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NBC Sports Group President Pete Bevacqua Adds Olympics And More To Portfolio After Mark Lazarus Promotion

Pete Bevacqua, president of the NBC Sports Group, will now oversee the group’s entire portfolio, adding Olympics, Production, Operations and other areas to his purview in the wake of a larger corporate restructuring. The Stamford, Conn.-based executive will continue to report to Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News. Along with Jeff Shell and other executives, Lazarus was promoted by NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke in a management reorganization in… Read

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‘Walking Dead’ Ratings Suffer A Deep Bite To New Series Low Against NBA

Perhaps we can pass the ball and put the blame and the glory on LeBron James, but The Walking Dead took a record beating this weekend at the hands of the NBA. As the Laker superstar-led Team LeBron scored a 178-164 win over Team Giannis in the primetime NBA All-Star Game on February 19, the usual king of cable fell to an all-time series ratings and viewership low. Pulling in a 1.7 among adults 18-49 and 4.5 million viewers, the “Omega” episode revealing the origins of… Read

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Turner Sports Promotes Bleacher Report Executive Howard Mittman To CEO

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Turner Sports is promoting Bleacher Report’s Howard Mittman, a senior-level executive since 2017, to CEO of the digital brand as its founder, Dave Finocchio, moves closer to his planned exit. Mittman has been Chief Revenue Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of Bleacher Report since August 2017. He will report to Finocchio, the current CEO and founder, until Finocchio departs the company in June. At that point, Mittman will report to Matt Hong, COO of Turner Sports, who… Read

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Fox’s Daytona 500 Gets Ratings Bump Over Last Year’s Race

Sunday’s Daytona 500 with Denny Hamlin’s win scored a 5.5/11 overnight metered-market rating, up 8% over last year’s (5.1/11) record low, on Fox, according to Nielsen and Fox Sports. The closing stage at Daytona International Speedway was marred by multiple crashes toward the end of the race, which might have given it a ratings boost. Sunday’s race was the top-ranked sports event of the weekend, besting TNT’s NBA All-Star Game, which saw a 5.0 rating and also aired on… Read

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No Final Face-Off Between Colin Kaepernick & NFL As Settlement Scored

Looks like the NFL blinked in their looming legal showdown with Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid. With a potentially explosive and divisive hearing on the horizon over the former and present players' collusion lawsuit against the league, the parties have come to a settlement. The touchdown for the social injustice protesting ex-San Francisco 49er and currently Carolina Panthers was made public today by their lawyer Mark Geragos and the NFL in a joint statement. "For the… Read

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Amazon Is “Dipping Its Toe In The Water” Of Sports Rights, Co-TV Chief Albert Cheng Says At TCA

Amazon is "dipping its toe in the water" of live sports rights. That's how Albert Cheng, Co-Head of TV at Amazon Studios, described its moves into the live hustle-and-bustle of some of the world's most popular sports including NFL, soccer and tennis. Amazon aired Thursday Night Football last year and bought the rights to 20 matches per season in the English Premier League from 2019-22, while also airing the U.S. Open tennis tournament in the UK. The SVOD service… Read

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Sinclair Broadcast Group And Chicago Cubs Create Regional Sports Network

While it remains a suitor for the portfolio of regional sports networks Disney will soon be unloading as a condition of getting its Fox acquisition to close, Sinclair Broadcast Group is taking a more novel path into the sports cable business. The No. 1 owner of local TV stations, which already owns the Tennis Channel and the Stadium digital network, has teamed with the Chicago Cubs to create the Marquee Sports Network. The Chicago-based network will be the region’s… Read

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Fox Sports West’s Corey Maggette Skips Clippers Broadcast After Report Links Him To Virginia Fairfax Accuser, 1999 Duke Rape

Former basketball star Corey Maggette, who is now an analyst for Fox Sports West, did not appear as scheduled on last night’s LA Clippers telecast after a report linked him to a 1999 rape involving the accuser of Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. A lawyer for Fairfax’s accuser, Meredith Watson, issued a statement last week saying that a basketball player had raped her while both were students at Duke. The university said it was opening an investigation into the matter… Read

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NBC Sports Group, Golfer Rory McIlroy Launch Golfpass Subscription Package

NBC Sports Group and golfer Rory McIlroy have teamed to launch Golfpass, a $10-a-month subscription package that bundles video streaming of golf tournaments and instruction with travel, shopping and tee-time benefits. The founders are calling it a “first-of-its-kind” direct-to-consumer initiative. Discovery and Tiger Woods got some attention last November with their non-U.S. streaming partnership GolfTV, but NBC Sports executives stressed in a briefing that Golfpass is a… Read

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Super Bowl Viewership Falls To Lowest Since 2008 In Historically Low Scoring Game – Update

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UPDATE, 2:14 PM: The score for the New England Patriots' win yesterday over the Los Angeles Rams was historically low and so is the viewership for Super Bowl LIII. The CBS broadcast game out of Atlanta was seen by a total audience of 100.7 million, according to CBS Sports. That number comes from when you add up everyone who watched on CBS the network, CBS Interactive, NFL digital properties, Verizon Media mobile properties, ESPN Deportes television and other digital… Read

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CBS Boss Ebullient Over “Spectacular” Super Bowl Job By Company

The final numbers for the lowest scoring Super Bowl in the NFL's history aren't in yet but CBS top man has already declared victory. In a memo sent out company-wide this afternoon, Acting CEO Joe Ianniello was full of praise for a day of programming that was "first class, both in front of and behind the camera." Just days after a board meeting for a company still seeking a permanent replacement for disgraced ex-CEO Les Moonves and angling towards new talks on a merger… Read

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ESPN Anchor Adnan Virk Fired Following Investigation

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Adnan Virk, a once-rising star at ESPN, has been fired by the network, Deadline has confirmed. "Adnan Virk no longer works at ESPN," VP Josh Krulewitz told Deadline on Monday. Krulewitz would not elaborate, but the New York Post, which first reported Virk’s firing citing sources, said he was terminated following an investigation that he had leaked confidential company information to the media on more than one occasion, a violation of company policy. He was not fully… Read