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Blog Publishes Longhorn Network ESPN Contract

The Midnight Yell submitted an Open Records Request in July to acquire the television contract between ESPN and the University of Texas that outlines the content requirements and revenue sharing of the Longhorn Network. It recently received a redacted version of the contract, and helpfully outlined the most interesting and pertinent aspects to the deal. They include:

* The network has to show one live football game per year (This year it will be the first home game of the year against Rice) but both Texas and ESPN have a “mutual desire” to show no less than two live football games a year going forward.

* Texas can’t contribute to any future Big 12 channel.

* And the real kicker, which we reported earlier but without the specific language:. Texas can fire any ESPN commentator on the Longhorn Network who says anything negative about the program. Journalistic integrity, exit stage left.

 

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Video: ESPN's Bob Ley Reciting Jay-Z's 'Blow the Whistle'

Who would have suspected that ESPN’s Bob Ley was a spoken word superstar just waiting for the right vehicle to unleash his hidden talent? The inspiration he needed was apparently Jay-Z‘s ‘Blow the Whistle,’ which Ley recites with the appropriate tenor of streetwise diss during an Outside the Lines segment today, helpfully providing some background on DeShawn Stevenson‘s war of words with LeBron James. I feel confident in saying it’ll be the most enjoyable thing you’ll hear all day.

(H/T to Awful Announcing)

TNT's 2011 NBA Playoffs Most Watched In Cable History

TNT’s coverage of the 2011 NBA Playoffs was the most-watched in cable television history, capped off by a 6.3 U.S HH rating and 10.4 million total viewers for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat.

The network set records for ratings and viewership, averaging a 3.5 U.S. HH Rating (+25 percent), 5,534,000 total viewers (+29 percent), and 3,999,000 households (+26 percent) during their 40-game coverage.

In addition, the Heat-Bulls series was the most-watched Conference Finals in cable television history, averaging a 6.2 U.S. HH rating, (+29% year-over-year), 10,413,000 Total Viewers (+33%) and 7,190,000 Households (+30%).

“This was one of the most thrilling seasons in NBA history, leading to record-breaking ratings and enormous success for TNT,” said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “From the tip-off of our 52-game regular season to All-Star Weekend to TNT’s coverage of 40 Playoff games, this NBA season was about setting new records and creating winning nights of television. Through a multiplatform strategy, we also achieved more than great ratings. We used all of our television, broadband and mobile assets to connect everywhere our audiences watch the NBA, building the largest possible viewership across all platforms.”

 

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WatchESPN App Now Available On Android Devices

Starting today, the WatchESPN App is now available on Android phone and tablet devices to Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription.

The free App provides users with remote access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com. During college football and basketball seasons, ESPN Goal Line and ESPN Buzzer Beater will also be available.

The WatchESPN App first launched last month in the Apple Store for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

 

Handicapping the Next NHL Broadcasting Rights Deal

NBC and Versus’ broadcast rights for the NHL end after this season, and Sports Business Journal‘s Tripp Mickle and John Ourand put together a nice look at the potential bidders.

Their take? The two networks that currently air games will combine and offer some sort of combined bid. The duo will win, with the Peacock paying the league a fee to broadcast the games. (Currently, NBC pays nothing while Versus dishes out $75 million per season for cable rights.) Fox will also make a run at the league, but it will fall short. ESPN will benefit from the NHL’s desire to be shown on the Worldwide Leader and will get some games as well.

Versus, which posted its highest ratings ever during the 2010 Stanley Cup, sounds happy to show the NHL on its airwaves. Read more