11/30/18: FOX Sports deepened its partnership with the NYRA

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The New York Racing Association and FOX Sports inked a long-term television programming deal that makes FOX Sports the year-round national television home for NYRA racing from Saratoga Race Course and Belmont Park. The deal will see FOX Sports deliver a scheduled 500 hours of NYRA racing including coverage of nearly every race day at the tracks in 2019, expanding to over 600 hours annually in 2020.
“NYRA has been a terrific partner and we are looking forward to presenting more horse racing on a national stage than ever before,” said Michael Mulvihill, Executive Vice President of League Operations, Research and Strategy for FOX Sports. “With this commitment, FOX Sports has taken the lead in developing content in the fast-growing area of sports gaming by expanding our relationship with the most prestigious name in horse racing, the New York Racing Association.”
The NYRA/FOX Sports shows will be presented by The Jockey Club’s multimedia fan-development and awareness-building platform, America’s Best Racing, created in 2012 to develop new fans by increasing the profile and visibility of North America’s top thoroughbred racing events. Produced by NYRA, the shows will be hosted by Greg Wolf from FOX Sports with handicapping and commentary from Andy Serling, Maggie Wolfendale, trainer Tom Amoss and former Major League Baseball all-star Paul LoDuca. Larry Collmus, NYRA announcer and voice of the Triple Crown, will provide the race calls.

FOX Sports is also reporting is most-watched college football regular season in FOX broadcast network history. The company saw average viewership of 3,324,000 heading into this weekend’s Big Ten and Pac-12 conference championship games with viewership on the network up 3% over last year, according to Nielsen. Average-minute audience for college football on FOX Sports streaming services is up 33%. College football coverage continues this weekend with the Pac-12 and Big Ten championship games with Utah/Washington on Friday in the Pac-12 Championship at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., with play-by-play announcer Joe Davis, analyst Brady Quinn and reporters Bruce Feldman and Petros Papadakis on the call at 8p on FOX. Saturday night sees Northwestern/Ohio State in the Big Ten title game with Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and reporter Jenny Taft calling the action.
ESPN’s morning debate show First Take scored its most-watched November on record, averaging 529,000 viewers during the month, according to Nielsen. That is up 2% over November 2017.
The IOC has its two contenders for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Sweden and Italy. The Swedish event would take place in Stockholm, while the Italian bid will combine Milan and the ski resort of Cortina d’ Ampezzo, according to reports. The IOC will select the winner in June in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Major League Baseball is the newest name to emerge as a potential landing spot for the sale of Twenty-First Century Fox’s regional sports TV networks. “Candidly, we’re looking at the RSNs ourselves,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday at a March of Dimes luncheon in New York.
HBO Sports will present The Many Lives of Nick Buoniconti on Feb. 12 at 10p, telling the story of the 77-year old NFL Hall of Famer, who has served as a linebacker, lawyer, sports agent, broadcaster, executive and philanthropist. “Nick Buoniconti has lived an extraordinary life,” says Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports. “We are grateful that Nick and his wife, Lynn, agreed to allow us to present the many chapters of this compelling story in the manner that Nick would expect it to be told: honest, raw and to the point.”
ESPN delivers college football’s Selection Day on Sunday with the network televising the exclusive reveal of the College Football Playoff selection committee’s four playoff teams, its complete top 25 and matchups for the New Year’s Six bowls. The reveal will be preceded and followed by all-day coverage, including more than 15 hours on television and additional news and reaction available on ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, the ESPN App, and Twitter. The College Football Playoff Selection Show Presented by AT&T begins at noon with the College Football Playoff selection committee’s four playoff teams at 12:30p, the complete top 25 at 2p and the remaining New Year’s Six matchups at 3p. Rece Davis will host and be joined by Joey Galloway, Kirk Herbstreit, Jesse Palmer and David Pollack with reaction from Chris Fowler, Paul Finebaum and others.
CBS carried the 8th annual World’s Toughest Mudder on Dec. 15 at 12:30p, as world-class athletes test their strength, agility and speed over a five-mile course featuring 26 obstacles, 10 of which are new and updated Tough Mudder obstacles. In addition, the Road to World’s Toughest Mudder, a one-hour preview show setting up all the action, will air on CBS tomorrow at 1:30p.  
Major League Wrestling will make history with its first ever live broadcast special taking place in Miami on Dec. 14 on beIN SPORTS. Tony Schiavone calls all the live action for the first time since 2001 on cable network television.
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BMW signed on as a Worldwide Partner of The Ryder Cup for the next two matches between the US and Europe at Whistling Straits, in Wisconsin, in 2020 and Marco Simone, in Italy, in 2022. As part of this commitment, BMW has also renewed its status as an Official Partner of the European Tour for a further four years and will continue as title sponsor of the BMW PGA Championship and BMW International Open until 2022.
Travel site VRBO reached an agreement with ESPN and Florida Citrus Sports to become the title sponsor of the VRBO Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The game kicks off at 1p on New Year’s Day on ABC and hosts teams from the Southeastern and Big Ten conferences. VRBO will receive national exposure through television, radio and online media and will be recognized in all game promotion. VRBO will also be featured on signage and event collateral throughout bowl week and in the stadium on game day.
AIG locked in a deal to sponsor the Women’s British Open for the next five years. American International Group replaces Ricoh in the role. The global insurance company will partner the R&A and IMG in promoting and staging the tournament.
Major League Soccer team the Houston Dynamo have signed a multi-year shirt sponsorship deal with MD Anderson Cancer Center, marking the first season-long cause-related jersey partnership in the history of MLS. The deal kicks in with the 2019 MLS season. As part of the multi-year partnership, the Dynamo and MD Anderson plan to stage cancer prevention education, survivorship celebrations and philanthropic initiatives, to support the organization’s mission to end cancer. 

