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Boxer Deontay Wilder On ESPN Mascot Punch: “I Thought There Was Going To Be More Cushion”

Heavyweight champion boxer Deontay Wilder has spoken out on what happened when he punched an ESPN Nacion mascot on camera in a TV stunt that went badly. Wilder last week allegedly broke the jaw of a person wearing the mascot outfit during the stunt showcasing his pugilistic skills. Wilder, undefeated at 40-0 and nicknamed “The Bronze Bomber,” was invited by the show hosts to kiddingly box the hot dog-like Nacion ESPN mascot in what was supposed to be a jokey moment… Read

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‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Fall To Season Low Against NBA & MLB Games

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(UPDATED with NBA and MLB metered market results) If you're into sports, last night was an early Christmas of sorts with big games across the television landscape. However, except for Larry Fitzgerald’s playful sack of his ex-teammate-turned-sideline commentator Kurt Warner, it was not a good Thursday Night Football for the Arizona Cardinals, or Fox. The Denver Broncos plucked the Cardinals’ feathers 45-10 on the fourth week of primetime pro football on the Rupert… Read

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‘Road To Evolution’ Special Set For USA Network; Follows Journey To WWE’s First All-Female PPV Event

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EXCLUSIVE: USA Network is set to air a new special chronicling the lead-up to Evolution, WWE’s first all-female pay-per-view event. Road to Evolution is set for Monday, immediately following WWE Raw. The special looks back on the women who helped make WWE so popular, featuring stars from the past, present and future coming together to celebrate a new chapter in the venerable pro wrestling franchise. E! will air Road to Evolution at 10 PM Wednesday. All of the women’s… Read

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‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Up From Last Week’s Low & 2017 As Packers Win

There was a lot of push, pull and more than a few nice moves by quarterback Aaron Rodgers but in the end the Green Bay Packers' 33-30 victory over the San Francisco 49ers last night came down to that last-minute field goal by Mason Crosby. A dramatic end to a more dramatic than usual Monday Night Football that was good for the Packers, good for the swimming to stand still NFL and very good indeed for ESPN. Scoring 11.9 million viewers and a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49… Read

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FuboTV Skinny Bundle Announces Subscriber Count, Financial Milestones

FuboTV, whose skinny-bundle TV service predates those launched by DirecTV, Dish, Hulu and YouTube, is not quite as big as those heavier-marketed offerings. This morning, though, the company announced it is now approaching 250,000 subscribers and has set company records in key financial metrics such as time spent and revenue per user. Disclosing stats as of September 2018, the company said the subscriber number was more than double the 100,000 it had a year earlier, with… Read

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Patriots Snap Chiefs’ Winning Streak As ‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Rise

Taking down the previously unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs last night Tom Brady pulled off some NFL history on Sunday Night Football as the New England Patriots quarterback became the first signal-caller to win 200 regular season games. Up against an NFL delayed 60 Minutes with its Donald Trump sitdown plus the second episode of The Walking Dead's transformative new season and the Boston Red Sox's 7-5 win over reigning MLB champs the Houston Astros in Game 2 of the American… Read

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Astros Vs. Red Sox: ALCS Game 1 On TBS Tops Programming Across TV

The TBS telecast of ALCS Game 1 between the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox generated the top program of the day across all of cable and broadcast TV based on metered market delivery. The game, which the Astros trampled the Red Sox 7-2, averaged 5,821,000 viewers. Compared to the 2016 ALCS Game 1, the viewership was up 42% vs. 2016 with double-digit growth across all key demos. Game 1 peaked with an average of 6.9 million viewers from 11-11:15 PM ET. TBS's 2018 MLB… Read

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Boxer Deontay Wilder Breaks Nacion ESPN Mascot’s Jaw During Jokey Show Segment

Heavyweight champion boxer Deontay Wilder allegedly broke the jaw of a person wearing a cartoonish ESPN mascot outfit during an in-show stunt showcasing his pugilistic skills. The incident happened during a Spanish language episode of Nacion ESPN. Wilder, undefeated at 40-0 and nicknamed “The Bronze Bomber,” was invited by the show hosts to kiddingly box the hot dog-like Nacion ESPN mascot in what was supposed to be a jokey moment. Wilder apparently didn’t get the memo… Read

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‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Hit Season High As Eagles Soar Over Giants

After five weeks of adequate performance, the team that captured Super Bowl LII took off the training wings last night and flew high over the New York Giants. Taking down Eli Manning and crew at home 34-13 on Fox's Thursday Night Football, the Philadelphia Eagles proved that they own the NFC East right now  – and America's attention, it turns out. Snaring a 10.8/19 in metered market results on the Rupert Murdoch owned net and NFL Network, last night's TNF was a winner all… Read

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ESPN Replaces Turner As CBS Partner In 11-Year PGA Championship Deal

ESPN has joined CBS and the PGA of America in an 11-year, multi-platform rights deal for the PGA Championship, one of golf’s four majors and a likely bigger draw for viewers when it moves to May from August next spring. The pact, which takes effect with the 2020 edition of the PGA at Harding Park in San Francisco, will end a nearly 30-year run for Turner Sports sharing coverage of the tournament. While it is more than a century old, the PGA has historically been the… Read

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Los Angeles Media Fund Gets Into Sports Agency Business

Los Angeles Media Fund, the finance and entertainment company led by Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman, teaming with a quartet of sports agents to launch a sports agency called Beyond Athlete Management. BAM already has a roster that includes 20 basketball clients and rising NFL wide receiver Courtland Sutton. "Beyond is here to disrupt the standard of athlete management,” BAM’s sports agents Daniel Poneman, EJ Kusnyer, Jelani Floyd, and Mike Naiditch said in a joint… Read

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‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Hit Season Low; Drew Brees Scores NFL High

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Monday was a good night to be Drew Brees, and not such a great night to be the NFL or ESPN. While the New Orleans Saints quarterback became the league's all-time leader in passing yards after a quick second-quarter move on Monday Night Football, the Saints’ 43-19 demolition of the Washington Redskins was a ratings fumble. The primetime matchup last night on the Disney-owned sports cabler snared a 7.3 result in metered market ratings, down 20% in the early metrics from the… Read