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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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Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — June 17, 2015

Ok, let’s do this. NEWS The 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final ended up being the second most-watched series on record just below the most-watched 2013 SCF between Boston and Chicago. This year’s series averaged 5.551 million viewers which is just off from 2013 which averaged 5.753 million. For Game 6 on Monday, the series-clincher for […]

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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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Monday’s Sports Media Notebook — June 15, 2015

To the notebook now. Lots of things to get to. NEWS The Women’s World Cup is still scoring for Fox. After the U.S. Women’s team’s debut last week vs. Australia which drew 3.331 million viewers on Fox Sports 1, Friday’s game against Sweden and the US’ former coach Pia Sundhage averaged 4.5 million viewers. That […]


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 […]


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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Sports Media Notebook — June 10, 2015

Oh, bloody hell, it’s been a while since I’ve done a sports media notebook. We have quite a few things to provide so in lieu of me explaining why you haven’t seen one in months, let’s just get to the news, linkage and other stuff. NEWS A couple of things to lead with this morning. […]

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ESPN extends Dick Vitale’s contract through 2017-18

Just before last college basketball season, ESPN announced that it had signed a new contract with analyst Dick Vitale through the 2016-17 season while also bringing Jay Bilas into the “A” slot. Now in the offseason, the alleged Worldwide Leader has told us that it has extended Vitale’s contract through the ’17-’18 season which would […]

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ESPN Announces It Will Cut Ties With Bill Simmons

In the biggest sports media story of the year-to-date, ESPN has announced it will not renew the contract of Captain Blowhard, a.k.a. Bill Simmons. The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir broke the story this morning. Simmons’ contract is up in September. ESPN and Simmons had been negotiating a contract extension, but the two sides failed […]


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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ESPN’s 2015 Monday Night Football Schedule

Continuing the posting of the NFL schedules for 2015, we have ESPN’s Monday Night Football slate for the season. It kicks off with a Week 1 doubleheader and for the first time, it’ll involve four NFC teams. It seems appropriate that if Tim Tebow makes the Philadelphia Eagles, ESPN will have his first NFL game […]

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2015 NFL Regular Season Schedule Announced

So the NFL schedule has been announced. It’s a 256-game schedule spread over 17 weeks. A few new things from last year. CBS gets the Week 1 doubleheader for the first time since 2000. From 2001 until last year, CBS had conceded the Week 1 late game to Fox due to its coverage of the […]

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MLB Viewing Picks for 04/18-19/2015

All Times Eastern Saturday, April 18 Studio and Pregame Shows MLB on Fox Sports 1 Pregame — Fox Sports 1, 3:30 p.m. MLB Tonight — MLB Network, 4 p.m. MLB Tonight — MLB Network, 7 p.m. Baseball Tonight — ESPN2, 10 p.m. Quick Pitch — MLB Network, midnight Baseball Tonight — ESPN2, 12:30 a.m. (Sunday) […]