06/13/19: Telemundo Deportes, streaming service ESPN+ to kick off Copa America coverage

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Telemundo Deportes and streaming services ESPN+ are ready to kick off coverage of Copa America as the second of soccer’s big three tournaments this summer launches June 14. The U.S. Spanish-language rights-holder begins its pregame coverage of the opening match between Bolivia and the host nation Brazil at 7p on broadcast network Telemundo, as well as the Telemundo Deportes En Vido and NBC Sports apps. The same platforms are in play during the first weekend of action of the CONMEBOL tournament, which features 10 South American nations and in this competition, Japan and 2022 FIFA World Cup host Qatar. Telemundo’s coverage continues Saturday beginning at 2:30 p, with Venezuela facing Peru and Lionel Messi’s Argentina squaring off against. James Rodriguez’s Colombia side. The opening weekend closes with two matches Sunday. starting at 2:30 p.: Paraguay vs.Qatar, which also won the Asian Cup, followed by the 15-time champion Uruguay facing Ecuador
 
ESPN+, Walt Disney Co.’s service that has picked up more than 2 million subscribers since its launch in April 2018, will look to bring more customers into its streaming tent with its English-language presentations of all 26 matches. Fox Sports and Telemundo hold the rights to the Women’s World Cup, while the former and Univision Deportes will air the Gold Cup, kicking off June 15. The finals for all three tourneys are slated for July 7.
 

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The U.S. team’s controversial thumping of Thailand was a FIFA Women’s World Cup ratings winner for FOX, netting a 2.2 metered marketing rating for the broadcaster on June 11.The 13-0 drubbing drew criticism from those who cried piling on by the Americans, while others backed the team for playing to its full ability, even against an outgunned opponent. Either way, the game was up 5% from the 2.1 metered market rating for the U.S opener against Australia on Fox Sports 1 in primetime from the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada and scored a 175% bump from the 0.8 mark on ESPN for the team’s first match against North Korea in the 2011 tournament from Germany. For its part, Telemundo Deportes’ coverage of the U.S.-Thailand generated a total audience delivery of 486,000, including 444,000 on Telemundo, more than double the 203,000 for the Americans in their match against the team from Down Under in the 2015 tourney.
 
In what is expected to their final training camp before departing for Las Vegas, the Oakland Raiders will be under the spotlight during the 14th edition of HBO’s Emmy-winning cinema verite franchise Hard Knocks.  The Raiders should provide ample entertainment as the AFC West team is headed by a pair of TV veterans: Head Coach Jon Gruden, a nine-year Monday Night Football analyst, is in the sophomore season of his second stint leading the club, while Mike Mayock, the longtime NFL Network analysts, is in his rookie run as General Manager. The club added controversial players in top wide receiver Antonio Brown and middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict, who as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals knocked out the former Steelers stalwart with a helmet-to-helmet blow in a 2016 playoff game. A 30-person NFL Films crew will be in Raiders’ training camp in Napa Valley, shooting more than 1,750 hours of footage over the course of the series. The first of the five-installment Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Oakland Raiders debuts Aug 6 at 10p.
 
AXS TV will look to pin wrestling viewers on Saturday night. Starting July 13, Women of Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling will command the network’s Saturday primetime time slots at 8p and 9p, respectively. The two programs previously aired as part of the network’s Friday night Fights block showcasing AXS TV Fights, which will continue to run live on Friday nights. WOW will initiate an eight-week encore, recapping the series’ first season, before launching the 24-episode second campaign Sept. 7. As a lead-in to New Japan Pro Wrestling’s new schedule position, the network will air a special live broadcast of the first night of  promotion’s G1 CLIMAX 29 tournament in Dallas on July 6 at  p. That event precedes a six-week stretch of same-day, near-live coverage of the G1 CLIMAX tourney
 
ESPN will be on hand for MLB’s first game in Nebraska June 13, when it presents the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers from TD Ameritrade Park, the site of the College World Series, which the programmer will cover beginning June 15. As for Royals-Tigers, Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez and Kyle Peterson will call the game at 8p from Omaha, home to the Royals AAA team, the Storm Chasers.
 
