Platini heads out

Platini heads out

It’s the end of the road for Michel Platini at UEFA, where he will resign as UEFA president after failing to overturn his ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, according to the AP. The court cut his ban from the sport from six to four years, prompting Platini to dub the verdict a […]

Breaking down Penn Mutual’s attraction to rugby

Breaking down Penn Mutual’s attraction to rugby

Saturday’s upset of California over BYU at the Penn Mutual Varsity Cup marked the latest activation from the insurance brand, with the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship now on deck on June 4-5 in Philadelphia. The company has gone all-in on the growing sport, with the results seeing the brand become synonymous with rugby stateside […]

Derby numbers

Tirico takes the saddle (Facebook)

Nyquist’s Kentucky Derby win on NBC notched a 9.3/21 for the network, followed by a Penguins/Capitals battle the scored the best-ever overnight for NBC early round NHL playoff game. Top markets for NBC’s Kentucky Derby telecast: Louisville 33.7/62; Cincy 16.6/33; Ft. Myers 16.5/30; West Palm 14.6/27; Tampa 14.2/29. Meanwhile, the Stanley Cup Playoff content generated […]

Kobe’s next task

Kobe's next task (Facebook)

Sports Illustrated will team with Kobe Bryant’s new production company, Kobe Studios, along with Believe Entertainment Group, for a multi-platform video production and development project devoted to Dear Basketball, Bryant’s tribute to the game. The deal will include the world premiere of Dear Basketball, an animated short film on that will debut this fall, […]

NASCAR tweaks Chase

NASCAR renews SiriusXM subscription

NASCAR unveiled its 2017 slate of races, with the biggest change being Talladega being shifted away from serving as elimination race in next year’s Chase and being replaced by Kansas Speedway on Oct. 22. Talladega now becomes the second race in the Round of 12 on Oct. 15. The new season revs up Feb. 26 […]

ESPN’s bowling plans

ESPN's bowling plans (Facebook)

ESPN has its card of bowl games for the 2016-17 college football season, lining up 38 games overall, including 13 owned-and-operated games by ESPN Events. The slate launched Dec. 17 with a tripleheader on ESPN and a doubleheader on ABC, and runs through Jan. 2 before concluding with the College Football Playoff National Championship game […]

Showtime’s heavyweight deal

Showtime's heavyweight deal (Facebook)

Showtime Sports locked in a deal with Matchroom Boxing and undefeated heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua for a multi-fight licensing agreement that kicks-off on June 25 against Dominic Breazeale. The bout runs live on Showtime Networks, and marks the fifth heavyweight title fight to air live on Showtime in the first six months of 2016.

ESPN treks into Viceland

ESPN treks into Viceland

ESPN is venturing into Viceland, agreeing to a partnership that will see Vice Sports produce new original series that will air exclusively on ESPN properties while select films from ESPN’s doc series 30 for 30 will air on the new cable channel Viceland. Other deal points include short-form animated series, select Vice Sports series including […]

Golf Channel goes grande for Rio

Golf Channel goes grande for Rio

With golf on deck at the Olympic Games for the first time in 112 years, Golf Channel received marching orders for this year’s event to become the first single-sport cable network to provide live coverage of its sport’s Olympic competition, offering more than 130 live hours of Olympics programming in total on the channel. Programming […]

NBC gives Derby a social rush

Coca-Cola's Derby play

NBC Sports Group is running its “most comprehensive social media plan ever” for the 142nd Kentucky Derby. The plan kicks in starting today and will feature the likes of a tweet-powered brooch worn by fashion and lifestyle reporter Johnny Weir, live streams of Churchill Downs via Periscope’s GoPro integration as well as Facebook Live chats […]