11/13/15: The NCAA’s big NY play; Eurosport gets an overhaul; IndyCar selects a new President



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Good morning. It’s Friday November 13, 2015, and this is your first early morning Sports briefing. 

With an eye toward beefing up TV numbers, the NCAA announced that the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee is relocating its selection, seeding and bracketing meeting in March to New York City instead of Indianapolis. Joseph R. Castiglione, chair of the committee and director of athletics at the University of Oklahoma noted that moving the meeting to New York would result in additional opportunities to discuss the selections process with media. “Our motivation behind this change is simple. We want even more focus on selection week, which will give March Madness considerable momentum heading into the best three weeks of the year,” said Castiglione. “New York provides us with countless platforms to provide insight and share updates on where the committee is with the process of building the bracket. It’s also an opportunity to have candid conversations with media outlets after the bracket has been unveiled. We think this is an exciting, yet practical, initiative to do something different without jeopardizing the intent of the meeting.”



Pac-12 Network
4pm – 11:30pm PT Full Court Friday  Live look-ins of 9 Pac-12 Home Openers

Pac-12 Arizona  – 4:30pm PT Sacramento State vs. Arizona State, 6:30pm PT Pacific vs. Arizona Pac-12 Bay Area – 6:00pm PT UW Green Bay vs. Stanford, 8:30pm PT Rice vs. Cal  Pac-12 Los Angeles – 5:00pm PT San Diego vs. USC, 8:00pm PT Monmouth vs. UCLA   Pac-12 Mountain – 7:30pm PT Southern Utah vs. Utah  Pac-12 Oregon – 7:00pm PT Jackson State vs. Oregon   Pac-12 Washington – 5:30pm PT Northern Arizona vs. WSU


MP & Silva locked in English Premier League live audiovisual broadcast rights across all platforms for East and Southeast Asia, including Live Matches and Clips Packages. The international sports agency will now offer distribution rights of the Premier League in seven broadcasting territories, composed by 28 countries across Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, Pacific Islands, Taiwan, Philippines and Mongolia for three seasons, spanning 16/17 to 18/19. 

Golf Channel will see two caddies take on microphone duties, when Jim “Bones” Mackay and John “Woody” Wood walk the fairways at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga. next week at the RSM Classic as on-course reporters for the network. The pair will work second and third-round coverage Nov. 20-21. The duo also will appear on Morning Drive Friday and Saturday live from Sea Island Golf Club. “Some of the most interesting moments captured by our cameras and microphones over the years have been the player-caddie conversations from the fairways,” said Tommy Roy, lead producer for Golf Channel on NBC. “Mackay and Wood are both excellent communicators and have helped guide their players to multiple PGA TOUR victories and Major Championships. We look forward to them contributing their unique perspective and knowledge to our coverage.”

ESPN lined up its slate of winter programming for World of X Games on ABC and ESPN platforms beginning with the return of Real Snow Backcountry, an hour-long show featuring five of the world’s best backcountry snowboarders on Nov. 22. Other programming will feature additional winter-focused shows leading up to X Games Aspen 2016 and the X Games Oslo Preview through the Anthology shows in the New Year.

ESPN also announced plans to continue to cultivate its ties with Interscope/Universal Music Group Nashville’s artists this weekend with ABC’s Saturday Night Football broadcast pitting Oklahoma/Baylor at 8p. The network will showcase the exclusive debut of the live video accompanying the single “Night’s on Fire” from David Nail’s new album Fighter. Clips from the live video will accompany bumps at the end of the game’s first and third quarters with an extended clip played during halftime. The song will also be featured during Sunday’s “Plays of the Week” segment on SportsCenter and be used the rest of the college football season on ABC/ESPN games.

