CBS Calls NFL Ad Sales ‘Brisk’ As Kick Off Nears

On a conference call with reporters Tuesday, CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said that NFL ad sales at this point are “pacing at the exact level we paced at last year, and last year was an incredibly successful year for us.”

CBS Sports To Examine Racism On Sunday

The five-hour block of programming titled “Portraits in Black” will examine seminal events from the past as well as current events, including the response by athletes following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.

CBS Wants Golfers To Help With PGA Broadcasts

In announcing the broadcast and productions plans for the return to golf, CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said the network would have what solo announcer Jim Nantz dubbed a “confession cam.” Players would walk into a tent during the round and talk briefly into a remote camera. McManus also said the network has been working more aggressively to have players wear microphones, and that CBS already has received commitments from some players.

ViacomCBS Faces Tricky Path To Super Bowl

In the early moments of the annual game to lure advertisers to the Super Bowl, ViacomCBS is first and long.

Signing 60 to 70 automakers, snack manufacturers and tech marketers to sponsor the biggest TV event of the year is never an easy task. But doing so will be tougher for the newly-merged media conglomerate, owing to a coronavirus pandemic that has thrown the sports business into disarray and forced advertisers to tighten their purse strings. ViacomCBS, which has the rights to broadcast the extravaganza in 2021, will have to reassure would-be Big Game sponsors about the NFL’s ability to mount a new season even as it tries to get the best prices possible.

Phyllis George, Female Sportscasting Pioneer, Dies

Miss America in 1971, George joined Brent Musburger and Irv Cross in 1975 on The NFL Today. Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder later was added to the cast. She spent three seasons on the live pregame show, returned in 1980 and left in 1983, winning plaudits for her warmth of her interviews with star athletes. She also covered horse racing, hosted the entertainment show People and co-anchored the CBS Morning News. She was 70.

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TVN Tech | 1080p HDR Gains Momentum For Major Sports

Costs are inhibiting a flood of 4K sports production, but 1080p HDR offers numerous practical advantages, among them that the improvement in picture quality is more readily apparent to consumers than the gain from 4K resolution. Above, Sony tested an 8K camera at the Sony Open in Hawaii last year, but doesn’t expect 8K to be used for regular sports production for several years.

CBS Dumps Dan Fouts, Eyes Charles Davis

CBS Sports has let go of its No. 2 NFL game analyst, Dan Fouts, The Post has learned. CBS is now targeting Fox’s second NFL analyst, Charles Davis, according to sources, as a potential replacement. Fox is trying to retain Davis.

Nantz Adjusts To Lack Of Final Four, Masters

For the last three decades, CBS’s Jim Nantz has been the voice in living rooms and restaurant bars and anywhere else fans were watching the two biggest sporting events on the Spring calendar — the Final Four and the Masters over a span of nine days. Now he’s home, like everyone else during the global pandemic of COVID-19. Above, Nantz with Phil Mickelson during an awards ceremony on the 18th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2019.

CBS Sports Will Pay All March Madness Technicians And Utilities, Including Freelancers

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TVN Focus On Advertising | March Madness A Costly Cancellation

The fallout from Thursday’s coronavirus-driven cancellation of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Tournament will be over $1 billion in ad revenue for CBS and Turner Sports. “There’s no bad guy here,” said one expert, but remedies will almost certainly have to be created.

Lesley Visser To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At 41st Sports Emmys

CBS Strikes Betting Data Partnership

CBS Sports is making a bid to one-up its competitors in the rapidly developing arena for U.S. sports betting. CBS Sports and British bookmaker William Hill struck a partnership that makes William Hill, which has a sizable U.S. presence, the official sports book and provider of wagering data across all CBS Sports properties.

AFC Viewers To Get CBS Sports’ Top Tech

When CBS Sports closes out its NFL season with Sunday’s Tennessee Titans–Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship matchup, it will mark the conclusion of one the network’s most technologically innovative campaigns. From the addition of Field Eye (Line-to-Gain camera technology) to an increase in high-speed cameras to more live aerial shots, the CBS Sports team has significantly boosted its NFL production complement this year and will lift equipment levels even higher for its largest production of the year on Sunday in Kansas City.

CBS Sports Nabs U.S. TV Rights To New 3-On-3 Pro Hockey League

CBS Sports Prepares For Golf Changes

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — CBS Sports, which already has gone through additions and subtractions going into its golf season, had one of the biggest changes when Lance Barrow announced he was stepping down as producer after the 2020 season. Barrow will be succeeded by Sellers Shy, who will increase his duties next year. Shy will […]

CBS Football Announcer Gary Danielson Blasted For Laughing At Photographer’s Injury

Davis Love III Moving To Broadcast Booth At CBS

SHANGHAI (AP) — Peter Kostis and Gary McCord are out at CBS Sports. Davis Love III is in. Sean McManus, the chairman at CBS Sports, announced Tuesday that Love is joining the network as a golf analyst next year. He makes his debut at Torrey Pines in January for the Farmers Insurance Open. McManus described […]

How CBS Covered Woods’ Win At The Masters

CBS was a huge beneficiary of Woods’ win. It was on the air for 10 hours on Sunday because the final round was moved up due to possible inclement weather. CBS started at 9 a.m. ET and had six hours of live coverage followed by a four-hour recap show.

