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College Bowl Games on ESPN, with Announcer Assignments

The college football bowl season begins this weekend and ESPN will televise 34 games this year, including the BCS bowl games and the National Championship.

Here is the schedule of bowl games, beginning with the BCS schedule, and the announcers calling each game on TV and radio:

Bowl Championship Series
Wed, Jan 1 5 p.m. Rose Bowl Game Presented by VIZIO: No. 5 Stanford vs. No. 4 Michigan State

TV: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
Radio: Bill Rosinkski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Radio & ESPN Deportes
8:30 p.m. Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: No. 15 UCF vs. No. 6 Baylor

TV: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake
Radio: Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich
ESPN, ESPN Radio & ESPN Deportes
Thu, Jan 2 8:30 p.m. Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 11 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Alabama

TV: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
Radio: Bill Rosinkski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN Radio & ESPN Deportes
Fri, Jan 3 8:30 p.m. Discover Orange Bowl: No. 12 Clemson vs. No. 7 Ohio State

TV: Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor
Radio: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake
ESPN, ESPN Radio & ESPN Deportes+
Mon, Jan 6 8:30 p.m. VIZIO BCS National Championship: No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 2 Auburn

TV: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox & Tom Rinaldi
Radio: Mike Tirico, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe & Joe Schad
ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Goal Line
 
Additional Postseason Games
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Dec 21 2 p.m. Gildan New Mexico Bowl: Washington State vs. Colorado State

TV: Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Jessica Mendoza
Radio: John Sadak, Tom Ramsey & Niki Noto
ESPN & ESPN Radio
3:30 p.m. Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: No. 20 Fresno State vs. No. 25 USC

Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder
ABC
5:30 p.m. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Buffalo vs. San Diego State

TV: Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Dawn Davenport
Radio: Marc Kestescher, Dan Hawkins & Marty Cesario
ESPN & ESPN Radio
9 p.m. R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Tulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

TV: Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
Radio: Bill Rosinkski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec 23 2 p.m. Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg: Ohio vs. East Carolina

ESPN: Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Eamon McAnaney, Anthony Becht & Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Tue, Dec 24 8 p.m. Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: Boise State vs. Oregon State

ESPN: Steve Levy, Lou Holtz, Mark May & Maria Taylor
Radio: Kevin Winter & Trevor Matich
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Thu, Dec 26 6 p.m. Little Caesars Bowl: Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green

Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley & Niki Noto
ESPN
9:30 p.m. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Utah State vs. No. 23 Northern Illinois

TV: Joe Davis, Mike Bellotti & Cara Capuano
Radio: Bill Rosinkski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Fri, Dec 27 2:30 p.m. Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: Marshall vs. Maryland

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
ESPN
6 p.m. Texas Bowl: Syracuse vs. Minnesota

TV: Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Kaylee Hartung
Radio: Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPN & ESPN Radio
9:30 p.m. Fight Hunger Bowl: BYU vs. Washington

TV: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill
Radio: Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti & Shelley Smith
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Sat, Dec 28 Noon New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Rutgers vs. Notre Dame

TV: Chris Fowler, Jesse Palmer & Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Connell McShane, Jack Ford & C.J. Papa
ESPN & ESPN Radio
3:20 p.m. Belk Bowl: Cincinnati vs. North Carolina

TV: Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
Radio: Tom Hart, David Diaz-Infante & Cara Capuano
ESPN & ESPN Radio
6:45 p.m. Russell Athletic Bowl: Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 18 Louisville

TV: Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich
Radio: Dave Lamont, Anthony Becht & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPN & ESPN Radio
10:15 p.m. Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl: Michigan vs. Kansas State

TV: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake
Radio: Bill Rosinkski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Mon, Dec 30 11:45 a.m. Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Middle Tennessee vs. Navy

TV: Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
Radio: Mark Neely, Tom Ramsey & Lewis Johnson
ESPN & ESPN Radio
3:15 p.m. Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Georgia Tech

Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Jessica Mendoza
ESPN
6:45 p.m. Valero Alamo Bowl: No. 10 Oregon vs. Texas

TV: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
Radio: Marc Kestescher, Kelly Stouffer & Kaylee Hartung
ESPN & ESPN Radio
10:15 p.m. National University Holiday Bowl: No. 14 Arizona State vs. Texas Tech

