04/26/19: Who took home prizes at the Cynopsis Sports Awards?

Good morning. It’s Friday April 26, 2019 and this is your first early morning Sports briefing.

A big round of applause for everyone who participated in the Cynopsis Sports Awards on Thursday, from the winners/nominees and presenters to our judges and audience members, with a special shoutout to our luminaries: NFL Films, winner of the Legacy Award; NBC Sports’ Jenny Storms, our winner of Marketer of the Year and the Navigator Award; and MGM Resorts, which took home the GEM Award for Brand of the Year. Congrats! Lots of multiple winners, some surprises and more, with the full list found here.

Another game 7, another new benchmark for NBC Sports. With Round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs producing 10 overtime games, three Game 7s and two improbable sweeps, NBC Sports’ presentation delivered the most-watched First Round in seven years, according to Nielsen and digital data from Adobe Analytics. 45 Stanley Cup Playoff First Round games averaged a TAD of 778,000 viewers and up 1% over last year. NBC Sports’ cable coverage averaged a TAD of 673,000 viewers, up 18% vs. last year. Meanwhile, Wednesday night’s double-overtime Game 7 — in which the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, 4-3 — averaged a TAD of 1.750 million viewers, making it the most-watched First Round cable game on record.
The Premier Lacrosse League and NBC Sports Group formally unveiled the television and live streaming schedule for the PLL’s inaugural 39-game season, which launches June 1. The six-team, tour-based league is made up of the Archers LC, Atlas LC, Chaos LC, Chrome LC, Redwoods LC and Whipsnakes LC. NBC Sports Group serves as the exclusive media partner of the newly-founded PLL, and will present games across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and NBC Sports Gold. Overall, fans will be able to watch three games on NBC and 16 games on NBCSN, with 20 games livestreamed only. NBC’s coverage begins in Week 2 with Atlas/Chaos on June 9 at 2p.  
MLB Network will carry Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s much-anticipated Major League debut this evening as the Toronto Blue Jays host the Oakland Athletics at 7p. Ahead of the game, MLB Network produced a video essay on Guerrero Jr. written by Tom Verducci, narrated by Joe Carter and featuring the song “6 God” by Drake.
FOX Sports tapped the talents of soccer personalities Karina LeBlanc and Aaron West to team up to co-host FOX Sports’ “FIFA Women’s World Cup Now” live on Twitter every matchday. From its Paris studio each matchday from June 7-July 7, FOX Sports produces and streams the show on Twitter via the @FOXSports and @FOXSocceraccounts. “We want FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP NOW to be bold, dynamic and interactive,” said David Katz, Executive Vice President of Digital for FOX Sports. “Karina and Aaron are the perfect ambassadors to engage, inform and inspire the millions of fans who will tune in to this global celebration of soccer. During the month-long tournament, FOX Sports and Twitter will be the place to be.”
Speaking of soccer, NBC serves up the Premier League “Race to the Finish” with ten matches in a three-day stretch, starting today at 3p with Liverpool/Huddersfield. Arlo White calls Friday’s match, joined by Lee Dixon. Premier League coverage on Saturday, April 27 kicks off at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Mornings, followed by Tottenham/West Ham on NBCSN and Universo.
FOX Sports is teaming with Chapman Aerial Production at Alabama’s Talladega Superspeedway for coverage from the newly developed drone/camera unit with five-axis stabilization. The team will be flying the FreeFly Alta 8 drone with the newly developed FreeFly MoVi Carbon camera gimbal with five-axis camera stabilization. The camera is equipped with a Fujinon 20-120mm lens, with the crop factor of the sensor elevating it to a 40-240mm lens.
SHOWTIME Sports announced plans to offer live streaming coverage of three Wilder vs. Breazeale undercard bouts on the network’s social media platforms as part of SHOWTIME Championship Boxing Countdown beginning at 6:30p on May 18. The event streams live on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and SHOWTIME Boxing Facebook page leading up to the evening’s SHOWTIME Championship Boxing event.
The Action Network and SiriusXM announced a venture to launch a new national daily show that will mix sports betting insights and fantasy sports expertise for fans nationwide. The Action Network on SiriusXM will air live every weekday morning at 9a on the SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio channel starting Monday. The show will be hosted by and feature a rotating cast of The Action Network’s gambling analysts, including Darren Rovell, former major league all-star Paul Lo Duca, Blackjack Fletcher, golf journalist Jason Sobel, former pro football offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, basketball experts Rob Perez and Matt Moore, and fantasy sports/gaming analysts Jonathan Bales, Peter Jennings and Chris Raybon.
Here’s to Top Women in Media.
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May we be them.
May we NOMINATE them.
You don’t have to be a woman to recognize the
extraordinary women moving the industry forward.
Nominations for the Cynopsis Top Women in Media Awards are DUE TODAY.


