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  • Jessell: Uncertain Political Is Broadcast Wake-Up Call

    Lower-than expected spending by the Trump campaign is causing some groups to reforecast their political revenue and depressing stock prices. More important, it highlights the need for adoption of ATSC 3.0. The new broadcasting standard will allow stations to offer zoned, targeted and interactive advertising and maintain their lion's share of the political advertising dollars. More | Comments (3)
  • Front Office: How To Invest Best To Grow Revenue

    Don’t you wish you could determine in advance which new ventures are likeliest to become the most profitable? A tough advertising environment has added to the pressure, prompting media leaders to try to accelerate revenue diversification. While no one has a crystal ball, A.T. Kearney’s Greg Portell shares some guidelines that can help planners identify which new revenue opportunities to avoid or seize.   More | Add comment
  • TVN Tech: Serious Study Needed To Get Drone License

    The exam for FAA Part 107 certification to fly a commercial drone under 55 pounds, which first became available Aug. 29, covers far more than the drone itself. A mastery of knowledge on aeronautical concepts, charts, airspace and meteorology from an aviation perspective are among the areas emphasized on the initial test. Is it overkill for a media organization that will fly a done no higher than 400 feet? Not really, when seen in the context of maintaining safety, says the FAA. More | Add comment
  • Focus: Many Questions Over Nielsen's Post-Diary Ratings

    Nielsen announced plans last week to replace its paper ratings diaries with a system based on data from cable and satellite set-top boxes. However, many broadcasters still aren't sure how it's going to work. “They haven’t really told us that much about their plan going forward," said Raycom's Billy McDowell. Added Cordillera's Terry Hurley: "I'm hopeful, but skeptical." More | Comments (1)
  • Jessell: Is Your News Tired? Check Out Vice, Newsy

    For the most part, local newscasts were developed a half-century ago. It’s time for a renaissance. The typical newscast no longer resonates with many Americans, especially younger ones. That's why I’m intrigued by Scripps’ Newsy and am deeply curious about the nightly newscast that Vice is cooking up for HBO. All news directors should be, too.
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  • TVN Names Scripps Station Group Of The Year

    In announcing the honor, TVNewsCheck Editor Harry A. Jessell cited the company’s efforts to go beyond broadcasting and establish itself prominently and profitably among national digital media. Led by CEO Rich Boehne, over the past three years Scripps has spent $124 million to acquire Newsy (OTT news), Midroll (podcasting) and Cracked (digital content).  More | Comments (1)
  • Smith, Sook, LaPlatney On Tap For TVN's ATSC 3.0 Confab

    One highlight of TVNewsCheck’s Nov. 9-10 TV2020 conference on the prospects for Next Gen TV will be the CEO panel featuring David Smith of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Perry Sook of Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Pat LaPlatney of Raycom Media. For more information, or to register for TV2020, click here. More | Comments (1)
  • Newsy’s Sabatinelli To Talk On How To Monetize OTT

    The fourth annual NewsTECHForum presented by TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group will feature an on-stage Q&A with Blake Sabatinelli, the general manager of the Scripps-owned OTT service Newsy, on Dec. 12. For the full NewsTECHForum program, or to register, click here. More | Add comment

