TuneIn, the world’s largest audio network, today announced a multiyear partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA), which will include live play-by-play of NBA preseason, regular season and postseason games in the United States beginning with the 2016-17 season on TuneIn Premium.
The partnership will provide TuneIn Premium users with access to all 1,230 NBA 2016-17 regular-season games, the entire NBA Playoffs and The Finals, as well as marquee events like the NBA All-Star Game, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, and the NBA Draft presented by State Farm.
Starting today, fans outside of the United States, Canada and China can access live play-by-play of all remaining NBA games of the 2015-16 season. In May, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) regular season and playoff games will be available as the league celebrates its 20th season, and fans can also listen to action from the NBA’s official minor league, the NBA Development League, to stay up-to-date on star prospects.
“We’re excited to announce this new partnership with the NBA,” said Kevin Straley, Chief Content Officer for TuneIn. “The combination of our platform with a global reach in 230 countries and territories, and the NBA’s international fan base makes this a perfect fit to extend TuneIn’s growing sports content portfolio. The NBA is the worldwide leader for sports leagues in terms of engaging fans in both social and mobile distribution.”
TuneIn’s global audio network provides a host of high-quality digital sports content to more than 60 million active monthly users worldwide.
“NBA fans worldwide are passionate about the game and consume our content in numerous ways from television and radio, to mobile and social media,” said David Denenberg, NBA Senior Vice President, Global Media Distribution and Business Affairs. “TuneIn’s global platform is another unique way for our fans to experience the excitement of our game.”
TuneIn will also work with the NBA to create and launch original content alongside the game broadcasts, including daily talk, analysis and fantasy shows during the regular season. Other content will include:
- On-Demand Content – Users will be able to listen to replays of the most recent 10 games for each team on a rolling basis if they can’t catch the live broadcasts
- 24/7 NBA Channel – TuneIn plans to launch a live 24/7 channel consisting of a mix of NBA TV content and original programming so users can listen to live and on-demand basketball programming year-round
Jason Barrett is the owner and operator of Barrett Sports Media. Prior to launching BSM he served as a sports radio programmer, launching brands such as 95.7 The Game in San Francisco and 101 ESPN in St. Louis. He has also produced national shows for ESPN Radio including GameNight and the Dan Patrick Show. You can find him on Twitter @SportsRadioPD or reach him by email at JBarrett@sportsradiopd.com.
Rob Dibble, 97.9 ESPN Help Collect Nearly 5,000 Turkeys
“This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
The station, along with other iHeart Connecticut stations, also raised more than $189,000 during the 23rd annual Turkey Tuesday at Connecticut Foodshare’s headquarters.
“We are continually grateful of the outpouring of donations from our listeners and Connecticut community on our annual events to ensure a Thanksgiving for all,” said iHeartMedia Hartford and New Haven Vice President of Marketing Vanessa Wojtusiak. “This year, the support from listeners, sponsors, partners and volunteers helped make a remarkable state-wide impact.”
Dibble has been a longtime support of Connecticut Foodshare, hosting its director Al Marino on his show several times throughout the year to ensure families in Connecticut have access to the food bank.
Danny O’Neil is a sports media columnist for BSM. He has previously hosted morning and afternoon drive for 710 ESPN Seattle, and served as a reporter for the Seattle Times. He can be reached on Twitter @DannyOneil or by email at Danny@DannyOneil.com.
Ray Didinger Subject of NFL Films Feature, Tells Angelo Cataldi He’s Stayed Busy in Retirement
Former 94WIP host and Philadelphia Daily News and NBC Sports Philadelphia writer Ray Didinger retired earlier this year, but he told Angelo Cataldi he’s remained busy even though he stepped away from his media career.
“It’s been busier than I thought,” Didinger said. “Just because of the way things have gone in the city. The Phillies going to the World Series, the Eagles are 10-1, I don’t think any of us thought it was going to be this kind of run. Consequently, my phone hasn’t stopped ringing. I had no idea everyone in the world has a podcast so I’ve been getting all those calls. My name and my phone number are on way too many rolodexes all around the country. When somebody says ‘Hey, let’s do a piece about Philly’, my phone rings. It’s been busy but it’s been good. It’s been great to see what this has meant to the city.”
Didinger hosted shows from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays for 94WIP. In total, he spent more than 50 years covering the NFL before retiring in May.
After Cataldi asked for Didinger’s opinion on the 2022 Eagles, he asked the now-retired reporter if he was still using his yellow notepad. Didinger admitted he does still use the notepad, and Cataldi chastised his former colleague after he said he would retire the notepad. Cataldi joked when he retires after the Eagles season concludes, he hopes to lose co-hosts Al Morganti and Rhea Hughes’ phone numbers.
Didinger will be the subject of an NFL Films feature about his longtime career covering the league. The program will air on FS1 on Friday at 12:30 AM.
Colin Dunlap: ‘Insane’ What Tom Rinaldi Has Done During Last Week
“He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
It was a banner week for FOX Sports during the Thanksgiving holiday, and no one got more work than the network’s Tom Rinaldi. 93.7 The Fan morning show host Colin Dunlap believes Rinaldi deserves props for his schedule.
“It’s insane what he’s done,” Dunlap said. “I wrote it down and I saw somebody tweet it. Listen to this schedule — and I don’t even know if it’s worth it — but listen to what Tom Rinaldi has done: Wednesday? Qatar. Thursday? Dallas for the Cowboys game. Friday? Back to the US-England match in Qatar. Saturday? In Columbus, Ohio for Michigan/Ohio State. Sunday? Kansas City for the NFL game.
“And then if you’ve gotta guess, he’s gonna be at the American game tomorrow so he’s travelling back to Qatar today. I don’t even travel back and forth to Baltimore like that. He’s going from Doha to Dallas and Kansas City to Doha and Columbus to Doha. Something’s up! There’s two Tom Rinaldi’s.”
Dunlap, co-host Chris Mack, and producer Adam Crowley then discussed whether FOX Sports was using Rinaldi enough. While noting that he’s travelling to all these locations, they believe he isn’t being utilized enough for the bigger stories he’s been known for.
They also joked about whether Rinaldi was flying back and forth on Rupert Murdoch’s private jet and whether or not that would make life easier.