Media & Technology: Sports Media
- ACC Network May Never Come
by Brad Senkiw May 2016
The ACC is one of just two leagues (the Big 12 is the other, although Texas has its own channel) from the Power 5 that doesn't possess its own lucrative network. The ACC desperately needs one. Swofford and the league's athletic directors aren't blind to that at all.
- Newspapers Sue for '70s Penn State Settlement Records
by Susan Snyder and Jeremy Roebuck May 2016
A coalition of media organizations asked a judge Thursday to unseal court records surrounding settlements that Pennsylvania State University paid to accusers of Jerry Sandusky who said they told head football coach Joe Paterno or his assistants about their abuse as early as the 1970s. "Public interest in these proceedings is immense," attorneys for the news outlets contended in a motion filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. The information in the records, attorney Craig J. Staudenmaier wrote, "may shed further needed light on a matter that is of serious public concern - sexual abuse of children over decades by an employee of the largest public university in the commonwealth."
- Big Ten Near Big Broadcast Deal with Fox Sports
by The Columbus Dispatch April 2016
The Big Ten is poised to shift much of its media rights from ESPN to Fox. An industry source confirmed a Sports Business Daily report that a pending six-year deal would give Fox Sports and Fox Sports 1 about 25 football games and 50 men's basketball games per season starting in the fall of 2017.
- CBS, Turner Extend March Madness Deal for $8.8 Billion
by Erik Brady April 2016
The NCAA men's basketball tournament will remain on CBS and Turner through 2032 thanks to an eight-year, $8.8 billion extension announced Tuesday. CBS Sports and Turner will provide live coverage of all games on any platforms they choose -- including, the announcement said, "those to be created over the life of the agreement." One Shining Moment montage in hologram, anyone?
- Idaho HS Sports to Be Broadcast Online to Paid Subscribers
by Jeff Pinkham April 2016
Fans who want to watch state tournament games on the NFHS Network will have to pay $9.95 for a day, $14.95 for a 30-day pass or $119.95 for a yearly pass.
- Twitter Wins Bid to Stream NFL Thursday Night Games
by James Covert April 2016
Twitter has blitzed its way into the NFL streaming game. Jack Dorsey's social network on Tuesday said it has inked a deal to stream 10 of the NFL's 16 Thursday night games next season.
- Rams Selected for HBO's 'Hard Knocks'
by Vincent Bonsignore March 2016
Say this much for the Rams: They certainly don't mind dealing with distraction. As if moving from St. Louis to Los Angeles doesn't present enough of a challenge for the upcoming season, they've decided to chronicle the first-year transition back to L.A. as the featured team on the HBO show Hard Knocks. The Rams spot on the series has been rumored, but it became official on Wednesday at the NFL's annual league meetings in Boca Raton, Florida.
- After Criticism, Selection Show Could Get Revamp
by Jim Carlisle March 2016
It wasn’t exactly a shining moment for the NCAA Tournament Selection Show last Sunday on CBS. The expansion from one hour to two wasn’t received well. Not only was the bracket revealed in a glacial manner, it was leaked on Twitter before the first hour was even over. TV viewers didn’t stay with the show. It had a 3.7 big-market overnight rating, which was down 5 percent from last year. In fact, according to SportsBusiness Daily, it was the worst overnight rating for the Selection Show since at least 1995, when it went from 30 minutes to an hour. The biggest rating since then was a 6.5 in 1998.
- Pac-12 Network Revenue Falls Short of Expectations
by Jacob Thorpe March 2016
When the presidents and athletic directors of Pac-12 schools came together to launch the Pac-12 Network, they envisioned a television cash spigot that would flood the athletic budgets of every member school.
- Athletic Business’ Top 10 (Plus One) Stories of 2015
by Jason Scott December 2015
As we close the book on another year, let’s look back on some of 2015’s most popular stories. From new stadiums to athlete safety, 2015 provided a wide range of stories from across the athletics, fitness and recreation industry.