‘No Going Back’ to Content-First Targeting in Sports: Effectv’s James Rooke

Sports programming is an important anchor for advertisers in reaching audiences, not only when fans watch their favorite teams, but also when they consume other kinds of content. Reaching them takes an audience-based approach — and that become much more apparent last year when the pandemic capsized the sports calendar. “What we’ve found is that […]

 

Sports Marketers Raised Bar on Creativity, Innovation in 2020: Omnicom’s Tom McGovern

Brands seeking to reach a mass audience will keep partnering with broadcasters that offer unrivaled reach amid the fragmentation of media channels. The Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which were delayed by a year because of the pandemic, will showcase the power of live sports to drive viewership. “The bulk of that consumption is going to […]

 

Sports Sponsors Can Thrive in Hybrid Media World: Nielsen’s Jon Stainer

Sports viewership just went through one of the most volatile periods in recent memory, with the pandemic having a significant effect on sports leagues and consumer behavior. Amid limitations on fan attendance, sports entertainment became a more virtual experience that’s likely to have a lasting effect on reaching younger consumers. The National Basketball Association, National […]

 

‘People Need Sports the Most’: NBC’s Dan Lovinger

“Necessity is the mother of invention” is an enduring phrase with special meaning for broadcasters of live sports during the coronavirus pandemic. The health crisis forced sports leagues, their sponsors and their broadcast partners to come up with new ways to work together as fans hungered for live entertainment. “History proves that people need sports […]

 

‘Live Sports Are Best Investment for Advertisers’: Fox Sports’ Seth Winter

This year promises to bring a return to traditional seasonal play for sports leagues that had scrambled to revamp operations because of the pandemic. The National Football League and National Basketball Association were among the sports leagues that implemented procedures to protect players, coaches and support staff from infection. Fox Sports is among the broadcasters […]

 

Fan Attendance Supports TV Viewership of Live Sports: Mindshare’s Gibbs Haljun

As disruptive as the pandemic has been for live sports, the possibility of ending the health crisis with vaccines has lifted hopes that 2021 will help to fill stadium seats and restore a less crowded calendar of televised sports. Higher fan attendance helps to support engagement with players and teams, while traditional schedules spread spots […]

 

Live Sports Are Poised for Big Comeback in 2021: VAB’s Jason Wiese

The Super Bowl this year will be especially significant as the capstone of the National Football League’s herculean effort provide live sports entertainment amid a global pandemic that threatened to upset its season. The health crisis has been enormously disruptive, but has shown the power of live sports to entertain millions of fans while helping […]