TV: Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor
Radio: Bill Rosinkski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Tue, Dec 31 12:30 p.m. AdvoCare V100 Bowl: Arizona vs. Boston College

Tom Hart, John Congemi & Niki Noto
ESPN
4 p.m. AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Rice vs. Mississippi State

TV: Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich
Radio: Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
ESPN & ESPN Radio
8 p.m. Chick-fil-A Bowl: No. 24 Duke vs. No. 21 Texas A&M

TV: Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder
Radio: Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Wed, Jan 1 Noon TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl: Nebraska vs. No. 22 Georgia

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
ESPN2
Heart of Dallas Bowl Presented by PlainsCapital Bank: UNLV vs. North Texas

Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Dawn Davenport
ESPNU
1 p.m. Capital One Bowl: No. 19 Wisconsin vs. No. 9 South Carolina

TV: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill
Radio: Dave Lamont, Ray Bentley & Ian Fitzsimmons
ABC & ESPN Radio
Outback Bowl: Iowa vs. No. 16 LSU

TV: Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden & Lisa Salters
Radio: Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Fri, Jan 3 7:30 p.m. AT&T Cotton Bowl: No. 13 Oklahoma State vs. No. 8 Missouri

Brad Sham, Ed Cunningham & Ian Fitzsimmons
ESPN Radio
Sat, Jan 4 1 p.m. BBVA Compass Bowl: Vanderbilt vs. Houston

TV: Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Dawn Davenport
Radio: Adam Amin, Rene Ingoglia & TBD
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Sun, Jan 5 9 p.m. GoDaddy Bowl: Arkansas State vs. Ball State

Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
ESPN
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Sports Media Weekly No. 173- Brian Berger, Sports Business Radio

It’s been an interesting sports media week and we have it covered on Sports Media Weekly.

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and me for the program this week is Brian Berger of Sports Business Radio.

We begin the program looking at the appearance late this afternoon of Alex Rodriguez on the Mike Francesa radio program on WFAN in New York.  Rodriguez sought the sympathetic ear of Francesa after storming out of his hearing today with an arbitrator over his 211 game suspension issued by Major League Baseball earlier this year.  Brian, who also works as a media consultant for athletes, chimes in on whether Rodriguez’ strategy will pay off for him in the court of public opinion.

Over to the the NFL next and Ken’s piece on Awful Announcing on the flex options that await the league’s media partners when the new television contracts take effect next year.

We then move to the news that CBS NFL game analyst Dan Dierdorf will be retiring at the end of the current NFL season after 30 years televising games for CBS and ABC.

College basketball may be seeing quite the change in coverage at the NCAA Final Four beginning next year as Turner Sports takes over televising the national semi-final games.  John Ourand at Sports Business Journal  has the details.

We wrap the news segment by looking at the news by NBC that Bob Costas will be adding late night hosting duties to his primetime gig at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.


Sports Media Digest- October 29, 2013

Once Again SNF Beats World Series in Viewership

For the third time in four years Sunday Night Football (SNF) on NBC won the ratings and viewership war versus the World Series on Fox.

The final ratings numbers from Sunday give SNF and average rating of 9.8 compared to 9,4 for the World Series on Fox.  The Packers and Vikings on NBC averaged 16.9 million viewers while the Red Sox and Cardinals on Fox attracted 16.0 million viewers.

World Series Game Five Results in Slight Viewership Gains for Fox, Beats MNF

Fox Sports continues to see modest gains in viewership for the World Series.

Last night’s Game 5 registered a 8.9 rating with 14.4 million viewers, a 1% over Game 5 of the 2011 series, the last which lasted at least five games.

The World Series topped the ratings for Monday Night Football on ESPN, which registered a 6.7 rating and 10.7 million viewers.

Through five games, the 2013 World Series on Fox is averaging an 8.5/14 and 14.1 million viewers, +12% over last year’s World Series (7.6/12, 12.7 million viewers), and ranks as the highest-rated World Series since the New York Yankees met the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009.

Jon Barry Replaces Jack Ramsey as Lead NBA Game Analyst on ESPN Radio

ESPN announced today that Jon Barry has reached a multi-year agreement to serve as the lead analyst for NBA on ESPN Radio along side play-by-play announcer Kevin Calabro. Barry replaces Dr. Jack Ramsey, who stepped down from the job at the completion of last season.  The new team gets to work tonight as the NBA season opens with the Miami Heat hosting the Chicago Bulls.

