10/15/19: FOX is bringing multiple shows to Facebook Live

 

Tuesday October 15, 2019
FOX Sports is teaming with Facebook to create new, exclusive interactive programs and segments on Facebook Watch that will focus on football, sports wagering and more. The new weekly FOX Football Sunday program streams on the platform each Monday morning during the season where fans on Facebook can ask questions to Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, Tony Gonzalez and Curt Menefee. Additionally, every Sunday night, Menefee will host FOX Football Update, a recap of the day’s action with FOX Sports analysts from game locations. Additionally, in “The People vs Colin Cowherd,” with Colin Cowherd and Jason McIntyre, fans will be allowed to vote on which teams will cover the spread, as provided by FOX Bet, and Cowherd tells people where he believes they’re right and wrong. In addition, exclusive FOX Liga MX segments take a deeper look at Mexico’s top-tier domestic soccer league. 
 
The new collaboration between FOX Sports and Facebook also offers regular highlight packages from Liga MX, Big East basketball (2019-’20 season), NASCAR, Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) and the upcoming Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) season.
 
PROGRAMMING

CBS Sports mapped out its plans for the 2019-2020 college basketball season with its “strongest and most extensive schedule to date,” featuring more than 275 games across broadcast and cable. CBS tips off its 39th consecutive season broadcasting college basketball starting on Dec. 14 with a cross-conference clash between Oregon/Michigan at noon. Of course, CBS also broadcasts the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship with Turner Sports to provide exclusive live coverage of every game in its entirety across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.
 
Meanwhile, CBS Sports Network’s schedule showcases more games than ever before, including an opening weekend that features the sixth annual “Veterans Classic at the U.S. Naval Academy” with Auburn/Davidson and ECU/Navy Once again, the Network also will televise three men’s conference championship games and five women’s conference championship games.
 
Telemundo Deportes is launching a lineup of exclusive digital content to serve its 11+ million digital fans with sports content customized for each platform and available 24/7, including the sports division’s first-ever English-language series for bilingual sports fans, digital extensions of its most popular linear programming featuring on-air talent expert analysis, and news and editorial capsules covering major soccer leagues and tournaments. English content will include Sports Ana Twist, Weekly Premier and La Liga Upside Down Meanwhile, linear programming extensions include El VAR de Manolo, Tactica Pura and TYM+.
 
On the ratings front, Sunday continued to boost the NFL on FOX, which reports that its week 6 singleheader notched an 11.6/27, to rank, in a tie, as the network’s top singleheader telecast this season. Season to date, the NFL on FOX is averaging a 12.4/26, up 5% over last year.
 
FOX Sports also saw the Astros win over the Yankees propel FS1 to 5,587,000 viewers on FS1, up 20% over last year’s NLCS Game 2 on FOX. Through two games on FOX and FS1, up 24% over last year.
 
CBS Sports Network will serve up a special edition of We Need To Talk tonight at 8p that will explore the current state and direction of women’s sports, focusing on “issues that affect women in sports and the voices and the movements that are pushing the boundaries to create lasting change.” The episode will discuss some of the major movements in the fight for gender equality in sports including Title IX, #MeToo, #SeeHerInSports and Equal Pay. Hosts Tracy Wolfson, Lisa Leslie and Summer Sanders will share some of their personal stories about their career paths both in television and in sports.
 
In addition, CBS Sports announced its SEC on CBS football game for Oct. 26 at 3:30p, picking up Auburn/LSU. Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and reporter Jamie Erdahl will call the action from Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.
 
