Mark Emmert seeks pieces of eight

Mark Emmert seeks pieces of eight (Facebook)

Could eight be the magic number? NCAA President Mark Emmert addressed the Learfield Sports Intercollegiate Athletics Forum on Wednesday, telling the crowd that he was for expanding the College Football Playoff to eight teams. “I’m kind of old-school about that, I guess,” he said. “It would be really fun to have a model where those […]

Woods returns pumps Golf Channel/NBC

Woods return pumps Golf Channel/NBC

Tiger Woods’ return to the fairways handed Golf Channel and NBC with ratings boosts. Thursday’s -round 1 coverage delivered a .86 coverage rating / 782,000 viewers for an 190% uptick year-over-year to rank as the most-watched Thursday Round 1 since The Open Round 1 in July. Friday saw round 2 drum up a .83 coverage […]

MLS Cup’s new reality

MLS gets ready to run (Facebook)

FOX Sports and Major League Soccer are offering new frontiers for Saturday’s MLS Cup, announcing that Saturday’s MLS Cup will be showcased in VR via LiveLike. Viewers can watch through the FOX Sports VR app, with Audi on-board as presenting sponsor. Viewers will be able to select from five camera angles with or without a […]

How did college football close?

How did college football close?

With bowl season upon us, ESPN reports that over 179,000,000 fans viewed more than 100 billion minutes of college football games across ESPN’s Nielsen-rated television networks. In addition, ESPN games were streamed on 15,128,000 unique devices during the 2016 college football regular season. ABC’s Saturday Night Football finished the season as the most-watched college football […]

MLB’s new outfit

MLB's new outfit

Under Armour’s deal with MLB is complete, with the company announcing a 10-year deal with the league – as well as Fanatics – that makes the global performance brand the official uniform provider to MLB and marks Under Armour’s first-ever professional league uniform deal. The three organizations unveiled a “new revolutionary model” that launches with […]

ESPN dabbles in Magic

ESPN dabbles in Magic

Magic Johnson is heading back to ESPN, joining the network once again for NBA Countdown as a studio analyst and will first appear as part of ABC’s Christmas NBA coverage. He will then join NBA Countdown pre-game coverage for the NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC series starting Jan. 21, joining Michael Wilbon and Sage Steele.

FOX prepares to toast the MLS Cup

MLS gets ready to run (Facebook)

The 2016 soccer season hits its pinnacle on Saturday as Toronto FC face the Seattle Sounders for the MLS Cup from BMO Field in Toronto on FOX and UniMas at 8p. The FOX broadcast will mark the channel’s first-ever presentation of the championship event, and the first time since 2008 that the MLS Cup will […]

The great Madden rush

The great Madden rush

A big weekend for Madden. EA Sports locked in multiple programming deals involving the famed game ahead of last weekend’s Madden Classic. One deal saw the NFL partner with the publisher to launch a new line of programming centered around the video game franchise that will include Madden NFL America a weekly series steaming on […]

NASCAR’s Monster deal

NASCAR Digital takes the pole (Facebook)

NASCAR and Monster Energy made their marriage official, formally announcing a multi-year agreement for the premier series entitlement as well as the annual NASCAR All-Star Race. The deal kicks in on Jan. 1, and marks the brand that third entitlement sponsor in NASCAR history, following RJ Reynolds and Sprint/Nextel. As part of the agreement, the […]

MLB talks avoid extra innings

MLB/YouTube TV dig deeper

Major League Baseball locked in a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement that runs through the 2021 season. The agreement must still be ratified by representatives of both sides. Part of the deal sees a change in the World Series, which will now hand home field advantage to the team with the best regular season record […]