Michael McCarthy

80 Years Ago Today, NBC Televised NFL Game For First Time

  • It's a milestone lost to history. But eight decades ago, NBC helped create the most powerful property on TV: live NFL games.
  • The first televised NFL game at Brooklyn's long-lost Ebbets Field pitted Philadelphia Eagles vs. the pigskin version of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Exactly 80 years ago today, the most powerful TV sports property was born during a game featuring a team that no longer exists – playing in a stadium lost to sports history. On October 22, 1939, NBC televised the first NFL football game between two losing squads, the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Eagles, at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. No, not Jackie Robinson’s famous Boys of Summer. But the football version of the Dodgers. Play-by-play announcer Allen “Skip” Walz called the Dodgers […]

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His And Hers: Jemele Hill, Michael Smith Could Reunite Again

  • Jemele Hill tells Front Office Sports she'd 'strongly consider' working again with her former ESPN 'His & Hers' partner Michael Smith now that they're both producing content in Los Angles.

We may not have seen the last of the Jemele Hill and Michael Smith pairing. The two former ESPN His & Hers stars both now have production houses in Los Angeles to create new sports content. Both of their startups are intrigued by the prospect of the multimedia duo working together again. Hill, now a staff writer for The Atlantic, previously teamed up with Kelley Carter to form their own production company called Lodge Freeway Media. “Mike is one of […]

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Are Manchester United-Chevrolet Heading For Divorce? Not So Fast, Says Chevy

  • Manchester United and Chevrolet's $559 Million, seven-year jersey sponsorship expires in 2021.
  • British press says they're done. But global Chevrolet marketer Kevin Bull tells FOS door still open.

English tabloids have reported both Manchester United F.C. and Chevrolet are played out – and don’t wish to renew their $559 million jersey deal beyond 2021.   But don’t believe everything you read, warns Kevin Bull, Chevrolet’s global director of partnerships. The door is still open for a renewal. In a statement to Front Office Sports, Bull said General Motors’ Chevrolet division wants to continue working together with the iconic English soccer club.  “We are immensely proud of our partnership with Manchester […]

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NFL Exec: Love Seeing ‘Woke’ NBA Hoisted By Own Political Petard

  • One NFL team official, who declined to be named, said he's enjoyed watching NBA players and coaches publicly bend to the wishes of the Chinese government.

Without question, the past few years have been great for the NBA, while tough for the NFL. While the NBA has ridden a host of marketable stars to position itself as the league of the future, the NFL has been marred by spats with politicians, protestors, fans and its own players. However, when it came to revenues, the $15 billion NFL business remained the king compared to the $7.5 billion business of the NBA. But the NBA has been making […]

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Packers-Microsoft’s TitletownTech Joint Venture Trying To Win Different Kind of Game

  • TitletownTech’s Venture Capital Fund has grown to $25 million and 17 individual investors.
  • It has already invested in three companies.

Green Bay Packers fans have saved the team multiple times through stock offerings. Now the Packers have teamed with Microsoft on a joint venture to support entrepreneurs and fledgling businesses in the greater Green Bay area. In its first year, the Packers and Microsoft’s “TitletownTech” has already invested in three companies – and is doing due diligence on another five. The combination venture fund/innovation lab/venture studio operates in the shadow of Lambeau Field, the storied home of football legends ranging […]

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Cassidy Hubbarth’s Hoop Streams To Become Season-Long ESPN Show

With the NBA making news 365 days a year, ESPN is expected to announce Monday that it’s expanding Cassidy Hubbarth’s Hoop Streams into a season-long show. The hit digital program streams on the ESPN app and ESPN’s Twitter and YouTube platforms. Launched in February, the live, on-site show initially streamed before ABC’s Saturday night prime time game telecasts and other big games this past season. It grabbed a young, hoops-savvy audience. Now Hubbarth, former NBA star-turned TV analyst Kendrick Perkins […]

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Why The Washington Post Chose To Cover Esports

A few years ago, Washington Post assignment editor/producer Mike Hume was hanging with a former colleague from ESPN talking about the growth of esports. What if the daily newspaper launched an esports section, thought Hume. And covered it with the same determination and smarts that’s won the paper 47 Pulitzer prizes? Three years later, Hume’s brainstorm has become a reality. On October 15, the Post will roll out Launcher, a new subsection of the sports department devoted to video games, […]

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Mina Kimes To Host ESPN’s Daily AM Podcast

Mina Kimes’ meteoric rise at ESPN will continue as she is expected to be named lead host of ESPN’s first daily morning podcast, sources said. The ESPN Daily is expected to be formally launched in mid-October. ESPN is holding off Kimes’ announcement until right before the podcast goes live, said sources. Since joining the company from Bloomberg in May 2014, Kimes has been featured across a growing number of ESPN shows and platforms. She launched her own NFL-focused podcast, guest-starred […]

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Anchored By Kirk Cousins Show, Vikings See Podcasting Growth

Many NFL teams have podcast networks. Only one is headlined by an $84 million starting quarterback. When the team and the Vikings Entertainment Network, released their new podcast lineup for the 2019 season they touted a new addition as their No. 1 attraction: “Under Center With Kirk Cousins”  Co-hosting his own weekly podcast and radio show, Cousins doesn’t do the usual five-minute drive-by appearance with a local sports radio anchor. Instead, he tapes an hour-long show that features both video […]

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Chop On! Braves Boast MLB’s Biggest Fan Group on Facebook

There’s a certain thrill watching a live sporting event with tens of thousands of fellow fans in a stadium. Then there’s the feeling of watching it alone at home. A recent effort between Major League Baseball and Facebook is helping to bridge that gap for fans. Over the past two seasons, MLB and the social media platform have launched individual fan groups for each of baseball’s 30 clubs on Facebook. Think of them as the equivalent of virtual sports bars. […]

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