ESPN is poised to bring more sports to Facebook Watch. Via a new deal between the two, ESPN will bring exclusive versions of Countdown to GameDay and Fantasy Focus Live to Facebook’s video-on-demand service. Facebook Watch will also carry the new People’s MMA Show, plus new segments from Always Late with Katie Nolan. The tech giant has been steadily adding sports content to Facebook Watch since its launch in August 2017. The goal? Turn Facebook Watch into a “unique” way […]
Even Major League Baseball says the Houston Astros were wrong when they denied Detroit Free Press reporter Anthony Fenech access to their clubhouse until pitcher Justin Verlander finished his postgame media session. But last week’s Fenech vs. Verlander dust-up was just the latest example of the ongoing push-pull between beat reporters trying to do their jobs – and pro sports teams/college programs trying to protect their players and control the media narrative. In June, New York Mets pitcher Jason Vargas […]
(BrandForward is a proud partner of Front Office Sports) True strength comes from within. That is the message Clover Sonoma wants to convey with the launch of their new “Strong Inside” campaign celebrating the inner strength of women. Clover Sonoma is a third-generation, family-owned and operated dairy based in Northern California. This week, the company introduced their new campaign featuring women who embody inner strength – championship-winning athletes Brandi Chastain, Alysia Montaño, Jennifer Azzi, and Emmy-winning sports journalist Amy Gutierrez […]
For Christy Hedgpeth, her path to playing basketball began like many kids – via a television. As a child, she remembers watching a college basketball game and realizing that one day, she wanted to play on that stage. While Hedgpeth’s playing career is now in the past, her current role in women’s basketball is perhaps her most important one yet. As the WNBA’s chief operating officer, she is experiencing first-hand the league’s tremendous growth. As the league is now heading […]
Will former NBA star Steve Nash continue his second career as a TV soccer analyst? We should find out soon, with the two-time MVP now in “active discussions” for a new contract with Turner Sports. The retired NBA point guard surprised many by joining Turner not a basketball analyst last year, but for soccer. But Nash’s deal with Turner to cover the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League was only for one season, said sources. Turner acquired the rights […]
Uninterrupted, which has found traction as an athlete empowerment brand showing another side of athletes from North American leagues, is looking towards athletes in Europe – and in soccer, specifically – for further growth. Earlier this month, the media company co-founded by LeBron James and business partner Maverick Carter signed a development agreement with David Beckham’s newly formed content house Studio 99. As part of that deal, the two companies will co-produce a documentary series on the launch of Inter […]
*This piece first appeared in the Front Office Sports Newsletter. Subscribe today and get the news before anyone else. It was not too long ago that the New York Times ran an article with the headline of “Why The Athletic Wants to Pillage Newspapers”. Fresh off a new funding round and plans to hire at least 55 people in the UK according to Digiday, The Athletic has created what some are calling a “journalist transfer window.” Publications are having “crisis” meetings… According to BuzzFeed […]
*This piece first appeared in the Front Office Sports Newsletter. Subscribe today and get the news before anyone else. As ESPN looks to grow its podcast presence, the company is turning to a new daily morning one starting in October. According to Ben Strauss of the Washington Post, the podcast is expected to include a mix of news coverage, trends in sports and feature stories done by ESPN’s team of reporters. Following a similar trend… In a recent episode of Shot Callers, Mike Greenberg […]
DAZN’s ambitions keep growing. The streaming service has had early talks with the NHL about a whiparound show similar to its ‘ChangeUp” show for MLB.
Get Up, the morning show featuring Mike Greenberg, has turned the corner. ESPN is planning a series of four afternoon specials focused on NBA free agency.
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