Companies lean on sports after Hollywood strikes

Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers prepares to take a snap in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs0 during Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium on February 11, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Michael Reaves | Getty Images Media giants relied on sports last year when they had to woo advertisers … Read more

Taking presidential debates out of commission’s hands virtually guarantees fewer viewers

NEW YORK — The planned presidential debates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump that were swiftly organized this week are a coup for CNN and ABC News — but a virtual guarantee they’ll be among the least-watched general election contests ever. The two campaigns skirted the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has organized the events … Read more

NBA TV rights deal hinges on Warner Bros Discovery

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks to the media during a press conference as part of the 2022 All-Star Weekend at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 19, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller | Getty Images Whether it’s two people in a marriage or a company and a sports league, it’s not easy to break up … Read more

Deadspin’s New Owners Reveal Their Plans: Betting Content—but No AI

This week, former contributors to the sports blog Deadspin noticed something alarming: Their work had vanished from the site’s archives. There was no obvious pattern to why posts on topics such as ESPN’s attempt to create a “Black Grantland” and George R.R. Martin’s work ethic had disappeared, but it struck many alumni as likely intentional. … Read more

Disney+ to stream Caitlin Clark’s WNBA debut with Indiana Fever

Indiana Fever guard Caitlin Clark, #22, drives to the basket against Atlanta Dream guard Destanni Henderson, #33, during a WNBA preseason game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, on May 9, 2024. Brian Spurlock | Icon Sportswire | Getty Images The Women’s National Basketball Association regular season opens Tuesday night with breakout star Caitlin Clark … Read more

Peacock, Netflix and Apple TV+

Comcast said Tuesday it will introduce a streaming bundle for its cable, broadband and mobile subscribers, tying together Peacock, Netflix and Apple TV+ at a discounted rate. The announcement, made Tuesday at the MoffettNathanson media conference in New York, comes as major media players increasingly join forces to drive value for users and subscriptions for … Read more

Australian publication Tracks Magazine recruiting three surfers for ‘best job in the world’ chasing waves

A surfing bible is offering three lucky grommets the chance to dump their nine-to-five for board meetings among the country’s most tantalising waves. Billed by Australian publication Tracks Magazine as the “best job in the world”, the chosen few will paddle off on a surfing road trip along Australia’s coastline chasing big swells, competitions and … Read more

Media companies woo advertisers as spend shifts to digital

Kevin Mazur | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images Media giants are making their annual pitches to advertisers this week against the backdrop of significant disruption in the industry. The Hollywood writers and actors strikes are over, meaning Upfronts will likely be star-studded once again, major cost cutting is largely in the rear view mirror … Read more

From Tyson-Paul fight to NFL, Netflix live sports interest is rising

Boxers Jake Paul (L), and Mike Tyson (R). Getty Images Sport | Getty Images In the competitive world of live sports streaming, Netflix is taking another step into the arena. In July, the media giant will broadcast a boxing match between legendary fighter Mike Tyson and social media personality-turned-boxer Jake Paul, who is 30 years … Read more

NHL CEO, other Latino executives found Latinos in Sports platform

Xavier Gutierrez, CEO of the Arizona Coyotes and CEO of ImpactX Sports Group (L), and Pedro Guerrero, CEO of Guerrero Media. Courtesy: Guerrero Media When the National Hockey League’s Arizona Coyotes sold its franchise to Utah last month, the league didn’t just lose an Arizona-based team — it also lost its only active Latino chief … Read more