CBS Sports HQ streams live coverage to break down the college football bowl selections throughout the afternoon and night on Sunday, starting at noon. CBS Sports college football writers and experts including Dennis Dodd, Chip Patterson, Jerry Palm, and Barton Simmons, along with SportsLine’s Vegas insiders, will break down all of the bowl selection news and deliver reactions and analysis for every game. Nick Kostos and Tommy Tran will host the coverage from CBS Sports HQ studios in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Stamford, CT.
Gaming Innovation Group signed a contract with Hard Rock International for the provision of its omni-channel Sportsbook solution in the newly opened US market of New Jersey. Launch date is estimated for Q1 2019.

Blizzard is reshuffling its esports plans for Hearthstone ahead of the 2019 season, dealing out more than $4 million in prizes in the new year, up from the $2.8 million that will be paid this year, with the bulk of tournaments shifting to digital platforms. The current version of the Hearthstone Championship Tour will wrap up in the spring with the HCT World Championship, where the best Hearthstone players in the world will compete for $1,000,000 in prizing. Afterward, a new three-tiered competitive system will be implemented, consisting of qualifiers, live global tournaments, and an exclusive top tier. Blizzard will then host three invite-only tournaments around the world, with more planned for 2020 pitting the top Hearthstone players who will ompete for $250,000 per event.
100 Thieves is reuniting CEO Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag with former sponsor Red Bull, which sponsored Haag during his playing career. “Together we will push the limits of our teams, creators, and the entire 100 Thieves organization,” the team posted when announcing the news.

The XFL named Scott Parker as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications, responsible for overseeing fan engagement, promotions, publicity, branding, consumer insights and corporate social responsibility for the new league. He most recently developed the Marketing and Communications department at TuneIn.
Nashville’s Major League Soccer team announced today the hiring of Nashville native Will Alexander as Chief Revenue Officer. Alexander will join the new soccer club from Hall Capital, where he served as managing director.

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