The University of Maryland on Monday announced that it will leave the ACC and join the Big Ten Conference, a move attributed to the revenue possibilities ($24 million a year) made possible by the league’s Big Ten Network, which has an audience of 80 million homes for name-brand schools. Read more
Programmers follow TV ratings trends. And this weekend shows why you might see more marquee college football — and perhaps events across the sports spectrum — moving to Saturday nights.
It’s supposed to be TV’s least-watched night. Read more
Saturday night’s question: Alabama-LSU or Oregon-USC?
SB Nation’s Choices During the day:
–Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M (noon, ESPN)
–Georgia vs. Ole Miss (3:30 p.m., CBS)
–Oregon State vs. Arizona State (10:30 p.m., ESPN2)
Social TV App Exclusively For Sports Fans Raises $2 Million; Seeks To Cure Watching Sports Alone – Forbes
The company just announced its United States launch, which means that it has not yet captured a vast American audience. However, since launching overseas in October 2011, fanatix has received more than 250,000 downloads and has a daily active user base of over 35,000. Read more
What matters: The Giants picked up their first divisional win of the season in Week 7, and if they can avenge the season-opening defeat to the Cowboys, they’ll be in the driver’s seat entering the second half of the season. Read more
Via Bleacher Report, published on LA Times. Interesting to see what was picked and what was not — no GetGlue, no Zeebox, no IntoNow:
Not only is there unprecedented coverage, but as the digital era makes way for the mobile era, gadgets have permeated our culture, and the NFL community has responded. Read more
NFL decade-low attendance inspires new TV blackout rules | Professional | NewJerseyNewsroom.com — Your State. Your News.
While blackout rules were originally instated to allow teams to preserve revenues from shrinking, the NFL as a business has evolved dramatically over the last 50 years. In fact, starting in 2014 the NFL is set to make revenues totaling nearly $6 billion a year from TV contracts alone (CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN, and DirecTV). Read more
After a 24-23 upset win over New England Sunday in the NFL, Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman took to Twitter, and sent out a meme-ified version of this photo with text reading “U MAD BRO?” over it. Read more