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Posts Tagged ‘ESPN’

ESPN and Univision on World Cup: Enjoy the Games…On Our Terms

FIFA-Mens-World-Cup-2014-Official-Logo-an-Schedule-in-Canada-TimingsUnivision and ESPN continue to set World Cup records – both on linear and streaming – and are surely benefiting from increased interest in the games and from the tremendous social media activity.

As rights holders, though, Univision and ESPN want to make sure that if people are watching or talking about the games, that they’re doing it on the networks’ terms.

As reported by the Wall Street Journal last week:

In recent years media companies and publishers have sparred over whether these clips fall under editorial “fair use.” This World Cup the message from ESPN and Univision is clear: It doesn’t.

Since the start of the tournament Vox Media-owned sports site SB Nation, one of the chief purveyors of quick World Cup content, has had two accounts suspended on Vine, according to its managing editor Brian Floyd.

SB Nation received suspension notices from Twitter, Mr. Floyd said, after a complaint from media-protection company Irdeto, which works on behalf of Univision.

“They don’t seem to mind people Vine-ing funny stuff like fans,” explained Clay Wendler, who quickly crafts Vines for SB Nation. But when it comes to goals — breathtaking moments of glory seemingly tailor-made for the six-second looping video format — rights-holders are more stringent, Mr. Wendler said. Twitter did not respond to requests for comment on its policies regarding World Cup content. Read more

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Univision Bests ABC/ESPN in World Cup Social Activity [Saturday]

FIFA-Mens-World-Cup-2014-Official-Logo-an-Schedule-in-Canada-TimingsUnivision Deportes’ broadcast of World Cup matches yesterday delivered the most-watched Saturday of group play in Univision Deportes World Cup history. So far, the network’s coverage of this year’s games is pacing ahead of its 2010 World Cup coverage by +25% among Total Viewers and +11% among Adults 18-49 through 8 matches. Univision Deportes is also outdelivering ESPN/ABC network’s average by +7% among Total Viewers and +2% among Adults 18-49 through the first 8 matches of the World Cup. Read more

ESPN and EA Partner on ‘Madden NFL 15′ Cover Vote Promotion

Screen Shot 2014-05-10 at 11.03.33 AMAt the NFL Draft last Thursday night, ESPN and EA announced the return of the ‘Madden NFL’ cover vote. ESPN and EA have narrowed the field down to a ‘Sweet 16’ of NFL rising talent, and fans will be able to choose which player graces the cover of ‘Madden NFL 15,’ which will be released on August 26.

ESPN will leverage its TV, digital, and social assets to promote the competition. Fans can vote once per day at ESPN.com/maddenvote, and take to @ESPNNFL on Twitter and the NFL on ESPN Facebook page to debate the picks using the hashtag #MaddenCover. Every Thursday for the next four weeks, the winners of each round will be announced on ESPN’s ‘NFL Live,’ and players still alive in the bracket will make appearances on ESPN programming to campaign for themselves.

“Every year, ESPN and EA SPORTS continue to go bigger with the Madden NFL Cover Vote,  and there’s no better way to kick off the vote for Madden NFL 15 than having last year’s winner and NFL legend Barry Sanders announcing it on stage at the NFL Draft,” said Raphael Poplock, vice president of games and partnerships for ESPN.  “We are building on our momentum over the last three Madden NFL Cover Votes to deliver an engaging experience that puts the cover in the hands of the fans, which have resulted in some of ESPN’s most successful social activations to date.”

The winner will be announced from LA LIVE Plaza during the 6 p.m. hour of SportsCenter on Friday, June 6. Read more

Project Blueprint and ESPN’s impressive digital and social growth

ESPN_Logo_CLR_PosIn January, ESPN networks and ABC sports programming drove 20.6 million tweets, good for 20% of all TV-related Twitter activity during the month. Sports programming will continue to be the main driver of social TV growth, and Disney is in a good position to reap the rewards of social TV advertising revenue should cross-platform measurement become more accurate and uniform. Perhaps this is why ESPN jumped at the opportunity to be the first brand to participate in Project Blueprint.

Project Blueprint, the brainchild of comScore and the Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement (CIMM), was the industry’s first cross-media measurement initiative to measure five screens: TV, radio, computer, smartphone and tablet. The pilot was launched in late 2012 and ESPN announced some initial findings in June 2013. Read more

ESPN’s dedication to TV anywhere and the second screen continues to pay dividends

ESPN_Logo_CLR_PosWhen we reported on ESPN’s multi-platform growth in September, the company had just seen its largest monthly unique reach ever: 72.7 million unique visitors across desktop, mobile and tablets, according to comScore Multi-Platform data. While the number dropped in November, ESPN had a 35% share of the sports category, a 20% lift compared to September. Read more

Second Screen Sports Experience Personalized With New SportsCenter App

Sportscenter appESPN is out with its new SportsCenter app for iOS and Android with aims of offering fans their most personalized second screen sports experience yet.

The app is an enhancement from the previous ScoreCenter app, and offers users the ability to focus updates and content on the teams they love: just enter in the teams you’d like to receive updates on, and your team’s results appears at the top of your score feed in addition to targeted news and videos about your team under the favorites tab.
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In advance of the 2014 World Cup, ESPN partners with Mobovivo to launch ESPN Sync

screen480x480In advance of the 2014 World Cup, ESPN has partnered with Mobovivo to launch ESPN Sync, a second screen app for iOS [available now] and Android devices [coming in December]. Mobovivo is known for its companion apps for sports and live events, and its advertising abilities. Read more

With return of ESPN campaign, now fans can enter the hall of fame

espn304x200After a successful inaugural year in which nearly 50,000 votes were cast, ESPN has announced that the Fan Hall of Fame, which celebrates extraordinary sports fandom, will return for a second year.  The Fan Hall of Fame will honor three US and Canadian sports fans and will feature an integrated campaign across ESPN’s platforms. Read more

An inside look at ESPN’s growth across multiple platforms

ESPN_Logo_CLR_PosDespite increased TV competition, ESPN continues to show massive growth across multiple platforms. In September it saw its largest monthly unique reach ever: 72.7 million unique visitors across desktop, mobile and tablets, according to comScore Multi-Platform data. Read more

ESPN and Twitter expand their partnership with video at the center

Upfront week is already proving to be the platform for major social TV announcements. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that ESPN and Twitter will expand their partnership that was announced a year ago. Last year’s partnership set an important precedent that allowed advertisers to buy ads across TV and Twitter at the same time. Now video is becoming the focus of the growth of their partnership. Read more

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