Vitale is up for another round

Vitale is game for another round

Speaking of deals, ESPN basketball pillar Dick Vitale signed a contract extension with ESPN that runs through the 2019-20 season. Vitale will serve as the main analyst games that include college basketball regular-season action primarily on ESPN and ESPN2 and the network’s Champ Week coverage. “ESPN has been my second family. Everyone knows my love […]

NHL on the importance of Access

NHL on the importance of Access

Friday saw the return of Showtime’s acclaimed behind-the-scenes documentary series ALL ACCESS: Quest for the Stanley Cup, once again showcasing the pressure of the postseason through exclusive access to the four final NHL teams in contention – Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins. After season one of the series became “the first […]

FOX’s driver designs

FOX’s driver designs

FOX Sports is giving a new spin to its racing coverage, announcing plans for a live broadcast of the June 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series race that will be called entirely by active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers, marking the first time that a nationally televised live sporting event has featured an on-air team comprised […]

Facebook’s triple play

Facebook's triple play (Facebook)

Facebook is getting in on the MLB action, locking in a deal with the league to showcase 20 live baseball games this season on the platform. Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. made the announcement at the MLB Owners Meetings with the partnership setting up a weekly national game telecast on the social network that […]

CBS gets Army/Navy orders

CBS Sports Network's roster revealed (Facebook)

CBS Sports will serve as home base for the Army/Navy game for the foreseeable future courtesy of a new 10-year extension that runs into 2028. Last year’s Army-Navy game was the most-watched in 24 years. Meanwhile, CBS Sports Network will televise extensive shoulder programming, including live on-site coverage of the March On as part of […]

NBCU’s Championship lineup

NBCU's Championship lineup (Facebook)

NBCUniversal’s all-out presentation of Premier League’s “Championship Sunday” has its channel assignments as all 10 matches run live simultaneously across 10 different NBCUniversal television networks on Sunday at 10a. NBC and Telemundo will feature Arsenal/Everton as the centerpiece match, which NBCSN carries Liverpool/Middlesbrough. USA and Universo serve up Watford/Manchester City with Manchester United/Crystal Palace on […]

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 […]