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Averaging over 18.1MM viewers, the NFL on FOX delivered more viewers than any other NFL network this season. America’s Game of the Week was the most watched telecast of the week every week it aired. FOX NFL Sunday games also averaged 6.7MM female viewers, delivering more female viewers than any program on TV.
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|If you went up to almost anyone in the sports event business a year ago and said that PPE would be an emerging category for innovation and partnerships you probably would have gotten some quizzical looks. However, we know that the last year has been strange in many ways, and that as fans return to stands, health and safety are going to be top of mind for business success. Masks, hand sanitizers, grab and go, cashless systems will all be a part of return to play, probably for the foreseeable future.
Who are the innovators in the space? One is Boston based Osun Labs, a company that has brought together several senior sales, marketing, design and brand development executives from various areas of sport to help solve issues teams, leagues and a host of other related industries will deal with safe return to venues. Their first product from this gathering is the GO-Clip, a allowing fans with headwear to wear masks safely, cleanly and comfortably. The GO-Clips were on prominent display for the first time this past weekend at the NHL Outdoor Games in Lake Tahoe, and will probably be seen in and around places like MLB spring training in the coming weeks. We asked Osun Labs Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Jeff Eagles to walk us through the business.
Eagles on the business model: Our model is simple – build mask optimization products to help business leaders help their people, particularly those who are key parts of our societal infrastructure, get back safely to work. We’ve come together as a team of people from across many businesses to drive this mission-for-good through that model. While mask wearing is expected to be part of health and safety protocols for the foreseeable future, it’s important to recognize the uncertainty that remains ahead. We’re all navigating this together every day, and that inspires our new product development, which will go beyond headwear to apparel or any other need that helps people live and work safely.
On how a startup in the PPE business gets traction in sports: Our focus has been on streamlining the design, production and operations. This is not just about players or referees or game operations. We’re actively in discussions across nearly every industry, from infrastructure through sports…ushers, food vendors, security staff…and entertainment properties, that look to protect their employees and to better serve their customers and make them feel safe at every encounter. Beyond scaling distribution and awareness with consumers, this will ensure the GO-Clip meets its core principle to keep people safe.
On how GO-Clip becomes a scalable business: Right now, we are laser focused on seeding the market and driving consumer demand. The feeling you get when the GO-Clip helps make your mask fit securely and comfortably is game changing. ‘Mask Optimization’ is a new category that we are creating; so early education will be critical. We’ve had great initial validation and responses from leading national and local retailers, who know their customers best. Our success in building traction and scale will come from the development of these relationships and the brand customization the GO-Clip offers.
On Licensing and Media Partnerships: It is an important foundational element for an innovation center, such as Osun Labs, to have partnerships with some of the industry’s best licensees, in Game Time and Winning Streak Sports. Working with them to build brand affinity and customization represents key differentiators for the GO-Clip. It also provides a multitude of brand, sponsorship, and creative opportunities, especially as a platform of self-expression for fans of all ages. As far as media partnerships, we think there is a natural fit, no pun intended, for all those in front of and behind a camera to see the value in the product, and because of that fit keep your eye out for where the product pops up.
The NCAA announced championship game times and broadcast networks for all six rounds and 63 games of the 2021 Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. In addition to ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU coverage, for the first time since the 1995 championship was carried on CBS, portions of the tournament will be carried by a broadcast network, with ABC now set to carry at least six tournament games. ABC will broadcast a doubleheader on the opening day of play —March 21 — and carry additional doubleheaders during the Sweet Sixteen on March 27-28. “ESPN’s coverage of women’s basketball has always been driven by our passion for the sport, its players and its coaches. We’re proud to continue our commitment with the addition of ABC to our network lineup for this year’s NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship,” added Carol Stiff, ESPN vice president, women’s sports programming and acquisitions. “As home to the championship for the past 26 years, and after the cancellation of last year’s women’s tournament, we can’t wait to bring the best of women’s college basketball to even more viewers as the sport crowns a new champion.”
In addition, the NCAA is planning on opening its doors for its Division I basketball Championships, announcing that both the men’s and women’s tournaments, set to all take place in individual cities this year, will allow a limited number of fans to attend all rounds. The men’s games will allow up to 25% capacity with physical distancing was made in conjunction with state and local health authorities in Indianapolis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The women’s tournament will be allowed to have a capacity of up to 17% from the Sweet Sixteen through the Women’s Final Four, with the event taking place in the San Antonio region.
