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Disney EVP Kevin Mayer says ESPN Plus could “set ourselves up for a future where we may pivot and go over the top,” including RSNs

Much of the discussion around forthcoming ESPN premium streaming service ESPN Plus has revolved around the service’s planned at-launch content (all MLS out-of-market games, 182 MLB games, tennis, non-Power Five college sports and so on) and price point ($4.99 a month), and those discussions are worth having to get an idea of the immediate numbers of people (both current pay-TV subscribers...
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9 days ago

Can ESPN continue Gruden’s QB Camp without Jon Gruden?

After years of rumor and innuendo, Jon Gruden has finally left ESPN and returned to the coaching ranks with the Oakland Raiders. While much of the attention in the wake of Gruden’s big money move away from Bristol has been placed on what ESPN is going to do to replace Chucky in the Monday Night Football booth, Gruden’s absence will be felt elsewhere too. Nowhere will that be more...
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9 days ago

Red Sox once again speak out against WEEI, cite “frustration and disappointment” with station

Following last week’s Christian Fauria incident on WEEI, and the resulting announcement of sensitivity training this week, one of the station’s most prominent partners is speaking out (again) against the behavior of some of the station’s personalities. After saying that some of the station’s opinions were “offensive and out of line” last year (a statement that received criticism...
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9 days ago

Kyrie Irving’s full-length Uncle Drew movie has a trailer, features Shaq, Reggie Miller, and more

Kyrie Irving’s Uncle Drew series of Pepsi ads were fairly beloved, especially as far as commercials go. Throwing Irving in some passably convincing old-age makeup to embarrass unsuspecting (or maybe complicit) pickup players led to some pretty inarguable laughs. Now, Irving (and Irving’s character) are getting a feature film via Summit Entertainment, and he’s bringing along some...
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After telling Will Cain he “knows nothing about basketball” on Twitter, Clippers’ guard Patrick Beverley called in to Cain’s show

Los Angeles Clippers’ guard Patrick Beverley is recovering from season-ending knee surgery, so he apparently has a lot of time on his hands. For some reason, he used that time to watch First Take Wednesday, and made his disagreement with Will Cain about the Cleveland Cavaliers very clear with some tweets, including one saying that Cain “knows nothing about basketball!” If that was...
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9 days ago

The NFL’s solution to oversaturation is… more oversaturation

There are as many theories for the NFL’s ratings decline as there are bad beat stories. Everyone’s got one, and nobody’s quite sure which one to believe. But of all the theories, the simplest one, and the one I keep coming back to that best explains the current NFL malaise, is oversaturation. Simply put, the NFL was always going to reach its cultural peak point of popularity as ratings...
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9 days ago

Bode Miller apologizes for saying female skier’s career declined due to marriage

Bode Miller has been criticized for his apparent lack of passion as an Olympic analyst. (Also he wears hats indoors.) Tonight, though, he found himself under fire after deciding to blame a skier’s decline in form on her marriage: Yikes! A transcript: “The knee is certainly an issue, I want to point out she also got married, and it’s historically very challenging to race on the World...
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9 days ago

The latest Facebook Watch sports programming is a 10-part “Inside The Madness” docuseries on Kentucky basketball

Facebook has been going big into sports shoulder programming, working with different media brands, athletes, teams, and leagues to launch Facebook Watch shows. The latest is a 10-part docuseries titled Inside The Madness: University of Kentucky Basketball, with the first episode dropping this Saturday (February 17). The series follows Kentucky’s team throughout the 2017-18 season...
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9 days ago

YouTube TV adds more sports, including TBS, TNT, MLB Network, and NBA TV, will boost price for new members after March 13

It looks like YouTube TV is set to offer more to sports fans and fans of Turner’s other programming, but that extra content will come at a price. Interestingly enough, though, the streaming service is applying that price hike (from $35 a month to $40 a month) not to existing customers, but only to those who sign up after March 13. So, for the moment at least, current subscribers...
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10 days ago

Fox will reportedly simulcast NFL Network’s coverage of the NFL Draft this year

The NFL Draft will reportedly be airing on a *third* network this year. According to Pro Football Talk, in addition to ESPN and NFL Network, Fox will be airing the NFL Draft. The network reportedly won’t be producing its own coverage, but instead will be simulcasting the NFL Network’s feed of the event from Dallas. It’s believed FOX will carry a simulcast of the NFL Network feed...
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10 days ago

Bob Costas is content with being an Olympics viewer this year

Dating back to 1988, Bob Costas has been part of NBC’s Olympics coverage. He started as a late night host in Seoul in 1988 before working as the primetime host for every Summer Olympics since 1992 and Winter Games since 2002, and was the face of NBC’s Olympics coverage. He’s been on just about every big event for the Peacock, whether it’s been MLB, NBA, NFL, or even boxing. But last...
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Patrick Connor gets suspended from his KNBR job for comments on Chloe Kim on Barstool Radio, apologizes

A controversy around comments made on Barstool Sports’ Sirius XM channel has now led to the co-host involved being suspended from his other job at San Francisco sports radio station KNBR. The host in question is Patrick Connor, who discussed 17-year-old U.S. Olympian snowboarder Chloe Kim on Barstool Radio’s “Dialed-In with Dallas Braden” Monday alongside Braden and fellow co-host...
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10 days ago

