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    Top Sports TV Execs Kick Off SMT Conference Saying Cable Bundling Will Survive

    Published November 05, 2014 by Eric Fisher

    Despite increasing pressure from over-the-top digital networks, rising consumer outcry and the possibility of Congressional interference, leading sports TV execs this morning said the traditional cable bundle will survive, in large part because of the value of sports programming. During the opening session of the ‘14 NeuLion Sports Media & Technology Conference, which is being held today and tomorrow at the Crowne Plaza Times Square in N.Y., panelists said the high ratings and live nature of ...

    Tags: SMT Conference, NBC, CBS, Fox, TBS/TNT
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    TBS' MLB Playoff Audience Up Despite Sweeps, While FS1 Extends Record Streak

    Published October 17, 2014

    TBS’ averaged 4.294 million viewers for its coverage of AL games during the '14 MLB postseason (11 telecasts), marking the net's most-viewed postseason coverage since '10 and a 3% increase from 4.16 million viewers last year (24 games). TBS also won the night across cable TV six times during the postseason and delivered growth across all key demos. This year marked the first time in postseason history all three AL series ended in sweeps. In addition, approximately only half of TBS’ playoff ga...

    Tags: TBS/TNT, Fox, MLB, Media
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    Rachel Nichols' "Unguarded" Cancelled, But She'll Remain CNN's Sole Sports Anchor

    Published October 16, 2014

    Rachel Nichols' weekly CNN show "Unguarded" has been "quietly cancelled" by the network "in the wake of cost-cutting by parent company Turner Broadcasting," according to sources cited by Brian Steinberg of VARIETY. Nichols will "remain with CNN as the network’s sole sports anchor and maintains the role she has with Turner Sports." Turner last week announced that that it would "eliminate approximately 10% of its 14,000-employee workforce, a number expected to total around 1,475 positions" (VAR...

    Tags: Media, TBS/TNT
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    Royal Treatment: TBS Sees Overnight Ratings Increase For Close ALCS Game 3

    Published October 15, 2014

    TBS earned a 4.0 overnight rating for the Royals’ 2-1 win over the Orioles in Game 3 of the ALCS last night, up 8% over a 3.7 overnight for the comparable Cardinals-Dodgers NLCS Game 3 in ’13, which aired on a Monday night. Last night’s game peaked at a 4.7 rating from 10:15-10:30pm ET and helped TBS win the night across cable TV. The game earned a 35.7 local rating in K.C. -- the highest rating ever for an MLB game in the market -- and a 19.2 overnight in Baltimore. Meanwhile, the Giants’ 10...

    Tags: Media, TBS/TNT, MLB
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    TBS Seeing Audience Gains For ALCS Despite Smallest Media Markets On Record

    Published October 13, 2014

    TBS is averaging a 3.1 rating and 5.119 million viewers through two games of the Royals-Orioles ALCS, up 3% and 9%, respectively, from the comparable Cardinals-Dodgers series last year. Last year’s ALCS aired exclusively on Fox. The gains for TBS come despite the markets for this year’s ALCS being 70% smaller than last year’s NLCS. K.C. and Baltimore mark the smallest ALCS markets ever (dating back to ’69). The Royals-Orioles series also is delivering TBS gains among all key demos. TBS drew 5...

    Tags: MLB, Media, TBS/TNT, Fox, FS1
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    MLB Playoff Viewership Off From '13, Despite Records For FS1, MLB Network

    Published October 09, 2014

    MLB Playoff games are averaging 3.447 million viewers through the LDS, down 4% from 3.598 million viewers through the LDS in ’13. Last year saw 20 games across TBS and MLB Network through the LDS and included two Game 5s and two Game 4s. This season has seen 16 games across TBS, ESPN, FS1 and MLB Network and has included two sweeps and two Game 4s. Looking at the 14 LDS games in '14 compared to the similar number of games in ’13, the viewership was actually up 7%, despite smaller markets this...

