Big 12 Vows To Continue Fall Football

The Big 12 Conference on Wednesday announced that its fall sports season would go on, one day after the Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences called off their 2020 plans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Deion Sanders Leaving NFL Network After 14 Years

Sports Emmys: ESPN, Fox Top Networks

ESPN and Fox shared bragging rights as the 41st annual Sports Emmys were handout out Tuesday night. They tied atop the network leaderboard with seven wins apiece. ESPN scored one more nod to lead all sports groups, as it came into the night with the most nominations (58) to Fox Sports Media Group’s 48. CBS’s coverage of the Masters won the marquee Outstanding Live Sports Special category, and the network also scooped the Outstanding Live Sports Series for its NFL on CBS.

TV Fallout For College Football’s Lost Season

The college football season is the latest (partial) casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States — and another blow for media companies who will now be without hundreds of hours of live programming, and the ad revenue that comes with it, in the fall. As of publication time, 52 of the 120 schools that play at the top level of college football — more than 40% of the total — have decided to cancel or postpone their fall sports seasons. The Big Ten and Pac-12, two of the so-called “power five” conferences, announced their decision Tuesday, following similar moves by two smaller leagues, the Mountain West and Mid-American conferences, and unilateral decisions by the University of Connecticut and Old Dominion University in Virginia.

Pac-12 Cancels Fall 2020 Football Season

A Tuesday afternoon meeting with conference presidents and chancellors led to the Pac-12 deciding to cancel its fall 2020 college football season and postpone all fall sports through the calendar year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The move comes after the Big 10 elected to cancel its fall season earlier on Tuesday. Both conferences hope to play the season in spring 2021 but have not announced any specific plans.

Big 10 Cancels Fall Football Season

The Big 10 Conference has postponed the 2020 football season because of safety concerns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, the league announced Tuesday. The Big 10 is the first of college football’s elite Power Five conferences to decide against playing football this fall.

Peacock Takes Exclusive Rights To ‘Rich Eisen Show’ In Sports Talk Push

Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson Yests Positive For COVID-19

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Buys The XFL

Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital have acquired the XFL. Founded by WWE CEO Vince McMahon, the football league was scheduled to go bankruptcy auction today, but Johnson, Garcia and RedBird acquired its parent company, Alpha Entertainment, for approximately $15 million.

2020 Champions League Final Dropped From US Broadcast TV

NEW YORK (AP) — The Champions League quarterfinals and semifinals will disappear from U.S. network and cable English-language television this summer under the new contract between UEFA and CBS, and the remainder of the 2019-20 competition will be primarily streamed. CBS took over rights from TBS during the coronavirus pandemic break and said Wednesday the […]

NHL Preps Return With Little Caesars, Pepsi

Little Caesars has signed a deal to be the official pizza delivery company of the National Hockey League as longtime sponsor Pepsi launches a sweepstakes. The partnership between the league and the pizza restaurant begins immediately and runs through the 2020-21 season. Fans will see the Little Caesars brand displayed in a corner in-ice ad position during every game of the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers and 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well all exhibition games.

WGRZ Buffalo Adds Sports Anchor Ashley Holder

DraftKings Extends Deal With PGA Tour

DraftKings is enhancing its sports sponsorship portfolio as leagues continue to resume operations suspended due to Covid-19. The betting company announced it secured a deal with the PGA Tour that assigns DraftKings as the organization’s “first betting operator.” The agreement is an extension of DraftKings’ “content and marketing relationship” with the PGA Tour established last July. That deal also allows DraftKings to offer fantasy golf content.

Target For Premier League With Partial Crowds Is Oct. 1, Says Sports Minister

After Quitting Deadspin In Protest, They’re Starting A New Site

NEWS ANALYSIS

Every Sport Has A Coronavirus Plan. MLB’s Lasted Four Days

MLB Calls Emergency Meeting After 14+ Players Contract COVID In First 4 Days

Multiple outlets are reporting that Major League Baseball will hold an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the remainder of the already-truncated 2020 season, after more than a dozen members of the Miami Marlins tested positive for COVID-19.

NBC Resets Focus For Tokyo Olympics

With the Summer Olympics postponed a year due to the coronavirus, Molly Solomon, executive producer and president of NBC’s Olympics production unit, and her team have reset their countdown clocks while trying to adjust to a new set of challenges. Any Olympics provides plenty of compelling storylines, but Solomon says Tokyo takes on bigger importance with everything that has transpired worldwide this year

Black Activists Call For Bias Investigation At ESPN

Fox Sports Hit With Layoffs Amid Restructuring

Fox Sports has laid off 50 to 100 staffers in what is being described as a restructuring and streamlining effort at the company, TheWrap has confirmed. That number amounts to 5% to 10% of the company’s total workforce.

