NBA shops restful cushioning

NBA All-Star's Walk of Fame (Facebook)

The NBA is reportedly set to unveil a schedule for the new season designed to reduce the stresses of travel and give players a chance to recover, according to ESPN. The upcoming slate is designed to protect key national television matchups in a move to ensure that teams (and their star players) aren’t playing on […]

ESPN’s 2017 Fantasy charter

ESPN's 2017 Fantasy charter (Facebook)

ESPN Fantasy Football launched its 22nd season with new content and game play features on the ESPN Fantasy App and, with improvements to navigation designed to make it easier to search for players, add free agents and share team moves and draft picks. The app will also continue to provide fantasy analysis and access […]

Disney’s big BAM plans

Disney's big Bam plans (Facebook)

The Walt Disney Company is going all in on BAMTech, announcing plans to acquire majority ownership the streaming service that will anchor the launch of an ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service in early 2018, with an additional new Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019. Disney will pay $1.58 billion to acquire an additional 42% stake […]

Golf takes a swing at new sked

Golf takes a swing at new sked

The PGA of America and the PGA TOUR are changing up their schedules, announcing plans that – starting in 2019 – the PGA Championship will be played in the month of May while THE PLAYERS Championship will take place March at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. From May 16-19, 2019, Bethpage Black in Farmington, […]

Octagon’s new endeavor

Octagon's new endeavor

Octagon is getting into the global media rights consulting practice launching a new division to provide “strategic consultation to major domestic and international rights holders, broadcasters, emerging distribution platforms and the sports investment community” by leveraging the Octagon network and the analytics of IPG’s Futures Sport & Entertainment to advise clients on the valuation and […]

USTA is Open to new Experiences

USTA is Open to new Experiences (Facebook)

The United States Tennis Association is serving up the first-ever US Open Experience, a two-day festival running Aug. 24-25 from 10a-8p that will serve as one of the anchors of US Open Fan Week. The site at NY’s Seaport District will be transformed into a modified version of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis […]

Turner’s PGA ground game

Turner's PGA groundgame (Facebook)

With Jordan Spieth seeking to become the sixth player to notch a career Grand Slam with a victory at the PGA Championship this week, TNT and CBS tee up for coverage from Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte starting Thursday on TNT at 1p. Broadcast plans for this year’s event will include more than 18 hours […]

NBC Sports hits pay dirt with Fame

NFL likes to Watch (Facebook)

The NFL preseason kicked off last week with the NFL Hall of Fame Game, driving NBC to its best weeknight preseason game in six years through a 5.4/10 overnight score for the Cowboys/Cardinals game on Thursday night. Top local markets: Dallas 13.9/26; San Antonio 13.5/24; Albuquerque 11.9/21; Phoenix 11.2/20; New Orleans 10.9/16

BAMTech’s English accent

BAMTech's English accent (Facebook)

The English Football League has found a new home stateside, locking in a deal with BAMTech to showcase live games in the US this season for the second, third and fourth divisions of English football — the Championship, League One and League Two — as well as the Carabao Cup. ESPN then reached a separate […]

Rise of the Ocho

Rise of the Ocho (Facebook)

It is finally time for The Ocho. Tapping into the movie Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, ESPN announced that ESPNU will become ESPN8: “The Ocho” on Aug. 8, if only for one day. The move will see the network- which held a motto of “Bringing You the Finest in Seldom Seen Sports” in the film […]