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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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12/17/07
Comcast in talks to buy FSN stake in Bay Area RSN

Comcast and Fox Sports Net are talking about having the cable operator buy out FSN’s stake in FSN Bay Area, a move that intensifies Comcast’s strategy of managing RSNs in markets where it also owns a cable system. While a deal is not imminent, according to sources close to the negotiati ...

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12/10/07
YES reports strong use of interactive features for games

More than four in 10 viewers who had access to YES Network’s interactive features used them during New York Yankees games last season, network executives said last week. In addition, viewers who used the interactive features typically watched games 54 percent longer than viewers who did ...

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12/03/07
Harvey not making move to Philly with Versus

Comcast is searching for a top executive to run Versus since its president, Gavin Harvey, does not plan to move to Philadelphia with the network. Harvey Harvey will remain in his position at least through June, when the network is plannin ...

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12/03/07
Louis film will be lead-in for fight

HBO scheduled its Joe Louis documentary “Joe Louis: America’s Hero … Betrayed” to run Feb. 23 as a lead-in to a World Championship Boxing card from Madison Square Garden. This programming move will mark the first time that HBO will premiere a sports film as a lead-in to a championshi ...

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12/03/07
NBC’s sales for Beijing are bustling

Media buyers’ seemingly insatiable hunger for live sports is pushing NBC ahead of schedule in its efforts to sell ad inventory for the 2008 Olympic Games. Despite being eight months away, several of the industry’s top ad buyers say sales for NBC’s coverage of the Beijing Games are fo ...

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12/03/07
NBC’s sales for Beijing are bustling

Media buyers’ seemingly insatiable hunger for live sports is pushing NBC ahead of schedule in its efforts to sell ad inventory for the 2008 Olympic Games. Despite being eight months away, several of the industry’s top ad buyers say sales for NBC’s coverage of the Beijing Games are fo ...

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11/26/07
YES near ad sales deal with FSN

YES Network has dropped ABC as its national sales rep and is close to hiring Fox Sports Net to take its place. The deal is not yet complete, but several sources describe it as imminent and expect it to close in the next few weeks. YES Network’s deal with ABC National Television Sales ends Dec. ...

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11/26/07
Fox’s Burnette leaves legacy of happy clients

Anyone who’s been connected to network ad sales for the past decade tells exactly the same story about Jimmy Burnette, Fox’s distinguished ad sales executive who is retiring at the end of this week. Jimmy Burnette earned a reputation for attention ...

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11/19/07
CBS, Fox cry foul over NFL’s first flex move

The NFL’s first flex network move this year ruffled feathers of the network’s broadcast partners, who complained that the schedule is being used in a way it was not intended. The league opted to take the Seattle-Chicago game off of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” The league makes its ...

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11/19/07
NFL Net’s strategy prompts concerns

Some of the sports industry’s biggest media battles were on center stage during an industry conference last week, from Time Warner Cable-Big Ten Network to sports tiers. But there appears to be one issue that is uniting most of the industry: The NFL should not invite politicians or r ...

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