This Deal Fits The New CW To A Tee

You may not yet know the name Perry Sook, but if you’re a golf fan you’ll likely be more familiar with him in the coming months.  In a surprise move first leaked earlier this week by popular personality David Feherty, the much-maligned Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour will have a broadcast home in 2023 on the … Read more

For MLB, The Future May Be Billy’s, Not Bally’s

Our intrepid colleague from Chicago unearthed this little nugget yesterday from the Associated Press that caught my attention because, once again, this involves a former colleague of mine: Major League Baseball hired a high-ranking executive from the Sinclair Broadcast Group as the sport deals with concern over the future of regional sports networks in an … Read more

Best of ’22: Google Alert! Sunday Ticket Is Still Up For Grabs! (Well, Not Any More!)

NOTE:  This was sent out earlier today via our sister site, leblanguage.net.  Since then, official word came down of the deal with YouTubeTV.  I eagerly look forward to becoming a loyal customer.   AUTHOR’S NOTE:  Much like many other daily media efforts during this time of year, we’re reprising “best of” from the soon-to-be ending year … Read more

Clipping The Opposition?

My LinkedIn was abuzz with giddy, upbeat articles trumpeting the Los Angeles Clippers’ announcement that it will be reversing a trend of major sports teams bypassing local broadcast TV, as it will return games to KTLA-TV Channel 5 for the first time in sixteen years this fall.   Indeed, they will become only the second such … Read more

The Talented(?) Mr. Ripley

You may not know who Chris Ripley is, but if you live in any one of 100 markets around the U.S. and/or are a sports fan, you’ve likely watched one of his networks. Ripley is the CEO and president of Sinclair Broadcasting, which is very, very good at optimizing quirks in how U.S. television stations’ … Read more

Too Big For Cable

When The Big 10 effectively became the Big 16 with the addition of USC and UCLA, making it a coast-to-coast conference, there was rampant speculation that it was a prime candidate for a streaming service, such as Apple or Amazon, to place a pre-emptive bid for its broadcast rights, especially its football games. Well, this … Read more

Charles Is Still in Charge

Charles Barkley decided to play 18 holes of golf yesterday in the middle of his off-season as a Turner Sports analyst.  That shouldn’t have been news. But the fact that it occurred at a Trump-owned course, in a pro-am with former president Donald Trump, at an event financed by Saudi officials on the fledgling LIV … Read more