With Cris Carter Out At Fox Sports, What’s Next For First Things First?

  • Cris Carter is officially out at Fox Sports. But his 'First Things First' morning show on FS1 will continue, says network.
  • Not one 'Embrace Debate' show on ESPN or FS1 features a female debater. Fox could reap benefits of casting first woman to debate sports rather than serving as moderator.

Cris Carter, the Pro Football Hall of Famer and co-host of the “First Things First” morning show, is officially out at Fox Sports following a disagreement with the network. Front Office Sports reported Monday that Carter had been frustrated with being passed over for Fox’s “Thursday Night Football” pregame show. Ex-Super Bowl champion Chris Canty has filled in for Carter for the past week on “First Things First,” which he has co-hosted with Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe the past […]

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Golden State Warriors Quickly Find Success On TikTok

  • On November 5, the Golden State Warriors became the first American sports team to surpass one million TikTok followers.
  • Of the Warriors' roughly 1.1M TikTok followers, 63% of them are female.

The Golden State Warriors have broken many records dating back to their 2015 NBA championship – their first in 40 years. Now playing in its new $1.6 billion Chase Center, Golden State’s impact has extended onto TikTok. On November 5, Golden State became the first North American sports franchise to eclipse one million TikTok followers. It caps off a TikTok ascension which has seen the Warriors grow at least 300,000 followers per month since it launched in April, said Warriors […]

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Blue Wire Expects New Partnerships to Accelerate Growth

  • Blue Wire has partnered with Whistle and Las Vegas Review-Journal to bolster their podcast efforts.
  • The company's founder expects the B2B partnerships to accelerate revenue growth.

As Blue Wire Media looks to grow, the sports podcast network is branching into partnerships with existing media brands. Blue Wire announced partnerships with Whistle and the Las Vegas Review-Journal to produce and distribute podcasts for the two established brands. “There’s an opportunity to do this with great sports brands like Whistle, which has established a great understanding and brand on YouTube, but don’t know much about podcasting,” Blue Wire CEO Kevin Jones said. “Instead of having a brand hire […]

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Kansas City Chiefs Quickly Carving Out Podcast Kingdom

  • The Chiefs official podcast network has racked up more than 500,000 downloads in five months.
  • The club expects that number to reach the millions by 2020.

With Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, the Kansas City Chiefs are known for their quick-strike offense. Despite a late start vis-a-vis other NFL teams, the Chiefs have made fast progress with their first podcast network.  Since May, the AFC West-leading Chiefs have gone from zero to four team podcasts, with another two in creative development. The Chiefs official podcast network has racked up more than 500,000 downloads in five months. The club expects that number to reach the millions by 2020. […]

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Cris Carter Could Be Out At FS1

  • Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter has taken leave of absence from FS1's First Things First Morning Show.
  • Rumors have bubbling since Friday about an alleged blow-up between Carter and his bosses at FS1.

Cris Carter could be leaving Fox Sports’ FS1 sports cable network. The Pro Football Hall of Famer turned co-host of FS1’s First Things First morning show has taken a leave of absence, sources told Front Office Sports. That may be the temporary arrangement before Carter moves on from Fox, where he’s worked since December 2016. On Thursday and Friday, Carter missed First Things First, the morning show he co-hosts with Nick Wright and Jenna Wolfe. Former New York Giants Super […]

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How Legal Sports Betting Helped Drive NFL’s First Half TV Ratings

  • The resurgent NFL grew its TV audience 6% to 16 million viewers during the first half of the 2019 season.
  • The legalization of sports betting in states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania helped fuel NFL TV numbers, say experts.

The NFL posted a strong television performance during the first half of the 2019 season, with TV audiences rising 6% to an average of 16 million viewers. One big factor driving that increase is a dicey subject still taboo for the league’s TV partners: the increased legalization of sports betting. Football bettors are the most loyal TV viewers for NFL games. They’ll stick around watching blowouts just to see whether their fantasy team players are scoring, whether they covered the […]

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Aged to New Age: How Custom Technology is Shaping the Future of Archaic Sports Orgs

(MaxOne is a proud partner of Front Office Sports) The youth and amateur sports industry is multifaceted, to say the least.  With hundreds of organizations serving coaches, athletes and parents; technology is playing an ever-growing role and encouraging these organizations to consider building apps.  Each of these more traditional organizations are feeling added pressure to extend into the digital space to build brand loyalty, deliver their premium content, provide their training services, or to build better communication tools for their […]

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Jay Harris Signs Long-Term Contract Extension To Stay At ESPN

  • ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jay Harris happy about contract extension: 'I'm where I want to be, doing what I love to do."
  • TV audiences for Harris and Hannah Storm's Tuesday morning SportsCenter rose 8% in September.

ESPN’s Jay Harris has signed a long-term contract extension that will keep him on the SportsCenter desk well past his 17th anniversary with the network next year. “I’m happy. I’m where I want to be, doing what I love to do. I have no complaints,” said Harris. Only a few years ago, media experts were predicting the death of ESPN’s flagship SportsCenter franchise. Since fans could get the game highlights they wanted on their cell phones, the desire for that […]

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Five Questions: Relevent Sports SVP of Global Brand And Content Robert Rodriguez

As Relevent Sports Group has built out its soccer properties like the International Champions Cup and the Women’s ICC event, it has also looked to build out its reach as an entertainment company and creating more content and storytelling around the top-tier soccer clubs and players it works with. To help accomplish that, the company this week hired Robert Rodriguez to lead its content and brand division. Rodriguez, who most recently served as the chief growth officer of soccer content […]

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House Of Highlights Founder Omar Raja To Leave Bleacher Report

  • Sources tell Front Office Sports that House of Highlights founder Omar Raja is expected to leave Bleacher Report.
  • ESPN, DAZN, and The Athletic have emerged as possible landing spots for Raja.

Bleacher Report and House of Highlights founder Omar Raja are expected to part ways, sources tell Front Office Sports.  After nearly four years of helping grow House of Highlights to over 14 million Instagram followers and recently becoming the first U.S. sports publisher to surpass ESPN’s following on a social media platform, Raja is expected to leave the company, sources said.  Raja had recently entered into contract renewal discussions with Bleacher Report, but the two sides could not come to […]

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