09/12/17: The NBA renewed its deal with Eurovision for global distribution

Good morning. It’s Tuesday September 12, 2017 and this is your first early morning Sports briefing.

Eurovision and the NBA are lengthening their ties, with the operational arm of the European Broadcasting Union locking in a deal to transmit live NBA games, NBA TV, and other NBA programming to the league’s international television and digital media partners through the 2021-22 NBA season, according to SVG. The first NBA programming that Eurovision will transmit as part of the new deal will be NBA China Games 2017 when the Golden State Warriors meet the Minnesota Timberwolves in Shenzhen on Oct. 5.

The IOC released its Report of the Evaluation Commission 2028, which analyzed LA’s proposal to host the 2028 Summer Games. The report confirmed the city’s readiness to host, according to the Chair of the 2028 Evaluation Commission, Patrick Baumann. “Los Angeles of course builds on the strong proposal that was put forward for 2024, while providing all the necessary guarantees to make us confident that the Olympic Games can be awarded 11 years in advance,” he said. On Wednesday, the full IOC will award the 2024 Games to Paris and the 2028 Games to Los Angeles.
FOX Sports kicks off group stage action of UEFA Champions League today at 2p, opening with Manchester United hosting Basel on FS1. Meanwhile, FS2 and FOX Deportes serve up Barcelona and Juventus. On FSN, Chelsea faces Qarabag. Studio coverage begins at 2p today and tomorrow on FS1, FS2, FOX Soccer Plus and FSN with host Rob Stone and analysts Alexi Lalas, Brad Friedel and Warren Barton.
ESPN announced that ABC’s Saturday Night Football Presented by Wells Fargo battle between Clemson/Louisville at 8p will see Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor take on microphone duties at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. College GameDay Built by the Home will also be onsite. The game was initially slated for 3:30p, but was shifted after the Miami/FSU game was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.
NFL Network is tackling prep level football with the premiere of Football Town: Valdosta, GA at 10p tonight, followed by Elite 11 at 10:30p. Both series are the latest developments for NFL Media’s original content arm, as the Football Town franchise returns to television following a two-year hiatus while Elite 11 makes its NFL Network debut as a six-episode series. “The passionate nature of football at the high school level is one of the underlying elements that makes series like ‘Football Town’ and ‘Elite 11’ so worthwhile,” said Brian Lockhart, NFL Network Vice President and Senior Coordinating Producer, Original Content. “It’s remarkable how the game of football can be the heartbeat of communities like Valdosta, as well as the determining factor in the future of 24 young men from various backgrounds. We’re excited to bring these stories to viewers, highlighting the ways the game binds towns together and instills values and memories that last a lifetime.”
Speaking of football, CBS Sports made its SEC on CBS selection for Sept. 23, adding Alabama/Vanderbilt at 3:30p. Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and reporter Allie LaForce call the contest from Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville.
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CBC Sports locked in a renewal with Spruce Meadows to continue to serve as Canada’s home to its championship show jumping competitions through the 2020 season. “CBC Sports has been a broadcast partner with Spruce Meadows for 25 years and we look forward to continuing to share world-class equestrian events with our audiences for another three years,” said Greg Stremlaw, executive director, CBC Sports, and general manager, Olympics. “Canada is consistently among the world leaders in show jumping and we are proud to continue to tell the story of our homegrown athletes and the international stars with whom they compete.”
CBS Sports Network will to continue its simulcast of WFAN morning show Boomer & Carton despite recent legal issues with co-host Craig Carton, according to Newsday. “There are no plans to discontinue the simulcast,” said CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus.
RIP to Don Ohlmeyer, former producer of Monday Night Football, along with former NBC mantra Must See TV, among other programming achievements. Ohlmeyer died Sunday at the age of 72. “Don was a legendary television executive who always sought innovative ways to tell stories and captivate audiences,” ESPN said in a statement. “His groundbreaking work on ABC’s ‘Monday Night Football’ helped turn that franchise into a prime-time television hit.”
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Major League Soccer locked in a multi-year sponsorship deal with Excelsior Wines with the deal seeing, Trivento, Excelsior Wine’s top-selling wine brand from Argentina, becoming the Official Wine of Major League Soccer. The sponsorship kicks in on Jan. 1 and runs through 2020. All four ranges in the Trivento line-up – Trivento Reserve varietal wines, Amado Sur blends, Golden Reserve Malbec and Eolo Malbec – are included in the partnership with new MLS-branded packaging for the Trivento Reserve label and access to MLS regular and post-season matches included in the agreement.
Speaking of soccer, UEFA announced the extension of Nissan’s partnership of the UEFA Champions League for the 2018-21 cycle. The agreement also includes the UEFA Super Cup in 2018, 2019 and 2020. “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Nissan after a very successful first cycle,” said Guy-Laurent Epstein, UEFA Events SA Marketing Director. “They have become an integral member of the sponsor family and have been invaluable for the promotion of the competition on a global level. The UEFA Champions League brand appeal is growing from strength to strength every single year and its platform continues to provide top brands, like Nissan, the opportunity to connect and engage with football fans around the globe.”

Facebook is partnering with FOX Sports for UEFA Champions League group stage coverage with each match available on Watch, Facebook’s new platform for shows. Fans can add these matches to their watchlist by following the FOX Sports Champions League Show Page for broadcasts in English and the UEFA Champions League en FOX Deportes Show Page for broadcasts in Spanish.

The doors are officially open for esports wagering app eFTW, designed to be the first 100% free fantasy platform for the industry available for iOS and Android. eFTW offers players “a bankroll of free coins that they can use to wager on real esports matches” for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) , DOTA 2, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Starcraft, Overwatch and other events from all over the world and lets fans watch esports matches in real-time on their phone. “As esports fans, we wanted to bring the excitement of esports to mobile and let everyone show off their expertise,” said Erik Swanson, CEO of esports For The Win. “eFTW captures all the suspense and thrill of esports in a mobile app. Fans can easily win in-game prizes no matter where they are and challenge friends in the ultimate free mobile esports app.”

Barcelona/Juventus on FS2 at 2:30p.

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