10/09/19: Gronk is the latest name to join FOX Sports’ talent roster

 

Wednesday October 9, 2019
FOX Sports emerged as the new home of Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski, the former New England Patriot, who will serve as NFL analyst for its portfolio of NFL programming. Gronkowski makes his analyst debut on FOX NFL Thursday Presented By Verizon this week at 7:30p on FOX. He joins Pro Football Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan and Tony Gonzalez, and NFL insider Peter Schrager for the Thursday pregame show. “I’m extremely excited to be joining FOX Sports,” Gronkowski said. “For the past 25 years, they’ve offered viewers top-notch NFL programming from the field to the booth to the studio. Their deep talent roster is unmatched, which was important for me as I embark on this new chapter in my life because I’ll be able to learn from the best in the business.”
 
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On the ratings front, MLB Network’s two exclusive game telecasts from the 2019 ALDS presented by Doosan rank as its third-best combined Postseason Game viewership since it began televising League Division Series games in 2012, with a two-game average of 2,249,000 viewers and up 8% over its two exclusive NLDS game telecasts last year. Monday’s telecast of ALDS Game Three between the Astros/Rays averaged 958,000 viewers Houston delivered a 7.7 HH rating and Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg drew a 4.3 HH rating, according to Nielsen, marking MLB Network’s second-highest local rating in Houston and its highest-ever local rating in Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg.
 
Looking back at weekend action, ABC televised the most-watched college football game of the week for the fourth time this season with audience growth in all three of its game windows. ABC’s Saturday Night Football was the most-watched college football game of the week, as Michigan State/Ohio State averaged 6,677,000 viewers, up 49% from last year’s same game window. ESPN’s telecast of Georgia/Tennessee averaged 3,901,000 viewers, up 51% from last year’s same game window.
 
The SEC on CBS, meanwhile, saw a 36% rise in viewership for its Auburn/Florida matchup on Saturday. The game averaged 6.427 million viewers.
 
In NFL action, Monday Night Football saw the 49ers’ win over the Browns average 11.2 million viewers across ESPN and ESPN Deportes, up 4% over the 2018 week 5 telecast. On ESPN, MNF’s Browns/49ers telecast averaged 11,125,000 million viewers, up 4%.
 
The NFL on FOX, meanwhile, reports that America’s Game of the Week on Sunday averaged 24,595,000 viewers to rank as the most-watch NFL game of the season. Through three telecasts, the franchise is averaging 24,206,000 viewers, up 9%. In addition, FOX Sports saw FOX NFL Kickoff score 1,422,000 viewers for a win over competitive NFL studio programming, and up 21% over lat year. FOX NFL Sunday notched 5,133,000 viewers, up 14% over last year.
 
CBS Sports’ Week 5 singleheader coverage of the 2019 NFL season on Sunday drew a 21% increase in viewership over last year, ranking as CBS’ most-watched singleheader in the month of October in three years. Coverage was watched by an average of 16.240 million viewers compared to last year’s 13.379 million. Through five weeks of the NFL season, The NFL on CBS’ season-to-date viewership is the best in three years, and up 6% with 16.861 million viewers compared to last year’s 15.893 million. The NFL Today pregame show earned a 12% increase in viewership on Sunday with 3.388 million viewers versus last year’s 3.012 million.  Season-to-date viewership through five weeks is the best in three years, and up 9% with 3.493 million viewers.
 
Ahead of the MLS postseason, ESPN reports that its coverage of Major League Soccer this season saw a 2% rise during the 2019 regular season, according to Nielsen. The 31-match schedule on ESPN and ESPN2 delivered an average audience of 246,000 viewers. On ESPN, 25 matches averaged 266,000 viewers, a 7% rise over 2018 to rank as the most-watched cable network for MLS matches this season. The six telecasts on ESPN2 in 2019 delivered an average audience of 164,000.
 
In talent news, ACC Network will see former Duke power forward Carlos Boozer – a two-time NBA All-Star, and NCAA and Olympic Champion, join the stable where he will contribute to studio coverage with analysis of the conference’s season-long basketball action.
 
The Pac-12 Conference announced the creation of the Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge presented by MGM Resorts International, a men’s basketball non-conference scheduling series, in partnership with the Oak View Group, Basketball Promotions & Events and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The challenge will launch in December 2020 with three Pac-12 men’s basketball programs facing three non-league opponents, followed by a rotation of Pac-12 programs into the Las Vegas facility and to neutral-site venues in marquee markets around the nation in subsequent seasons. Beginning with Colorado/TCU, Washington/Oklahoma and Oregon taking on a to-be-determined Big 12.
 