Special Reports

  • Multicasting 2016: A four-part examination of the revenue, programming and technology strategies of the diginet business.
  • TVN's FCC Watch: A quick briefing on FCC proceedings affecting TV broadcasters from Washington communications attorneys David Oxenford and David O'Connor.
  • Employment 2016: In Part I, the challenges facing broadcasters in finding the right people for the rights jobs. Part II: It used to be a given that news managers would readily move it if meant a bigger market and a larger paycheck. Not anymore. Part III, the military may become an even bigger source of talent for station IT and engineering departments.
  • THE TOP 30 TV STATION GROUPS: As a result of its merger with Media General, Nexstar Broadcasting moves up 10 spots and is now No. 3 on TVNewsCheck's 2016 station group ranking behind Fox and CBS. Gray's acquisition of Schurz moved it up to No. 13, Nexstar's old spot. Together, the two deals changed the rank of 21 groups and opened the door to two newcomers.
  • 2016 NAB Show Tech Hot Topics: TVNewsCheck’s second annual multi-part series highlighting emerging tech trends in advance of the NAB Show. Topics include field contribution, audio, cameras, IP transport, transmitters, antennas, newsroom computer systems, broadcast graphics and master control.
  • 2015 — Year In Review: Revisit the year’s top developments in business, programming, journalism, technology, regulation and more.
  • NewsTECHForum 2015: Complete coverage of the third annual conference from TVNewsCheck and Sports Video Group
  • IBC 2015: At the annual tech gathering in Amsterdam, the prominence of IP in everything from production to distribution may have been somewhat of a surprise, but once on the exhibit floor or in the conference rooms there was no mistaking its broad — and still growing — influence.
  • Weather 2015: A three-part look at forecasting: a Q&A with AccuWeather founder Joel Myers; complaints by local weathercasters of network forecasting; and the latest on mobile and augmented reality.
  • Sales Management: A four-part look at the growing importance to stations of mobile viewing platforms; automated spot buying; improving digital sales operations; and a case study of a successful digital sales effort.
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It Could Be That ESPN Is Ripe For A Takedown
Media Life Magazine, Aug 25, 2016, 6:32 AM EDT
The long-dominant sports network has lost a slew of subscribers while also facing money woes. Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports are joining forces against their rival, giving both more heft. Link | Add comment
SI, Fox Sports Team Up For Ad Deal
The Wall Street Journal, Aug 24, 2016, 3:22 PM EDT
The new arrangement will allow Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports to share "significant" content and sell ad units across both brands as well. It's a scale play and a shot across the bow to ESPN, which has dominated sports in digital. Editorial collaborations will also spring out of the deal. Link | Add comment
Big 12 TV Partners Push Back On Expansion
Sports Business Journal, Aug 2, 2016, 7:16 AM EDT
ESPN and Fox Sports believe that expansion with schools from outside the power five conferences will water down the Big 12 and make it less valuable, not more, sources say. But the Big 12 is financially motivated to add more teams. A clause in the conference’s media deals stipulate that if the Big 12 expands, it would receive pro rata increases in its rights fees. Link | Add comment
Fox Sports Reporter Fired Over Racist Comments
Variety, Jun 13, 2016, 6:04 AM EDT
Fox Sports Tops Rivals At Sports Emmy Awards
Sporting News, May 12, 2016, 7:38 AM EDT
ESPN Leads 37th Sports Emmy Nominations
TVWeek, Apr 1, 2016, 6:02 AM EDT
Tony Siragusa Out At Fox Sports
The Big Lead, Mar 17, 2016, 2:44 PM EDT
Erin Andrews Awarded $55M In Lawsuit
The Associated Press, Mar 7, 2016, 6:40 PM EST
After a full day of deliberations, the jury said the stalker who secretly recorded a nude video was responsible for 51% of the blame and the two hotel companies would share the rest, which comes out to nearly $27 million. Andrews, a Fox Sports reporter and co-host of the TV show Dancing with the Stars, wept as jurors announced the verdict.
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Fox Sports To Offer Daytona 500 In VR
Deadline, Feb 18, 2016, 5:58 AM EST
Fox Sports Lowers Offer For Clippers Rights
Forbes, Feb 10, 2016, 2:37 PM EST
Reports: Norman To Be Replaced At Fox Sports
The Associated Press, Jan 18, 2016, 5:47 AM EST
Fox Sports Names John Smoltz Lead MLB Analyst
The Associated Press, Dec 23, 2015, 6:32 AM EST
Fox Sports Launches 'Quadcast' Talk Show
NetNewsCheck, Dec 16, 2015, 3:21 PM EST
Outkick the Show, shot entirely with iPhones and iPads, is live streamed simultaneously to four platforms: Facebook, Periscope, YouTube and Fox Sports Go. The show, which covers sports and pop culture, streams daily at noon. Link | Add comment
Fox, ESPN Add Sonic Wrinkles to Postseason Play
