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ESPN Digital Reaches 88 Million Fans In January

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Thanks to a wide array of sports offerings in January which included the NFL playoffs, College Football Championship, NBA and College Basketball games and Australian Open Tennis, ESPN reached 88.1 million unique visitors in the U.S., the ninth largest total of all-time in the sports category. ESPN owns the entire top 10, and 18 of the top 20 all-time monthly unique visitor totals in the sports category.

Fans spent 6.5 billion minutes using ESPN digital properties in January, and ESPN accounted for 28.6 percent of all sports category time spent on digital platforms, 50 percent more than the No. 2 property and a 2.2 billion minute advantage.

  • January marked the 23rd straight month in which ESPN led the sports category for monthly unique visitors and total minutes.
  • As interest in the Presidential primaries heated up, FiveThirtyEight.com set new site records for monthly unique visitors (7.6 million), total minutes (34.5 million) and visits (17.5 million).
  • On mobile devices alone, 72.4 million unique users accessed ESPN web and app content, and users spent 3.9 billion minutes with ESPN on mobile devices.
  • ESPN reached 14.3 million average daily unique users on smartphones, 8.3 million more than No. 2 NFL Internet Group (6.0 million).
  • 70 percent of ESPN’s unique users – 62.0 million people – exclusively accessed content on smartphones and tablets. 61 percent of all time spent with ESPN digital content was consumed on mobile device users.

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For more, visit ESPN Media Zone where this information was originally published

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Shaquille O’Neal: ‘Would’ve Supported’ Charles Barkley Leaving TNT For LIV Golf

“If he had accepted it, I wouldn’t be mad. And if Charles had left? You’d still have me.”

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After flirting with LIV Golf, Inside the NBA‘s Charles Barkley reaffirmed his commitment to the show and TNT, but a colleague would have supported him if he left.

Shaquille O’Neal told USA Today, during an interview about his upcoming show Secret Celebrity Renovation on CBS, that he would have been in Barkley’s corner had he decided to join the LIV Golf broadcast crew.

“I would’ve supported him every which way,” O’Neal said. “Charles is one of those legends, like Bill Russell, who didn’t make a lot of money playing. So if a chance comes up like this at this age that’s legal – controversial but legal – you’ve got to look at it. If he had accepted it, I wouldn’t be mad. And if Charles had left? You’d still have me.”

While Inside the NBA would still have O’Neal, it was Barkley, Ernie Johnson, and Kenny Smith that took the show to new heights for a decade before O’Neal joined the show after his playing career ended in 2011.

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WWE Reveals Vince McMahon Made More Hush Money Payments Than Previously Reported

Days after McMahon announced he was retiring from the company, WWE discovered McMahon had made two other payments totaling $5 million in previously unknown cases from 2007 and 2009, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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After announcing last month that WWE would go back to 2019 and account for $14.6 million of payments chairman Vince McMahon is alleged to have paid to silence sexual misconduct allegations, the company has announced the amount is larger than original estimated, according to a report from Variety.

Days after McMahon announced he was retiring from the company, WWE discovered he had made two other payments totaling $5 million in previously unknown cases from 2007 and 2009, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company admits those payments should have been recorded in their statements for those fiscal years. They had previously hoped to have their revised statements available by Monday, August 9th, but the unearthing of additional payments made that goal unrealistic.

McMahon remains a shareholder of WWE with controlling interest. His daughter, Stephanie, was named co-CEO along with former television department head of CAA Nick Khan.

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Report: Amazon Prime Video Adding NFL Black Friday Game in 2023

Amazon, the largest retailer in the world, is expected to pay in the neighborhood of $100 million for this single game on Black Friday, one of the largest retail days on the calendar.

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Thanksgiving weekend is getting another NFL game.

Per a report from John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, Amazon’s Prime Video will add an exclusive game on Black Friday to their NFL package, beginning with the 2023 season.

Amazon, the largest retailer in the world, is expected to pay in the neighborhood of $100 million for this single game on Black Friday, one of the largest retail days on the calendar.

The NFL’s antitrust exemption prohibits the league from broadcasting games in primetime on Fridays during November, so, in all likelihood, it will be an afternoon game.

It has long been speculated this was on the table for Prime Video. Football Morning in America’s Peter King deduced the possibility was more probable than not when Prime Video became a player for NFL rights.

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