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NHL draft posts lowest U.S. ratings in three years, lags behind WNBA draft

Producing its own NHL draft coverage for the first time didn’t help NBC draw better ratings for the event. Sports Media Watch reports that NBCSN pulled in just 252,000 viewers for the first day of the draft Friday night, the smallest audience since 2012’s 207,000 and a 25 per cent drop from last year’s 337,000. That […]


ESPN wants Keith Olbermann to quit “commentary”; driven by his NFL criticism?

There’s something odd about hiring outspoken commentators and then getting mad when they produce outspoken commentary, but that appears to be ESPN’s modus operandi when that commentary targets its business associates. Shortly after driving Bill Simmons out after he spoke his mind about Roger Goodell, the company appears set to push Keith Olbermann out once his […]


ESPN and Marvel join forces for ‘1 of 1 – Origins’ series of short films

Earlier this year, ESPN Films and Marvel Entertainment — fellow companies under the gigantic Disney umbrella — announced they were teaming up on a series of documentaries (feature-length and shorts) that would essentially tell the origin stories of the closest thing we have to real-life superheroes in our culture: elite athletes. The films combine interviews, […]

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 30:  (R) Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick for the opening goal against Germany in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Semi-Final Match at Olympic Stadium on June 30, 2015 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

USA-Germany semifinal scores monster rating

Fox Sports has seen great numbers for the Women’s World Cup this year and that continued with the USA-Germany semifinal.  The USWNT’s 2-0 victory over the Germans scored a 6.1 overnight rating according to John Ourand.  It’s the highest rated game of the tournament thus far and the highest rating ever for a soccer game […]


WWE Raw draws second-lowest non holiday viewership since 1997

WWE Raw has been a staple on Monday nights for the last 22 (yes, 22!) years. But this past Monday’s edition of Raw sunk to depth that WWE hasn’t seen in years. The show drew only 3.46 million viewers, the second-lowest viewership for a non-holiday edition of Raw since 1997. The only lower episode went up […]

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Fox exec blasts U.S. Open critics: “You thought we were going to be perfect on our first show?”

Fox Sports took plenty of criticism for its inaugural U.S. Open golf coverage, both from inside and outside the company, and some of Fox’s executives don’t think that’s fair. John Entz, Fox Sports’ president of production and executive producer of their U.S. Open coverage, told Sports Business Journal the critics’ expectations were unrealistic: “For someone like […]

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ESPN proclaims its web re-design a runaway success

It’s been three months since ESPN relaunched its website. At the time, we chronicled how it looked and while confusing, we noted how it was redone with mobiles and tablets in mind. And there was also the scrolling factor. Lots of scrolling. In fact, scrolling is still one of the main features of the site. […]

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Viewing Picks for July 1, 2015

All Times Eastern College Sports This is Auburn — SEC Network, 7 p.m. Golf PGA of America PGA Professional National Championship, Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon Course); Philadelphia Cricket Club (Militia Hill Course), Flourtown, PA Final Round — Golf Channel, 2 p.m. PGA Minority College Championship Highlights — Golf Channel, 7 p.m. The Golf Fix — […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 15:  American League All-Star Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels poses with the MVP trophy after a 5-3 victory over the National League All-Stars during the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

MLB’s All-Star roster reveal show will now be over two days

If you thought the current hour-long format for MLB’s All-Star Game roster reveal show was too long, just wait until you hear what MLB is doing now. This year, the roster reveal show on ESPN will take place over *two* days, July 5th and 6th. The starters will be revealed on Sunday the 5th, and […]

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U.S. Senior Open on Fox Improves Upon Last Week’s Debut

Though it aired with considerably less fanfare than the U.S. Open, the U.S. Senior Open was a second chance of sorts for Fox. Last weekend, the 50-and-over major championship aired on the Fox family of networks. It was a good opportunity for Joe Buck, Greg Norman, and company, to improve upon last week’s Fox golf […]

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Is ESPN becoming a drain on Disney’s bottom line?

For years, the conventional wisdom about ESPN it’s been a cash cow for its parent company Disney. And while that has been true, it appears that with its rising costs due to programming and production, Wall Street analysts are nervous that as ESPN has to pay more for live sports (new contracts have kicked in […]