08.10.15 Good morning. It’s Monday August 10, 2015, and this is your first early morning Sports briefing.
With golf ratings swelling this season and the emergence of stars such as Jordan Spieth, Turner Sports and CBS Sports are looking to keep the trend moving upward with coverage of the 97th PGA Championship starting this week. The tournament tees off on TNT starting Thursday at 2p. Meanwhile, PGA.com, which is managed by Turner Sports, is set to boost its streaming offerings via PGA Championship LIVE, presented by Mercedes-Benz. This year’s platform will offer social content and new interactive features that include shot-by-shot laser-generated data for the marquee group as well as an alternative live leaderboard displaying players on the course by group. Fans will also be able to view simulcast broadcast coverage of the tournament via PGA.com while the PGA Championship TV App designed for select Samsung Smart TV platforms will once again offer “All-Access” PGA Championship content including live Marquee Group, and Par-3 coverage, new 4K All-Access Video On-Demand, live scoring, player info, social discussion, and photo galleries.
Cynopsis Sports asked Gary Treater, GM of PGA.com & Sr. Director of Business Operations at Turner Sports, about the goodies in store and how technology is transforming how audiences are interacting with the game.
Treater on audience growth: We have seen similar trends emerge on the digital side with golf sites experiencing solid traffic growth, in part due to the great play and popularity of many of the young stars like Rory Mcllroy, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Speith winning the first two majors of the year. And there continues to be tremendous interest in Tiger Woods and how he is working through his comeback.
For PGA.com, which Turner Sports manages for the PGA of America, we have seen a record number of users visit the site this year and they are spending more time and therefore consuming more content. One reason for our growth is that we present a holistic view of the game of golf so both fans and golf enthusiasts find it to be a useful destination. Fans receive all of the latest on the Tours and their favorite players and golfers can find information for their personal game, whether it’s instruction from top PGA professionals, reviews of the newest equipment and gear, or tips on how to plan their next golf vacation.
On what fans can expect: PGA.com has always strived to present the fan with a very immersive and interactive digital experience for all PGA of America events. This year at the 2015 PGA Championship we are taking it to the next level, both adding new features and products for viewers worldwide and significant enhancements for spectators at the course. Technology certainly plays a key role in enabling us to deliver new and innovative products and features to enhance that fan experience. This year, we are introducing a number of upgrades to our Marquee Group coverage including the use of more data to graphically enhance the experience, along with new leaderboard features. From a production standpoint, we are also using Drone cameras, SwingVision, ProTracer and Golftrax to enhance the storytelling surrounding the Marquee Group coverage.
We’re also aligned with the PGA on creating the best fan friendly experience for those attending this year’s event. The PGA of America has always been very progressive, being the first to allow phones at a major championship, and this year will include the largest free Wi-Fi network ever for the event. We’re also introducing a new “Binoculars” feature within the PGA Championship App that uses Smart Bluetooth Beacon technology to allow fans to more easily identify players on the course that are in close proximity to them. Additionally, for fans following the action from a particular on-course location such as a grandstand or hospitality area our PGA Championship App and mobile website will keep them updated with “Minute-by-Minute” real-time updates capturing the latest event coverage as storylines as they unfold.
On activations: We are working closely with Twitter to deliver an exciting video execution called PGA Championship Real-Time Highlights presented by Chase Sapphire. From Thursday through Sunday, @PGA.com will be tweeting out the best highlights each day. These short, snackable videos will play in Twitter’s native video player, with Chase pre-roll, branded hashtag and “promoted by” attribution. It’s a unique example of how we can create great content, deliver it in an efficient way and intelligently integrate sponsorship. It’s a winner for the fan, event, social platform and advertiser.
On the keys to a successful user experience: We have a great sense of collaboration at Turner Sports and seek every opportunity to benefit from everyone’s experiences. With leading products like NBA League Pass, March Madness Live and PGA Championship Live, we have an abundance of analytics and evolving best practices. We work as a collective group to provide the best product for our fans and the key learnings and proven performance we have in the encoding and streaming space give us the opportunity to be innovative as with the 4K VOD offering the PGA Championship TV App for Samsung TVs for this year’s PGA Championship.
