DraftKings’ keys to the kingdom

DraftKings' keys to the kingdom (Facebook)

The company that transformed how fans engage with sports, DraftKings, is celebrating its five year anniversary since launching in 2012. With the rise of daily fantasy sports, DraftKings reports that nearly 80% of players have increased their sports content consumption and that two-thirds of its customers say that they play DFS because it makes watching […]

Auds scout NFL Draft

Auds scout NFL Draft

Opening night for the NFL Draft delivered gains for the event’s media partners. ESPN reports a total live audience of 6,924,000 viewers for its Thursday night telecast of Round 1, which ranks as the fourth most-viewed Round 1 telecast on ESPN since the new primetime format began in 2010, with a 7% uptick over last […]

Intentional Talk pitches a double

ESPN's dedicated lineup (Facebook)

ESPN and MLB Network are set to launch a new content collaboration initaitive, with ESPN2 set to add MLB Network’s Intentional Talk to its afternoon lineup starting May 1. The weekday show will air Monday through Friday on the network from 4-5p during the season, and as a 30-minute telecast in the offseason. Intentional Talk […]

Celtics prove lucky for TNT

Celtics prove lucky for TNT (Facebook)

Wednesday night’s Bulls/Celtics telecast extended TNT’s winning streak to nine games, as the network once again took the evening, and ranking tops among P18-34, M18-34, M18-49 & M25-54, according to Nielsen. The contest averaged 4.3 million viewers for the network, up 17% vs. last year’s comparable coverage. Meanwhile, with NBA TV’s five originally produced first-round […]

ESPN’s high-profile cuts

ESPN’s high-profile cuts

An anticipated brutal day was worse than expected as ESPN dropped the axe on around 100 staffers on Wednesday, more than the projected 50-70 cited previously in various publications. Among the on-air casualties were Trent Dilfer, Len Elmore, Danny Kanell, Jay Crawford, Pierre LeBrun, Jane McManus, Brendan Fitzgerald, Mike Goodman, Jim Bowden and Mark Saxon. […]

Golf Channel’s collegiate course

Golf Channel's collegiate course

Golf Channel detailed broadcast plans for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships in May with more than 100 hours of combined news and tournament coverage for the two tournaments from Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. Spanning May 19-31, the 2017 NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships will be contested […]

Jr. hits the brakes

NBC fuels Dale's launch (Facebook)

NASCAR’s 14-time most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is turning in his keys, announcing his retirement from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series following the conclusion of the 2017 season. Announcing his plans, Earnhardt will continue to race two Xfinity Series races in 2018 with the team he owns and remain with the sport. “To […]

Jr. hits the brakes

Tirico takes the saddle (Facebook)

Mike Tirico is jumping in the saddle as the new host of NBC’s coverage of the Triple Crown. He will replace Tom Hammond, beginning with the 2017 Kentucky Derby on May 6 on NBC, and will work the Preakness Stakes on May 20, and the Belmont Stakes on June 10. Meanwhile, Hammond, who has covered […]

ESPN’s postseason blaze

ESPN’s postseason blaze

Sunday’s Cavaliers/Pacers Game 4 matchup on ABC continued to bolster NBA Playoff numbers for the ESPN family, with the broadcast scoring a 3.6 metered market rating, up 33% over last year. With Sunday in the books, the run of games on ESPN and ABC over the weekend drummed up a 2.7 average metered market rating, […]

NHL/NBC gear up for round two

NHL/NBC gear up for round two (Facebook)

Meanwhile, the NHL unveiled dates and networks for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Capitals/Penguins series will begin Thursday at 7:30p on NBCSN, while the Rangers/Senators start play that evening at 7p on CNBC in the Eastern Conference. Out west, both contests begin on Wednesday, with Predators/Blues slated for NBCSN at 8p, […]