Sports Video Group, Oct 20, 2015, 2:42 PM EDT
Reluctant Media Cos. Partner With YouTube
The Wall Street Journal, Oct 19, 2015, 3:12 PM EDT
Several big media companies have agreed to make content available for a planned YouTube subscription service that will let consumers watch videos without any ads, despite their initial reservations, people familiar with the matter say. The companies that have signed up include Time Warner’s Turner cable unit, Fox Sports, A+E Networks and NBCUniversal. Disney is among those that remain in negotiations. Link | Add comment
Fox Embraces Hawk-Eye, Dirtcam For MLB
Sports Video Group, Oct 14, 2015, 7:26 AM EDT
Fox Sports Uses Trump In Mexican Soccer Promo
CNN Money, Oct 9, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT
Fox Sports Coup Boosting Traffic In Six Weeks
Digiday, Oct 7, 2015, 8:13 AM EDT
Seeing low engagement on its platforms, Fox Sports brought together a cross-disciplinary team that spanned sales, ad ops, engineering, finance and product design. Six weeks after relaunching its sties, FoxSports.com has witnessed a 23% lift in pageviews and 37% increase in time spent per visitor who came via social media. Link | Add comment
Fox Sports Sued For Religious Discrimination
Variety, Aug 4, 2015, 6:12 AM EDT
Fox Sports Leads DraftKings $300M Funding Round
Boston Herald, Jul 28, 2015, 6:50 AM EDT
Fox Sports To Guarantee Views
Adweek, Jul 28, 2015, 5:57 AM EDT
Fox Sports Engage is a multiplatform branded-content distribution program that aims to give advertisers a wider audience. Fox Sports Engage will distribute branded content across a variety of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. But here's the kicker: Fox Sports will guarantee that a certain amount of people will see the content. Link | Add comment
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Fox Sports, NextVR Immerse U.S. Open Fans
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Jun 18, 2015, 2:08 PM EDT
Joe Buck Eager For New Course In His Career
STLToday, Jun 12, 2015, 7:39 AM EDT
NBC, ESPN Win Big At Sports Emmys
Deadline, May 6, 2015, 8:13 AM EDT
Both networks took home 11 trophies at Tuesday night's 36th annual Sports Emmy Awards. Fox Sports trailed close behind, taking home eight statues, including the first ever for Fox Sports 1. Link | Add comment
Horowitz New Fox Sports National Nets Chief
The Wrap, Apr 23, 2015, 6:34 PM EDT
Jamie Horowitz has been named as president of Fox Sports National Networks. The hiring marks the former ESPN executive's return to sports following his short-lived role as senior VP-GM at Today, which he exited in November. Horowitz will now oversee all programming, marketing and scheduling for Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 and will report to Fox Sports president-COO Eric Shanks. Link | Add comment
Pete Rose Joins Fox Sports As Analyst
Variety, Apr 20, 2015, 5:59 AM EDT
Pete Rose may be banned from Major League Baseball, but apparently that won’t keep him from talking about the national pastime for someone else. The veteran All-Star known to legions of fans as “Charlie Hustle” will serve Fox Sports as a guest studio analyst, the 21st Century Fox unit announced Saturday. Link | Add comment
AOL Will Host Fox Sports Game Highlights
Adweek, Apr 3, 2015, 8:13 AM EDT
AOL and Fox Sports have struck a multi-year video content deal that will see Fox's game highlights and potentially co-produced original content around sporting events hosted online by AOL. AOL has been expanding its sports presence of late through a number of publisher partnerships. Link | Add comment
Fox Sports Runs Drone Tests Prior To Supercross
Sports Video Group, Mar 17, 2015, 2:43 PM EDT
Fox Sports Producer Scott Ackerson Retiring
Sports Video Group, Dec 4, 2014, 7:38 AM EST
MLB-Fox Live-Streaming Talks Hit Slowdown
Sports Business Journal, Oct 28, 2014, 7:55 AM EDT
Fox Sports’ local streaming talks with MLB have hit a snag, putting a crimp in a years-long negotiation that had picked up in recent weeks, according to several sources. As little as three weeks ago, both sides believed that a deal was close. But talks cooled as Fox Sports simultaneously was negotiating long-term local TV rights extensions with two of its teams: the St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks. Link | Add comment
Fox Sports Extends Contract With Anaheim Ducks
The Los Angeles Times, Oct 21, 2014, 6:43 AM EDT
Fox To Offer Analytics Simulcast Of NLCS Game 1
Sports Video Group, Oct 10, 2014, 3:10 PM EDT
Network's Say They're Cutting Back On Rice Video
Associated Press, Sep 12, 2014, 6:37 AM EDT
A Whirlwind Year For Fox Sports' Joe Buck
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sep 5, 2014, 7:33 AM EDT
Fox Sports, Burst Team To Distribute Video
NetNewsCheck, Sep 4, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT
Fox Sports Regional Networks has inked a multiyear licensing agreement with technology platform Burst that will allow the sports programmer to distribute original video content on social and digital platforms, as well as crowdsource user-generated video. Link | Add comment