Fox Will Fill Empty Baseball Stadiums With Virtual Fans

DAZN Won’t Air MLB Show This Season

The DAZN streaming network won’t air its “MLB ChangeUp” show this season, according to multiple people familiar with the decision. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because they weren’t authorized to comment publicly on the matter. The show debuted at the start of baseball season last year and was […]

Baseball’s Return Helps Fox Reel In A ‘Tsunami’ Of Advertising Dollars

Pent-up demand for sports is translating into major advertising bucks, according to Fox, which is kicking off baseball season with its first-ever-triple header on Saturday. The advertising inventory for the nine-hour block of games is sold out, according to Fox’s head of sports sales, Seth Winter.

Ben Arnet Joins KOMU As Sports Director

University of Missouri-owned NBC affiliate KOMU Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo. (DMA 137), has hired Ben Arnet as sports director. Arnet will join Jim Riek, Emily Spain and Kenton Gewecke on KOMU 8 News at 6, 9 and 10 p.m. and will host Sports Xtra on Sunday nights at 10:30. Arnet joins KOMU 8 from the Mizzou […]

Sport-Less Spring Prompts KAVU Anchor’s Switch To News

Baseball Advertisers Get Ready For Big New Swing

Baseball advertising appears to have pivoted from a months-long slump to hitting above average. Fox Corp. has sold more than 90% of its ad inventory in its share of games in Major League Baseball’s pandemic-truncated 2020 season, as well as all the ad berths in its planned broadcast of four games slated to air this Saturday on Fox Broadcasting and Fox Sports 1. Meanwhile,  Home Team Sports, the Fox-owned unit that sells ad time on 44 regional sports networks, is trying to accommodate a new rush of advertisers trying to get time in local broadcasts.

Julie Donaldson Hired By Washington’s NFL Team To Replace Radio Voice Larry Michael

NHL Sets Stanley Cup Qualifiers Schedule

The National Hockey League on Tuesday said its Stanley Cup Qualifiers games will start Aug. 1, with NBC Sports airing up to 120 hours of coverage.

Opening Day To Reveal New NBC Sports Chicago Studio

Premier Lacrosse League Ready To Showcase Its Stuff On NBC

Paul Rabil is on pins and needles as the Premier Lacrosse League gets set to decide its second champion amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We’ve been pretty fortunate,” Rabil said. “Guys are excited to get out and play, not only for themselves but for their teammates and all lacrosse fans and sports fans. This year has […]

Canceled Games Could Cost Sinclair $130M

With the Major League Baseball season about to belatedly begin, analyst Steven Cahall of Wells Fargo calculates that regional sports networks will cost Sinclair Broadcast Group $130 million in cash when the baseball, hockey and basketball seasons end.

Live Sports Will Set Records In Ratings, Subs

The return of live sports to U.S. TV screens will set “record” ratings in the second half of 2020 and attract new pay TV subs according to Needham & Co. analyst Laura Martin. “Streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, Apple+, etc. that benefited from live sports being dark have the most risk to their U.S. reported sub adds during the second half,” she writes.

CNN Adds Bob Costas To Contributors Roster

What A Lost College Football Season Would Mean

At some top programs, football can generate $150 million and as much as 75% of college sports revenue annually, and schools already have cut three times as many less popular sports during the pandemic as they did in the past three years combined. Now mere weeks away from training camps, the NCAA faces a difficult decision: With so much money on the line, is it possible, or even worth it, to play college football this season?

NBA League Pass Sets Price For Season Restart

Kevin Cottam Named Ross Video VP, Global Sports & Live Events

Ross Video today promoted Kevin Cottam to vice president, global sports & live events. He joined Ross in 2011 as a demonstration artist and trainer, and has a background in sports and live production. A graduate of Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology in Ontario, Cottam began his television broadcasting career in 1996 with […]

Seahawks’ Olsen To Join Fox As NFL Analyst After Retirement

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks tight end Greg Olsen told The Associated Press he has agreed to a contract with Fox Sports to become its No. 2 NFL game analyst once he retires from football. Olsen signed a one-year, $6.9 million contract with the Seahawks earlier this offseason after spending nine seasons with the […]

As Season Nears, NFL Doesn’t Have A Plan

Training camps are set to open on July 28 — and there still isn’t a concrete plan for if and how the season will work in 2020. Above, Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady, far right, is seen along with other players during a private workout in Tampa, Fla., on June 23.

WJLA Hosting Virtual Town Hall On Rebranding Washington’s NFL Team

Sinclair-owned ABC affiliate WJLA Washington (DMA 7) announced today it will broadcast its planned third live virtual town hall on race relations with a conversation on the historic announcement to change the franchise team name of the Washington Redskins. The Racial Divide: Time for Change, will air Tuesday, July 14, at 7 p.m. on sister cable channel WJLA […]

ESPN Employees Say Racism Endures

In meetings and conversations among colleagues, ESPN employees have criticized the career pipeline and diversity of top leadership, eliciting a promise from executives to do better.