Overtime gets $9.5M to build a new style of sports network that young people will actually watch

ESPN may be going from a sure-fire cable bounty to something that needs a little more flexibility in a cord-cutting era — like launching a new streaming service in 2018. But an even more troublesome trend may be emerging among younger sports fans, according to Overtime CEO Dan Porter: they just aren’t getting the content the way they want it.

Indeed, a recent study by the NCAA found attendance at college football games for FBS schools fell 3% year-over-year as it seems clearer that the traditional way of presenting sports — live games, roundtables like SportsCenter, and even the stadium experience (with potentially bad cell service) — may need some kind of tweaking. That’s Porter and Zack Weiner’s hope with Overtime, a new network that’s creating sports content…

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