ESPN gets a rise out of Kansas

ESPN gets a rise out of Kansas (Facebook)

ESPN saw Kansas’ upset-win over Duke generate a total live audience of 2,444,000 viewers, up 28% over last year’s Kansas vs. Michigan State game. The streaming audience of 83,000 average minute viewers marks ESPN’s most streamed men’s college basketball game ever.

The Fiesta Bowl Plays a new game

The Fiesta Bowl' Plays a new game (Facebook)

PlayStation will now see two College Football Playoff teams play on its turf, locking in a deal with the Fiesta Bowl to become the new title sponsor of the game. Set to take place on Dec. 31 this year, the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. As part […]

AEG and Toshiba go long

AEG and Toshiba go long

AEG is going deep with Toshiba, inking a global multiyear, multimillion-dollar partnership that spans AEG facilities in North America and Europe, including Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin; The O2, London; L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles; and the new Mercedes Platz an entertainment district adjacent to Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena. “Partnering with the leading sports and entertainment company in the […]

NBC lines up showstoppers for TNF push

NBC lines up showstoppers for TNF push

NBC Sports is gearing up to launch Thursday Night Football via a “comprehensive marketing campaign that includes unprecedented customized content produced in conjunction with NBC Entertainment, as well as Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures.” With games set to hit the broadcast channel on Nov. 17, a slate of NBC Entertainment programs that include The Blacklist, […]

ESPN opens college basketball season hot

ESPN opens college basketball season hot (Kansas Athletics)

In other ratings news, ESPN’s Armed Forces Classic doubleheader over the weekend saw Indiana’s OT win over Kansas score 1,592,000 viewers to rank as the most-watched game in the five-year history of the college basketball event. The first game of the doubleheader pitting Arizona/Michigan State tallied 1,222,000 viewers to become the third-most watched.

Breaking down DC’s Monumental OTT endeavor

Breaking down the Monumental OTT endeavor (Facebook)

October proved historical for Monumental Sports, not only partnering with NBC Sports Group for a new multi-platform deal but also flipping the switch on the new OTT Monumental Sports Network. The new digital platform will look to redefine regional sports coverage, with the subscription service allowing fans to watch live games that will include the […]

First Take’s second home

First Take's second home

ESPN is shifting ESPN2 centerpiece First Take to the flagship channel starting Jan. 3. The weekday morning studio debate show had seen some audience erosion since the departure of Skip Bayless to FOX earlier this year but “will continue to focus on the most compelling and entertaining topics of the day from the world of […]

BTN gives a new reality to college football

BTN gives a new reality to college football (Facebook)

BTN is set to become the first college sports network to produce a live football game in virtual reality, partnering with VOKE to bring the technology to Saturday’s Minnesota/Nebraska game, which will also be shown on BTN at 7:30p. VOKE’s TrueVR platform will leverage four 180-degree HD cameras for the contest with augmented graphics and […]

ESPN tips off Ivy League, America East deals

BTN gives a new reality to college football (Facebook)

ESPN locked in programming with the Ivy League and America East courtesy of new deals. The first saw the conference agree with the network to broadcast the inaugural Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments, which will be held March 11-12 next year at The Palestra in Philadelphia. In addition, 15 regular season games will now be […]

Liberty has a new track for F1

Liberty has a new track for F1 (Facebook)

With Formula 1 in tow, Liberty Media is exploring a new direct-to-consumer streaming service for the racing brand as it looks to finalize its acquisition of the organization for $4.4 billion. Liberty executives discussed the potential platform during a third-quarter earnings call with analysts. Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei stated that the company eas excited […]