With day one of the NFL Draft in the books, Variety reports that Disney’s ad slots for the event are completely sold out. Football can be “a year-round type of product,” said Jim Minnich, VP of revenue and yield management for sports at Disney Advertising Sales, with finals slots being bought up a week before.
ACE Media, the content development and production subsidiary of the NFL Players Association, announced a strategic investment by Allied Global Marketing to create additional capital, production capabilities, and sales and marketing resources designed to accelerate the company’s growth. Allied Sports will serve as the exclusive sales and partner development agency for ACE Media. 

OTT media company DAZN is launching an international live sports distribution service for rights holders, broadcasters and media partners. The offering, titled DAZN Connect, will launch with support from the likes of BT Sport, NBC Sports, Fox Soccer, Fox Netherlands and ESPN already confirmed with content delivered over IP using the “very latest video transport technologies”. Clients will be able to supply live sports back onto the DAZN network, so local coverage can be made available globally, according to SportsMediaPro.
The NBA and National Basketball Players Association jointly announced that LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers secured the top spots on the NBA’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise lists. The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry ranked No. 2 on the player list followed by the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (No. 3), who secured his highest ranking ever, the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (No. 4) and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (No. 5).
Sports Illustrated is partnering with Clemson University’s Social Media Listening Center in a move to “reveal insights using the school’s unique analytics software that will inform its social strategy and help augment its editorial content.” “Social media is a constant, real-time survey,” says Ryan Hunt, Managing Editor and Director of Editorial Development of SI.com. “Working with a university such as Clemson and its Social Media Listening Center that is continuously innovating in the areas of social media research and contextualization, not just around the NFL draft, is both incredibly exciting and beyond fascinating. The opportunities and potential are limitless.”
DraftKings and the Arena Football League partnered to launch a new daily fantasy sports game ahead of the AFL’s 2019 season. “The fast-paced games of the AFL and zeal of its fans will enable a new customer base that loves sports just as much as we do to interact with our products,” said Greg Karamitis, SVP of Fantasy Sports at DraftKings. “The AFL is, and will continue to be, excellent partners in enhancing the entertainment experience for these dedicated fans every weekend for the 2019 season.”

Blizzard is bringing back the Overwatch World Cup, taking place during the company’s annual convention, BlizzCon, in Anaheim. Year four of the event will see some tweaks as – in a move to open up the chance to see more teams represented at BlizzCon, the tournament structure that will offer opportunities for all eligible countries to form teams to challenge for their right to play in the onsite Group Stage. This year, the entire tournament will take place in Anaheim, all within one week of competitive celebration, which will be broadcast live to platforms around the world with the Group Stage beginning Nov. 1and the top six teams advancing to a single-elimination playoff bracket to award the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in the BlizzCon Arena on Nov 2.
Echo Fox founder and co-owner Rick Fox is reportedly set to leave the organization. Dexerto reports that the decision was apparently made after an encounter between Fox and a partner from Vision Esports, an investor group, that saw Fox inform the team’s major stakeholders that he would no longer be a part of the organization due to the actions of a “significant shareholder of Echo Fox.,” noting that “The recent outrageous and abhorrent display of pure racism made by a significant Echo Fox shareholder as well as threats to my family have made it impossible for me to continue to remain associated with the company.”

NFL Draft, rounds two and three, continues tonight at 7p on ESPN and NFL Network.
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