Congratulations to UFC’s Ronda Rousey and ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who were named Cynopsis Sports’ Athlete of the Year and Media Personality of the Year respectively. The honors will be officially awarded on Dec. 2 at the Cynopsis Sports Engagement Summit and are presented annually to two VIPs whose work in the sports industry has transformed how sport connects with fans and pop culture. Join us at the Summit (and get a killer day of keynotes and panels) by getting your tickets here.

In other talent news, Thomas Hitzlsperger, aka “Der Hammer” during his professional soccer career in Germany and England, will now join the FOX Sports team as a contributing studio and game analyst assigned to cover Bundesliga and other European matches beginning next week with the UEFA Euro Playoffs. Hitzlsperger makes his FS1 debut ahead of the second leg of the 2016 UEFA EURO playoff on Nov. 16 at 2p, joining host Ian Joy and Warren Barton for pregame coverage from FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studio.

Meanwhile, MSG Networks signed New York Liberty forward Swin Cash to serve as a Knicks studio analyst for select games during the 2015-16 season. Cash makes her Knicks telecast debut on today at 7p during “Visa Knicks Game Night.” In addition, Cash is the host of “Nothing But Knicks,” the half-hour original series featuring Head Coach Derek Fisher, assistant coaches and players that runs bi-weekly on Fridays before complete coverage of the Knicks games.

MSG Networks released its 2015-16 college basketball schedule, serving up 87 matchups on MSG and MSG+ with games featuring the ACC (42), Big 12 (15), Big East (10), Conference USA (10), and the NEC (10). MSG Networks’ regular season tips off on Saturday with a men’s doubleheader featuring Harvard/Providence at 7p and Western Michigan/DePaul at 9p. The Women’s schedule tips off on Nov. 22 with Ole Miss/Middle Tennessee at 2p on MSG+. 

Sunday will see Tennis Channel again play host to the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The network’s coverage of the eight-day event will feature live matches throughout the day starting at 7a, followed by 8 p.m.-4 a.m. primetime encores each evening. Overall, Tennis Channel will devote close to 60 live hours and more than 120 overall. Brett Haber will handle call play-by-play for Tennis Channel during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, and be joined by analysts Jim Courier and Paul Annacone.


Some heavyweights are joining in on the VR evolution. NextVR announced a $30.5 million Series A funding round with participation that includes: Time Warner Investments, Comcast Ventures, Peter Guber, RSE Ventures, The Madison Square Garden Company, and dick clark productions. The funding round was led by Formation 8. "This first-class group of investors is a major validation of our virtual reality technology platform," said Brad Allen, Executive Chairman, NextVR. "We are focused on delivering a great virtual reality experience and the key is great content. These investments reflect the relationships we are building to provide marquee content."


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With Discovery now fully at the helm, Eurosport, which reaches 151 million homes across Europe with its main channel, is getting an overhaul. The company is serving viewers with a new brand identity with the tagline “Fuel Your Passion” that will see specialized, rather than general, sports channels. The rebrand launches today, bolstered by a #sharemypassion social media campaign. Eurosport stated that the new identity was “recognizable, distinctive and relatable,” and will “propel Eurosport into the 21st century while acknowledging the proud heritage of innovation and expertise that has been part of Eurosport’s DNA for more than 25 years,” according to Reuters.

Germain Racing locked in a deal with GEICO in a multi-year extension that will sponsor driver Casey Mears. The deal will see GEICO remain the primary sponsor on the No. 13 Germain Racing Toyota through the 2018 season.

Turner Sports unveiled part four of its new marketing campaign, “The Quest,” promoting the 2015-16 NBA regular season. The new spot features the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors including Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, along with comedian Anthony Anderson.


Major League Soccer is launching its own social media awards for the year, known as the #MLSSoshies. The league is asking fans to hunt down the best social posts of the season from players, and tell us who are the best MLS athletes overall on social media with categories that include: Most Social Player; Let Me Take a #Selfie; The Bigger Picture; Family Matters; and #BFFs. Nominations will close on Fri., Nov. 27, and finalists and the brackets will be revealed during the week after MLS Cup 2015.


