FIFA stages a billion

FIFA trial names nets

It takes time to count to a billion. FIFA reported yesterday that more than 1 billion people watched the 2014 World Cup final, stating that a total of 1.013 billion saw at least one minute of Germany’s victory over Argentina, according to a new AP report citing research from FIFA and Kantar Media. FIFA reported […]

Adrian Wojnarowski gets Vertical

Yahoo's Sports stakes (Facebook)

Adrian Wojnarowski is getting his own Vertical. The NBA reporter is working with Yahoo Sports to launch a new basketball site dubbed The Vertical in early 2016, “bringing together an elite group of NBA journalists, insiders and experts to create the internet’s hub of basketball information and storytelling.” Names taking part on the site include […]

The Masters breaks tradition

The Masters breaks tradition

The Masters is shaking up its broadcast philosophy, as Canada’s CTV, TSN, and RDS agreed to a new media rights package with Augusta National Golf Club to become the exclusive Canadian broadcasters of the famed tournament. The move ousts Global from the broadcast package beginning with the 80th edition of the Tournament in April 2016, […]

PBR’s 2016 ride

PBR gets Relief

A new year of PBR will see CBS Sports platforms serve up a full plate of content. Coverage in 2016 will see CBS deliver 14 events to fans on the broadcast channel, including all of the PBR majors beginning Jan. 16 from Madison Square Garden. Meanwhile, CBS Sports Network is set to offer more than […]

NBCU, Tivo prepare for Olympic data drill

Olympic Channel begins championship run

With an eye toward the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, TiVo Research and RealityMine locked in a partnership with NBCUniversal to mine “comprehensive single-sourced cross-platform measurement” throughout the Summer Games, spanning Aug. 5-21. The alliance will create an in-depth analysis of how viewers (who opt in) consume NBCUniversal’s Olympic content across multiple devices including TV, mobile […]

Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series gets another run

Mike Tirico's new ride

NBC Sports Group also reupped with Breeders’ Cup for a three-year renewal of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, which was originally inked last year. The deal sees 16 of top Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races in the US each year through 2018. 2016 will see the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, presented […]

ESL’s Craig Levine talks eSports’ biggest challenges

ESL’s Craig Levine talks eSports’ biggest challenges

With recent news that Activision Blizzard, EA and Turner Sports were all making big moves into the eSports game, eyeballing an estimated 335 million eSports fans around the world by 2017, industry leader ESL has been making its own maneuvers to bolster its North American presence. The world’s biggest video game events company not only […]

Fantasy Sports’ mixed messages

Sports' fantasy marriage

It was a mixed day for daily fantasy sports staples DraftKings and FanDuel on Friday after a New York state judge sided with the state’s Attorney General, and ruled that the sites were illegal under New York’s gambling laws, effectively ending access in the state for players. However, hours later, the doors were reopened after […]

Moore eSports for EA

EA wants Moore eSports

Another big player is beefing up the eSports frontline, with Electronic Arts announcing that Peter Moore will become Executive Vice President and Chief Competition Officer for Electronic Arts, spearheading the company’s new eSports-driven EA Competitive Gaming Division, designed to “enable global eSports competitions in our biggest franchises including FIFA, Madden NFL, Battlefield and more.” The […]

SEC on CBS continues its reign

SEC on CBS continues its reign. (Facebook)

The SEC on CBS continued to deliver for the network, as CBS announced that the college football package ranked as the highest-rated slate on television for the seventh consecutive year. National coverage of the conference drew a national household rating/share of 3.4/8, according to Nielsen. Highlights included the season’s highest-rated and most-watched college football game-to-date […]