Media Notes

YAHOO SPORTS’ Shalise Manza Young criticized what CBS’ Tony Romo said around the Buccaneers’ negotiation with a fan for Tom Brady’s 600th touchdown football. After talking to a team rep, the fan handed the ball back, and Romo gave a “creepy narration on what was being said.” Pretending to be the fan, Romo said, “A date with Gisele. A date with Gisele and I'm in." After hearing CBS’ Tracy Wolfson detail the agreement, Romo “doubled down on his belief that a date with another man's wife should have been part of the negotiation” (, 10/25).

NFL CONTINUES TO DOMINATE: The NFL is on pace to place a record high number of its games among TV’s top 100 telecasts this year, thanks to a significant rebound in game ratings combined with a further deterioration of entertainment viewership on TV (John Ourand, SBJ). In Boston, Chad Finn noted NFL games are "so far ahead of other sports in viewership that there is really no comparison to be made at all." NFL games should be compared "not with sports but with all other television programs across all networks." Finn: "Even then, guess what? The NFL wins in a blowout" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/24).

CREDIT WON'T SOLVE PROBLEMS: In Ft. Worth, Mac Engel writes Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban's attempt to give fans a credit to help them stream games "is not a cure for what continues to be a major problem" for the Mavs, Stars and MLB Rangers, whose game all air on Sinclair-owned Bally Sports Southwest. Cuban’s grand gesture "underscores the level of importance for sports leagues, and individual owners, who realize that the cord-cutting battle between consumers and Sinclair needs a solution." Cuban indicated that he "sees an end in sight to this disagreement," though he does not know when it would end (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 10/26).

SBJ Morning Buzzcast: January 17, 2022

NFL's top selling teams and players; Jim Phillips puts CFP expansion on hold and Netflix looks to juice up interest in pro tennis.

SBJ Spotlight: January 14, 2022

SBJ Spotlight: NFL strength, CFP confusion and the stealth Olympics In today’s Spotlight Roundtable, SBJ’s Abe Madkour and John Ourand are joined by LiveLike CEO Miheer Walavalkar and Syracuse sports management professor Rick Burton to talk about big news in sports business. Topics included the ratings strength of the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys; confusion in college sports and the CFP; tech advances and the metaverse; and how NBC is just trying to get through the Beijing Games on the way to Paris and L.A.

SBJ Unpacks: Ben Sutton and George Pyne

Two college football insiders, Teall Capital’s Ben Sutton and Bruin Capital’s George Pyne, discuss the College Football Playoff expansion, driving more value from the championship game and the future of bowl games in this game day edition of the SBJ Unpacks podcast.

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