Sports Media Digest- October 19, 2012

NFL Network Wins the Night in Cable for Thursday Night Football-  The NFL Network (NFLN) reports that an average of seven million people tuned in to last night’s Thursday Night Football telecast between the Seahawks and 49’ers, winning the night for the network on cable television.  Through six games, NFLN has seen a ratings boost of 28% and an audience bump of 15%.

TBS Sees Increased Viewership for ALCS-  Despite a four game sweep, TBS saw an increase in viewership for its coverage of the American League Championship Series.  The four game game viewership average was 5.9 million viewers, a 28% increase of the network’s 2011 coverage of the National League Championship Series.  The average rating for the series was 3.8, up 31% over last year.

College Football Tripleheader on CBS Sports Network-  The CBS Sports Network will telecast three college football games tomorrow.  The action starts at 3:30p.m. ET as Indiana takes on Navy with Grant Boone, Todd Christensen and rSheehan Stanwick Burch at the mic.  Marshall will take on Southern Miss at 7:00 PM, ET with Dave Ryan, Steve Beuerlein and Evan Washburn on the call.  The nightcap at 10:30p.m. ET will feature San Diego State at Nevada with James Bates, Aaron Taylor and Lauren Gardner.

ESPN at the World Series-  ESPN TV and ESPN Radio is preparing for coverage of the World Series.   Karl Ravech and Steve Berthiaume will host thenetwork’s pre-game and post-game coverage with John Kruk,  Barry Larkin, Curt Schilling, Aaron Boone, Rick Sutcliffe, Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian. Additionally, recently named Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will serve as a guest analyst in his final assignment with ESPN.  ESPN Radio has the exclusive radio broadcast of the World Series. Dan Shulman and analyst Orel Hershiser will call the action with Jon Sciambi with Chris Singleton and Peter Pascarelli providing pre-game and post-game coverage.

NBA Digital Unveils New NBA TV Studio, NBA.com Re-Design-  NBA Digital announced yesterday that the NBA TV studio will have a new set for the 2012-2013 season and new look to NBA.com.  The new studio will be the home for shows such as Game TimeFan NightThe Jump, The Beat,Fantasy Insider and more – will feature more than 5,000 square feet of versatile studio space, outfitted with 13 monitors including a 65-inch touch screen.  The new NBA.com is slated to have expanded video features and enhanced social functionality with more ways for fans to leverage their social connections across the site.

Next Edition of Open Court This Tuesday on NBA TV-  NBA TV will air the third edition of its Open Court series will air this Tuesday at 11:00p.m. ET.  This latest episode will feature discussion on each panelist’s career, when they thought they had ‘arrived’ in the NBA, the best Olympic team of all time, the greatest basketball coaches and more. Ernie Johnson hosts with analysts Charles Barkley, Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Steve Smith and Chris Webber.

Real Sports Returns-  Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel returns to HBO Sports this Tuesday at 10:00p.m. ET.  Segments on this edition include;  a look at what the transition from the field to TV has done for Michael Strahan; tragedy surrounding an Iowa girl’s volleyball team; exploring homosexuality in sports; and a look back at the Sabols on NFL Films.

Off Road Racing on CBS Sports Spectacular-  The CBS Sports Spectacular tomorrow will feature the Lucas Oil Off Road Pro2 races from Reno, Nev.  Ken Stout, Cameron Steele, Rob Klepper and Erin Bates call the action beginning at 1:30p.m. ET.

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