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    Rising Cost Of Sports Programming Leading To Growing Dissent In Media Business

    Published December 06, 2011

    " Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman also "singled out ESPN as a d... '" Viacom "owns channels including MTV and Nickelodeon.

    Tags: Media, Fox, Time Warner, ESPN, Viacom, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • SBD Article

    Viacom Partners With Bellator As Agreement With UFC Ends

    Published November 03, 2011

    ...re than a track record of success, is what led to Viacom’s interest" in Bellator Fighting Championships, a... " For the weekly shows, Viacom is "looking to upgrade production, lighting, audi...

    Tags: Media, Viacom, Spike TV
  • SBD Article

    Viacom Buys Majority Stake In Bellator, Will Begin Airing Fights In '13

    Published October 26, 2011

    Viacom, the parent company of MTV Networks, “bought a ma... ...bly of talent remains far behind UFC,” but adding Viacom’s “financial muscle could help Bellator retain it...

    Tags: Media, Viacom, UFC
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    Names In The News

    Published May 23, 2007

    Former boxer GEORGE FOREMAN and his sons, GEORGE JR. and GEORGE III, have joined the ownership group of the IRL Panther Racing team. The Foremans will not have an active role in the team, which is controlled by JOHN BARNES (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/23). Ohno And Dance Partner Julianne Hough Win This Season’s “Dancing With The Stars” DANCE FEVER: Olympic Gold Medal-winning speedskater APOLO ANTON OHNO last night became the second-straight pro at...

    Former boxer GEORGE FOREMAN and his sons, GEORGE JR. and GEORGE III, have joined the ownership group of the IRL Panther Racing team. The Foremans will not have an active role in the team, which is con

    Tags: ABC, CBS, Comcast-Spectacor, Dallas Stars, Houston Texans, Indiana Fever, IndyCar, Milwaukee Brewers, Nashville Predators, NFL, Philadelphia 76ers, Southwest Sports Group, People and Pop Culture, Viacom, Walt Disney
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    League Notes

    Published May 23, 2007

    In Miami, Barry Jackson reports CBS’ Lesley Visser has “lined up two Midwest-based ‘money men’ and is studying the viability of bringing [an AFL] team to BankAtlantic Center.” During Super Bowl week, AFL Commissioner David Baker told her, “I would like you to become the first woman president of an AFL team” (MIAMI HERALD, 5/23). WRITE STUFF: Since the WNBA Mystics’ training camp began, the WASHINGTON TIMES has received “scores” of form e-mails asking for increased coverage of Mys...

    In Miami, Barry Jackson reports CBS’ Lesley Visser has “lined up two Midwest-based ‘money men’ and is studying the viability of bringing [an AFL] team to BankAtlantic Center.” During Super Bowl week,

    Tags: AFL, CBS, ESPN, Leagues and Governing Bodies, PGA Tour, Viacom, Walt Disney, Washington Mystics, WNBA
  • SBD Article

    TNT Sees Drop In Viewers For Second Round Of NBA Playoffs

    Published May 23, 2007

    Spurs-Suns Game Five On TNT Draws Almost Five Million Viewers TNT’s coverage of the second round of the NBA Playoffs averaged 3,632,000 viewers and 2,765,000 HHs, down 14.8% and 16.2%, respectively, from last year’s second-round coverage. Spurs-Suns Game Five on May 16 drew 4,967,000 viewers, ranking as the week’s top ad-supported cable program. TNT for the third straight week ranked as ad-supported cable’s top network in adults 18-34 (671,000...

    TNT’s coverage of the second round of the NBA Playoffs averaged 3,632,000 viewers and 2,765,000 HHs, down 14.8% and 16.2%, respectively, from last year’s second-round coverage. Spurs-Suns Game Five on

    Tags: ABC, CBS, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, ESPN, Golden State Warriors, NASCAR, NBA, NBC, News Corp./Fox, Nextel, Palace Sports & Entertainment, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Media, TBS/TNT, Utah Jazz, Viacom, Walt Disney
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    Patriots To Debut Daily Webcast Featuring Team News

    Published May 17, 2007

    Patriots To Begin Daily NewsWebcasts In September The Patriots will debut “Patriots Today,” a daily 30-minute newscast, on their Web site on September 4, according to Scott Van Voorhis of the BOSTON HERALD. Patriots Exec Dir of Media Relations Stacey James said that the show will “provide a daily roundup of Patriots news and information, from the ‘tone of the locker room’ to ‘what Tom Brady said on Saturday.’” Van Voorhis reports the ...