“I am excited to expand my role with ESPN to include games on ESPN Radio.” said Barry. “I know I can’t fill the shoes of Dr. Jack Ramsay, but I will do my best to inform and entertain our listeners.”

“As we enter ESPN Radio’s 19th season as the exclusive national broadcaster of the NBA, adding Jon Barry, with his NBA knowledge and pedigree, only solidifies our commitment to producing the best play- by play-content.” said Tim McCarthy, senior vice president, ESPN Audio play-by-play and talent planning,  “The team of Kevin Calabro and Jon Barry will be very compelling.”

ESPN also announced that Mark Kestecher and P.J. Carlisimo will also work select NBA games for ESPN Radio this season.

ESPN at the World Series

Even though ESPN does not have the television rights to the World Series, it will have a strong presence at this year’s Fall Classic.

Baseball Tonight will report on the road for the World Series, beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 22, with a World Series preview show at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Baseball Tonight will air before and after most World Series games (generally at 7 p.m. and midnight) with Karl Ravech, Baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian providing analysis and commentary.

In addition, Chris Berman, Jon Sciambi, Adnan Virk and Ravech will anchor daily, on-site SportsCenter coverage from the Baseball Tonight set with Orel Hershiser, Aaron Boone, Rick Sutcliffe, Chris Singleton, Larkin, Kruk, Schilling, Olney and Kurkjian making appearances. Updates will begin at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day.

ESPN Radio does have the radio broadcast rights to the World Series.  Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser will call each game of the series.

ESPN.com will also be on site with contributors including ESPN MLB Insiders Olney, Kurkjian, Jayson Stark, Jerry Crasnick, Jim Caple and Jim Bowden.  It will also create and maintain a dedicated World Series page with extensive game coverage, news, analysis, scouting reports, expert predictions, polls, videos and statistics;

Here is the ESPN schedule for its coverage of the World Series:

Date Time Game / Commentators Networks
Tue, Oct. 22 7 p.m. Baseball Tonight

Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian

ESPN2,WatchESPN
Wed, Oct. 23 4 p.m. Baseball Tonight at the World Series ESPN.com
  7 p.m. Baseball Tonight

Ravech, Larkin, Kruk, Curt Schilling, Olney, Kurkjian

ESPN2,WatchESPN
  8 p.m.* World Series Game 1: St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox

Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser

ESPN Radio
  12 a.m. Baseball Tonight

Ravech, Larkin, Kruk, Schilling, Olney, Kurkjian

ESPN2,WatchESPN
Thu, Oct. 24 4 p.m. Baseball Tonight at the World Series ESPN.com
  7 p.m. Baseball Tonight

Ravech, Larkin, Kruk, Schilling, Olney, Kurkjian

ESPN2,WatchESPN
  8 p.m.* World Series Game 2: St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox

Shulman, Hershiser

ESPN Radio
  12 a.m. Baseball Tonight

Ravech, Larkin, Kruk, Schilling, Olney, Kurkjian

ESPN2,WatchESPN
Sat, Oct. 26 4 p.m. Baseball Tonight at the World Series ESPN.com
  8 p.m.* World Series Game 3: Boston Red Sox at St. Louis Cardinals

Shulman, Hershiser

ESPN Radio
Sun, Oct. 27 4 p.m. Baseball Tonight at the World Series ESPN.com
  7 p.m. Baseball Tonight

Ravech, Larkin, Schilling, Olney, Kurkjian

ESPN2,WatchESPN
  8 p.m.* World Series Game 4: Boston Red Sox at St. Louis Cardinals

Shulman, Hershiser

ESPN Radio
  12 a.m. Baseball Tonight

Ravech, Kruk, Schilling, Olney, Kurkjian

ESPN2,WatchESPN
Mon, Oct. 28 4 p.m. Baseball Tonight at the World Series ESPN.com
  7 p.m. Baseball Tonight

Ravech, Larkin, Kruk, Schilling, Olney, Kurkjian

ESPN2,WatchESPN
  8 p.m.* World Series Game 5: Boston Red Sox at St. Louis Cardinals**

