03/18/16: First Four is Second-Highest; ESPN’s Cuba expedition; FOX Sports’ eSports kicker



CYNOPSISSPORTS
03.18.16

Good morning. It’s Friday March 18, 2016, and this is your first early morning Sports briefing. 

truTV saw 5.3 million total viewers tune in for the NCAA First Four, according to Nielsen, which marks the second most-viewed of all time. The quartet for games also generated a 3.4 rating, also #2 in the rankings, for a 3% rise over last year’s numbers. Wednesday night’s Michigan/Tulsa matchup handed the channel with an average of 2.2 million total viewers and a 1.4 score to rank as the highest-rated sports program of the night, per metered market rankings. Wednesday’s matchups averaged 1.5 million with a 1.0 mark, for a rise of 12% and 11% over 2015.

ON THE AIR

MLB’s historic trip to Cuba on March 22 will see an ESPN invasion for the exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban National Team. Both ESPN and ESPN Deportes will carry the matchup as Eduardo Perez joins Doug Glanville and play-by-play commentator Karl Ravech take on microphone duties for the flagship channel. The game will be preceded by a special 90-minute, on-site edition of SportsCenter, hosted by Hannah Storm, at noon. Meanwhile, on Sunday, a one-hour edition of Outside The Lines: Major League Baseball Returns to Cuba, hosted by Bob Ley, will run live from Havana,

Elsewhere in international waters, NBC Sports Group is celebrating the Manchester Derby between Manchester City/Manchester United on Sunday at noon on NBC. The game marks the first-ever Manchester Derby on US broadcast television and will see Arlo White on the call with analyst Graeme Le Saux. Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live, joined by Kyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe.

TSN locked in a new partnership with Sky Sports to offer Canadian viewers the company’s broadcast coverage of the FIA Formula One World Championship. The deal will see TSN serve up expanded pre-race and post-race coverage for all 21 races on the F1 calendar. Broadcasts will be handled by commentators Martin Brundle and David Croft, with analysis from Damon Hill alongside Anthony Davidson and Johnny Herbert.

CBS Sports Network’s college hockey action begins today with the 2016 National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff. The puck drops at 5p with a semifinal matchup between top-ranked North Dakota and Minnesota Duluth. Ben Holden, analyst Dave Starman and reporter Shireen Saski announce the weekend’s action.

David Feherty welcomes former U.S. President George W. Bush for an interview that runs on Monday at 9p on Golf Channel. The Feherty episode comes from the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.


A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE


CYNOPSIS SPORTS MEDIA AWARDS
April 21  | New York Athletic Club  | 8:15-10:30am | REGISTER NOW

CYNOPSIS SPORTS will honor 4 executives who changed the way their sports entities connected with fans around the country:

LEGACY AWARD — Eric Shanks, President, COO & EP – Fox Sports
VISION AWARD — Don Garber, Commissioner – MLS
NAVIGATOR AWARD – Rob McGlarry, President – MLB Network
GEM AWARD – Mike O’Brien, VP, Corp. & Prod. Planning – Hyundai


SPONSORSHIP & PROMOTION

MLB is partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and other baseball and softball organizations to add some more youth to All-star festivities. The league will feature a Junior Home Run Derby offered for players under 14 and under 12. The final will take place at San Diego’s Petco Park on July 9, three days before the All-Star Game and two days before the heavyweights take their spots for Home Run derby. The event will be sponsored by T-Mobile.

The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach locked in a deal with BUBBA burger to become the new entitlement sponsor of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The race takes place on Saturday, April 16 as part of the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The brand will be featured prominently in signage around the Grand Prix circuit including a pedestrian bridge over Turn 2. BUBBA burgers will also be available for purchase throughout the race weekend at their vending location at the circuit.

UFC Gym continues to explore new countries, announcing its expansion into the United Arab Emirates as well as the planned opening of a new signature gym in Dubai. The Dubai location will serve as the first of several gyms scheduled to open throughout the Middle East and considerably expand the geographical reach of the franchise. “

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook is feeding into March Madness. Facebook Live will see teams such as Oregon, Virginia and Duke hit the platform from the Road to the Final Four, while tournament staples such as Grant Hill will take part in Live Q&As. Facebook’s product team also worked with the NCAA Social Media and Digital Team and the various schools to give fans custom team Facebook Profile Pictures. Meanwhile, Facebook Messenger will allow fans to hold customized group chats and more.

