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10 Dallas Mavericks games are to be free-to-air on Tegna's WFAA.
www.tegna.com 

This came after the team's star owner, Mark Cuban, teased possibilities of ridding incumbent partner Bally and going FTA during a local radio show.
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Not exactly American, but in Canada Mediapro's rights to broadcast Canadian soccer has been withdrawn. Mediapro own and operate the OneSoccer platform that streams CPL and Canadian national team games. Them and Candaian Soccer Business are now set to take their dispute to the Ontario Supreme Court, with both sides blaming each other for the breakdown.

I haven't been following it all that closely, but Canadian soccer has been a bit of a soap opera in the last 18 months, despite the men's team qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in many a year. There has been threats of strikes by national players and severe funding issues. On the other hand, Mediapro have also had some major issues in recent years, the most notable example was them giving up the rights to France's Ligue 1 after only four months after agreeing to pay an unaffordably high figure, plunging French teams in crisis into 2020.

Statements from both sides:
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(20-01-2024, 11:39 PM)RhysJR Wrote:  ESPN just aired an ad for the Masters golf, which is in April. You certainly can't accuse American broadcasters of not being keen to advertise their flagship sporting rights.

And CBS have just done the same.

A very movie and TV trailer-heavy slate of ads today. Building up to a fortnight's time of course.
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CBS plans for the Super Bowl unveiled:

www.cbssports.com 

They are making much out of their new “doink cam”, which are cameras built into the goalposts. Presumably in the event in the ball hitting the goalposts they go “doink”. As you do. More seriously they are broadcasting the game in 4K HDR on certain providers.

Nothing official yet on new graphics, which it is usually a thing to unveil at the Super Bowl. (Though not always, CBS themselves stuck with the Super Bowl 50 graphics until Super Bowl LV). There have been some unconfirmed pictures of a very NBC-looking new scorebar doing the rounds, though.
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And of course this will be the first ever Super Bowl to be shown on Nickelodeon. Noah Eagle, Nate Burleson, Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star will be your commentary team.

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And ITV looks like they will have their own commentary team once again, with Darren Fletcher on his way and Channel 5 regular Maurice Jones-Drew joining the team, presumably as co-commentator.

Full coverage and unique commentaries on talkSPORT and Radio 5 Live as well.

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(07-02-2024, 11:32 AM)Rdd Wrote:  CBS plans for the Super Bowl unveiled: More seriously they are broadcasting the game in 4K HDR on certain providers.

Not in native 4K HDR though, upscaled from 1080p (although with native HDR support) and standard surround sound (unlike other broadcast partners which now embrace Dolby Atmos); they will also provide a standard SDR feed in the network's main OTA 1080i format:

www.sportsvideo.org 

DIRECTV, Dish, Xfinity, Cox, Verizon Fios, Altice Optimum, DIRECTV Stream, YouTube TV and Fubo have confirmed will air that enhanced 4K feed.

www.cnet.com 

And as part of the pregame coverage, CBS will air an-hour long special which will kick-off the 50th anniversary season of its landmark and pioneering studio program, The NFL Today, which will lead into the four-hour special Super Bowl edition of the show:

www.sportsvideo.org 


As for Spanish-language coverage, TelevisaUnivision will air the broadcast on Univision (in the US) and Canal 5 (in Mexico). Separate announcing teams and production staff will be employed for both countries, with Ramses Sandoval and Guillermo Schutz as play-by-play announcers, Alejandro Berry and Lindsay Casinelli as sideline reporters, and special guest color commentators, Mexican flag football player Diana Flores and Argentine-born former NFL player Martín Gramática for US audiences, and with NFL mainstays Toño de Valdés, Enrique Burak and Pepe Segarra as play-by-play announcers for Mexico, with special guest commentator Emilio Fernando Alonso in the cards to join them, and roving reporters Valeria Marín, Gina Holguín and Alfredo Tame. ViX Premium will stream both coverages for each respective country.

