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The road ahead for the NFL, and lessons for current, future executives

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 29 / 14

T he self-admitted mishandling of the Ray Rice situation by both the Baltimore Ravens and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been painful to observe for sports business professionals or, even closer to home, any father with daughters. It is reason...

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Fox eyes shift of future Cup races

Fox has held informal discussions with NASCAR about a new TV rights agreement that would allow the network to put some of its Sprint Cup races on Speed. David Hill, Fox Sports chairman, said Fox would like to see some of the 13 regular-season races it televises on Speed. A Fox source said the com ...

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06/20/11
Track, ESPN join for pitch

Michigan International Speedway and ESPN collaborated to sign Michigan’s tourism bureau to one of the first packages to include a NASCAR race title sponsorship and media sponsorship. The one-year deal, which was announced Sunday, is valued in the low seven figures and makes Pure Michigan th ...

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06/20/11
Comcast/NBC had its reasons

The prevailing opinion at the Cable Show last week was that Comcast/NBC vastly overpaid for the Olympics. Any time a company bids nearly $1 billion more than the next highest bidder, it leaves itself open to that accusation. I think Comcast/NB ...

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06/15/11
Olympics mailbag: Media rights, London Games

We asked readers for their questions about the bidding process that resulted in Comcast NBC winning the U.S. media rights to the Olympic Games through 2020, and turned to staff writers John Ourand and Tripp Mickle for the answers. In addition, scroll to the bottom of the page to see a video in which ...

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06/13/11
Fox enjoys NASCAR ratings rebound

NASCAR this year ended three consecutive years of declining ratings and viewership on Fox and regained many of the 18- to 34-year-old male viewers it lost in 2010. Fox averaged a 5.0 final Nielsen rating and 8.6 million viewers for its 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series telecasts this season, up 4.2 per ...

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06/06/11
ESPN rolls out Women's World Cup promos

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06/06/11
Wimbledon media rights drawing interest

A potential bidding war is developing for Wimbledon’s media rights, with NBC/Versus, ESPN, Tennis Channel and Fox expressing some interest. Wimbledon’s rights deals with NBC and Tennis Channel end after next month’s tournament. The tournament’s deal with ESPN runs for two ...

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06/06/11
Issues to watch at the Cable Show

The top three sports media topics that should be most closely followed at next week’s Cable Show in Chicago (June 14-16) are: TV EVERYWHERE When reporting this week’s story about the rising cost of sports rights (see Page 1), I ...

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06/06/11
MLB Network welcomes draft's uncertainty

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05/23/11
The swift, sudden exit of Dick Ebersol

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