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Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 10 / 31 / 14

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03/07/11
ESPN to cover itself with blog

ESPN’s communications department is launching a sports media blog that will focus on issues and stories related to the Disney-owned company. ESPNFrontRow.com will launch March 30 with an experienced journalist, Sheldon Spencer, as its primary writer and editor. A former staff writer for the Seattle ...

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02/28/11
Conference USA TV deal scrutinized

The $43 million media rights deal that Conference USA signed with Fox last month may not be as final as the two sides originally thought. The conference’s incumbent rights holders — ESPN and CBS College Sports — are questioning C-USA’s new deal with Fox, which was signed the first week in January. ...

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02/28/11
Bleacher Report hires Kaufman

Online sports hub Bleacher Report has hired former Salon.com writer and sports journalism veteran King Kaufman to be its manager of writer development, the latest in a series of moves designed to boost the editorial quality on the site. Kaufman will create a series of educational and training mater ...

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02/28/11
Fox, Turner show interest in NHL

Fox and Turner are taking an early look at the NHL’s cable TV package, raising the likelihood that the league will have a competitive bidding process — with as many as four networks — as it negotiates new TV deals this year. Versus’ exclusive negotiating window ended in late January, leading the le ...

Tags: Media, Leagues and Governing Bodies

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 ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Media

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
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
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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