President and CEO Dan Mason visited Brett Yormark, CEO of the Nets and Barclays Center, to start renewal talks. Just as quickly as the negotiations started, the tw ...

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09/16/13
Pac-12 venues to get AT&T wireless boost

Editor's note: This story is updated from the print edition. The Pac-12 is on pace to become the first major college conference to update all of its football stadiums and basketball arenas with full wireless capability. The conference struck a comprehensive, three-pronged agreement with AT ...

Tags: Colleges

09/16/13
Pac-12 keeping nets’ ownership

Emboldened by a modest profit in the first year of its conference-owned network, the Pac-12 is standing firm that its seven channels are not for sale and the conference is not seeking investors. The Pac-12’s national network and six regional channels represent the only college network that ...

Tags: Colleges

09/09/13
Ex-coaches call the game

Editor's note: This story is revised from the print edition. These days, former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer watches Sooners games from a cabana that is next to a swimming pool in his backyard in Norman, and former Oklahoma State coach Pat Jones watches Cowboys games from a bar in Tu ...

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