DIGITAL & STREAMING

ATP Media is partnering with LiveLike VR to enable the delivery of a live streaming virtual reality experience at the 2016 BNP Paribas Open. ATP Media will offer an exclusive virtual reality lounge at the tournament to showcase every serve, rally and point to be watched from the POV of a courtside seat as wide lens cameras will live stream the action to VR headsets from multiple camera positions, enabling different views of the action to be selected in order to bring the thrill of being courtside viewing to viewers.

ESPN saw its Men’s Tournament Challenge drum up 13.0 million brackets this year to set a new all-time with fans – at one time  submitting 18,503 brackets per minute. The most popular “National Bracket” Final Four picks: Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.

GAMING/ESPORTS

FOX Sports is kicking the tires on the eSports game, announcing broadcast plans for the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2016, an annual international eSports competition that will crown the world champion of EA Sports’ FIFA 16 franchise. Thirty-two Grand Finalists are set to gather in New York City from March 20-22. FOX Sports’ digital platforms FOXSportsGO and FOXSoccer2Go carry the full competition live, while FS1 provides exclusive live television coverage of the Grand Final on March 22. FOX Sports is using its extensive global reach to make this year’s FIFA Interactive World Cup available to numerous affiliates around the world, including Sky UK, FOX Sports Australia, Sky New Zealand and FOX Sports’ platforms throughout Latin America, Brazil, Asia, Africa and Europe. “EA Sports’ FIFA game has had an enormous impact on the popularity of soccer in the U.S., resulting in a growing audience that knows the teams, players and tactics that make soccer the most popular sport in the world,” said FOX Sports Head of Business Operations, David Nathanson. "We’re excited to make the FIFA Interactive World Cup accessible to viewers in America through our multiple platforms and around the world through our international affiliates.”

Nintendo announced its Olympic plans for Mario, Sonic & friends, unveiling details for Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the 3DS and launches today. Overall, the game features 14 events like Soccer, BMX, Beach Volleyball and Archery. “Mario and Sonic are two of the most recognizable characters in video game history,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “Once again they join forces to let players compete in fun sporting events on a world stage.”

THE MAIN EVENT

Dayton/Syracuse opens the day for NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship on CBS at 12:15p.


A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE


Social Good Awards Breakfast
Celebrating social responsibility in the TV & entertainment industry.

Thursday, April 7 – 8:15-10:30 a.m. | Yale Club NYC

Space is limited and tables are selling out quickly. Register yourself and your team today!
 
VIEW FINALISTS & REGISTER NOW!



ON THIS DAY in 1995: Michael Jordan announced he would be returning to the NBA following a brief retirement.

In The Know: Which school was the last to win back-to-back NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company and city.)

Answer to Our Last Sports Trivia Question: Which school was the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship three years in a row, but never won a game? Answer: DePaul. (Note to naysayers: top seeds didn’t open against a 16 seed at that time.) Kudos: Michael Ritz-BucStar Consulting/NY; Thom Hering-PSP Sports/NY; Jerehmy White-BusyBuddy Books/Glen Rock; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station; Lance Phegley-Texas Runner and Triathlete magazine/Houston; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Federal Credit Union/Burbank; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA.

Later — Chris
Chris Pursell for Cynopsis | Sports @VegasandVine
03.18.16

Roberta Caploe: Publisher @robertacaploe
Diane K Schwartz: Senior Vice President, Media Communications Group

Cynopsis Ad Sales: Mike Farina | VP, Sales | 203-218-6480
Cynopsis Job Listings Sales: Trish Pihonak | Director of Operations | 203-899-8459

Cynopsis Media: a division of Access Intelligence, LLC * 10 Norden Place * Norwalk, CT * 06855 * USA


CYNOPSISJOBSFor More jobs, visit Cynopsis.com


JOB OPENING: SR. MGR MEDIA PLANNING/Nickelodeon/NYC: Work w/Director & VP to dvlp creative briefs that comm prgrmng objectives, strategic media plan’g dir & mgmnt exp. 3-5 yrs exp media plan’g &/or prgrmng. Strong interest in TV prgrmng w/ knwldg & interest in audience demographics. Full info/apply HERE (3/25)

JOB OPENING: SR RESEARCH ANALYST/IFC/NYC: Support both Programming and Ad Sales to achieve revenue goals. 1-2 years exp with Nielsen systems. Digital research a plus. Full info/apply HERE (3/25)

