TV Ratings For Many Sports Are Down. Don’t Read Too Much Into It Yet

Incomplete data, a variety of new factors and an odd 2020 mean it’s way too early to know why Americans are watching less of some of the most popular leagues.

Troy Aikman, Joe Buck Question Value Of Military Flyovers In Comments Caught On Hot Mic

Sinclair Names A VP Of Digital Sports News

Veteran sports news executive David Morgan will lead Sinclair’s digital sports news strategy across 21 RSN brands and Stadium.

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Sports Emmy-Winning NHL Broadcaster, Retires After 47 Years

Mike “Doc” Emrick, a veteran broadcaster for the National Hockey League and eight-time Sports Emmy award winner, has announced his retirement after 47 years. NBC Sports made the announcement on Monday morning, with Emrick reminiscing on the early days of his career.

Joe Buck Talks Fans Through Intense Game Week

In a different era, the sportscasterer winding down after a long night of calling balls, strikes, first downs, field goals or what have you might be eager to get to the bar. Joe Buck of Fox Sports yearns merely for a steaming bowl of chicken noodle or creamy tomato. Buck’s head is no doubt crammed with baseball stats and football maneuvers, but he has reason these days to keep a little space in his mind for the condition of his throat. His current Fox Sports schedule may have him talking to fans for 17 of 18 consecutive days.

Vaughn McClure, ESPN’s Atlanta Falcons Reporter, Dies At 48

Falcons Shut Down Facility After Second Positive Covid Test

The Atlanta Falcons shut their facility Thursday following one new positive test for Covid-19. The team remains scheduled to play at Minnesota on Sunday. Defensive tackle Marlon Davidson was placed on the Covid-19/reserve list this week, and the addition of a second unidentified person caused the Falcons to act out of caution. All team activity will be done virtually.

Amazon Ups NFL Coverage With Playoff Game

Amazon has struck a deal with the National Football League to stream a playoff game this season, people familiar with the matter said. The agreement, which the league disclosed to team owners Wednesday during a video meeting, deepens the relationship between the nation’s premier sport and the online retail and entertainment giant. The wildcard playoff game will also be available on ViacomCBS platforms.

Fox Sports, Samsung Enable NLCS Custom Broadcasts Via 5G

YouTube Tops Facebook For Sports Highlights

YouTube has supplanted Facebook as the most popular social media platform for viewing sports highlights, according to a new survey from Ring Digital. The research firm surveyed 1,400 sports video highlights viewers in August and found that 53% of respondents use YouTube for sports highlights on a regular basis, compared to 45% of respondents who said they use Facebook regularly.

Joe Morgan, MLB Great, ESPN Announcer, Dies

Joe Morgan, the Hall of Fame second baseman and sparkplug of the Cincinnati Reds’ Big Red Machine who went on to spend more than two decades as an ESPN analyst alongside Jon Miller,  died Sunday. He was 77.

Vince Bagli, longtime WBAL Sportscaster Known As ‘Dean Of Baltimore Sports,’ Dies At 93

MLB Wild Card Games Average 1.8M Viewers

ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC averaged 1,836,000 viewers for 16 broadcasts in Major League Baseball’s expanded wild-card round, drawing far more viewers for 16 games but an average down vastly from the single-knockout contests in previous years.

Why Are Pandemic Sports Ratings So Terrible?

Some theories on why viewers have unexpectedly turned away in droves.

FiOS TV Drops AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh

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Real-Time Interactive Streaming Key For Sports

Streaming services need to offer a synchronous, interactive livestream of sports options if they want to hold on to the cord cutters they’ve gained since the pandemic.

NBC Extends Olympics Deal With Twitter Through 2022

Goodell: Forfeits Possible For Virus Violations

In a memo sent to NFL teams Monday after a conference call involving the league and club executives, Commissioner Roger Goodell reiterated the need to adhere fully to all of the league’s health and safety guidelines. The NFL was forced to reschedule Sunday’s game between the Steelers and Titans when Tennessee had the league’s first coronavirus outbreak, which has affected 20 organization members, including 10 players. That game was moved to Week 7, causing adjustments that also impacted the Baltimore Ravens.

Amazon Expands NFL ‘Thursday Night Football’ Content On Prime Video, Twitch

Patriots-Chiefs Game Postponed

The NFL has postponed Sunday’s highly anticipated game between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs to Monday or Tuesday after Cam Newton, the Patriots’ star quarterback, and the practice squad quarterback on the Chiefs tested positive for the coronavirus.

