07/18/19: UTA is entering sports with investment in Klutch Sports


Good morning. It’s Thursday July 18, 2019 and this is your first early morning Sports briefing.

UTA sees big opportunities in the sports arena, announcing an investment in Klutch Sports Group, which reps athletes such as LeBron James. Klutch Sports founder Rich Paul will serve as head of the new UTA Sports arm. “Rich has built Klutch with the vision, values and entrepreneurial spirit that UTA cherishes,” said UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer. “By focusing on growing clients’ businesses and putting their interests first, Klutch is built for the modern athlete who wants to thrive at the intersection of sports, media, music, art and culture. We are thrilled to work with Rich and his team to build Klutch and UTA Sports into a global powerhouse.”

The countdown is on for ACC Network, with ESPN unveiling a lineup of series and talent who will be attached to the upcoming channel when it launches on Aug. 22. Heading to ACCN will be ESPN personalities Jac Collinsworth, Tim Hasselbeck and Dave O’Brien, as well as Jon Beason, and feature football announce teams that group: Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George (reporter); Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Kelsey Riggs (reporter); and Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood (reporter). will host ACCN’s signature football program The Huddle. Meanwhile, the fall line-up includes the documentaries Greatest Ever: The 2018 Clemson Tigers and The Bowden Dynasty, series highlighting traditions in ACC Traditions, and a special behind-the-scenes look at Louisville’s football program in All Access: Louisville Football.
MLB Network will exclusively carry the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony featuring new members Harold Baines, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, Edgar Martinez, Mariano Rivera and Lee Smith on Sunday. Joe Girardi will be part of MLB Network’s induction coverage for the first time as his former players Rivera and Mussina are enshrined at Cooperstown, and be joined by Peter Gammons, Harold Reynolds, and hosts Greg Amsinger and Robert Flores for MLB Tonight at 11a, followed by the Induction Ceremony at 1:30p. Three new vignettes narrated by Hall of Fame award-winning broadcaster and MLB Network host Bob Costas will air during MLB Tonight.
Today sees the first-ever MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube at 12:35p. MLB Network play-by-play announcer Scott Braun, Dodgers legend and SportsNet LA analyst Orel Hershiser, former Phillies All-Star and NBC Sports Philadelphia analyst John Kruk, and MLB Network reporter Alexa Datt will call the game live from Citizens Bank Park.
With more numbers in, ESPN reports that The 2019 Wimbledon Championships averaged 877,000 viewers for the network for an uptick of 30% over last year, according to Nielsen. The two weeks of coverage included nearly 150 hours from London. Eleven of the 13 days experienced an increase in viewership.  The most-viewed two days came on Championship Weekend – 3,329,000 for the Gentlemen’s Championship and Ladies’ Doubles Championship on Sunday and an average of 1,197,000 for Saturday’s Ladies’ Championship and the Men’s Doubles Championship.
FOX Sports locked in a lineup of current and former champions to serve as analysts for the FOX Sports Premier Boxing Champions Pay-Per-View: Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman broadcast. Deontay Wilder, Errol Spence Jr., Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia join Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and Lennox Lewis, adding insights and analysis. Wilder, Porter, Garcia and Mancini join hosts Chris Myers, and Kate Abdo live on FOX Sports’ desk for fight programming. Calling the action live on Saturday are Lewis, Porter, Joe Goossen and Kenny Albert from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Raycom-Legacy Content Company is launching a new 30-minute series titled Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Crushing It!, hosted by Tommy Kane and Kristen Beat. The new series will go behind-the-scenes at Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live to meet drivers, showcase trucks, engage with fans, and learn from the creators at Mattel about how they brought the toys to life. The 30-minute, six-episode series will air in nearly 100 markets from July 20-Oct. 31.
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USA Swimming reeled in its first alcohol sponsor, inking a multiyear deal with Golden Road Brewing. As part of the partnership, Golden Road will serve as co-presenting sponsor of VIP hospitality experiences at USA Swimming House and USA Swimming Live at next year’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha. The brewery will also hold activation rights in the Toyota Aqua Zone and serve as presenting sponsor of the “Last Session Show” and the Golden Goggles red carpet show.
The Breeders’ Cup agreed to a deal with FanDuel Group, the parent company of TVG, America’s Horse Racing network, for a comprehensive multi-year sponsorship agreement naming TVG and FanDuel the official Wagering Partners of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The agreement also gives TVG and FanDuel official partner status for four of its business units: Advanced-Deposit Wagering (TVG) as well as sports betting, daily fantasy sports and on-line casino, all of which operate under the FanDuel brand.  TVG will also become the name-in-title sponsor of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) races. In addition, TVG will produce the Breeders’ Cup Players’ Show.
Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters signed on as title sponsor of Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Sept. 14 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. The event will be titled the Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 and will be the second event of the 1.5-mile superspeedway’s second NASCAR tripleheader of the year.

