NASCAR, along with partners FOX Sports and NBC Sports, unveiled 2020 race start times and network coverage for the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Overall, 21 national series events will air on broadcast television in 2020, including the Daytona 500 (Feb. 16, FOX), Coca-Cola 600 (May 24, FOX), Brickyard 400 (July 5, NBC), and the NASCAR Cup Series regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway (August 29, NBC). Five of the final six NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs races will air on NBC, including the Cup Series championship from ISM Raceway on Sunday, Nov. 8.
“With the groundswell of positive sentiment from fans over changes to the 2020 schedule, we were eager to finalize start times for all three national series as soon as possible,” said Brian Herbst, NASCAR senior vice president, broadcast and innovation. “Pulling these together so quickly is testament to the collaboration between NASCAR, its broadcast partners, and the industry, which allows fans a longer runway to plan travel and purchase tickets for races next year.”
AXS TV is bringing IMPACT Wrestling to its new home starting Oct. 1 at 8p with preview specials running each week that will lead up to the premiere of the weekly, flagship series IMPACT! on Oct. 29. The network will now showcase IMPACT Wrestling’s pay-per-view events of 2019, broadcasting each of Homecoming (October 1), Rebellion (October 8) and Slammiversary XVII (October 15) in their entirety and hosted by Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore and the voice of IMPACT Wrestling Josh Mathews. “The incredible athleticism of our roster, dynamic characters and accomplished story-telling deliver must-see weekly programming that has captured the attention of professional wrestling fans around the world,” said Ed Nordholm, Chief Corporate Officer of Anthem Sports & Entertainment and president of IMPACT Wrestling. “We are excited to bring the best professional wrestling on television to AXS TV, long recognized as a premier destination for world class sports entertainment programming”
ESPN’s Always Late with Katie Nolan returns for its second season and will make its linear TV debut on Thursday. The half-hour show hosted by Katie Nolan will run on Thursday nights at 12:30a on ESPN2 and feature “Nolan’s authentic perspective on the biggest news in sports, plus games, guests, and more.” In addition to the weekly linear show, Nolan – as part of a larger video agreement with Facebook – will deliver exclusive content to Facebook Watch.
Year one of NBC Sports’ first outing as the exclusive media partner of IndyCar drew a 9% viewership uptick for the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season over 2018 numbers, according to data from the Nielsen company and digital data from Adobe Analytics. The 16 races in 2019 averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 1.105 million viewers across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Across NBC Sports streaming platforms, the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season delivered a total of 12.9 million live minutes and an Average Minute Audience (AMA) of 6,300 viewers.
Speaking of ratings, last Wednesday’s volleyball match between No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Stanford ranked the most-watched volleyball match in Big Ten Network history, according to Nielsen. The rematch of last season’s national championship averaged 226,765 viewers. In addition to the television broadcast, the FOX Sports app live stream brought in over 718,000 minutes of total consumption, which also broke a record for the most-watched BTN volleyball stream ever.
ACC Network mapped out programming for ACC women’s basketball for its first season, where the channel will exclusively air 60 regular-season games in its debut season, including 42 conference matchups, representing a 75% rise in the number of ACC women’s basketball events available on ESPN’s linear networks over last year. Coverage begins with North Carolina hosting Navy on Monday, Nov. 11. ACCN will feature 18 doubleheaders and five tripleheaders on Thursdays and Sundays throughout the season.
NBA TV is poised to carry 20 live preseason games in the coming weeks, including appearances by the Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee Bucks, LA Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors. The slate will tip off with the Rockets against the Shanghai Sharks on Sept. 30, at 8p.
Tonight will see NHL Network debut the first episode of its all-access docuseries “Behind The Glass: Philadelphia Flyers Training Camp” at 8p. Produced by NHL Network in association with NHL Original Productions, the four-part series will feature a ride-a-long to practice with captain Claude Giroux; in-depth interviews with newly acquired forward Kevin Hayes and Carter Hart; and behind-the-scenes access with Flyers president of hockey operations & general manager Chuck Fletcher and new head coach Alain Vigneault as they evaluate more than 50 players competing for 23 roster spots.
FOX Sports will see Keith Thurman join Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and host Kate Abdo for FOX Sports PBC Fight Night this week. In addition, former welterweight champion Danny Garcia also joins the desk crew for coverage on Friday and Saturday. Saturday’s FOX Sports PBC PPV begins at 9p and is headlined by the welterweight title unification clash between IBF Champion Errol “The Truth’’ Spence Jr. and WBC Champion “Showtime’’ Shawn Porter.
The Western Collegiate Hockey Association will return to FloHockey.tv for another season on the live streaming platform. The partnership, which is in its second year, makes more than 180 WCHA games available on the FloSports platform, including all 140 league regular season games, any preseason, exhibition and non-conference games hosted by a league school, and the entirety of the annual WCHA postseason tournament.
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SmackDown Live locked in Progressive to serve as the presenting sponsor of the two-hour program on FOX, according to Ad Age. The series moves to the channel on Oct. 4 under the new moniker Friday Night SmackDown, with other brands that are set to include Pizza Hut, Boost Mobile, Snickers and Paramount, which drops the Will Smith sci-fi thriller “Gemini Man” on Oct. 11.
Sportradar announced the launch of its programmatic ad solutions for sports betting operators from ad:s and based on five key points, according to the announcement: “a unique understanding of betting consumers;” sector-specific dmp; custom-built marketing technology; “best-in-class content products”; and access to the “widest range and highest quality of media owners.”
Exact Sciences – the makers of Cologuard – inked a five-year extension of the Cologuard Classic, a PGA TOUR Champions tournament that takes place annually at the Omni Tucson National Resort. The announcement extends the current partnership through the 2025 season.
ONE Championship unveiled the launch of ONE Fantasy, a martial arts game available to Android and iOS users via the ONE Super App. Using knowledge and critical thinking skills, players use assigned credits to add ONE Championship athletes to their ‘fantasy team’ and rank them based on the likelihood of them winning their upcoming match. Players then earn points via the ONE Fantasy Points Scoring System whenever one of their chosen athletes scores a victory. Higher points are earned when athletes finish in an earlier round. The higher an athlete is ranked in the ‘fantasy team’, the higher the points multiplier.
Collegiate StarLeague is adding Wizards of the Coast’s digital card game under its umbrella of collegiate esports leagues. For the first time, Magic: The Gathering Arena will be among CSL’s offerings with a scholarship prize pool of $50,000 up for grabs. Throughout the season, CSL will provide new content for all Magic: The Gathering Arena fans, including deep analysis of decks, match breakdowns, top player interviews and much more. All the action will be streamed live on the CSL Twitch channel. In weekly matches, teams of three will face off against others from their respective geographic region in best-of-three sets with standard-legal decks.
AnyKey, an advocacy group founded by ESL and Intel that supports diversity, inclusion, and fairness in competitive gaming, announced the relaunch of the “Good Luck, Have Fun” Pledge to boost inclusivity in gaming. Along with this renewed pledge, AnyKey will activate an exclusive global chat Twitch badge for users to display on their accounts. With a goal to collect 1 million signatures by the end of 2020, the will look to create a gaming ecosystem that welcomes all, regardless of their shape, size, color, gender, background, disability, or beliefs.
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