Fox Sports Shuffles Management Team

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 4:43pm PST

Bill Wanger mugDavid Nathanson mugGoing on three months after the ballyhooed launch of Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports has solidified its management team. David Nathanson has been upped to the newly created post of General Manager and COO at Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2, and Bill Wanger has added Content Strategy to his title as EVP Programming and Research at Fox Sports. Three others also are moving up. Here’s the release:

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Los Angeles – In a reorganization of FOX Sports’ executive management structure, veteran executives David Nathanson and Bill Wanger have assumed new responsibilities, effective immediately. Nathanson has been aFox Sports logoppointed General Manager & Chief Operating Officer, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, a newly created position, while Wanger, FOX Sports’ Executive Vice President, Programming & Research is now Executive Vice President, Programming, Research & Content Strategy. The announcement was made today by FOX Sports President, Chief Operating Officer & Executive Producer Eric Shanks, to whom both Nathanson and Wanger report.

Reporting to Nathanson, as the senior management team guiding both national sports channels, are 19-year FOX Sports veterans Scott Ackerson, who becomes Executive Vice President, News; George Greenberg, whose title is now Executive Vice President, Content Integration & Presentation; and Michael Bloom, who remains FOX Sports’ Senior Vice President, Original Programming.

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Fox Says Programming Investments Contributed To Earnings Miss For Fiscal Q1

By | Tuesday November 5, 2013 @ 1:08pm PST

No gain without pain, I guess — and Fox‘s investments in services including FXX and Fox Sports 1 pinched in the quarter that ended September 30. The company just reported net income of $1.26B, -43.8% vs the … Read More »

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Randy Freer Named President/COO Of Fox Networks Group

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 11:13am PDT

A big step up for Randy Freer, who’s considered one of the most influential execs in TV sports. He’ll continue to oversee sports at Fox but with “a broad strategic and operational role across FNG” including Fox Broadcasting, reporting to FNG CEO Peter Rice, the company says. Freer seems to have a halo from the launch of Fox Sports 1 in August. Rice praised Freer’s “impressive skills as both an operator and builder of businesses” and said he’ll be “a key partner for me in overseeing and driving continued growth of our global channels business which spans nearly 400 channels in 200 countries.” Execs who’ll now report to Freer include Michael Biard, President of Distribution at Fox Networks; Toby Byrne, President of National Ad Sales at Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports Media Group; Lou LaTorre, President of Advertising Sales at Fox Cable Entertainment Networks, Fox Hispanic Media Group; and Kyle Sherman, EVP Home Team Sports. FNG finance & business development, corporate communications, legal and human resources functions will report jointly to Rice and Freer.

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Fox Sports 1 Premiere Ratings Boosted By Primetime UFC

By | Monday August 19, 2013 @ 4:11pm PDT

Fox Sports 1’s UFC Fight Night averaged 1.78 million viewers Saturday night in the new network’s first-ever primetime telecast. That’s the second-best ratings for the UFC since signing with Fox Sports heading into 2012 — behind only a … Read More »

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Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman, Episode 48

By | Friday August 16, 2013 @ 5:47pm PDT

Listen to (and share) episode 48 of our audio podcast Deadline Big Media With David Lieberman. David talks with host David Bloom about Fox’s big bet on the pay-TV status quo with its heavily promoted Fox Sports 1 channel launch; a possibly game-changing deal in the making between Viacom and Sony Electronics; and that big “for sale” sign hanging around the metaphorical neck of troubled phone maker Blackberry.

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UPDATE: Fox Sports 1 Will Run On DirecTV, Dish Network, And Time Warner Cable While Deal Talks Continue

By | Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 6:44am PDT

UPDATE, 9:30 AM: I’m hearing that while DirecTV, Dish Network and Time Warner Cable will carry Fox Sports 1 programming this weekend, they don’t have new deals in place for the network. The distributors permitted Fox to upgrade Speed to FS1 as long as they don’t have to … Read More »

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Fox Sports 1 Waits On Deals With DirecTV, Dish Network, And Time Warner Cable

21st Century Fox’s sports service could launch this Saturday without three of the four largest pay TV distributors — which collectively have about 46M subscribers or about 54% of the industry total. Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, and … Read More »

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Fox Sports 1 Rounds Out ‘Fox Sports Live’ Cast

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 1:57pm PDT

Fox’s fledgling 24-hour national sports network today unveiled the full cast of commentators and analysts for its nightly rival to ESPN’s SportsCenter. Joining hosts Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole on Fox Sports 1′s daily news program Fox Read More »

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Keith Olbermann In “Serious Discussions” For ESPN2 Talk Show: Report

By | Monday July 15, 2013 @ 2:58pm PDT

Is Keith Olbermann’s latest TV renaissance about to take him back to Bristol? The lightning-rod veteran of sports and political shows is in “serious discussions” with Disney-owned ESPN for a late-night talker on sister outlet … Read More »

