01/31/19: ESPN is delivering a record amount of college baseball programming for the new season

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Good morning. It’s Thursday January 31, 2019 and this is your first early morning Sports briefing.
 
 
ESPN is on deck to toss more than 800 NCAA baseball games during the 2019 regular season across ESPN networks, with 17 college conferences highlighted during the span with the postseason seeing 153 games televised across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, and other platforms. In addition, the ESPN App will exclusively stream more than 450 games in 2019. Coming off one of the most-watched NCAA Division I Baseball Championships in history, the schedule includes 44 matchups with two ranked teams going head-to-head.
 

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The NBA announced today that artists and North Carolina native J. Cole will take the spotlight in his home state to headline the 2019 NBA All-Star Game halftime show on Feb. 17 in Charlotte. Before the game, Meek Mill will perform for the opening and introduction of the All-Star teams, followed by Anthony Hamilton performing the US national anthem. Carly Rae Jepsen will perform the Canadian national anthem. 
 
Speaking of performers, singer/songwriter Jake Owen will perform the DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show prior to the 61st running of “The Great American Race” on Feb. 17 on FOX. Fans who purchase a UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race pass for the DAYTONA 500 will be able to view Jake Owen’s DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show – as well as driver introductions – from the grass tri-oval area.
 
FOX Sports’ Daytona plans will launch next weekend at Daytona Speedweeks, culminating with the DAYTONA 500 on Feb. 17 at 2:30p. Live prerace coverage begins on FS1 with NASCAR Raceday at 11a, before its network move to FOX at 1p. FOX NASCAR’s presentation also includes FS1’s live presentation of the season openers for the NASCAR XFINITY Series on Feb. 16 at 2:30p and the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Feb. 15 at 7:30p. The season premiere of NASCAR RACE HUB revs up on Feb,. 4 at 6p on FS1 from the brand-new virtual studio.
 
ESPN saw audiences for the Australian Open swell 27% across ESPN and ESPN2 compared to the 2018 event with live coverage averaging 347,000 viewers. Among demo groups, leading the way were increases for viewers 55+ (up 35%), viewers 25-54 (up 25%) and viewers 18-49 (up 10%). Overall, 19 of the 25 live telecast windows showed improvement over 2018.
 
The Washington Spirit, Monumental Sports Network and NBC Sports Washington finalized a broadcast partnership which will provide local TV and digital broadcasts of a minimum of 12 Spirit games during the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season. In addition, the Spirit will participate in cross-promotional activities with Monumental Sports Network and NBC Sports Washington, providing fans with a new level of access to the Spirit through original content on and off the field.
 
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen will be a special guest analyst on ESPN’s four-hour Postseason NFL Countdown pregame show at 10a on Sunday for Super Bowl LIII. The three-time Pro Bowler will join host Suzy Kolber and analysts Louis Riddick and Steve Young on ESPN’s set at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
 
NBC Sports launches its annual coverage of the Guinness Six Nations Championship this weekend with Round One matches starting Friday at 3p o NBCSN. Leigh Diffey will anchor this weekend’s coverage on NBCSN alongside analysts Alex Corbisiero and Dan Lyle.
 
The Olympic Channel global digital platform serves up live streaming coverage of the World Sailing 2019 World Cup Series via olympicchannel.com and on its mobile apps. Live streaming of Round 2 from Miami begins Sunday with the medal races in classes 49er, 49er FX, RS:XS M&W and Nacra 17.
 
SiriusXM today announced that Brad Faxon will host an exclusive new show on the SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio channel, titled Just the Fax. The show debuts Monday, running 4-5p on Sirius channel 208, XM channel 92 and on the SiriusXM app. Faxon will discuss the most recent tournament news, interview and chat with personalities from around the world of golf, and offer insight and instruction to those who listen or call in to the show.
 
Yahoo Sports takes on the Super Bowl with live content designed to bring the game experience to fans in Atlanta with activations that include: a live taping of Mostly Football; on the ground filming of The Rush, and a live Pre Game Show. The platforms will also offer a “Fan Cave” making stops throughout the city where fans can play trivia and games to win prizes, and more.
 
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SPONSORSHIP & PROMOTION
 
Gander RV, the Official RV & Outdoor Company of NASCAR, signed on to serve as the new title sponsor for the 150-mile qualifying races for the DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway, part of DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth. The races will now be known as the Gander RV Duel At DAYTONA and take place on Feb. 14. As part of a larger agreement with DIS, Gander RV, along with sister companies Camping World and Good Sam, will host consumer RV shows over multiple years at the DIS facilities, as well as an RV Rally in 2020. The events will feature a large selection of motorized and towable RVs, RV and outdoor accessories, seminars, entertainment and more.
 
