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Facebook in talks to stream a MLB game per week, according to Reuters

The next streaming sports deal looks likely to be between Facebook and Major League Baseball. Facebook has been boosting its inventory of sports streaming rights for years, signing deals for everything from March Madness to Liga MX soccer games. They’ve streamed selected MLB games before (and plenty of games from spring training), but now seem to be looking for more regular baseball...
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Could a shift towards engagement ads in on-demand content impact sports?

It’s no secret that traditional television advertising is facing major challenges, and that includes sports. While sports have significant advantages over other programming thanks to the numbers of people who want to watch them live, there are still concerns about how ads are presented within sports programming. Earlier this month, Disney CEO Bob Iger said there is “too much...
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Magic Johnson leaves ESPN again, this time to join Los Angeles Lakers full-time

The latest Even CBS chairman Les Moonves wants Roger Goodell to speed up NFL games Russia World Cup having trouble signing sponsors Sports Illustrated will publish seven fewer standalone issues in 2017 Paul Finebaum continues Jim Harbaugh rivalry with "The Pete...
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NBA local ratings down 15% from last season

NBA ratings on local regional sports networks are down 15% comparable to the same time last season. As of the first week of February, at least 20 teams were seeing lower or flat ratings in 2016-17. And like the NHL, it appears that the ratings which had suffered a downturn due to the presidential election are now on a bounce upward and should recover by the end of the season...
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AA Q&A: MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds

Spring training games officially start this week, so it’s an extremely appropriate time to really start talking baseball. In honor of the 2017 season gearing up, Awful Announcing recently spoke on the phone with MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds. Reynolds discussed the season’s top storylines, his thoughts on pace of play, his least favorite advanced statistic and much more. Reynolds...
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Network exec says presidential election and oversaturation brought NFL ratings down in 2016-17

NFL ratings took a tumble in the first half of the 2016 regular season and managed to rebound in the second half. And
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MLBAM hires Michael Paull from Amazon as BAMTech’s new CEO

Since last December, BAMTech has been looking for a new CEO as founder Bob Bowman announced that he intended to step aside as president and chief executive for the streaming technology firm. Approximately two months later, the company has found its man. On Tuesday, MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM) announced that Michael Paull has been named as the new CEO. Paull was previously with Amazon...
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ESPN will create new digital videos for SportsCenter brand

ESPN may have parted ways with the company that produced their famous series of “This is SportsCenter” commercials (Wieden & Kennedy, heading to Fox Sports) but that doesn’t mean they’re scaling back on original videos to support the SportsCenter brand. With all the changes to SportsCenter and the new themed episodes like Scott Van Pelt’s late night edition and Michael...
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Turner Sports to offer single-advertiser “Superpod” commercial breaks on NBA games

We told you last month about TNT’s plans for its “Players Only” Monday night NBA doubleheaders. The games will be called and hosted by ex-jocks. And now, the next phase of Turner Sports’ plans for Monday nights has been unveiled and it involves ad breaks. The latest Even CBS chairman Les Moonves wants Roger Goodell to speed up NFL games...
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Real Sports profiles Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the five Super Bowl trophies

No matter what you think about the New England Patriots, winning five Super Bowls in the NFL free agency era is quite an accomplishment. Now whether you think a couple of those championships were tainted by Spygate or whatever scandal you subscribe to, that’s totally up to you. But no matter, they have the trophies to show for their wins. And HBO’s Real Sports will profile Patriots...
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Could this be Johnny Miller’s final year as NBC’s golf analyst?

Back in 2014, NBC signed golf analyst Johnny Miller through 2017 with an option for 2018. So we’re at a point where this could be his final year. With Miller turning 70 in April, he might be thinking retirement. The latest Sports Illustrated will publish seven fewer standalone issues in 2017 Paul Finebaum continues...
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2017 NBA All-Star Game garners 7.8 million viewers, most since 2013

The NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans brought back viewers to the event this year. This year’s game averaged 7.8 million viewers on both TBS and TNT. That’s the most for the NBA All-Star Game since 2013. And it’s up 3% since last year which averaged 6.5 million. The game peaked with 8.5 million viewers when the game began. The night before, All-Star Saturday Night on TNT averaged...
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Russia World Cup having trouble signing sponsors

Soccer’s biggest event is 16 months away and FIFA is finding that corporate sponsors are not flocking to sign up for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Bloomberg reports that thus far, FIFA has only signed one new sponsor, Wanda Group from China. The latest Sports Illustrated will publish seven fewer standalone issues in 2017 ...
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Showtime developing limited series The Ali Summit, about Muhammad Ali’s objection to Vietnam War

