NHL Draft

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 […]

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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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Is the Longhorn Network a failure? What does LHN mean for Texas, ESPN and the Big 12?

The University of Texas’ much-maligned Longhorn Network has been back in the news recently, with Oklahoma chancellor David Boren calling it “the elephant in the room” and “a problem” last week. That caused C. Austin Cox of The Best College Sports News Network to ask an interesting question Monday: “Has Texas’ LHN Officially Failed?” Cox discusses […]

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SportsCenter’s going on the road to cover cornhole, horses, horseshoes, hot dogs and hoops

Taking SportsCenter on the road isn’t a new concept for ESPN; they’ve done so for unquestionably big events such as the NFL Draft, the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and the NBA Finals in recent months. This summer, though, they’re going to be hosting SportsCenter at the site of some much more unusual events on five consecutive weekends, events ranging […]

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Women’s College World Series beats Men’s counterpart in ratings

If “women’s sports in general [are] not worth watching,” as Sports Illustrated’s Andy Benoit infamously posited this week (he later apologized, but still got called out by Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler), there are a lot of viewers who disagree. The Women’s World Cup has been drawing incredible ratings in the U.S. and around the globe, and […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17:  Defender Meghan Klingenberg #22 of USA reaches for a high ball in the first half against Mexico during their international friendly match at StubHub Center on May 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Meghan Klingenberg and Morgan Brian of the USWNT live with Jeff Van Gundy

U.S. defender Meghan Klingenberg has earned lots of plaudits for her play at this Women’s World Cup, but she and teammate Morgan Brian might not even be the most widely-recognizable figures in their house. That’s because the two of them live with ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy and his family in Houston while they’re […]

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Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers mock SI’s Andy Benoit flippant women’s sports comments

Late-night TV Thursday saw an unusual reunion, and one that provided some much-needed sports commentary. Amy Poehler appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers to bring back the duo’s famed “Really?” segment from Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update, focusing on Sports Illustrated and The MMQB writer Andy Benoit’s ill-advised tweet about “women’s sports in general not worth watching.” […]


Twitter bid for NFL Bills-Jaguars game, looks to create comprehensive live event coverage

Exclusively-streamed games, such as the NFL is doing with Bills-Jaguars on October 25, have obvious value for tech companies that are already into streaming video. That group includes companies such as Netflix, Google, Apple and Yahoo (which won the rights for this one, reportedly paying $10 million to do so). However, there also were some surprising companies […]