November 7 - 13, 2011 Vol. 14 — No. 28

Top Stories

  • What's the playbook for tablets?

    Across sports, on-field technology is in a 1970s time warp. “It seems silly that during the 2011 World Series you see a coach in the dugout leafing through paper notebooks,” said SportsNet New York President Steve Raab. Anyone who’s used an iPad can see how it would help coaches or players, even before specific apps are written for their use. However, there are sponsorship and media rights issues more complex than a flea-flicker that need to be overcome before an NFL coach’s clipboard or laminate will be replaced by a tablet.

  • Pac-12 buys back rights, clears way for new channel

    The Pac-12 has completed a complex six-month negotiation to acquire key TV, digital and sponsorship rights previously held by multimedia rights holders IMG College and Learfield Sports. The deal, which will require the conference to pay IMG College and Learfield roughly $15 million a year for the rights, clears the way for the launch of the Pac-12 TV channel next year, while also putting the conference in control of vital distribution categories, including wireless and multiplatform video distributor.

  • Time Warner Cable’s big sports play

    When talks between NFL Network and Time Warner Cable broke off last month, a familiar refrain was heard time and again from corners of the sports industry: The country’s second-biggest cable operator once again was failing to support TV sports. Over the past eight months, the cable operator has been in the middle of several industry-changing deals that revolve around sports, and it expects to be part of many more future negotiations in markets where it owns cable systems.

  • NFL House to debut at Super Bowl

    In a clear response to the hospitality troubles that marred Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, the NFL is moving forward on a new level of league-administered hospitality called NFL House — a high-end, drop-in facility for business partners that will operate from Thursday through Sunday of Super Bowl week in Indianapolis.

  • Fox flexes promotional muscle for UFC

    Lorenzo Fertitta, the billionaire owner of the UFC, on Saturday night will watch the property he bought a decade ago make its debut on Fox, which will air Cain Velasquez’s heavyweight title defense against Junior dos Santos. Promotion was not the only reason that the UFC chose Fox. The network’s financial package, which sources placed at an average of $90 million a year for seven years, or more than double the reported $35 million a year that the UFC had received from incumbent Spike, certainly helped.

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