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Sources: NBC likely walking away from IndyCar

Daily / Tuesday, May 11, 2021
NBC is about to walk away from its TV rights deal with IndyCar, according to sources. Negotiations between NBC and IndyCar have not broken off -- they still are taking place, a network source said. But both sides are beginning to envision life without the other. CBS is the...

Media Notes

Daily / Tuesday, May 11, 2021
In L.A., Dan Woike notes the Lakers will "take the stage for the encore" to Netflix's "The Last Dance," as the team yesterday announced that a nine-part documentary series will air on Hulu in '22 . The project "will be helmed by" Lakers Controlling Owner & CEO Jeanie...

Gretzky's reserved personality seen as interesting TV fit

Daily / Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Turner reportedly is in the lead to land Wayne Gretzky as one of its lead NHL analysts, and the interest around him comes despite him being "no great talker or raconteur," according to Cathal Kelly of the GLOBE & MAIL. For the average American TV exec, Gretzky...

Chris Berman staying, Kenny Mayne leaving ESPN

Daily / Tuesday, May 11, 2021
It was a busy day in Bristol yesterday, with ESPN announcing stalwart Chris Berman has signed a multiyear extension with the network just a short time after Kenny Mayne posted a tweet stating that he "is leaving ESPN after 27 years," according to Joey Morona of the...

Kenny Mayne doesn't directly address leaving ESPN

Daily / Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Longtime ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne announced on Twitter late yesterday afternoon he would be leaving the network as a "salary cap casualty" later this month, but mostly avoided the topic as he co-hosted "SportsCenter" last night. The opening of last night's broadcast featured co-host Steve Levy...

Stadium to air indoor football with "gamification"

Daily / Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The Indoor Football League will announce a rights deal today with Stadium that will include “real-time gamification” in the broadcasts. Coverage will include prediction-based games, poll questions and insights. Those features will be a precursor to live wagering options where legal during the broadcasts later in the season, said...

NBA viewership down heading into season's final week

Daily / Tuesday, May 11, 2021
NBA viewership is down 13% headed into the final week of the season across ESPN, ABC and TNT. That decline (based on an average of 1.4 million viewers) is in comparison to the COVID-interrupted ‘19-20 season and seeding games from the Orlando bubble four months later. Looking...

IndyCar

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NBC is about to walk away from its TV rights deal with IndyCar , according to sources cited by SBJ's Terry Lefton & John Ourand . Negotiations between NBC and IndyCar have not broken off -- they still are...

Wells Fargo

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The PGA Tour is maintaining viewership momentum ahead of the PGA Championship next week, notes SBJ’s Austin Karp . CBS averaged 3.05 million viewers for the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship on Sunday, which is the tournament’s best...

Athletes Unlimited signs TV deals for softball season

Daily / Monday, May 10, 2021
Athletes Unlimited has landed broadcast deals with CBS and Fox for its upcoming 30-game softball season, which begins in August. CBS Sports Network will air seven games, including the final game of the season, and Fox Sports will carry 15 games between FS1 and FS2. The remaining eight games...