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Amazon Prime Video, Nielsen Differ On Thursday Night Football Ratings
“We wouldn’t put out our number if we weren’t comfortable that it was accurate.”
Amazon Prime Video and Nielsen have released differing ratings numbers each week of the NFL season for Thursday Night Football, with somewhat wildly differing figures.
For instance, during last weeks broadcast between the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals, Nielsen claims 7.8 million people watched the game. Amazon Prime Video, however, says 8.9 million watched.
In a report for the Associated Press, David Bauder notes “neither company is saying the other is wrong, but neither is backing down, either”.
Amazon Prime Video claims it doesn’t have an estimate for the viewing totals, it has an actual literal count of users who stream the broadcast. Nielsen, meanwhile, estimates how many viewers a given broadcast features.
Through the first six broadcasts, Amazon Prime Video says Thursday Night Football has been watched by an average of 12.1 million viewers. Nielsen counters by saying the average is 10.3 million. Amazon Prime Video Vice President Jay Marine said the streaming platform feels confident their numbers are correct.
“We wouldn’t put out our number if we weren’t comfortable that it was accurate,” he told the AP.
“I don’t at all believe that Amazon’s numbers are not right,” said Nielsen spokeswoman Connie Kim. “And I don’t believe that our numbers are not right. It’s going to take a little time. As it evolves it should be one number. But we’re not quite there yet.”
Marine countered by saying it’s new territory for Nielsen, saying “it’s the first time there’s been actual data for an event like this”.
The response from Amazon Prime Video over Nielsen’s numbers comes after ratings for Thursday Night Football have seen a new season low for viewership over each of the past three weeks.
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New Episodes of Beyond Limits Coming to CBS Sports
The series, which first premiered in September 2021, is produced by the CBS Sports Race and Culture Unit, with senior producer Sarah M. Kazadi.
CBS Sports is set to premiere new episodes of its franchise Beyond Limits, which celebrates athletes who go beyond the implicit boundaries of sports and society. Three half-hour episodes will be hosted by CBS Sports reporter AJ Ross, and will also air on CBS’ linear channel and stream live on Paramount+.
The first episode of the season is titled “Who I Am,” and it will feature Byron Perkins, who is the first openly gay football player at a historically black college or university (HBCU). Perkins is a redshirt senior at Hampton University. The show will also discuss the relationship he has with his mother and how she has impacted him both as a person and an athlete.
Two more episodes will premiere throughout the season – one on making sports adaptable and accessible; and the other featuring athletes who have moved into executive roles. The latter show includes interviews with NBA Executive Vice President and Head of Basketball Operations, Joe Dumars; New Orleans Pelicans Vice President of Basketball Operations and Team Development, Swin Cash; and NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent.
The series, which first premiered in September 2021, is produced by the CBS Sports Race and Culture Unit, with senior producer Sarah M. Kazadi. Its first episode premieres on Sunday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. EST/10:30 a.m. PST, and should provide fans with unique storytelling and spotlight into the journeys of various key figures in sports and media alike.
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ESPN Colleagues Pay Tribute to Neil Everett
“It was universal praise from the people that knew and worked with Everett.”
Neil Everett has become one of the faces of SportsCenter. After 23 years at ESPN, he announced that he is leaving the network.
Colleagues at the World Wide Leader took to Twitter to share their thoughts. It was universal praise from the people that knew and worked with Everett. Chief among them was his SportsCenter partner of fourteen years, Stan Verrett.
If Root Sports Northwest requires references, there are plenty ESPN colleagues past and present that were immediately ready to vouch for Neil Everett.
Everett was not laid off. He turned down a new contract that would have forced him to take a pay cut.
The Walt Disney Company is in the middle of layoffs effecting every division. CEO Bob Iger has tasked his leaders with reducing costs by $5.5 billion and cutting 7000 jobs.
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Bleav To Launch 2 FuboTV Channels
“Over 1,000 hours of original content is produced by Bleav each month.”
Sports and entertainment media production company Bleav has officially launched two channels available now on FuboTV.
Bleav Sports and Bleav Football will utilize content from its podcast network to comprise programming on the TV side.
“We are excited to be partnering with Fubo, one of the premiere companies for sports streaming,” Bleav president Eric Weinberger said.
Over 1,000 hours of original content is produced by Bleav each month. Former NFL and NBA standouts like Ahman Green, Rudy Gay, Lamar Odom, LenDale White, Ike Taylor and Jonathan Stewart are just some of the hosts for Bleav.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.