The debut of the 2015-16 Premier League season offered a quick jolt to NBC Sports, which notched the best-ever overnight Nielsen ratings in the US for the league’s opening Saturday. The combined overnight rating for the four matches on the NBCUniversal networks pulled a 2.02 and was up 43% from the prior record set a year ago, at 1.41 for three matches across NBCSN and NBC. NBC’s matchup between Chelsea and Swansea City averaged a .93 overnight to rank as the best Saturday opener ever while Manchester United’s win over Tottenham gave NBCSN its best-ever overnight rating in the early Saturday window with a .49.
Soccer was also hot at FOX Deportes last week, with the channel reporting that the second leg of the Copa Libertadores Final on Wednesday ranked as the best ever. Coverage averaged 979,000 total viewers and 640,000 in the Adult P18-49 demographic and took the top spot of the day among all Spanish-language cable networks. Overall, the 2015 Copa Libertadores Finals averaged 840,000 total viewers and 566,000 Adult 18-49.
The NFL is reportedly heading south as it continues to grow its international presence. Spanish news organization AS.com writes that the NFL will play five regular-season games — one per season — in Mexico starting in 2017 or 2018, supplementing the league’s already established roster of games in London. "We’re taking steps in the right direction so that eventually, this platform (of sponsors) which we have reconstructed will enable us to talk directly to the NFL in New York about the possibility of staging games in Mexico," NFL Mexico director Arturo Olive told AS.com. "It will be for five games, not three as originally proposed."
BTN announced plans to launch its 2015 college football coverage the season debut of BTN Live today, as the ninth annual football bus tour departs for all 14 Big Ten campuses. The show airs at 6p weekdays and will include analysis and interviews from the various campuses over the duration of the bus tour. On Aug. 19, BTN debuts Scarlet and Gray Days: Inside Ohio State’s Training Camp, offering a behind-the-scenes series showcasing the Buckeyes training camp as they prepare for the 2015 football season.
On the local front, Friday’s Blue Jays/Yankees game continued YES Network’s recent ratings trends, notching (once again) the season’s most-viewed and highest-rated Yankees telecast on the channel. The game generated an average of 450,000 viewers with a 4.38 average TV HH rating.
Two legends were lost over the weekend. NFL Hall-of-Famer and former “Monday Night Football” sportscaster Frank Gifford passed suddenly on Sunday at the age of 84. The sports and media world was quick to offer their condolences and memories of Gifford’s legacy. "Frank Gifford was an exceptional man who will be missed by everyone who had the joy of seeing his talent on the field, the pleasure of watching his broadcasts, or the honor of knowing him,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “His many achievements were defined by a quiet dignity and a personal grace that is seldom seen in any arena; he truly embodied the very best of us. Frank’s contributions to ABC Sports and our company are immeasurable. We are honored to call him a Disney Legend and I am very fortunate to have called him a dear friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time." Meanwhile, John Mara, Giants President stated that: "Frank Gifford was the ultimate Giant. He was the face of our franchise for so many years. More importantly, he was a treasured member of our family. My father loved him like a son and was proud to act as his presenter for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a favor Frank returned years later by presenting my father in Canton. For my siblings and me, Frank was like a revered older brother whom we looked up to and admired. We loved him and will miss him terribly."
Another pivotal figure in the world of sports, Louise Suggs, who was one of the founders of the LPGA, also passed at the age of 91. “While I have never lost a parent, the passing of Louise Suggs feels that way to me,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “Like a parent, she cared deeply for her LPGA family and took great pride in their successes. She always made time to hear my problems and challenges her personal guidance was priceless.”
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE
Open to any organization that utilized its social media platforms to promote its product to sports fans throughout 2015. From global brands to local stations, million-dollar campaigns to viral-on-a-budget,social media has proven to be the great equalizer.
Showcase your talent and ENTER TODAY.