15 Seconds of Fame’s Fanthropic, a digital philanthropic community, announced a partnership with basketball superstar Blake Griffin and the Team Griffin Foundation. The organizations will develop a fan sweepstakes to raise funds and awareness for Team Griffin by offering one fan and a guest the opportunity to “Spend a Day in the Life of Blake Griffin.” “Whether a student is looking to get into athletics, the arts, or something else entirely, the Team Griffin Foundation aims to support both young men and women in pursuit of their dreams,” said Blake Griffin. “I’m thrilled to partner with 15 Seconds of Fame’s Fanthropic to help launch Team Griffin’s latest fundraising initiative.”

In this week’s edition of Cynopsis Esports
  • ESL Fuels Up in AMP deal
  • Measuring Twitch Sells Out promotion
  • Evo numbers are up
  • Intel Grand Slam gets fine tuned
  • DouYu’s big debut
  • Echo Fox is on the clock
  • IGC/K-Swiss seek foot traffic 

Georgia Southern University Athletic’s department selected Taymar Sales U. to create a dedicated outbound sales team focused on new ticket revenue generation and increasing fan attendance. Georgia Southern marks the fourth university to retain Taymar Sales U. for outbound ticket sales management in the last nine months, joining Kentucky, LSU and fellow Sun Belt member Georgia State. 

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This strategic product role will be responsible for managing the full lifecycle of ad products for the new direct-to-consumer streaming service. Min of 7 yrs of ad product management experience, plus 3 yrs of managing a team in a matrixed organization. 
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ION MEDIA/NYC:  Oversee the Sales Research team and arm the Sales group with network performance metrics, competitive advantages & thoughtful research stories. 7-10 yrs of Sales Rsrch exp within the media industry. Exp w/Nielsen systems & other research tools (Nielsen, MRI, iSpot, etc.) Full info HERE (8/1)

Oversee/mng all aspects of the Direct Response (DR) business for ION Television. A deep knwldg of DR Market. 15+yrs of DR selling exp in media or a related field. 3+ yrs of exp managing people or leading a sales team. Strong negotiation skills. Full info HERE (8/1)

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 Book guests and multiple stories to appear on the show work w/guests who will appear on the show while they are in town for taping. Min 1 year of TV exp with a talk show, news or court program, or other relevant experience (including internships) or BA deg pref’d. Full info HERE (8/1)

SCPR-KPCC/LA:  Work across the organization to connect & engage talent w/all SCPR activities & its brands incl fundraising, live events, social media content creation & more. 4+ yrs talent mngmnt, talent relationships & booking & similar. Ability to multi-task w/high level of org in timely manner. Full info HERE (7/31)

The Design Network/NYC:  Lead sales with brand partners, advertising agencies, and grow its revenues in OTT.  Experience in working with Sr management to align sales strategies and solutions. Full info  HERE  (7/31)

Discovery/NYC : Seeking rschr w/ strong knwldg of Nielsen data/reporting systems & exp leveraging variety of rsrch to provide data driven intelligence in support of ad sales/marketing for lifestyle brands. Provide data/insights incl audience profiles/trends & market/industry intelligence. 3-5 yrs exp req’d.  Full info  HERE  (7/31)