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ESPN Takes A Hit As Q2 Ratings Dive 32% Over 2012

By | Tuesday July 9, 2013 @ 10:13pm PDT

Is the Worldwide Leader looking over its shoulder? Two months after laying off hundreds of staffers and five weeks before the launch of Fox’s rival sports network, ESPN saw its second-quarter ratings plunge compared with … Read More »

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Big Fox Sports 1 Ad To Air During MLB All-Star Game

By | Thursday June 13, 2013 @ 3:03pm PDT

News Corp‘s new 24-hour national sports network launches August 17 with plans to become the main rival to Disney’s ESPN. Fox Sports 1 has revealed it will be making its biggest marketing push yet beginning with a 90-second … Read More »

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Andy Roddick Joins Fox Sports 1 Team

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 2:21pm PDT

Newly retired tennis pro Andy Roddick will co-host Fox Sports Live, the network’s flagship news and highlights show, when Fox Sports 1 launches August 17. He joins Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole, the Canadian duo … Read More »

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Wall Street Predicts News Corp Will Score With Fox Sports 1

By | Wednesday March 6, 2013 @ 7:53am PST

I’ve been waiting to see if any analyst would slam News Corp’s decision to launch Fox Sports 1, the national general sports makeover for the company’s Speed channel. You can make a compelling case that the pay TV sports bubble is about to pop, especially if cable and satellite companies follow through on their threats to cut high-priced sports channels from the basic cable bundle. But the investment pros continue to bet that the current system will remain intact, and that Fox Sports 1 will be a winner. Several raised their target price for News Corp stock. The consensus view is that pay TV distributors will agree to pay about $1 a month for each subscriber — up from the the estimated 22 cents the company currently collects for Speed — raising affiliate revenues to $1.1B a year from $312M. News Corp will have several opportunities to push for higher rates: about 30% of its current pay TV deals expire by mid 2014, and another 40% will be due the following year, Barclays Equity research’s Anthony DiClemente notes. Read More »

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Fox Sports 1, Mike Tyson Team For New Cable Network Series

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 1:14pm PST

Fox Sports 1 and boxing icon Mike Tyson today announced that their new series Being Mike Tyson will spearhead programming on the newly announced “national multi-sport network”. Tweeted @FoxSports: “The first big Read More »

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Chase Carey: New Fox Sports Channel Will Lose Money While Company Raises Rates

News Corp’s COO assured investors this morning that the introduction later today of the Fox Sports 1 cable network is a smart long term strategy, even though it will result in losses for the next few years. The company … Read More »

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Fox Sports 1 To Go Live In August; Regis Philbin To Host Show On National Cable Net

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 1:58am PST

The Fox Sports Media Group has an upfront presentation scheduled for this afternoon and is expected to use that platform to announce the launch of its first national cable sports network, Fox Sports 1. The all-sports network will go live in August, timed to the start of college football season and David Hill, the former head of the Fox Sports Media Group, has been brought in to oversee the creation and launch. Plans for the channel have been brewing for some time – News Corp. COO Chase Carey last month called it the “world’s worst kept secret” – but up to now details were scant including what sports the network would carry. According to The New York Times, Fox Sports 1 will have Nascar, Major League Baseball, college basketball and football, soccer (including the 2018 and 2022 World Cups) and UFC fights. Also, an in-studio show will be hosted by Regis Philbin who last week hinted at the prospect. Read More »

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Regis Philbin Promises “Major Announcement” With Fox Sports Next Week

What News Corp COO Chase Carey recently called the “world’s worst kept secret” – Fox’s still-unannounced plans to turn its Speed channel into a national general sports network called Fox Sports 1 — just became a little … Read More »

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A Fox National Sports Net Would Make Sense, But Wouldn’t Ding ESPN: Analyst

By | Thursday January 24, 2013 @ 7:11am PST

Nomura Equity Research’s Michael Nathanson does a nice job this morning of laying out the likely business arrangements for News Corp‘s still unannounced but widely expected plan to convert its Speed channel into a national network to be called Fox Sports 1, with Fuel to be rebranded as Fox Sports 2. Rupert Murdoch is betting on “what the company believes will be increasing value of live sports over the next couple of decades,” Nathanson says. Advertisers spent a record $13.3B on broadcast and cable sports last year, confident that viewers would watch them live — instead of recording the shows to zip past the commercials. News Corp’s sports initiatives also seem to make sense according to Nathanson’s calculations of pay TV fees: Speed and Fuel together collect about $300M a year. Under what the analyst calls his “blue sky scenario,” the company could see nearly $1.5B in additional revenue from cable and satellite companies (and, presumably, their customers) as Fox hikes their prices once the channels are rebranded. Read More »

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