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NBA TV Streaming Service Faces Stiff Competition Outside of Sports

  • NBA TV will combine the best of both NBA TV linear programming and NBA League Pass for fans.
  • The league's defined audience will limit the number of subscribers that will sign up, but should help NBA TV stand out in the market, experts say.

The NBA’s new direct-to-consumer service, NBA TV, was created with the sole purpose of providing fans with another choice in how they watch basketball, according to the league. Yet the offering does drop the NBA right into the highly-competitive streaming wars. In addition to mainstay offerings from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, new platforms – including Disney+ and the soon-to-launch HBO MAX – add to the competition NBA TV will face for consumer dollars outside of the sports industry. […]

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Dartmouth-Princeton Caps Off College Football’s 150th Anniversary Week

  • Princeton-Dartmouth at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 9 caps off Anniversary Week, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of college football's debut.
  • Princeton was apart of college football's first-ever game - a Nov. 6, 1869 showdown against Rutgers.

On November 6, 1869, college football played its first-ever competitive game.  That day, Rutgers and Princeton were the two schools to introduce the United States to college football.  Just over 150 years later on November 9, 2019, the latter team will be celebrating its role in the sport’s genesis when it takes on Dartmouth at Yankee Stadium. “It is exciting to have a game in Yankee Stadium between two teams that will be at or near the top of the […]

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Adidas European Sales To Be Supercharged by UEFA Euro 2020

  • Adidas reported a 3% growth in merchandise sales in Europe to $1.7 billion in the third quarter, its first positive earnings result this year.
  • The German footwear manufacturer expects an even stronger fourth quarter, buoyed by apparel sold ahead of next summer's UEFA Euro 2020.

Adidas’ inability to replicate growth it has achieved in international markets like North America and China domestically in Europe has dampened brand sentiment in the eyes of investors in 2019. But third-quarter results reported this week hint that the German brand may finally be trending in the right direction, with an eye towards the UEFA European Championships next summer. Adidas reported a 3% growth in merchandise sales in Europe to $1.7 billion for the period ending September 30. That’s compared […]

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MLS Players Association Addresses List of Demands In Ongoing CBA Talks

  • Demands heading into 2020 include higher wages for players, a revamping of the current free agency system, and more charter flights for teams.
  • CBA discussions also come during another period of off-the-field growth for MLS, including deals with Captain Morgan and MGM Resorts.

The MLS Players Association offered updates around ongoing negations with the league over the 2020 collective bargaining agreement Thursday, warning that players are ready to strike if demands aren’t met. Bob Foose, the MLSPA’s executive director, said players have been preparing for the possibility of a work stoppage for more than two years. The current CBA, signed in 2015, expires on January 30. The union admitted to also having multiple conversations with other major sports leagues on a variety of […]

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San Diego Seals Set To Test Lacrosse Waters For NLL In Las Vegas

  • San Diego Seals set to host Super Bowl weekend game in Las Vegas.
  • Seals offer free hotel rooms for season ticket members.
  • National Lacrosse League "really likes" Las Vegas as potential market for expansion team.

The National Lacrosse League and the San Diego Seals have big plans for Las Vegas. The two entities will host a game in the city between the Seals and the Colorado Mammoth on February 1, 2020, at the Orleans Arena.  That weekend will also be the same weekend as the Super Bowl, one of the busiest sports weekends in Las Vegas. To take advantage of that, the NLL and Seals have set multiple objectives for the game. For the Seals, […]

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WWE’s TV Network Investments, Slowed Ticket Sales Plague Earnings

  • WWE revenue and operating margin both fell for the second consecutive quarter, as the company makes strategic investments in its portfolio.
  • SmackDown Live has averaged 3.1 million viewers since debuting on Fox in early October.

A commitment to growing brand exposure in both domestic and international markets continues to dampen WWE’s financial results in 2019. The media and entertainment company disclosed third-quarter earnings Thursday, reporting declines in revenue and operating income for the second consecutive quarter. A delay in securing a network TV deal in the Middle East additionally led WWE to lower company guidance on profit for the year. Yet WWE Co-President George Barrios told investors that the company still has its finger on […]

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Plenty of Road Left For Formula 1 As Circuit Increases U.S. Efforts

  • Formula 1 U.S. viewership is up nearly 20% year-over-year.
  • Netflix documentary series is credited with boosting U.S. Grand Prix ticket sales in Austin.

Formula 1 has made its presence felt in the U.S. in the lead up to this year’s U.S. Grand Prix.  On October 29, the circuit held the F1 Hollywood Festival in Los Angeles, while drivers put on a live show in Hollywood, including burnouts and stunt displays. It was the third festival in the U.S., following events in Miami and Chicago earlier in the year. ”Los Angeles is an iconic city, known for all-things showbiz and we are extremely excited […]

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NFL Fumbles In Latest Diversity Hiring Grades

  • In its 2019 Racial and Gender Report Card, the NFL received an overall score of 79.3% - its lowest mark in 15 years.
  • It also received C+ and B marks in its gender and racial hiring practices, respectively.

The NFL received its lowest overall score in racial and gender hiring practices in 15 years, according to the latest report from the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports. The league received a B- overall grade in the 2019 NFL Racial and Gender Report Card, an annual report published by TIDES. It also received C+ and B marks in its gender and racial hiring practices, respectively. Last year, the league received a B overall grade. […]

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Professional Fighters League Punching Above Its Weight Class In Year Two

  • The Professional Fighters League is the first MMA organization to be structured like a traditional sports league with a regular season, knock-out playoff rounds and a winner-take-all championship.
  • The PFL has been a hit thus far in the eyes of investors and fans, raising more than $58 million and drawing more than 200,000 viewers for its broadcasts this season.

In July 2016, venture capitalist Donn Davis was sitting at his desk reading the press release that announced UFC was being sold for approximately $4 billion to a grounp led by the Hollywood talent agency WME-IMG, now known as Endeavor. At the time, Davis didn’t consider himself a big mixed martial arts fan. Regardless, there were always a few times a year that he found himself buying a pay-per-view for a fight: “It’s just great theatre,” he said. But, Davis […]

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Baseball Bat Mug Startup Taps Into Fans Love of Beer

  • Dugout Mugs is an official licensed partner of Major League Baseball, with merchandise available in 70 stadiums across the U.S.
  • The Florida-based merchant expects to rake in $3.5 million in revenue in 2019.

Not every idea for a baseball-themed product is a home run. But a new startup selling customized beer mugs made out of the barrels of baseball bats thinks it has hit out of the park. Winter Haven, Florida-based Dugout Mugs became an officially licensed partner of Major League Baseball after the conclusion of the 2018 regular season. Its merchandise is now available in 70 stadiums across MLB and Minor League Baseball. The company’s partnership with the MLB Players Association also […]

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