Sports

On today's episode, we discuss what to make of a seventh consecutive US monthly ad market decline, how ad prices look compared to before the pandemic, and what we expect ad spending in Q2 to look like. "In Other News," we talk about an initiative aimed at reducing barriers to buying ad inventory and sponsorships for women's sports, as well as how many Americans still have cable—and for how long. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Paul Verna.

Record viewership for women’s sports is finally making brands take notice: A coalition of brands and sports leagues is pressuring networks to give women’s sports primetime slots.

Will streamers band together to create a sports broadcast hub? ESPN is trying to persuade competitors to jump on board, and revenue pressures could sway them.

On today's episode, we discuss if Twitter is actually getting worse, whether folks will want to become "Meta Verified," what it looks like to digitally insert yourself as a player into a live basketball game, whether Airbnb's recent performance is reflective of the overall travel market, what paid family leave looks like in the US and in different countries, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our director of reports editing Rahul Chadha, director of forecasting Oscar Orozco, and analyst Max Willens.

On today's episode, we discuss whether Super Bowl viewership is trending up or down, what the best ads were (and why), and what to include in an advertiser's Super Bowl playbook. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Paul Verna.

“Disrupt, make noise, get people talking about Tubi the next day.” That was the goal for the campaign, said Greg Hahn, co-founder and chief creative officer of Mischief, the agency behind Tubi’s “interface interruption” and “rabbit hole”-themed Super Bowl ads. We talked to Hahn about Tubi and Mischief’s advertising approach.

As the nation readies itself for Super Bowl Sunday, let’s review how this year has gone for the NFL. The league’s ratings for the 2022–2023 season were down 3% from the prior year, and there’s one big reason to blame: Amazon’s Thursday Night Football. Despite the drop, sports leagues will continue to move full steam ahead with exclusive streaming deals while Amazon waits for consumers to catch up.

This year’s Super Bowl ads will be defined by big stunts, from FanDuel’s live Gronk field goal attempt (we won’t be betting on this) to whatever M&M’s is doing with “Ma&Ya’s candy coated clam bites” (these we would bet on). Here are five charts on Super Bowl advertising.

Despite a tightening ad market, the Super Bowl powers on: Fox has sold out spots for Sunday’s game, with prices stabilizing after last year’s jump.

What’s got the go-ahead? Pushing boundaries, leveraging social media, and engaging with audiences beyond the TV. But be wary: don’t go too far, lose focus on offline opportunities, or forget to connect the dots.

Apple’s sports ambitions take a hit: YouTube TV has won NFL Sunday Ticket rights over the consumer tech giant.

Fanatics raises $700 million: Despite market turmoil, investors continue to pour cash into the sports-merchandising giant.

On today's episode, we discuss Spotify's impressive Q3, podcast listenership in the US, and how traditional radio is able to be so resilient. "In Other News," we talk about why sports betting will never be free of controversy and why Airbnb says its search-averse marketing strategy is working. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Daniel Konstantinovic.

Pro soccer will mark Apple’s first foray into live TV ads: Apple TV+ is one of the last streaming ad holdouts, and the company is honing in on ad revenues.

On today's episode, we discuss why Google's advertising business has slowed, the significance of YouTube's growth going in the wrong direction, and what to expect from Google in Q4 and beyond. "In Other News," we talk about Apple Search Ads' market share and why live sports may not be that big of a driver of pay TV subscriptions. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Max Willens.

On today's episode, we discuss how affiliate is the power player in the consumer journey and an amplifier of all marketing channels’ efforts. "In Other News," we talk about the significance of all of these Google fines and the biggest strengths and weaknesses for the future of live sports streaming. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Paul Verna and CJ's senior vice president of client development Sommer Urias.

Nearly half of the US will watch live sports this year, and nearly a quarter will watch via digital, per our forecast. Live sports streaming isn’t going anywhere, but as the playing field gets more crowded, behaviors among platforms, advertisers, and consumers are shifting.

Hispanic Heritage Month saw many swings and misses: A powerful and growing consumer group continues to be underserved by the marketing community. What could go wrong?

It looks like gambling is coming to ESPN: Disney is reported to be close to striking a deal with sportsbook DraftKings.

Amazon’s $1 billion-a-year Thursday Night Football bet appears to be paying off, drawing record Prime sign-ups and reinforcing advertisers’ confidence in Amazon’s streaming tech. Once a pillar of pay TV, live sports have become the next big thing in streaming.