Sports Media Digest- June 6, 2013

ESPN Sees Record Ratings for NCAA Baseball Regionals-  ESPN reports that it has received record viewership for the 16 NCAA baseball regionals held last weekend.  Overall, ESPN2 and ESPNU combined to reach 11,680,000 viewers for its game telecasts. In addition, fans watched more than 96,600,000 live and replay minutes of Regionals action on the ESPN3 and WatchESPN platforms.

Women’s College World Series Sees High Ratings in Tennessee and Oklahoma- ESPN reports that the recently completed Women’s College World Series delivered impressive ratings in Knoxville and Oklahoma City, the home markets of two teams.  Knoxville had ratings of 11.9 for game one and 7.8 for game 2.  Oklahoma City has ratings of 6.6 in game one and 6.7 in game two.  Nationally the game drew an average audience of 1.2 million viewers for game one and 1.3 million viewers for game two.

CBS’s Coverage of FedEx St. Jude Classic-  CBS Sports continues its coverage of the PGA Tour this weekend with the telecast of the FedEx St. Jude Classic from Memphis.  Coverage on begins Saturday ans Sunday at 3:00p.m. ET.  Bill Macatee and Ian Baker Finch call the action from the 18th tower  while Peter Oosterhius calls the action at the 17th hole and David Feherty at the 16th hole.

ESPN Sets Jimmy Classic Match-Ups-  ESPN has announced the line-up of games for next season’s Jimmy V Men’s and Women’s Basketball Classics.  The men’s games will be played Tuesday, December 17th on ESPN as Cincinnati faces Pittsburgh followed by Florida against Memphis.  The women’s games take place the same day on ESPN2 with Connecticut at Duke.

Hoyts to Receive Jimmy V Perseverance Award at ESPY’s-  ESPN has announced that the father-son duo of Dick and Rick Hoyt will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at this year’s ESPY’s.  Rick, now 51, was born with cerebral palsy and though unable to use his hands or legs he and his 73-year-old father have run in more than 1,000 endurance events—including triathlons and marathons—with Dick pushing his son in a custom-made running chair.

SiriusXM At the Belmont-  SiriusXM Radio is the satellite radio home of this weekend’s Belmont Stakes.  Race coverage begins Saturday at 5:00 pm ET on Sirius channel 93, XM channel 209, and on channel 961 on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at SiriusXM.com.

Friday Night Fights on ESPN2- This week’s edition of Friday Night Nights on ESPN2  feature former Lightweight world-title challenger “The Gladiator” John Molina Jr. (25-2, 20 KOs) and undefeated Lightweight Andrey Klimov (15-0, 8 KOs) in the 10-round main event.  Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be at ringside with Todd Grisham as studio host.  Pablo Viruaga and Delvin Rodriguez will call this week’s fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) with Claudia Trejos and Leopoldo Gonzalez in the studio.  The telecast begins at 10:00p.m. ET.

Three Covers of Sports Illustrated this week- Sports Illustrated has three covers this week, two celebrating the NHL Playoffs and the third featuring the San Antonio Spurs:
SI 6-10-13a SI 6-10-13b SI 6-10-13c

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