Fox To Live Stream 140+ College Games
NetNewsCheck,, Aug 28, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT
Fox Sports will offer more than 140 college football games this season, featuring Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA teams, through Fox Sports GO and BTN2Go. Fox Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of Fox Sports content at home or on-the-go, will carry all college football games airing on Fox broadcast network, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports Regional Networks, Fox College Sports and Fox Deportes. Link | Add comment
Fox, Sporting News Unveil Digital Partnership
NetNewsCheck, Jul 28, 2014, 3:14 PM EDT
A just-announced partnership between digital sportsbrands, Fox Sports Digital and Sporting News Media plans to offer comprehensive digital sports video and editorial coverage across the Web with a projected reach of at least 55 million digital sports fans in the U.S. every month. Link | Add comment
Fox Tests Cutting-Edge Tech At All-Star Game
Sports Video Group, Jul 15, 2014, 2:55 PM EDT
The MLB All-Star Game has always been an “active test site” of sorts for Fox Sports. Although the Midsummer Classic is one of the premier sports events of the summer, Fox’s production team uses this A-level broadcast as a technological tryout with an eye toward October and the postseason. To cover the action at Target Field in Minneapolis tonight, Fox is deploying 4K workflows, futuristic graphics enhancements and a bevy of high-frame-rate cameras. Link | Add comment
Andrews In For Oliver On Fox’s NFL Team
Variety, Jul 15, 2014, 5:51 AM EDT
Erin Andrews will be replacing Pam Oliver as the NFL sideline reporter for Fox’s No. 1 team. For her 20th season as a sideline reporter for Fox, Oliver will be part of the No. 2 team. After this season, she will discontinue reporting on the sidelines to work on other pieces and productions for Fox Sports as part of a multi-year contract, as well as continue her role on Showtime’s 60 Minutes Sports. Link | Comments (2)
NBC Signs Off From US Open After 20 Years
The Associated Press, Jun 16, 2014, 5:48 AM EDT
NBC had televised the U.S. Open every year since 1995 at Shinnecock Hills with the love-him-or-hate-him Miller as its lead analyst. The U.S. Golf Association's 12-year deal with Fox Sports begins next year. Producer Tommy Roy had said the only mention of the farewell would come during the sign-off Sunday. He kept his word, and NBC left most of the sentimentality out of the broadcast. Full Story | Comments (1)
Fox Sports, AP To Sell STATS
SVG, May 22, 2014, 2:43 PM EDT
MLS Poised To Make Big Rights Play
Sports Business Journal, May 12, 2014, 1:09 PM EDT
A watershed moment in Major League Soccer's 18-year history will occur this week, as the league is poised to announce new media rights deals that will bring in far more revenue and lead to a consistent, streamlined television schedule. The eight-year deals with ESPN, Fox and Univision are priced five times higher than the average annual value of the league's current media deals. Link | Comments (6)
Buck, Norman To Anchor Fox Golf Coverage
Hollywood Reporter, Apr 24, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Longtime NFL-MLB announcer Joe Buck will join golf legend Greg Norman covering the USGA Championships next year. The golf world is going to be "blown away with the effort and the ability that we’re going to throw at this," promised Buck. Link | Add comment
Sports TV Director Sandy Grossman Dies
Hollywood Reporter, Apr 2, 2014, 10:59 PM EDT
The eight-time Emmy winner directed 21 seasons of NFL coverage hosted by John Madden and Pat Summerall for CBS and Fox. He came to Fox from CBS with Madden and Summerall for the 1994 season, when Fox first got NFC rights — a major boon for the network. He was 78. Link | Add comment
Fox Sports Previews Super Bowl Tech Plans
Sports Video Group, Jan 27, 2014, 7:50 AM EST
Fox Sports detailed some its Super Bowl XLVIII plans last week during a couple of conference calls, and among the technical highlights will be the use of wind forecasting overlays similar to those used in the America’s Cup sailing as well as infrared cameras that can track body heat. Link | Comments (1)
Fox Sports App To Stream Super Bowl Live
NetNewsCheck, Jan 22, 2014, 3:02 PM EST
Users of the Fox Sports Go app will have access to English and Spanish feeds of Feb. 2's Super Bowl XLVIII. The event will be Fox Sports’ first live stream of the Super Bowl. Link | Add comment
Fox Tests Weather Gadgets For Super Bowl
Associated Press, Jan 15, 2014, 5:55 AM EST
Fox Sports will use this weekend's NFC title game in Seattle between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seahawks to test an infrared camera that will show how players' body temperatures change throughout the game; another device will show how wind affects a quarterback or kicker; and the network will have more high-tech 4K cameras than ever before. Full Story | Comments (2)
