NHL Network thickens IIHF ties

NHL Network thickens IIHF ties (Facebook)

NHL Network secured exclusive rights to televise the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in the US from 2018-2020. NHL Network will offer complete coverage of the entire tournament, including game telecasts and comprehensive previews, highlights and analysis within its studio programming. The deal was with Infront Sports & Media and comes as NHL Network is […]

ESPN’s big pitch

ESPN's big pitch (Twitter)

ESPN hit the Upfront ready to tackle recent questions about its evolution, which included a bevy of staff cuts and the rise of cord cutting. “Let me be up front at this upfront: ESPN is responding to change, and we are making changes from the most dramatic position of strength,” said ESPN President John Skipper […]

Peyton’s next pass

Peyton's next pass (Facebook)

Elsewhere from the ESPN trenches, the company announced that The 2017 ESPYS Presented by Capital One will be hosted by Peyton Manning on ABC this July 12 at 8p. “It’s an honor to be asked to host The ESPYS, and it’s even more meaningful that it’s the 25th year for this incredible event,” said Manning. […]

SportsCenter’s new groove

SportsCenter's new groove

SportsCenter is getting an upgrade, as ESPN announced a slate of “enhancements” for its flagship series, along with new deals will a slate of anchors. The new SportsCenter Right Now initiative will “bring news updates to both digital and television platforms during daytime hours as well as during halftime of televised prime-time sporting events.” Starting […]

FOX Sports’ brand play

YouTube TV takes on the World (Facebook)

FOX Sports dedicated a chunk of its Upfront presentation to its sports division, with a theme that – in an era of ever-increasing media fragmentation, FOX Sports continues its rise – and the likes of Joe Buck, Terry Bradshaw, Alex Rodriguez and crew taking the spotlight and pushing points that included FOX Sports holding the […]

Watching the Watchmen

Watching the Watchmen

Amid the ever-increasing battle for audience eyeballs, Mark Phillip – founder and CEO of Are You Watching This?! – is doubling down on the gritty play of sports, courtesy of his service, serving up the motto “We watch sports. Every game. Every channel. And alert you when to tune in” in a move to sort […]

FOX Sports’ new morning exercise

FS1's morning exercise (Facebook)

As FOX prepares for its upfront presentation today, FS1 is gearing up for a new morning show. Ad Age writes that the network will debut First Things First with Cris Carter and Nick Wright ahead of the upcoming NFL season, with the series running 6-9:30a on weekdays and leading into Undisputed starting Sept. 5.

The ACC extends Irish stay

FOX gives VR treatment to Dame game

Notre Dame and the Atlantic Coast Conference are taking their football partnership into the next two decades, announcing a deal that will see the two orgs play five football games annually from 2026 through 2037 in a contract extension. The agreement continues a deal that began in 2014, after the school joined the league for […]

NBCSN’s 7th Heaven

NBC produces hot ice

A pair of Stanley Cup Playoff Game 7s pushed NBCSN to its most-watched NHL doubleheader in network history, anchored by the Penguins/Capitals which averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 2.569 million viewers to rank as the fourth-most watched second round game in NBCSN history. The TAD was up 87% over last year’s equivalent and became […]

ESPN plots college postseason

Clemson's retail grid (Facebook)

The college football postseason is locked and loaded for ESPN, with the company announcing dates (and networks) for the lineup of contests. Meanwhile, the CFP semifinals will take place on Jan. 1 at 5p and 8:45p respectively, with the National Championship Game slates for Jan. 8 at 8p. ESPN is on deck to carry more […]