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  1. The linked THR article from above says NewsNation execs are "salivating" at the chance of putting news on The CW, so get used to the idea of it bud.
  2. Looks like a combination of streaming and corporate housekeeping led to the 'For Sale' sign hanging on the network. It's amazing that a few short years of changes in the industry led to The CW's lucrative business model drying up. Some interesting information revealed about the network's financials: Confirmation that Nexstar is moving full speed ahead into the content business: Tangentially related in the article is Sook saying that NewsNation is profitable in its current form. I think when all is said and done, it's inevitable that we'll see some form of NewsNation content on The CW. Source: In Streaming Era, CW Network’s Value to Its Owners Has Diminished
  3. What’s Driving Nexstar’s Interest in the CW Network — and Why Now?
  4. WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS Are Exploring Possible Sale of CW Network
  5. The early rumors turned out to be true. NBCU has signed on as a rights fee-paying broadcast partner. NBC gets 8 games, 9 on USA, and 4 on Peacock. Fox will have 12, and 10 on FS1. NBC To Broadcast USFL Games Along With Fox Under New Multi-Year Rights Deal
  6. More info trickling out. Rather than holding a minority stake as previously announced, Fox is now full owner of the new USFL. Fox Sports execs will hold positions in the league. https://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/Daily/Morning-Buzz/2021/11/17/USFL.aspx Some more details have been solidified: https://www.foxsports.com/stories/other/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-united-states-football-league-spring-2022 8 teams, 10 weeks. One central location for the inaugural season, but teams will play at home should the league continue. April to June season. Saturday and Sunday games, with the occasional Mondays and Fridays. There were rumors of partnering with NBC, but Fox appears to be the sole broadcaster at this point.
  7. https://deadline.com/2021/11/espn-classic-shutdown-sports-cable-tv-1234867955/
  8. NBCSN will go dark on Dec. 31. USA Network will carry a triple header of EPL games the day after. As reported before, a majority of NBCSN's properties will migrate to USA Network. https://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/en/SB-Blogs/Newsletter-Media/2021/11/01
  9. End of the line (probably) for Sinclair's ROH. https://www.si.com/wrestling/2021/10/28/ring-of-honor-future-sinclair-broadcasting
  10. New info. Birmingham is being considered as a host city for all the games. NBC is potentially involved as a broadcast partner. https://www.wvtm13.com/article/birmingham-bjcc-officials-discussing-playing-all-united-states-football-league-games-in-the-city/37928711
  11. Fox has closed on their acquisition of TMZ from WarnerMedia. https://deadline.com/2021/09/fox-tmz-acquisition-warnermedia-closes-harvey-levin-1234832123/
  12. WADL has snagged MyNetworkTV away from WMYD. https://www.nexttv.com/news/wadl-gets-detroits-mynetworktv-affiliation
  13. https://www.foxsports.com/presspass/latest-news/2021/06/03/united-states-football-league-returns-2022
  14. Scripted programming on Saturdays is being eyed for 2022.
  15. The Deadline article indicates that the timeslot swap likely helped smooth things over. I'm a little surprised that Nexstar didn't take the opportunity to put CW back on WGN-TV. They don't have much going for them in primetime since losing their sports rights.
  16. WarnerDiscovery already being set up for a sale? Man, imagine if they went full circle and merged with NBCUniversal if/when Comcast jettisons it.
  17. The original report from Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-16/at-t-is-said-in-talks-to-combine-content-assets-with-discovery-kor6r2uj?srnd=premium From the sound of that, AT&T will spin-off WarnerMedia into a separate entity that will merge with Discovery Inc. AT&T/WarnerMedia previously talked merger with NBCUniversal. What a mess of spaghetti that would've been.
  18. https://deadline.com/2021/05/the-cw-primetime-schedule-saturday-weekday-afternoon-block-returned-affiliates-1234755841/
  19. Good interview with Perry Sook: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKQ46xoLqVo
  20. https://www.foxsports.com/presspass/latest-news/2021/04/14/spring-league-makes-broadcast-television-debut-saturday-may-8-fox Fox is going all in with this league. They previously aired the 2020 season on FS1. In that agreement, Fox secured an option to acquire a minority stake in TSL. For the 2021 season, TSL is expanding and Fox will give them a big push with games airing on broadcast. Schedule in the link above.
  21. CBSN recently went OTA in Dallas-Ft. Worth, airing on KTXA's .2 subchannel. Whether this was a quick fix for losing MeTV or part of a larger plan for CBSN to expand to OTA, I don't know.
  22. Amid preparations for a 2022 season, a potential 'partnership' with the CFL is being discussed. https://www.si.com/xfl/2021/03/10/cfl-xfl-discuss-potential-partnership
  23. Important to note that the NHL.TV streaming package is moving wholesale to ESPN+. With this deal, Disney/ESPN becomes the 'A' rights holder to the NHL. NBCU and Fox are in contention for the remaining rights. I'd wager that NBCU will keep their slice of it, aiming to bolster Peacock and USA Network.
  24. TNF will be mostly exclusive to Prime. NFLN will only air a few games. https://awfulannouncing.com/nfl/more-thursday-night-football-games-will-reportedly-be-amazon-exclusive-in-new-round-of-tv-deals.html
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