Counter-Strike, Gaules are the big winners in May’s Twitch numbers

Esports / Friday, June 24, 2022
Streaming service and analytics company StreamElements released its State of Streaming May 2022 report on June 23, and it held a few insights important to the esports audience – those watching, those running teams and those advertising and sponsoring squads and organizations. In the...

F1 renews with ESPN for U.S. media rights through 2025

Closing Bell / Friday, June 24, 2022
F1 has agreed to renew its rights deal with ESPN through 2025, sources told SBJ. The three-year deal still doesn’t have a signed contract, but the racing series told Amazon and Comcast executives on Friday that neither company's bid was going to be accepted. Sources say that ESPN has...

ESPN's "Unrivaled" recounts Avs-Red Wings rivalry

Closing Bell / Friday, June 24, 2022
A new ESPN E60 program, "Unrivaled," will debut Sunday at 1:00pm ET on the flagship network. It focuses on the Red Wings-Avalanche rivalry that erupted in the late 1990s, and is hosted by Jeremy Schaap . After the initial airing, an extended version of "Unrivaled" will be available...

Pelicans extend broadcasting deal with Bally Sports New Orleans

Daily / Friday, June 24, 2022
The Pelicans "decided to continue their broadcasting partnership" with Bally Sports New Orleans, finalizing an agreement that guarantees the Sinclair-owned RSN "exclusive local rights to Pelicans games for the next few years," according to Christian Clark of the New Orleans ADVOCATE. Sources said that the new deal is for...

Audience Analysis: Canada GP is fourth-best F1 race all-time in U.S.

Daily / Thursday, June 23, 2022
ABC averaged 1.7 million viewers for the race portion of the F1 Grand Prix of Canada on Sunday (2:00-4:13pm ET), marking the event’s best figure yet on U.S. airwaves. It’s also the fourth-best F1 race on U.S. airwaves all-time. F1 races are now averaging 1.3 million viewer across ABC,...

Fox’s Mulvihill: USFL proves its worth in spring TV schedule

SBJ Newsletters / Thursday, June 23, 2022
To Fox Sports Exec VP Mike Mulvihill, the numbers are proof that spring football belongs in the panoply of profitable spring/summer sports properties. “All we wanted to do is demonstrate that spring football can do viewership at the levels of Premier League, NHL regular season, Formula One or MLS....

Combing through USFL TV numbers

SBJ Newsletters / Thursday, June 23, 2022
The USFL averaged about 715,000 viewers in its 36 regular season TV broadcasts on Fox, NBC, FS1 and USA Network, notes my colleague Austin Karp (four games were only on Peacock, where audience figures are unavailable). Seven games averaged over 1 million viewers. The league debut (simulcast on...

Podcast Picks: An Apple a day

Closing Bell / Wednesday, June 22, 2022
“World Soccer Talk” discussed the recent MLS media rights deal with Apple TV, with co-host Kartik Krishnaiyer noting ESPN “did not make a bid for the streaming and local game component, which kind of shocks me given that has lived within ESPN+” for several years...

Boston Marathon running over to ESPN starting in '23

Daily / Wednesday, June 22, 2022
The Boston Marathon will return to ESPN for the first time in two decades in '23, as the Boston Athletic Association signed a multiyear deal to move the race from NBC Sports Group to ESPN starting next year. ESPN carried the race in the early '80s and also held the...