For much of the past year the talk of the sports media world has been around the inaugural year of Fox Sport 1 and its determination to rival ESPN.
FS1 has had a few wins, including having Fox Sports Live beat ESPN’s “Sports Center” one night thanks to its NASCAR coverage. However, Awful Announcing has a report on who FS1′s real competition is and who is really in second place to ESPN.
Based off prime time and total day viewership going back to January, Awful Announcing says ESPN2 is actually the runner up to ESPN. And thanks to its bump from Olympic coverage, the NBC Sports Network is doing better in the total day viewership area.
“Fox Sports 1 may have more long-term potential and may be more willing to get big live event packages, but they’re not seeing those fruits right now. Futhermore, FS1′s biggest ratings winner at the moment, NASCAR, will soon join NBCSN as well. And the reality for both these networks is that no package will be as big as the Olympics in the near future.”
Robert Klemko of the MMQB produced a devastating and shocking story on Tuesday, chronicling the sudden end to Russell Allen’s football career.
The Jacksonville Jaguar and undrafted free agent success-story suffered an on-field stroke last December, never sidelining himself despite warning signs.
“He went back in and finished the game,” writes Klemko.
“Afterward, he showered with a headache, got dressed with the same headache, drove home with his wife, struggled to watch Sunday Night Football because of light sensitivity, and went to bed with the same headache…
“The Jaguars’ medical staff ordered an MRI and sent Allen home after it was done. On Tuesday morning the trainer called Allen and told him to meet the team physician at the emergency room. Allen thought going to the hospital was only a matter of convenience, because the doctor might be doing rounds there. To his surprise he was told that he’d suffered a stroke during the 27-20 loss to Buffalo.”
This offseason, Allen was officially cut from the Jaguars roster and at the behest of doctors, has retired from the National Football League.
Bill Kole was more than an embedded reporter at the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday. He was a participant.
The New England Bureau Chief for the Associated Press provided unique insight into the 26.2 mile experience, tweeting as he reached each milestone and encountered inspiring images on the one-year anniversary of the Marathon bombings.
“Journalists like to think of themselves as cynics, Kole said. But really, we’re optimists, coming back to stories, people, events and places again and again, hoping for some changes,” writes Poynter’s Kristen Hare.
“Runners, too, get up every day and face the road. On Monday, Kole made the two work together.
‘People had stories to tell even as they were putting one foot in front of the other,’ Kole said. “And it was neat to help tell them.’”
Mile 19: Just when I was about to complain about a blister, I passed a man with a carbon fiber blade. There are no words. #26Tweets2Boston
— Bill Kole (@billkole) April 21, 2014
January, 2015 will mark a milestone for the Worldwide Leader in Sports.
According to a release from ESPN Media Zone, the network will air its first NFL Playoff game during Wild Card Playoff Weekend on January 15. This comes as a result of an agreement between ESPN and the NFL extended in 2011.
From the release:
“The agreement – which began this spring and extends through the 2021 NFL season – provides the NFL with an option to air a postseason Wild Card playoff game on ESPN, which the NFL has opted to exercise this season…
ESPN’s MNF team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and sideline reporter Lisa Salters will call the Wild Card game, as well as the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl (Jan. 25, 2015) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, which returns to ESPN this season as part of the company’s new rights agreement.”
The Crimson Tide of Alabama consistently ranks as one of the top college football teams in the country, inking many of the nation’s top recruits in the process. Monday, the team signed a different bottom line and now will rank near the top in another category: media profitability.
According to a report in the Sports Business Journal from Michael Smith, Alabama signed a multimedia rights deal with Learfield Sports, totaling between $150 million and $160 million over the next decade.
“The extension of a long-term relationship between the Crimson Tide and Learfield will now run through June 30, 2024,” writes Smith. “Alabama, which has been with Learfield since 1998, took advantage of an opt-out in its previous deal to renegotiate. The school, which did not talk to other companies, could make even more money through a revenue-share — on top of the guarantee — if Learfield’s sales top certain thresholds.
“The new financial terms of $15 million to $16 million a year double Alabama’s guarantee previously and put the Tide among the top three schools in multimedia rights revenue behind Texas and Notre Dame, both of which have unique TV arrangements that boost their overall figure.”
Google has released a map of the most searched athletes by state, with LeBron James running away with the state count [ESPN].
If you’d like a seat from Hinkle Fieldhouse for your home, they can be purchased for $100 on June 7 [IndyStar].
Popular NBC Olympic commentating duo and fellow figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will join Kentucky Derby broadcast as fashion experts. [Poynter]