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 […]
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.
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.
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?
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
The decision has loomed for weeks, and the PGA of America made it official Wednesday when it postponed the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
TVU Networks, a provider of cloud and IP-based live video solutions, expanded its TVU Sports group with the addition of Greg Doggett as director of sports and entertainment during what the company calls a critical time when interest and demand for TVU’s remote video solutions are rapidly growing due to restrictions brought on by the […]
With the NBA and MLB returning in late July, ESPN, Turner and Fox hope for a “glass half-full” advertising market.
The Ivy League hasn’t produced a national football champion since 1927, but the small eight-team conference sometimes serves as a bellwether for the giants of college sports. Which is why everyone is bracing for the prospect that the Ivy League is going to take a pass on football this fall. Officials from the Ivy League will announce on Wednesday the status of athletics for the 2020-21 academic year. The best-case scenario is that fall sports will shift their competitions to the spring of 2021. At worst, fall sports will be called off with no chance for seniors to recoup their lost year of eligibility.
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen Native American leaders and organizations sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday calling for the league to force Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team name immediately. The letter was signed by 15 Native American advocates and obtained by The Associated Press. It […]
Media and entertainment veteran Steve Rosenberg will lead the company’s RSNs, Stadium and high school sports divisions. He succeeds the retiring Jeff Krolik.
While there remains plenty of optimism the NFL will play — somehow, someway — networks are fixated on the league’s fall schedule given its dominant position as America’s most valuable television property that accounted for 41 of the 50 top-rated telecasts of any kind in 2019. The lack of certainty has led to uncomfortable conversations among executives.
A person with knowledge of the situation said the return-to-play protocols would only go into effect if each side votes to approve the full package of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) extension and return-to-play agreement. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because CBA talks are still ongoing.
Multiple sources told the Associated Press Sunday Night that the deal began to take shape this month, especially with the U.S. Open being moved to September during the opening month of the NFL. One person said Fox was contemplating moving the U.S. Open to FS1, an idea that was rebuffed by Mike Davis, the CEO of the USGA. That led to deeper conversations about the contract and how it could be resolved.
The National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association announced today that they have finalized a comprehensive plan for a July 30 restart to the 2019-20 season, which includes stringent health and safety protocols, a single-site campus at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the goal of taking collective action to combat systemic […]
The fuboTV streaming service has finally nabbed ESPN for its sports-focused package offerings, while also retrieving a slew of Disney entertainment channels, including FX and NatGeo, after they were dropped following The Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets last year.
Major League Baseball is set to return. The MLB Players Association informed the league on Tuesday that players will comply with commissioner Rob Manfred’s imposed outline for a 2020 season. Players are set report for another version of “spring” training on July 1, and the league’s imposed 60-game season will start either July 23 or 24, the league announced.
The bitter, months-long negotiation between Major League Baseball and its players’ union effectively ended Monday night when the union’s executive board voted to reject the owners’ last offer of a 60-game regular season and expanded postseason, and MLB responded by saying it intended to exercise its power to implement a 2020 schedule — which it will attempt to shoehorn into a dwindling calendar amid a global pandemic.
The surge of coronavirus cases in key states, and a flood of positive tests for athletes returning to work, could spoil plans for a sports restart. Above: A fan has his temperature checked by a security guard before being allowed to tour Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers baseball team in Arlington, Texas.
Sports Director Chris Gervino is set to retire from NBC affiliate KOMU Columbia-Jefferson City, Mo. (DMA 137), after spending more than two decades on the air providing national and local sports information to mid-Missouri. “My wife Gina and I are grateful to be able to retire together from our full-time jobs while blessed with good […]
Spanish-language broadcaster Univision plans to offer live sports and scripted series in coming months, as the network’s company strives to woo ad dollars from English competitors while being sold to a new company in the not-too-distant future. Univision plans to unveil 11 new scripted series, the result of a long production pipeline that readies series with a much longer lead time than counterparts, as well as televise matches from Liga MX, UEFA Champions League and MLS.
There might be no Major League Baseball games this year after a breakdown in talks between teams and the players’ union on how to split up money in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Dalet and Bitmovin announced today a new collaboration designed to improve preparation and accelerate delivery of OTT content for broadcasters, sports leagues and teams, brands, and other media-rich companies. The first organization to take advantage of the new technology partnership is Australia’s National Rugby League (the NRL). The workflow integration, which features the advanced media […]
As the nation begins to reopen after months of shutdown, both the NBA and NHL have made definitive plans to resume their respective seasons. However, baseball fans are still holding their breath as the MLB seems to be struggling to get things going. A survey by research firm Mindnet Analytics examined how fans view the uncertainty surrounding the MLB return.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Even without any fans to cheer, there was quite a reaction to a birdie during the PGA Tour’s return — a very audible “F-bomb” at the start of Golf Channel’s telecast Thursday. The network had been on the air for only a few minutes when the first shot from the […]