Fox's Freer, Shanks Most Influential In Sports Biz
Sports Business Journal, Dec 11, 2013, 7:47 AM EST
Fox To Enhance MLB Playoff Telecasts
TVNewsCheck, Oct 10, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT
The network is building on technologies used during last year's MLB playoffs — like its super slow-mo Phantom Cam — and plans to test new technologies out of the lab during the ALCS and World Series, such as a picture overlay feature that shows multiple pitches at once. Mike Davies, VP field operations at Fox Sports, also hopes to test out a new 4K version of the Phantom Cam during the World Series. Full Story | Comments (2)
Fox Said To Oppose Plan To Shift 2022 World Cup
Bloomberg, Sep 18, 2013, 7:32 AM EDT
Fox Sports' Pam Oliver Suffered Concussion
The Wrap, Sep 3, 2013, 2:38 PM EDT
Car-Racing Series Inks TV Deal With Fox Sports
Wall Street Journal, Aug 28, 2013, 6:47 AM EDT
Fox Sports Ups Marketing Guru Robert Gottlieb
Variety, Aug 27, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT
Fox Sports Updates Charlotte Studio
NewscastStudio, Aug 22, 2013, 7:33 AM EDT
Fox Sports To Be Distributed In Italy
MediaPPost, Jun 18, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT
MLB Talking With NBC, Fox About MASN
Baltimore Business Journal, Jun 4, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT
Major League Baseball has had talks with NBC Sports Group and Fox Sports in recent weeks to try to craft a solution to its MASN dispute, according to several sources. MLB hired Steve Greenberg of Allen & Co. to try to broker such a deal, which could see NBC or Fox acquire all or part of the regional sports network that carries Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals games. Link | Add comment
10 Fans Hurt By Fox Camera Rope At Race
Associated Press, May 28, 2013, 6:15 AM EDT
Ten fans were injured Sunday night when a nylon rope from a Fox Sports overhead camera fell over the Charlotte Motor Speedway grandstands, red-flagging the Coca-Cola 600 for nearly 30 minutes. Full Story | Comments (1)
News Studios Compete In March Madness
TVNewsCheck/Playout, Mar 28, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT
The blog NewscastStudio.com is currently hosting the second round of its "Set Madness" tournament that lets readers decide which set has the best design. Link | Add comment
Fox's Tim McCarver Retiring After This Season
Associated Press, Mar 27, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT
The two-time champion catcher will call the World Series this year and then retire from his analyst job at Fox. "I wanted to step down while I know I can still do the job and proud of the job I've done," the 71-year-old McCarver said during a conference call today. Full Story | Add comment
Big East Hoops Headed To Fox Sports
New York Post, Mar 20, 2013, 6:34 AM EDT
Regis Said To Be Getting Fox Sports Gig
TVNewsCheck, Feb 6, 2013, 2:00 PM EST
The 81-year-old Regis Philbin is close to signing a deal with Fox Sports to host a sports talk show, according to sources. Full Story | Add comment
Tech Spotlight
Getting Up To (High) Speed On Super Slo Mo
TVNewsCheck, Jan 24, 2013, 11:05 AM EST
For the big game, CBS will take advantage of recent developments in 4K high-speed and high-resolution videography to not only slow down action in replays without noticeable motion blur or pixilation, but also to zoom in closely to see if a player’s foot is out of bounds or if the football breaks the plane of the end zone. Other networks are also working to push the envelope with high-speed, high-res cameras and Sony is working on next-generation sports production technology. Full Story | Add comment
Fox Sports Acquires SportsTime Ohio
Hollywood Reporter, Dec 28, 2012, 2:47 PM EST
The company also secures exclusive long-term local rights to broadcast Cleveland Indians baseball. Link | Add comment
Fox Offers Over $6B For Dodgers Rights
Deadline, Nov 26, 2012, 5:59 AM EST
Fox Sports is close to clinching the exclusive TV rights for the Los Angeles Dodgers by paying between $6 billion and $7 billion over 25 years to put the team on its regional sports network in Southern California and, of course, its national Fox Broadcasting Co. Link | Add comment
OK State TV Deal With Fox Sports In The Works
NewsOK.com, Sep 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT
As Hill Moves On, TV Sports Loses Innovator
Sports Business Journal, Aug 6, 2012, 7:34 AM EDT
For nearly two decades, David Hill was Fox Sports. The Australian TV executive with an outsized personality launched the division in 1993. From the beginning, Fox Sports reflected Hill: It was loud, brash and abhorred convention. Link | Add comment
Fox Sports Revamps MLB All-Star Production
Sports Video Group, Jul 10, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT
A new look for the pregame show, new sounds and new angles will dominate Fox Sports coverage of the MLB All-Star Game from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City today. Link | Add comment
