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Cassidy Hubbarth’s Hoop Streams To Become Year-Round ESPN Show

With the NBA making news 365 days a year, ESPN is expected to announce Monday that it’s expanding Cassidy Hubbarth’s Hoop Streams into a season-long show. The hit digital program streams on the ESPN app and ESPN’s Twitter and YouTube platforms. Launched in February, the live, on-site show initially streamed before ABC’s Saturday night prime time game telecasts and other big games this past season. It grabbed a young, hoops-savvy audience. Now Hubbarth, former NBA star-turned TV analyst Kendrick Perkins […]

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Mina Kimes To Host ESPN’s Daily AM Podcast

Mina Kimes’ meteoric rise at ESPN will continue as she is expected to be named lead host of ESPN’s first daily morning podcast, sources said. The ESPN Daily is expected to be formally launched in mid-October. ESPN is holding off Kimes’ announcement until right before the podcast goes live, said sources. Since joining the company from Bloomberg in May 2014, Kimes has been featured across a growing number of ESPN shows and platforms. She launched her own NFL-focused podcast, guest-starred […]

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Anchored By Kirk Cousins Show, Vikings See Podcasting Growth

Many NFL teams have podcast networks. Only one is headlined by an $84 million starting quarterback. When the team and the Vikings Entertainment Network, released their new podcast lineup for the 2019 season they touted a new addition as their No. 1 attraction: “Under Center With Kirk Cousins”  Co-hosting his own weekly podcast and radio show, Cousins doesn’t do the usual five-minute drive-by appearance with a local sports radio anchor. Instead, he tapes an hour-long show that features both video […]

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Overtime SZN Programming Targets Gen Z’s Football Woes

Digital sports network Overtime is going to Primetime with its new slate of football programming. The three-year-old network targeting Gen Z sports fans will launch five new shows in an expansion of its football coverage, including “Primetime 2.0” with NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and his son Shedeur Sanders. The shows begin premiering Saturday. Overtime’s dedicated football channel, Overtime SZN, launched last year and has gained nearly 1 million followers. To date, Overtime SZN videos have been viewed more […]

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MSG Networks Looks To Capitalize On Tri-State NHL Team Buzz

Three of the most-anticipated teams entering the 2019-2020 NHL season are the New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders and New York Rangers, all of which scored with interesting offseason additions – and in the case of the Islanders, the promise of a new stadium. As the local rightsholder for all three teams, MSG Networks is using that increased local buzz to roll out several new fan engagement efforts ahead of the start of the season. “It was a super exciting […]

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How Will NHL’s TV Talks Play Out? We Ask The Experts

The National Hockey League will be the first big sports sports league to put its broadcast rights up for bid during the coming gold rush of 2021-2022, when the NFL’s entire TV portfolio could be up for grabs. NBC Sports’ 10-year U.S. media rights deal expires after the 2020-2021 season. With live sports the most valuable entertainment going, you can bet your Stanley Cup the NHL is going to be looking for a very hefty increase from NBC’s current $200 million-a-year […]

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Nielsen Rolls Out New Fan Insights Platform In Nine Countries

(Nielsen is a proud partner of Front Office Sports) For sports teams, properties, and sponsors, gathering data about the purchasing behavior of fans just became even easier.  Nielsen has announced the launch of Nielsen Fan Insights. This online platform will provide users with a comprehensive view of fans’ interests, media consumption behaviors, brand attitudes and purchasing habits all over the globe. At launch, Nielsen Fan Insights will cover the U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy, China, India and Japan. The […]

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Does Facebook Want Live NFL Game Rights?

Does Facebook want live game rights to the NFL and other sports? That’s the billion-dollar question keeping broadcast TV executives up at night, and executives at leagues and teams salivating, as a whole host of media rights for the NFL and other sports leagues will be available soon. With a market capitalization of $501.58 billion, and 2.41 billion active monthly users around the globe, Facebook has the potential to completely shake up the sports TV landscape. League executives have suggested […]

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Shot Callers: Dennis Page, CEO, SLAM Media

Since 1994, SLAM has combined coverage of the worlds of basketball and hip hop with steadily increasing success. Now a multimedia company, SLAM continues to cover this intersection of sports and culture in new and inventive ways. FOS Editor Ian Thomas sits down with Dennis Page of SLAM to discuss the origins of the magazine, the brand’s resurgence in the last two to three years, and what’s on the horizon. Edited highlights appear below: On the early days of SLAM […]

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NFL Embracing Multicast Approach To Live Game Coverage

The NFL’s television partners have broadcast games the same way for decades. TV viewers saw one play-by-play announcer, one color analyst and maybe a sideline reporter. If you didn’t like the analysis from, say, Jason Witten of ESPN, you turned off the sound or changed the channel. But what if you could choose among multiple linear/digital options for your game experience? What if you could choose from different announce teams and approaches similar to ESPN’s “MegaCast” coverage of the College […]

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