Lindsay Czarniak to join Joe Gibbs Racing’s team coverage for Daytona 500

Every sports team these days wants original content to plaster on its website and social-media feeds. Not every sports team is willing to hire a former SportsCenter anchor to create it. On Wednesday, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that it has hired ex-ESPNer Lindsay Czarniak to produce digital content during the Daytona 500 this coming Sunday, including features on each of the team’s...
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10 days ago

Premier League rights in England haven’t risen per-match this time, but are still going for north of $6 billion, and two packages are left

The English Premier League saw its domestic rights rise by about 70 per cent in each of its last two deals, but this time around, those rights aren’t skyrocketing. The domestic rights auction for 2019-2022 has brought in 4.464 billion pounds ($6.2 billion U.S.) so far for 160 matches, below the 5.14 billion pounds paid for 168 games from 2016 to 2019, so the price paid per match...
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10 days ago

ESPN will use Shohei Ohtani as one fantasy player, aligning with CBS, but differing from Yahoo

In anticipation of its fantasy baseball product opening next week, ESPN on Wednesday morning unveiled its strategy for two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani. Similar to CBS Sports but diverging from Yahoo Sports, ESPN will use Ohtani as one rostered player, eligible as both a starting pitcher and as a utility player for the 2018 season. Before each scoring period, depending on whether you...
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10 days ago

Apple developing a dramatic series based on Kevin Durant

As Apple looks to expand its television offerings, we’re getting wind of one particular new series with sports ties. Variety reports that Apple is developing a new series that will be based on the early life and career of Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant. The series, which will be called Swagger, will be based on Durant’s time in youth basketball and also looks into AAU...
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10 days ago

NBA/Turner partners with Magic Leap for virtual reality courtside experience

Are you a diehard NBA fan? Do you have an insane amount of disposable income to spend on the latest virtual reality innovations? Then this news might just be for you! The NBA and Turner have announced a new partnership with Magic Leap that will someday soon look to bring a new virtual reality experience to basketball fans that will bring them courtside in a way like never before...
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10 days ago

Facebook Watch will air NASCAR Productions’ eight-part “Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace” docuseries around the Daytona 500

The Facebook Watch push into sports shows centered around big names is continuing, and their latest entry is from the world of NASCAR. Following such efforts as Tom vs. Time, No Script with Marshawn Lynch, and Ball in the Family, the newest sports-focused entry is an eight-episode docuseries on NASCAR driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., titled Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace. The...
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10 days ago

ESPN Plus acquires exclusive out-of-market Major League Soccer rights, will offer them at a cheaper price than MLS Live did

The upcoming ESPN Plus over-the-top streaming service just made a major content acquisition. That would be the exclusive out-of-market rights to Major League Soccer games, which were previously available through the league’s own MLS Live service. Now, as Bloomberg’s Scott Soshnick and Christopher Palmeri write, it appears that MLS is shutting down that in-house service and transferring...
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11 days ago

Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra team up for new sports media startup

Tom Brady, Michael Strahan, and Gotham Chopra are teaming up to create a new sports media venture. Two years ago, they came together to produce a sports documentary series for AT&T called Religion of Sports, and now they’re ready to start a company aptly called The Religion of Sports. Unlike The Players’ Tribune, where athletes can provide their own narratives, or TraceMe, the...
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11 days ago

ESPN will simulcast Sky Sports’ F1 coverage

As ESPN prepares to air the entire Formula 1 schedule for the first time since 1997, it will utilize one of the fabled F1 broadcast partners in Europe. ESPN has announced it will simulcast Sky Sports’ presentation of all 21 races as part of a multi-year agreement. The Sky Sports coverage will include all commentary and production for each race. ESPN says Sky will produce special...
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11 days ago

The Athletic has beat writers assigned to 20 of 30 clubs, but Boston, DC still missing from coverage

In a completely unsurprising decision, The Athletic is expanding its MLB coverage – again. On Wednesday, the growing online empire added former SI MLB editor Emma Span and long-time ESPN MLB reporter Jayson Stark to its ranks while also expanding the role of current author/former FanGraphs writer Eno Sarris. On Tuesday, the site announced the hiring of even more MLB beat writers...
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11 days ago

WEEI loses two sponsors in response to Christian Fauria using caricatured Asian accent on air

Boston’s WEEI suspended on-air host Christian Fauria for using a stereotypical Asian accent to imitate Tom Brady’s agent, Don Yee. But the sports talk radio station may have to do more to address the ill-advised comedy bit and other recent incidents that have offended audiences. As first reported by The Boston Globe, two sponsors have pulled advertising from the station in light...
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11 days ago

Fox’s network chief hints that cord cutting may be stalling, thanks to OTT bundles like Hulu

As the deal between Disney and Fox continues to forge ahead, one of the assets changing hands will be Hulu. The two companies, along with Comcast and Time Warner, have partnered on Hulu but once the sale of Fox’s entertainment properties closes, Disney will become majority owner. Peter Rice, president of 21st Century Fox and Fox Networks Group head, told an audience at Code Media...
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11 days ago

NFL Network’s Good Morning Football is moving out of CBS’s NY studios to the new NFL Experience in Times Square

Good Morning Football is on the move. The NFL Network morning show has been aired from CBS’s New York studios since its August 2016 launch, but will now be heading 12 blocks south to the NFL Experience in Times Square, which opened in December. The move will happen by the beginning of April. CBS was contractually obligated to host GMFB as part of their Thursday Night Football deals...
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11 days ago
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