We begin the program looking at news that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may be taking a look at relaxing the blackout rules sports leagues impose on local television coverage of sports if the local’s team’s arenas are not sold out.
We next take a look at the college bowl season which gets underway this week and ESPN’s plans for what it calls a “Megacast” of the BCS Championship Game.
NBC today announced its 1,539+ hours of coverage for the Sochi Winter Olympics which begin in February. In the news it was announced that all major events will be telecast live and then re-played in prime time–a move the three of us agree will benefit viewers and should not negatively impact NBC’s prime time ratings.
We wrap-up the news segment by looking at how ESPN has won a duPont Award for a segment on Outside the Lines while the show appears to be less of a priority in Bristol.
Ken and I will return on Monday, December 30th for our look back at the top sports media news of 2013 and what we can expect for the new year.
And yes, Ken and I do discuss my announcement of the closing of Sports Media Journal on January 1st.