The NFL is reportedly looking to double its rights fees as the league negotiates with broadcast partners for a new deal. According to CNBC, the league is in active discussions on renewal rates with all four of its existing network partners — NBC, CBS, Fox, and ESPN, with an eye to get primary package renewals completed by March 17. That said, the report states that Disney already rejected paying anywhere close to $3.8 billion per year for its new deal, doubling its current $1.9 billion bill.
On the ratings fronts, FS1 saw 498,000 viewers tune in to watch the USA and Canada square off in the SheBelieves Cup on Thursday. That marks the most-watched match ever for the cup on the network and is up 78% over the 2019 average
Elsewhere, Univision’s Tuesday afternoon telecast of Barcelona vs. Paris Saint/Germain averaged 1.07 million Total Viewers and out-delivered last year’s Barcelona/Napoli match by 10% to rank as the top UEFA Round of 16 match ever in the U.S. The match also drew 573K Adult 18-49 viewers, marking the second highest performance for the round in the demo all-time and best in six years, according to Nielsen.
ESPN announced that Matt Miller, the former NFL Draft analyst and insider for Bleacher Report who recently launched The Draft Scout, is joining ESPN as an NFL Draft contributor. In addition, Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy signed an extension to return as an ESPN NFL Draft contributor. A former NFL scout with nearly two decades worth of experience, Nagy has contributed to four Super Bowl Championship teams over the course of his career with the Washington Football Team, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks.
NBA TV, in partnership with the Southwestern Athletic Conference, will showcase back-to-back live NCAA Division I Women’s and Men’s Basketball Games between Historically Black Universities Grambling State University and Jackson State University today in honor of Black History Month. The pair of SWAC conference games will tip at 3p (Women’s game) and 5:30 p.m. (Men’s game), respectively, with Ro Brown (play-by-play) and Deuce McCallister (analyst) to call the action. Pregame, halftime and postgame studio coverage will be led by Stephanie Ready, Sam Mitchell and Ro Parrish starting at 2:30p.
The Pac-12 Conference announced a schedule adjustment for the 2021 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will now begin on Wednesday, March 3 and feature an open date on Saturday, March 6. The Championship game remains scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 7 at 5p PT on ESPN2 at Michelob ULTRA Arena. The 2021 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, presented by New York Life, remains scheduled to take place March 10-13 at T-Mobile Arena.
Rounding out our collegiate news, ESPN networks are set to air more than 180 NCAA women’s lacrosse matchups this season, with action on ESPNU, ACC Network (ACCN), ESPN3, ESPN+ and ACCNX. Play by play commentators for women’s coverage includes Jay Alter, Mike Monaco and Leah Secondo with analysts that include Sheehan Stanwick-Burch and Dana Boyle. ESPN will also provide coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship, with championship weekend taking place at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md. (May 28-30).
CSI Sports has announced a multi-year agreement with CIGNAL, Philippines’ premier direct-to-home satellite provider, to launch FIGHT SPORTS. The platform will be available on Cignal Pay TV and Cignal’s streaming app, Cignal Play. “We are excited to have finalized an agreement to reach a wider audience in the Philippines, and to be working with Cignal, one of the premier operators in the territory. With our original series line-up expanding such as RETURN to the RING premiering this month and INTRODUCING next month, plus our live event slate kicking off the year with back to back World Title fights, we are ready for a great year ahead filled with more announcements of our continued expansion.” said CSI Sports Co-CEOs Craig and Richard Miele.
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Athletes Unlimited announced that Gatorade (Sports Drink), Hyperice (Recovery Technology) and Mariner Wealth Advisors (Wealth Management) signed on as the first three national corporate partners supporting its’ inaugural volleyball season, which will showcase 44 of the world’s best players from February 27-March 29 in Dallas. All 30-matches will be carried live via a distribution package with CBS Sports Network, FOX Sports and streaming partners Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Twitch and Dailymotion.
Major League Fishing and Toro, a worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment, entered into a sponsorship agreement designed to showcase the Toro brand to millions of outdoor and fishing enthusiasts. Toro has been named the title sponsor of the Bass Pro Tour Stage One event at Sam Rayburn Reservoir and will sponsor the “Toro Cut Line” – a television feature segment that will showcase anglers that are on the elimination bubble at each event. Toro will also receive exclusive exposure across numerous MLF media platforms, including its many tournaments and activation opportunities, website and MLF social media outlets.