    Tags: Media, MLB, MLB Network, FS1, TBS/TNT, ESPN, Fox
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    Over-The-Top Service Seen As Key Ingredient In NBA's New Media Rights Deal

    Published October 07, 2014

    The NBA's new media-rights deals with ESPN and Turner Sports "provide the two media giants with the sort of sweeteners that are common" in sports TV contracts, but ESPN "got something else with a spin to sports viewing of the future: the right to stream games to fans" via a new over-the-top service as a way to reach customers who have cut the cord, according to Richard Sandomir of the N.Y. TIMES. But  NBA Commissioner Adam Silver yesterday at a press conference "acknowledged that the arrange...

    Tags: Media, NBA, TBS/TNT, ESPN
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    LeBron James Wants Players Taken Care Of With New TV Deal, Lauds David Stern's Impact

    Published October 07, 2014

    Cavaliers F LeBron James said that the NBPA and team owners -- with the "influx of TV revenue now promised -- should begin hammering out" a new CBA before both sides can opt out following the '16-17 season, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com. James said of CBA negotiations, "We would love to do it sooner than later. We don't want to it to happen like it happened last time when we went into a lockout." James said that the new TV deal, along with a "spate of teams being sold for unpreceden...

    Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, NBA, ESPN, TBS/TNT
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    ESPN, Turner Will Pay A Combined $24B In New Nine-Year NBA Media Rights Deal

    Published October 06, 2014 by John Lombardo & John Ourand

    The NBA, ESPN and Turner today formally announced nine-year media-rights extensions worth a massive $24B through the '24-25 season. The new deals begin with the '16-17 season. The average annual $2.6B in combined payments is 2.8 times higher than the current deal, which averages around $930M per year. Sources say ESPN will account for about $1.4B of the deal per year; and Turner's payment will average around $1.2B. The league and the nets began negotiating in earnest back in February with bot...

    Tags: Media, NBA, ESPN, TBS/TNT
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    TBS Sees Ratings Increase For Sunday Division Series Clinchers; MLB Net Sets Record

    Published October 06, 2014

    TBS earned a 2.8 overnight rating for the Royals’ ALDS-clinching win last night over the Angels, up 12% from the comparable Dodgers-Braves NLDS Game 3 last year, which did not include a series-clinching scenario. Meanwhile, TBS garnered a 2.2 overnight from 3:45-7:30pm ET for the Orioles’ ALDS-clinching win over the Tigers. That number is up slightly from a 2.1 from Cardinals-Pirates Game 3 in ’13, which also did not include a clinching scenario. HITTING FOR THE CYCLE: The first-ever MLB po...

    Tags: Media, MLB, Fox, MLB Network, TBS/TNT
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    TNT Will Rotate Analysts To Pair With Marv Albert For NBA Telecasts This Season

    Published October 06, 2014

    Turner Sports is set to announce that analysts Greg Anthony, Grant Hill and Chris Webber will "form a three-person rotation" to replace Warriors head coach Steve Kerr as "TNT's top NBA analyst" alongside play-by-play announcer Marv Albert, according to Richard Deitsch of SI.com. Turner Sports Senior VP/Production & Exec Creative Dir Craig Barry said, “We have a really deep talent roster and we plan to dig into it and use everybody. We are in a unique position to be able to work through a rota...

    Tags: Media, TBS/TNT, NBA
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    TBS' Overnight Rating For AL Wild Card Matchup Up From Net's Figures In '13

    Published October 01, 2014

    TBS drew a 3.8 overnight rating for last night’s 12-inning Royals-A’s AL Wild Card matchup, up from both of the net’s WC telecasts last season. TBS drew a 3.4 overnight for the Pirates-Reds NL WC on the comparable night last year. The net’s Rays-Indians AL WC game, which aired on a Wednesday night last season, drew a 3.7 overnight. The 3.8 overnight also falls in between the ratings earned by TBS during the first year of the WC in ’12. TBS aired the first WC matchups on a Friday in ’12, with ...

    Tags: Media, MLB, TBS/TNT
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