Sports franchise executives will discuss challenges and successes in producing major live events.
The NBA Sacramento Kings have signed a 20-year media rights extension with NBC Sports Group worth between $690 million and $700 million, another sign of the team’s resurgence under owner Vivek Ranadivé.
The new Connecticut operation will account for about 400 of the 3,100 people that will be working on the Winter Olympic games for NBC. Among its jobs will be to produce play-by-play coverage of the curling competition for distribution on the cable channels; produce Gold Zone for NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra app; produce news cut-ins for the digital coverage; and will also be home of the “highlights factory,” which will crank out highlights from all the events for all the platforms.
The NBA is poised to become the first major U.S.-based sports league to allow its games to be streamed live locally. The league is finalizing TV Everywhere deals with Fox Sports Media Group and NBC Sports Group, the country’s two biggest owners of regional sports networks.
The network will use 24 high-speed cameras — 12 in each red zone on both sides of the field from the 20-yard line to the goal line and in the back of each end zone — to produce seamless views of the action at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli said the system will give fans a new perspective on big plays during games. The 360-degree view will debut on the Sept. 8 broadcast of the New York Giants-Cowboys game.
Major League Baseball has had talks with NBC Sports Group and Fox Sports in recent weeks to try to craft a solution to its MASN dispute, according to several sources. MLB hired Steve Greenberg of Allen & Co. to try to broker such a deal, which could see NBC or Fox acquire all or part of the regional sports network that carries Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals games.
NBC brings video and big-name broadcasters and Yahoo adds college coverage and fantasy games in the agreement announced Sunday. They hope their strengths will complement each other and attract more eyes to both as they vie with ESPN and other outlets for multimedia sports supremacy.