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FS1 Studio Shows Catapult 2020 Daily Viewership

Thanks to its studio shows, college football games and NASCAR races, FS1 surpassed ESPN2, NBCSN and NFL Network.

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For the first time in a calendar year, FS1 finished 2020 as the second most-watched cable sports network on a total-day basis, according to Sports Business Daily’s John Ourand.

Thanks to its studio shows, college football games and NASCAR races, FS1 surpassed ESPN2, NBCSN and NFL Network. The SBJ report notes that “the race is really for second place, as ESPN has been the top sports network for the past several decades and remained in that position for both total day and primetime in 2020, according to Nielsen numbers.”

“It was a tough year for national cable; everybody’s down,” Mike Mulvihill, Executive Vice President, Head of Strategy and Analytics for Fox Sports, told SBJ in regard to COVID-19 postponing sports seasons. “Still, that’s a significant milestone for us to finally be No. 2 in national cable sports for an entire year in the seventh full calendar year of FS1.”

The SBJ report also notes that FS1’s studio programming accounted for 35% of its schedule and 30% of overall viewing, which is a vast comparison from the 4% of daily studio program viewing five years ago.

NFL Network finished the year in third place in total day numbers, while NBCSN was fourth and ESPN2 was fifth.

The table below depicts total-day viewership by network, per SBJ.

NETWORKTOTAL-DAY VIEWERSHIP (000)
ESPN564
FS1119
NFL Network113
NBCSN108
ESPN2107
Golf Channel83
MLB Network40
TUDN34
Tennis Channel27
NBA TV26
ESPNU25
ESPNews21
Big Ten Network20
Fox Deportes15
ESPN Deportes13
FS213
BeIN Sport Espanol10
BeIN Sport4

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Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys

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The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.

Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.

But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.

Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:

Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.

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Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”

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Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.

The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.

Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.

“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”

Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”

He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.

Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.

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NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer

“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”

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According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.

The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.

The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options. 

NFL+ would make NFL Media more valuable. The league is trying to sell an equity stake in its linear TV and digital media properties. Amazon and Apple are considered the most likely to make a deal. 

A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.

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