• TV Timeout: Remember The Alamo

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    ESPN’s Howard Bryant, on the Raiders leaving Oakland: “Here's an idea Oakland: Say goodbye to the Raiders forever and build your one loyal tenant, the A's, a brand-new baseball-only stadium” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN2, 11/9). CBSSN’s Amy Trask, on whether San Antonio is a viable destination for Raiders: “When I learned of the comments attributed to Jerry Jones and Bob McNair, the very, very gracious comments in which they almost welcome the Raiders to San Antonio, I laughed aloud. The league has tremendous lawyers, and let me tell you; those men are not going to say anything that could trigger an antitrust concern" (“That Other Pregame Show,” CBSSN, 11/9).

    HOT TICKET: Chicago-based strategic relations firm Bruinhill Partners Founder & President Michael Gurka said of the NFL playing in London, “I’m not surprised there's not an empty seat in the house for the NFL and they’ll continue to pick it up as far as more games being played. It makes a lot of sense” (“Worldwide Exchange,” CNBC, 11/10).

    ICE CAPADES: NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren, on the Gordon-Keselowski brawl last week: “It looks more like the NHL than NASCAR” (“Today,” NBC, 11/9).

    BIRDS-EYE VIEW: CNBC’s Joe Kernen, on the Seahawks mascot, a live hawk, landing on a fan in the crowd: “That will you get your attention” (“Squawk Box,” CNBC, 11/10).

  • Podcast: Autonomy and college basketball

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    College writer Michael Smith and Assistant Managing Editor Tom Stinson on how autonomy could affect college basketball-focused schools and conferences as well as the business metrics behind college basketball.

    Tags: Basketball, Colleges, SBJSBD Podcast
  • 2014 Sports Media & Technology

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    Streaming SMT Live

    Live videos and interviews from the
    NeuLion Sports Media & Technology Conference.

    Live streaming has been completed from the 2014 Sports Media & Technology conference. 

    To see all of the archived interviews, be sure to visit the SMT Live video page.

    Check out our program guide to see the schedule of top executives appearing on the channel.

    Tags: Videos, Neulion, Media, Twitter
  • TV Timeout: Madd, Madd World

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    ESPN’s Jemele Hill, on the Cubs hiring Joe Maddon: “All is fair apparently when it comes to a 107-year-old quest for a World Series Championship” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN2, 11/2).

    FIGHT NIGHT: Radio host Dan Patrick, on Sunday night’s NASCAR brawl: “Remember my suggestion was to have an octagon at every NASCAR track so if there’s an issue, go in the octagon. Just go, 'Here's three minutes, you're in the octagon, get it out.' You have your sponsor mentions, you televise it. ‘I'd like to thank Budweiser for me getting my ass kicked.’ … Can you imagine what that would be like?” (“The Dan Patrick Show, 11/3). 

    SCREAM & SHOUT: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, on Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer: “When I first met with him -- I had watched his videos on YouTube, jumping up and down at sales meetings and everything else -- honestly I wasn't sure if that was the real Steve Ballmer or if he put on a performance at sales meetings. But that’s Steve Ballmer. That’s the way he is at dinner. That’s how he is when he orders. ‘I’ll have the steak!’” (“Fox Sports Live,” FS1, 11/2).

    A-MAIZE-D: ESPN’s Desmond Howard, on the resignation of Univ. of Michigan AD Dave Brandon: “Dave has done a tremendous job raising hundreds of millions for the athletic community not just for the main sports, but the non-revenue-generating sports” (“College GameDay,” ESPN, 11/1).

    CRASH & BURN: CBS Sports Network’s Amy Trask, on the Jets’ woes: “Human nature is when you're the head coach or the GM who knows your job is on the line, you're going to act in what's the best interest for you, and you see this right now with the Jets” (“That Other Pregame Show,” CBSSN, 11/2).

    SCREEN TEST: CBS' Phil Simms, on his upcoming appearance on the net’s "Elementary" and his acting career: "One thing I know about when I did that, it's not in my future. It's so much harder than you expect and it’s long" ("Broncos-Patriots," CBS, 11/2).

  • 2014 Sports Media & Technology

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    Introducing SMT Live

    Live videos and interviews from the
    NeuLion Sports Media & Technology Conference.

    Beginning Wednesday morning, SMT Live will provide interviews with conference speakers and give you additional insights into some of the hottest trends in sports media.

    Be sure to register for SMT Live to get unlimited access to tons of great content.

    Check out our program guide to see the schedule of top executives appearing on the channel.

    To attend the NeuLion Sports Media & Technology conference in person, visit the Sports Media & Technology home page to register.

    And be sure to follow the conference on Twitter @SBJSBD and using the hashtag #sbjsmt.

    Tags: Videos, Neulion, Media, Twitter
  • Podcast: The NFL's Thursday night package

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    In the latest NFL "Behind The Headlines" podcast, media writer John Ourand and Executive Editor Abraham Madkour discuss the league's Thursday night package with CBS and the NFL Network as well as the NFL's overall ratings strength.

    Among the comments:

    "The jury is still out on it. … The ratings so far have been good. They're the second-best prime-time package so far."

    "There's a lot of room for growth. That's one of the reasons why it's still in a wait-and-see mode."

    "They basically created another gigantic package. So ratings go up, ratings go down, but at the end of the day if you total the number of eyeballs that are watching NFL games, thanks to this package, it's almost certainly going to go up this year."