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BetMGM and Topgolf Entertainment Group announced a new partnership centered around an integrated sports betting and entertainment experience. The two companies will collaborate on marketing and promotional offers through the BetMGM platform at select Topgolf venues and within WGT by Topgolf. Details of the partnership include BetMGM digital branding throughout Topgolf venues in cities where BetMGM operates, including Topgolf’s marquee Las Vegas location at MGM Grand; Indianapolis; Nashville; Detroit; Virginia Beach; and Denver, as well as within the WGT by Topgolf platform. BetMGM will also activate branding and promotional integrations in additional Topgolf locations as its sports betting and gaming platforms become available in new states.
Ready, Set, Gold! (RSG!) is launching a new eight-week classroom series this Spring featuring tips and advice from Olympic and Paralympic athletes designed to help students in all grade levels to stay active while distance learning from home. Released nearly every Monday beginning March 1 through April 26, each 30-minute video covers a thematic topic focused on evidence-based physical activity and social emotional learning.
BlizzConline saw the Overwatch League reveal its course for the 2021 season, which will feature 208 matches during the regular season, in addition to four tournaments. Play for the two divisions will launch April 16 with the Outlaws/Fuel and the Shock/Gladiators. The league is altering its broadcast times to better cater to its fans, as all live broadcasts featuring teams playing in the West will now start at noon PT, while broadcasts featuring teams playing in the East will start at 5p China Standard Time. This season a total of $4,250,000 is up for grabs, with prizing split between tournaments and the playoffs.
The Super Smash Bros. World Tour is looking to return in 2021 after cancelling plans a year ago. The setup will blend online qualifiers with offline invitational tournaments this Spring. Circuits for both Smash Ultimate and Smash Melee will conclude in the Smash World Tour Finals at the end of the year. The Finals will include a $75,000 prize pool for each game in addition to $60,000 in prizes during the various Regional Finals events.
The BBC is partnering with Electronic Arts to air live coverage of the FIFA 21 Global Series in a deal that will see the broadcaster stream the series’ European regional qualifiers and playoffs live via its digital platforms, including BBC iPlayer, as well as the BBC Sport website and app. Coverage will continue to be available on the EA Sports FIFA Twitch and YouTube channels.
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Strong knowledge and understanding of legal and business issues related to media, strong negotiation and drafting skills and a solid understanding of business issues. Draft and/or negotiate a wide variety of agreements and contract summary/tracking/management. A minimum of two years of legal experience in a media and/or entertainment transactional environment either in-house or with a law firm is required. Full info HERE (3/7)
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JUKIN MEDIA/LOS ANGELES: Set overall community strategy as it relates to supporting brand initiatives, structure implementation of community-facing strategy across FailArmy, communicate on behalf of the brand across multiple channels. Min 3 yrs experience in brand communications, strong expertise in and a passion for current and emerging social and OTT platforms. Full info HERE (3/6)
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JUKIN MEDIA/LOS ANGELES: Responsible for overseeing, guiding and elevating all programming for each of the Streaming TV channels, Works with VP Streaming to establish long-term creative programming strategy to achieve business unit KPIs. Plan and budget to help develop, help commission, and acquire programming for Jukin streaming channels. 7+ years in creative production for digital/streaming/television required. Full info HERE (3/6)
DIGITAL MANAGING DIRECTOR >>
SPECTRUM NETWORKS/NYC: Lead the talented and resourceful journalists, manage digital teams in multiple locations and editorial content; encourage innovation and unique story telling techniques. Impeccable integrity and ability to support our writers and editors in making tough journalistic calls in fast-moving news cycles. Full info HERE (3/6)
SENIOR MANAGER, NEWS & CONTENT >>
SPECTRUM NETWORKS/NYC: Actively and consistently support all efforts to simplify and enhance the customer experience, ability to oversee production of Live Newscasts. Drive integration and collaboration with other managers to achieve station goals. Work closely with other managers to determine daily scope of coverage. Full info HERE (3/6)
MANAGER, PROGRAM & CONTENT STRATEGY >>
CNN/NYC OR REMOTE: Creates schedules/rollout plans for series/films, live news, and special events on CNN & HLN. Manages inventory and evaluates performance to optimize usage. TV Programming exp, 5+ yrs. Can project manage/multi-task. Must know current events. Full info/apply HERE (3/6)
DIRECTOR OF PRIME TIME TELEVISION >>
