Dish has earned a reputation in recent years as one of the industry’s toughest negotiators, and has not had HBO or Cinemax on its service since 2018. Univision was removed from Dish for nearly nine months in 2018 and 2019. In the fall of last year, Dish cut ties with a passel of regional sports networks that had been owned by Fox but were sold by Walt Disney to Sinclair Broadcast after Fox sold the bulk of its cable and studio assets. … [Read more...] about NFL, Dish Strike New Carriage Contract After Nearly Three Months of Haggling
Josh McCown wants to be a coach, and he'll essentially be a player-coach — virtually — for the #Eagles in 2020 while making $12,000 a week on the practice squad. A smart insurance policy for Philly, and on-the-job training for McCown while living at home in Texas. … [Read more...] about Eagles Make QB Josh McCown Oldest Practice Squad Player In NFL History
The NFL is so massive at this point that it’s essentially always engulfed in crisis no matter what it does. In the last few years, domestic violence, deflated footballs, culturally insensitive mascots, and player safety have threatened to derail any positive stories coming from what’s happening on the field. It’s the NFL: There’s always something. The big story to keep an eye on, I’d wager, is the widespread sexual harassment in the Washington Football Team organization — a story that still hasn’t quite caught widespread traction outside of the world of sports but absolutely has the potential to. (And very much should.) The NFL has an owner in Daniel Snyder who has fostered a dangerously sexist workplace environment, discouraged a thorough investigation of his organization, and reportedly tried to coerce one of the team’s cheerleaders to go to a hotel room with one of his friends and one of the team’s financial investors. And yet he … [Read more...] about The NFL Is Returning To a Different World. Can It Adapt?
The testing regime is long and involved. Once a player tests positive, he is isolated in quarantine until he tests negative. That means at least ten days in isolation without intermingling with his team and coaches. And to be cleared, he has to test negative on two consecutive tests that are administered at least a day apart. … [Read more...] about NFL Has Only One Player on Coronavirus List
Patrick Crakes, a former Fox Sports executive turned media consultant, thinks the ratings will "either be flat or slightly up" this year. He noted that the league's ratings might also get a "tailwind" from out-of-home viewing — a new metric from Nielsen that tracks viewers watching programming at bars, hotels, or other people's homes — now that strict quarantines have ended. … [Read more...] about The NFL’s ratings problem is a distant memory