Erin Andrews Moving From ESPN To Fox Sports
Hollywood Reporter, Jul 2, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT
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Fox Sports Gets TV Rights For NBA Hornets
Nola.com, Jun 26, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT
Dodgers: TWC Not Involved In Team's Sale
Los Angeles Times, Apr 13, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT
In a court filing Thursday, the team says Fox Sports will be assured that the rival cable company will be in no way involved in the purchase of the team. The sale is expected to be approved today. Fox, TWC and perhaps CBS are expected to bid for a contract that could be worth up to $5 billion — if, that is, the new owners opt not to launch a team-owned regional sports network. Link | Add comment
Fox Sports To Launch Channel In Brazil
Wall Street Journal, Jan 24, 2012, 6:20 AM EST
Fox Settles Legal Dispute With L.A. Dodgers
Hollywood Reporter, Jan 11, 2012, 5:58 AM EST
Fox Sports has settled its legal battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the troubled baseball team agreeing to end its bid to sell lucrative television rights in advance of a proposed sale. In return, Fox won't object to a separate deal in U.S. Bankruptcy Court between Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball that will almost certainly lead to the team being sold before an April 30 deadline. Link | Add comment
Fox Sports Producer Doug Sellars Dies At 50
Sports Video Group, Jan 3, 2012, 7:33 AM EST
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WVUE's Jeffifer Hale Adds Fox Sports Duties
New Orleans Times-Picayune, Jan 3, 2012, 6:14 AM EST
Fox Sports Wins Key Ruling Against Dodgers
Hollywood Reporter, Dec 27, 2011, 5:59 AM EST
A federal judge grants an emergency stay of a bankruptcy court's ruling, which could affect Dodgers owner Frank McCourt's ability to sell TV rights. Link | Add comment
L.A. Dodgers Score Big Win In Court
The Wrap, Dec 9, 2011, 6:30 AM EST
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross ruled on Thursday that the Los Angeles Dodgers can sell their television rights months before the team’s contract with Fox Sports expires — a significant win for the team in its ongoing legal saga. Link | Add comment
Fox: Release Dodgers From Bankruptcy
Los Angeles Times, Nov 21, 2011, 7:02 AM EST
Fox Sports says the team need not pursue bankruptcy because creditors can be repaid when the team is sold. The Dodgers call the move 'an act of utter desperation.' Link | Add comment
Dodgers Say Fox Trying To Interfere With Sale
Associated Press, Nov 17, 2011, 7:04 AM EST
Dodgers attorneys filed a complaint Wednesday in Delaware bankruptcy court saying Fox attorneys violated the automatic halt to litigation against a debtor in bankruptcy by sending a letter to the Dodgers' financial adviser. Full Story | Add comment
Fox To Use 28 Cameras For Baseball
Sport Video Group, Oct 7, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT
Fox Sports' coverage of the upcoming American League Championship Series will include six robotic cameras in the dugouts, an Inertia Unlimited xMo, two Sony HDC3300 super-slo-mos,a Steadicam and two RF units.   Link | Add comment
Fox Sports Sues The L.A. Dodgers
Reuters, Sep 28, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT
Fox Sports Cancels Show After Video Mocks Asians
Associated Press, Sep 8, 2011, 7:31 AM EDT
Fox Tests New NFL Highlights Workflow
Sports Video Group, Aug 16, 2011, 7:12 AM EDT
L.A. Dodger Plan Irks Fox Sports
Wall Street Journal, Aug 2, 2011, 6:51 AM EDT
News Corp.'s Fox Sports is protesting the Los Angeles Dodgers' request to hire Blackstone Group to market the team's media rights, setting up a potential battle with the cable network that, until recently, had been one of embattled owner Frank McCourt's biggest supporters. Link | Comments (1)
Fox Eyes Shift Of Future Cup Races To Speed
Sports Business Journal, Jun 20, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT
Fox has held informal discussions with NASCAR about a new TV rights agreement that would allow the network to put some of its Sprint Cup races on Speed. David Hill, Fox Sports chairman, said Fox would like to see some of the 13 regular-season races it televises on Speed. A Fox source said the company could ask for as many as six races for the network. Link | Comments (4)
FX Tackles College Football
B&C, Mar 28, 2011, 5:50 AM EDT
The cable channel, known for edgy entertainment and movies, is expected to announce Monday it will be airing college football games on Saturdays this fall. The package of 13 Fox Sports on FX games, some of which will air in primetime, is being carved out of rights deals Fox Sports already has with the Big 12, Pac-12 and Conference USA. Conference USA's championship game could also air on FX. Link | Add comment
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Overnights, adults 18-49 for September 25, 2016
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Reviews

