The Celtics and broadcasting partner Comcast SportsNet New England are finalizing a 20-year media rights extension that would give the team a significant ownership stake in the regional sports network, according to the Sporting News.
"The proposed deal, which could be finalized in the next few weeks, would extend the Celtics' media deal to 2038 from the current agreement that runs through 2017," the Sporting News said. "In addition, the team would take up to a 20 percent equity stake in the regional sports network (RSN) and receive a healthy increase in its annual rights fee. The Celtics currently get between $15 million and $20 million annually, which is considered below market for such a strong franchise."
Discussions between the Celtics and CSNNE reportedly begin a year ago, and talks started heating up in February when the Lakers signed their 25-year deal with Time Warner Cable's regional network that's worth an estimated $...
Sunday's Women's World Cup final, which the United States lost to Japan in penalty kicks, set a record for tweets per second. Twitter announced that during the climactic moments of the game, there were 7,196 tweets per second discussing it. The record almost was broken later in the day by another soccer match: Paraguay's penalty shootout victory over Brazil in a Copa America men's game.
The previous record of 6,939 was set just after midnight in Japan on New Year's Day. It's a Japanese tradition to contact friends and family on New Year's Day, and Twitter is very popular in that country (partly explaining the World Cup number). By comparison, the death of Osama bin Laden drew 5,106 tweets per second.
The U.S. overnight television rating for Sunday's Women's World Cup final, meanwhile, was an impressive 8.6. That makes it the second-most-watched women's soccer game ever in this country, behind only the 1999 World Cup final (11.4).
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to discuss the latest developments in the league's work stoppage. The two sides reportedly are close to a deal that could be approved by the owners at their previously scheduled meeting Thursday in Atlanta.
"It certainly looks like it's coming to a close," Schefter said. "The deal is there to be had. But they've got to close in on a few things. … It's a lot of legal procedures cleaning up the mess that they've created. Now, can they get that done in time this week? I would guess yes. But I'll be honest with you, I'm not smart enough of sophisticated enough from a legal standpoint to tell you unequivocally yes, they're going to get that done in time to have this ratified Thursday at the owners meetings."
Added Schefter: "This lockout is going to get resolved. It's basically done. But there a lot of clean-up factors that they're going...
The NFL appears ready to end its work stoppage, and the Bengals apparently are getting back into off-field form by running into trouble with the law. On Thursday, Bengals free agent safety Marvin White was arrested after arguing with management at his son's child-care facility in Louisiana. On Sunday, running back Cedric Benson was jailed in Texas and charged with repeatedly punching a man who had been living in his house.
The arrests come days after cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was jailed for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after an incident at a nightclub in Cincinnati. Jones was scheduled to return to court Monday.
Read more about those stories and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Dustin Pedroia lined an opposite-field single to right field with two outs in the 16th inning, scoring Josh Reddick and giving the Red Sox a 1-0 win over the Rays early Monday morning at Tropicana Field. The hit, which came off Rays reliever Adam Russell (the hosts' ninth pitcher of the contest) ended a game that set the record for longest by time (5 hours, 44 minutes) and innings in Tampa Bay history.
Six Red Sox pitchers combined for the shutout, with Alfredo Aceves (3 scoreless innings) and Jonathan Papelbon (21st save) finishing it off for the Sox. Pedroia went 3-for-7 while the entire Tampa Bay team ended up with three hits in 50 at-bats.
Earlier, Josh Beckett turned in another dominant performance against the Rays at Tropicana Field, throwing his second straight one-hit outing against Tampa Bay in its home park. This time Beckett needed 106 pitches (71 strikes) to complete eight innings, striking out six, not walking a...
Head Coach Bill Belichick with Dale and Holley
Dale, Michael and Jerry sit down with DE Chandler Jones on a Patriots Monday for a candid interview about this season, his new teammates, and the Dallas game this weekend.
Sam Packard is joined by his brother Nick, as he breaks down his favorite moments from Celtics Media Day. Sam then tries to compare each member of the Celtics roster to a character on The Wire, with varied results.
Sam Packard is joined by Jared Weiss of CLNSRadio.Com to talk about trading Bradley and the upcoming Celtics Media Day.
Jay King of Masslive.com joins the show to break down the performance of the Celtics during the NBA Summer League. Then Ben and Sam discuss the exciting possibility of a Space Jam sequel.
Dave O'Brien has called Red Sox baseball games with Joe Castiglione since 2007. Dave is going to the NESN booth next season to take over for Don Orsillo as the Red Sox TV play-by-play man. Dave talks about his time with Joe and the Red Sox Radio broadcast and closes out a very meaningful chapter of a tremendous career. Joe Castiglione offers his thoughts and well-wishes to Dave and closes out, as is tradition, with the Bart Giamatti poem.
We check in for a final time this season with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo as look ahead to 2016 with him.
Joe and Rob Bradford talk with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart who had his first career multi home run game as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 10-4 and extend their winning streak to a season high 5 games.
WEEI Bruins reporter DJ Bean joins Ken Laird in the WEEI Podcentre to answer six pressing questions about the B's in advance of Thursday's season opener at the Garden
DJ Bean joins Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford in studio with the pre-season ending to discuss the upcoming season's line combinations and the changes made in the offseason.
Florio on the NFL.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
What would you ask Roger Goodell?
Jeb Bush had an interview recently where he was asked if he ever smoked weed with Bill Belichick and Ernie Adams, who were all classmates in high school. Also, Christian tries to prank call Dallas restaurants and fails miserably.
The Colts and Texans had another pathetic game on Thursday Night Football where Ryan Mallet took himself out of the game and Matt Hasselbeck filled in for an injured Andrew Luck. The guys give their reaction and can't believe anyone could pull themselves out of a game the way Mallet did.
Dale, Michael and Jerry discuss the Bruins opening night loss, and whether this will continue or we'll see the team improve when the defense gets healthy.
We close out the week with some of the best in soundbites that you may have missed out on... plus the return of LaRoy on the microphone...
Mikey is back for another season of Patriots-related parody songs, this time he's calling out the Cowboys.
The final hour of the show is nothing if not entertaining
Mikey takes all kinds of phone calls from Patriot fans with the utmost confidence.
Full disclosure we recorded this episode just before the official announcement. Ben and Russ talk the coaching situation in Liverpool, Revs playoffs chances, and Sepp is suspended.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and Mike McMahon of College Hockey News and TheMackReport.com preview all things Hockey East and take a look at Harvard as well. Nate Leaman, head coach of the defending national champion Providence College Friars, joins the show as well.
Dino, Gerry and Kirk talk with Curt about the MLB playoffs, his future with ESPN and the reaction to Jessica Mendoza as his replacement.More from this show