DirecTV Sets Deal To Continue Distributing NFL Sunday Ticket To Commercial Businesses As Consumer Rights Shift To YouTube

DirecTV, which held the rights to NFL Sunday Ticket for nearly three decades until YouTube took over the package, has struck a deal to continue distributing it to bars, restaurants and other commercial businesses. The satellite operator, which is owned by AT&T and private equity firm TPG, closed a multi-year agreement with EverPass Media, a specialist in delivering live sports and entertainment programming to businesses. The arrangement begins with the upcoming NFL season.

Pat McAfee’s Deal With ESPN Amid Layoffs Raises Eyebrows

Pat McAfee built a cult following as a sports personality with a hit radio program, a college football analyst role and a spot on the WWE broadcast team from time to time. Earlier this month, McAfee announced he will walk away from his massive FanDuel deal to join ESPN. McAfee is taking his entire team to ESPN, and the popular show will be featured on ESPN and ESPN+ as well as the network’s YouTube channel. However, the move is apparently not sitting well with everyone associated with Bristol, Conn., sports and entertainment enterprise. Disney is in the midst of massive cost-cutting measures with more layoffs expected to hit ESPN as well as other arms of the company.

NVP Creates NVP Innovation Hub Built Around Open Standard IP And Grass Valley’s AMPP SaaS Platform

Grass Valley, a global provider of cloud, hardware and hybrid solutions for live production, says that NVP, one of Italy’s largest broadcast service suppliers, has fully tested and brought online its NVP Innovation Hub based on open standard SMPTE ST 2110 with GV Orbit orchestration, Grass Valley’s AMPP SaaS platform, redundant GV Fabric IP switching, a Kahuna 9600 production […]

ESPN Plans To Stream Flagship Channel, Eyeing Cable TV’s Demise

ESPN is laying the groundwork to sell its channel directly to cable cord-cutters as a subscription-streaming service in coming years, according to people familiar with the matter, a shift with profound implications for the company and the broader television business. Executives at ESPN and its parent, Disney, for years have said it was inevitable that the sports TV channel would one day be available as a stand-alone streaming service. Now, as consumers increasingly cut the cable-TV cord, the company is actively preparing for that shift under a project with the internal code name “Flagship,” the people said. The company has set no firm timeline for the change.

Scripps Sports Taps Quinn Pacini As Operations VP

The GM of two Scripps Montana stations will now be responsible for Scripps’ live sports and sports-related content presentation. He will serve as the primary lead with the company’s internal production team, local affiliates, talent and production partners.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Says Sunday Ticket Move To YouTube Is ‘Only The Beginning’ As League And Tech Giant Deepen Ties

Fox’s Lachlan Murdoch Slaps Back At CNN; Reinforces Value Of Sports To Linear

During Wednesday’s MoffettNathanson Inaugural Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, the CEO also said sports will stay on Fox linear: ““Fox has a unique strategy, in that we are keeping our premium sports on our broadcast network. And we think that’s very important because it means that the traditional pay TV ecosystem is still what serves consumers best, serves the leagues best, with the most reach, and serves advertising clients. So we’re going to continue to do that.”

Sara Cardona Joining WTVJ As Sports Anchor-Reporter

NBC O&O WTVJ Miami has named Sara Cardona its main sports anchor and reporter. The bilingual broadcast journalist, who begins her new role on June 5, will also contribute to sports coverage on WSCV (Telemundo 51). “Sara is a skilled and versatile sports journalist who has a passion for reporting and experience covering high-profile teams […]

NCAA Division I Men’s And Women’s Tennis Championships Return To Tennis Channel May 19-20

Tennis Channel will show the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships May 19-20, live from the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. Exclusive coverage begins with the women’s team semifinals Friday, May 19, at 5:30 p.m. ET. The finals will be played Saturday, May 20, also starting at 5:30 p.m. ET. The network plans to […]

Peacock Will Exclusively Carry NFL Playoff Game In A First For Streaming Service

The league and NBCUniversal announced Monday that the Saturday night game on wild card weekend will be on Peacock. The Peacock exclusive game on Jan. 13 would start at 8:15 or 8:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on NBC stations in the markets of the two teams. It will also be available on mobile devices through the NFL+ package. It will be preceded by a late afternoon playoff game on NBC and Peacock that will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Washington Commanders, Harris Group Agree On Sale

The sides announced the deal in a joint statement Friday, roughly a month after they reached an agreement in principle on the sale for a record $6.05 billion.

