The NFL is dying. Could the coronavirus save it?

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The 2020 season already has an asterisk next to it. Why not seize the opportunity to shake things up? There are few institutions more conservative than American football. The NFL has been slow to grapple with evidence of brain damage, circumspect with player protests, and resistant to tectonic shifts in the media landscape that will eventually make its business model obsolete. Unless something changes, it’s likely that viewership will continue to decline over the next decade, costing the league billions of dollars in potential revenue. Read Full Story

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Just in time for baseball, Fox Sports’ new app wants to be your ballgame buddy of the future

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Fox Sports’ head of digital David Katz breaks down why the new app is trying to bring everything—news, live games, social—under one roof, in real-time. The first pitches of the 2020 Major League Baseball season will be thrown on Thursday night, as the Opening Night games kick off between the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals, and the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers. As with all major sports since the pandemic hit, this baseball season is going to be significantly different. The number of games has been cut to 60, teams are starting with 30-man rosters (up from 26) presumably for some buffer if anyone tests positive for COVID-19. Read Full Story

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Google reveals how the pandemic is hitting its bottom line with a ‘significant slowdown’ in ad revenue

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Here’s our first look at Google since the WHO declared a pandemic. Google’s parent company shared its first-quarter earnings report today, its first since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed businesses to slash the money they spend on ads, and Google—which makes the vast majority of its revenue from ads—is already seeing the impact on its bottom line. Read Full Story

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How to watch 2020 NBA games live on ABC, TNT, and ESPN without cable

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NBA 2020 games are back. Here’s how cord-cutters can watch all the restarted action from the basketball bubble in Orlando, Florida. The National Basketball League restarted its 2019-2020 season earlier this week in an attempt to salvage what’s left of it after COVID-19 disrupted most professional sports. A full slate of NBA games will take place today (Sunday, August 2) and for the next several days. The league is packing in as many as it can before the NBA playoffs begin in two weeks. Here’s today’s lineup : Read Full Story

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