Thursday Night Football is coming to Amazon Prime exclusively a year earlier than planned. This coming season will be the last under the league’s “tri-cast” model, which saw games carried across Fox, NFL Network and Amazon. Starting with the 2022 season, TNF will be exclusive to Amazon (with TV stations in the participating teams’ home markets airing those games as well). Amazon is paying more than $1 billion for the rights.
Accedo has introduced a new out-of-the-box sports video solution, Accedo Play – Sports. It lets sport organizations launch, manage and monetize a service that delivers both a world-class video-centric experience, as well as a premium and tailored fan experience. With Accedo Play, sports leagues, rights holders, federations and clubs can quickly deliver a video centric […]
The National Hockey League has completed its next TV rights package — and for the first time in 16 years, NBC Sports won’t be a part of it. NBC pulled out of negotiations for the partial rights for the league’s next TV deal. WarnerMedia’s Turner Sports will pick up the remainder of the package, sharing rights with ESPN for seven seasons beginning with the 2021-22 seasonth.
The multiple Emmy winner will host his third interview show for HBO beginning later this spring. Back on the Record With Bob Costas — the title is a nod to his first series at the premium cabler, On the Record — will air four times a year and feature in-depth interviews with prominent figures in sports, entertainment and pop culture and discussions about the sports issues of the day.
A start-up men’s basketball league, with plans to pay college students up to $150,000 and compete with the NCAA, has inked a media rights deal, setting the stage for its debut later this year. The Professional Collegiate League reached a pact with Next Level, a network owned by a former Obama administration official, that will air its games both on linear TV and streaming platforms.
Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that cord cutters can cheer. After years of relying on traditional distribution of local games via cable and satellite (plus, to a limited extent, over-the-top streaming), MLB is now urging its regional sports networks to explore direct-to-customer possibilities for local fans.
NFL Media and Hulu announced a new multi-year carriage agreement to bring the NFL Network and NFL RedZone to Hulu’s live TV subscription streaming service Hulu + Live TV. The NFL Network and NFL RedZone will be available to Hulu + Live TV subscribers by Aug. 1, just in time for the 2021 NFL season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham throughout Tuesday evening deserted the proposal to launch a largely-closed midweek competition amid an escalating backlash from their supporters and warnings from the British government that legislation could be introduced to thwart it.
The Super League may not yet be a stone cold reality, but the proposal to band together 20 of the top European soccer clubs could generate billions of dollars in rights fees for football clubs across the pond, potentially attracting several major cable networks and broadcasters to compete for TV rights to the games.
Twelve European clubs planning to start a breakaway Super League have told the leaders of FIFA and UEFA that they have begun legal action aimed at fending off threats to block the competition.
Procter & Gamble has struck a multilayered, multiyear advertising deal with Major League Soccer as players return for the sport’s 26th season and the CPG giant seeks to broaden its appeal to younger demographics and the Hispanic market.
Mike Tirico won’t be anchoring NBC’s primetime coverage of the Tokyo Olympics from the usual confines of a studio inside the International Broadcast Center. Instead, he will have a more picturesque location. NBC announced Tuesday that Tirico will host from an outdoor location in downtown Tokyo. The set will be on a fifth-floor deck with […]
DAZN, the online sports service that this year snatched the rights to screen Italy’s top-flight soccer league from Sky, is considering the possibility of going public as it chases further growth, its joint chief executive says.
Features like AR and VR, social media integrations with synchronized streaming options and personalization are key to capturing fans’ imaginations and driving more active, engaged consumption.
MLB decided to move the game from Truist Park in Atlanta in response to Georgia voting changes signed into law by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp on March 25. Critics, including the CEOs of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola, have condemned the changes as being too restrictive.
The music-streaming giant is making its move into live audio by acquiring the sports-talk app Locker Room and its maker Betty Labs.
As with many things over the past year, the world of sports saw significant disruption to its regular routine. From halted or delayed seasons to little or no live audiences at the arenas, sporting events around the world had to operate differently. With no ambient sounds to enhance the broadcasts, television networks also had to […]
EVS, a provider of live technology for broadcast and new media productions, has been selected by the host broadcaster of a global multi-sports event taking place in Asia in 2022 to provide solutions for the centralized ingest, management and distribution of its media content. EVS will also be responsible for a comprehensive media server infrastructure […]
Rebranding a network is no small feat in the best of times. Throw in a pandemic and a clock ticking down to Opening Day, and it’s going to be a photo finish for Sinclair to flip the Fox Sports RSNs to Bally Sports this week.
The NCAA says certain benefits could lead to a bidding war for players’ services, upending the collegiate model. Reformists say that’s the point.
As has been expected for months now, NFL owners voted Tuesday to expand the regular season from 16 games to 17 starting this year. The Super Bowl, which had been scheduled for Feb. 6, 2022, is now expected to be played Feb. 13, 2022. The season is expected to start with the traditional Thursday night opener Sept. 9, which had been the plan even if the season had stayed at 16 games.
In a slightly more positive result than the 9% Nielsen-measured NFL Super Bowl viewership decline, the average commercial unit rate for the big game this year sank 5% to an average $4.73 million for a 30-second ad, according to Standard Media Index.
Almost six years after splitting the company to unlock value, Madison Square Garden Entertainment said it has agreed to combine with MSG Networks in a tax-free exchange of shares. The recombination is expected to bolster MSG Entertainment, which includes Madison Square Garden arena, Radio City Music Hall and other venues that have been hit hard as the pandemic has shut down the concert business.
The first five days of NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament — Thursday through Monday — witnessed viewership 18% lower to an average 2.5 million Nielsen-measured viewers. In 2019, an average 3.04 million viewers per game was registered through the second round. Last year’s NCAA March Madness event was canceled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.