ESPN books return trip to Spain

ESPN books return trip to Spain

Sarah Spain is a keeper for ESPN, which signed the ESPN host and espnW writer to a multiyear extension. The deal sees Spain continue in her role as a featured reporter and columnist for espnW on multiple ESPN platforms as well as co-host a new national weeknight ESPN Radio show with Israel Gutierrez, entitled Izzy […]

AXS TV adds a Legacy, ends a legend

AXS TV adds a Legacy, ends a legend (Facebook)

AXS TV has a new fight on its hands, locking in a deal with Legacy Fighting Alliance in a new long-term broadcasting agreement. The pact will now see AXS TV Fights broadcast 30 live LFA events in 2017. The newly formed LFA comes as a result of a merger between Legacy Fighting Championship and Resurrection […]

PBR gets Relief

PBR ropes Monster

The Professional Bull Riders inked an entitlement sponsorship for its expansion series, which will now be known as the PBR Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour, which was originally known as the BlueDEF Velocity Tour. The tour will produce 31 events in 2017 with expansion planned to include up to 60 events by 2019. “Real […]

ESPN powers hockey’s return

ESPN powers hockey’s return (Facebook)

Last weekend saw more than 200 countries and territories – spanning six continents – gear up for the return of the World Cup of Hockey. Stateside, ESPN saw its own reintroduction to the sport as the official carrier of the tournament as Team USA tumbled to Team Europe on Saturday. The two-week span sees ESPN […]

College football drives weekend ratings

FOX gives VR treatment to Dame game  (Facebook)

A hot weekend of college football proved a boon for the primary networks. CBS Sports saw its Alabama/Ole Miss battle on Saturday generate an average overnight score of 5.4/12 for the SEC on CBS to mark the highest-rated daytime game and second highest-rated overall of the 2016 college football season. The matchup’s Nielsen numbers were […]

NBC’s Lazarus doubles down

NBC's Lazarus doubles down

NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus is taking on a new role as NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke named him as the company’s Chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports in a shakeup following the departure of Ted Harbert. Lazarus originally joined the company to oversee sports in 2011. “Mark has had a major impact on NBC Sports […]

Twitter adds TNF distribution

TNF had a new home

TNF has its first syndicated deal, as Twitter and Time Inc. locked in a deal to allow NFL fans to watch the Twitter live stream on, as well as and eventually on and with the experience set to include the live Twitter video as well as a related timeline of tweets […]

MLB lays out ’17 lineup

MLB/YouTube TV dig deeper

MLB laid out its 2017 slate of dates, with the regular season opening up with a trio of games on April 2, with 13 more the next day. Highlights include Jackie Robinson Day on April 15, the 2017 MLB Draft on June 12, and the 88th All-Star Game on July 11 at Marlins Park in […]

ACC leaves Carolina blue

ACC leaves Carolina blue

After the NBA and NCAA pulled events out of North Carolina as a result of HB2, the ACC became the latest organization to remove all its athletic championships from the state. The ACC Council of Presidents voted Wednesday to relocate the league’s championships until North Carolina repeals the controversial law beginning this school year and […]

FOX Sports heats up hoops lineup

FOX Sports heats up hoops lineup

FOX Sports detailed its plans for college basketball season, showcasing the Big East, Pac-12 and Big 12 conferences in addition to early season tournaments. This year’s lineup includes the Gavitt Tipoff Games between Big East and Big Ten teams on Nov. 15 on FS1 as well as the Pearl Harbor Invitational with the broadcast channel […]