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ESPN Will Not Broadcast National Anthem During ‘Monday Night Football’

As controversy swirls around what has become a polarizing aspect of NFL games, ESPN says it will not air the national anthem before its Monday Night Football games this season. "We generally have not broadcasted the anthem, and I don't think that will change this year. Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem," Pitaro said during ESPN Football Media Day, according to Axios' Sara Fischer. "Again that could change,” Pitaro added. “It's unpredictable what… Read

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Tiger Woods’ Resurgence Lands PGA Championship Ratings Well Above Par

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Tiger Woods is returning to form with back-to-back top-of-the-leaderboard finishes at the past two major golf championships, the latest with a rousing second-place finish behind Brooks Koepka on Sunday at the PGA Championship. If you didn’t watch the round on CBS, you’d know Woods’ presence by the early ratings numbers: CBS Sports’ coverage drew a 6.1 rating in the 18-49 demo, up 69% over last year’s tournament, as Woods was in the final three groupings at Bellerive in… Read

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ESPN Canceling ‘SportsNation’ As Part Of Afternoon Lineup Changes

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ESPN said the final episode of its long-running afternoon show SportsNation will air August 24, part of a revamp of the sports network’s afternoon lineup that includes adding a live edition of SportsCenter and shifting High Noon to a half-hour format. The full new schedule will debut September 11. "SportsNation has been a staple of our afternoon lineup for years, and while we felt it was time for a change, the collection of talented, creative people and content associated… Read

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Disney’s Bob Iger On Rivalry With Netflix, Fox Film Integration: “We Don’t Have To Be In The Absolute Volume Game”

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During today’s call with Wall Street analysts to discuss third-quarter earnings, Disney CEO Bob Iger offered some of his most extensive comments to date on the company’s high-stakes effort to compete with Netflix in the subscription streaming arena. The topic dominated the half-hour Q&A portion of the call. Iger repeatedly emphasized that the approach to the streaming service would be a gradual one that will not resemble the flood-the-zone, saturation tack taken by… Read

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‘In Search Of Greatness’: AOS Sets Release Date For Gabe Polsky Sports Docu

EXCLUSIVE: If you’re looking for greatness, then you might want to watch Gabe Polsky’s upcoming sports documentary In Search of Greatness. The film, which marks the first project for the sports-oriented distribution company AOS (Art of Sport), has scored a Nov. 2 release Polsky, who recently served as EP of NatGeo’s Genius and is known for his American-Russian hockey doc Red Army, brings us another sports story with In Search of Greatness. The film examines the importance… Read

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Red Sox Vs. Yankees Sunday Night Baseball Notches Highest Rating In Four Years For ESPN

Sunday night’s MLB game was not only a big win for the Boston Red Sox. The faceoff between the Red Sox and the New York Yankees, which saw Boston defeat New York in 10 innings, delivered the best Sunday Night Baseball rating in four years for ESPN, according to Nielsen. The telecast drew a 2.2 metered market rating, making it the highest-rated Sunday Night Baseball telecast since the Texas Rangers-Los Angeles Angels’ faceoff on June 22, 2014 (2.4 rating). This excludes… Read

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NFL Hall Of Fame Game Ratings Down Hard From 2017; ‘The Four’ Strikes Season 2 High In Finale

Lamar Jackson's debut as a member of the Baltimore Ravens flew high and not so high last night for the quarterback in the NFL Hall of Fame game's unofficial start to a new season of football but ratings for the NBC broadcast match-up with the Chicago Bears definitely went down. With a 4.7/9 in metered market results and a 1.8/7 in fast affiliates, the Ravens 17-16 win over the Chicago Bears in Canton, Ohio took a two-time double digit hit last night from last year. That's… Read

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ESPN Sets Landmark Boxing Deal With Top Rank Through 2025

As Disney and ESPN continue to feed its direct-to-consumer offering ESPN+, they have set a historic deal with boxing promoter Top Rank. The seven-year deal runs from 2018 to 2025 and is billed by the companies as the most comprehensive, exclusive rights deal in the history of boxing. The agreement, brokered by CAA on behalf of Top Rank, will yield 54 events per year as well as a full offering of exclusive shoulder programming, classic fights and studio content. Top Rank on… Read

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Momentum Sports Merges Into CAA China

Momentum Sports, one of China’s leading marketing, brand consultation and athlete rep companies, has merged into CAA China. As part of the agreement, VC firm Legend Capital, an investor in Momentum Sports, will become a shareholder in CAA China. Momentum’s founder and CEO Mark Gao will work closely with CAA China CEO Mary Gu to help guide and grow the agency’s sports efforts throughout Asia. Gao, the former Vice President of NBA China, formed Momentum in 2016. Focused on… Read

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HBO Acquires Documentary On USA Gymnastics Sexual-Abuse Scandal

HBO Documentary Films has acquired worldwide TV and streaming rights to At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal, which explores the sexual abuse scandal that shook the sports world in 2017. Slated to bow on HBO, next year, the film is directed by Erin Lee Carr (HBO's Mommy Dead and Dearest) and based on years of research by producers David Ulich and Dr. Steven Ungerleider. Here is HBO’s logline: At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal… Read

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Snapchat Sets New Partnerships With NFL And NBC For Premier League

Snapchat is ready for some football, whether round or oblong, setting new partnership deals with the NFL and NBC Sports Group for the Premiere League. A previous NFL-Snap deal has been extended for multiple years, with the league adding a new Sunday Publisher Story to the daily output the during the NFL season. In the off-season, the partnership puts out content once a week. Under the extension, Snapchat will continue to produce and distribute Our Stories throughout the… Read

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NBC Sports Names PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua President

NBC Sports Group named Pete Bevacqua to the newly created position of president, where he’ll oversee programming, marketing, digital, the NBC Sports Regional Networks, and all golf businesses. Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports, said Bevacqua’s hiring culminates seven years of expansion of the sports group, and helps it prepare for future growth. He will begin his new role in September, reporting to Lazarus. "We are thrilled to have someone with his… Read