Jan 192022

Thoroughbred Racing Commentary – Snyder – Jockeys: The ultimate multi-taskers

Bloodhorse – King – ‘Jockey’ Races Into Movie Theaters


NY Times – Dargis – ‘Jockey’ Review: Hit Hard and Still Riding

TDN – Flavien Prat Joins the TDN Writers’ Room – Episode 118

Paulick Report – Eclipse Finalists Marquez, Hiraldo Continue Tradition Of Successful Maryland Apprentice Riders

Paulick Report – Irad Ortiz Plans Return At Gulfstream With Light Weekend; Full Resumption Next Week


Schroeder, the chief operating officer of NFL Media, acknowledged the on-field product for the viewership gains, but also credited business innovations.

The 17-game season created new matchups that wouldn’t have happened under the prior scheduling formula yet delivered big numbers. Such was the case with the Chiefs’ 13-7 win over the Green Bay Packers in Kansas City on Nov. 7, which aired on Fox and finished as the season’s ninth-most-watched game. Also, ViacomCBS’s move in the 2020 playoffs to produce a Nickelodeon broadcast for kids got others thinking about alternate broadcasts, and this year, ESPN2 saw extraordinary numbers for the “ManningCast” on ESPN2.

“[Nickelodeon] was a timely and impactful learning going into the deals last spring, and it built a market out for all of our partners to think about ways to expand the viewership experience, and grow incremental audiences,” Schroeder said. “I really hand it to ESPN with the ManningCast.”

The “Monday Night Football” package was up nearly 15.6%  over 2020, and up 12.1% over ’19, with ManningCast viewership setting records for alternative broadcasts.

ESPN Senior Vice President Julie Sobieski credited the expanded season, which included a Week 18 Saturday doubleheader in the “MNF” package. All but five “MNF” games were simulcast on either ABC or ESPN2.

Sports Business Journal – Fischer – Why all of the NFL’s television partners saw an increase in viewership for the league’s games in 2021

TDN – Letter to the Editor: Why I Choose Racing Over The Sports I Loved For 50 Years

The Guardian – Sweeting – Meat Loaf obituary – Bat Out of Hell singer known for his powerful maelstrom of sound and spectacular live shows

Rolling Stone – Martoccio – ‘I Hope Paradise Is as You Remember It From the Dashboard Light’: Celebrities, Collaborators Pay Tribute to Meat Loaf

Paradise by The Dashboard Lights

The Guardian – Petridis – Meat Loaf was a spellbinding performer who fused sincerity with showmanship

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

My wife has to be the worst cook. I don’t believe meatloaf should glow in the dark.

Rodney Dangerfield

FiveThirtyEight – In The 1990s, The New York Knicks Fought Everyone — Even David Stern

Los Angeles Times – Plaschke – Column: Shame on Lakers for getting what they deserve: Mediocre team, major problems

The Ringer – Simmons – Introducing the Bill Simmons YouTube Channel

Sports Business Journal – Microsoft buys Activision for nearly $70B; Kotick to remain CEO

There’s a reason we live in the South. We’re not built for this.

Southern Living – Luesse and Phelps – Things Only Southerners Say When it Snows

Phil M Stockmen

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