Muhammad Ali had such a rich, compelling life and career that it’s impossible to chronicle everything that he experienced during his 27 years in boxing (21 of them as a professional) and 74 years on this planet. Trying to distill Ali to a couple of hours of documentary or feature film simply cannot be done. As a result, Ali’s life is practically an industry unto itself with so...
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Brazilian soccer game postponed right before kickoff due to TV rights dispute

A TV rights dispute caused a couple Brazilian club soccer rivals to not play each other after state federation officials refused to start the match until both teams ended their YouTube livestream of that match. Both teams refused to end the livestream and the match was postponed. Coritiba and Atlético Paranaense have a rather heated stateside rivalry. They are the only two clubs...
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Even CBS chairman Les Moonves wants Roger Goodell to speed up NFL games

One of the major issues facing the NFL this offseason is what to do about the decline in ratings over the course of the 2016 season. While the league’s numbers did pick up some after the 2016 election cycle finished, it still presented the first downturn in television audiences for America’s most popular sport in quite some time. And while the league was trying to downplay the...
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AA’s @ClippitTV videos of the week: #SagerStrong at NBA All-Star Weekend

This is our weekly look at the most popular — or in some cases our personal favorite — videos on Clippit over the past week. Clippit is an awesome app that allows us to quickly grab 30-second clips from several live TV broadcasts and share them on social media.  NBA All-Star Star Weekend goes all out in remembering Craig Sager and supporting the #SagerStrong Foundation On Saturday...
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Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler is having his life story turned into a movie

Tom Brady isn’t going to be the only New England Patriots player to have a movie made about him. No, it’s not you, Gronk. Put your shirt back on, dude. (Even though it’s nearly 70 degrees in February throughout virtually every part of the country where winter usually still has a frigid grip on the climate.) Super Bowl XLIX hero Malcolm Butler is also going to receive the biopic...
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Sports Illustrated will publish seven fewer standalone issues in 2017

A key mission for Sports Illustrated has been figuring out the transition from a print-focused publication to a digital-focused outlet, which managing editor Chris Stone discussed with AA last June. One of the latest moves on that front involves them publishing seven fewer standalone issues this year, from 45 to 38, which should reduce mailing and production costs. A spokesman told...
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Fox and NASCAR combine for documentary on Jeff Gordon’s first Daytona win

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Jeff Gordon’s first Daytona 500 win, and Fox and NASCAR are doing something special to commemorate the occasion. Fox has teamed up with NASCAR Productions for Refuse to Lose, an original film that will combine previously unseen footage of the team in the 10 days leading up to the 1997 Daytona 500, along with new interviews with Gordon and...
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Matt Damon narrates NFL piece showing Super Bowl through fans’ eyes

Thanks to the omnipresence of smartphones, there are plenty of people generating content of them, their friends and their families watching sporting events. Many media organizations have used that content in one way or another, showing off particularly memorable individual celebrations or moments of dismay, but the NFL’s original content group has done something a bit different...
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AA Weekly Recap: James Harden roasts Stephen A., Trump declines ESPN tradition, and Vitale rips Kansas fans

It’s been another busy week in sports media. We’re here to recap the biggest news and events that took place and share some of our best work from the week that was. Without further adieu: Dick Vitale rips Kansas fans for leaving early, Kansas promptly storms back for OT win – Feb. 14 Dick Vitale went in on Jayhawks fan who left Monday’s Kansas-West Virginia game early. Kansas...
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Twitter will live-stream a boxing match Saturday for the first time ever

Twitter’s persistent ventures into live-streaming sporting events will continue Saturday when the social media platform teams with Showtime to broadcast a boxing triple-header headlined by the bout between Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados. It will be the first boxing match Twitter has ever streamed. “With this unprecedented live stream on Twitter, we have the opportunity...
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Former outfielder Nick Swisher to join Fox Sports as baseball studio analyst

During a 12-year career in Major League Baseball, Nick Swisher was known as a good hitter, a great teammate and kind of a frat boy. So it made sense Friday when he became maybe the first player ever to announce a new job in broadcasting with the word “badass.” The latest President Trump declines invitation to fill out NCAA Tournament bracket...
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Paul Finebaum continues Jim Harbaugh rivalry with “The Pete Finebaum Show”

After long-time adversary and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh called him “Pete Finebaum” in a tweet Thursday, ESPN’s Paul Finebaum embraced that name Friday. Finebaum even changed the branding on his SEC Network show to The Pete Finebaum Show. Here’s the opening clip, which includes Finebaum going through some past headlines of him and Harbaugh: Here’s a clip of Finebaum...
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