NBCUniversal has reportedly launched a new sponsorship and strategy unit for its sports advertising sales team. B&C writes that the new division will be run by Trish Frohman and Seth Winter and that the new group incorporates the sponsorship team that had been working on individual events, such as the Super Bowl, Triple Crown and Olympics. “This new group will capitalize on the diverse investments we’ve made in live sports and more strategically align those advertising opportunities with the entire NBCUniversal portfolio,” said Linda Yaccarino, Chairman of NBCU Advertising and Client Services. “It will tap into cross-platform revenue streams and sponsor integrations, working with the sports sales team on strategy and league relations to grow revenue across the portfolio. They will take advantage of our vast sports event content from golf to motor sports to hockey and the Olympics.”
The 35th America’s Cup will see The Bermuda Tourism Authority come in as an Official Partner of the event. The final weeks of the race will be held in May/June 2017. “The Bermuda Tourism Authority’s strength as a sales and marketing organisation was evident during the bid process and its efforts were a significant contributing factor to Bermuda coming out on top,” said Harvey Schiller, Commercial Commissioner of the America’s Cup. “We are pleased to work in partnership with the BTA over the next two years to help reach a new generation of travellers and grow the tourism economy in Bermuda.”
The New York Red Bulls are launching a 2016 membership campaign dubbed "Red Membership.” The club will now scrub the term "season ticket holder" and replace it with "Red Membership" to “create the sense of family and unity between the organization and fan base.” The campaign will see the use of the "RED Jacket" which will not be available at retail.
Microsoft and the NFL are taking their partnership to the next level with the company announcing upgrades for the new season. First of all, this year’s preseason games will see referees issued special Microsoft Surface Pro 3 3s on the sidelines. For fans at home, Microsoft is giving its NFL app a facelift for Xbox One and Windows 10 units that will feature "Next Gen Stats" capable of tracking every player in the league via an RFID chip in their pads, measuring the likes of velocity, speed, etc. Fans can also compete for prizes by making predictions on stats dubbed NGS Pick’em.
Tigers/Royals on ESPN at 8p.
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE
Join us on October 15 to network with like-minded executives!
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING?
Sponsored by Reach Engine
ON THIS DAY in 2008: Michael Phelps wins the first of a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics.
In The Know:What number did the Giants retire to honor Frank Gifford? (Email Chris-Sports@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company and city.)
Answer to Our Last Sports Trivia Question: David Beckham left what club (hint: not Manchester United) to join the LA Galaxy? Answer: Real Madrid. Kudos: Ben Sturner-Leverage Agency/NY; Michael Ritz-BucStar Consulting/NY; Michael O. Brown-Lagardere Unlimited/NY; Nello Pesci-Discovery/NY; Amanda Doyle-NBC Sports/Stamford; Alex Beach-Discovery Communications/Silver Spring; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton; Imran Khan-Toronto/Rogers Sportsnet; Lance Phegley-Texas Runner and Triathlete magazine/Houston; Judie Henninger -Valentine Productions/Santa Monica; John Baghdassarian-Olympusat/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA.
Later — Chris
Chris Pursell for
CYNOPSISJOBS – For More jobs, visit the Cynopsis.com
