The International Olympic Committee booked a global nine-year, five-Games partnership with Airbnb , designed to create “a new standard for hosting that will be a win for host cities, a win for spectators and fans, and a win for athletes.” The agreement includes accommodation provisions that will reduce costs for Olympic Games organizers and stakeholders, decrease the need for construction of new accommodation infrastructure for the Olympic Games period, and generate direct revenue for local hosts and communities. The IOC and Airbnb will launch Airbnb Olympian Experiences to provide direct earning opportunities for athletes in addition to making at least $28 million worth of Airbnb accommodation available over the course of the partnership to athletes competing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games for competition and training related travel.
“Airbnb and the IOC have a strong track record in creating and accommodating the world’s greatest events,” said Airbnb Co-founder, Joe Gebbia. “Our Olympic partnership will ensure that the Games are the most inclusive, accessible and sustainable yet, and leave a lasting positive legacy for athletes and host communities. Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where anyone can belong anywhere, and we are proud that the Olympic spirit will be carried by our community.”
Sunday’s NFL action gave CBS a boost as The NFL on CBS drew a 16.2/32 average household rating/share, up 5% over last year in the metered markets. The window was anchored by New England/Philadelphia and Cincinnati/Oakland matchups. The also marks CBS’ highest-rated November NFL game in four years. Meanwhile, FOX Sports is reporting that its NFL singleheader this week drew a 10.4/24 Nielsen metered market score for week 11, up 11% over last year’s competitive window.
Rounding out the ratings news, the Mexico/Panama CONCACAF Nations League match on Friday drew 2.0 million Total Viewers 2+ and 1.0 million Adults 18-49 at 9p on Univision/TUDN, to rank as the second highest-rated MNT match this year. Meanwhile, Friday’s USA/Canada CONCACAF Nations League match posted 500K Total Viewers 2+ and 242K A18-49 on UniMás/TUDN.
The NFL also announced scheduling changes for Week 13 on Dec 1, shifting the Raiders/Chiefs from 1p to 4:25p on CBS, while the Browns/Steelers now goes to the earlier slot.
CBS Sports also announced its SEC on CBS football game for Nov. 30, adding the Iron Bowl to the lineup as Alabama faces Auburn at 3:30p. Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson and reporter Jamie Erdahl will call the action from Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.
Two-time Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. was named the Honorary Starter for the 62nd running of “The Great American Race” on Feb. 16, 2020 at Daytona International Speedway. The announcement was made on Earnhardt’s popular Dirty Mo Media podcast, The Dale Jr. Download. “The only thing left for Dale now is for him to sing the National Anthem prior to the DAYTONA 500,” said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. “That probably won’t happen. But what will happen, come February, will be another outpouring of support from race fans about Dale’s involvement. There’s no way to exaggerate how much he means to the fans and to NASCAR. Any role he plays on a DAYTONA 500 weekend is significant.”
ESPN’s 2020 NCAA Gymnastics Championship plans will see its broadcast debut on ABC. Semifinal I will take place on April 17 at 1p on ESPN2 with Semifinal II running live at 6p also on ESPN2. The Championship Final will be live on April 18 at 3:30p on ABC. Overall, ESPN networks will carry more than 50 hours of action in 2020. Between the regular season, Conference Championship Saturday and the NCAA Gymnastics Championship, more than two dozen meets featuring teams from the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC will be available across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and SEC Network+.
The CME Group Tour Championship takes place this week to close out the LPGA Tour , running Nov. 21-24 with GOLF Channel carrying the first three days of coverage, and the final round airing on NBC Sports for the first time in tournament history. Terry Gannon and Judy Rankin will serve as play-by-play host and analyst, respectively for GOLF Channel and NBC’s tournament coverage. Tom Abbott will report from a tower position, with Jerry Foltz and Karen Stupples reporting from the course. Lisa Cornwell will conduct pre- and post-round interviews.
Meanwhile, Nov. 26 will see GOLF Channel deliver the one-hour retrospective : Extraordinary Firsts – The Inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Narrated by NBC Sports’ Michele Tafoya, Extraordinary Firsts chronicles the week of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, which featured an international field of 72 top female amateur golfers competing in the 54-hole event.
FOX Sports will see Shawn Porter and Abner Mares join Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and host Kate Abdo for FOX SPORTS PBC PPV: Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz programming this week. Saturday sees the action kick off on the FOX Sports’ PBC on FOX Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages starting at 4:10p with programming moving to FS2 at 7p with prelims, before PPV action kicks off at 9p.
The World Pro Ski Tour unveiled documentary series, “Life Between the Gates,” offering viewers an inside look at life for racers on the WPST. This six-part series will profile the world’s top alpine ski racers as they travel to top ski destinations and compete in the exciting head-to-head race format.
Comcast was sued Monday by Altitude Sports and Entertainment , the Denver-based channel that carries local sports, including Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets games. The lawsuit, filed in Colorado district court, accuses the Comcast of leveraging its market power “to dictate terms to the network that would ultimately drive it out of business,” according to the Washington Post. Altitude has been unavailable since August in Comcast homes in the Denver market and the 10-state Rocky Mountain area the channel normally reaches.