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Among the top 10 members of Forbes’ highest-paid athletes for 2019, futbollers and footballers account for half the spots. Lionel Messi leads the way with $127 million, with $92 million in salary and $35 million in endorsements. That puts the Argentine well ahead of fellow soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo’s $109 million ($65 million in salary, $44 million in endorsements) and Brazil’s Neymar’s $105 million ($75 million, $30 million). Quarterbacks Russell Wilson ($89.5 million, $80.5 million in salary) and Aaron Rodgers ($89.3 million, $80.3 million in salary) ranked sixth and seventh, respectively.
 
Boxer Canelo Alvarez was fourth with $94 million ($92 million in winnings), while tennis icon Roger Federer was fifth, counting $93.4 million, led by $86 million in endorsements, the highest total among the group. Hoopers LeBron James ($36 million in salary, $53 million in endorsements), Steph Curry ($37.8 million, $42 million) and Kevin Durant ($30.4 million, $35 million) rounded out the top 10. Forbes calculates earnings include prize money, salaries and bonuses earned between June 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019, as well as endorsement estimates of sponsorships, appearance fees and licensing incomes for the same 12-month period.
 
The Ladies Professional Golf Association will implement a comprehensive integrity programming with Genius Sports around sports-betting-related monitory, education and investigation management structures. Genius will equip the LPGA’s integrity team with regular reports, analysis and betting data. The technology tracks global betting activity for all LPGA Tour and Symetra Tour competitions and will automatically highlight any potentially suspicious patterns that may occur across domestic and international betting markets.
 
 
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Automated short-form video production proponent Thuuz Sports has inked a partnership pact with Australian streaming service Kayo Sports for highlight rights to the ICC Cricket World Cup, Basketball World Cup, Rugby World Cup, Australian Cricket and Hyundai A-League. Part of Foxtel Group, Kayo Sports has rights to over 50 sports. Thuuz’s client roster includes Fox Sports, NBC Sports, NFL, DIRECTV, Hulu, IBM, Liberty Global and Charter Communications.
 
The Olympic Channel has reached a media rights agreement for the upcoming 2019 European Games, which features 4,000 athletes from 50 nations competing in 200 medal events. The deal with the European Olympic Committees enables the service to stream daily from the competition from Minsk, Belarus from June 21-30, to 11 territories in the Americas and Caribbean, including the U.S., Brazil, Puerto Rico and Canada, as well as Japan, the Republic of Korea among 35 nations in Asia Pacific, Eight of the sports offer qualification opportunities for the 2020 Summer Games from Tokyo.  Live streaming coverage will be available subscription-free on olympicchannel.com, its mobile apps and select connected TV devices
 
                                        
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  • E3 wrapup
 
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Former Marine Sergeant Kirstie Ennis will receive the Pat Tillman Award for service at the 2019 ESPYs. Ennis, who endured myriad surgeries from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash while on duty in Afghanistan, is being honored for her foundation that provides education and opportunity in the outdoors and supports other non-profits dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals and families. As part of efforts to inspire others, Ennis, who had her left leg amputated above the knee, has walked 1,000 miles across Britain for a Walking Wounded Charity event, competed in the Warrior Games, scaled some of the world’s highest mountains and is a Paralympic hopeful in snowboarding. The ESPYs air July 10 on ABC at 8p.
 
Fresh off of his work as game analyst on Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, Eddie Olczyk, who also serves as a horse racing handicapper, will make his debut, alongside Britney Eurton, on NBC Sports’ coverage of Royal Ascot. The programmer’s presentation from Ascot, England comes out of the gate on June 18 at 8:30 a on NBCSN and culminates on NBC on June 22 at 9a.
 
 
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In the final contest ever at Oracle Arena, the Golden State Warriors will look to keep their three-peat hopes alive against the Toronto Raptors, seeking their first title, in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on ABC at 9p
 


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Answer to Our Last Sports Trivia Question: Who was the Conn Smythe winner the last time there was a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final?  Answer: Boston goaltender Tim Thomas. Congrats::Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group, Boca Raton; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union, Burbank; Jim Bono-NBCUniversal Hispanic Sports, New York; Thomas Moore-Kalt Productions, Los Angeles; Deena Fuchs-Endeavor Analytics, New York; Kathi Gillin-Comcast Spotlight, Langhorne, PA; Andy Pittman-Texas A&M, College Station; Traci Liner-Endeavor, New York; Christopher Long-DraftKings, New York; Michael Ritz-Northwestern Mutual, New York; and Larry Kahn, Golf Channel, Orlando.

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