ESPN and Facebook entered into a new agreement that brings exclusive digital shows and content to the Facebook Watch platform that includes The People’s MMA Show, additional segments from Always Late with Katie Nolan, and exclusive versions of Countdown to GameDay and Fantasy Focus Live. ESPN will engage and interact with fans through the Facebook Watch platform via Watch Parties, polls, or live talent Q&As.
“We are extending some of our most popular ESPN shows and creating new ones with content available only on Facebook and Facebook Watch,” said Ryan Spoon, Senior Vice President, Digital and Social Content, ESPN. “This allows us to connect with fans and drive the conversation around sports in a way that leverages what we and the platform do best.”
“We’re incredibly excited to bring such a strong slate of ESPN programming to Facebook Watch,” said Rob Shaw, Facebook Head of League and Media Sports Partnerships: “ESPN produces world-class content, so we have no doubt that these shows will inspire the type of conversation and connection that makes Facebook Watch a unique way to experience sports.”
Up against the Emmys, NBC’s Sunday Night Football telecast saw the Rams/Browns matchup deliver a 12.8/23 in overnight Nielsen numbers (not including digital) to lead the network to a win for the night with the Browns’ first home NBC SNF game in 11 years delivering record ratings in Cleveland and Columbus, hitting a 38.5/60 and a 23.8/39 respectively.
CBS Sports’ first national game of the 2019 NFL season on Sunday ranks as its highest opening national game rating of the season in four years as the 4:25p window delivered a 14.2/29 average household rating/share in the metered markets, up 1% over last year’s number. Through the first three weeks of the NFL season, The NFL on CBS’ season-to-date rating is its highest in three years, up 4% and averaging a 10.9/24.
Finally, FOX Sports reports that the network’s week 3 singleheader drew an 11.6/25 in metered markets, up 40% over last’s year’s comparable matchup. Season to date, The NFL on FOX is averaging a 11.6/25, up 7% over last year.
Tennis Channel is going bi-coastal, opening a fully equipped broadcast control room on the site of the USTA National Campus in Orlando, designed to give the network a year-round presence at the training center for elite American professional and junior players. The facility, which establishes an East Coast production base for the West Coast-based network, provides Tennis Channel with greater access to National Campus competitions and players, in addition to Florida’s tennis community. It will be put to immediate use September 24-29, as the network carries the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals for the first time.
CBS Sports cemented its SEC on CBS football game for Oct 5, with Auburn/Florida hitting the lineup at 3:30p. Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and reporter Jamie Erdahl will call the action from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville.
FloSports is extending its run with the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation to provide live and on-demand coverage of all matches from the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship on FloGrappling.com through June 2022. “The partnership extension with FloSports will further elevate the sport of jiu-jitsu in the UAE, the region and around the world by giving sports fans access to live streams, coverage and content all year round, including some of world-class action from the UAE with the international Pro championships in Fujairah, Al Ain, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, in addition to the Abu Dhabi World Professional Jiu-Jitsu Championship,” Mohammed Hussein Al Marzooqi, UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, Director of Marketing and Finance said.
Facebook and Australia’s National Basketball League inked a deal to bring 52 live games to Facebook Watch in the US. All of these games will feature either LaMelo Ball or RJ Hampton.