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Overtime Elite Looking For Traditional TV Deal

“Porter isn’t eyeing a media deal currently but told Sportico he’d like to secure one within ‘three or four years.'”

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Overtime Elite doesn’t currently have a traditional media rights deal lined up, but Overtime hoping enough momentum grows for its startup basketball league to secure one in a few years. The league–mostly made up of elite high school basketball players–opens play today.

OTE sports investors like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Drake–aiming to be a professional haven for the best high school players in the country to grow their game, make money, and receive an education. 

Sportico caught up with founder and CEO Dan Porter to gauge his goals for the league over the next few years. Porter is the brain behind Overtime’s social media rise, which is the whole reason this league came together. Porter started the social media-based company in 2016, and it now boasts over five million Instagram followers.

Porter isn’t eyeing a media deal currently but told Sportico he’d like to secure one within “three or four years.”

“We want to develop an audience that’s global in nature,” Porter told the site earlier this month. “One that’s big in Europe, and eventually in Asia, and not just North American-focused.”

How they will get to international fame without television remains a bit murky but they are documenting all of the player’s journeys throughout the season. A lot of that coverage will come in the form of YouTube and social media videos to attract new fans and corporate sponsors.

The league held its Pro Day last week at a brand-new facility in Atlanta, GA, and a few journalists, including The Athletic’s John Hollinger, came away impressed.

“They pretty clearly spent some money on it,” Hollinger said on the Hollinger & Duncan NBA Show. “You could tell a pretty significant investment was made and that they had their sh*t together. The day was completely organized and I’ve been to a lot of workouts where that certainly was not the case.”

Now, who else will the league start scheduling for this unique group of players to take on? Answers to that question should arise throughout the league’s inaugural season.

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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