    Tags: NFL, SBJSBD Podcast
  • TV Timeout: Mo'Ne Ball

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    Columnist Kevin Blackistone said of the NCAA saying that LLWS P Mo’ne Davis would keep her eligibility after appearing in a Chevy ad, “They trot out this story about Mo'ne Davis and make us think that they're some sort of altruistic organization all of a sudden. Come on!" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 10/22). ESPN's Michael Wilbon said of the NCAA, "I don't want to give people too much credit for doing something, as Chris Rock would say, that they're supposed to do! This was done well and correctly" ("PTI," ESPN, 10/22).

    FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY: Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer said of his investment in the Clippers, “I believe it has less downside than almost anything you buy" ("Charlie Rose," PBS, 10/22). Meanwhile, Lakers President Jeannie Buss said of a hypothetical value to the team considering the Clippers’ sale price, “They're not for sale so we'll never know what that answer will be” ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 10/23).

    SEEING ORANGE: ESPN's Keith Olbermann, on the Royals’ displeasure with Marlins fan Laurence Leavy sitting behind home plate during the World Series: “You don't like it? Then stop raising ticket prices so much that the people who own those seats can make enough money to pay for virtually an entire regular season just by selling one game to Marlins man" ("Olbermann," ESPN2, 10/22).

    GLAD TO BE HERE: Golfer Zach Johnson said of McGladrey re-signing to sponsor the PGA event in St. Simons Island, Ga., “It doesn't surprise me just because I know how passionate they are about the PGA Tour, how passionate they are about this place” ("Golf Central," Golf Channel, 10/22).

  • Podcast: The NFL in London, L.A. prospects

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    In the latest NFL "Behind The Headlines" podcast, NFL writer Daniel Kaplan and Executive Editor Abraham Madkour discuss the NFL's return to London this week with a Sunday morning start time on U.S. television, as well as the league's prospects in Los Angeles, stories to watch during the season's second half and the Pro Football Hall of Fame choosing Ron Wolf and Bill Polian as finalists for its Class of 2015.

    Among the comments:

    "What the league is trying to do here is see, if they're going to have more games or even a team (in London), what would scheduling a game earlier in the afternoon mean, not just in attendance in London but for broadcast ratings for an early morning broadcast in the United States."

    "Could this open up new inventory, a new window, where you basically are now having game programming starting from 9:30 or 9 a.m. on Sunday all the way to 11 or 12 on Sunday night?"

    "I don't want to call it head-scratching, but a GM of a team has, I don't want to say a limited impact, but it is just one team. If you look at somebody like Paul Tagliabue or (Steve) Sabol, it's a much broader impact. … I personally don't understand two GMs."

    Tags: NFL, SBJSBD Podcast
  • TV Timeout: Royals Treatment

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    ESPN's Michael Wilbon said, "In terms of getting small-market teams like Kansas City to be able to compete and reach a World Series after about 30 years where it just looked like New York, Boston, L.A. were just going to dominate baseball in a way that excluded small-market teams. I think that's important to recognize" ("PTI," ESPN, 10/21). N.Y. Daily News' John Harper said of the MLB postseason, "If you've been watching this at all I don't know how you can't be wrapped up in this” ("Daily News Live," SNY, 10/21).     

    FAN-TASTIC: NBATV’s Chris Webber, on Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer’s attitude: “As a fan, I love seeing that because I know guys that have no dollars to their name that would be that same way if they came in and got to own a team. I think it’s good for the NBA, and I am happy to see somebody really proud to be an owner” (“Open Court,” NBATV, 10/21).

    : ESPN's Keith Olbermann, said of MLS firing MLSsoccer.com writer Chris Bianchi for his criticism of the Rapids front office, "If you ever want to be taken seriously your web site cannot just be for propaganda and you can't fire a reporter because one of your worst teams does not like his mildly critical tweet" ("Olbermann," ESPN2, 10/21).

    WESTERN PROGRESS? CBS Sports Radio’s Kyle Brandt, on the Rams possibly moving to L.A.: “That's not going to work because L.A. doesn't want the Rams. St. Louis doesn't even want the Rams” (“Rome,” CBSSN, 10/21). Bears WR Brandon Marshall, on a team in L.A.: “From a player's perspective, I think we'll love it. There's so much that you can do in L.A. but the problem is there are so many people from different walks of life and when you have that, I think you create a fickle fan base” (“Around the NFL,” Showtime, 10/21).

    FINDING SOLUTIONS: ESPN's Bomani Jones said, "Only in the NBA, by the way, can you look at your crisis management team and say, 'How do we fix this?' And the answer is, 'We're going to call T.I.'" ("Highly Questionable," ESPN2, 10/21). 

    DON’T TOUCH THAT DIAL: Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban said of media-rights deals, "They'll be traditional TV, they're cable, they're broadcast and potentially over the air and that's what will drive the value as well because even online sports still drive consumption" ("Squawk Box," CNBC, 10/22).

    : NFL Senior Special Advisor to the Commissioner Lisa Friel said of whether the league was tone deaf to domestic violence concerns, "I think the league was listening to people and they didn't have all the right voices at the table" ("Today," NBC, 10/22).

  • Barclays Center rep: Seeking ‘strategic partner’

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    SportsBusiness Journal reported this morning that Barclays Center is for sale. This afternoon, arena representatives provided the following statement, attributable to spokesman Barry Baum.

    “Our goal is to identify a strategic partner as we continue to capitalize on the great performance of Barclays Center and the promise of Nassau Coliseum. The current management team will continue in its existing role.”

    Baum had previously declined comment. The statement confirms that a sale process will commence but also adds the news that the venue’s current management team, which is led by Brett Yormark, will remain.

    Forest City Enterprises, which is selling the Barclays Center stake, is overseeing the $229 million renovation of Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum. That project calls for the arena — home this season to the New York Islanders before they move to Barclays Center — to be redeveloped as a retail and entertainment complex.

    Tags: On The Ground
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