Knicks Name New President and GM


NEW YORK – Steve Mills has been named president of the New York Knicks NBA team and Scott Perry has been named the team’s general manager. Mills has been the Knicks’ general manager since 2013 and will replace Phil Jackson as President, who was let go from the team. “Today marks a culture change for …

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ESPN NBA Draft Ratings Up 13%


ESPN’s coverage of the 2017 NBA Draft averaged a 2.7 metered market rating, up 13 percent from a 2.4 in 2016, according to Nielsen. Hosted by anchor Rece Davis (photo above), the event was held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and matches the third-highest rated NBA Draft on ESPN. The telecast peaked with a …

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NBA Finals Most Watched Since 1998


The 2017 NBA Finals on ABC – the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1 to win the NBA Championship – was the most-watched NBA Finals since 1998, according to Nielsen. The five-game series averaged a total live audience (television plus streaming) of 20,840,000 average viewers, up from 20,578,000 viewers for last year’s seven-game …

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Stanley Cup Finals Draw 4.7 Million Viewers


The six-game 2017 Stanley Cup Final featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators produced a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 4.762 million average viewers, making it the most-watched Stanley Cup Final on record without an Original Six team, according to Fast National Ratings from The Nielsen Company and digital data from Adobe Analytics. The NHL …

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Hank Williams Returning to Monday Night Football


ESPN’s Monday Night Football will feature the return of its iconic anthem this fall when legendary country singer Hank Williams Jr. kicks off the weekly Monday primetime game by asking NFL fans: “Are You Ready for Some Football?” Williams will perform his hit song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Monday Night” every Monday …

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ESPN Hires Chip Kelly as Studio Analyst


Former NFL and University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly has been hired by ESPN as a football studio analyst for the upcoming season. ESPN has signed Kelly to a multiyear deal. The former Associated Press College Football Coach of the Year will have a significant presence on ESPN programming during the football season, predominantly …

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ESPN Says NBA Playoff Viewing Up 5%


With the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors headed for a third straight NBA Finals matchup, the total live audience (television, plus streaming viewership) for the 2017 NBA Playoffs across ESPN and ABC was up five percent compared to 2016, according to Nielsen. The NBA Playoffs generated a total live audience of 4,488,000 average viewers, …

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MLB Releases 2017 Draft Order


Major League Baseball will hold the 2017 MLB Draft on Monday, June 12th at MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey. This year’s Draft will begin live on MLB Network and at 7:00 p.m. (ET). The selection order of the Draft is determined by the reverse order of finish at the close of …

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ESPN Signs Adam Amin to New Deal


ESPN has re-signed announcer Adam Amin to a multiyear deal. As part of the new agreement, Amin will continue calling college and professional games year-round across a variety of sports on both television and radio. The Chicago native, who began his career with ESPN at 24 years old, is already in his seventh year with …

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ESPN Gives Pink Slip to 100 Staffers

Cable sports giant ESPN has laid off about 100 staffers including many on-air positions. Notable talent losing their jobs today include: NFL reporter Ed Werder Former NY Giant QB Danny Kanell Former Super Bowl winning QB Trent Dilfer Legal analyst Roger Cossack Sportscenter anchor Jaymee Sire College basketball analyst Len Elmore Sportscenter anchor Jay Crawford …

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ESPN Releases Monday Night Football Schedule


The 48th season of Monday Night Football will kick off on ESPN this fall with a doubleheader Monday, September 11 – New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings (6:55 p.m. ET) and Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos (10:15 p.m. / 7:15 p.m. PT). ESPN’s 17-game prime time schedule in 2017 will feature nine divisional matchups …

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Yankees Remain Most Valuable Baseball Team


Forbes has released its 20th annual ranking of the most valuable Major League Baseball teams. For the 20th consecutive time, the New York Yankees are the most valuable team with a value of $3.7 billion. The New York Mets rank sixth overall with a value of $2 billion according to Forbes. The average MLB team …

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WNBA to Hold Draft at Samsung 837


Several of the top women’s college basketball prospects will gather at Samsung 837 in New York for the 2017 WNBA Draft tomorrow, April 13. Located at 837 Washington St. in the Meatpacking District, Samsung 837 is the Korean technology giant’s flagship and cultural hub, and will be hosting the NBA draft for the first time. …

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