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Golf Channel Going Commercial-Free In Nearly 24-Hour Remembrance Of Palmer

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 26 / 16

As word of Arnold Palmer’s death broke on social media last night, top NBC Universal execs put together a makeshift programming plan to honor one of the sport’s most revered stars. The company waited until it received confirmation from the Palmer family before reporting the news on-air. ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: CBS Gets Big East Hoops TV Rights

Fox Sports sublicensed 20 Big East basketball games to CBS Sports for the upcoming season. CBSSN will carry 18 games and the broadcast network will carry two games. CBS will carry Butler-Georgetown on Feb. 8 and Marquette-Villanova March 2. FS1 has committed to carry 108 Big East basketball games, p ...

SportsBusiness Journal: Fox signs sponsors for college tour

Fox Sports has signed Ford, Academy Sports and Pizza Hut as charter sponsors for its “Fox College Saturday Tour” — a roadshow that will sit outside stadiums where Fox is broadcasting its national college football games this season. Fox will use the “tour” for live cut-i ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: BT's sports gamble

British Telecom executives are making a $1.5 billion bet that they can expand their telephone and broadband businesses by giving away sports TV channels. The company surprised the British media establishment in June 2012 by putting forth a massive $383 million per year bid to pick up one of the E ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Twitter taps Reiss to spearhead sports

Twitter has taken its most significant step into the sports world by hiring Geoff Reiss to build out the company’s sports business, according to several sources. Twitter hired the former Professional Bowlers Association CEO to a new position as head of sports partnerships where he will repo ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: What’s new in networks’ NFL coverage

NFL Network is revamping its prime-time schedule, pushing its signature “Total Access” show back one hour into the 8 p.m. ET time slot and switching its focus to offer more analysis and debate. It plans to lead into “Total Access” with two hours of live studio programming. ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Networks in talks to exit NASCAR early

ESPN and Turner Sports are talking with NASCAR about getting out of their broadcast rights agreement a year early, a move that could allow Fox Sports and NBC Sports Group to become the sport’s broadcasters next year. It’s unlikely that the four TV companies will be able to reach a dea ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: ESPN locks up LLWS through ’22

ESPN finalized a deal that ensures it will carry the Little League World Series through 2022. As part of the deal with Little League International, which was first reported by SportsBusiness Journal in June, ESPN will pay around $60 million over the eight-year extension, around $7.5 million per y ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: MASN deal creates legend, deadlock

It remains one of the most lopsided deals in sports TV history and bolsters Peter Angelos’ reputation as a shrewd negotiator. In 2005, Major League Baseball gave the Orioles owner control of the media rights to his team’s closest geographic rival, the Washington Nationals. At the tim ...

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SportsBusiness Journal: Iowa State starts its own channel

Across the Big 12, Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard saw his fellow schools creating the Longhorn Network and Sooner Sports TV. Within his own state, Iowa had the Big Ten Network. Pollard felt like he was falling behind and he had to do something to address Iowa State’s growing exp ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: FS1 To Debut "Mission October" MLB Series

FS1 will debut an MLB series Monday that takes a behind-the-scenes, "Hard Knocks"-style look at playoff contenders. MLB Productions and Fox Sports will produce "Mission October," an eight-episode, weekly series that debuts with the Pirates Aug. 26 at 7:30pm ET. The first seven episodes, which will b ...

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