09/05/19: Disney added Cox to the distributor list for ACC Network


Good morning. It’s Thursday September 5, 2019 and this is your first early morning Sports briefing.


Disney Media Distribution landed another whale for ACC Network, announcing a deal with Cox Communications to allow fans and followers of the Atlantic Coast Conference to access the multiplatform network in all Cox markets once launched. All ACCN games will also be available on the ESPN app to authenticated subscribers. “Cox Communications’ strong presence in key markets across the ACC footprint makes this agreement great for their consumers and vibrant fan base,” said Sean Breen, Disney Media Distribution senior vice president. “With more than 30 remaining football games on tap this season, Cox subscribers will get to welcome the ACC Network in overdrive.”


Networks continue to fine tune programming plans with NFL Kickoff tonight. NBC Sports announced that NFL Kickoff 2019 will see “unmatched participation by its sports, news, entertainment and theme park assets,” as the Bears host Packers tonight on NBC. The company will leverage 30 personalities across its portfolio of programing, including Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, John Legend, Mario Lopez, Dylan Dreyer, and Jim Cramer to celebrate the season by sharing their favorite football memories. In addition, NBCUniversal programs ranging from TODAY, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Nightly News with Lester Holt, Access, and America’s Got Talent will cover NFL Kickoff 2019 and the return of Sunday Night Football with football-related content this week. Betty White also hypes NFL Kickoff 2019 in a new promotional video airing across NBCUniversal networks throughout the week.
Meanwhile, ESPN will unveil brand new graphics, animations, edits, and insert looks for its entire on-air NFL presentation, including Monday Night Football and all of the company’s NFL studio shows –from NFL Live to Sunday NFL Countdown. The refresh debuts on Sunday NFL Countdown on Sept. 8 at 10a and during ESPN’s season-opening MNF doubleheader on Sept. 9 to unite ESPN’s entire NFL presentation with a signature look and feel for the first time. “Simply put, we wanted to create an NFL graphics package that would change the design landscape and highlight the intensity and passion found only in football,” said Mike “Spike” Szykovny, ESPN’s Senior Director of Motion Graphics.
CBS Sports expanded the role for rules analyst Gene Steratore by adding the former football and basketball referee to coverage of the SEC on CBS. Steratore, who joined CBS last year, will continue as rules analyst for both The NFL on CBS and college basketball, including the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
NFL Network revealed its weekend programming schedule for the new season. This season, NFL Network’s Sunday’s GameDay schedule kicks off at 9a with NFL GameDay Morning Presented by Lowes and continues with NFL GameDay Live at 1p. At 7:30p, the network carries NFL GameDay Highlights, with NFL GameDay Prime at 11:30p. Good Morning Football: Weekend returns on Saturday at 9a, preceded by NFL GameDay View at 8a. Finally, each Saturday starting at 8p, NFL Network presents NFL 100 Game of the Week Classics, a block of programming looking back at a designated NFL 100 Game of the Week.
beIN SPORTS today announced a content licensing agreement with Spanish-language broadcast network Azteca America to give the channel broadcast rights to the 2019/2020 LaLiga Smartbank soccer season. Azteca America will also gain access to additional high-quality sports content produced specifically for the US Hispanic audience. This comes on the heels of the successful joint sales partnership between Azteca America and beIN SPORTS.
In ratings news, with one race left in the regular season, NBC Sports’ 2019 NASCAR coverage on NBCSN (eight races this year) delivered a Total Audience Delivery of 2.499 million average viewers, up 5% vs. the first eight races on NBCSN a year ago. Upticks are driven by increases at Michigan (2.929 million, up 14%) and Bristol (2.539 million, up 8%). In Indycar, NBC Sports’ coverage of the IndyCar Grand Prix of Portland averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.104 million viewers, up 106% vs. last year’s race that aired on NBCSN, up 22% vs. ABC’s four-race average last year (excluding the Indy 500), and making it NBC Sports’ second-most watched race ever (excluding the Indy 500). For the season, the NTT IndyCar Series is averaging a TAD of 1.129 million viewers across 15 races (7 NBC; 8 NBCSN), up 10% from last year.
FOX Sports is bolstering its programming lineup starting Saturday to promote the FOX Sports Premier Boxing Champions Pay-Per-View headlined by IBF Welterweight Champion Errol Spence Jr. and WBC Champion Shawn Porter, taking viewers behind the scenes with its Countdown, Fight Camp and PBC Face To Face series, all on FOX. PBC Countdown debuts on on Saturday at 11p. PBC Fight Camp opens Sept. 14 at 11:30p, and FOX Sports PBC Face to Face will air Sept. 21 at 4:30p. 
Westwood One partnered with former NFL punter, standup comedian, and social media star Pat McAfee to bring his podcast, The Pat McAfee Show 2.0 to Westwood One Podcast Network starting September 9. McAfee will expand his distribution from two podcasts a week to three, all featuring the former Indianapolis Colts punter delivering “unique observations and provocative and entertaining interviews with friends, former and current players, coaches, and other personalities.” McAfee will also make an entrance in the broadcast space with the launch of a new weekday morning sports talk show on Sept. 9 and will feature McAfee’s take on sports news and newsmakers. The Pat McAfee Show will air live Monday through Friday from 10a-noon and will feature a video simulcast on DAZN.