ESPN is expanding Hoop Streams to a season-long show with Cassidy Hubbarth returning as the host of Hoop Streams, the on-site digital pregame show. Other talent includes analyst Kendrick Perkins, Chiney Ogwumike, as well as multiplatform ESPN commentators Jorge Sedano and Gary Striewski. The show will debut on Oct. 25, at 7p live from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
 
50 years ago today saw the debut of MSG Networks with a game between the New York Rangers and Minnesota North Stars, becoming the first-ever regional sports network in the country. To celebrate the network’s decorated history, MSG Networks will be unveiling a special commemorative logo and a dedicated anniversary hashtag, #LiveSince1969, as well as airing new original content that will be running throughout the season on multiple network platforms, including across its linear, digital and social channels, as well as on the network’s YouTube channel and MSG GO streaming service.
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SPONSORSHIP & PROMOTION

For the seventh year in a row, Taco Bell offering fans free tacos for the World Series via its Steal a Base, Steal a Taco promotion, and this year will see the chain partner with BetMGM, operated by Roar Digital, to offer fans the chance to wager real money on what player they think will steal the first base of the World Series – aka the ‘Taco Hero.’ Fans looking to test their luck this October can participate at MGM Resorts in Nevada, Mississippi and New Jersey.
 
Swedish mobile game developer Gold Town Games announced that Wayne Gretzky has become the global ambassador for World Hockey Manager as well as an equity partner in Gold Town Games. “To collaborate with one of the greatest athletes in history is the beginning of a new chapter for Gold Town Games. It is a natural step in line with our vision, being a world leader in mobile sports manager games,” said Par Hultgren, CEO of Gold Town Games.
 
DIGITAL, DATA & TECH

 
ESPORTS

ELEAGUE tied up a partnership with CDW, a provider of technology solutions and services, designed to create enhanced fan experiences across ELEAGUE’s properties on television, digital, social and in-arena. The partnership kicked in for Season 8 of the Rocket League Championship Series and will continue throughout the RLCS competitive calendar and ELEAGUE programming schedule in 2019 and 2020, allowing ELEAGUE to launch “marquee franchise and content moments” for fans. As the Official Arena Partner of ELEAGUE and RLCS, CDW will be implementing the latest gaming PCs and accessories, performing network capacity and speed assessments and designing rooms and spaces for the optimum player and spectator experience. For ELEAGUE specifically, CDW will outfit the brand’s studio and arena with Lenovo’s state-of-the-art Legion gaming PCs and accessories.
 
TSM is going big with League of Legends player Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg, not only renewing his contract of the longest tenured player in TSM history but also giving him a stake in the team. “It was essential for us to re-sign Bjergsen,” says Andy “Reginald” Dinh, CEO and Founder of TSM. “Not only is he is one of the best players at his position, he is a great leader. He shares the same values we do as an organization. He is selfless, hardworking, and focused. It is this culture of grit, fortitude, and determination that is the most vital part of our organization. At TSM we are committed to living this culture, and Bjergsen is a testament to that. He is more than just a player to us, so making him a strategic shareholder was important.”
 
Venture capital firm Hiro Capital is open for business, looking to drop $110 million into the esports and games industry, targeting the UK and Europe in particular. The company is reportedly specifically targeting companies in need of Series A and B funding, as opposed to seed finance.
 
INDUSTRY & ROSTER MOVES

The XFL announced that David Michael has been named the league’s Chief Technology Officer. He had most recently served as Chief Information Officer for The Madison Square Garden Company and will now be responsible for developing and overseeing all enterprise, digital product and football technology strategies and initiatives for the league and its eight teams.
 
Major League Baseball will open the MLB Flagship Store, a state-of-the-art retail destination, next summer in New York City. Located at 1271 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, the MLB Flagship Store will be the league’s first permanent retail location in the United States. The league partnered with Legends, a leader in global planning, sales, and hospitality, to operate the store. In addition, Legends Project Development is overseeing the design and construction of the new space.
 
espnW and the U.S. Department of State will host the eighth year of the Global Sports Mentoring Program from Oct. 11- Nov. 19. The program will see 16 emerging female leaders from around the world will begin a month-long mentorship in the United States alongside top American female executives from some of the most influential organizations in sports and business. Including ESPN, the executive mentors in the 2019 program represent the following organizations: the Big East Conference; Creative Artists Agency (CAA); Google; LISC; Minnesota Lynx/Timberwolves; the NCAA; New Balance; the NHL; Saatchi & Saatchi, Spurs Sports & Entertainment; the University of Connecticut; and the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA).
 
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