Jets, Rodgers Receive Plenty Of Marquee Spots As Networks Navigate NFL Schedule Process

For the second straight year, ESPN’s Monday Night Football gets a marquee QB making his debut with another team when the Jets host the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 11. Three of the Jets’ first four games are in a national widow. The Sept. 17 game at Dallas is the featured CBS game in the late window, and Rodgers’ first meeting with Patrick Mahomes is on NBC’s Sunday Night Football on Oct. 1 when the Jets host Kansas City. Even though this was the first year of the NFL’s new television package, where any game could go to any network, most of the past structure remains in place. Over 90% of Fox’s schedule features at least one NFC team, while CBS remains the top network for the AFC’s top teams. CBS has at least eight Jets games, with Fox, ESPN, NBC, and Amazon Prime Video getting two apiece. The league does not set networks for all Week 18 games until after Week 17. Pictured: New York Jets’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers talks to reporters after an NFL football press on April 26, 2023. (Seth Wenig/AP)

Court Blocks Phoenix Suns From Bolting Bally Sports For Gray TV Broadcast & Streaming Deal

The Texas bankruptcy court overseeing Diamond Sports Group’s restructuring says the NBA franchise must first try to negotiate a new deal with Sinclair’s regional sports network subsidiary.

A’s Broadcaster Glen Kuiper Suspended After On-Air Racial Slur

Rochester Red Wings Baseball Scores With Latest Zeplay Hardware, Software

The Rochester Red Wings baseball team in Rochester, N.Y., has entered the 2023 season with fresh technology updates for its Zeplay instant replay servers. The latest hardware and software bring new technology improvements and operational efficiencies that optimize the in-venue and live streaming experience for fans. The AAA Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Washington Nationals has been a Zeplay customer for […]

NVP Chooses Riedel’s Simplylive Production Suite For Remote Production Of Italy’s Serie B Football Matches

Broadcast production services company NVP has chosen Riedel Communications‘ Simplylive Production Suite to support remote production for Serie B football matches in Italy. Rather than sending OB trucks and full crews to every stadium for every match, NVP has begun deploying the live multi-camera production platform for selected matches in its “Innovation Hub” production center, […]

Women’s Sports Network Becomes Official FAST TV Media Partner Of The National Women’s Soccer League

FAST Studios’ Women’s Sports Network, a 24/7 network dedicated to women’s sports, announces its new and exclusive partnership with the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), becoming an Official FAST media partner of the League for non-live match content. The NWSL aims to use the Women’s Sports Network’s platform to further drive viewership, spotlight players, and […]

Reds Ready To Go It Alone Without Bally Sports Starting Saturday

If Sinclair’s Diamond Sports Group doesn’t pay Cincinnati’s MLB team by Friday, the club is set to broadcast its own games starting Saturday vs. the White Sox on a new channel. The Reds have handshake agreements with Charter Communications, the dominant cable TV supplier in the Cincinnati DMA, as well as DirecTV.


Comcast Pulls NFL Network After Carriage Agreement Expires

Comcast subscribers aren’t able to view NFL Network after the cable company pulled the channel when its carriage agreement expired.

The move comes two days after the conclusion of the NFL draft.

ESPN’s Jimmy Pitaro Will Decide The Fate Of Cable Television

Trying to forecast when ESPN will go entirely online is one of the great guessing games of the media industry.

Sinclair Stock Surges To Lead Sports Index After Shedding RSN Burden

The regional sports network model failed for Sinclair Broadcast Group, with a nearly $10 billion investment by the company evaporating in less than four years. But in proof of the adage Wall Street is always looking forward, not backward, the company’s shares are surging, driven in part by enthusiasm over strides the company has made in distribution of its Tennis Channel and sister network T2. With a 30% gain last month, Sinclair stock led all components of the Sportico Sports Stock Index. Overall, the index, which tracks 40 U.S.-traded stocks to gauge the state of the sports business, barely moved in April, closing down one point to finish at 1,165. While that lags the 1.5% gain of the S&P 500 Index last month, sports stocks are still up 11% in 2023, besting the 9% gain of the broader market index.

Cardinals Broadcaster, World Series Champ Mike Shannon Dies At 83

LOUIS (AP) — Mike Shannon, a two-time World Series winner and longtime St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster, has died. He was 83. The Cardinals said he died Saturday night in St. Louis. The team did not cite the cause of death. “Mike’s unique connection to Cardinals fans and his teammates was reflected in his unbridled passion […]

Gray Television Captures Phoenix Suns And Mercury Games

The “transformative rights deal” will bring every game free, over-the-air with statewide distribution.

ESPN Baseball Reporter Marly Rivera Fired After Hurling Expletive At Another Reporter

Nelson Figueroa, Former Mets Pitcher, Joins WPIX New York

ESPN Corporate Comms VP Mike Soltys Cut After 43 Years In Disney Layoffs

The longtime executive was first hired by founder Bill Rasmussen in 1980 as a college intern. From 2003 to 2021, Soltys was responsible for strategic planning for publicity for ESPN’s U.S. networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN on ABC, ESPN’s college networks, ESPNEWS and ESPN Radio.

E.W Scripps Not Done Making Sports Deals

After landing a deal to broadcast WNBA games Friday nights nationally on Ion, the E.W. Scripps Co. is looking for more sports leagues and teams to put on its national networks and local stations. “If we found another league that was the right fit and intersected so well with the demographics that we have on Ion, there’s room for more,” Scripps CEO Adam Symson says. And Scripps is also monitoring the regional sports networks situation.

