Does Nick Khan think Amazon will buy the NFL Network?

January 26, 2021

This post will automatically feed through to Twitter but I’m extending my Twitter sabbatical indefinitely and won’t be looking at Twitter mentions. Andrew Marchand reports that “the Scott Boras of Sports Media” former super-agent turned head of the WWE Nick Khan thinks that Amazon will score a Thursday Night Football exclusive. With the NFL, Khan believes that Amazon could end up with “Thursday Night Football”, while the incumbent networks (Fox/CBS…

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Nixing NBCSN is more than just a bid to bolster Peacock

January 22, 2021

This post will automatically feed through to Twitter but I’m extending my Twitter sabbatical indefinitely and won’t be looking at Twitter mentions.  Big news day! There’s a lot to digest with the NBCSN news and many stories out there, but for my purposes, Kevin Draper’s piece in the New York Times covers the bases. That piece was headlined (at least in my web browser) “NBC Sports Network Will Shut Down…

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Prediction: all NFL rights will stay on linear TV but is NFL Network costing the NFL more than it’s worth?

January 22, 2021

This post will automatically feed through to Twitter but I’m extending my Twitter sabbatical indefinitely and won’t be looking at Twitter mentions.  I’ve been mostly checked out but I’m still reading a few sports TV ratings/sports media-related things here and there. Every time I hear (mostly via Richard Deitsch’s or Jimmy Traina’s podcasts) someone talk about NFL rights and the Thursday night package I feel a stirring of needing to…

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Alternate broadcasts/megacasts are nice PR, but…(Updated)

January 11, 2021

Update Jan 12, 2021: Per CBS Sports PR Bears/Saints averaged 2.061 million viewers on Nickelodeon, the network’s most-watched program in total viewers in four years. The game averaged 28.6 million on CBS. Maybe there was a best-case scenario after all? It’s interesting but I can’t really make anything out of it yet other than that I consider that a very good result ratings-wise. I figure CBS/Nick would’ve done it again…

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The broadcast networks don’t reach as many people as you might think

December 17, 2020

TL;DR: each of the big broadcast networks is currently available in fewer than 100 million homes in the United States. Though this post will feed through to Twitter automatically, I am extending my Twitter sabbatical indefinitely and will not be signing in to check mentions or direct messages anytime soon*.  I’m not picking on Andrew Bucholtz. I like Andrew and, as it goes, he goes out of his way to…

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The TV ratings for “The Last Dance” do not matter to your life

April 19, 2020

Image Credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images Update 4/20/2020: Welp, Part 1 averaged 6.3 million across ESPN & ESPN2. At least I was right about Chicago. original post: The headline here is a riff on The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis shaking his head whenever Joe the plumber from Secaucus and his ilk are ratings-obsessed and weigh-in on how thrilled TV execs must be about things like Tiger Woods competing for a win…

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“High Noon”

February 25, 2020

Pure transparency around “High Noon’s” cancellation was too much to ask ESPN for but it’s easy to imagine. “It was no ratings disaster, but it was no ratings juggernaut either and you know, Bomani’s and Pablo’s contracts are up at the end of March and we’d like to keep them if we can but for less money! We can’t cancel pretty much our only studio show without at least one…

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$40 Knockoff AirPods?

January 1, 2020

Pictured above left to right: ~a pair of 2.5 year old AirPods paired with my phone that I use for day-to-day podcast/audiobook consumption (whose batteries I’m grinding down to uselessness), a pair of 1.5 year old AirPods I’ve paired with the AppleTV that I use as “TV ears,” a pair of 4+ month old AirPods I use for travel & phone calls and rarely use (in order to preserve battery)…

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