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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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02/28/11
Open Sports shuttered

Open Sports, the online sports startup created in 2008 by SportsLine.com founder Mike Levy, has ceased operations after failing to find a sustainable niche in the hypercompetitive digital arena. The Florida-based operation, seeking to blend fantasy sports with sports news, commentary, social networ ...

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02/28/11
Simmons details new website

It still does not have a name, but Bill Simmons announced details of his new project, a website that will be 70 percent sports and 30 percent pop culture. It is expected to launch in late April or mid-May., and while it will be fully owned by ESPN, its name will not carry the ESPN brand. “This is ...

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02/28/11
Videos highlight golfers' health

DePuy Mitek, a PGA Tour official marketing partner and sponsor of the tour’s mobile health and fitness facility, will highlight three golfers in a series of vignettes throughout the spring and summer on PGATour.com. The Johnson & Johnson company is working with tour stars Stewart Cink, Jim Fury ...

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02/28/11
Daytona 500 notebook

CHRIS GRAYTHEN / GETTY IMAGES Fox Sports executives have been frustrated because of an early bye week on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule that comes only a few weeks after the Daytona 500. NASCAR and Fox scratched plans to broadcast a Camping World Truck Series race on ...

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02/28/11
Don’t shed any tears for Fox’s RSNs

The first several calls I received immediately after news broke that the Lakers were leaving FS West for a massive deal with Time Warner Cable all asked the same question: Is this the beginning of the end for Fox ’s regional sports business? It’s not the first time this questio ...

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02/28/11
PGATour.com using Watson in campaign

The PGA Tour’s official website is launching its first ad campaign this week with a 30-second spot featuring Bubba Watson. The Watson ad will be the first of three that will run throughout the golf season on NBC, CBS and Golf Channel. The tour will use ad inventory that’s part of its broadcast agre ...

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02/28/11
ESPN buying into rallycross

ESPN is completing a deal that will give it an equity stake in a new rallycross series that will include 10 races by 2013. Terms were not available. The series, which was conceptualized by rally car driver and TV personality Tanner Foust’s manager, Brian Gale, will feature some of the top names in ...

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02/21/11
Inside Lakers-TWC deal

One of the most startling sports deals of the year started with a simple phone call just after Thanksgiving. It ended on Valentine’s Day, after a whirlwind romance that will result in the launch of two new regional sports networks in Los Angeles next year. The speed and scope of the deal that saw ...

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02/21/11
U.S. Olympic network still possible

The idea of a U.S. Olympic network is still alive. In negotiating U.S. TV rights for the 2014 and ’16 Games later this year, the International Olympic Committee anticipates some bid proposals will include plans to launch a stand-alone 24-hour cable channel in the U.S. that will be devoted to the Ol ...

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02/21/11
Stats LLC buys NFC stake

Stats LLC is returning to the consumer-facing fantasy sports business after buying a majority stake in the National Fantasy Championships, a series of high-stakes fantasy games previously owned by Fanball.com. The Liberty Media-owned Fanball.com, which included the former CDM Fantasy Sports and hel ...

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