JDA Software is tapping into the world of professional golf, announcing a new sponsorship with golf star Jon Rahm. As part of partnership, Rahm will serve as brand ambassador for JDA and will sports the JDA logo on the chest of his golf shirt at PGA events beginning today at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Rahm will also make a number of appearances on behalf of the JDA brand and take part in various
 
 
DIGITAL, DATA & TECH
 
The PGA TOUR renewed and expanded its partnership with XUMO, a disruptor brand in streaming tv and digital entertainment. The partnership this year will see the TOUR distribute more than 175 hours of live Featured Holes coverage on XUMO from 23 events in addition to expanded highlights, player interviews and tournament recap shows. Fans can expect live Featured Holes coverage from tournaments such as THE PLAYERS Championship, the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide and the FedExCup Playoffs.
The Sixth Annual Super Bowl Survey from BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe) and fielded by research firm PSB, found a number of trends emerging around the big game. According to their research, sports gambling is gaining traction, especially for Millennials, with 67% of Millennials more likely to bet on the Super Bowl over any other sporting event. Millennials are also excited about betting, as 52% would travel to place a bet. In addition, the Millennial demographic are also looking to esports to enhance the Super Bowl experience, as 50% of Millennials would consider watching an esports event associated with the Super Bowl. Other points included notes that fans are open to moving the Super Bowl to an international market, as 50% say that they would support a Super Bowl played internationally, a number that rises to 71% among Millennials.
 
 
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In this week’s edition of Cynopsis Esports
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  • eNASCAR feels a draft
  • Rocket League’s Season 7 matrix
  • How influencers are wading Sea of Thieves
  • More international esports carriage deals
  • Breaking down Riot’s LoL Seasons
  • Xbox thinks big for E3
  • GameWorks locks in executive roster
 
INDUSTRY/ROSTER MOVES
 
Turner Ignite announced a pair of key moves, Seth Cole to senior vice president of brand partnerships, Turner Ignite Sports and Marybeth Strobel to senior vice president of ad innovation, Turner Ignite.
 
The PGA TOUR announced that current Vice President of Marketing Partnerships, Alexandra “Alex” Baldwin, has been named President of the Web.com Tour. With the announcement, Baldwin becomes the first female in history to lead one of the PGA TOUR’s six global Tours as President. Dan Glod, who has served as President of the Web.com Tour since January of 2017, has been elevated to Senior Vice President, Global Sponsorship Strategy and Development in a corresponding announcement.
 
The XFL formed a partnership with The Spring League, a professional football development organization, to test changes to rules and gameplay as it works to “reimagine the game” when it kicks off in 2020. Testing during The Spring League’s upcoming season follows the XFL’s first testing session conducted last month, which featured two Mississippi-based junior college teams. The Spring League will take the field in Austin from March 28 to April 11 and will provide players the opportunity to showcase their ability in front of XFL, NFL and other professional football talent evaluators. While doing so, coaches will work closely with football operations executives from the XFL to blend in on-field adjustments the league has been researching and developing since announcing its return just over a year ago.
 
Mars Reel, a provider of premium content focused on the most exciting athletes and teams in high school sports, named Justin Traina as Head of Brand Partnerships, Will Thomas as VP, Brand Partnerships (West) and Caleb Liu as Director of Media Partnerships (East). “We are incredibly fortunate to have this first-rate team on board to share our vision and passion. Will’s successful track record of helping brands connect with audiences through culturally relevant storytelling, targeted media, and influencer marketing is a perfect fit for this next phase of our business,” said Brandon Deyo, CEO, Mars Reel.
 
 
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This Day in History: In 1988, Doug Williams of the Washington Redskins becomes the first African-American quarterback to play in a Super Bowl, scoring four of Washington’s five touchdowns in an upset 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXII.

In the Know: 2010 saw Oprah Winfrey host the “worst Super Bowl party ever” in a spot featuring which two rivals? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company and city.)
 
Answer to Our Last Sports Trivia Question: Super Bowl XXVII saw Larry Bird and Michael Jordan play H-O-R-S-E in a campaign for which brand? Answer: McDonald’s. Kudos: Greg Maltzman-Maltz Media/NY; Rick Ramage-UTA/NY; Deborah Kapetanakis-Universal McCann/NY; Matt Meachem-Gracenote/NY; Christian Matthews-Washington Redskins/DC; Derek Houston-Atlanta Braves/Atlanta; Matt Deprey-C-Span/DC; Matt Sautter-WideOrbit/Harrisburg; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station; John Kukla-KDFW/KDFI/Dallas; Lance Davis-ESPN Milwaukee/Milwaukee; Lance Phegley-Texas Runner and Triathlete magazine/Houston; Jaymz Wooden-Bottelsen American Dart Lines/Santa Maria; Greg Dudsic/Venice; Jonathan Parkman-American Chainsaws Entertainment/LA; Jim Bernard-PRG/Glendale
 
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