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    NFL Network Sees Season-Low "TNF" Overnight Rating With Titans-Jaguars Matchup

    Published December 19, 2014

    But in its ruling, the FCC's Media Bureau noted that it has "traditionally banned on...

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    Audience Analysis: ESPN's Heisman Trophy Viewership Lowest In At Least A Decade

    Published December 19, 2014 by Austin Karp

    ESPN drew 3.15 million viewers for the Heisman Trophy presentation on Saturday night, marking the telecast’s smallest audience in at least a decade. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota was the overwhelming favorite heading into the telecast. The viewership was down 25% from Florida State QB Jameis Winston’s win last year. Meanwhile, ESPN drew 1.89 million viewers for its "30 For 30" documentary “The U Part 2” following the Heisman telecast, down from 1.97 million viewers for the premiere of “Young...

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    Media Notes

    Published December 19, 2014

    In N.Y., Bob Raissman reports Cablevision’s approximately three million Optimum subscribers "received notices in billing statements that their sports TV surcharge will increase next month." The message said, "Due to increasing programming costs, you will see some changes beginning with your January 2015 billing statement. The monthly Sports and Broadcast TV Surcharge will increase from $4.98 to $5.98.” The increase "amounts to" $3M a month and $36M a year. But the Knicks are "the centerpiece"...

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    Profile Of Yahoo's Wojnarowski Alleges Improper Sourcing, Cites Dumars As Example

    Published December 18, 2014

    Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski is profiled in a lengthy piece by THE NEW REPUBLIC's Kevin Draper, who writes Wojnarowski "mixes his reporting and opinion writing in improper ways, rewarding sources with flattery and punishing the uncooperative with nastiness." It often appears that Wojnarowski "lets his sourcing dictate not just the topic but also the tone of his writing." NBA reporters privately "complain endlessly about Wojnarowski’s methods." Some of it "is undoubtedly professional jealo...

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    Media Notes

    Published December 18, 2014

    It was “not immediately clear if Orlando City would be handling produ...

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    Alexi Lalas To Make Fox Sports Debut Next Month After Opting To Leave ESPN

    Published December 17, 2014

    ESPN's Alexi Lalas has joined Fox Sports as a studio and game analyst, joining the net's soccer team of host Rob Stone and analysts Warren Barton, Eric Wynalda and Brad Friedel. Lalas is set to contribute to Fox Sports' coverage of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, England's FA Cup, MLS, U.S. men's national team matches, UEFA European Championship Qualifiers and FIFA Women's World Cup in '15 (Fox Sports). SI.com's Richard Deitsch reported Lalas "will start at Fox Sports in Januar...

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    People & Personalities: Hawk Harrelson Not Planning On Cutting Back Broadcast Schedule

    Published December 17, 2014

    In Chicago, Daryl Van Schouwen notes although announcer Hawk Harrelson has "considered cutting back his workload," it is "tough to see the White Sox broadcaster ... pulling himself away from the booth" in '15. Harrelson: "I looked at the schedule 15, 20, 30 times. I narrowed it down to about 120 games but now that’s out the window." He added, "I was thinking about cutting my season short this year and now with all that’s going on I don’t think I’m going to do it. It’s going to be a great year...

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    Media Notes

    Published December 17, 2014

    CBS' telecast on Saturday of the Army-Navy game was the highest-rated and most-watched of the series since '99. The game drew a 4.1 final rating and 6.3 million viewers, up 5% and 2%, respectively, from a 3.9 rating and 6.2 million viewers last year (THE DAILY). BEAR DOWN: In Chicago, Lewis Lazare wrote the Bears "really have reached rock bottom this season." Monday night's 31-15 loss to the Saints earned a 23.7 overnight rating on WLS-ABC. In seasons past, when the Bears "were winning mor...

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    ESPN Sees Overnight Ratings Decrease For Saints-Bears "MNF" Matchup

    Published December 16, 2014

    ESPN earned a 7.6 overnight rating for the Saints' 31-15 win over the Bears on "MNF" last night, down 22% from a 9.7 for the Week 15 Ravens-Lions matchup in '13. The game, which featured a pair of 5-8 teams, drew a 47.9 rating in New Orleans (16.7 on ESPN, 31.2 on WDSU-NBC) and a 23.0 in Chicago (6.8 on ESPN, 16.2 on WLS-ABC) (Josh Carpenter, Staff Writer).   CHUCKY CHEESE: ESPN "MNF" analyst Jon Gruden has agreed to an extension with the net for the remainder of the company's current NFL r...

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    MASN Wins Majority Of Discovery Request Against MLB, Nationals

    Published December 16, 2014 by Eric Fisher

    ...st against MLB and the Nationals in their ongoing media rights dispute.

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    RSN Ratings Down Double-Digit Percentage From Last Season For Lakers, Clippers

    Published December 16, 2014

    Nielsen ratings for the Clippers and Lakers in the L.A. market "were down double digits percentage-wise over their first 20 games versus the same period last season," according to Ben Bolch of the L.A. TIMES. The Lakers "averaged a 2.25 rating for those games on Time Warner Cable SportsNet, down 28% from the 3.14 at the start of last season." Meanwhile, the Clippers "averaged a 1.24 on Prime Ticket, down 16% from the 1.47 they achieved early last season." The Lakers' ratings are "near the his...

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    BBC Holds Talks With Pay-TV Channel BT About Sharing Rights To Wimbledon

    Published December 16, 2014

    The BBC has had discussions with BT about allowing the pay-TV net "to share its rights to screen Wimbledon tennis matches live" for the first time, according to sources cited by Spence & Fildes of the LONDON TIMES. The BBC has been the exclusive Wimbledon broadcaster in Great Britain "for nearly 80 years," and the event is thought to cost the net US$47-62.6M annually. Sources said that it is "too soon for details to have been hammered out," but BT is "believed to be keen" to the idea. With th...

    Tags: Media, BBC Sports, Wimbledon
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