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UPDATE: ESPN’s NFL Draft Hits Best Ratings Results Ever, 9.9M Tune In For Day 1 Picks

By | Friday May 9, 2014 @ 12:41pm PDT

ESPN_logo__130813225927-275x206UPDATE, 12:41 PM: The final numbers are in and ESPN’s live broadcast last night of Day 1 of 2014 NFL Draft has proven a big winner. The cable sports giant drew a record 9.943 million viewers and a 6.1 rating among Adults 18-49. Both of those results are the best ESPN has done on Day 1 of the Draft since it first started airing the picks back in 1980. Last night saw a 49% jump up in terms of the demo of the 4.1 rating that the comparable day of the 2013 Draft pulled in. The rise was even more impressive in terms of total viewership with a whopping 60% leap up from the 6.199 million that watched Day 1 last year on April 25. As I reported earlier with the metered market numbers, ESPN’s coverage hit its peak in the 9:45 – 10 PM period as the Dallas Cowboys made their No.#16 slot pick  for 2014. That’s when the ratings went up to an 8.0. With no call for Michael Sam but Jadeveon Clowney getting the No. #1 pick to go to the Houston Texans, Day 1 of the 2014 Draft was well ahead of the previous record holder of 2010. The first day of that Draft on April 22, 2010 got a 4.6 rating and 7.290 million viewers with Sam Bradford being selected by the St. Louis Rams as the first pick. The 2014 Draft continues tonight and Saturday.

PREVIOUS, 8:11 AM: The 2014 NFL Draft was good night for Jadeveon Clowney and the Houston Texans, a battle for figurative yardage for 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, and a total touchdown for ESPN. The powerhouse cable channel scored a record 6.8 metered market rating last night with its broadcast of Day 1 of the draft. That’s a Super Bowl-style jump of 48% over last year’s 4.8 MM rating. It is also the highest the NFL Draft Day 1 has hit since the 2014 NFL Draftoutlet first began broadcasting the annual picks in 1980. (Jimmy Carter was President then and the Detroit Lions picked Billy Sims that April 29 night). The previous high was the 5.4 ESPN drew in 2010. Leaving the NHL and NBA playoffs far behind and undoubtedly tackling everyone else’s primetime, ESPN’s telecast last night from NYC’s Radio City Music Hall peaked in the 9:45-10 PM period with an 8.0 – that’s when the Dallas Cowboys were picking their man. As a point of reference, Day 1 of the 2013 Draft pulled a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49 with 6.1 million total viewers. Read More »

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CAA Agent Tom Condon Talks NFL Draft

By | Wednesday April 25, 2012 @ 10:37am PDT

Over the last three drafts, CAA Football has represented 25 first-round picks — more than any other agency. Here Tom Condon previews Thursday night’s NFL draft with CBS This Morning and confirms status of the top two college quarterbacks: Andrew Luck to the Colts, Robert Griffin III to the Redskins:

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NFL Lockout Resumes After Appeal; Fan Fatigue Evident In Lower NFL Draft Ratings

By | Friday April 29, 2011 @ 5:38pm PDT

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted the NFL’s request for a temporary stay on an injunction that lifted an owner-imposed lockout on players. That means the lockout is back on, just a couple of days after a Minneapolis judge’s decision had lifted it. Now the appeals court will review briefs by players and the league and could rule on a full stay sometime next week. Whatever happens, it’s clear the labor strife handcuffing the league and its players is having an impact on fans. On Thursday, ESPN’s coverage of the always-popular NFL Draft drew 6 million total viewers, 1.3 million fewer than 2010′s edition, Bloomberg said. The rating for the telecast that covered the draft’s first round was a 4.4, a 17% dip. Even players are confused: During last night’s broadcast on Sirius XM’s NFL Network, the Minnesota Vikings newly drafted quarterback, Florida State’s Christian Ponder, said he was heading to camp Friday. He probably showed up just in time to see the padlocks click shut on the Vikings’ facilities.

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Calling Audible, Tim Tebow Film Finds Audience Connection Through ESPN

By | Thursday January 6, 2011 @ 4:44am PST
Mike Fleming

The Sundance Film Festival will soon get underway, when filmmakers arrive with distribution deal dreams. Even those lucky enough to get such deals often watch the films they slaved over disappear or go straight to video, especially documentaries. That was the dilemma facing the makers of Everything In Between, a film that tracked the 4-month period from when Tim Tebow led the Florida Gators to a blowout 2010 Sugar Bowl victory to the NFL draft. The subject matter was compelling: despite Tebow’s unprecedented college success, many pundits—especially at ESPN—felt his mobile style of play and throwing motion would leave him lucky to be drafted at all, and that his NFL dream was a long shot. Director Chase Heavener became Tebow’s constant companion as he worked to prove the skeptics wrong, while dealing with the burden of fame (his clean-cut Christian values have made him an icon). Heavener talked Tebow into participating, helped by the fact their fathers were college roomies at Florida 40 years ago. The director financed the film through his company, Fiction, with former WMA agents Rob Lee and Dave Phillips, and Bill Heavener producing.

Chase Heavener ended up with 1000 hours of footage he cut into a feature. Unfortunately, the market for such a film is daunting. Even The Tillman Story, the  superb Sundance-launched docu about the government cover-up of fratricide in the death of football star-turned Army … Read More »

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