Media

Twitter expands content partnerships with various sports properties

Daily / Thursday, May 6, 2021
Twitter has unveiled an "expanded lineup of new and renewed premium video content deals, spanning entertainment, gaming, lifestyle and news and sports," announcing partnerships with NBC, Tastemade, the WNBA, MLB, NHL and Riot Games, among others, according to Todd Spangler of VARIETY. Twitter and MLB are "extending their existing...

Sinclair committed to taking RSNs direct-to-consumer next year

Daily / Thursday, May 6, 2021
Sinclair held its Q1 earnings call yesterday, and if there was one message that President & CEO Chris Ripley wanted analysts to take away, it was that his company is totally committed to taking its RSNs direct-to-consumer in the first half of next year. “If you're noticing a difference...

NBC, Twitch partnering for special content around Tokyo Games

Daily / Thursday, May 6, 2021
In a bid to get its Olympic programming in front of an audience that does not watch television in large numbers, NBC Olympics is partnering with Twitch on a Twitch channel that will carry live Olympic content, including a daily live studio show produced from Tokyo. The channel will...

Kenny Albert to be lead play-by-play voice for NHL on TNT

Daily / Thursday, May 6, 2021
Kenny Albert "will be the voice of the NHL on TNT" and "man the mic as the voice of the Stanley Cup for four of the next eight finals," according to Andrew Marchand of the N.Y. POST. With Doc Emrick retired, Albert is "expected to call the...

Fox Sports giving TSL primetime placement

Daily / Thursday, May 6, 2021
Fox Sports today kicks off its coverage of The Spring League with a doubleheader on FS1 of Alphas-Aviators at 7:00pm ET, then Conquerors-Linemen at 10:00pm. For the first time ever, TSL football will air on broadcast TV, with six regular-season games as well as its championship matchup on Fox. The season’s...

Mobile platform Buzzer signs deal to distribute NBA League Pass content

Daily / Thursday, May 6, 2021
Buzzer has signed an agreement to distribute NBA League Pass, adding to the new mobile platform's portfolio of short-form live sports content. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Fans will be able to buy multiple NBA League Pass offerings starting Saturday. Buzzer will make available single-game and...

Fox purchases Clay Travis-led Outkick

Daily / Thursday, May 6, 2021
Fox Corp. has purchased Outkick, the "conservative-leaning sports-news site founded by entrepreneur and online personality" Clay Travis . The acquisition was unveiled by Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch  during a call with investors yesterday. Financial terms were not disclosed. Murdoch said that Outkick is a "leader 'in sports news,...

SBJ Spotlight: WNBA at 25, youth sports, NFTs

Daily / Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Today, SBJ debuts the latest episode of its video news series, "SBJ Spotlight." This installment looks at a quarter-century of challenges and growth for the WNBA; a media veteran's new push into the youth sports market, and what he sees as the challenges of getting young people involved in...

Audience Analysis: Derby, Draft show strength of live sports

Daily / Wednesday, May 5, 2021
While this year’s first round of the NFL Draft was lower than its record-breaking audience in ’20, and the Kentucky Derby was lower compared to many recent runnings on the first Saturday in May, both marquee sports events topped another recent crown jewel of live TV: the Oscars. Last...

Univision-owned TUDN's footprint should grow thanks to soccer rights

Daily / Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Univision President of Sports Coverage Juan Carlos Rodriguez understands there is "clearly no such thing as too much" soccer, but he also is "taking advantage of some things that were outside his control, like the COVID-19 pandemic that delayed the Copa America and Euros a year," according to...