Bellator President locks in growth

Bellator President locks in growth (Facebook)

Viacom’s Bellator MMA is looking to start the year off with a bang in a move to continue the promotion’s recent surges in ratings, attendance, and international expansion in 2016. The promotion will be hitting the Forum in Los Angeles on Saturday with Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen, offered on SPIKE at 9p, with over […]

Sunday games Pack ‘em in

Packers upload Microsoft partnership (Facebook)

Sunday’s pair of NFL playoff games delivered record-breaking performance, with the Packers’ win over the Cowboys drew a 28.2 overnight household rating in Nielsen numbers. FOX Sports reports that the game drew 48.522 million viewers in Fast National numbers, marking the most-watched NDL Divisional Playoff Game ever on any network.

Chargers bolt north

Chargers bolt north

The San Diego Chargers are officially moving north, announcing plans to join the Rams in Los Angeles beginning with the 2017 season. The team will now be known as the Los Angeles Chargers and temporarily play in the StubHub Center in Carson while the new stadium is built. In addition, the team launched www.FightforLA.com, a […]

MLS gets ready to run

MLS gets ready to run (Facebook)

Major League Soccer unveiled its 2017 regular season schedule, which will now feature the additions of two new expansion clubs – Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC for 374 MLS matches overall. The 2017 MLS season opener takes place on FS1 and FOX Deportes with Minnesota United FC/Portland Timbers facing off on March 3 […]

CFP signs a 3-year Bill

CFP signs a 3-year Bill (Facebook)

CFP’s Bill Hancock will remain on the field for another three years. The Board of Managers for the College Football Playoff announced a three-year extension of the contract for the organization’s executive director. “Bill Hancock is not only one of the most widely respected people in college football, he’s one of the kindest, most decent, […]

Will US/Mexico/Canada form 2026 trinity?

Will US/Mexico/Canada form 2026 trinity?

The United States, Canada and Mexico are reportedly talking about making a three-way bid to host the new 48-team World Cup in 2026, according to the AP. Asked about the potential three-way bid, Victor Montagliani, FIFA VP and President of both the Canadian soccer federation and the CONCACAF region, said, “I also respect the fact […]

Clemson win scores 22 million

Clemson's retail grid (Facebook)

Clemson’s victory over Alabama pushed ESPN’s MegaCast carriage of the College Football Playoff National Championship to a total live audience of 26,029,000 viewers across all of its outlets. That number is off-pace from last year’s viewership numbers but still ranks as the most-watched event carried on a cable network since last year’s game between the […]

FIFA thinks 48 is great

FIFA eyes future of 48 and eSports. (Facebook)

FIFA is now officially blowing up the World Cup, ruling unanimously to expand its flagship event to 48 teams beginning with the 2026 edition. Team will be split into 16 groups of three with the top two teams from each group then moving forward to a 32-team knockout stage.

Planet’s big Playmaker

Planet's big Playmaker

NBC and Turner are joining forces to create a digital behemoth, with Playmaker Media, owned by NBC Sports Group and operated by NBC Sports Digital, partnering with Turner’s iStreamPlanet to serve up OTT live streaming and video-on-demand solutions “for major sports leagues, professional team franchises, emerging leagues, regional and national sports broadcasting networks, the Olympics […]

Steelers’ win pushes CBS

Steelers' win pushes CBS (Facebook)

CBS reports that its NFL on CBS telecast of the Dolphins/Steelers AFC Wild Card Playoff game on Sunday scored its highest overnight household rating/share in the metered markets since 2014 for the AFC Wild Card game. The game drew an average overnight HH rating/share of 19.2/38, up 4% from the comparable early Sunday window in […]

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