    The Patriots will debut “Patriots Today,” a daily 30-minute newscast, on their Web site on September 4, according to Scott Van Voorhis of the BOSTON HERALD. Patriots Exec Dir of Media Relations Stacey

    Tags: ABC, CBS, ESPN, New England Patriots, Media, Viacom, Walt Disney
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    Roger Goodell To Propose Shortening Time Limits In NFL Draft

    Published May 17, 2007

    Goodell Looking To Shorten Teams’Time Limits During NFL Draft Perhaps as a “precursor to eventually presenting the first round [of the NFL Draft] as a primetime event,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is “expected to broach the subject of reducing the time limits for making selections in the first two rounds” at the owners’ meeting in Nashville next Tuesday, according to ESPN.com’s Len Pasquarelli. A change may not be enacted at Tuesday’s mee...

    Perhaps as a “precursor to eventually presenting the first round [of the NFL Draft] as a primetime event,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is “expected to broach the subject of reducing the time limits

    Tags: CBS, ESPN, Leagues and Governing Bodies, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, NFL, San Francisco Giants, SportsLine.com, Viacom, Walt Disney
  • SBD Article

    Media Notes

    Published May 17, 2007

    NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, the CW and My Network TV collectively experienced a net loss of 1.7 million HHs in primetime delivery through May 6, the “steepest decline” for broadcast nets since ’95-96. They also posted a net decline of 1.42 million HHs in the adults 18-49 demo, the worst result since ’98-99. Ad-supported cable has posted net increases of 789,000 and 729,000 HHs, respectively, so far this season (CABLEFAX DAILY, 5/17).DIRECT CONNECT: USA TODAY’s Edward Baig reviews DirecTV’s new Sat-...

    NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS, the CW and My Network TV collectively experienced a net loss of 1.7 million HHs in primetime delivery through May 6, the “steepest decline” for broadcast nets since ’95-96. They al

    Tags: ABC, AEG, CBS, CBSSN, DirecTV, Los Angeles Galaxy, NBC, News Corp./Fox, Media, Viacom, Walt Disney
  • SBD Article

    Bodenheimer Discusses ESPN’s Upfront Strategy With Ad Age

    Published May 15, 2007

    ESPN’s Bodenheimer Discusses Holding Upfront Alongside Broadcast Networks With ESPN today becoming the “first cable network to host its upfront presentation during the same week” as the broadcast nets, ESPN/ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer is the subject of a Q&A with AD AGE’s Andrew Hampp. In last year’s upfront, ESPN wrote $1.8B in TV deals — the same as Fox — and that “doesn’t even include revenue from all its off-network properties....

    With ESPN today becoming the “first cable network to host its upfront presentation during the same week” as the broadcast nets, ESPN/ABC Sports President George Bodenheimer is the subject of a Q&A wit

    Tags: ABC, CBS, ESPN, NASCAR, NBA, NBC, News Corp./Fox, NFL, Media, Viacom, Walt Disney
  • SBD Article

    Names In The News

    Published May 11, 2007

    Lamour Leading WADAPresidential Candidate WADA VP JEAN FRANCOIS LAMOUR, the “leading candidate” to become the next president of WADA, “failed two drug tests during his athletic career 20 years ago.” As a fencer, he tested positive for caffeine in ’87 and pholcodine in ’89. The first test was rejected when the B sample turned up negative; he claimed that the pholcodine found in the second test “was prescribed to cure a cold.” Neither ...

    WADA VP JEAN FRANCOIS LAMOUR, the “leading candidate” to become the next president of WADA, “failed two drug tests during his athletic career 20 years ago.” As a fencer, he tested positive for caffein

    Tags: Carolina Panthers, CBS, ESPN, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, NBA, NFL, People and Pop Culture, Viacom, Walt Disney
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    Media Notes

    Published May 10, 2007

    SI’s Jim Gorant reports golf analyst Nick Faldo, who works for Golf Channel and CBS, will cover the weekend rounds of the McDonald’s LPGA Championship June 7-10 on Golf Channel instead of the PGA Tour’s Stanford St. Jude Championship on CBS. The move is a “nice attention-getting coup for the LPGA major” (SI, 5/14 issue).... SportingNews.com's online operations in St. Louis and N.Y. will be consolidated this summer at parent company American City Business Journals' corporate HQs in Charlotte....

    SI’s Jim Gorant reports golf analyst Nick Faldo, who works for Golf Channel and CBS, will cover the weekend rounds of the McDonald’s LPGA Championship June 7-10 on Golf Channel instead of the PGA Tour

    Tags: CBS, LPGA, PGA Tour, Sports Illustrated, Media, Viacom
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