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Kids’ vacation viewing habits open this TV writer’s eyes

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 08 / 18 / 14

E very time I write about the threat of cord cutting, media executives tell me not to believe what my eyes are telling me. The execs roll out statistics that show people aren’t cutting the cord nearly as much as reporters are writing about ...

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05/19/14
‘Big Break’ takes swing at invitational

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05/19/14
Manziel remains #theman

Johnny Manziel wins again. The Cleveland Browns’ new quarterback added more Twitter followers between April 22 and May 13 than any of his fellow first-round draft picks this year. That period spans the two weeks leading up to the draft and the days immediately following the May 8 firs ...

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05/19/14
Sports Media

F or the past several years, I have attended the upfront advertising events in New York expecting to see the ad sales community focus on digital platforms. But year after year, it’s still television that is emphasized by the sales community. ...

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05/12/14
ESPN takes over out-of-market package

One unique aspect of MLS’s new media rights deal is that ESPN will manage the league’s out-of-market package. Neither ESPN nor MLS executives last week knew how the package in its new form will be presented or what it will be named, but what was certain is that operation of the packag ...

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05/12/14
Penske adds FanVision Pro race feed

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05/12/14
Univision shows MLS the love

“We F%[*!^& Love Sports.” That’s what it says — in English, with those symbols — in red, blue and green letters in Univision Deportes President Juan Carlos Rodriguez’s office at network headquarters in Miami. It was in that room that Univision and MLS on Oc ...

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05/12/14
MLS’s big play

A watershed moment in Major League Soccer’s 18-year history will occur this week, as the league is poised to announce new media rights deals that will bring in far more revenue and lead to a consistent, streamlined television schedule. The eight-year deals with ESPN, Fox and Univision are p ...

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