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FanDuel & MSG Networks Enter Game Broadcast Deal
“The partnership will display integrations during game broadcasts, including halftime. Also featured will be branded content and ad space during MSG Networks’ Knicks and Devils broadcasts, as well as their pre- and post-game shows.”
MSG Networks announced an agreement with FanDuel for the bookmaker and daily fantasy platform to become the official sports gaming partner of their New York Knicks and New Jersey Devils broadcasts.
“We are excited to partner with FanDuel to bring our fans timely content and information that provides a deeper way to engage with our game coverage,” said Kevin Marotta, SVP, Marketing and Content Strategy, MSG Networks
The partnership will display integrations during game broadcasts, including halftime. Also featured will be branded content and ad space during MSG Networks’ Knicks and Devils broadcasts, as well as their pre- and post-game shows. For Devils’ telecasts only, updated betting odds will be displayed for viewers on the ticker during each intermission.
“Joining forces with MSG Networks allows us to further enhance the viewing and sports betting experience for fans, giving them a new way to watch sports,” said Mike Raffensperger, CMO, FanDuel. “By partnering with MSG Networks, we are leading the charge in how sports gaming operators integrate with broadcasting, ultimately transforming the experience for sports fans.”
The partnership with FanDuel also saw MSG Networks recently debut Inside the Lines, a five-minute show that focuses on the NBA betting landscape and airs before Knicks pre-game. For Devils’ broadcasts, a one-minute long NHL betting-focused show will air before their pre-game coverage titled, Line to Line.
In addition to their traditional TV network, the partnership will be featured on MSG Networks’ social channels and their on-demand video live streaming platform, MSG GO.
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Adam Silver Addresses Disney Rumors at NBA Board of Governors Meeting
“I have no intention of going anywhere.”
Adam Silver wants NBA team governors to know that he wants to keep working for them. The league commissioner addressed rumors that he is on a short list of potential successors for Bob Iger when he steps down from the CEO role at The Walt Disney Company in 2024.
Silver, whose contract with the NBA happens to expire in 2024, was asked directly if he had spoken with Iger or anyone else at Disney.
“I love my job at the NBA,” he reportedly said at a Board of Governors meeting. “I have no intention of going anywhere.”
The inclusion of Silver’s name on Iger’s list makes a lot of sense. The NBA and Disney have had a great relationship predating Silver taking over the commissioner’s role. ABC and ESPN are expected to renew their TV deal with the league this summer.
The two sides also partnered on a live entertainment complex at Disney Springs on Walt Disney World property in Florida called The NBA Experience. It closed during the Covid-19 pandemic.
At 60 years old, Adam Silver is likely in no hurry to retire. When his contract with the NBA expires, it will be up to him whether he wants to remain the commissioner of the league or not.
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NFL Network Cuts Continue With Willie McGinest
“McGinest is currently in the middle of a lawsuit resulting from an incident in a LA-area restaurant in December.”
Willie McGinest is the latest victim of cost reduction layoffs at NFL Media. The NFL Network analyst is out according to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports.
McGinest is currently in the middle of a lawsuit resulting from an incident in an LA-area restaurant in December. He is being sued and faces up to eight years in prison for allegedly attacking a fellow customer.
Since news of the investigation became public, NFL Network has kept Willie McGinest off the air.
McCarthy reached out to McGinest and NFL Network. Neither offered a comment at this time.
NFL Media has been busy this week as the company looks to reduce its expenses. Willie McGinest joins Jim Trotter and Rachel Bonnetta on the list of on-air talents that have lost their jobs at NFL Network.
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Holly Rowe Signs Long-Term Extension With ESPN
“I feel like I am living my best life and I am so grateful to ESPN for letting me keep doing this.”
ESPN reporter Holly Rowe has signed a multi-year extension to remain with the company.
Rowe works as a sideline reporter for ESPN/ABC’s coverage of college football — including the College Football Playoffs, the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and the Women’s College World Series, among other high-profile assignments.
“I feel like I am living my best life and I am so grateful to ESPN for letting me keep doing this,” Rowe told The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch.
Earlier this year, Rowe was named the 2023 Curt Gowdy Media Award winner from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame for her electronic media work.
Rowe joined ESPN in 1998, and signed her last contract extension with the network in 2018 shortly before she announced she had undergone her final chemotherapy treatment in August of that year after a melanoma diagnosis in 2016.
According to Deitsch, Rowe’s contract was set to expire next month.