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Sportsbooks Scale Back NFL Game Ad Buys

“According to iSpot.tv data, DraftKings, and FanDuel slowed their ad buys significantly in Week 5. Going from 30 units in Week 4 to just 14 this past Sunday.”

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Sports betting brands were all over NFL TV coverage over the first month of the 2021 season, but that changed in Week 5.

According to iSpot.tv data, DraftKings, and FanDuel slowed their ad buys significantly in Week 5. Going from 30 units in Week 4 to just 14 this past Sunday. FanDuel really slowed up, running just ten units last week after averaging nearly 41 per week over the first month of the season.

FanDuel has spent roughly $28 million on ads this season and represents 45% of the spending from sports betting companies. DraftKings has spent $15.33 million total but went from spending $7.29 million in Week 1 to just $460,000 last Sunday.

The NFL ad category is starting to crowd as we get deeper into the season. It makes sense that newer brands like FanDuel and DraftKings wanted to get their betting information to fans en masse over the first month before scaling back after reaching plenty of the football-watching audience.

On top of the scale back, other industries are pushing to get their products in front of viewers during a major bounceback season so far for NFL ratings. Hollywood, in particular, is flexing its spending muscle as more and more theaters open up and the moviegoing public gets comfortable returning.

According to iSpot, movie studios gobbled up 143 units since the season began — shelling out $44.3 million for the space. Around this time in 2020, those same studios were still sitting on a massive trove of unreleased movies and a dead theater scene. That led to them purchasing just 41 units for $8.75 million by this point in the 2020 season.

Betting ads aren’t going away for good though. Caesars Entertainment is expected to jump ahead of DraftKings in NFL TV ad spending by this week and all of the competing brands will continue funneling their dollars to the right games throughout 2021.

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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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ESPN Assigns Broadcast Teams for MLB Wild Card Round

In preparation for the postseason, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

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There are just a few games left in the MLB season and the postseason begins this weekend with the Wild Card round. In preparation, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

Andrew Marchand reports that the team assigned to the presumptive New York Mets Wild Card series will be Karl Ravech, David Cone and Eduardo Perez. The Mets still mathematically can win the NL East but they trail the Braves by two games with three to play.

He also reports that the St. Louis Wild Card series will be called by Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. The Cleveland series will be broadcast by Boog Sciambi and Doug Glanville while the Toronto series will be called by Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza and Tim Kurkjian.

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Stugotz: ‘Sean McDonough Hates The Aaron Judge Cut-Ins’

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

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College football fans are not being shy with how they feel about Aaron Judge. Whether it is private conversations or social media posts, people are making their disdain for the cut-ins to college football games on ESPN networks when the Yankee slugger comes to bat known. On Monday morning, Stugotz added that it isn’t just fans that are unhappy.

The Dan Le Batard Show discussed the second straight week of cut-ins on Monday morning. Stugotz pointed out that one of ESPN’s primary college football voices sounds just as annoyed as fans are.

“Sean McDonough hates the toss to Aaron Judge,” he said. Hates it!”

Last week, ESPN and ABC cut into games when Judge was sitting on 60 home runs. This week, he was sitting on 61. A 62nd home run would be the most in American League history.

Stugotz added that has to be part of McDonough’s frustration.

“In his defense, what are we cutting in for? I have no idea if [Aaron Judge] is breaking a record, what record he’s breaking, if he’s clean. I have no idea!”

Producer Mike Ryan Ruiz said the fact that Judge is yet to deliver is making the cut-ins more frustrating for fans.

“I think what hurts the whole thing is that Aaron Judge has been terrible during these cut-ins,” Ruiz said. “He’s been God awful during these cut-ins. I haven’t seen a single home runs during one of these cut-ins. There was genuine fury at a watch party I was at. Fury! At Aaron Judge.”

A popular criticism of ESPN has been that this kind of attention would not be paid to Aaron Judge if he was chasing a mark that wasn’t the home run record if he played anywhere other than New York. According to Ryan, the mistake is bigger than that. Why would regular season baseball ever interrupt college football?

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

There are four games left in Major League Baseball’s regular season. You can bet college football fans will make plenty of signs for College GameDay if Judge cannot hit number 62 before the playoffs start.

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