NBCUniversal’s Telemundo affiliate WSNS Chicago today named Rodrigo Arana sports anchor for Noticiero Telemundo Chicago at 5 and 10 p.m. Arana, who will join the station in December, will team up with co-anchors Alfonso Gutierrez and Anabel Monge and meteorologist Maricela Vazquez. Previously, Arana worked for Fox Sports Latin America in Mexico City as a […]
The Chicago Cubs have hired their manager, begun renovations on their historic ballpark and are restocking their Major League team with promising young talent and the expectation of free agents to come, leaving one major item on their off-season to-do list — finding a new television home. While the team’s long-term play is to create a regional sports network, sources say the Cubs are working on a return to CW affil WGN-TV next season, perhaps with a reduced broadcast schedule and the potential for revenue sharing.
Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 40), has beefed up its sports department. Jamal Spencer is WZZM’s new sport director is a Michigan native from the Metro Detroit area and a graduate of Michigan State University. He is returning home to the Great Lakes State from Fargo, N.D., where he ran sports at […]
Fox Sports’ local streaming talks with MLB have hit a snag, putting a crimp in a years-long negotiation that had picked up in recent weeks, according to several sources. As little as three weeks ago, both sides believed that a deal was close. But talks cooled as Fox Sports simultaneously was negotiating long-term local TV rights extensions with two of its teams: the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks.
With the NBA regular season opening tonight, owners, general managers, players and agents are all grappling with the unprecedented change to the fundamental economic picture that emerged with the league’s new televsion contract: $24 billion, nearly tripling the league’s revenues on an annual basis.
Viewers tuning into the National League Championship Series on Fox Sports 1 saw an ad behind the batter promoting the ALCS on TBS, and vice versa. Sure, they’re helping the competition, network executives say. They also believe they’re helping themselves. If more fans get excited about the NLCS, the thinking goes, they’ll also be more likely to tune into ALCS games. As Fox Sports President Eric Shanks puts it, “A rising tide lifts all ships.”
If the NBA sells corporate advertising on game jerseys, which many believe is inevitable, network partners Turner and ESPN will get certain spending guarantees related to those contracts — a development that was negotiated as part of the league’s massive nine-year, $24 billion media deals. But that’s where the clarity ends, because the details of what the networks will receive — and from whom — remain as undefined as the league’s future policy on selling jersey advertising.
he college athletics playing field could soon see a big bucks stand off. Ten college football and basketball players filed a class action lawsuit in federal court in Tennessee last week seeking a big piece of the television money pie from ESPN, ABC, Fox, CBS, NBC as well as WME and IMG and more.
With MLB games going into the early morning and college football and the NFL providing seemingly countless upsets and comebacks, the past weekend’s sports schedule likely left even the casual fan more exhausted than well-rested come Monday morning. Weekends like this one are the perfect way to explain why TV networks are willing to part with billions of dollars for sports broadcast rights.
ABC affiliate WBRZ Baton Rouge, La. (DMA 93), is introducing Cauble’s Rising Stars, a weekly sports segment that highlights the athletic youth of the community. Cauble’s Rising Stars will be featured every Thursday during the 6 p.m. newscast, beginning Oct. 9. Viewers will be able to submit their child’s sports photo on WBRZ.com beginning Thursday, […]
Justin Rose knew one day he’d be back in Detroit covering the teams that inspired him to become a sports broadcaster. Now, the St. Clair native returns to his Michigan roots, joining Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WXYZ Detroit from Pittsburgh, where as a sports reporter for WTAE he covered the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and sports teams […]
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS lead analyst Phil Simms plans to try to avoid saying “Redskins” during Washington’s nationally televised game against the New York Giants. The network airs the matchup Thursday night as part of its new NFL package. Simms first told The Associated Press last month that he would call the team “Washington” […]
Golf is a sport of deep tradition, but the broadcasting of this historic pastime is experiencing big changes: Golf Channel is broadcasting the Friday matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup for its first-time live coverage of the event. The music that sets the stage for this classic competition is evolving as well, driven by new […]
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA postseason drew its biggest television audience in seven years with a double-digit increase in ratings over last season. The Phoenix Mercury’s three-game sweep of the Chicago Sky, which was seen on ESPN and ABC, saw an increase of 150 percent in the ratings from the previous season. The decisive game between […]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tim Tebow is taking the field for “Good Morning America.” ABC said Thursday that the Heisman Trophy winner is joining the program as a contributor starting Monday. Tebow will be part of the show’s new “Motivate Me Monday” segment that highlights people and their stories of triumph. ABC says he’ll appear […]
On Monday, Sept. 8, E.W. Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WMAR Baltimore (DMA 27) will introduce The Nest, a Monday morning interactive sports talk show streamed live through abc2news.com and the ABC2 mobile app. The station says The Nest “will go beyond your typical Monday morning quarterback banter, giving Baltimore [Ravens] fans a true voice on the […]
Fox Sports Regional Networks has inked a multiyear licensing agreement with technology platform Burst that will allow the sports programmer to distribute original video content on social and digital platforms, as well as crowdsource user-generated video.
On Saturday, CBS Sports will begin its broadcasts of the US Open tennis tournament, culminating with the men’s singles championship on Monday Sept. 8. It’s the beginning of the end — ESPN will take over the rights and production duties next year — but that has not prevented the CBS Sports team from ensuring that its role at the center of the production action is anything but top notch.
Dispatch Broadcast Group’s NBC affiliate WTHR Incianapolis (DMA 26) has hired outspoken Indianapolis Star writer Bob Kravitz. WTHR President-GM Larry Delia said: “Bob’s reputation and unique insight into Indiana sports at all levels will be a vital addition to our sports department, both online and on-air. We’re very pleased he’s making the move.” Kravitz joins […]
Telemundo-owned KBLR Las Vegas (DMA 42) has named Frederik Oldenburg sports anchor for Noticiero Telemundo Las Vegas at 6 and 11 p.m. Oldenburg, whose first day on air was Aug. 11, joins news anchor Beatriz Moncayo and weather anchor Leticia Castro. Prior to this position and since 2009, Oldenburg was host and reporter for Anótala, […]