Sports Media Digest- January 7, 2012

NFL Network Replay Schedule-  The NFL Network (NFLN) will look back, as well as ahead, at the NFL Playoffs by replaying games from this past weekend as well as match-ups featuring playoff teams from earlier this season.  Tomorrow at 8:00p.m. ET NFLN will replay this weekend’s Seattle at Washington Wild Card game.  At 9:30p.m. ET the network will re-air the week 14 match-up between the Texans and Patriots.  Wednesday at 9:00p.m. NFLN will replay yesterday’s Colts/Ravens contest.  Thursday at 8:00p.m. ET the network will play the week one match-up between the Packers and 49’ers.

ESPN NBA Double Headers Wednesday and Friday-  ESPN will have two NBA double headers this Wednesday and Friday.  Wednesday at 8:00p.m. ET Dave Pasch, Jon Barry and Chris Broussard will call the L.A. Lakers at San Antonio Spurs.  At 10:30p.m. ET Mike Breen, Doris Burke and Lisa Salters will be on hand as the Dallas Mavericks take on the L.A. Clippers.  On Friday at 8:00p.m. ET Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Chris Broussard will call the Chicago Bulls at N.Y. Knicks.  At 10:30p.m. ET Friday the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Lakers with Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Lisa Salters on site.

Bobby Valentine Joins NBC Sports Radio-  Our good friend Richard Deitsch at Sports Illustrated had the story this morning, and it became official earlier today…Former Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine has been hired to serve as a baseball analyst for NBC Sports Radio.  Valentine will call-in to network affiliated talk shows and also be a co-host on a new weekday program which will debut in April.

ESPN2 to Produce Baseball Hall of Fame Special-  ESPN2 will be the home on the ESPN family of networks for special coverage of baseball’s Hall of Fame election announcement.  Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, ESPN MLB Insiders Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian and Pedro Gomez and ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant will respond to the announcement Wednesday beginning at 3:00p.m. ET.

Messi to Appear on Premiere Edition of 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime-  International soccer star Lionel Messi will be featured as CBS’s 60 Minutes Sports debuts this week on Showtime. Bob Simon hosts the segment Wednesday night at 10:00p.m. ET/PT.

Jimmy Roberts to Host New Golf Channel Show Beginning in March-  The Golf Channel announced today that 13-time Emmy Award winner Jimmy Roberts will host a new program in the network beginning March 12th.  Play with Jimmy Roberts will chronicle stories ranging from celebrities to everyday people who are all unified by the sport of golf.

NBA D-League Coverage on CBS Sports Network-  Beginning tonight the CBS Sports Network tonight will provide coverage of the NBA Development League at the D-League Showcase in Las Vegas.  The opener at 10:00p.m. ET will feature the Springfield Armor and the Reno Bighorns.  Tomorrow at 10:00p.m. ET the Los Angeles D-Fenders meet the Idaho Stampede.  Jason Knapp and Alaa Abdelnaby call the action.  CBS Sports Network will also provide coverage of the NBA D-League 3-Point Shootout and the NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest Thursday at 7:00p.m. ET.

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