FloSports and the FBU National Championship – a key youth football event – announced a broadcast partnership to provide live and on-demand content and coverage of the Path To Naples on FloFootball.com. The tournament begins Thanksgiving weekend each year at eight regional locations.
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Back to football, season 100 for the NFL will see Pepsi unveil its “Always be Celebrating” NFL campaign, a season-long campaign that” spotlights and honors the amazing celebrations that NFL fans and players have taken part in over the years.” Included in the campaign will be a new spot, a new charitable program with United Way and the NFL, a national retail POS campaign running all season featuring 26 of Pepsi’s NFL player partners, local market kick-off celebrations in New England and Miami and more. “The NFL has generated some incredible moments over the years, creating a celebratory spirit among its fans and players that is unrivaled.  Whether it’s an energetic spike, a choreographed end zone dance, or a ‘shout out loud’ moment in your living room, football consistently brings out some of the most unapologetic celebrations – both on and off the field.  The passion of its fans and players alike is what fuels the season and inspired our latest campaign,” said Todd Kaplan, Vice President, Marketing – Pepsi.
Meanwhile, Pizza Hut is tackling the new season with “Buy. Play. Win.” that will the brand-new interactive NFL-themed game Hut Hut Win and offer the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime NFL experiences and millions of instant win prizes. “In our second season as the Official Pizza Sponsor of the NFL, we’re taking our partnership to the next level for fans with the launch of Hut Hut Win,” said Marianne Radley, Chief Brand Officer, Pizza Hut. “Our game plan is simple – create unforgettable experiences that connect our fans to their favorite sport – like no one else can. Because we don’t just make pizza, we make memories.”
Finally, Snickers enters the season by unveiling a new branded, iced-out chain created by famed jeweler Ben Baller. Each week during the NFL season, the chain will be passed from one player to another player, “who has not only shown hunger for more with a huge game or play on the field, but who is also driven to do more off the field.” Towards the end of the regular season, Snickers will invite fans to weigh in on which ‘Hungriest Player’ is the hungriest. That player will then award proceeds from the chain to a charity of his choice.
GLORY and Monster Energy extended their partnership, taking the deal into its second consecutive year and will continue to see Monster Energy embedded into the GLORY brand. In addition to a prominent Monster Energy presence across GLORY broadcasts, including in-ring placement, the partnership includes fan experiences, national retail promotions and branding at GLORY live events
MLB Network launched a new spot to promote MLB Tonight, as the pennant chases heat up. “MLB Tonight: Pennant Chase Tailgate” features a tailgate set outside the MLB Network studios, where MLB Network on-air personalities watch baseball, grill hot dogs and play lawn games before getting called by a stage manager and running inside to get ready for “MLB Tonight.” The spot includes Hall of Famers Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Jim Thome, fellow analysts Mark DeRosa, Ryan Dempster, Al Leiter, Mike Lowell, Carlos Peña, Harold Reynolds and Bill Ripken, and hosts/reporters Fran Charles, Robert Flores, Brian Kenny, Kelly Nash, Stephen Nelson, Ken Rosenthal, Chris Russo, Lauren Shehadi, Heidi Watney and Matt Vasgersian.


NBC Sports announced that it is launching a weekly NFL free-to-play game, Sunday Night 7. Fans can participate for the first time leading up to tonight’s Sunday Night Football opener with $2 million in guaranteed cash prizes over the course of the regular season and NBC NFL playoff games with $100,000 in guaranteed prizes for each contest. The weekly game features seven-question contests focused on the upcoming NBC Sunday Night Football game which will change on a weekly basis, and cover a range of predictions from head-to-head positional statistical matchups – such as “Which team’s quarterback will have more yards and touchdowns?” – to the game result, who scores the game’s first or last touchdown, the total touchdowns in the game, total points in the game, and the length of the longest touchdown or field goal in the game.


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PBR announced the appointment of two sports industry veterans who will focus on building the PBR brand, creating new events and platforms for the sport, and more. Josh Baker joins PBR as Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, where he will serve as an executive sales representative for all PBR U.S.-based events, overseeing the creation of branded, high-impact sponsorship opportunities, event monetization and advertising sales. Additionally, Kosha Irby has joined PBR as Senior Vice President, Business Development & Consumer Events, also reporting to Gleason.  


NFL Kickoff 2019 on NBC with Packers/Bears at 8:20p.
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