ION MEDIA/NY:  Oversee and maintain all sales plans from conception to completion. Starting with proposals, through revisions that include pricing changes, cancellation to campaign reports. 2+ years of experience in a media company, or advertising agency preferred. Full info HERE (7/30)

NY Production Company:  Growing production co is seeking a passionate self-starter and idea generator. This position will play a pivotal role in idea generation, treatments, casting, sizzle/pres creation, and pitch process. Min 3 yrs dev exp, plus excellent understanding of dev workflow on both prodco and network sides. Full info HERE (7/30)
NBCUniversal/NY:  lead NBCU dev and curated leadership events and strat presence at media industry conf and events. In addition, work closely with Mktg and Ad Sls grps to craft an annual strat to deliver NBCU Ad Sales priority messaging. 7-10 yrs exp dev and executing events, presentations, spons, creative and promotions. Full info HERE (7/29)

NBCUniversal/NY:  This strategic product role will be responsible for managing the full lifecycle of ad products for the new direct-to-consumer streaming service. Min of 7 yrs of ad product management experience, plus 3 yrs of managing a team in a matrixed organization. Full into HERE(7/29)

A+E NETWORKS/NY:  This position is focused on driving new media technologies & workflows and opt existing processes for the International division, global ptnrs & clients. BA/BS in a Prod, Media, or IT related field plus 3-5 yrs exp at a broadcast or digital media company in an ops or tech focused role. Full info HERE (7/28)
NICKELODEON/NY:  This position leads and manages all research projects that support the preschool prod and dev teams. Bachelor’s degree required. Min of 8 yrs exp in consumer/market research with a high quality custom market research supplier, ad agency or corp. Full info HERE (7/28)

DISCOVERY/NYC : Responsible for leveraging a variety of research resources to provide data driven intelligence in support of advertising sales and marketing initiatives. 3-5 yrs relevant business exp @ media co, ad agency, mkt rerch firm or equivalent. Full info HERE (7/27)
DISCOVERY/NYC : Dvlp mkt-level insights incl mkt trends, consumer behavior & competitive dynamics, with a focus on identifying growth levers. Min 2-3+ years of research and data experience in TV/media rsrch @ media brand, TV ntwrk or agency. Full info HERE (7/24)

GSN/SANTA MONICA, CA:  3+ yrs. w/prod exp. Communicate, create, maintain, distribute, track prod docs/calendars/show binders/files/budgets/contracts etc. Liaison between internal teams and payroll/line producers to ensure proper paperwork is being handled. Confirm all program deliverables. Full info HERE (7/27)

CROWN MEDIA/NY:  This position is responsible for providing sales and analytical support to the Direct Response sales team for Crown Media Family Networks: Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama. Must have a minimum of 1 years of industry-related experience. Full info HERE (7/26)
POKER CENTRAL & ESTARS/SAN FRANCISCO, CA : Reports to Ad Sls Team and CDO.  Respon for proposal creation, billing, manage inventory avails, etc. 1-3+ yrs experience in media sls/buying and willing to travel, work OT and wknds. Full info HERE (7/26)

INSP/Charlotte, NC:  key point person to lead all strategy & content efforts in support of insp.com, the network’s digital properties and all social media platform dvlpmnt. 10+ yrs  digital & social content creation & strategy exp within ent & media sector incl mngng/mentoring a staff. Full info HERE (7/25)

STAMFORD, CT:  Oversee daily website, app and dig inits and content including video, photos, promo items, sales, mktg, soc media and PR. Min of 2+yrs exp in online, dig or mktg/post prod. Mktg exp in ent/media pref. Able to work OT and wkds. Full info HERE (7/25)

VIACOM/NY:  position supports the Ad Sales Solutions team, using primary and synd research tools/methods. Must have a solid understanding of the current media landscape, with an ability to identify trends, draw valid conclusions, make insightful rec and create dynamic presentations. Full info HERE (7/25)


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