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Will NBC Retain the Olympic Games?

Bidding for the 2014 and 2016 Olympic rights begins next year and Mediapost’s David Goetzl takes a look at whether new NBC owner Comcast will place a high priority on keeping the Games on the Peacock.

His conclusion? Absolutely.

Comcast will spend whatever it takes to keep the Olympics on NBC when bidding for the 2014 and 2016 Games kicks off next year. ESPN may force it to pay more, but Comcast will top ESPN’s bid on every round as the International Olympic Committee considers each side’s latest offers.

Part of the Comcast takeover deal was that the new owners wouldn’t alter the network’s big-time sports efforts. In short, new NBCU CEO Steve Burke can’t afford to lose the Games, even if they might lose money. (A consulting firm predicts the 2014 Games will break even, while the 2012 ones will lose $100M.)

Goetzl mentions that ESPN will eventually stop bidding because “the consistently top-rated Olympic events appeal to women, a group not in the ESPN wheelhouse.” But wait, didn’t the Worldwide Leader just launch a site for women? Read more

Moneyball Out Sept 23, 2011

Moneyball, the much-delayed film adaptation of Michael Lewis’ book, has a release date: September 23, 2011.

The film, featuring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, is directed by Capote‘s Bennett Miller.

Not to get all negative, but we just can’t imagine this movie being any good. Can you?

(H/T Business Insider)

Bill Simmons Solves MLS Cup's Ratings Problem

Ratings for MLS Cup, Major League Soccer’s championship match, fell in 2010. According to Sports Media Watch, “The Rapids’ championship-winning victory over FC Dallas earned a 0.5 overnight rating on ESPN Sunday night, down 44 percent from last year (RSL/LA: 0.9, ESPN), and down 29 percent from 2008 (CMB/NY: 0.7, ABC).”

In his Tuesday afternoon chat, Bill Simmons provided a solution:

You need to stop putting your semifinal and Final playoff games head to head against Sunday night NFL. it’s a suicide mission. Schedule those games for Tuesday nights when there’s no football and you’re only going against NFL. You will never, ever, not EVER gain traction in America in any conceivable way by going head to head against the NFL. It’s idiotic. it couldn’t be dumber. That MLS Cup final was really exciting (especially the last 20 minutes of extra time, and yes, I was toggling between that and the Eagles game) and nobody saw it.

But going against the NFL is only part of the problem. Read more

Redlasso Sued By NBC, FOX

redlasso_7-23.JPGThe New York Observer’s Felix Gillette reports Redlasso (a name you probably see a lot on this site) has been sued by NBC Universal, Fox News and the Fox Television Stations group in New York today.

In May, NBC, CBS and FOX sent a cease & desist letter to Redlasso. Apparently the networks are moving forward with the lawsuit.

CBS is not part of the suit, although we noticed in the past few weeks all CBS material has been taken off the site.

On May 29, Redlasso named Michael Jordan, former chairman of CBS, senior advisor to serve as chief liaison between the networks and the company.

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