Is LIV Golf In Trouble? Tournaments Averaging Just 437,000 Viewers In Season 2

For the last two years, LIV Golf has rivaled the PGA Tour. It started during the inaugural season, where LIV Golf spent over $800 million to lure some of golf’s biggest names like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith, and more to the Saudi-backed league. Since then LIV Golf has tried to run its own league with a different setup and format than the PGA Tour. The format has guaranteed fields, no cuts, only 54 holes (three rounds), lucrative purses, team play, and more. While LIV Golf has definitely made some noise, it’s struggled with viewership numbers.

E.W. Scripps, WNBA Ink Broadcast Deal

E.W. Scripps has scored the first rights deal for its nascent sports division with the women’s basketball league, where Friday night games will begin airing on its Ion stations on May 26. Pictured: WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert and Scripps CEO Adam Symson.

Brian Phillpotts, Joins Pixellot As VP Of Business Development

Pixellot, a provider of AI-powered sports production and analytics solutions, has appointed Brian Phillpotts vice president of business development for sport governing bodies. Phillpotts has spent four years with Pixellot as a consultant developing global partnerships with federations, data companies and broadcasters. He will be responsible for growing new business models and opportunities with media […]

Allen Media Launching High School Sports FAST Channel

Allen Media Group – in partnership with St. John Bosco High School of Bellflower, Calif.,  is slated to launch FAST channel Bosco+ later this spring. The Bosco+ FAST channel will be available nationally on AMG’s free-streaming platforms Sports.TV and HBCU GO, and in select markets in the Los Angeles region on the AMG free-streaming app […]

Ted Leonsis Offered Lerner Family At Least $2 Billion To Buy Nationals

Ted Leonsis, owner of three Washington-based professional sports franchises, offered more than $2 billion to buy the Washington Nationals from the Lerner family late last year, according to three people with knowledge of the situation. It’s not clear whether the Lerners rejected the offer or simply did not respond to it, though one person with direct knowledge of the process said the parties have remained in touch.

ESPN To Begin Layoffs Early Next Week As Part Of Disney Cost Cuts, Sources Say

ESPN will begin layoffs early next week as part of parent company Disney’s cost cutting efforts, according to people familiar with the matter. Cuts will include some on-air talent and management, said the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. The number of layoffs at ESPN is unclear and the decision process is still fluid.

NAB Show: Supponor And Telstra Broadcast Services To Bring Virtual Advertising To Sports World

Supponor, a global technology provider in virtual advertising, and Telstra Broadcast Services (TBS), a provider of end-to-end broadcast and media related services, today announced a joint initiative to bring virtual advertising as-a-service to sports properties, federations and rights owners worldwide. As a result of the recent successful launch of their league-wide solution for the National Hockey […]

Snyder To Sell NFL Commanders To Josh Harris-Led Group

Dan Snyder is nearing a $6 billion sale to a group that includes private equity founder Josh Harris, billionaire titan Mitchell Rales plus NBA legend Magic Johnson, according to multiple reports. The finalization of a sale would mark the end of a beleaguered tenure for Snyder, who purchased the team in 1999, and has presided over a franchise that in aggregate performed poorly on the field and had one scandal after another within the organization.

Sports Streaming Startup Buzzer Raises Funds, Enters Talks With Leagues

The $20 million round was led by venture firm Sapphire Sport. New athlete investors include tennis player Nick Kyrgios, football player Myles Garrett and basketball star Kevin Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures. It brings the company’s total funding to more than $44 million.

NESN And Boston Bruins Pay Tribute To Long-Time Announcer Dale Arnold

NESN and the Boston Bruins paid tribute to the career of long-time announcer, Dale Arnold, in Tuesday’s game against the Washington Capitals. Arnold, will be retiring from NESN’s broadcast at the end of the Bruins’ playoff run. The long-time Maine resident entertained fans for 24 total years on NESN starting as a play-by-play announcer for the […]

Paramount+ Gears Up For Pact With Formula 1

MLB And Diamond Sports Argue Over Late Payments Amid Bankruptcy

Major League Baseball has asked a federal court overseeing the bankruptcy case involving Sinclair Inc.’s Diamond Sports Group to terminate the broadcaster’s rights to games played by the Cleveland Guardians and Minnesota Twins if it does not make an immediate payment connected to licensing rights.


YouTube Launches Discounted NFL Sunday Ticket Pricing Plans As Part Of New Google Partnership

YouTube revealed the highly anticipated details of its new streaming plan for NFL Sunday Ticket on Tuesday, providing a win for fans who were shut out of the programming when it was aired by DirectTV by making the service available to anyone with web access. But it’s a win that comes at a hefty cost: The price for the out-of-market football game service is rising, the Google-owned YouTube said in a blog post. Fast-acting fans can get a $100 discount if they sign up for the service before June 6.