JOB OPENING: DIR. OF PUBLICITY/Jim Henson Company/LA: Seeks Director for initiating and implementing publicity programs to support Company’s productions & serve corp PR needs. College degree and min. of 5 years’ exp in PR, mktg, comm., or related field. Resume: HERE (8/15) JOB OPENING: PROMO PRODUCER-EDITOR/NBC/East Coast: The role purpose of a Producer-Editor is to oversee production and execution of marketing and promotional campaigns and sales presentations for selected sports properties. Full info/apply HERE (8/15) JOB OPENING: RESEARCH ANALYST/LA: Support sales along with marketing, programming and publicity to competitively position 20th TV programs by performing industry-wide research for linear and digital platforms. Full info/apply HERE (8/15) JOB OPENING: SR CREATIVE/MTV/NYC: Dvlp creative concepts across mult mediums, write compelling copy & pitch brand-specific creative ideas. 5+ yrs creative positions at ad agency, media agency or TV ent ntwk creative dept. Prior work exp Sr Creative. Full info/apply HERE (8/15) JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR- BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS/Discovery/LA: Resp. for handling deal negotiations and drafting/ review of agreements for devel/prod of prgmming and lead/supporting talent across ntwrks w/ focus on TLC. Exp working in-house at entertainment company Full info/apply HERE (8/15) JOB OPENING: SR DIR, INFOGRAPHIC DESIGN/DATA VISUALIZATION/Viacom/NY: Dvlp innovative info design that positions our co & brands in the most eff. way poss. 5-7 yrs data visualization/infographic exp at a top-tier agency or studio. Deg pref’d. Full info/apply HERE (8/14) JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR AD SALES RESEARCH/UP TV/NYC: Excellent researcher & seasoned storyteller who’s looking to join a team that’s on its way UP. Res: email@example.com (8/14) JOB OPENING: ASSOC PRODUCER, WRITER & EDITOR/TeenNick/NYC: 2+ yrs experience writing & producing on-air promos. Editing skills a must. Experience with social media a plus. Resume HERE (8/14) JOB OPENING: DIGITAL EDITOR/Cynopsis Digital/NYC: Exc written skills to write/edit news stories, manuscripts. for e-daily covering news/events re digital TV ind. Contrib daily flow SM outlets. 4 yr deg. Profic copy editing. Able to work independently. Resume HERE (8/14) JOB OPENING: FACILITIES COORDINATOR/FOX STUDIO/LA: Studio Operations and Office Services maintaining daily operations of Fox Studio Lot. 2 to 4 yrs min exp supporting large campus, multiple tenant facilities or production studio operations. Full info/apply HERE (8/13) JOB OPENING: MANAGER, FINANCE/FOX/LA: Proactive and self-motivated individual to oversee accounting team who manage A/R accounts for Pay TV, SVOD, Hotel and AVOD customers. BA Deg/Accounting or Finance. 7 yrs related exp. Full info/apply HERE (8/13) JOB OPENING: DIGITAL MEDIA SPECIALIST/CSI Sports/NYC: For new launch Web/Mobile/Nat’l/Int’l. Work w/Prgmg, Prod. & Dgt’l team to build valuable destination. Create SM strtgy/build rltnshps across multi-industries. Passion for sports. Strong writing skills. cvr/res to Rose: firstname.lastname@example.org (8/13) JOB OPENING: AD SALES FINANCE MANAGER SCRIPPS NETWORKS NYC/KNOXVILLE: Provide strategic and tactical insight on ad sales revenue/expense trends, seeking solutions oriented individual. 5 yrs work exp in finance, accounting or related field. Full info/apply HERE www.scrippsnetworks.com #4801 (8/13) JOB OPENING: DIR of AUDIENCE ANALYTICS/The Big Ten Network/Chicago: Work w/Ad Sales, Prgrmng & Comms on reporting & analyzing BTN & mktplc TV ratings data. Req’s a strong knwlg of sports marketplace as a whole & understanding of Digital Media. Full info/apply HERE (8/12) JOB OPENING: MGR DIGITAL CONSUMER INSIGHTS/Discovery/NYC: Critical thinker to design/manage custom research studies for all digital business units across online, mobile, VOD platforms. Attitudinal/behavioral ad impact studies. 5-7 yrs primary rsrch exp req’d. Full info/apply HERE (8/12) JOB OPENING: HEAD WRITER/’90s Nickelodeon/NYC: Lead the creative multiplatform writing process for promotional and short-form video content. Generate ideas to push traditional boundaries. Strong sense ofhumor. 