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Fox Sports: Alabama/Texas Most Streamed Game in History

The contest wasn’t the most streamed college football game in the network’s history, it was the most streamed football game ever, including the NFL.

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Alabama defeated Texas 20-19 Saturday in what ended as one of college football’s best games of the weekend. It was also a big winner for Fox Sports as the contest was the most streamed game in the network’s history.

The contest wasn’t the most streamed college football game in the network’s history, it was the most streamed football game ever, including the NFL.

Streaming content has long been a source of contention for those in college sports. In recent Big Ten media rights negotiations, the conference tried to avoid putting games on streaming-only platforms, before ultimately inking a deal with Fox, NBC, and CBS that will see a portion of the package exclusively on NBC-owned Peacock.

Fox Sports didn’t reveal the streaming viewership totals for the game.

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NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 7 Draws 16.3 Million Viewers in North America

Since the data has been tracked in 2004, the is the second most-watched NHL game across North America on record.

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The NHL season reached its conclusion with a near-historic seven game series between the Florida Panthers and the Edmonton Oilers, which the Panthers won four games to three. This was the first Stanley Cup championship in the history of the organization. Across North America, the NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 7 drew 16.3 million viewers between ABC, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes, CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports. Since the data has been tracked in 2004, the is the second most-watched NHL game across North America on record.

ESPN says the game drew 7.7 million viewers in the U.S. on its platforms, an increase of 182% over last year’s final game which was Game 5 between Florida and Vegas. It was also an increase of 32% over the 2022 final game between Colorado and Tampa Bay.

The game peaked at 10.3 million viewers from 10:45 p.m. ET to 11:00 p.m. ET and drew the largest non-Original Six audience on record. The Original Six consists of the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Overall, the Stanley Cup Final averaged 8.8 million viewers across North America and 4.2 million viewers in the U.S.

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Report: Dusty Baker to Once Again Join TBS for MLB Coverage

Baker worked with TBS in a similar capacity in 2015 and was also an analyst for ESPN in 2006 and 2007.

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World Series champion Dusty Baker, the former player and manager, is headed back to TBS. According to a report from Ryan Glasspiegel of the New York Post, the former player and manager will take part in some regular season broadcasts and will be a part of the studio team for the postseason where he is expected to work with co-analysts Pedro Martinez, Jimmy Rollins and Curtis Granderson.

Baker worked with TBS in a similar capacity in 2015 and was also an analyst for ESPN in 2006 and 2007.

A three-time Manager of the Year, Baker managed over 4,000 games over 26 years before retiring after the 2023 season. Baker spent time with the San Francisco Giants, the Chicago Cubs, the Cincinnati Reds, the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros, who he won a World Series with in 2022.

As a player, Baker played 19 seasons, mostly with the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was a two-time All-Star and won a World Series in 1981.

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Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese Matchup on ESPN is Most-Watched WNBA Game Since Memorial Day 2001

Eight of the nine games with more than an average of 1 million viewers have included Clark and the Fever.

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The Indiana Fever and Chicago Sky have been embedded within the conversation surrounding the WNBA this season as both teams aim to contend for a league championship. The Fever selected Iowa guard and NCAA Basketball all-time scoring leader Caitlin Clark with the first-overall selection in the WNBA Draft, while the Sky chose LSU forward and former national champion Angel Reese seventh. Clark and Reese faced one another for the third time in the WNBA on Sunday, drawing an average of 2.3 million viewers on ESPN. It was the second consecutive week in which a matchup between these two rookies surpassed 2 million viewers and represents the most-watched WNBA game since Memorial Day 2001.

Before the WNBA season began, the league had not surpassed an average of 1 million viewers for a game in 16 years. Amid the 2024 regular season as it stands, the league has shattered that outcome nine times with more than half of the schedule to go. Eight of those nine games have had Clark and the Fever, which includes the team’s Friday night game against the Atlanta Dream. That matchup averaged 1.18 million viewers on ION, the largest WNBA audience the network has ever attained as it continues the second season of its three-year media rights deal.

Reese, along with Sky rookie Kamilla Cardoso, received media exemptions following a change in the WNBA media season access policy. This means that they will be exempt from media availability following morning shootarounds; however, they will still be available in pregame and postgame windows throughout the season. It is unknown if this change will extend to other teams around the league as the season continues, but the rule states that two members of the team can be exempt from speaking with media after morning shootaround. Sky players had previously demonstrated frustration by questions pertaining to the flagrant 1 foul committed by Sky guard Chennedy Carter on Clark in early June.

The NBA is reportedly negotiating media rights deals including the WNBA and is expected to leave a slate of games available for a separate deal later. NBA media rights are expected to be granted to The Walt Disney Company (ESPN/ABC), NBCUniversal and Amazon’s Prime Video following the conclusion of next season, although no resolutions have officially been announced. Reports have indicated that the NBA expected to net $76 billion over the term of the new deals, which would nearly triple the fiscal value of its existing rights. Moreover, the WNBA could quadruple the money it receives from media rights to $240 million per year, according to a recent report from Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports.

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