New Fox Strategy Echoes Old Fox: Lots of Sports, Especially NFL

New Fox Strategy Echoes Old Fox: Lots of Sports, Especially NFL

Courtesy of Bloomberg: When Fox Sports head Eric Shanks attended last month’s Major League Baseball owners meeting, he did more than pass along good tidings from his boss. He brought the man himself, Lachlan Murdoch. Like his billionaire father Rupert, Murdoch knows commissioners and owners are integral to his vision for the company, which is charting a […]

Beyonce Is Interested in Buying a Stake in the Houston Rockets

Beyonce Is Interested in Buying a Stake in the Houston Rockets

Courtesy of Bloomberg: Pop superstar Beyonce, a Houston native, is mulling an investment in the National Basketball Association’s Rockets, according to people familiar with the matter. Rockets owner Les Alexander, a former bond trader, said last month he was selling the team amid a surge in franchise values across sports. The club’s popularity in China […]

Disney’s ESPN Said to Cut 100 Jobs This Week Amid TV Woes

Disney’s ESPN Said to Cut 100 Jobs This Week Amid TV Woes

Courtesy of Bloomberg: Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN network will cut about 100 staffers this week, according to a person familiar with the matter, as the leader in sports TV copes with rising programming costs and an eroding subscriber base. ESPN President John Skipper, in a memo to staff Wednesday, said the network has been determining whom […]

Fewer NFL Viewers Force TV Networks to Give Away Ads

Fewer NFL Viewers Force TV Networks to Give Away Ads

Courtesy of Bloomberg: TV networks are giving away more commercial time this NFL season than a year ago to make up for one of the worst ratings declines in a decade, a rare sign of weakness for the biggest draw on television. In September, as the presidential election diverted viewers to cable news outlets, viewership of […]

Mets Beat Yankees in Local TV Ratings for First Time Ever

Mets Beat Yankees in Local TV Ratings for First Time Ever

Courtesy of Bloomberg: The New York Mets, back in the playoffs after last year’s surprising run to the World Series, have already notched a big victory this season: outdrawing their crosstown rival New York Yankees on TV for the first time. SNY, cable home of the Mets, finished the regular season as baseball’s most-watched regional […]

Facebook Said to Back Off Bid to Stream NFL Thursday Games

Facebook Said to Back Off Bid to Stream NFL Thursday Games

Courtesy of Bloomberg: Less than a month after Facebook Inc. confirmed its interest in live-streaming the National Football League next season, the social media giant has withdrawn from the bidding for Thursday games, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions. While a deal to stream the most-watched American sport on the most-popular social […]