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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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03/19/07
HBO boxing series gets prime real estate

The intersection of sports and entertainment will hit HBO next month when the network launches a reality sports documentary series in one of television’s most coveted entertainment time slots. The show will promote the May 5 Oscar De La Hoya- Floyd Mayweather bout ...

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03/19/07
RSNs say baseball a big hit with advertisers

Major League Baseball is proving to be a windfall for regional sports networks this season, with many of the larger markets reporting ad sales increases in the high single digits. Traditional 30-second spots are selling well across the board, but enhanced sponsorships also have shown tract ...

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03/19/07
SI relaunches golf.com with improved features, new partners

Sports Illustrated is relaunching its golf.com site today with five sections, more broadband video and three launch advertisers. The move, which includes Cobra Golf, Footjoy and Titleist as official launch partners, comes a week after SI.com set up a cross-promotional partnership with NBCS ...

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03/12/07
Higher Hot Pass spending pays off in subscriber rise

DirecTV’s financial commitment to its NASCAR Hot Pass interactive programming is adding up to about $1 million per race and includes a payout of $85,000 per race to each of the broadcasters. That means ESPN receives $1.445 million for its 17 races, Fox gets $1.105 million for 13 races and T ...

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03/12/07
ESPNU signs carriage deal; passes 10 million subscriber mark

ESPNU cut its second significant carriage deal in the past three months last week when it signed an agreement with the country’s third-largest cable operator, Charter Communications. In December, ESPNU signed a similar deal with the country’s fourth-largest multisystem operator, Cox Commu ...

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03/12/07
Cable operators may use MLB.TV in new offensive

Cable operators will likely look to the Internet rather than accept Major League Baseball’s offer to carry both the Extra Innings out-of-market package and the planned MLB Channel on the exact financial and distribution terms as DirecTV. Executives for the major operators were caught off g ...

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03/12/07
Jeep’s deal signals growing VOD interest

The advertising community is starting to test video-on-demand metrics more frequently, and it is starting to put some serious money into figuring out whether it’s a viable ad platform. Skateboard pro Mike V. offers tips on Sportskool backed by a Jeep Patriot. ...

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03/12/07
Sprint returns with Madness content

Sprint is preparing to roll out mobile March Madness content this week for the second consecutive year, even though it is not an official corporate partner of the NCAA. Sprint will provide 10 hours of content around the men’s basketball tournament. Sprint off ...

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03/05/07
IFL sells global series rights, adds vet execs

Just two weeks before its broadcast network debut, the International Fight League has sold the international rights to its “IFL Battleground” series to Alfred Haber Distribution and hired three industry veterans to oversee its television ventures. “IFL Battleground” is scheduled to debut Ma ...

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03/05/07
SCP to buy GolTV for $200M

SCP Worldwide, the company controlled by Dave Checketts, has agreed in principle to buy 80 percent of international soccer channel GolTV for $200 million, market sources said. GolTV is paying in the high seven figures for the U.S. rights to Spanish soccer, sources say ...

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