Shulman, Hershiser

ESPN Radio
  12 a.m. Baseball Tonight

Ravech, Larkin, Kruk, Schilling, Olney, Kurkjian

ESPN2,WatchESPN
Wed, Oct. 30 4 p.m. Baseball Tonight at the World Series ESPN.com
  7 p.m. Baseball Tonight

Ravech, Larkin, Kruk, Schilling, Olney, Kurkjian

ESPN2,WatchESPN
  8 p.m.* World Series Game 6: St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox**

Shulman, Hershiser

ESPN Radio
  1 a.m. Baseball Tonight

Ravech, Larkin, Kruk, Schilling, Olney, Kurkjian

ESPN2,WatchESPN
Thu, Oct. 31 4 p.m. Baseball Tonight at the World Series ESPN.com
  7 p.m. Baseball Tonight

Ravech, Larkin, Kruk, Schilling, Olney, Kurkjian

ESPN2,WatchESPN
  8 p.m.* World Series Game 7: St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox**

Shulman, Hershiser

ESPN Radio
  1:30 a.m. Baseball Tonight

Ravech, Larkin, Kruk, Schilling, Olney, Kurkjian

ESPN2,WatchESPN

*Pregame coverage begins at 7 p.m.

**If necessary

Sports Media Digest- October 3, 2013

ESPN Drops Commitment to Overseas X Games

ESPN announced today that it will no longer be producing X Games competitions outside of the United States.  Here is their official statement:

“ESPN today announced it will not continue with X Games events in Barcelona, Munich, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil and Tignes, France.  We are proud to have run world-class competitions for both the athletes and spectators; however the overall economics of these events do not provide a sustainable future path.  The company remains fully committed to the X Games brand and its full-scale competitions in Aspen, Colorado and Austin, Texas – its newest host city – and we will continue to distribute these premier events around the world.”

NFL Flexes One Game For Week Seven

The NFL announced today that the October 20th game between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs will be moved to 4:25p.m ET from its original 1:00p.m. ET kick-off. The move was made to accommodate regional broadcast patterns.

The game will still be telecast on CBS.

Westwood One to Broadcast a NFL Quadruple Header on Sunday

After the NFL announced the move of the Chargers/Raiders game to 11:35p.m. ET this Sunday, Westwood One saw this as an opportunity to expand its game broadcast offering to four games this Sunday.

Here is the Westwood One schedule this Sunday, with announcer assignments:

12:30pm ET, Seattle Seahawks @ Indianapolis Colts…Dave Sims/Mark Malone
3:45pm ET, Denver Broncos @ Dallas Cowboys… Chuck Cooperstein/Trent Green
7:30pm ET, Houston Texans @ San Francisco 49ers…Kevin Kugler/James Lofton
11:15pm ET, San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders…Tom McCarthy/Rod Woodson

MLB Wild Card Games on TBS See Modest Viewership Games

The two MLD Wild Card games on TBS earned an average audience of 4.7 million viewers, up 2% over 2012. This year’s 3.0 U.S. rating is even with last year.

Both Wild Card telecasts allowed TBS to rank first among all cable networks in primetime both nights.

 

ESPN Radio’s Coverage of the MLB Wild Card and Division Playoffs

ESPN Radio is the radio home for Major League Baseball’s Wild Card and League Division Series.

Here is the schedule of games on ESPN Radio, along with announcer assignments:

ESPN Radio Wild Card Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators
Tue, Oct 1 8 p.m. National League Wild Card: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates

Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser

Wed, Oct 2 8 p.m. American League Wild Card: Tampa Bay Rays or Texas Rangers at Cleveland Indians

Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton

 

ESPN Radio NLDS Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators
Thu, Oct 3 TBD National League Wild Card at St. Louis Cardinals – Game 1

Dave Flemming, Rick Sutcliffe

  TBD Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves – Game 1

Shulman, Hershiser

Fri, Oct 4 TBD NL Wild Card at St. Louis Cardinals – Game 2

Flemming, Sutcliffe

  TBD Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves – Game 2

Shulman, Hershiser

Sun, Oct 6 TBD St. Louis Cardinals at NL Wild Card – Game 3

Flemming, Sutcliffe

  TBD Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers – Game 3

Shulman, Hershiser

Mon, Oct 7 TBD St. Louis Cardinals at NL Wild Card – Game 4*

Flemming, Sutcliffe

  TBD Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers – Game 4*

Shulman, Hershiser

Wed, Oct 9 TBD NL Wild Card at St. Louis Cardinals – Game 5*

Flemming, Sutcliffe

  TBD Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves – Game 5*

Shulman, Hershiser

 