XFL Will Skip 2021 Season, Back In ’22

Dwayne Johnson, who teamed with Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital Partners to acquire the XFL over the summer, says the football league will take 2021 off but plans to return in 2022. “It’s an uphill battle,” Johnson wrote in a tweet, “but we’re hungry, humble and no one will outwork us.”

Local Media Consortium Hires Kevin Lockland As Matchup GM

The Local Media Consortium, a strategic alliance of local media companies, today named Kevin Lockland general manager of The Matchup. Launched in July, The Matchup is a collaborative online sports initiative that provides fans with access to high quality, locally produced sports stories and coast-to-coast content. An experienced digital media product and editorial leader, Lockland was […]

YouTube TV Dropping Sinclair Sports Networks

Red Sox Roll Out New Robotic Camera System At Fenway Park

Thom Brennaman Resigns From Cincinnati Reds TV Team

Chase Carey Out As Formula One CEO

Trump Takes Credit For Pac-12 Football Revival

President Donald Trump claimed credit Thursday for the Pac-12 Conference restarting its college football season, the week after the Big Ten made the same call. “You’re welcome!!!” the president tweeted, following a unanimous vote by university officials to allow Pac-12 football teams to begin seven-game, conference-only seasons on Nov. 6, as long as they get approval from state and local health authorities.

Turner Expands MLB Deal Through 2028

Pete Bevacqua Named NBC Sports Chairman

Pete Bevacqua, who joined NBC Sports in 2018 as its first president in nearly a decade, has been elevated to the top role at the NBCUniversal-owned unit. Bevacqua, the former CEO of the Professional Golf Association, was named chairman of NBC Sports Group, filling a role that was vacated when Mark Lazarus took on a bigger role within the parent company.

NFL, NBA Take Nielsen Ratings Hit

Post- and end-of-the-season action for TV sports franchises has seen sharply lower overall viewership as a result of sports competition caused by disruptions in scheduling due to COVID-19, as well as lower persons using television (PUT) data. MoffettNathanson Research says the returning NBA and NHL have been impacted by lower PUT data in August and September versus the April and May periods — the former period being one that traditionally sees lower PUT data.

WLS Sports Anchor Jim Rose Signs 3-Year Renewal

ESPN Creates Rooftop ‘Bubble’ For NFL Coverage In Under A Month

NFL, Dish Strike New Carriage Contract

ESPN Expanding Sports Betting Footprint with Digital Show, YouTube Channel

On the heels of the opening of its new studio on the Las Vegas Strip and the return of its sports betting television program Daily Wager, ESPN is expanding its sports betting footprint with Monday’s debut of Bet, a new half-hour program that will stream three nights per week on digital platforms. Also on Monday, ESPN is […]

One Year Later, ACC Network Access Is Still Frustrating Football Fans

Fox Sports Condemns Skip Bayless’ Remarks About Dak Prescott

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox Sports does “not agree” with Skip Bayless’ comments criticizing Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott for coming forward speaking about his battle with depression. Bayless said on his “Undisputed” show Thursday “I don’t have sympathy for him going public with, ‘I got depressed’ and ‘I suffered depression early in COVID to […]

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Collins | Getting Back Into The Game

While the COVID-19 pandemic has battered the live sports industry, including broadcasting and cable networks, creative minds have been working on a variety of new cross-platform opportunities to attract fans and advertisers.

Sports Anchor Fred Roggin Celebrates 40 Years At KNBC

NBC O&O KNBC Los Angeles (DMA 2) is celebrating sports anchor Fred Roggin on his 40th year with the station. His anniversary coincides with the new season premiere of his popular live post-game football show, The Challenge, on Sunday, Sept. 13, following Sunday Night Football. The station said: “With four decades of local and national […]

Blackbird And MOOV Partner To Enrich Fast Turnaround Sports Video Content

Blackbird plc, developer and seller of the cloud video editing platform, Blackbird, and MOOV, a sports and events graphics company, have partnered to enrich fast turnaround sports video content with an integrated solution that streamlines cloud video workflows. Blackbird’s cloud video clipping, editing and distribution platform provides rapid access to video for the creation of clips […]

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.”