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Penguins again rock local-market TV ratings

04 / 14 / 14

For the fifth consecutive time, the Pittsburgh Penguins led the way among NHL clubs for local-market TV ratings for the league’s regular season. The ranking is based on an analysis of ratings information for clubs that make their Nielsen data available. The NHL’s regular sea...

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Book tells of ESPN-NBC feud

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05/23/11
Champions League ratings up on FSC

Fox Soccer Channel this year saw a 32 percent increase in viewership for UEFA Champions League games over 2010, its first year as U.S. broadcaster of the European soccer tournament. FSC averaged 186,000 viewers for 28 taped and live telecasts, up from 141,000 for the same number in 2010. Champion ...

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05/16/11
PGA Tour rides ratings rebound

With TV viewership on the rise, gripping story lines and a nearly sold-out year for title sponsorships, the PGA Tour could not be more pleased as it enters negotiations for a new media deal. Those talks are expected to kick off in the next month and when they do, the tour knows it will accentua ...

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05/16/11
Cablevision launching MMA channel

Cablevision will launch a new sports channel devoted to mixed martial arts and other combat sports by the end of the month. The channel, Fight Now TV, will be available on Cablevision’s sports and entertainment tier when it launches at 11 ...

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05/16/11
ESPN starts Spanish website for L.A.

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05/09/11
2011 SBA Nominees

Which people and companies will be named the best in sports business? 73 nominees in 15 categories will be honored on May 18 at the fourth annual Sports Business Awards.

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05/09/11
IOC bidding

The IOC plans to hold bidding June 6-7 in Lausanne, Switzerland, for the U.S. TV rights package to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games. The organization recently provided networks with those dates, according to sources familiar with the IOC’s plans. NBC paid $2 billi ...

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05/09/11
Why media rights fees skyrocket

The happiest people to hear about the Pac-10’s eye-popping $3 billion TV deal have to be executives with any sports property that’s getting ready to negotiate media rights. The Big East deal is the next one being negotiated. I’ll be shocked if the conference doesn’t at least triple ...

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05/09/11
For rivals, it was unite or lose

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05/02/11
Strong NFL upfront sales expected

Despite the threat of work stoppages in the NFL and NBA this fall, TV network executives are expecting a strong upfront selling season this spring — including in the NFL marketplace. NFL partners, including Fox and ESPN, say they already have started talks with potential advertisers and expect the ...

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