Fox News was the fourth most-watched cable network in primetime last week behind ESPN, USA and ABC Family. In total day, FNC was fifth overall. MSNBC was 27th in primetime and 31st in total day, while CNN was 34th and 30th, respectively.
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LOS ANGELES – The cat was let out of the bag earlier this week, but FOX is officially the new home of the UFC, thanks to a seven-year, multi-media rights agreement with Zuffa, LLC.
The first UFC event on FOX will happen on Nov. 12 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif – the same night as the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez pay-per-view from Las Vegas. The remaining UFC content across the FOX networks begins in January 2012.
Fans of The Ultimate Fighter will be happy to know that the reality MMA show will be live for the first time ever. All 12 TUF fights will air live on FX instead of prerecorded.
The final season of TUF on Spike will start in September.
FX will also televise six live UFC cards per year.
“Mixed martial arts is not only the fastest-growing sport in the world but also the world’s most exciting form of man-to-man competition, and the UFC is the world’s premier MMA organization,” said Eric Shanks, president and co-COO of FOX Sports Media Group. “Since FOX Sports is America’s No. 1 sports network and FOX is America’s No. 1 network for young adults, the UFC on FOX is a perfect match.”
With the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire on midnight Thursday, not only will the NBA find itself in the middle of a lockout, but NBA.com will be impacted as well, according to ESPN.com:
“That’s because the moment the clock strikes midnight on the current CBA, all those images and videos of NBA players have to disappear off NBA-owned digital properties. Depending on how you interpret “fair use,” the prohibition could include the mere mention of a player’s name on an NBA-owned site, though different teams have different interpretations of this particular stipulation.
Over the past few weeks, NBA website administrators and support staff have endured two-hour conference calls and countless planning sessions to figure out how to eliminate all these photos, highlights, articles and promotional features from the sites.
There are additional gray areas that are still up for discussion: What about a photo of a Lakers fan wearing a No. 24 Kobe Bryant jersey? What about a retrospective feature on the John Stockton-Karl Malone Jazz teams? Do tweets from the team’s official Twitter feed that mention a player and/or link to an image need to be deleted? How about Facebook posts? Read more
Overnight ratings from Nielsen said ratings for the Preakness on NBC were down 6 percent over last year, but final numbers actually demonstrated that ratings were up five percent from 2010, with the race portion of the broadcast (5:56-6:41 p.m. ET) attracting 8.8 million viewers.
It was the second most-watched Preakness in the last five years, only topped in 2009 when filly Rachel Alexandra – with jockey Calvin Borel – beat Mine That Bird, which Borel had ridden to victory in the Kentucky Derby.
(Source: NBC Sports)
Washington, D.C. is home to sports teams who consistently produce winners, so it’s a given that the media will be very demanding. That, at any rate, is the opinion of former Redskin running back Clinton Portis, who said Donovan McNabb (who previously played in that laid-back cow town called Philadelphia) wasn’t prepared for the pressures of D.C.
“I think with that Washington media being so critical of the team, it’s hard to really have that team bond, because the media, shoot, they’re picking it apart and tearing it apart and being so critical even when the good times come. I don’t think Donovan was ready for that, even coming from Philly. I don’t think he understood the position he was coming into. I think Donovan’s got a lot left in the tank.”
Maybe if he can get out of Philly and land in some backwater like New York or Boston.
The three members of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup winning U.S. team will appear on the network’s coverage of the three-week tournament along with participating in studio segments on SportsCenter, First Take and ESPNEWS.
“Brandi, Briana and Tony are among the best minds and most recognizable faces for women’s soccer anywhere in the world,” said Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice and executive producer, production. “Their ability to draw from past experiences will give our viewers the best insight on what these exceptional athletes are going through on the biggest stage of their careers.”
Instead of going with a live shot, ESPN decided to tape Burke’s segment … and aired the wrong one, according to USA Today:
“At the last minute they decided to tape it. And like it happens in TV when you’re taping, I kept stopping.” Eventually, Burke finished her sideline report on Oklahoma City having loud fans. But, she says, the wrong one aired: “It was a simple as someone hitting the wrong button.” (Said ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys on Sunday: “We just played the wrong tape.”)
And Burke, aware of the online ridicule, isn’t exactly irate. “What I feel badly about is the gentleman in the production truck (who made the mistake) was upset. And I heard somebody back in Bristol was upset. I’m not happy it made it on-air, because we’re better than that. … But I said to the gentleman in the truck, don’t lose any sleep over it. I don’t want anybody upset. We’re all human.” Sometimes, real life is much more mundane than cyberspace.
New details made public in the court documents included accusations that Barnaby harassed his wife by swearing at her and used “racial slurs” during a series of harassing phone calls to her male friend.
The complaint provided no details of what racial slurs Barnaby is accused of making. The documents state only that he is accused of harassing the man “via phone calls 20-30 times threatening harm, racial slurs and with no legitimate purpose to contact the victim.”
Amherst Police Officer Thomas M. Brown reported hearing Barnaby using a series of swear words toward his wife during the incident, calling her “worthless” and telling her, “I wish you would die,” according to court documents. Read more
The embargo has been lifted on Those Guys Have All The Fun and EW.com has more details on the upcoming ESPN book that hits shelves May 24:
- “The company would have Christmas parties up at some horrible place in Bristol [Conn., where ESPN is based],” says former general counsel Andy Brilliant. “A couple of them were drunken orgies…. It became like a big frat party. There were a lot of drugs being done in the bathroom. There was quite a bit of screwing going on afterward, a lot of it extramarital. But everybody went back to business the next workday.”
- “There was screwing in the hallways,” says onetime reporter Sal Marchiano of ESPN’s early days. “Okay, maybe not in the hallways, but there were a couple of stairwell stories…. There were drugs in the building, that I knew. There was one guy who dealt pot.” Read more
In an effort to keep up with NBC’s Olympic bid offer, ESPN might supplement its TV rights proposal with the additional marketing strength of Disney, Sports Business Daily reports.
Think Mickey Mouse with the Olympic rings. That’s what ESPN is considering…A deal being considered would make Disney a member of The Olympic Partner (TOP) program, the International Olympic Committee’s marquee sponsorship group, and grant the entertainment company licensing and intellectual property rights. Disney and ESPN executives haven’t made a final decision about how such a deal would be structured, and it’s unlikely the company would pay the $100 million over four years that other TOP partners pay. But senior sources close to the company’s bid believe a Disney sponsorship would distinguish it from its broadcast competitors during rights negotiations by marrying the Olympic rings with Disney’s immense global entertainment assets and familiar content popular with youth across the globe.
In 2003, during the last Olympic rights bidding, NBC’s parent company GE agreed to a $200 million deal to become a TOP sponsor for the 2005-08 and 2009-12 quadrenniums. That $200 million commitment was added to the $2 billion NBC bid for the 2010 and 2012 Olympics, bringing the total value of the deal to $2.2 billion and dwarfing other bids.
The International Olympic Committee will hold bidding for the 2014 Sochi and 2016 Rio de Janeiro TV rights package on June 6-7 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Organizers have said they expect to match or exceed the $2 billion that NBC paid in 2003.