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Turner Sports Ups Lenny Daniels to President

9 July 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Continuing on with its recent staffing evolution, Time Warner’s Turner announced today that it has named Lenny Daniels as president of Turner Sports.

Daniels, who had been executive vice president and chief operating officer for Turner Sports since 2009, will report to Turner Broadcasting System president David Levy. The expanded role will have Daniels — who is based in Atlanta — overseeing all aspects of Turner Sports’ day-to-day management, including production, programming, scheduling, league relations, business development, ad sales, marketing, digital, talent, events and operations.

Daniels is credited with helping Turner’s 2012 negotiations with Major League Baseball to expand the company’s existing media rights partnership, as well as Turner’s 2010 negotiations with the Ncaa to secure a 14-year agreement for the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. In 2012, Daniels played a primary role in Turner’s acquisition of sports site Bleacher Report. This year, Daniels was credited with the development of »

- Whitney Friedlander

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‘SportsCenter’ Anchor Stuart Scott to Get Jimmy V Perseverance Award at 2014 ESPYs

10 June 2014 11:48 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

SportsCenter” anchor Stuart Scott will forever be linked with one of the greats when he receives the 2014 Jimmy V Perseverance Award at July's ESPYs. The network cited “the passion and determination he has displayed in the face of ongoing personal challenges” in a Tuesday press release. Scott joined Espn in 1993 for the launch of ESPN2 — he's since grown to be one of the most recognizable “SportsCenter” anchors. Scott has also served as a lead host for various NFL, Mlb and NBA programs including “Monday Night Countdown,” “NFL Primetime,” “Sunday NFL Countdown” and the NBA Finals. Also read: Espn ‘NBA Countdown’ Host Teases Heat-Spurs. »

- Tony Maglio

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Football, Comedies Boost Fox on Sunday While ABC’s ‘Revenge’ Rises

6 January 2014 9:18 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

On the first Sunday without NFL primetime football since late summer, Fox’s animated comedies and NBC’s Jimmy Fallon special were the top draws among young adults while ABC’s “Revenge” returned on an upswing — despite facing the season premiere of PBS’ “Downton Abbey.”

Preliminary estimates weren’t available for “Abbey,” which closed its third season last February with about 8.2 million viewers (12.3 million in Live+7).

Fox dominated the night overall thanks to the conclusion of its NFL wild-card playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, which didn’t end until about 7:50 p.m. Et. The game, won 23-20 by the 49ers, earned a 27.7 household rating in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights to make it easily the most-watched football game this season.

The late-running NFL contest provided a big lift for Fox’s primetime lineup, which began at about 8:07 p.m. in the East, following post-game coverage. »

- Rick Kissell

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