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vanguardia.com.mx 


Unlike other CBS-assigned years, ESPN Deportes won't air the Spanish-language feed, but its Latin American sisters will do, with its longtime commentating team of Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega and Ciro Procuna announcing the game, with John Sutcliffe working as sideline reporter on scene. Worth noting announcing teams for US Hispanic and Latin American audiences were made separate this season, with Varela, Viruega and Procuna continuing working for Latin American audiences, but with Rebeca Landa and Sergio Dipp now working the booth for the US audiences; both continue to narrate from Mexico City (where the bulk of ESPN's Spanish production is done) and Sutcliffe still does sideline duties for both MNF Spanish teams alongside Katia Castorena.

Even if ESPN doesn't get still Super Bowl rights, the mothership has also enlisted its marquee talk and debate show to move to Las Vegas from next Wednesday. On game day, special editions of NFL Countdown and NFL Primetime will air from Vegas, plus a special edition of SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, with SVP and Tim Hasselbeck from the show's studio (at ABC News' DC bureau) and Ryan Clark and Louis Riddick from Vegas. International presentations of the game will be announced by MNF's doubleheader team of Dan Orlovsky and Riddick, with ESPN College Football announcer Chris Fowler handling play-by-play duties.

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(07-02-2024, 01:54 PM)RhysJR Wrote:  And of course this will be the first ever Super Bowl to be shown on Nickelodeon. Noah Eagle, Nate Burleson, Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star will be your commentary team.

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Nick's coverage (separately produced from that of CBS) will have real-time motion capture for SpongeBob and Patrick Star, plus a recreation of Bikini Bottom as an XR element integrated within the Allegiant Stadium:

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Weigel's group of Milwaukee stations (indie WMLW, CBS WDJT and Telemundo WYTU-LD) are airing 10 Milwaukee Bucks games from late February, while Bally announcers are to be retained.
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They previously partnered with Fubo on the streaming front.
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Reports that Amazon Prime will broadcast their first NFL playoff game next season. The article is semi-paywalled, so I assume this is in lieu of the Peacock-exclusive game this season?

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(07-02-2024, 11:32 AM)Rdd Wrote:  Nothing official yet on new graphics, which it is usually a thing to unveil at the Super Bowl. (Though not always, CBS themselves stuck with the Super Bowl 50 graphics until Super Bowl LV). There have been some unconfirmed pictures of a very NBC-looking new scorebar doing the rounds, though.

Well, no new graphics, but maybe a refresh? The straps for the Super Bowl NFL Today imply such (pictures from TVNewsTalk.net):

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What is confirmed is Nick will simulcast the Usher halftime show.

www.usatoday.com 

After halftime, CBS will air an NFL-produced ad filmed in Ghana, with unconfirmed reports one African country will also house an International Series game for 2025, adding to the London and Germany Games, plus new games in Madrid, Spain (who also joins from 2025), and São Paulo, Brazil (which is temporarily replacing Mexico City from next season due to the remodel of Azteca Stadium for the 2026 World Cup); however, such move is not confirmed and the ad, teased during the AFC Championship game, is part of the NFL's "Born to Play" global initiative campaign.

www.pulse.com.gh 

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Further details on CBS' set-ups in Vegas, designed by Andre Durette of Jack Morton PDG:

www.sportsvideo.org 


Further details on how TelevisaUnivision's coverage will work, with Univision (US) taking the CBS feed and Canal 5 (Mexico) taking the world feed (produced by NFL Films and using NFL Network-branded scorebugs and graphics normally used for their Exclusive Game Series).

www.sportsvideo.org 
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Dazn/NFL GamePass don’t appear to be taking the CBS pre game programming, favouring NFL Network (which is being carried on Sky anyway up until the start of their own pre game show at 10pm). That’s a pity because it’s exactly what people take GamePass for (there’s a 99c deal for the Super Bowl only, and that will get you the US broadcast including commercials from 11pm).

Sky coverage is on air at 10pm and ITV from 10:45pm, like last year ITV will apparently have its own commentary for the Super Bowl with Darren Fletcher.
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