NBC/USOC/IOC open door to Olympic Channel

Bridgestone treads deeper Olympic run

We have a new linear sports network. The IOC, the United States Olympic Committee and NBCUniversal are partnering to launch an Olympic Channel content and distribution partnership in the US that will see a new network under the “Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA” brand. The channel will launch in the second half of 2017 […]

RIP to an icon

RIP to an icon

Thanks for the memories Craig Sager! RIP to Sager, who passed away yesterday at the age of 65 after battling acute myeloid leukemia. Sager worked for Turner for more than 30 years, among his other roles, and was first diagnosed with the disease in 2014. Turner President David Levy issued the following statement regarding his […]

Survey says: RSN value soars

Survey says: RSN value soars

New research from FOX Sports, titled The 5th Network: Regional Sports Network Passion Index, a Nielsen Media Analytics Primary Research study, discovered that sports fans rate RSNs as their most essential non-broadcast channels. The data looked at more than 1,500 pay TV subscribers around the country who identify as sports fans, and found that on […]

NBA strikes a deal

Warriors drive ABC  (Facebook)

The NBA and its players locked in a tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement, pending ratification. More details will be in tomorrow’s issue but the two sides announced that they have extended the mutual deadline on a deal to Jan. 13 so both parties have ample opportunity to review the terms of the […]

BAMTech seeks CEO

BAMTech taps CEO

BAMTech is in need of a new CEO. Longtime topper Bob Bowman is pulling back on his oversight of the MLBAM spinoff company in order to return full time to his role as president of business and media at Major League Baseball, where he oversees MLBAM, MLB Network, and the league’s sponsorship and consumer product […]

MLS Cup overfloweth

MLS gets ready to run (Facebook)

The 2016 MLS Cup officially made history, notching a new record for television viewership, postseason attendance, digital audience and social media engagement as the league wrapped up its 21st season on Saturday. Overall, more than 3.5 million viewers in the United States and Canada tuned in. On FOX, the network broadcast scored 1,411,000 viewers, according […]

Campus Insiders tackles esports

Campus Insiders tackles esports (Facebook)

Campus Insiders is jumping into the esports game, announcing a deal with the Collegiate StarLeague that will make the digital sports platform its Official Media Partner for the 2016-2017 season. This partnership will also create and distribute written and video content supporting and highlighting CSL’s collegiate esports leagues and tournaments across the Campus Insiders network […]

Toyota’s new Grand Prix

Toyota's new Grand Prix

Toyota signed on with the US Ski and Snowboard Association in a deal that makes the auto-maker the title sponsor of the US Grand Prix. The 2016-17 schedule includes this weekend’s halfpipe and big air snowboarding competitions from CO starting Dec. 14. “Toyota has long enjoyed a significant presence in winter sports,” said Ed Laukes, […]

NASCAR Digital takes the pole

NASCAR Digital takes the pole (Facebook)

With the 2016 NASCAR season in the bag, a primary high point for NASCAR continues to be its digital strategy with the surge of NASCAR Digital in recent years propelling the sport as a driver of digital engagement innovation and opportunity. 2016 saw the organization notch 256 million social engagements across all its digital platforms, […]

NBA talks hit image issues

NBA set to tip off new esports league

The potential Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NBA and its players has reportedly hit a major hiccup, with ESPN’s Marc Stein reporting that the two sides are battling over licensing and player likeness revenue. Stein writes that the labor accord is now in jeopardy as “The NFL’s union, for example, has control over licensing/player likenesses. […]