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Shannon Sharpe Scores New Deal With Fox

Fresh off his red carpet hosting duties at Sunday’s Emmy Awards, Fox Sports personality Shannon Sharpe has something else to celebrate. Sharpe has signed a multi-year contract extension with Fox to continue serving as Skip Bayless’ debate opponent on FS1’s Undisputed, said sources. The Pro Football Hall of Famer’s initial three-year deal expired in July. There was speculation FS1 might install Cris Carter of FS1’s First Things First opposite Bayless if they couldn’t come to an agreement with the three-time […]

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GolfTV Maturing With Original Content Following Golf Digest Acquisition

This year has been a big year for Discovery Inc. in golf, as it launched GolfTV in January in partnership with the PGA Tour – a 12-year strategic alliance – and acquired Golf Digest in May. As the expertise from Golf Digest is integrated into Discovery Golf’s ecosystem, the development of GolfTV from a nascent platform to one with international appeal for golf fans worldwide is well underway, said Alex Kaplan, president and general manager of Discovery Golf.  “It’s been […]

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Philadelphia Flyers Showcase New Look In Behind The Scenes Series

With a new head coach, new general manager, and several new player additions, the Philadelphia Flyers are entering the 2019-2020 NHL season with a drastically different look on the ice. The Flyers are looking to give its fans a behind-the-scenes look at that transformation thanks to an NHL Network all-access series that is following along with the team during its training camp. “It’s a unique year for us, one that we think will be a truly special season for this […]

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Shot Callers: Marcus Spears, Show Host, ESPN

After nearly a decade in the NFL, not to mention winning a national championship with the LSU Tigers, Marcus Spears has transitioned into a television career as an analyst on the ESPN family of networks. Currently, he hosts SEC Nation and Thinking Out Loud on the SEC Network. In today’s episode of Shot Callers, FOS Senior Writer Michael McCarthy chatted with Spears about his journey to the world of television and his promising future in the field. Edited highlights appear […]

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More ESPN Content Coming To Facebook Watch

ESPN is poised to bring more sports to Facebook Watch. Via a new deal between the two, ESPN will bring exclusive versions of Countdown to GameDay and Fantasy Focus Live to Facebook’s video-on-demand service. Facebook Watch will also carry the new People’s MMA Show, plus new segments from Always Late with Katie Nolan. The tech giant has been steadily adding sports content to Facebook Watch since its launch in August 2017. The goal? Turn Facebook Watch into a “unique” way […]

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Yahoo Sports Expecting To Double Its NFL Revenue in 2019

During Yahoo/Verizon’s presentation about its NFL streaming strategy this spring, young New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold offered some insight into Generation Z. Watching NFL games on your phone is a natural, said the 22-year old Darnold, because his friends spend all day on their devices anyway. With Yahoo Sports extending its live NFL streaming rights into its mobile Fantasy Football app for the first time, the sky’s the limit this season according to Geoff Reiss, general manager of Yahoo […]

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Turner Sports, Bleacher Report See Growth Ahead For Champions League In Year Two

Deeming its first year of coverage a success, Turner Sports and Bleacher Report are aiming to further ramp up content around the UEFA Champions League as it enters its second season as a rightsholder. The broadcaster shocked many in the sports industry when it acquired the U.S. English language rights to both the Champions League and the Europa League. Turner Sports agreed to pay more than $60 million annually for the rights, which run through the spring of 2021, outbidding […]

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NBC Finds Success With Premier Lacrosse League In Year One

NBC Sports prides itself on taking leagues that may be unfamiliar to sports viewers and turning them into top-tier TV properties. Think the network’s English Premier League Soccer coverage.  That mirrors its approach with the Premier Lacrosse League, which launched earlier this year. By taking risks more established sports leagues wouldn’t try, founders Paul Rabil and brother Mike Rabil have established their startup as a legit player. As the PLL’s inaugural season heads for its first championship game, NBC executives […]

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NFL Grabs Over 109 Million Viewers For Week 1 Game Action

The NFL is celebrating its 100th season this year. Based on the league’s strong Week 1 TV/digital numbers, it’s still the NFL – and then everything else in sports and entertainment. The league says a total audience of over 109 million viewers tuned in for Week 1 action. Across the board, Week 1 games averaged over 17 million viewers, up 5% from the first week of the 2018 season. Overall, NFL games ranked as the top six telecasts for the […]

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Did Legal Betting Boost NFL’s Week 1 Ratings?

The NFL scored a strong TV performance in Week 1, with ESPN’s Monday Night Football posting a double-digit rating increase. But there was also a new factor driving ratings, say TV insiders. Namely, the increasing legalization of sports betting across the U.S.  After the formerly impregnable NFL suffered consecutive ratings drops during the 2016-2017 seasons, tracking the NFL’s weekly TV performance became something of a media parlor game. Given the solid league’s performance in Week 1 of the 2019 season, those […]

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