Univision is delivering its annual upfront presentation to advertisers on May 16, centering this year’s theme on the concept of “Proof of Passion” anchored by five passion points driving its audience engagement – Soccer, News, Family, Music, and Drama. Its soccer play will showcase the company delivering three times more soccer viewing opportunities than any other broadcaster and continuing that trend to deliver more soccer coverage thus year than ever before, including the UEFA Champions League, as well as the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Nations League.
The NHL’s final national TV spot for the Stanley Cup Playoffs made its TV debut during Game 1 of the Western Conference Final broadcast between the Predators/Ducks on NBCSN. The promo saw 23 members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players are featured in the spot, including: Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Phil Esposito, Mike Modano, Bobby Orr, Sidney Crosby, Martin Brodeur, Jonathan Toews, Teemu Selanne, Dave Keon, Bobby Hull, Brett Hull, Mark Messier, Sergei Fedorov, Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque, Steve Yzerman, Mike Bossy, Bobby Clarke, Dennis Potvin, Billy Smith, Nicklas Lidstrom and Bryan Trottier.
UFC is launching a new, live, and exclusive UFC Fight Pass show titled: Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. The program debuts on July 11 as a weekly series will feature five live fights in each episode, showcasing up-and-coming talent, as well as athletes striving to revive their professional mixed martial arts careers.
Seth Davis was a casualty of one of the recent layoffs at Sports Illustrated. Davis joined SI in 1995 and was among five staffers let go by the company, per The Sporting News.
Multiple reports that the French government approved legislation to regulate the contracts of esports pros in the country. The law limits player contracts to five years with a one-year minimum, with an exception open for substitutions and suspensions. Meanwhile, players under 12 will be prevented from competing in monetized tournaments.
Just ahead of t he Madden Championship, the last of the four competitions in the Madden NFL 17 Championship Series, over the weekend, Electronic Arts announced that New England Patriots quarterback and five-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady will grace the cover of EA SPORTS Madden NFL 18 when it launches worldwide on Aug. 25. This year’s game will be powered by Frostbite, one of the industry’s world-class game engines. “The Madden NFL 18 cover is a great honor for me,” said Brady. “Especially since I have been playing the game since growing up next to EA headquarters in the Bay Area. I’m not one to believe in curses, so I’m ready to take the challenge head on like always! It doesn’t stand a chance!!!”
Gaming headset and audio accessory company Turtle Beach Corporation is diving deep in the Australian market, announcing a deal with pro team SYF Gaming, whose players will don Turtle Beach’s Elite Pro line of gaming audio gear. In addition, the company announced a new Australian distribution partner in Five Star Games.
Nintendo announced that the company will hit E3 this year with not one, but two esports events. Competition will center around two titles: Splatoon 2 and ARMS. The Splatoon 2 tournament – aka the World Inkling Invitational – will see four teams from Europe, USA, Japan and Australia/New Zealand compete on June 13th. ARMS will be hosted on June 14th and feature preinvited players competing.
Wizards/Celtics on TNT at 8p.