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From Arizona Dads to Podcast Stars: Meet The Fantasy Footballers

Back in 2014, Andy Holloway and Mike “The Fantasy Hitman” Wright were doing what millions of office-mates do every day: talking about their fantasy football teams and league instead of working.  Only this time they turned on a microphone. “Mike and I actually started a podcast for our league. To make fun of people, talk about trades, talk about things that happened,” recalled Holloway. “That was the spark that began The Fantasy Footballers podcast.” Fast forward five years later and […]

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‘They Wanted Me Gone’: How Sports Teams Try to Control Beat Reporters

Even Major League Baseball says the Houston Astros were wrong when they denied Detroit Free Press reporter Anthony Fenech access to their clubhouse until pitcher Justin Verlander finished his postgame media session. But last week’s Fenech vs. Verlander dust-up was just the latest example of the ongoing push-pull between beat reporters trying to do their jobs – and pro sports teams/college programs trying to protect their players and control the media narrative. In June, New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas […]

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Will Tony Romo Become Biggest Free Agent in TV Sports History?

Tony Romo of CBS Sports could potentially become the most sought-after free agent in sports TV history. With the new 2019 NFL season a week away, talks on a contract extension between Romo and CBS have stalled with little progress, said sources.  Romo’s original three-year deal with CBS expires after this season. That’s raising the possibility Romo will table negotiations to avoid distractions, play out his rookie contract, then hit the open market in 2020. During CBS’ NFL preview day, […]

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MLS, ESPN Move MLS Cup Final To ABC In 2019

MLS will air its MLS Cup final on ABC in 2019, putting the league’s championship match back on that network for the first time since 2008. The match will also be aired on the Univision Network and TUDN in the U.S., as well as on TSN and TVA Sports in Canada, which will give the MLS Cup final its broadest domestic distribution ever. The shift in networks comes amid MLS shortening its playoff format this season. While the 2018 playoffs […]

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Shot Callers: Ben Reynolds, Co-Founder & CEO, Spalk

(Citrin Cooperman is a proud partner of Front Office Sports) The space of sports broadcasting has grown leaps and bounds in the last ten to fifteen years. With the help of automated and remote production technology, events can now be broadcast with relatively little budget and with less effort than in years past. FOS Editor Ian Thomas chats with Ben Reynolds of Spalk about how his company’s virtual commentary tools are changing the way sporting events are broadcast as well […]

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The Future of Live Sports Broadcasting

(Spalk is a proud partner of Front Office Sports) It’s hard to believe that it was less than 85 years ago that the Olympic Games were first broadcast live on TV.  In those short 85 years, sports broadcasting has gone from shaky, black and white transmissions available only to a few hundred television sets around the stadium, to events like the recent Cricket World Cup, where the International Cricket Council and their broadcast partners televised the event in over 220 […]

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How Little League Is Using Social Media To Grow Its Fanbase

While sports fans flock to social media to engage with the Little League account alongside the Little League World Series, the real work for the organization happens in those other 11 or so months during the year when that traffic doesn’t come just quite as easy. Front Office Sports chatted with Brian McClintock, Little League senior director of communications and who oversees its efforts on social media, about its approach and how it grows its audience during its big event. […]

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Dean Blandino On Entrepreneurship And Future Of Officiating

Dean Blandino has parlayed his career in NFL officiating into off-the-field success as a television personality, columnist and entrepreneur. The NFL’s former Senior Vice President of Officiating initially joined the league’s officiating department as an intern. During his 20-year plus career, he worked two Super Bowls and two conference championships as an Instant Replay official. Eventually, Blandino was promoted to Director of Officiating behind the league’s Mike Pereira from 2007-2009 and 2012-2013. He then followed Pereira to Fox in 2017. […]

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ESPN Adds Extra Week To 2019 U.S. Open Coverage By Showing Qualifying Tournament

ESPN’s largest single sports production of the year is getting even bigger. The sports media giant is effectively adding another week to its 2019 U.S. Open tennis coverage by televising and streaming this week’s qualifying tournament. Starting Aug. 20, ESPNEWS will offer six hours a day of qualifying coverage from five courts through Aug. 23. The over-the-top ESPN+ streaming service launched daily coverage of qualifying action from five courts on Aug. 19 and will continue through Aug. 23. TV coverage […]

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ESPN Puts Kids First In Little League World Series Coverage

While the Little League World Series pulls in major league-sized ratings for ESPN, the network doesn’t forget at the end of the day, these athletes are only 10 to 12 years old. For example, the pint-sized sluggers will get their own home run derby contest for the first time this year. But while the derby will be held on Saturday, August 17, ESPN will present an edited, tape-delayed version of the event on Sunday, Aug. 18 at 4:30 p.m – […]

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