ESPN Radio ALDS Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators
Fri, Oct 4 TBD American League Wild Card at Boston Red Sox – Game 1

Sciambi, Singleton

  TBD Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics – Game 1

Michael Kay, Aaron Boone

Sat, Oct 5 TBD AL Wild Card at Boston Red Sox – Game 2

Sciambi, Singleton

  TBD Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics – Game 2

Kay, Boone

Mon, Oct 7 TBD Boston Red Sox at AL Wild Card – Game 3

Sciambi, Singleton

  TBD Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers – Game 3

Kay, Boone

Tue, Oct 8 TBD Boston Red Sox at AL Wild Card – Game 4*

Sciambi, Singleton

  TBD Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers – Game 4*
Kay, Boone
Thu, Oct 10 TBD AL Wild Card at Boston Red Sox – Game 5*

Sciambi, Singleton

  TBD Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics – Game 5*

Kay, Boone

Sports Media Digest- September 26, 2013

Steve Sabol to be Next Profile on NFLN’s A Football Life

The NFL Network (NFLN) has announced that the next edition of its documentary series A Football Life will profile the life of former NFL Films President Steve Sabol.  Sabol passed away last year after a battle with cancer.

Steve Sabol: A Football Life will feature footage from classic NFL Films movies and interviews, family photos and old films of Steve, and time spent at home and with his family. Additionally, throughout the show, NFL Films employees read thousands of emails which were sent to Steve following his seizure in 2011, and individuals who Steve reached out to and inspired share their memories. It is a film about Steve told by those who knew him best – family, friends, co-workers – and those who didn’t know him at all.

Following the documentary Rich Eisen will narrate A Football Life: Backstory, a 30-minute show that provides a deeper look into the life and story of Steve Sabol.

Steve Sabol: A Football Life debuts Tuesday, October 1st, at 9:00p.m. ET.

NBCSN To Launch New NHL Programs

In preparation for the new NHL season, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) announced it will launch two new NHL programs. Both will debut on Wednesday, October 9th beginning at 10:30p.m. ET.

NHL Rivals will delve into the history between many of the teams featured on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups, as told by current and former players, broadcasters and writers.

NHL Top 10, which will premiere each week following NHL Rivals, will examine some of the most timeless debates hockey fans have discussed for decades. The weekly countdown program will run the gamut of hockey “bests,” including top goal-scorers and U.S.-born players, as well as the toughest places to play in the NHL and top Olympic moments. It will feature commentary and analysis from current and former players, broadcasters and writers.

ESPN Reports Ratings and Viewership Increases for Sunday Night Baseball

The Sunday Night Baseball series on ESPN is over for the season and the network reports a gain in ratings and viewership over 2012.

Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN averaged a 1.3 U.S. household rating, up eight percent from a 1.2 rating in 2012. Additionally, Sunday Night Baseball averaged 1,896,000 viewers, which is up six percent compared to 1,784,000 in 2012.

Larry King, Colin Cowherd, and Jeremy Schapp Tabbed to Fill In for Olbermann

ESPN announced today a slate of guest hosts who will fill-in for Keith Olbermann on his weeknight program on ESPN2 when he takes a leave of absence to work as a studio host for TBS’ coverage of the Major League Baseball post season.

The network announced that former CNN host Larry King will host the show from October 1st through October 3rd. Jeremy Schapp will host from October 8th through October 10th while ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd will host from October 15th through October 17th.

