09/17/18: ABC’s Saturday Night Football led the way on Saturday’s programming

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Good morning. It’s Monday September 17, 2018 and this is your first early morning Sports briefing.

Week three of college football was ABC’s coverage of Saturday Night Football, pitting Ohio State/TCU rank as the highest-rated game of the season so far on any network, according to Nielsen, pulling a 4.9 in overnight numbers, up 48% from last year’s week three game. Other games on the network saw Oklahoma/Iowa State deliver a 2.6 overnight, up 4% from last year, and BYU/Wisconsin hitting a 2.1 overnight, up 24%.
 
 
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Meanwhile, ESPN’s coverage of Alabama/Ole Miss earned a 2.2 overnight, up 57% year-over-year, while Florida State/Syracuse earned a 1.3 overnight and Washington/Utah hit a 1.2 overnight, up 18% and 50%, respectively.
 
Around the dial, the SEC on CBS saw LSU/Auburn notch a 3.7 to rank as the highest-rated afternoon college football game on Saturday, peaking at a 5.4. The top 2 markets were: Birmingham: 38.0/52 and New Orleans: 25.7/43.
 
In other ratings news, NFL Network’s telecast of Thursday Night Football between the Ravens and Bengals averaged a 4.2 US HH rating and 7 million overall viewers – up 16% in US HH rating and up 15% in overall P2+ viewership compared to NFL Network’s seven exclusive Thursday Night Football games in 2017, but down 14% from 2017’s premiere.
 
CBS Sports is expanding its short-form storytelling series, CBS Sports Presents, highlighting company properties and programming across all of its platforms with a cinematic approach to telling compelling stories that preview CBS Sports’ events. “Whether it be a feature, tease or topical cartoon, the CBS Sports Presents series has proven to be a popular way of telling stories that deserve to be told in a variety of cinematic styles and forms,” said Pete Radovich, Sr. Creative Director, CBS Sports, and producer of the series.  “This week’s feature on Tyler Goodman shows how football has played a crucial part in the recovery and healing of individuals and a community by honoring and never forgetting the fallen.”
 
LeBron James production company SpringHill Entertainment locked in a deal to bring a new series, Hoops, to NBC, about a female coach of a men’s college basketball team. The other series was inspired by the life of Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons, and will be called Brotherly Love, focusing on a sibling relationship within a multi-ethnic family.
 
We are two weeks away from the Esports Business Summit. Our latest addition… how are sports lifestyle brands adapting to the rise of esports? Hear from K-Swiss and global esports organization Immortals as they discuss their partnership and the launch of “The world’s first competitive gaming shoe” as they break down the walls of what is possible in non-endemic esports partnership and collaboration. Tickets are running fast so get your seat today!
 
Kerri Walsh Jennings’ new event series, p1440 locked in talent for the p1440 San Jose Invitational’s finals on ABC on Sept. 30. Anne Marie Anderson and Holly McPeak will announced the event, with Sinjin Smith, Randy Stoklos, Mike Dodd and Tim Hovland will also commentating on the series’ live stream at the p1440 San Jose Invitational on Friday, Saturday and for a portion of the semi-finals on Sunday of the event weekend.
 
FOX Sports detailed plans for its BIG EAST men’s basketball schedule, which will include the full conference tournament from Madison Square Garden on FOX and FS1, the Gavitt Tipoff Games, and multiple appearances from NCAA Champion Villanova. Overall, FOX Sports televises more than 150 BIG EAST games, including at least 17 on the FOX broadcast network.The FOX broadcast network televises its first BIG EAST basketball of the season with a doubleheader on Dec. 1, beginning at noon with Louisville/Seton Hall and continuing at 2p with Gonzaga/Creighton.
 
Floyd Mayweather is touting that he will once again face Manny Pacquiao, with the bout slate to take place this December. The two fighters first squared off in 2015.
 
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The NFL Foundation will contribute $1 million to Hurricane Florence relief efforts, where it will be distributed to organizations that will address the immediate needs of those impacted throughout the Carolinas and other areas. “The NFL family sends its support to the individuals, families and communities affected by Hurricane Florence,” said Goodell. “Natural disasters like this are devastating. As communities in and around the Carolinas recover and rebuild, we hope these funds will provide some measure of relief in the days, weeks and months ahead.”
 
TeamSnap is teaming up with Champion Athleticwear to serve as the official provider of custom fanwear sold through TeamSnap’s Team Store. The Team Store ecommerce platform gives TeamSnap’s 20 million users direct access to purchase custom branded Champion apparel through the app.
 
 
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Digital media company, UNINTERRUPTED, is partnering with Facebook to present I Am More: OBJ, a new Odell Beckham Jr. docu-series airing exclusively on Facebook Watch every Friday this fall. The 16-episode docu-series will follow the New York Giants’ star wide receiver throughout the 2018 NFL campaign.
 
Rotoworld is launching its first-ever NHL and NBA daily fantasy sports toolkits. Available for purchase now on the site with the toolkits designed to help users build smarter lineups utilizing an exclusive algorithm based on various statistics and factors for FanDuel, Yahoo! and DraftKings contests. Both products feature a lineup optimizer that enables users to generate up to 150 lineups, player projections, full customization of lineups and projections, and additional features such as DFS player stats, team stats and news.
 
 
ESPORTS

TwitchCon 2018 will see Doritos in the trenches, with the announcement of the Doritos Bowl on Oct. 27 in San Jose. The event will feature top gamers competing in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s new battle royale mode, Blackout, anchored by Ninja, Shroud, CouRage, and DrLupo. Team Ninja will see him joined by JoshOG, Gold Glove and Fearitself. Shoud’s group will include Just9n, Chocotaco and Chad. Team CouRage will add Karma, TeePee and Hysteria. DrLupo’s squad, meanwhile, will bring Anne Munition, Mad Ruski and Ninja with no L to the table.
 
Plans for the Capcom Cup 2018 tournament are cemented, taking place from Dec. 14-16 at Esports Arena Las Vegas have finally dropped. In mid-December, the action will be heading to Las Vegas. The event will see 32 of the best Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition players in the world square off for at $250,000 as part of the tournament in addition to an additional DLC prize pool. The 32 competitiors will be based on worldwide standings on the Capcom Pro Tour website.
 
World Cyber Games inked a Memorandum of Understanding with Qujiang New District of Xi’an, China to hold the WCG 2019 finals from July 18-21, 2019, with Xi’an as the venue.
 
 
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MNF sees Seahawks/Bears face off on ESPN at 8p.
 
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ON THIS DAY in 2001: Jack Buck touches the country after reading a patriotic poem during the pregame ceremonies on baseball’s first night back after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
 
In the Know: Both Bob Costas and Mike Tirico (among a slate of other sports media personalities) are alumni from what school? (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: Which two numbers were retired by former teams to honor Reggie Jackson?  Answer: #9 (Oakland) and #44 (Yankees). Kudos: Kyle Helm-CBS Sports/NY; Bruce Jackson-Disney and ESPN Media Networks/NY; Art Salisch-Hearst Television/NY; Michael Ritz-BucStar Consulting/NY; C.J. Bottitta-BPPC, LLC/Apex; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station; Mark Stulberger-Stully’s Broadcasting School/Houston; Lance Phegley-Texas Runner and Triathlete magazine/Houston; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank; Jack Simmons-US Army Reserve/LA; Bruce Trotter-Cox/LA
 
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