JOB OPENING: VARIOUS POSITIONS AVAILABLE/IRG Sprts & Ent/Palm Beach FL. IRG is growing & looking to hire Track GMs, Track P/R, Sponsor Sales, Drag Strip Dir, Hospitality Dir, Ticket Sales & Admin Asst. Positions avail @ currently owned prop & future planned venues. Send resume/cvr to: [email protected] (3/25)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, MEDIA SALES/MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL/St. Petersburg FL: Lead nat’l sales efforts for MiLB Media Properties. Min 7 yrs exp & est. sr client & agency relationships required. Self-starting & passionate individuals desired. 25-40% travel. Resume HERE (3/24) 

JOB OPENING: CRM ACQUISITION MANAGER/A+E Networks/NY: Focus on building CRM database thru user acquisition, promotions, surveys & partners/affiliates. Highly quantitative & creative thinker. 3-5 yrs exp CRM dvlpmnt/execution role or direct mktg cust acquisition role. Full Info/Apply HERE (3/24)

JOB OPENING: INTEGRATED MKTG MANAGER/FUSE/NYC: Strategic dvlpmt & execution of multiplatform integrated mktg solutions for potential/existing Ad Sales clients. Exp: Mktg/Ad Sales/Mgmt/Media/Crtv Writing Full info/apply HERE (3/24) 

JOB OPENING: VP, MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS/OLYMPUSAT/FL: Develop & execute market strategy across all platforms. Min 10 yrs exp with network/TV required, Hispanic, US multicultural and int. mkt preferred. Must be bilingual (Eng/Spanish)with proven track record. Full info/apply HERE (3/23)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR SPONSORSHIPS/The Paley Center for Media/NYC: Secures sponsorship, mktg. and media partnerships by qualifying sales leads.Sells new project ideas to clients. 8+ yrs sponsorship sales exp req. Email resume to [email protected] (3/23)

JOB OPENING: SALES DIRECTOR, EXPOSITIONS/MIPTV/MIPCOM Reed MIDEM/NY: 7 to 10 years of experience selling exhibition stand space, sponsorships, print and digital advertising, and conference registrations. Full info/apply HERE (3/23)

JOB OPENING: SR MGR, DIST. & MULTIPLATFORM ANALYTICS/A+E Networks/NY: Serve as corp. expert in VOD analytics, Dvlp viewership models & evaluate the performance of our brands. Manage working relationship with STB and advanced analytics data providers Full Info/Apply HERE (3/23)

JOB OPENING: DIR./SR. DIR., ADV. ANALYTICS & DATA STRAT/A+E Networks/NY: Evaluate methodologies, data quality & best analytics practices that will help advance A+E Networks data capabilities on both traditional TV & cross platform sides of our business. Full Info/Apply HERE (3/23)

JOB OPENING: SR MANAGER DIGITAL PARTNERSHIPS/A+E Networks/NY: Focus on developing and executing mktg programs w/advertising partners across all HISTORY & A&E digital platforms, respond to RFPs, create sales materials, serving as the digital lead on assigned accts. Full Info/Apply HERE (3/23)

JOB OPENING: TRAFFIC SPECIALIST/MLB Network/Secaucus NJ: Work w/sales/prod/prgrmng/master control depts to ensure programs & live events run according to sched & troubleshoot any inventory changes requested. Min1 yr Traffic exp, pref @nat’l ntwrk + work flexible schedule. Resume HERE (3/23)

JOB OPENING: PARALEGAL (FREELANCE)/MLB Network/Secaucus NJ: Provide legal support to Bus. & Legal Affairs team. Strong knwldg/exp of legal & bus affairs issues a must. 3+ yrs related paralegal exp req’d. Exp w/legal & bus. aspects of content/content prod industries is pref’d. Resume HERE (3/23)

JOB OPENING: TALENT AGENCY ASST/Top Tier Talent agency/NY: Quickly growing digital media division seeking self-starter w/passion for dig/social media; solid knwlg of emerging ‘influencer’-based talent community a must. Outgoing personality w/strong desire to grow into agent. Entry level Resumes HERE (3/23)