Showtime locked in plans for its upcoming documentary film Pariah: The Lives and Deaths Of Sonny Liston will debut on Nov. 15 at 9p. Written and directed by Simon George and told through original conversations with luminaries, historians and some of Liston’s closest friends and family, the film chronicles the rise and fall of “one of the most vilified and misunderstood sports champions of all time.”
 
FloSports and Hoopfest Basketball sealed a multiyear broadcast partnership to provide live and on-demand content and coverage of the Thanksgiving Hoopfest on FloHoops.com through 2021. On Nov. 29-30, basketball fans can watch some of the top high school and preparatory basketball players in the country compete.
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SPONSORSHIP & PROMOTION

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee unveiled an updated Rule 40 and Paralympic athlete marketing guidance for the upcoming Games in Tokyo. Among the changes will be the following key points:
  • Athletes are now able to thank personal sponsors during the Games.
  • Athletes are now able to receive congratulatory messages from personal sponsors during the Games.
  • Athlete personal sponsors are now able to engage in generic advertising during the Games.
  • Official partners maintain continued exclusivity around Team USA and Games marks and imagery.
  • Official partners receive increased ambush protection through the introduction of a Personal Sponsor Commitment.
  • All existing partner benefits related to timing and support of USOPC partner staff continue. 
The NFL is continuing its #NFL100 Experiences of a Lifetime series, this time with an eye toward Thanksgiving, where one lucky fan and eleven of their family members and friends will be able to play the Turkey Bowl game at Lambeau Field and meet Brett Favre. “Lambeau Field represents the best of the NFL in so many ways – from its storied traditions to the records broken by the many NFL Legends who have played there,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We love that so many fans have made football a part of their holiday traditions, and we want to reward one fan during our 100th season with the greatest Turkey Bowl experience of all time. As an annual Turkey Bowl participant, a prize like this would be a dream come true for me.” To enter, fans needs to post a picture or video of the Turkey Bowl squad and tag @NFL and #NFL100Contest.
 
DIGITAL, DATA & TECH

NTT and Major League Baseball announced a Proof of Concept via NTT’s Ultra Reality Viewing technology as part of their recently announced multi-year technology deal. This implementation verified the feasibility of a real-time super-high definition surround video fan experience event, a first for a live sporting event during Game 3 of the American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays. NTT installed multiple 4K cameras that transmitted high definition images (12K wide) in real time to a super-wide screen (90.6 in x 469 in) with 6ch surround sound including original audio sauce to a viewing area set up at MLB Network’s studio in Secaucus. This URV technology created a uniquely transformative sensation that put the remote viewer into the ballpark and its atmosphere live, according to the report.
 
The B/R app is launching DMs as part of its user experience, with the move following a slate of communication features in the app that have built audience interaction including athlete “Ask Me Anythings” or AMAs, “Fire” tab, and trending comment threads. At launch, DMs will allow users to build groups of up to 16 members and share articles, alerts, and highlights.
 
NBC Sports announced that more than $1 million has now been won on NBC Sports Predictor, the free-to-play sports gaming app. The milestone coincided with the season’s first perfect 70-point score in the new football game Sunday Night 7, which awards $100,000 in guaranteed cash prizes to top-scoring fans each contest. ‘Maggie19’ – a Vikings fan from Minnesota – answered all seven questions correctly in last Sunday’s contest to win the $50,000 first-place prize.
 
ESPORTS

NASCAR, NBC Sports and iRacing are serving up a special two-hour edition of NASCAR America, which will broadcast the 2019 eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series championship from the virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway live on Oct. 10 at 5p on NBCSN. The first-ever eNASCAR championship telecast will see the champion take home the largest share of the $100,000 prize pool. The NASCAR America broadcast will mark the first time an official eNASCAR PEAK Antifreeze iRacing Series race has been aired live on national television. In addition, the champion will be flown to Miami for NASCAR’s championship weekend where they will be honored during the pre-race ceremonies for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
META Games, creator of esports-themed mobile games, raised $2 million in seed funding, led by BITKRAFT Esports Ventures with participation from Everblue Management, Crest Capital, and Klaas Kersting, among others. The new funding will be used to complete game development on META Games’ upcoming mobile game RIVALS, a manager game based on MOBA esports, and to begin development on future mobile games for esports fans.
 
INDUSTRY & ROSTER MOVES

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement elaborating on the league’s speech stance after Chinese state-run television network CCTV suspended current broadcast arrangements for the NBA’s preseason games in China as a result of a a tweet made by Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey showing support for protests in Hong Kong. He noted that the league’s initial statement” left people angered, confused or unclear on who we are or what the NBA stands for” and went on to note that “It is inevitable that people around the world – including from America and China – will have different viewpoints over different issues.  It is not the role of the NBA to adjudicate those differences. However, the NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players, employees and team owners say or will not say on these issues.  We simply could not operate that way.”
 
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