The Big Thinkers

Merrill Lynch media analyst Jessica Reif Cohen, Canoe Ventures CEO David Verklin, YouTube's Head of Content Partnerships Jordan Hoffner and other leading media thought-leaders gathered at the inaugural Broadcasting & Cable/Multichannel News OnScreen Media Summit last week in New York. Highlights follow from the discussions:
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The Big Bucks Behind The Big Leagues

TV networks will pay out about $5.8 billion on sports rights next year. The Big Four broadcasters will spend almost as much on sports as they do on sitcoms and dramas for their prime time schedule. Here is a look at the finer points of who's got what and how much they're paying for it. It was compiled from the leagues, networks, Street & Smith's Sports Business Daily and Morgan Stanley's Sports Programming Update.