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CBS Unveils Plans To Launch New Sports Streaming Channel Later This Year

CBS “plans to launch a new streaming sports channel later this year” that is modeled after CBSN, the company’s “streaming news service,” according to Jon Lafayette of BROADCASTING & CABLE. CBS Chair, President & CEO Les Moonves on a Q2 earnings call yesterday said that CB…

Overnight Ratings: WGC, NASCAR Top Weekend; Women’s British Open Rises

The final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on CBS and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race from Watkins Glen Int’l on NBCSN led all sports telecasts over the weekend. Both telecasts drew a 1.9 overnight rating. The figure for the NASCAR race was down from last year, whe…

Pro Football HOF Festivities Continue; Networks Go Heavy On Coverage

Tom Benson HOF Stadium on Saturday “will host the enshrinement” for the Pro Football HOF, with Toby Keith and Kid Rock set to “headline Sunday’s Concert for Legends using the permanent stage at the 50-yard line” ( CANTONTREP.com, 8/4 ). New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is “schedu…

Daily Download….

The trailer for the upcoming Apple Music series “Carpool Karaoke” features appearances by sports figures LeBron James , Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Strahan . The series is based on the recurring segment on CBS’ “The Late Late Show.”

Clippers Shake Up Front-Office; Doc Rivers Focusing On Coaching

Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer on Friday said that he is “returning Doc Rivers to the primary duty of head coach, freeing him of front-office responsibilities.” Ballmer said that Rivers, who held the title of President of Basketball Operations, will “continue to have a strong voice in pe…

IAAF Championships Set For Attendance Records With Usain Bolt Finale

Organizers of the IAAF World Championships in London this weekend “confirmed the event will smash records as the biggest World Championships in history.” More than 660,000 tickets have been sold for the event, which begins tonight, “far exceeding the previous attendance record of 417,156 s…

Speed Reads….

The Braves for Friday night’s home game against the Marlins are giving fans posters depicting Braves Vice Chair and recent Baseball HOF inductee John Schuerholz . The artist is Richard Sullivan , a former Braves minor leaguer ( THE DAILY ).

UConn has unveiled a new design for its ath…

Under Armour Shares Down As Brand Trims Outlook For ’17

Under Armour this morning “trimmed its outlook” for ’17 and announced job cuts as part of a restructuring plan. UA said that revenues are “now expected to grow” 9-11%, lower than its previously set expectations of 11-12% growth. UA Founder, Chair & CEO Kevin Plank said that the brand…

USL League Meetings To Broach Issue Of MLS-Owned Clubs

The USL’s owner meetings begin today in Chicago ahead of tomorrow’s MLS All-Star Game, and the “future of the USL-MLS partnership will be one of the primary topics.” The USL is “contemplating its next progression of growth, one that will likely require altering and possibly dissociating it…

Vegas Golden Knights To Begin Single-Game Ticket Sales On Aug. 14

The Golden Knights announced that single-game tickets will go on sale at 5:00pm ET on Aug. 14. They “can only be purchased online through vegasgoldenknights.com and prices begin at $65 per ticket,” with a “limit of four tickets per game” ( LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 8/1 ). Meanwhile, se…

Laugh Track: Who You Gonna Call?

NBA free agent F Chris Bosh appeared on CBS’ “The Late Late Show” last night, noting since his release from the Heat, he has been “learning to play the guitar.” Host James Corden asked, “Are yo…

Nuggets Land Colorado-Based Western Union As Jersey Patch Sponsor

The Nuggets have signed a jersey patch deal with Colorado-based money transfer firm Western Union, the 11th team in the 30-team NBA to sign a jersey patch deal. The deal also makes Western Union a co-presenting sponsor of the team’s 50th anniversary next season. The three-year agreem…

Channel Surf….

MLB Network will televise 15 consecutive live hours of coverage around today’s trade deadline beginning at 10:00am ET that will feature more than 20 experts on air throughout the day. MLB’s trade deadline is at 4:00pm.

Video Captures Chris Christie Confronting Fan At Cubs-Brewers Game

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was “caught on video confronting” a Cubs fan during yesterday’s Cubs-Brewers game at Miller Park. A video circulating on Twitter shows Christie, who was “carrying a basket of nachos,” leaning over to “nearly get in the man’s face.” Christie’s son, Andrew ,…

Chris Paul, James Harden Appearances At Drew League Stir Up Frenzy

The Drew League was “officially christened as part of mainstream basketball culture” yesterday with Rockets Gs Chris Paul and James Harden and Thunder G Russell Westbrook “planning to suit up.” Fans lined up as early as 8:45am PT and by 11:00am, King Drew High in Compton, Calif., was…

Allen Iverson An Unexpected No-Show At BIG3 Games In Dallas

Allen Iverson “did not show up” for the BIG3 games in Dallas this past weekend. The league said that it is “investigating his absence” ( AP, 7/30 ). His absence “caught the league off-guard.” The BIG3 in a statement said, “We had no advance warning and do not have information as to all…

MLBPA Signs Licensing Deal With Jump Ramp Games’ Lucktastic App

The MLBPA has signed a licensing deal with Jump Ramp Games’ flagship app, Lucktastic, which connects digital and mobile users with promotions and rewards. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. For now, the deal is expected to run through this MLB season. “MLBPA Fun Packs” wi…

Speed Reads….

ESPN has signed new deals with college football broadcasters Dusty Dvoracek , Rod Gilmore , Brock Huard , Tom Luginbill and Greg McElroy ( ESPN ).

UTSA and multimedia rights partner Learfield have reached an agreement with iHeartMedia to “extend its broadcast deal.” KTKR-AM will …

Quick Hits….

“Missing the Cubs series is tough. But if it weren’t for Bud, there would be no Brewers” — Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio , on attending MLB Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig ‘s enshrinement in the Baseball HOF this weekend ( JSONLINE.com, 7/28 ).

“People in this coun…

Daily Digit….

49 — Number of “home-grown” players on the Packers’ 53-man roster last season, tops in the NFL. These are players who “have never played elsewhere” in the league. The Cowboys (43) placed second in this category, and both teams “successfully draft and/or sign out of college…

Gary Klutt To Drive Premium Motorsports’ No. 15 Color Compass Chevy

Premium Motorsports named Gary Klutt the driver of the team’s No. 15 Chevrolet in the Aug. 6 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series I Love New York 355 at Watkins Glen Int’l. Canada-based paint distributor Color Compass will be the car’s primary sponsor and Klutt’s “biggest commercia…

Take Part In SBD/SBJ’s Game Changers Survey

On Sept. 14, SportsBusiness Journal/Daily will hold its fifth annual Game Changers conference, where we will explore the multiple ways in which women intersect with sports. That week, we are planning to unveil exclusive new research on gender hiring trends and career advancement. In tandem…

NIH Letting Deal With NFL End After Using Less Than Half The $30M Donated

Officials from the National Institutes of Health for brain research are letting a partnership with the NFL expire next month “with more than half the money unused,” according to Fainaru-Wada & Fainaru of ESPN.com. The NFL in ’12 donated $30M to the NIH as part of a move Commissioner Ro…

NFL Franchises Using CBA Provision To Save Salary Cap Space A Growing Trend

The NFL’s 32 teams are a combined $602M beneath the salary cap entering the ’17 season, 36% higher than the amount of reserves around this time last year, which is an “average of nearly” $19M per team, according to Andrew Beaton of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. This is “possible because of…