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"Ted Lasso" Season 2 debuts to rave reviews

Closing Bell / Friday, July 23, 2021
Season 2 of Apple TV+'s hit show "Ted Lasso" debuted Friday "with a new challenge: living up to the ideals of compassion and accountability it laid out in Season 1." The show avoids "being just a series of motivational posters" and "stays winning in its second season"...

Football Manager video game to include women

Global / Friday, July 23, 2021
Women's soccer is "set to be introduced into the popular video game Football Manager for the first time ever." Football Manager, created by British developer Sports Interactive and published by Sega, is a "management simulation game, which was originally released as Championship Manager" in '92. Football Manager Studio Dir...

Media Notes

Daily / Friday, July 23, 2021
In Buffalo, Alan Pergament cited a source as saying that Eric Wood "will be back as the radio analyst" on Bills games carried by WGR-AM and the Bills Radio Network this season after a year in which Steve Tasker "replaced him because of Wood’s travel difficulties due to the...

NBCU hopes Games provide much-needed boost for Peacock

Daily / Friday, July 23, 2021
The Tokyo Games finally gives NBCUniversal a chance to provide its Peacock streaming service a lift after the service “got off to a wobbly start” following its April ’20 launch, according to Meg James of the L.A. TIMES. NBC wanted to use the Games last summer “to...

ABC to air LaLiga match opening weekend

Global / Thursday, July 22, 2021
A LaLiga match will "air for the first time ever on broadcast television in the U.S." next month when Barcelona hosts Real Sociedad on ABC on Sunday Aug. 15. Live coverage will begin "with a 30-minute pregame show" at 1:30pm ET The Spanish-language telecast of the match "will be...

NBC facing issues in repeating high audiences from past Games

Daily / Thursday, July 22, 2021
NBC will begin its primetime coverage of the Tokyo Games on Friday, and the event both will “almost surely bring NBC and its sibling cable networks their biggest primetime audiences in months” while also likely “fall well short of previous Games,” according to Rick Porter of the...

G4 brings ESL to TV

Esports / Thursday, July 22, 2021
Tournament organizer ESL Gaming has inked a deal with Spectacor Gaming-owned gaming channel G4 to produce original esports-related content.  Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. G4 will produce esports content for linear...

EPL's rights fee decreases with new Chinese TV deal

Global / Thursday, July 22, 2021
The EPL has secured a new four-year TV rights deal with Chinese streaming platform iQiyi Sports to show all EPL matches and offer "early-bird discounts to viewers." This follows the collapse of the EPL's  £543M ($700M) three-year deal with Suning’s PPTV last summer , after "just one season," leaving...

ESPN signs two "SportsCenter" anchors to new contracts

Daily / Thursday, July 22, 2021
ESPN has signed Neil Everett and Ashley Brewer to new deals that will keep the two “SportsCenter” anchors with the network. A formal announcement is coming later this afternoon, though specifics about the contracts were not released. ESPN has spent the past couple of years negotiating to have many...

ABC averages less than 10 million viewers per game for NBA Finals

Daily / Thursday, July 22, 2021
ABC averaged 9.91 million viewers for the six-game Bucks-Suns NBA Finals, marking the fourth-lowest audience for the Finals on record. The series is down 34% from 15.05 million for the six-game Raptors-Warriors series two years ago, which aired in the typical early June slot. However, that series did...