Bleacher Report co-Founder Dave Finocchio on Thursday addressed the company's purchase by Turner Sports in an e-mail sent to readers and said, "I wanted to take a moment to thank all of our loyal community of writers and readers for believing in us. When we started the company in 2006, we never imagined how big this would become. Turner is going to help us move even faster to give fans the best experiences out there for following their teams." He added, "With Turner behind us, we are excited to see what's next!" Turner Sports already was running promotions for Bleacher Report’s “Team Stream” on a crawl during its PGA Championship coverage Thursday (THE DAILY).
ANGEL EYES: Bloomberg Sports has struck a deal with the Angels to develop a state-of-the-art player evaluation system marrying the company's expertise in analytics with video for both major and minor league players, beginning with the '13 season. Similar to a broad-based pact Bloomberg Sports signed in January with the Cubs, the Angels deal is among the largest to date for the company, and calls for the customizable player analysis platform to be accessible on both computer and tablet platforms. Bloomberg Sports now is working with 24 MLB clubs on player evaluation, the company said more than 200 big-league players are using their tablet-based products (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).