Blog by: George Thomas and Ron Ledgard
The NFL in its infinite wisdom decided to suspend their local blackout policy for the 2015 season in a vote in its annual owner meetings today, according to multiple reports.
“NFL clubs have approved suspension of local blackout policy for 2015 pre- and regular seasons. There were 0 BOs last reg-season,” league spokesman Greg Aiello announced via Twitter today.
Pressure from politicians and the FCC likely led to the decision. However, the NFL had no blackouts last year, so it may just make sense.
Now with that being the case what does it take to keep butts in the seats?To read more or comment...
Looks as if March Madness continues to grow in popularity. CBS and Turner Sports say that ratings for the tournament are up through its first weekend, garnering them its highest rating yet. This year’s ratings are up 6 percent over last year.
That trend goes for video streams as well. NCAA March Madness Live can claim 54 million live video streams, up 7 percent over 2014. Streams for live hours of video is up to 11 million an 8 percent increase.To read more or comment...
Analyst Rick Manning and play-by-play man Matt Underwood will return as announcers for SportsTime Ohio’s coverage of Cleveland Indians baseball officials from the regional sports cable channel announced Thursday morning.
Additionally Jensen Lewis, a former Tribe pitcher from 2007-10 who appeared part-time on Indians Live!, the station’s pre and post-game show, will assume full-time duties this year. The always affable Al Pawlowski will still anchor the show.
Akron native Andre Knott, a graduate of St. Vincent-Mary High School will join the team as an in-game reporter for broadcasts.
What to take from this? Stability. The Indians organization period has always been one of the most stable sports entities in town.To read more or comment...
WEWS (Channel 5) became the pre-season home of the Cleveland Browns last November and with that contract came the promise that the team’s fans would get programming year-round.
That begins Sunday with the launch of two Browns-centric shows slated to air weekly on the station.
Inside the Cleveland Browns airs at 11 a.m. and will be hosted by former Ohio State Buckeye, NFL veteran and current co-host of The Bull and Fox Show on 92.3 the Fan (WKRK FM) weekdays from 2-7 p.m., Dustin Fox. He’s joined by Sara Carnes, a veteran of The Family Friendly Morning Show on The Fish (95.5 FM) daily.
The hardest working man in Cleveland’s sports media, Andy Baskin, sports director at Channel 5 joins host Nathan Zegura on Dawg Pound Report at 11:30 a.m. The show is billed as a resource for NFL news from the Browns and across the nation that will feature guests and analysts.To read more or comment...
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Blue Jackets vs. Capitals at 7:00pm | Pregame at 6:30pm
Cavaliers vs. Celtics at 7:00pm | Pregame at 6:30pm
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It’s Monday morning and Northeast Ohio can pick its collective jaw off the floor given that every football fan in the area has had the opportunity to absorb one fact – the Cleveland Browns sit alone in first place courtesy of their demolition of the Cincinnati Bengals and the New York Jets, coached by Browns coach Mike Pettine’s buddy Rex Ryan did the team a favor and knocked the Pittsburgh Steelers on their collective butts 20-13. I’m sure folks in Berea are saying: “Thanks, Rex!”
They are in sole possession of first place in division after midway point of season for 1st time in AFC North history, according to a spokesman.
The reality is the Browns played their way into the position. Quarterback Brian Hoyer’s done it despite calls from a vocal, rabid minority calling for the heir apparent, his backup Johnny Manziel.
When the Browns selected Manziel with the 22nd pick of this past spring’s draft, the talk was that Manziel would make the team relevant. Balderdash.To read more or comment...
Changes are afoot in the video service game.
At first glance the consummation of a deal between DirecTV and the NFL, looks like little more than two broadcast partners renewing their wedding vows, something that couples who have been together for 20 years – like these two entities – sometimes do.
But there are other implications, the primary one being it paves the way for AT&T to continue its $48.5 billion pursuit of the satellite dish-based service, which Ma Bell began last Spring in hopes of expanding its reach. The two already have an agreement for AT&T to sell DirecTV’s services, so a merger makes perfect sense.
AT&T’s Internet based video service – U-Verse – provides them with 5.7 million subscribers, according to data from the National Cable & Telecommunication Association, an industry trade group. DirecTV has almost four times that number with 20.3 million.To read more or comment...