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Pro Sports’ Dilemma: Ownership or Rich TV Rights Deals?

For the major U.S. sports leagues, changing viewer habits and lucrative TV deals are giving way to a happy dilemma: Do they forge a direct relationship with fans? Or do they lean on their media partners to help them win the streaming wars? Increasingly, the answer seems to be both. The latest effort to split […]

Events of the Week: ‘Nope,’ San Diego Comic-Con and More

Here’s a look at this week’s biggest premieres, parties and openings in Los Angeles and New York, including red carpets for Nope and Ted Lasso, along with a flurry of events for San Diego Comic-Con, the MLB All-Star Game, the ESPYs and Outfest. Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin premiere HBO Max hosted a bloody red […]

Denzel Washington Makes Surprise Appearance at MLB All-Star Game to Honor Jackie Robinson

Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game returned to Dodger Stadium today for the first time in more than 40 years, bringing with it a host of Hollywood all-stars to take in the action on the field. But it was Oscar winner Denzel Washington who had the honor of kicking off the Fox telecast as part of […]

J Balvin to Headline Michael Rubin’s Fanatics Party With MLBPA During All-Star Week in L.A.

Michael Rubin and Fanatics are teaming with the Major League Baseball Players Association to host a bash in Los Angeles during MLB All-Star Week, and they’ve recruited J Balvin to headline. Following Monday night’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium, Rubin, Fanatics and the MLBPA will take over a private space in Downtown Los […]

Department of Justice Takes Aim at MLB’s Immunity From Antitrust Law

It’s open season on Major League Baseball’s century-old exemption from antitrust law. In a filing siding with three former minor league teams suing the MLB, the Department of Justice on Wednesday urged a federal court to limit the scope of the baseball’s carveout to “conduct that is central to the offering of professional baseball exhibitions.” […]

Where to Watch MLB Games Online Without Cable

We're about one-third of the way into the regular season, and there's still time to keep up with the ball games.

Tom Hanks and Wilson Reunite for First Pitch at Cleveland Guardians Home Opener

Tom Hanks got a little help at the pitcher’s mound as he celebrated the Cleveland Guardians’ new era. Hanks was a special guest to throw the ceremonial first pitch at the team’s home opener Friday at Progressive Field against the San Francisco Giants. The two-time Oscar winner for best actor has been a fan of […]

Jeremy Giambi, Former MLB Player Portrayed in ‘Moneyball,’ Dies at 47

Jeremy Giambi, a former major league outfielder and first baseman, died Wednesday at his parents’ home in Southern California, police said. He was 47. Officers responding around 11:30 a.m. to reports of a medical emergency found Giambi dead at the residence in Claremont, east of Los Angeles, said police Lt. Robert Ewing. The Los Angeles […]

Endeavor Acquiring Minor League Baseball Teams, Creates New Subsidiary

Endeavor is getting into the baseball business. The owner of WME, UFC and IMG says that it is creating a new subsidiary, Diamond Baseball Holdings, which will own and operate a number of MLB Professional Development League clubs. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. The company will operate the Triple Affiliates of the New […]

NFL, Baseball Dominate 3-Day Ratings

The top of the three-day Nielsen ratings for the week of Oct. 18-24 is heavier on sports than usual, at least among adults 18-49. Eight of the top 10 shows in the key ad demographic for the week were live sports telecasts, led by the three primetime NFL games. Four games from baseball’s league championship […]

TV Ratings: ‘Bachelorette’ Slides to Premiere Low

The Bachelorette was the top show among adults 18-49 on the broadcast networks Tuesday, but the ABC mainstay opened well below last season’s debut and had its smallest premiere audience ever. That in turn led to a modest series debut for Queens at 10 p.m. NBC’s La Brea continued its run of decent ratings despite […]

TV Ratings: MLB Playoffs Score but NFL Rules Thursday

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ nailbiter of a division series win over the San Francisco Giants drew strong ratings for TBS Thursday night — although as usual, Fox’s NFL game led the night by a wide margin. Among non-sports programming, Law & Order: SVU drew the best adults 18-49 rating, and Young Sheldon had the biggest […]