08/22/19: XFL teams get identities; FOX Sports’s college football faces; Sun Bowl filled with Flakes

Good morning. It’s Thursday August 22, 2019 and this is your first early morning Sports briefing.


The XFL unveiled the names, marks and logos for the new league’s eight inaugural teams, along with short films produced to share the origin story of each team name. Teams will now officially be: DC Defenders; Dallas Renegades; Houston Roughnecks; Los Angeles Wildcats; New York Guardians; St. Louis Battlehawks; Seattle Dragons; and Tampa Bay Vipers.  
“The XFL is about football and fun, and our team identities are intended to signify just that,” said XFL President and COO, Jeffrey Pollack. “Now it’s up to our fans and players to help write the story. What happens on the field and in the community, in the years ahead, will determine the true spirit of each team.”


FOX Sports unveiled its lineup of broadcasters for the upcoming college football season, led by Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt, along with reporter Jenny Taft to call the network’s top matchup each Saturday beginning Aug. 31 as Ohio State welcomes FAU to the Horseshoe at noon. Brock Huard makes his FOX Sports debut this season, joining play-by-play announcer Joe Davis and reporter Bruce Feldman on Aug. 29, with South Dakota State/Minnesota at 9p on FS1. Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman return to the broadcast booth for FOX Sports, this season joined by reporter Coley Harvey. Robert Smith moves from the studio to the broadcast booth, calling games alongside play-by-play announcer Brian Custer. Shane Vereen joins FOX Sports’ college football lineup as part of a three-person booth with play-by-play announcer Justin Kutcher and analyst Petros Papadakis.
ESPN locked in its own game assignments for the network’s annual College Football Kickoff Weekend featuring more than 50 games across Labor Day weekend (Aug. 29-Sept. 2). Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor will be front and center for the season debut of ABC’s Saturday Night Football featuring Oregon/Auburn at 7:30p. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe begin their second tour together as Oklahoma hosts Houston in ABC’s fourth annual Kickoff Weekend Sunday night special (7:30p). Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay and Molly McGrath will call ESPN CFB150 Showcase Game of the Week between Duke/Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on ABC while Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek and Olivia Dekker will call Ole Miss/Memphis. On ESPN, Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy, and Tom Luginbill will call ESPN’s primetime game with Boise State/Florida State at 7p, while Dan Orlovsky begins his first year with Bob Wischusen and Allison Williams as they call South Carolina/North Carolina. Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht and Rocky Boiman begin the day with South Alabama/Nebraska.
ABC’s Saturday Night Football marks the college football regular season debut of three dynamic cameras: ‘Enhanced Line to Gain Pylon Cam’; a ‘Marker Cam’, which has pan, tilt and zoom optics within the systems; and All Cam. Each will be standard technologies used on most ABC Saturday Night Football games this season.
Meanwhile, CBS Sports Network kicks off the entire 2019 college football schedule and the 150th anniversary celebration with Week Zero on Saturday, with Villanova/Colgateat noon. Jason Knapp and Kevin Carter are on the call for the season opener. Later that night, Arizona takes on Hawaii with Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor and Rich Neuheisel in the booth and Jenny Dell on the sideline.
MLB on TBS regular season game coverage will see the Washington Nationals visit the Chicago Cubs on Sunday at 2p. Ernie Johnson and Ron Darling will provide commentary for Nats/Cubs. The network will then air a full national telecast of the A’s/Yankees on Sept. 1, at 1p. Brian Anderson and Darling will call the contest.
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Tuesday night’s telecast of the Leagues Cup semifinal round made TUDN the top-ranked sports net among Total Viewers 2+ and Adults 18-49 in prime, according to Nielsen. The AMERICA / TIGRES UANL Semifinal match at 8:30p delivered 538,000 Total Viewers. The LA GALAXY / CRUZ AZUL Semifinal match at 11p drew 416K.
UNINTERRUPTED inked a new deal with Andrew Hawkins and Joe Thomas to extend The ThomaHawk Show for a third season on the platform. The show ranks as the most successful UNINTERRUPTED podcast as a twice weekly podcast and video series with the new season launching today.
Following the highest-rated series of the season with the Dodgers/Braves on FOX Sports South, Tuesday’s Marlins/Braves game on FOX Sports Southeast followed suit with the highest-rated game of the season with a 5.51 HH rating in Atlanta. For this season to date, Braves telecasts on FOX Sports South and FOX Sports Southeast are now up 9% Y-O-Y compared to the same time frame during the 2018 season.


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Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes was announced as the title sponsor of the newly-named Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, which will feature a power-five college football matchup between members of the ACC and Pac-12 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31. The multiyear partnership is marked by Tony the Tiger being the first mascot to lend his name to a college football bowl game. “In light of the recent, heartbreaking events in El Paso, it is more important now than ever to focus on the strength of this community and the events that make our city great,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “That’s why we are thrilled to partner with Tony the Tiger and Frosted Flakes to help continue this event’s longstanding tradition of uniting our community, and with a renewed focus on aiding middle school sports, we hope to positively impact families and young athletes beyond game day.”
ESPN, X Games and Major League Baseball announced the addition of four MLB Clubs to the Shred Hate initiative, a multi-faceted, innovative bullying prevention program that seeks to end bullying in schools by encouraging youth to choose kindness with the Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics signing on. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates are returning to the initiative for a second consecutive year.
Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment and Miami University Athletics reached an agreement that grants Van Wagner exclusive rights to represent Miami University Athletics in negotiating corporate sponsorships and media sales. In addition, Van Wagner will execute sponsorships that include such marketing assets as athletic facility signage, social media content, rights to athletic marks and in-game promotional features.


Ahead of the new college football season, Vox Media/SB Nation launched a new home for its national college football coverage titled Banner Society and offering a new site, newsletter, two podcasts, Reddit communities and more. Banner Society is led by Ryan Nanni while SB Nation team sites around the country will continue their in-depth coverage of specific teams and communities.
The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced that Jonas Bjorkman, Sergi Bruguera, Goran Ivanisevic, and Conchita Martínez were named as nominees to this year’s ballot for the 2020 class of inductees. The ITHF also announced that Fan Voting has returned for the second year, giving fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite nominee starting Aug. 26 at vote.tennisfame.com.


In this week’s edition of Cynopsis Esports
  •  Mastercard charges into deeper League of Legends deal
  •  Activision gives marching orders for Call of Duty franchises
  •  Konami sinks teeth into eFootball
  •  StreamHatchet’s top 15 events
  •  Terminator has Blast in Moscow
  •  Valiant partner up for Rivalry Weekend
  •  Ford unleashes Fordzilla
  •  theScore prepares for Siege




BTN named Jack Brown as its new VP of advertising sales. In his role, Brown will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction to the BTN sales team. He previously served as vice president of network and digital sales at NBCUniversal, where he managed a national sales team and led Telemundo’s advertising efforts which included properties such as the NFL, FIFA World Cup and the Olympics.


TOUR Championship gets underway on Golf Channel at 1p.

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