7 yrs exp. Resume to: Katie.Shesh@Nick.com (8/12) JOB OPENING: AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT MGR/NYC: Collaborate with station editorial and marketing managers to identify content performance trends and provide recommendations for promotion based on data analysis. Full info/apply HERE (8/12) JOB OPENING: RESEARCH MANAGER/Disney Channels WW/Burbank: Resp for quantitative multiplatform rsrch analyses to digest & organize linear & digital info. 5+ yrs rsrch exp analyzing Nielsen TV ratings. Software NPower. Coord multi-projects. Apply HERE (8/12) JOB OPENING: RESEARCH ANALYST/NYC: Min. 1 yr rsrch/or intern exp in rsrch & media; track, analyze & release audience measurement reports across multiple distribution platforms including linear TV, digital, mobile & social. Send resumes HERE (8/12) JOB OPENING: SR RESEARCH ANALYST/NY: Prepare ratings-based sales and marketing materials, including sales presentations/pitches & ratings perf.. Nielsen rating analysis & int/ext client support: HR@mynuvotv.com (8/12) JOB OPENING: ACCT EXEC-CROSS PLATFORM/A+E NETWORKS/CHI: Sell multi-platform ad solutions across all media for A+E brands. Develop & execute a sales strategy to exceed revenue goals including ad sales partnerships. Full Info/Apply here (8/12)
JOB OPENING: SCHEDULING COORDINATOR/WE tv/NYC: Input/maintain schedules & content-related data in ntwk scheduling systems ensuring accurate usage of scheduled prgrms. BA degree req’d, preferably in a related field. Passion for TV & ent req’d. Full info/apply HERE (8/12)
JOB OPENING: FINANCE DIRECTOR/NBCU/LA: NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media & entertainment companies in the dvlpmnt, prod, & mktg of entertainment, news, and information. 4 yrs deg. Min 8 yrs finance exp/2 yrs exp supervisory. Full info/apply HERE (8/12)
JOB OPENING: VP, COMM & TALENT RELATIONS/NAT GEO WILD/DC: Talented strategist w/strong exp in TV comm to oversee strategic plan’g & messaging for the brand. Work w/Nat Geo team & the WILD prgrmng/dvlpent to help strategize ntwrk growth & identify promotable prgrmng. Apply HERE (8/12)
JOB OPENING: VP, DIGITAL RESEARCH/A+E NETWORKS/NY: Lead a team charged with leveraging data to drive revenue growth while advocating for industry-wide innovation in the digital measurement space. Full Info/Apply: http://www.aenetworks.com/careers (8/12)
JOB OPENING: PRODUCTION MANAGER/IFC/NYC: Supervise production on various IFC fully scripted originals. Oversee schedule, budget, and contract admin. 5+ years in production supr/mmgt at network or studio lvl. Apply HERE (8/12)
JOB OPENING: MKT DEV MGR, MEDIA SALES/POKEMON/SEATTLE: Negotiate deals w/global media partners, incl broadcast, VOD, OTT. Oversee all aspects of client mgmt. Lg strategy component. Dig. media exp. preferred. Full info/apply. (8/12)
JOB OPENING: SALES COORDINATOR/AZTECA AMERICA/NY: individual w/proven exceptional skills for pre/post sale admin support w/sales & clients. Req bilingual, excellent comm skills, ability to work in a fast-paced org assisting all station departments. 2-4 yrs. exp. college degree pref. Apply here (8/12)
JOB OPENING: DIGITAL AD SALES ACCT EXEC/UPTV/NY: Implements approved ad sales strategies. Sell benefits & features of new ad programs to agencies & clients. Relationship w/digital media dec. mkers +. 3-5 yrs exp. in digital media. Res: email@example.com (8/12)
JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER/OVATION/NYC: Create sales proposals, steward accounts, interface w/agency buyers + clients. Min 1+ yrs ad sales dealmaker, media math. BA/BS req’d send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org (8/12)
JOB OPENING: ASSOC PR-EDITOR/iN DEMAND/NYC: Edit/Prod creative promos in collaborative, fast-paced, no error environ. 2 yrs+ promo post exp. Resume, link & sal req to: email@example.com (8/12)
CASTING CALL: Companies can showcase their casting notices/casting calls here. For information on rates and specs for posting a casting notice, please email Trish at Trish@cynopsis.com
EXPERT SERVICES ADS: These ads are for companies or people who offer an expertise in the field of media by way of production, voice over artistry, writing, set development, etc. For information on rates and specs for posting an Expertise Service ad email Trish at Trish@cynopsis.com
INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED… There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad… for more information contact Trish Pihonak at email@example.com
E-mail Trish@cynopsis.com or call Trish Pihonak at 203-899-8459 for rates and specs for Job Openings.
Are you looking for a job? Post your Situation Wanted Ad here — Email Trish@cynopsis.com for specs.
To subscribe to any Cynopsis edition(s) click here.
Copyright Cynopsis 2015
All outgoing e-mails are scanned and sent out virus free. Copyright Cynopsis 2015