Sports

DraftKings bets on star-studded marketing: Kevin Hart and Ryan Fitzpatrick star in a new ad campaign offering incentives to new users as competition heats up.

Disney finally gets into sports betting: The company will launch ESPN Bet in partnership with Penn National but will have to juggle a family-friendly image.

New York Times Co.'s digital focus pays off: Amid print decline, earnings show increases in digital subscribers and advertising revenues.

While advertising areas like connected TV and retail media boast strong potential, other channels, like social media and linear TV, are losing some steam. That’s why it’s important to explore other ad channels. For example, digital out-of-home advertising has made technological and creative leaps in the past few years, while the women’s sports ad opportunity is expanding. Here are some areas within digital advertising where you may be missing out on unlocking potential.

Max launches sports tier: Warner Bros. Discovery seeks to tap sports loyalty, attract younger audiences.

Low interest in cricket rights reflects a year of change: Indian cricket’s governing body is having trouble getting Google, Amazon, and others interested in a rights package.

On today's episode, we discuss whether Netflix's password-sharing crackdown is actually working out, why the company got rid of its basic ad-free plan, and whether sticking to sports-adjacent programming is the right move. "In Other News," we talk about whether The Walt Disney Co. might be bailing on TV too soon. Tune in to the discussion with our analyst Daniel Konstantinovic.

Women's sports ascendant: ESPN's shift to an all-female SportsCenter and growing ad revenues signify a paradigm shift in sports marketing.

On today's episode, we discuss whether Threads can keep up its momentum, if TikTok Music can compete in the music streaming world, how engagement with the Women's World Cup will look, what to make of the Burger King rebrand, whether US consumers actually shop on social media platforms, who invented the first-ever hybrid car, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our analysts Ross Benes, Blake Droesch, and Max Willens.

Roku finds a cheaper way to dabble in sports streaming: A partnership with Formula will let Roku expand into live sports without spending billions.

On today's episode, we discuss when people are most likely to boycott a brand, whether folks will shop elsewhere if they are charged for returns, where the NBA will live next season, if an ad-supported tier for Amazon Prime Video will work, how much vacation time people take in the US versus other countries, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our forecasting writer Ethan Cramer-Flood and analysts Ross Benes and Paul Verna.

Retail media meets live sports: Walmart Connect partners with NBCUniversal for targeted advertising.

On today's episode, we discuss password sharing and live sports on Netflix, what the definition of "convenience" is, if awards shows have turned things around, where we spend time with connected devices, sweetgreen's plan to automate all stores in five years, who invented the card game Uno, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our director of forecasting Oscar Orozco, vice president of Briefings Stephanie Taglianetti, and analyst Max Willens.

Amazon missed out on billions in football sponsorships: The company’s first year of live sports streaming could foreshadow its competitors’ future.

The PGA and LIV Golf merge in a culture shock for sports: Broadcast partners don’t know if their deals still stand, and brands weigh jumping on board.

On today's episode, we discuss what AI-generated ads will look like, TikTok testing a new AI chatbot called Tako, Formula One finding a new way to advertise on its cars, ESPN offering its channel as a standalone streaming service, what using VR in a car will look like, visualizing the US workforce as 100 people, and more. Tune in to the discussion with our forecasting writer Ethan Cramer-Flood, director of forecasting Oscar Orozco, and analyst Max Willens.

Lululemon’s sales grew 24% in Q1 as demand for premium athleisure stays strong: That same dynamic helped brands like On Running, Hoka, and Vuori record significant growth.

On today's episode, we discuss the significance of Netflix saying it has 5 million monthly active users on its ad tier, the biggest impacts of the new streaming service Max, and how much noise a combined Paramount+ and Showtime offering can make. "In Other News," we talk about the current state of esports and what the best connected TV (CTV) ad formats are. Tune in to the discussion with our director of Briefings Jeremy Goldman.