• Amazon May Look Into Live Sports Streaming

    by Mike Snider November 2016

    Amazon is talking with professional and college sports leagues in an attempt to put together a live sports streaming offering. The NFL, MLB, NBA and MLS are among pro leagues Amazon has met with to talk about broadcast rights.

  • Opinion: Cuban Misses Mark with Credential Revocation

    by Aaron Falk November 2016

    The war against the machines has begun, and you might have missed the first cries of battle. Forget our national schism, the protests on the streets in cities across the country, these remorseless, robotic monsters are the ones coming to destroy your way of life right down to the very newsprint upon which these words live. But fear not. There will be no waiting for the savior foretold in the prophecies. We have our hero. We know his name. It is he, Mark Cuban, of Dallas, Texas, USA.

  • New Mexico Gets TV Windfall from Mountain West

    by Rick Wright November 2016

    Since the Mountain West Conference's National Exposure TV Bonus System was instituted in 2013, the New Mexico Lobos have been an also-ran. Until now. The Lobos' sudden financial windfall and increased television exposure from the bonus system, Paul Krebs and Bob Davie believe, are no coincidence. "I think people enjoy watching us, I really do," Davie, UNM's fifth-year head coach, said after Wednesday's practice. "I've heard that time in and time out, that we have an identity, we play with a certain style."

  • Election No Longer Excuse for Lagging NFL Ratings

    by Nancy Armour November 2016

    More bad officiating isn't the NFL's only headache this week. It's about to lose its cover. Barring a recount or something else wacky, Americans will wake up Wednesday needing to find something else to occupy their minds and their free time. After months of being transfixed by an election that often resembled a bad reality TV show, the country is free to return to its previous distractions of choice. And no one should be more nervous about that referendum than the NFL.

  • Opinion: NFL Needed Wakeup Call of Declining Ratings

    by Greg Cote November 2016

    NFL television ratings are down significantly. Good! No other sports league needs a slap in the face more. Roger Goodell's preening conglomerate sails along imperviously, thinking it is bulletproof. It isn't. So here is the lesson for the NFL in the declining numbers: Work harder.

  • Nielsen: Plummeting Subscriber Numbers for ESPN

    by Claire Atkinson November 2016

    Wall Street is watching ESPN's subscriber declines like a hawk. October looked like the scariest month in some time for the sports network, with Nielsen reporting a loss of 621,000 subscribers - a doubling from the typical loss of around 300,000 a month.

  • Opinion: Newton's Complaints About Pocket Hits Valid

    by Lorenzo Reyes November 2016

    The NFL is at the midseason point for most teams, and Sunday's action sparked even more story lines. But don't jump to conclusions just yet. Here are five overreactions we're pushing back on after Week8's games. Cam Newton is just spouting off

  • Local Businesses Capitalize on Cubs' Success

    by Aamer Madhani October 2016

    Die-hard Chicago Cubs fan Jerry Pritikin's life-long wait is nearly over. Pritikin's father took him to his first Cubs game in 1945 -- the last time the unluckiest team in baseball made it to the World Series -- and he was instantly hooked by the play of Andy Pafko and Wrigley Field's ivy. He begged his dad to get him tickets to the World Series, but his father said he was too young and promised to take him next time, Pritikin recalled.

  • Opinion: Future of Big 12 Remains in Question

    by Chip Malafronte October 2016

    We've spent the past few days studying the video, contemplating the claims and weighing the facts. But we still haven't been able to deduce which one of the presidential candidates is, in fact, the puppet. - The Big 12's decision to pass on expansion and hold steady at 10 teams wasn't the worst-case scenario for UConn. The money would've been nice, and it seems the athletic department in Storrs needs Power Five level cash to continue to meet its budgetary needs. But the Big 12 revolves around the needs of two schools, Texas and Oklahoma. And while stable for the moment, as it should be given the Power Five status, the conference's future is as unpredictable as it gets. But the current media rights deal expires in eight years and there's no guarantee the two straws that stir the drink will begin to look elsewhere if television money isn't on par with their vast influence.

  • 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.