THE JIM HENSON COMPANY/ HOLLYWOOD: Responsible for building out relationships with writers, directors, agents, managers, and talent in the prime-time arena, identifying new projects and talent in both comedy and drama for live-action and animation, and will oversee development of series to pitch A background in prime time television required and demonstrated knowledge of television development and production processes a must. Full info HERE (3/6)
VP of GAMING and ESPORTS >>
GRAVITY ROAD/NYC: Gravity Road is a creative company bringing together marketing, entertainment, and technology to create things people want to spend time with. We are looking for someone that is a commercially minded gamer, a strategic thinker and a proactive doer to join as our VP Gaming and Esports. Full info HERE (3/6)
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Directs, co-develops/delivers locally prod programs and PSA for nat and inter’l audiences. Also oversees prod crew that produces regular, special and live shows related to various political, historical and other appropriate topics. Min 3 yrs exp in directing Live television news, studio-based programming or similarly related professional media productions. Full info HERE (3/6)
VIDEO ENGINEER & ROBOTIC CAMERA OPERATOR >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Exp in configuring and setting up all broadcast studio cameras both manned and robotic for daily use. Maintains network-level camera blocking and composition. Monitors/adjusts video signals including cameras, monitors, playback sources, color correction equip/incoming feeds. Min 4 yrs exp. Full info HERE (3/6)
FEEDS MANAGER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Resp for managing tech/logistical traffic supporting live news shows. Full knwldge of video and tech workflow throughout all locations. Provide tech guidance to help create better video workflows. Ensure all broadcast feeds are meeting specific tech quality standards. Min 3 yrs tech managing, or equivalent knwldge. 5 yrs in live TV prod. Full info HERE (3/6)
GFX Op >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Must be able to set up and play out all graphic elements which are included in pre-recorded or live programming. Mnge graphic content as it corresponds to live and pre-recorded programs. Satisfy all production req for live and pre-recorded programming under the supervision of the show’s director and technical operations mngmt. Min 3 yrs of exp in graphic and character generation, plus 1yr exp with Ross Xpression. Full info HERE (3/6)
AUDIO TECHNICIAN >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Operate/executes audio mixing/creation for live and taped broadcasts, in the context of orig produced programs and PSAs. Collaborate with News depart and prod crew that produce regular, special and live shows. Generate timely and pertinent broadcast material. Min 2 yrs exp in graphic and character gen in television news, creative services, studio-based prog or related profession. Full info HERE (3/6)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Responsible for designing and building shows, managing show hosts and production team, identifying and integrating guests, overseeing and executing the production of key video & graphic elements. 3+ yrs EP exp or political news & talk programming. Full info HERE (3/6)
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Write for fast paced news and opinion show. You are an exceptional storyteller with a command of political news and cultural trends. At least 3 years of national or large market local news experience. Full info HERE (3/6)
SENIOR LINE PRODUCER >>
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Responsible for the production and execution of live political news programming, and recorded video segments for television, and digital platforms. 3+ yrs experience line producing. Full info HERE (3/6)
NEWSMAX MEDIA/NY, NY: Responsible for the production of live news & talk show, and recorded video segments for television, and digital platforms. 3+ yrs in TV news and/or talk production. Full info HERE (3/6)
GENERAL SALES MANAGER >>
NEXSTAR/WPIX-TV/NYC: Proven performance record of revenue and share growth, new business development and innovative solution-based selling. Non-traditional revenue development along with best-in-class client services and unparalleled client relationships a must. Minimum of five years of sales management experience at a commercial broadcast television station with accompanying digital assets required. Full info HERE (2/28)
OTT PLATFORMS EXECUTIVE CONSULTANT >>
CASTIFY/REMOTE: Castify.ai, a global leader in CTV content distribution, allows video content owners to publish & monetize their content as a native app or channel, across multiple CTV and OTT platforms, is looking for a well-connected media consultant who can liaise with OTT and CTV distribution partners. The consultant will have the primary responsibility to extend the reach and lead the relationships with our OTT and CTV partners. Full info HERE (2/28)
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CONTENT ACQUISITIONS >>