March Madness Streaming On The Rise

Among all sporting events, the March Madness NCAA basketball tournament may be the most tailor-made for streaming video. According to CBS and Turner Sports, which have TV rights to the games and operate the streaming offerings, March Madness Live is setting new records for streams and streaming hours so far, with both categories up by more than 25% compared to last year.

CBS Sports Extends Pact With Professional Bull Riders Through 2028

NCAA Tournament Selection On CBS To Show Bracket 1st Again

NEW YORK (AP) — The NCAA Tournament selection show is returning to CBS and its traditional bracket-first format for revealing the field for March Madness. The plan for Sunday is to drop the alphabetical reveal and get right to the bracket. The show will be one hour, start at 6 p.m. EDT and be hosted […]

CBS Sports Nets World Team Tennis Deal

The agreement calls for CBS Sports Network to televise 15 WTT matches through the season beginning July 15, said network officials. The network will also air the semifinals and finals from Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 2 and Aug. 3.

James Brown Gets Ready For Super Bowl Spotlight

On Sunday, Brown, 67, will host the Super Bowl pregame show for the ninth time, between his current employer, CBS, and his former employer, Fox. For years he has served as the buttoned-up straight man on fall Sundays — on Fox he was opposite Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long; at CBS, it’s Boomer Esiason and Bill Cowher. He’s one of the most ubiquitous presences in sports television — he’s hosted the Super Bowl pregame show more than anyone other than Brent Musburger — and also one of its longest tenured.

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CBS Pumps Up Super Bowl Tech With 8K, AR

Among the tech innovations on tap are Panasonic 8K cameras, which will be used to generate replays from each end zone, part of the 115 cameras the network will use, including a bevy of Sony 4K replay cameras. And for the first time, CBS will also use a live wireless handheld camera with AR graphics and camera-tracking capability designed to provide real-time virtual graphics from the players’ perspective on the field.

CBS Plans 30+ Hours Of Digital Video Around Super Bowl

CBS Aims To Grow Sports HQ

Armed with a new production studio in Connecticut and broadcast rights to this year’s Super Bowl, CBS Sports is making a push behind its 24-hour streaming channel, CBS Sports HQ.

PGA Signs 11-Year Deal With CBS, ESPN

The networks will combine to deliver 175 hours of coverage across broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Financial terms of the deal announced Wednesday were not disclosed, though it was clear the PGA Championship is more attractive held in May than in August. The agreement gives CBS and ESPN, which broadcast the Masters, the first two majors of the year.

New Pro Football League In CBS Sports Pact

The Alliance of American Football, founded by Charlie Ebersol and ex-NFL exec Bill Polian, will launch in 2019, a year ahead of Vince McMahon’s competitor XFL 

CBS Reporter Backtracks On Kaepernick Report

NEW YORK (AP) — A CBS Sports reporter clarified his televised report saying quarterback Colin Kaepernick told him he would stand during the national anthem if he played in the NFL again, saying he didn’t actually discuss the issue with the player when they spoke. Jason La Canfora said in a series of tweets on Sunday that […]

CBS Sports Adds Beth Mowins To NFL Teams

Dallas’ Romo Retiring, Joining CBS Sports

Tony Romo is retiring and replacing another former quarterback in Phil Simms on the top NFL broadcasting team for CBS after choosing not to chase that elusive Super Bowl with a team other than the Dallas Cowboys. Romo, who will be paired with play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz.

 

CBS Steps Up Tech Game For Final Four

The collaborative effort between CBS Sports and Turner Sports continues on the operations and engineering at this year’s Final Four, but it’s an “all-CBS” year, and a long-time CBS Sports star, Patty Power, has taken the helm, overseeing the production that features VR, 360-degree replay and 8X super-slo-mo.

CBSSports.com Crashes Before NCAA Tipoff

Lundquist Fights Back Tears During Final Broadcast

CBS Sports Live Streaming NBA Draft Tonight

Larry Lafave Of CBS Sports Dies At 65

Verne Lundquist Leaving ‘SEC On CBS’ After 2016

ESPN Leads 37th Sports Emmy Nominations

Announcer Jim Ross Joins CBS For Boxing

  NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Business is about to pick up for “Good Ol’ J.R.” Jim Ross, best known as a longtime play-by-play voice for World Wrestling Entertainment, has signed on to be a boxing announcer for CBS Sports. His debut will be March 12, the first of eight scheduled monthly events at the Downtown […]

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Super Bowl 50 And Its Lasting Tech Legacy

Super Bowl 50 is in the books and with it a massive effort that arguably will reshape the nature of Super Bowl operations for years to come. Why? Simply because of the sheer number of firsts at this year’s big game that might be here to stay.