JOB OPENING: DIR EUROSPORT AD SALES & SOLUTIONS/Discovery/NYC: Strong relationship builder to develop and sell innovative creative solutions for Eurosport/Discovery Europe’s offerings w/specific emphasis on the Olympics to clients in the US. 8+ yrs exp, strong Olympic or sports exp req’d. Full info/apply HERE (3/22)

JOB OPENING: INTEGRATION PRODUCER/HGTV&DIY Network/Knoxville: Create innovative content solutions for Ad Sales Marketing & Ad Sales. 5 years TV Production exp. Knowledge of product integration & program sponsorship.Cable network exp a plus. Full info/apply HERE (3/22)

JOB OPENING: FINANCIAL CONTROLLER/ECLIPSE TELEVISION & GO GO LUCKEY seek LA-based controller experienced in non-scripted production at high volume. CPA desired and PSA/MovieMagic/QuickBooks skills a must. Please email [email protected] (3/22)

JOB OPENING: MANAGER AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT/FOX Sports.com/Los Angeles: Drive partner engagement and content optimization with emphasis on video in the sports news cycle. 3 yrs exp audience bldg/channel growth strategies, Acct Mgt, Sports knowledge a must. Full info/apply HERE (3/22)

JOB OPENING: VP PROD MANAGEMENT/Discovery/LA: Outgoing solutions creator w/top notch negotiation skills to ensure content is delivered to Discovery nets on time, on budget and on brand. Strong relationship builder w/internal and external clients. 8-10 yrs exp. Full info/apply HERE (3/19)

JOB OPENING: RECEPTIONIST/GSN TV/NY: Project support to Affiliate/Ad Sales, general office administration/coordinating; 3-5 years receptionist exp. Extensive knowledge of Excel, Microsoft Office incl. Powerpoint. Degree preferred. Send res/CL HERE (3/19)

CASTING CALL: Companies can showcase their casting notices/casting calls here. For information on rates and specs for posting a casting notice, please email Trish at [email protected]

EXPERT SERVICES ADS: These ads are for companies or people who offer an expertise in the field of media by way of production, voice over artistry, writing, set development, etc. For information on rates and specs for posting an Expertise Service ad email Trish at [email protected]

INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at [email protected].

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED… There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad… for more information contact Trish Pihonak at trish@cynopsis.com

E-mail [email protected] or call Trish Pihonak at 203-899-8459 for rates and specs for Job Openings.

To subscribe to any Cynopsis edition(s) click here.
%%PLUGIN_Unsubscribe: 2193667-unsub-generic%%

Copyright Cynopsis 2016

All outgoing e-mails are scanned and sent out virus free. Copyright Cynopsis 2016

Related Stories

05/22/24: Cynopsis Jobs

jobs1

MARKETING ASSOCIATE MANAGER GSTV NEW YORK, NY – HYBRID REMOTE Touch various teams within our group such as Marketing Solutions, Marketing Communications and Design. Our group develops thoughtful marketing and promotional programs alongside our business development team. We collaborate with teams across the organization to develop concepts that meet client needs and then bring the […]

Cynopsis 05/22/24: Comcast offers details on StreamSaver

Comcast offers details on StreamSaver

Wednesday May 22, 2024 Today’s Premieres Apple TV+: Trying BET: Sistas at 9p Fox: Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars at 9p Hulu: Chief Detective Magnolia: Happy to Be Home at 8p Netflix: Toughest Forces on Earth; Buying London Today’s Finales ABC: Jeopardy! Masters at 8p; Abbott Elementary at 9p; The Conners at 9:30p CBS: Survivor at […]

05/20/24: Cynopsis Media Tech Update

nfl tech

Monday May 20, 2024 Reddit has partnered with OpenAI for a deal that allows use of its data for training AI models. OpenAI will gain access to Reddit’s Data application programming interface, and Reddit will offer AI features to users and moderators, powered by OpenAI. “Reddit has become one of the internet’s largest open archives […]

Cynopsis 05/20/24: “Young Sheldon” finale hits ratings high

"Young Sheldon" finale hits ratings high

A Cynopsis Message From A+E Networks Unforgettable Stories That Move Audiences to Action Fuel Q3 with Our Original Content… Terry McMillan Presents: May/December | Icons That Built America American Godfathers with Michael Imperioli | BIOGRAPHY: ODB Find My Country House Stories. Solutions. Service. A&E | The HISTORY Channel | Lifetime | HOME.MADE.NATION

CynCity

Cynsiders