  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Pitch has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts. But part of what impresses about the pilot is also the way it confidently strings together so many small but telling details. Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to be called up from the minors to the big leagues, and no show since Friday Night Lights has done a better job of portraying the internal and external pressures that weigh heavily on young athletes asked to do much more than merely succeed on the field. Pitch will likely do a good job of getting viewers to root for it. The hope is that the show won’t be an impressive, short-lived curiosity, but rather a long-term phenomenon.

  • Kevin Fallon

    In a fall TV season that’s already making a splash for championing diverse, distinctive voices in an array of projects that they created, wrote, and starred in, Better Things on FX stands out. The show is created by, written by, and starsPamela Adlon. She plays Sam Fox, the single mother of three daughters modeled after her own reality-show-ready experience raising three girls in Los Angeles following a divorce. Sam is also, like Adlon, a working actress — on shows both raunchy, a la Californication, and animated for children, like her role on Recess. It’s a refreshingly blunt take on single motherhood without sacrificing the warmth of parental love, portraying the dance between selfishness and selflessness that’s at the heart of being a parent — especially one weathering the hormonal fireworks of a household of four women at different ages.

  • David Wiegand

    The fall TV season doesn’t count as much as it used to — we already know that. But no matter how many retreads the broadcast networks throw at viewers in the next few months, this fall will be memorable because of the premiere of Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on FX. The half-hour comedy created by and starring Donald Glover (Community), simply and brilliantly recalibrates our expectations of what a TV comedy is and how black lives are portrayed on the medium.

  • Louisa Ada Seltzer

    The second reboot of the 1980s John Candy movie Uncle Buck, bumped by ABC from midseason, has the same tired jokes you'll find on any second-rate sitcom. Too bad, because Mike Epps is appealing and ABC would be wise to keep him around for future shows, but there’s just not enough to this show to suggest it will last past summer. It also airs against NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s No. 1 program on broadcast, which may make it even harder to find an audience.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play All the Way, and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. Cranston’s performance is a gem — in his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it.

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