Media

People & Personalities: Philadelphia Inquirer's Les Bowen retires

Daily / Monday, June 21, 2021
In Philadelphia, sportswriter Les Bowen announced his retirement and wrote as new sports department management at the INQUIRER "took the reins," he was "given the chance to take home the same money I would have made by working through next spring, if I left this summer, instead." Bowen: "I...

ESPN VP uncomfortable with world feed's handling of Eriksen collapse

Daily / Monday, June 21, 2021
ESPN VP/Production Amy Rosenfeld said that the network "would have cut away or gone to a wide shot if it had been their call" in the aftermath of Denmark MF Christian Eriksen's on-field collapse during its June 12 coverage of Euro 2020, but their broadcast was "at...

Comcast provides another RSN credit, this time for $17.07

Daily / Monday, June 21, 2021
Comcast for the "third time since October" is "providing a modest credit to customers to make up for the canceled broadcasts of major league sports during the pandemic," according to Sean Murphy of the BOSTON GLOBE. Comcast "caught flak last year when it continued to charge customers a monthly $8.75...

Sports Media: Den of Geek Media makes its move into sports

Weekly / Monday, June 21, 2021
A media company best known for covering popular culture is about to enter the sports arena. The 4-year-old Den of Geek Media will launch “Just Baseball” on June 22. The outlet will feature a website, podcasts, videos and stories on all aspects of...

Penske: IndyCar's new TV deal needs to deliver more "eyeballs"

Daily / Friday, June 18, 2021
IndyCar's new TV deal stands to be the "most important negotiation" Roger Penske has carried out since he finalized his purchase of the series January '20, according to Nathan Brown of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. Penske said that he needs to know "where and how IndyCar fans will...

Sources: ESPN+ sees nearly 500,000 PPV buys for UFC 263

Daily / Friday, June 18, 2021
ESPN+ logged close to 500,000 pay-per-view buys for last weekend’s UFC 263, sources say. Including international markets, the PPV had around 600,000 total buys. The 500,000 domestic number is considered solid for a card that included two championship fights, one involving rising star Israel Adesanya , plus a...

Sources: Amazon mulling pursuit of Peyton Manning as lead NFL analyst

Daily / Friday, June 18, 2021
Amazon has "grappled with the idea of pursuing" Peyton Manning as its "main analyst" for when its exclusive rights to "Thursday Night Football" begin in '22-23, according to sources cited by Andrew Marchand of the N.Y. POST. With Amazon "potentially teaming with NBC and hiring Al Michaels...

Nielsen introduces new metric to track streaming numbers

Daily / Friday, June 18, 2021
Nielsen has a "new metric that it says allows it to make an apples-to-apples comparison, on a percentage basis, of how many people are streaming shows and films on their TVs versus how many are watching traditional cable and broadcast channels," according to John Koblin of the N.Y....

Report: N.Y. Times, Athletic end acquisition talks

Morning Buzz / Friday, June 18, 2021
The N.Y. Times and The Athletic "have ended acquisition talks." Sources said that the companies "couldn't agree on a price." Another "sticking point" was how employees of The Athletic that have equity "would be compensated" ( TWITTER.com, 6/18 ). There had been speculation in March about a potential...

Peyton Manning on hosting NBC's "College Bowl"

Morning Buzz / Friday, June 18, 2021
Peyton Manning promoted his new role as gameshow host during an appearance on NBC's "Late Night." Manning's brother, Cooper , serves as his sidekick for the revival series "Capital One College Bowl," which premieres this coming Tuesday night on NBC. Manning: "It's kind off...