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YES Network Revamps Nets Coverage Through App

“The network keeps pushing the envelope for its digital capabilities and wants to keep leading the way on ‘incredibly ambitious’ innovations.”

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YES Network is adding some innovative features to its app for Brooklyn Nets broadcasts. Sports Business Journal reports that the new features, “Live Stats” and “Watch Party,” are debuting Friday night when the Nets take on the Philadelphia 76ers.

YES Network first implemented the “Live Stats” feature in June for Yankees games and tweaked it slightly for the Nets. Viewers can use the service by clicking on the on-court players and seeing all of their individual numbers.

“We had a few more seconds to relax in between pitches,” YES head of digital Kevin Sullivan said to the Sports Business Journal. “When there’s a fast break and somebody scores, and then another fast break, somebody scores, the time codes and getting those implemented and getting them to match the linear stream that’s on the app was incredibly important.”

The network keeps pushing the envelope for its digital capabilities and wants to keep leading the way on “incredibly ambitious” innovations.

“The win is what drives us,” Sullivan said. “I think we genuinely have the most advanced product in the RSN space. In fact, probably, maybe even any sports programmer because nobody’s doing this, nobody.”

“Watch Party” is exactly what it sounds like. Users can send invites to up to three YES Network subscribers to watch the game in sync with one another.

“We’ve noticed … consumer sports viewing as a habit,” YES senior director for strategy & business Development, Matt Duarte, said to SBJ. ‘It’s kind of changing and evolving. So we want to make sure to provide the different content that these viewers would expect to improve their experience.”

YES Network is perennially one of the most profitable RSN’s in the country, and innovations like this are a reason why. At a time when people are questioning the future of RSNs, YES Network is providing answers.

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ESPN Accused Of Data Sharing Without Consent In Class Action Lawsuit

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act.

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According to a potential class action lawsuit, user data from ESPN.com and ESPN+ has been allegedly shared with Meta Platforms without users consent.

Corrado Rizzi of ClassAction.org has proposed the suit, alleging that ESPN “uses a pixel installed on the back end of its website to track when website and app users take certain actions, such as clicking on an ad or viewing video content”. That “pixel” is used by Facebook to capture “a subscriber’s Facebook ID, with which anyone can ‘quickly and easily’ locate, access, and identify a particular Facebook account and a file containing details of a watched video and its corresponding URL.”

Rizzi adds that ESPN.com and ESPN+ subscribers aren’t told their data could be shared. He also shares that while ESPN could create its website to information isn’t immediately shared with Facebook, it benefits financially from utilizing the “pixel” on its website.

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act. The VPAA, according to ClassAction.org, “prohibits ‘video tape service providers’ from knowingly disclosing without consent consumers’ personally identifiable information, including that which identifies someone as having requested or obtained specific video materials”.

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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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