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Thursday’s Sports Media Notebook — June 18, 2015

To the notebook: NEWS The big sports media news from Wednesday came from a feature on HBO in this week’s Hollywood Reporter. In discussing the new era of HBO with its HBO Now over the top service was a line that the network is looking at luring soon-to-be ex-ESPN’er Bill Simmons. On June 21, HBO […]

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2015 NBA Finals Result in Being Most-Watched Since 1998

The NBA Finals gave ABC great numbers in both ratings and viewership. The six game series averaged a viewership of 19.9 million and the rating ended up at an impressive 11.6. Both of those numbers were up 30% and 26% respectively from the 2014 Finals between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs. The viewership […]

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NBA Finals Continue to Rack Up the Ratings

Disney officials have to be happy as the current NBA contract with ESPN is ending and a new one is set to begin in 2016. The ESPN-produced 2015 Finals airing on ABC is setting records all over the place. Game 5 between Cleveland and Golden State averaged the highest viewership of the series with over […]

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NBA Finals Continues to Draw Viewers In

Despite a blowout win by Golden State that assures the NBA Finals will go at least 6 games, last night’s Game 4 drew the highest ratings for a such contest in over ten years. Thursday’s game averaged a 13.9 overnight rating which is 31% better than last year’s 10.6 for Game 4 of Miami-San Antonio. […]

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Sports Media Notebook — June 11, 2015

Let’s do another notebook for you on this Thursday. NEWS The NBA Finals are breaking records. Through three games, the series between the Cleveland Cavs and Golden State Warriors is averaging almost 18.5 million viewers and a 10.8 rating which is slaughtering all programming on broadcast and cable. Game 3 drew an 11.1 rating on […]

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NBA Finals Game 3 Rocks the Rim on ABC

ESPN officials are crowing about the ratings for the NBA Finals on ABC. Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers set the record for highest rating for an NBA Final Game 3 on the American Broadcasting Company. The overnight rating was 13.7 which is 33% higher than last year’s Game 3 between […]

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36th Annual Sports Emmy Award Winners

The 36th Annual Sports Emmy Awards were handed out in New York on Tuesday, May 5. NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games was a big winner, but in several technical categories. We can’t say the usual suspects won because Bob Costas did not pick up the Outstanding Studio Host Award. Ernie Johnson won […]

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Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 02/18/2015

Time for another edition of the notebook. Let’s do this. NEWS NBC Sports has announced it will pick up radio coverage of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Over the past few years, radio coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes has been piecemeal with various syndicators producing the races. Now, NBC which has […]

Thursday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/15/2015

Let’s do a notebook for this Thursday. NEWS NBC held a big press conference on Wednesday at its World Headquarters in Rockefeller Plaza in New York. It announced a multi-year agreement with Haymon Boxing to air the Premier Boxing Champions series starting with 20 events this year, 14 of which will be in primetime on […]

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College Football Viewing Picks for 01/01/2015

All Times Eastern Studio and Pregame Shows College GameDay on ESPN Radio — ESPN2, 6 a.m. College GameDay live from the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA — ESPN, 10 a.m. SEC Nation live from the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA — SEC Network, 10 a.m. BTN Football Pregame 2014: Bowl Edition — Big Ten Network, 11 […]

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Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 12/31/2014

The last notebook of the year quite a bit of stuff. Not much linkage out there, but plenty of news out there and News You Can Use. BREAKING NEWS CBS has announced that it will once again stream all of its AFC Playoff games for desktop and laptop computers and tablets beginning with Sunday’s Wild […]

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College Football Viewing Picks for 12/27/2014

All Times Eastern Military Bowl, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD Virginia Tech vs. Cincinnati — ESPN1/ESPN Radio, 1 p.m. ESPN: Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway//Paul Carcaterra ESPN Radio: Eamon McAnaney/Jay Walker Sun Bowl, Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX Duke vs. Arizona State — CBS/Sports USA Radio Network, 2 p.m. CBS: Carter Blackburn/Gary Danielson//Allie LaForce Sports […]

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DirecTV and Disney Sign Long-Term Agreement; Adds WatchESPN and Longhorn Network

This is a nice present to DirecTV subscribers which includes your humble blogger. The satellite provider and the Walt Disney Company have signed a comprehensive, multi-year deal that includes ESPN and its vast family of networks. Not only does it keep ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, ESPN Deportes and SEC Network on the system’s lineup, it […]

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College Football Viewing Picks for 12/20/2014

All Times Eastern NCAA Division I FCS Tournament National Semifinal, Cowell Stadium, Durham, NH Illinois State at New Hampshire — ESPNU, 2 p.m. (Shawn Kenney/Jay Walker) NCAA Division II Championship National Championship, Sporting Park, Kansas City, KS Colorado State-Pueblo vs. Minnesota State-Mankato — ESPN2, 4 p.m. (Adam Amin/John Congemi//Quint Kessenich) New Orleans Bowl, Louisiana Superdome, […]

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College Football Viewing Picks for Week 16, 12/12-13/2014

All Times Eastern Schedule courtesy of Matt’s College Sports on TV Announcing assignments courtesy of Eye on Sky and Air Sports Friday, December 12 Studio and Pregame Shows BTN Football & Beyond — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily: The Edge — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 2:30 p.m. Inside College Football: […]

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ESPN Unveils Announcers for All of its 38 College Football Postseason Games

Well, Brent Musburger may not be involved in the College Football Playoff, but he will be calling one of the bowls involved in the CFP rotation. And interestingly enough, Brent will be headed to the Las Vegas Bowl. Brent in Vegas? This is where legends are made. For the College Football Playoff Semifinals and National […]

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2014-15 College Football Bowl and Playoff Schedule

With the first-ever College Football Playoff Semifinals and National Championship game scheduled for January 2015, it adds to an already busy college football postseason schedule. Between December 20, 2014 and January 12, 2015, we have a total of 39 games including the seven matchups that are involved with the College Football Playoff system, the Cotton, […]

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College Football Viewing Picks for Week 15, 12/05-06/2014

All Times Eastern Schedule courtesy of Matt’s College Sports on TV Announcing assignments courtesy of Eye on Sky and Air Sports Friday, December 5 Studio and Pregame Shows Nebraska Football Press Conference: Mike Riley Hired — Big Ten Network, 9:50 a.m. BTN Football & Beyond 2014 — Big Ten Network, noon CFB Daily: The Edge […]

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College Football Viewing Picks for Week 14, 11/27-29/2014

All Times Eastern Schedule courtesy Matt’s College Sports on TV Announcing assignments courtesy Eye on Sky and Air Sports Thursday, November 27 Studio and Pregame Show Fox Sports 1 College Football Pregame — Fox Sports 1, 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. LSU at Texas A&M — ESPN (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer/David Pollack//Samantha Ponder Texas Christian at Texas […]

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College Football Viewing Picks for Week 13, 11/22/2014

All Times Eastern Schedule courtesy of Matt’s College Sports Announcing assignments courtesy Eye on Sky and Air Sports Studio and Pregame Shows College GameDay live from the People’s Republic of Cambridge, MA — ESPN, 9 a.m. Fox Sports Live: Countdown to Kickoff — Fox Sports 1, 9 a.m. SEC Nation live from Knoxville, TN — […]

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