The Pac-12 Conference detailed plans for a new partnership with Letv Sports. The deal will see Letv become the official digital media partner of the Pac-12 Conference in China and live stream more than 200 live sporting events across four Pac-12 sports over this year and next., including 100 men’s basketball games as well as at least 24 football, women’s soccer and women’s basketball games this season and next.

The USA TODAY Sports Media Group locked in a deal with Global Poker Index for a multi-year content partnership that currently expects USA Tpday Sports to host a competitive poker-themed destination page, featuring GPI assets and information, slated to begin around January. “The Global Poker Index has done more than any other organization to unify poker and to see the possibilities that exist for creating a ‘big league’ atmosphere around play,” said Jason Ford, VP of Sports Marketing for the USA TODAY Sports Media Group. “We’re looking forward to working together to create a 24/7 digital poker destination, and to providing coverage for some of the groundbreaking events that GPI is launching.”

The New York Cosmos have recruited Snaps to launch a customized, Cosmos-branded emoji keyboard or “Cosmojis” that will work on iOS or Android devices. The initial keyboard offers fans 18 emojis, 18 stickers, seven gifs and three videos. With the move, the Cosmos become the first professional soccer team in North America to develop its own emoji keyboard. “Every day 250 billion messages are sent globally. The market is expected to triple by 2019 to 100 trillion messages sent,” said Christian Brucculeri, CEO of Snaps. "For some of our teams with passionate fan bases, we’ve seen over 145,000 emojis shared in a single game day, and across our sports network we see engagement increase 10x before and during games. Sports keyboards are the perfect way for audiences to engage with their fellow fans.”

Get ready for MyATP powered by Vixlet. The ATP’s new social networking app will offer exclusive content from players and tournaments around the world along with news. “There is no doubt that the advent of social media has revolutionized the way in which people are engaging with their interests and passions,” said Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President. “I am pleased that the ATP, together with Vixlet, are at the forefront of this new technology that will enable fans to experience the ATP World Tour on a level never imagined before.”


IndyCar didn’t have to look far to find its new president, naming CRO Jay Frye as the new head of competition and operations for the sport. Fry reports to Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles for his role starting Nov. 16, overseeing all operations, competition and technical matters for the organization. Frye takes over for Derrick Walker, who resigned in August. “We need to create more value for our teams with smart and well-thought cost containment initiatives,” he said. “There’s many different ways to do that without affecting the great racing product. That could be schedule, testing days at the track, league buying power, work with our great partners at Chevy, Honda, Firestone to offer efficiencies to the teams.”


Who is ready for college basketball? CBS Sports Network tips off its season coverage with the veterans Classic at the Naval Academy at 7p tonight with North Carolina/Temple, followed by Florida/Navy at 9:30p. College football fans shouldn’t miss Oklahoma/Baylor on ABC at 8p.

ON THIS DAY in 1875: Harvard/Yale becomes the first college football contest to feature uniforms.

In The Know: Name two universities that have each won multiple championships in both men’s college basketball and college football? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company and city.)

Answer to Our Last Sports Trivia Question: WWE stars Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid were known by what name as a tag team? Answer: The British Bulldogs. Kudos: Howard Levinson-YES Network/NY; Andrew B. Knopf-Brite Media/NY; Matt Charchan-Time Warner/NY; Marc Wollis-NBC Sports Group/NY; Mike Antolini-Tiger Woods Foundation/Boston; Nick Aquilino-ESPN/Bristol; Scott Hudler-Dunkin’ Donuts/Boston; Mike Furman-GMMB/DC; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station; Lance Phegley-Texas Runner and Triathlete magazine/Houston; Bill Robertson-WCHA/Edina; Jacob Ullman-FOX Sports/LA; Evan Wecksell-Comedian/LA; Lawrence Fan-San Jose State University athletics/San Jose; Jim Bernard-FOX Sports/LA.

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