sports in the spotlight
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 9, 2013 03:09 PM
Despite a $765 million settlement by the NFL that essentially silenced hundreds of lawsuits brought against the organization by past players that have suffered from various degrees of injuries and illnesses, the glaring spotlight continues to highlight the many pitfalls of the organization and the many brands that benefit richly from its existence.
But while revenues at equipment providers like Riddell are holding steady, other, more serious repercussions that could affect the future of the sport are starting to show. The Sports and Fitness Association reports that there are 16 percent fewer football players between the ages of 6-17 on the field this year as there were a year ago. While the drop in participation could be for several reasons, there's no doubt that one of those includes the heightened awareness of parents, school officials and health professionals about the dangers of playing full-contact football.
As for those sticking it out, they're fueling record growth among sporting apparel companies like helmet and gear maker Riddell, which has seen revenues increase more than 40 percent since 2009, according to Crain's Chicago Business.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 23, 2013 01:37 PM
ESPN and PBS’ “Frontline” have been working together for 15 months on a two-part documentary about the troubling issue of concussions in the NFL. That all ended Thursday when the sports giant announced that it didn’t want its name or brand marks to be associated with the film “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis,” since it turns out ESPN wouldn’t have any final say on what was in the film.
“We were about to share a cut of our film with them,” Raney Aronson-Rath, the deputy executive producer of “Frontline,” told the New York Times, “and we welcomed their input.” But Aronson-Rath also made it clear that the terms of the deal had always been clear from the beginning: ESPN had control of what it aired on its network and put on its websites, PBS had control of what it aired and put on its websites.
The overriding theory is that ESPN, which shells out more than $1 billion annually to broadcast ratings juggernaut Monday Night Football, doesn’t want to hurt its relationship with the NFL, especially with rumors floating around that Google recently met with the NFL about a potential streaming deal, and with new sports network Fox Sports 1 ready to pounce on any fumble ESPN might make.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on July 23, 2013 10:52 AM
Well into its fifth decade with 354 member stations in all 50 US states, PBS faces a paradox. Thanks to the web, PBS now has numerous new channels through which its audience can find its content. Unfortunately, thanks to the web, PBS now has numerous new channels through which its audience can find its content. In May alone, Americans streamed over 230 million videos across PBS' web and mobile platforms.
There's Netflix, which carries elbow-patched PBS programs like American Experience but also PBS meat and potato Ken Burns documentaries and time period favorite Downton Abbey. The Netflix-PBS deal was just re-upped this month following a deal to expand PBS content availability through Amazon's Prime instant video service—all of which means that less eyeballs will be watching great content on PBS stations, which could negatively effect the viewer-funded network. With that, PBS faces an even more pressing need to create brand awareness and loyalty.
Enter, "Long Island Landscapers."Continue reading...
license to thrill
Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 30, 2013 04:27 PM
When you’re working for public broadcasting, it helps to have an entrepreneurial spirit.
So the producers of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning TV drama Downton Abbey are going all out to bring in some extra revenue by expanding from DVD sales to creating a whole line of clothing, homeware, furniture, wallpaper, beauty products and stationery around the show that will go on sale later this year, according to CNBC.
After all, who couldn’t use an extra cape, cravat or pair of elbow-length gloves?Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 1, 2013 11:07 AM
It’s the kind of coincidence that can’t be let alone. The same week that Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer banned working from home in a move that caused major upheaval among the media and the public, “Makers: Women Who Make America,” premiered on PBS, telling the story of the last 50 years of the American women’s movement.
Beginning with the publication of Betty Friedan’s book “The Feminine Mystique,”— which is credited with codifying women’s ennui as housewives and mothers—the three-hour documentary puts the iconic Gloria Steinem, founder of Ms. Magazine, front and center discussing the 70s. “It was heady and exciting and naïve, imagining that if we just explained it to people, that it was so unjust, that surely it would change.”
Makers is a very modern model of a truly cooperative effort. The project is funded by many companies and organizations including AOL, PBS, Unilever's Simple skincare brand, the Charles H. Revson Foundation and the Ford Foundation.
Narrated by Meryl Streep, the film focuses on the famous and infamous from Steinem and Abzug to Barbara Walters, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and barrier-breaker’s like tennis legend Billie Jean King.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 21, 2013 10:46 AM
The White House is celebrating the third anniversary of the Let's Move healthy kids challenge with an old friend: Big Bird.
The beloved Sesame Street character became a talking point during the last presidential election debates regarding PBS funding. Now he's been a VIP at the White House to help First Lady Michelle Obama engage kids in her national anti-obesity program with a new PSA above (see another spot here).
Another powerhouse kids entertainment franchise is lending one of its stars to a government effort. Disney is leveraging its Princess power by hiring out Cinderella for a new spot for the Ad Council, promoting safer car seats in a new public awareness campaign you can watch below.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 8, 2013 09:07 AM
Airbus may change battery system in its 350 aircraft to avoid problems faced by Boeing.
American Airlines stands to gain vast route network in looming merger with United Airways.
Apple faces battle over proposed preferred stock.
Michael Bloomberg builds empire in U.K.
Boeing Dreamliner fire was caused by battery short, investigation finds, as Poland's LOT finds bet on the aircraft turning dicey.
Bud Light Platinum presents Justin Timberlake as its new face.
Conan O'Brien and late-night competitors try bigger stunts to hold on to fans.
Daimler sees flat earnings this year as Europe and China mar results.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 5, 2013 09:01 AM
Barclays CEO vows to improve bank's ethics as company sets aside $1.6 billion for legal costs following exec shake-up.
S&P and McGraw-Hill sued by U.S. over controversial mortgage bond ratings.
KFC parent Yum! Brands suffers after China scandal.
Applebee's sees social media firestorm after employee posted customer receipt online.
AT&T introduces $1 mobile hotspot (with contract).
Axe broadens men's grooming portfolio.
Amazon and Samsung unseat Apple in customer engagement ranking.
Boeing finds experts stumped over Dreamliner's faulty batteries.Continue reading...