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Interactive Graphics Coming To YES Network Streams

The YES app’s unique per-game viewership has shot up 236% over last year’s numbers on Fox Sports Go.

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Yankees fans now have even more ways to interact with their hometown team on the go. YES Network announced they are adding interactive in-stream content for fans to access during game broadcasts on their app starting this week.

Graphics pop up on the screen with polls, facts, and other interactive tools to engage fans. The network is integrating the technology into other sports streams later this year. This is another way that YES has experimented with holding on-the-go consumers engaged since they took over streaming duties from Fox Sports Go.

App developer Clearbridge built the “Edge” product alongside Ease Live. The former worked with the NBA and Turner on the NBA League Pass interactive feature set. The YES app’s unique per-game viewership has shot up 236% over last year’s numbers on Fox Sports Go.

“This is the first time we’ve been able to control our own destiny as it relates to digital,” YES managing editor and director of digital media, Kevin Sullivan told Sportico in an interview. “We really want to be technology leaders.”

YES Network has dominated ratings for much of the century, ranking as the most-watched regional sports network in the country 16 of the past 18 years.

“What we see this app going towards is building a way within this ecosystem where fans can talk to each other,” YES senior director of strategy and business development Matt Duarte said to Sportico. “We really want to build this as a way to engage with as many fans as possible on as many platforms as possible.”

Everyone in media is trying to keep hold of their slice of the pie in a fracturing landscape. YES isn’t sitting on their hands in this environment, showing a clear initiative to innovate with their most important platforms. The more fans feel like they are a part of the action, the more they’ll engage with the product.

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FanDuel TV Strikes Deal With ONE Championship Martial Arts

“We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

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FanDuel TV and ONE Championship Martial Arts have struck a deal that will see the MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and submission grappling series air weekly events on the newly launched channel.

“We’re eager to continue expanding the variety of content we’re offering at FanDuel TV to introduce our audience to emerging sports,” said FanDuel Chief Commercial Officer Mike Raffensperger. “We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

ONE Championship is a top-five global sports property for digital viewership and engagement according to Nielsen measurements.

“We are thrilled to join the FanDuel TV lineup and give our passionate U.S. audience yet another way to engage with ONE Championship,” said ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “Having a quality partner in FanDuel will help raise the profile of our company in the region and provide their viewers with action-packed martial arts events like they have never seen before.”

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Bob Costas Re-Lives First Announcing Assignment For NBC

“My biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979.”

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Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Costas appeared on KNBR’s Tolbert & Copes Thursday to discuss the death of Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. But before the conversation turned to the recently departed pitcher, the show asked Costas about what he has announced that would surprise someone. He reminisced about his first time on the air for NBC.

“My very first assignment for NBC, my biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979,” Costas recounted. “There was a program on NBC then called Sports World. It was an anthology series that was their answer to the gold standard, ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

“So they traveled the globe, like Wide World of Sports did. So they sent me, wearing a red NBC jacket, to Tokyo to cover a sumo wrestling tournament with seven-time world power-lifting champion Larry Pacifico as my color man. Now, this is all the Japanese I learned as we came on the air: ‘Minasan kon’nichwa watashinoamaeha Bob Costas’, which means ‘Hello everyone, my name is Bob Costas’. If ever there was typecasting, when they sat and looked at their roster of announcers and went ‘Who should we send to the sumo wrestling? It’s gotta be Costas, who’s entire body weight would constitute one meal for the sumo wrestling champion.”

Costas departed NBC Sports in 2019 after 40 years with the network, announcing MLB, NBA, and the Olympics, in addition to his work with the network’s sumo wrestling coverage.

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Matt Leinart, Alex Smith Make Wager Over Pac-12 Championship Game

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous. I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.”

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FOX Sports analyst Matt Leinart and ESPN analyst Alex Smith have made a friendly wager over the upcoming Pac-12 Championship Game.

USC, Leinart’s alma mater, is slated to play Utah, where Smith attended, in the game Friday evening on FOX from Las Vegas.

The two agreed to don the other player’s jersey. “At least it will be 11,” Smith said, noting he and Leinart both wore the number during their playing days.

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous,” Leinart said when presented with the offer. “I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.” Smith jokingly responded by calling USC “Free Agent University”. He added he would overnight Leinart a jersey to ensure he had one if the Utes were victorious.

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