Connect with us
BSM Summit
blank

Sports TV News

Turner Gets 3 Stanley Cup Finals & Winter Classic

Other details of the agreement include as many as 72 exclusive regular-season games per year, which will air on TNT and its sister channel TBS. Half of the Stanley Cup Playoffs each year can also be found on both stations.

Kate Constable

Published

on

blank

Having announced a seven-year deal with the NHL on Tuesday, Turner officially joined ESPN as one of the league’s TV partners. The deal will begin this fall with the 2021-22 season.

According to Awful Announcing, Turner did not release the yearly fee their paying but noted that Sports Business Journal estimates the total cost at $1.575 billion over the seven years, or $225 million per year.

When adding the $400 million per season that ESPN is paying, the NHL is raking in $625 million per year, which is more than double what NBC – who had been the league’s only national TV partner for the last 10 years before being replaced – and ESPN had currently been paying, as noted by Awful Announcing.

A report by Sportico notes that “TNT will televise the three Stanley Cup Finals not already claimed by fellow newcomer ESPN, as well as the Winter Classic.”

Other details of the agreement include as many as 72 exclusive regular-season games per year, which will air on TNT and its sister channel TBS. Half of the Stanley Cup Playoffs each year can also be found on both stations.

TNT will also have streaming and simulcast rights for HBO, although Sportico notes that WarnerMedia News & Sports chairman Jeff Zucker and his team won’t rush into bringing hockey “over-the-top.”

“We’re really focused on the Turner networks, TNT and TBS, given their full distribution,” Zucker said during a call with sports reporters on Tuesday. “We’re excited to have the optionality to put these games on HBO Max as well, and that will happen in years to come as HBO Max continues to grow. We’re going to skate where the puck is going… but it’s not imminent, and it’s not going to happen this year.”

The report also notes that Turner is assembling a studio show and NHL broadcast team but, between the NBA, MLB and March Madness games, it’s undecided as to which night will serve as the weekly hockey telecast.

An NHL studio show similar to Inside the NBA is also in the works, according to Sportico.

“Obviously, there’s a style to Turner Sports, and we want to bring that same approach to the NHL,” Zucker said, before saying that the show that bows next fall will be “innovative, fun and dynamic.”

Sports TV News

Kay Adams: Pat McAfee Has Built ‘The Dream’

“it’s interesting because he’s built himself to such a place that he does not need anyone and that is the dream.”

blank

Published

on

blank

Many in sports media have respect for former NFL punter Pat McAfee for what he has accomplished in his media endeavors, and you can add FanDuel TV host Kay Adams to that list.

“I’m just blown away by the success and by the leverage he has,” Adams said on the My Other Passion podcast. “It is uncanny, it is aspirational, and it is self-made, so it is a beautiful thing. I — of course — watch what he does. I don’t want to be just like him but I do think he is so disruptive.

“He has such a chip on his shoulder. It drives him but I almost wish I could see it relieved a little bit. He’s thriving, he’s happy, and I think the thing that sticks out to me about him is that he’s truly grateful. Truly is grateful for everything he has, his opportunities. He’s worked his ass off for it.”

Adams pointed to McAfee’s recent spat with the NFL over use of the league’s logos as an indicator of not only his success but his influence in the sports landscape.

“He is true to himself but he mostly leads with gratitude, which I think is the epitome of success. But he’s out there show you what can be done. He’s the first, but will he be the last to have that sort of platform? That sort of swing? What he does with the NFL the other week, I’m paying attention to that.

“Because I wanna see: is the NFL gonna bend the knee to Pat McAfee? Does the NFL care what he says? But it’s interesting because he’s built himself to such a place that he does not need anyone and that is the dream.”

The NFL did eventually “bend the knee” and reversed course on limiting McAfee’s use of league trademarks.

Continue Reading

Sports TV News

John Skipper: Bob Iger’s Return Won’t Effect ESPN

“If you’re going to win the streaming wars, you’re going to have to have sports.”

blank

Published

on

blank

There have been many questions about what Bob Iger’s return to Disney will mean for ESPN, but former ESPN President John Skipper believes it won’t change much.

Skipper pointed to Iger’s relationships with powerbrokers in the sports world as a positive, and also believes that the “streaming wars” will be won by those who hold the rights to live sports.

“As a moat, to get the pay-TV fees and to get people to pay more money to subscribe,” Skipper pointed to Sportico as the reason for ESPN to still have an agreement with the NBA for linear TV. He later added “If you’re going to win the streaming wars, you’re going to have to have sports.”

Skipper also said the network used to invest in constant studio programming but said that’s no longer a necessity.

“We did that type of programming because the economics were different at the time,” Skipper said.

Continue Reading

Sports TV News

Warner Bros. Discovery Sports President Departs

“His enthusiasm and light-hearted demeanor are among his most endearing qualities, and they will be missed.”

blank

Published

on

blank

Lenny Daniels is leaving Warner Bros. Discovery after 27 years with the company.

Daniels is the President of the company’s sports division in the United States, overseeing the contracts and strategic vision for the organization.

In a memo sent to staff obtained by Sports Business Journal, CEO Luis Silberwasser said “While this change will take place right away, Lenny has agreed to work with me to ensure a smooth transition.” He also added “I have enjoyed working with Lenny during these past few months and I respect his decision. Lenny has never been one to place a spotlight on himself; he’s always been quick to shine it on those around him. His enthusiasm and light-hearted demeanor are among his most endearing qualities, and they will be missed.”

The departure by Daniels coincides with a round of layoffs by the company and also the beginning of long-term agreements with the NHL and MLB. The network is also about to embark on negotiations with the NBA for its next media rights deal, with Warner Bros. Discovery CEO and President David Zaslav recently saying “we don’t have to have the NBA“.

Continue Reading
Advertisement blank
Advertisement blank

Barrett Media Writers

Copyright © 2022 Barrett Media.