ESPN makes ’20 with UEFA

FOX updates UEFA's Facebook status

ESPN locked in an agreement with UEFA that will give the company rights to UEFA Euro 2020 and all UEFA national team matches between 2018 and 2022. The deal also included rights to a package of UEFA national team competitions, including qualifying matches to UEFA EURO 2020 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup (the European […]

The Ivy League’s record play

ESPN/Ivy League pen deal

ONE World Sports will get a ride with the Ivy League this college football season, announcing a partnership to showcase 10 games during the 2016-17 season. Coverage begins on Sept. 17 with Colgate/Yale. The conference also announced additional telecasts across NBCSN, CNBC, American Sports Network and FOX College Sports. The 21-game package across the five […]

NBC talks TAD

NBC talks TAD

NBC Olympics saw Saturday’s primetime coverage of the Rio Games notch a Total Audience Delivery of 26.8 million viewers for a markup of 14% over the Total Audience Delivery on the opening Saturday of the Games, and drew a 15.0 household rating. After 9 days, the NBC-only average primetime viewership his hitting 27.9 million viewers […]

HBO backs off of Pacquiao

HBO goes in a new direction with Manny (Chris Farina/Top Rank)

A long run of programming surrounding Manny Pacquiao bouts with HBO appears to be broken, with the boxer’s longtime promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank telling the Los Angeles Daily News that the company will not be attached to his Nov.5 fight against Vargas. “We’re going to be distributing (Pacquiao/Vargas) in other ways, but it […]

NBC Olympics’ billion boost

NBC Olympics’ billion boost

NBC Olympics saw live streaming for Rio 2016 break the one billion minute threshold, the first time the benchmark has been crossed for the Games. The tally of 1.05 billion minutes of live streaming via and the NBC Sports app is up 232% from the equivalent day in London. Meanwhile, the company reports that […]

NBA partners open new telecast slate

NBA partners open new telecast slate

Turner Sports detailed plans for a new Monday night NBA series of games on TNT as part of its expanded 64-game schedule this coming season. The package will launch on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 16 with a doubleheader pitting the Cavaliers/Warriors at 8p followed by Thunder/clippers at 10:30p. Overall, TNT will televise […]

Industry mourns loss of John Saunders

Industry mourns loss of John Saunders

RIP to John Saunders, who originally joined ESPN in 1986 and served as one of the longest-tenured commentators at the company, most recently working as host of ABC’s Saturday studio coverage of college football and The Sports Reporters. He was 61. His loss was mourned throughout the industry, with tributes from leagues as well as […]

PGA TOUR keeps eyes on Championship

SiriusXM plays another round

The PGA TOUR is heading toward the FedExCup finale with a partnership with Coca-Cola and Southern Company that will see the final three hours of the season-ending TOUR Championship on Sept. 25 l air free of national commercials. The enhanced broadcast component comes as the result of renewal deals with the companies to the elite […]

Disney’s big BAM bet

BAMTech taps CEO

The Walt Disney Company officially locked in BAMTech to its portfolio, acquiring a 33% stake in the technology services and video streaming company. The deal will see BAMTech separated from MLBAM with Disney paying $1 billion in two installments for its share of the company with the option to acquire majority ownership in the coming […]

NBC orders delivery

NBCSN sets new high

NBC Olympics released findings from its new Total Audience Delivery report for the 2016 Rio Games, stating that the overall delivery for Monday’s primetime coverage averaged an 18.1 household rating and tallied 31.5 million viewers. Through four days, viewership is averaging 27.2 million viewers, with an 8.0 score among adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. For […]