Tom Jackson’s run ends

Tom Jackson’s run ends (ESPN)

An end of an era is in store for ESPN’s NFL coverage this season with reports that stalwart Tom Jackson will leave the company. First broken by the New York Daily News and since confirmed by multiple other outlets, the staple analyst would have returned to Sunday NFL Countdown for his 30th season this fall. […]

NBC adds muscle to Underwood’s might

NBC adds muscle to Underwood’s might

NBC Sports is adding a dozen NFL players to join Carrie Underwood for her performance of “Oh, Sunday Night,” this season. The new anthem Sunday Night Football will get a sneak preview during NBC’s coverage of the Rio Olympics. Athletes include: Odell Beckham, Jr.; Antonio Brown; Dez Bryant; Kam Chancellor; Khalil Mack; Eli Manning; Tyrann […]

Twitter continues All-Star deals

MLB/YouTube TV dig deeper

Another day, another deal for Twitter, which announced that the platform will now live stream weekly out-of-market games from MLB and the NHL via a new partnership with MLBAM. Meanwhile, 120 Sports will also produce an exclusive, nightly multi-sports highlights show called The Rally that will run on Twitter. Live streams will run once-per-week for […]

FOX Sports RSNs get ice stream

NHL backs Everyone (Facebook)

Meanwhile, FOX Sports Regional Networks locked in an agreement to begin live streaming local NHL telecasts starting with the new season. The new multi-year deal will see NHL games televised on FOX Sports Regional Networks (RSNs) available for live streaming on FOX Sports GO to customers of participating pay-TV providers and allows distributors, including new […]

Campus Insiders scores a birdie

Campus Insiders scores a birdie

Twitter continued its blaze of sports video partnerships, announcing a digital media rights partnership with Campus Insiders that will include live streaming of more than 300 college sports events. The deal follows other recent partnerships for Twitter that includes the Pac-12 and the NBA (along with Thursday Night Football). The new agreement will see Twitter […]

IOC throws Russia a lifeline

IOC throws Russia a lifeline

Less than two weeks before the Rio Games, IOC officials declared that Russian athletes, following doping scandals with the country’s federation, would not be allowed to compete in the Rio Games unless they were able to convince specific sports federations of their innocence. Antidoping authorities had been pushing for an outright ban on athletes from […]

ACC Network gets a go

ACC Network gets the go

It’s official. ESPN and the ACC formally unveiled the launch of the ACC Network at the conference’s annual Football Kickoff media event in Charlotte. Backed by a 20-year partnership, the platform will run through at least 2036 and with the first part kicking off in Aug. with more than 600 exclusive live events from across […]

The NBA’s ‘bathroom’ break

NBA All-Star Game feels the draft

The NBA pulled the plug on Charlotte. The league announced plans to relocate the 2017 All-Star Game from the city “with the hope of rescheduling for 2019” due to the state’s controversial LGBT law aka the Bathroom Bill. “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in […]

FIBA sets up screen throughout Americas

FIBA sets up screen throughout Americas (Facebook)

FIBA is taking its presence to the next level with the launch of FIBA Americas TV, a new channel offering international basketball play to the US and Latin America for the first time on its own dedicated TV network. THEMA-Alterna’TV, a Canal+ Company, is launching the branded network to cable operators in stateside and marks […]

Visa breaks borders

Visa breaks borders (Facebook)

Visa finalized its roster of athletes for the Team Visa roster at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, locking in 60 athletes representing a range of 26 sports, including the 10 competitors from the IOC’s first0ever team of Refugee Olympic athletes. “The refugee Olympic athletes are inspiring the world with their incredible stories of perseverance and […]