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CBS Asking $5.5 Million For 30 Second Super Bowl Ad

“The Journal’s Alexandra Bruell writes that many agencies are asking for a way out of advertising commitments in the event that the Covid-19 pandemic makes it impossible to play the game.”

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CBS is keeping prices for Super Bowl advertising right around where they were last year. A thirty second ad will cost around $5.5 million for Super Bowl LV. FOX charged as much as $5.6 million for thirty seconds of air time during Super Bowl LIV and ended up netting $525.4 million in ad revenue.

According to The Wall Street Journal, CBS is making one new demand of advertisers. They will also have to pay to be on the digital stream of the game. That will cost an additional $200,000.

Advertisers are seeking protections. The Journal’s Alexandra Bruell writes that many agencies are asking for a way out of advertising commitments in the event that the Covid-19 pandemic makes it impossible to play the game.

“That is partly because the Super Bowl is so much bigger than anything else on TV, and commands so much more attention, that it would be hard for a TV network to make good on the lost ratings points for advertisers if the game wasn’t played.”

Leagues that have returned with a plan to play in a bubble have seen few to no Covid-19 cases and those seasons have largely resumed without a hitch. That hasn’t been the case with Major League Baseball, which not only isn’t using a bubble to isolate teams and players, but is having them fly to games and stay in hotels. Multiple players and team staff have contracted Covid-19, forcing several games to be postponed or cancelled. The NFL will also not use a bubble when its season begins next month. News out of the college football world is also likely giving advertisers pause, with four FBS conferences choosing not to play in the fall and multiple others pressing forward despite infections on teams and on campus.

Prices reported to the media are just a starting point in negotiations when a company commits to buying ad time during the Super Bowl. Even with some flexibility in price, several ad buyers told Bruell that they are advising clients to avoid the Super Bowl, or at the very least, wait until there is reason to believe the game is going to happen before committing.

“I’d be cautiously considering any Super Bowl investment with the uncertainty of sports and the marketplace,” Mediahub’s executive director of investment Carrie Drinkwater told Bruell. “To commit that amount of money to something that is an unknown seems at this time fiscally irresponsible.”

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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