July 30 - August 5, 2012 Vol. 15 — No. 15

Top Stories

  • Champions Bowl is going to ESPN

    ESPN has taken another step toward owning college football’s new postseason by striking a deal to broadcast the Champions Bowl from 2015 through 2026. Industry sources say it will receive roughly the same rights fee that ESPN will pay the nearly century-old Rose Bowl: an average of $80 million annually over 12 years.

  • USC to hire architect for Coliseum refurb plan

    The University of Southern California is seeking a major overhaul to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and internal discussions concern premium-seat concepts that could extend project costs to $300 million over the next several years. The Pac-12 school plans to hire an architect over the next two months tied to a master plan for improving the 89-year-old stadium.

  • Plan in place to ensure Phelps’ legacy

    Call it Michael Phelps 2.0. Long before Phelps won his eighth gold medal in Beijing, his agent, Peter Carlisle, was developing a post-career plan for the swimmer. The time to put it to use will come later this week when Phelps pulls himself out of the pool after competing at an Olympics for the last time.

  • EPL makes its mark in U.S.

    Not content with playing only 18 games on these shores over two weeks in July, the English Premier League appears poised to become part of the American sports landscape on a much larger scale. Broadcast deals executed with ESPN and Fox have made EPL matches more accessible than ever before in the league’s 20-year existence.

  • As Hill moves on, TV sports loses innovator

    For nearly two decades, David Hill was Fox Sports. The Australian TV executive with an outsized personality launched the division in 1993. From the beginning, Fox Sports reflected Hill: It was loud, brash and abhorred convention. Last week, news broke that Hill was leaving Fox Sports to take a broader international programming role at News Corp.

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