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ESPN to Debut Four-Part Bama Series in August

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ESPN has been filming in Tuscaloosa throughout the summer in preparation for a new miniseries this August. The show, which will be called Training Days: Rolling With the Tide is a production of JM Associates and Sport & Story in association with ESPN.

Producers were given full access to Alabama’s spring and summer programs. That means cameras were in cloud door meetings with Nick Saban and his staff as well as at practices that were closed to other media. It is probably safe to assume the quarterback battle between incumbent starter Jalen Hurts and College Football National Championship Game hero Tua Tugaviloa will take centerstage.

College football has been a key piece of ESPN’s programming puzzle for decades. The network’s vice president of production Lee Fitting, said in a press release that Alabama’s recent success under Nick Saban has made stories involving that program some of the most followed in the sport.

The intrigue behind their championship-filled decade and the fans’ appetite for unique access continues to escalate. This series will provide a unique perspective of the Crimson Tide as they build upon a foundation for what they hope is another championship campaign. We appreciate Coach Nick Saban and the entire Alabama operation for allowing us inside their walls over the next month.

Training Days: Rolling With the Tide debuts on ESPN on August 9th.

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FOX Scores Another Big College Football Weekend

Saturday’s broadcast of Michigan-Iowa drew 4,198,000 viewers on FOX.

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FOX continues to grabs heaps of viewers for its prime viewing window of college football coverage.

Saturday’s broadcast of Michigan-Iowa drew 4,198,000 viewers on FOX. To date, thru five weeks of the college football season, Big Noon Saturday is averaging 5,767,000 viewers, the most-watched window in college football.

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NFL Ratings on CBS Off to Best Start Since 2010

That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season.

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The NFL of CBS is behemoth to start the 2022 season. This past weekend saw the more massive ratings for the network.

Sunday’s national game window, which was led the Patriots-Packers overtime game, averaged 24.647 million viewers which was the most-watched Week 4 window on CBS since 1998, when the NFL returned to CBS. It’s also a ratings increase of 8% from last season.

That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season, CBS‘ best start to a season since 2010.

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ESPN Asked NHL For More Games on Linear TV

“It’s something that ESPN pushed for. But to the extent that ESPN was looking to make an adjustment for Year 2, we’re pleased to have the ongoing exposure.”

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The 2021-2022 NHL season was the first of a new media rights deal that saw the league’s games air nationally on ESPN and TNT.

The 2022-2023 season will see more games on linear television, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says that’s from ESPN’s insistence.

When asked by Sports Business Journal‘s Alex Silverman about a noticeably larger linear television schedule for the upcoming season, Bettman said “We’re happy to have it, but it’s something that ESPN pushed for. But to the extent that ESPN was looking to make an adjustment for Year 2, we’re pleased to have the ongoing exposure. Although, last year and the way things were balanced was a terrific year for us. Ratings were up, viewership was up, connectivity on all platforms for our fans was up. And ESPN and Turner have done an incredible job, and we’re grateful to be with them.”

Last season, ESPN and ABC only aired 28 games on linear television, 18 airing on ESPN or ESPN2 and 10 on ABC. 75 regular season games were exclusive to ESPN+ and Hulu.

This year, 52 games will air between the two networks with 37 games on ESPN or ESPN2 and 15 games on ABC. The Walt Disney Company has exclusive rights to 103 NHL broadcasts during the 2022-2023 season, including the opening night double header, the All-Star Skills Competition and All-Star Game, and the NHL Stadium Series.

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