FILMRISE/NYC or LA: Develop licensing and distribution partnership opportunities; Oversee company’s existing servicing partnerships business and identify new prospective partners. Minimum 5 to 7 years of experience in an acquisitions, sales, or business development role at a film or television company. Candidate should have existing network of content relationships across the industry. Full info HERE (2/28)
TECHNICAL OPERATIONS >>
FILMRISE/NYC: Support our IT team and manage our digital assets. We are looking for someone extremely detail-oriented with strong organizational skills. Previous experience with digital asset coordination is preferred, working knowledge of Premiere Pro required. Full info HERE (2/27)
VP ORIGINAL SERIES DTC >>
discovery+/LA: This D+ Original Content role will serve as a key member of the DTC Content Team, driving original content strategy and execution for discovery+. Must have at least 2 years streaming experience, excellent analytical skills, strong creative judgement, and be a great collaborator. Full info HERE (2/27)
LINE PRODUCER >>
JV PRODUCTIONS/REMOTE: Experienced PM or Line Producer needed to help command the production process for a new unscripted Reno & Build Series. You’ll manage logistics, balance vision with time & money, and strategize with others to ensure an efficient, fun, safe and high-quality production. Full info HERE (2/27)
SENIOR COUNSEL >>
FILMRISE/NYC or LA: Looking for New York or California bar member for drafting and negotiating content acquisition and distribution agreements, television contracts, releases, agreements with streaming platforms, software licenses, vendor agreements and NDAs. Must possess solid understanding of digital streaming platforms and contracts, and substantive knowledge of contract law principles. Full info HERE (2/26)
COORDINATOR, SOCIAL MEDIA >>
MEDIA CROWN FAMILY NETWORKS/STUDIO CITY CA: Will support Social Marketing initiatives through creating and gathering compelling content, assets, and graphics for all segments and platforms of our Social Media presence. Responsible for writing post/tweet copy to go with created assets, scheduling content, and making sure all assets are up to date. Liaise with other internal departments and agencies on all trafficking of assets, media buys, and fulfillment of giveaways. 1-2 years of experience in entertainment. Full info HERE (2/26)
MANAGER, LOCAL SALES >>
NEXSTAR MEDIA GROUP/INDIANAPOLIS: Development of new business and achievement of revenue goals. Makes decisions regarding hiring, evaluation, promotion, and termination of account executives and sales assistants. 3-5 years of television sales management experience is preferred. 5+ years television sales experience mandatory. Full info HERE (2/26)
DIRECTOR OF BRAND PARTNERSHIPS >>
TEAM WHISTLE/NYC/REMOTE: Win Revenue– prospect, connect with, and secure partnership from agency-led and client-direct branded partners. Educate the media market on the Team Whistle product line and generate revenue via selling video, branded content, and white-label solutions. Experience selling branded content, familiarity within the larger sports/entertainment media landscape, and 5+ years partnering with ad agencies and clients directly required. Full info HERE (2/25)
NEWS DIRECTOR >>
NEXSTAR MEDIA GROUP – KTLA/LOS ANGELES: Manages all aspects of the News Department (other than Production), plans and manages staffing, training, and performance evaluations for the News Department. Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and work-related experience required. Full info HERE (2/25)
MANAGER, A&E STRATEGIST, SHORT FORM MONETIZATION >>
A+E NETWORKS/NYC: Digital content strategist to drive distribution and revenue for video content across key digital platforms, primarily A&E’s YouTube Channel. Strong project manager who will leverage data to drive decision making. 3-5 years’ experience working with digital video strategies at the brand/publishing level. Full info HERE (2/24)
SENIOR TALENT BOOKER >>
THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA/NYC: Procure talent – research, invite and secure the highest-level speakers/panelists and moderators; book and produce unique and influential programs. 10+ years of programming experience securing high profile talent for industry, entertainment, sports and media programs and other special events on time and within budget. Full info HERE (2/24)
SENIOR DIRECTOR, DATA SCIENCE >>
NBCUNIVERSAL/NYC: Lead and manage a team of Data Scientists in the development of high-impact tools for ad hoc projects and on-going operational analytic platforms, partner with business leaders across NBCUniversal to identify, build, and implement capabilities to leverage advanced data science. Advanced Degree (PhD strongly preferred) with a specialization in Statistics, Computer Science, Data Science, Economics, Mathematics, Operations Research, or other equivalent quantitative fields. Full info HERE (2/23)
SALES PLANNER >>
UPTV/NYC: Work with advertising agency contacts and other advertising sales personnel to ensure that administration aspects of accounts are in order, build, revise and maintain all sales proposals for AEs. Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university; at least 1+ years related cable experience preferred. Full info HERE (2/23)