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Turner Acquires U.S. Rights To UEFA Soccer Games, Plans To Launch OTT Sports Platform

Turner has signed a three-year, multi-platform deal for U.S. rights to UEFA European soccer games beginning with the 2018-2019 season. Timed to the deal, Turner also plans to launch a new stand-alone premium sports streaming video service with a collection of UEFA matches serving as a core pillar. The OTT sports platform will debut in 2018. Under terms of the deal, Turner will have exclusive U.S. rights for English-language coverage of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA… Read

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NBC Geared Up For PyeongChang Winter Olympics Even As North Korea Heats Up – TCA

Talk about great timing: Four days after NBC airs Super Bowl LII on February 4, the network will launch its coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics from PyeongChang, South Korea. The last time one of the Big Four broadcast networks aired both events was CBS in 1992, but there was a three-week break between them. But as NBC spoke at TCA today about the opportunities for enhancing the viewing experience of the February 8-25 Games with VR, 4K and drones plus the fact that the… Read

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It Took 13 Years, But ESPN Will Finally Debut The Ocho

The fictional ESPN8 depicted in the 2004 Ben Stiller-Vince Vaughn comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story will come to life — for one day at least — as ESPN said today it will play along August 8 (8/8, get it?) to transform ESPNU into ESPN8: The Ocho. Gary Cole and Jason Bateman scored some of the best lines as announcers Cotton McKnight and Pepper Brooks in the Fox movie, which centered on a ragtag group that banded together to compete in the annual Las Vegas Dodgeball… Read

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Tom Brady Book ’12’ & Movie Coming From ‘The Finest Hours’ Writing Team – UPDATED

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UPDATED, 8:59 AM: More information has come to light this AM about the book and movie based on the New England Patriots superstar Tom Brady. Little, Brown and Company just won a bidding war for the book which is entitled 12 and written by authors Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. The story chronicles the Patriot’s miraculous come-from-behind win in this year's Super Bowl. The book will be published in 2018. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein (The Maze Runner) will be producing the movie… Read

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Los Angeles Awarded 2028 Olympics In Deal With IOC; Paris Gets 2024 Games

The Olympics are coming to Los Angeles, but a bit later than initially aimed for. Originally bidding for a third summer games to come to the City of Angels in 2024, L.A. will now see the Olympic and Paralympic Games here in 2028, sources close to the situation confirm. In an agreement struck with the International Olympic Committee,  the 2024 Games will be held in Paris, L.A.’s lone remaining rival in the bid for the Games. Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to make the… Read

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CNN & Turner Sports Sign For Nielsen’s Out-Of-Home Ratings

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Time Warner’s CNN and Turner Sports are the latest programmers looking to see a boost in ratings from people who watch them in offices, bars and other venues. The services just agreed to a long-term subscription deal to receive audience measurement results from Nielsen’s relatively new National Out-of-Home Reporting Service. They’ll receive ratings people who tune in up to seven days after a program and commercial first airs. “Our partnership with Nielsen doubles down on… Read

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Mayweather-McGregor Fight Punches Ticket For Movie Theaters

This year’s fight of the century just got bigger — well, the images did. The August 26 cross-training bout between undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC star and ex-pugilist Conor McGregor will be shown in select movie theaters around the country. The bout marks the first time champions from boxing and MMA will meet in a sanctioned boxing match, and Fathom Events is partnering with Mayweather Promotions to put the bout on the big screen. It’s expected to be the… Read

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Bob Wolff Dies: Hall Of Fame Sports Broadcaster Was 96

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Bob Wolff, along with Curt Gowdy the only sports announcer that is a member of both the baseball and basketballs halls of fame, died Saturday in South Nyack, NY at age 96. In a career that began in 1939, Wolff covered every major sporting event from World Series to Super Bowls to NBC and NHL championship series and was an institution in New York, where he broadcast for the Yankees, Knicks and Rangers. Along the way he interviewed everyone from Babe Ruth to Ty Cobb and Jim… Read

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FanDuel And DraftKings End Merger Plan In Response To FTC Opposition

FanDuel and DraftKings’ dream of merging into a fantasy sports colossus ended today following the Federal Trade Commission’s decision last month to sue to block the deal. The companies “believed that this deal would have increased investment in growth and product development thereby benefiting consumers and the greater sports entertainment industry,” FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles says today. “While our opinion has not changed, we have determined that it is in the best interest… Read

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Pulls Bigger Crowd Than Major League Baseball All-Star Game

NBC and Fox shared Tuesday’s primetime demo ratings win, with a 2.2 rating apiece. But NBC led Fox by nearly 2 million total viewers, with reality competition series – most notably America's Got Talent (12.3 million viewers, 2.2 demo rating) from 8-10 PM. Fox, meanwhile, broadcast the MLB All-Star Game in that block. Based on early national data it clocked 8.6 million viewers and a 2.2 demo rating. Those stats are subject to change, given the live nature of sports… Read

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Activision Blizzard Unveils Overwatch League eSports Plans

Some high profile executives in traditional sports including New York Mets’ Jeff Wilpon and the New England Patriots’ Robert Kraft are joining the eSports bandwagon: They’re among the group of seven people and entities that have bought city-based franchises for the new Overwatch League that Activision Blizzard has created to promote its multiplayer online first-person shooter video game. In addition to Wilpon (with a New York franchise) and Kraft (Boston), the list… Read

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Christie At The Bat: NJ Governor Getting Tryout As NY Sports Radio Host

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New York sports radio fans, get ready for a unique pinch hitter. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to take over WFAN’s coveted drivetime slot Monday and Tuesday, covering the bases from 2-6:30 PM. He is filling in for the iconic Mike Francesa, who is hanging ’em up at year’s end. The gig is considered an audition for the slot because the station’s program director said a few months back that Christie was among the names being considered. It could mark a career change… Read