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The rise of daily fantasy sports, online betting’s newest empire

America's real-life kings of professional sports — its leagues, teams and media empires — are betting big on the make-believe of daily fantasy sports, which throw the traditional fantasy season into hyperdrive, add glitzy prizes and sidestep the country's online-betting bans. Show More Summary

Disney CEO says ESPN could “be sold directly to the customer”

The cord cutting phenomenon is getting pretty serious because top media executives are acknowledging it and looking towards a changing future in the industry.  The cable bundle, a la carte pricing, over the top services, the sports rights...Show More Summary

Victor Ortiz Gives Two Cents In Floyd Mayweather Vs. Ronda Rousey – ‘Money’ Has No Chance Against ‘Rousey’ In MMA Fight

Within the last two years, there’s been a lot of chatter among the boxing and MMA over the fantasy match-up of Floyd Mayweather taking on Ronda Rousey. Apparently, most people – either fan base, sports personalities, and media – side with Rousey. Show More Summary

Pep Guardiola has agreed to take over at Manchester City at end of next season [beIN SPORTS France]

Pep Guardiola has agreed to take over at Manchester City at the end of next season, according to beIN Sports. This is not the first time the global sport media group have made such a claim about the Bayern Munich boss; indeed, last Spring...Show More Summary

ESPN extends agreement with the Missouri Valley Conference

ESPN continues its stranglehold in college sports. Late last week, the Worldwide Leader announced a 10-year extension of its media rights agreement agreement with the Missouri Valley Conference. This agreement now runs through the 2023-24 season. Show More Summary

ESPN’s early dismissal of Colin Cowherd is the easy (and ingenious) way out

ESPN unceremoniously dumped Colin Cowherd late Friday afternoon, one week before what was reportedly scheduled to be his final day at the network.  It’s the worst kept secret in sports media that once Cowherd’s contract is done at ESPN, he’ll make the move to Los Angeles and Fox Sports in a mega-million dollar deal. Show More Summary

Sportsnet acquires Bundesliga TV rights in Canada

4 days agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Canadian media company Sportsnet has acquired the rights to broadcast the Bundesliga in Canada for the next 5 years. In 2013, FOX Sports acquired the 2015-2020 Bundesliga TV rights for the USA and Canada. Since FOX doesn’t have a presence in Canada, FOX … Continue reading ?

Have new media ventures been successful for popular personalities?

There are no longer people in sports media.  Rather, sports media has become populated with multi-platform personalities, with importance stressed on becoming a “sports media brand” instead of just being on-air talent.  New media partnerships...Show More Summary

Sharon White’s first appearance before the Select Committee

Earlier this week, Sharon White – the new Chief Executive of Ofcom – had her first review of the regulator’s work before the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee. You can view the hearing here.

Reignite Your Crazy Hopes For LeBron James Starring In 'Space Jam 2'

So the major deal between Bill Simmons and HBO may have made a splash, but there's yet another sports media partnership announced Wednesday that everyone should ?actually? be freaking out about. LeBron James, the greatest active basketball player, and Warner Bros. Show More Summary

Manchester United agree deal to sign David De Gea replacement

6 days agoSports / Football : Soccerlens

Manchester United agree deal to sign David De Gea replacement - originally posted on According to Italian media outlet, Gazetta Dello Sport, Manchester United have completed the signing of Argentine keeper, Sergio Romero. Show More Summary

Celebrate Bill Simmons’ HBO Deal By Reliving His Most DGAF Moments

After a tumultuous break-up with ESPN, sports media veteran Bill Simmons is rebounding with a hot new mate: HBO. To celebrate, relive his greatest DGAF moments.

ESPN confirms multi-year agreement to keep Ryen Russillo

Add one more to the list of comings and goings… and stayings (if that’s a word) in the sports media world.  With his contract up later this year, ESPN Radio host Ryen Russillo will be staying in Bristol.  ESPN confirmed to Awful Announcing...Show More Summary

Bill Simmons Is Headed To HBO To Host A Talk Show

6 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Bill Simmons, perhaps the most famous voice in sports media, has agreed to a multi-year agreement with HBO, the network announced Wednesday in a press release. Simmons will host a weekly HBO talk show, which is set to start in 2016, but he'll have his fingerprints all over other areas of HBO, too. Show More Summary

Bill Simmons to land at HBO after leaving ESPN

One of the more prevalent parlor games among media types this summer has been to predict where Bill Simmons will land after his ESPN contract expires later this year. And now, according to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, we have an answer: Bill Simmons will be hosting a weekly television show for HBO starting in 2016. […]

Bill Simmons to Create & Anchor Weekly Series for HBO

Bill Simmons, one of the most influential figures in contemporary sports media and the founding editor of, and HBO have entered into a major exclusive multi-year, multi-platform agreement highlighted by a new weekly series coming next year,

User-Generated Social Media is Changing the Game for Sports Brands

Summary: Fans are now running the game — on social media, that is. With everyone's day-to-day lives immersed in social media, it is no wonder that sports marketing has made some major changes. Even big corporations and powerhouses like Red Bull and ESPN are focusing more on social media geared towards fans.

40% cuts to UK Culture? Hang on a minute…

The usual suspects are whipping up a panic call over expected cuts to the budget of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Some suggest the Department itself may be abolished (which would not be a bad thing). The stirrers have failed, however, to read what the Chancellor George Osborne announced yesterday in Parliament. He […]

Bild confirms Manchester United’s €100m bid for Thomas Muller

6 days agoSports / Football : Soccerlens

Bild confirms Manchester United’s €100m bid for Thomas Muller - originally posted on   When Germany Television media Sport 1 claimed that Manchester United had submitted a an insane €100m bid for Bayern Munich forward / striker / winger / attacking midfielder Thomas Muller, many took it a pinch of salt. Show More Summary

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