Media & Technology: Sports Media
- Much Ado About Nothing: Big 12 Won't Expand After All
by The Buffalo News October 2016
The Big 12 Conference decided it would not expand its current membership following a lengthy meeting of university presidents in Dallas on Monday."We decided after very thorough discussion that we would remain at 10 members," Oklahoma president and Big 12 chair David Boren said in a press conference Monday evening."Our 10 presidents came together in unity and came to the same conclusion, and that was that we like the competition that we have," Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby added.
- HS Headmaster Apologizes for 'Hitler' Play
by Telegraph Herald October 2016
GREENWICH, Conn. - The headmaster of a Connecticut high school has apologized after its football team named one of its plays "Hitler." Chris Winters, of Greenwich High School, issued the apology Friday. He called the designation inappropriate and offensive and said the practice has been stopped. A mother from the town of Trumbull told the Connecticut Post her son's freshman football team was playing Greenwich on Thursday when the players charged onto the field shouting "Hitler." The newspaper reported the signal for the play was an index finger laid across the upper lip.
- Atairos Group Acquires Learfield Sports
by Tatiana Siegel October 2016
Atairos Group is set to acquire college sports licensor Learfield, which sells media and marketing rights for 120 college programs including the University of Alabama, Penn State, the University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M as well as conferences like the Big Ten.
- NFL Attendance Solid Despite Sag in TV Ratings
by Nancy Armour October 2016
As easy as it might be to take plummeting TV numbers as a sign of the NFL's demise, there's no need to write the league's obituary. The steep and sudden decline in ratings and viewers should concern the league and its broadcast partners, of course. The NFL has weathered concussions, domestic violence and Deflategate, among other controversies, without anything making the slightest dent in its popularity. After a decade of increases, including last year's record numbers, few foresaw a drop-off, let alone one as dramatic as this.
- Blue Jays Incident Revives Call for Beer Can Ban
by Courtney Cameron October 2016
Almost a year after fans’ behavior led to a beer can ban in the upper decks of Toronto Blue Jays’ Rogers Centre for the remainder of the AL Championship Series, a new incident threatens to revive the ban.
- ACC Selects New Sites for Events Moved from N.C.
by The Associated Press October 2016
GREENSBORO, N.C. The ACC has selected sites for eight of the championships it will move from North Carolina because of a law that restricts the rights of LGBT people, moving four events to Georgia, the league announced Tuesday.
- Media-Rules Investigation Clears UND Prsident
by Archie Ingersoll October 2016
North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani did not violate any State Board of Higher Education policies in his controversial handling of media rules for athletics coverage, an independent investigator concluded. The investigator, attorney Kathy Perkins of Kansas, found Bresciani did not lie when he said he did not know about the media rules before they were issued, according to a report released Monday. However, Perkins criticized Bresciani in her 17-page report, saying his communication and decision-making could have been better. The flap over the now-rescinded Bison coverage restrictions came after the higher-ed board delayed the NDSU president's contract extension in late June, in part over concerns about his communication.
- ECU Officials Respond to Kneeling Band Members
by The Virginian - Pilot October 2016
GREENVILLE, N.C. | East Carolina officials say the school will not tolerate further protests after some band members kneeled while others performed the national anthem before a game. Band director William Staub, School of Music director Christopher Ulffers and College of Fine Arts and Communication dean Christopher Buddo issued a joint statement Monday. They say they “regret the actions” taken by the 19 members who took a knee before the game against Central Florida last weekend.
- Opinion: Driverless Cars Could Be NFL Game-Changer
by Thom Loverro September 2016
Television ratings are down in the NFL, and though it won't affect the league's revenue — the existing deals the league has with the networks are set through 2022 — officials are concerned about the slight decreases across the board. After all, the NFL is a TV show. Live gates become less and less important as attendance at NFL games continues to drop, and home experience – big screen HD televisions, no parking or crowd issues – becomes a better option.
- NFL Games Finally Online, But Access Will Cost Fans
by Telegram & Gazette September 2016
For the first time, every single NFL game will be streamed live this season. But watching them all won’t be easy. In general, it’s great that the NFL and its television networks are finally taking this step. Last year, most games televised on CBS weren’t streamed at all. Things are much simpler this season: All games will be streamed live, regardless of the network. But it’s still tricky to figure out where to find them online, and in many cases you’ll need pricey cable or satellite TV subscriptions to actually watch them.