Media & Technology: Sports Media
Mountain West Commish Describes 'Precarious Position'
by Taylor Bern July 2014
Craig Thompson is entering his 16th season leading the Mountain West. He's the only commissioner the league has ever had, and on Tuesday at the Cosmopolitan he briefly discussed that past before moving to the topic the assembled media was more interested in: the future. Many conversations about the future of college athletics are broken into the haves and the have-nots. The Mountain West is part of the latter, one of the five FBS-level conferences that could be left behind if the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC would decide to form their own league.
Sterling Files Suit; Rivers to Quit as Coach if Owner Stays
by From staff and wire reports July 2014
In Brief In brief: Doc Rivers will quit if Donald Sterling stays with Clippers NBA: The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.
Columnist: No End in Sight for Dodgers TV Frustrations
by Jim Carlisle July 2014
Back in the day (as the kids say — or used to until just now when I said it), the Dodgers were almost a radio-only enterprise. Well into the 1970s, the only games the team ever televised were those from San Francisco.
ACC Network Makes Sense, But Several Caveats Remain
by Naples Daily News (Florida) July 2014
Expansion has, for the foreseeable future, run its course. While college athletics is entering a period of widespread and uncertain change, the ACC has achieved stability. The biggest question facing the conference now is a simple one.
High School Sports Talk Coming to The Comcast Network
by Daily News Staff Report July 2014
THE SPORTS FAN Base Network (SFBN), an online sports network that began live streaming area high school sports in 2012, will debut a high school sports talk show on The Comcast Network (TCN), according to an SFBN release.
ESPN, Comcast Deal to Put SEC Network in 46M Homes
by Post & Courier staff report July 2014
ESPN and Comcast Cable have reached an agreement to carry the SEC Network, meaning the new sports network will be available to more than 46 million households.
March Madness Threatens Proposed Scholarship Changes
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports July 2014
It's no secret that preserving March Madness has been a priority throughout the stages of NCAA governance reform. It's also no secret why. Television and marketing rights fees related to the iconic NCAA men's basketball tournament -- currently in the middle of a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal with CBS Sports and Turner -- account for 90% of the NCAA's annual revenue. Each time a commissioner from one of the Power Five conferences -- the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern -- hinted at the idea of splitting from the NCAA and forming a so-called Division IV, March Madness was brought up as the main counter. The argument being: The NCAA tournament wouldn't be nearly as exciting nor as profitable with teams only from Power Five conferences. Would it have the same appeal without the Butlers and Virginia Commonwealths? Without the parity in the sport that allows for upsets to happen? Of course not.
Dayton Moving Forward with New Logo Despite Criticism
by David Jablonski July 2014
"Horrible, ugly and bush league" were among the descriptions of the Flyers' new logo on social media. Recruits seem to like it. DAYTON - Some Dayton fans arrived early at Korporate Kasuals on Friday, eager to be the first to buy shirts or hats or even golf bags with the new Flyers logo. UD unveiled the logo at 1 p.m. That's also when the doors opened at the store. "I had people jiggling the doorknob at 12:30," said John Kelly, owner of Korporate Kasuals, on Saturday. "I was pleasantly surprised by how many people we had come in. We had a real positive reaction to it."
Breaking Down Forbes' 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams
by Michael Gaio July 2014
Manchester United Scores Adidas Deal Worth $1.3 Billion
by William Rosenthal, The New York Post July 2014
The World Cup may be over but soccer teams continue to score. Manchester United, one of the world's most valuable soccer franchises, said Monday it has inked a mega-jersey manufacturing deal with Adidas that will net it $1.3 billion over 10 years.