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Winnipeg Jets Get New Radio And TV Deals

“As the Jets return to 680 CJOB on the radio side, the franchise also landed a new TV deal, agreeing to a multiyear extension with TSN as their official broadcaster for all regional regular season games.”

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With an unprecedented 2019-20 NHL year in the books, the Winnipeg Jets are gearing up for next season, announcing a new radio partnership and extension of their TV rights. 

Nearly a quarter-century ago, the Jets departed Winnipeg to become the Atlanta Thrashers, ending a longtime radio partnership with 680 CJOB as their flagship. The franchise returned to its original home city in 2011, but in doing so they struck a deal with TSN 1290, who has since served as their flagship radio station.

Now Corus Entertainment and 680 CJOB will retake the Jets radio rights with an agreement that begins next season and extends through 2026-27. According to the deal, 680 CJOB will air all preseason, regular season and playoff games for the Jets. All broadcasts will also be simulcast by CJOB’s sister FM rock station, Power 97. 

“680 CJOB has a long, proven history as a leader in sports broadcasting in Manitoba, and we’re looking forward to sharing the excitement of Winnipeg Jets hockey with more listeners on more platforms to better serve the greatest fans in the NHL,” Jets chairman and governor Mark Chipman said in a statement.

As the Jets return to 680 CJOB on the radio side, the franchise also landed a new TV deal, agreeing to a multiyear extension with TSN as their official broadcaster for all regional regular season games. 

“TSN is very proud to be the official regional broadcaster of the Winnipeg Jets, and we’re thrilled to extend this successful partnership for years to come,” said Stewart Johnston, President, Media Sales and Marketing, Bell Media, and President of TSN. “The Jets boast a competitive roster of dynamic young players, and JETS ON TSN games are an integral part of TSN’s hockey coverage, with regular season games broadcast regionally on TSN’s television and digital platforms.”

TSN and TSN 1290 share ownership in Bell Media, previously controlling the Jets TV and radio rights. But next season, Winnipeg’s NHL team will split their media partnerships, seeing their telecasts continue with Bell Media and TSN, but their radio broadcasts return to 680 CJOB.

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Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX

“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”

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FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.

A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.

The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.

Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.

That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.

Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.

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FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”

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The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.

Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.

Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”

Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.

“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.

FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.

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NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC

“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”

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ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.

ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.

This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.

Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.

“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”

ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.

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