Olbermann is designed specifically around Keith’s one-of-a-kind personality so having a guest host like Larry, who can deliver a similar level of editorial expertise and intellectual commentary to entertain sports fans, fits the bill perfectly,” said Norby Williamson, executive vice president, programming and acquisitions.  “Larry is so popular and well-known to television viewers but being able to bring them his unique perspective on sports topics is a new twist and we’re excited to have him.”
“I am a great admirer of Keith Olbermann who I think is the quintessential sports host,” said King.  “Sports have always been my avocation – they’re part of my being.  Having the chance to come back to my hometown of New York and host Keith’s show for several days is a terrific joy for me and a return to my first love.”
“Both Jeremy and Colin have distinctive personalities and points of view that will bring a different perspective to the program while Keith is away,” said Jamie Horowitz, vp of original programming and production.  “While we’ll certainly miss Keith in the coming weeks, we’re also looking forward to producing some fun and entertaining shows for sports fans with our guest hosts.”
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Sports Media Weekly No. 165- Barry Horn, Dallas Morning News & Jen Royle, Boston Herald Radio

We broke news on last week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly with the fallout coming today.

Ken Fang of Fangs Bites and I are joined for the opening segment of the show by Barry Horn, sports media columnist from the Dallas Morning News.

NBC’s Michelle Beadle was on the show last week and was concerned that the NBC Sports Network was not doing enough to promote her show, The Crossover.   Michelle’s comments were picked up by a number of media outlets across the country.  Today NBC announced that it is re-vamping the NBC Sports Network late afternoon line-up and Michelle and The Crossover  are no longer part of the network’s plans.  We begin the show discussing the news and what may lie ahead for Michelle.

We move to Barry’s home state of Texas next and discuss the sorry state of the Houston Astros, whose game registered a 0.0 rating on Comcast SportsNet Houston this past Sunday.  Poor performance on the field usually equates to poor performance in the ratings game.

We then talk about the state of sports radio in Dallas, where 1310am The Ticket continues to have amazing success, winning the ratings game and a Marconi Award despite it’s weak over-the-air signal.

We wrap the news segment by looking at the travails of Craig James, former ESPN college football analyst and failed U.S. Senate candidate, who lasted one night as a college football studio analyst with Fox Sports Southwest.

Our second guest this week is Jen Royle, who is one month in to her new gig as co-host of a sports radio program on Boston Herald Radio.  Jen talks with Ken about her new job, as well as her work on SportsReel Boston and other media outlets in Boston.


Sports Media Digest- September 25, 2013

ESPN Continues to Receive Strong Ratings for Monday Night Football

Monday’s Monday Night Football  telecast on ESPN Monday night drew an average rating of 8.9 with an audience of 13.9 million viewers, winning th enight on all of television among the network’s key adult and male demographics (18-34 & 18-49)

Through four games this season, Monday Night Football  is averaging a 8.9 rating and an audience of 14 million viewers, up three percent and five percent respectively over 2012.

NFL Ratings Continue to Top the Charts

Once again NFL action was at the top of the television ratings list.  The top two programs of the week were NFL games; Sunday’s CBS national game (primarily Colts/49′ers) with 26.5 million average viewers and NBC’s  Sunday Night Football (Bears/Steelers) with 20.5 million viewers.

NFL games were also tops in 29 NFL markets:

Week of 9/16 – 9/22  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

New Orleans Cardinals at Saints 09/22/2013 47.8 73

1

Indianapolis Colts at 49ers 09/22/2013 40.2 64

1

Buffalo Bills at Jets 09/22/2013 39.7 58

1

Kansas City Chiefs at Eagles 09/19/2013 39.6 59

1

Pittsburgh Bears at Steelers 09/22/2013 39.1 56

1

Milwaukee Packers at Bengals 09/22/2013 38.9 70

1

Seattle Jaguars at Seahawks 09/22/2013 38.3 68

1

Cincinnati Steelers at Bengals* 09/16/2013 38.2 54

1

Chicago Bears at Steelers 09/22/2013 36.1 53

1

Philadelphia Chiefs at Eagles** 09/19/2013 32.6 51

1

Minneapolis Browns at Vikings 09/22/2013 30.4 65

1

Boston Buccaneers at Patriots 09/22/2013 30.3 59

1

Baltimore Texans at Ravens 09/22/2013 30.2 58

1

Cleveland Browns at Vikings 09/22/2013 26.8 54

1

Washington, DC Lions at Redskins 09/22/2013 25.1 50

1

San Diego Chargers at Titans 09/22/2013 25.0 54

1

Nashville Chargers at Titans 09/22/2013 24.5 43

1

Detroit Lions at Redskins 09/22/2013 24.4 48

1

Dallas Rams at Cowboys 09/22/2013 24.2 48

1

Houston Texans at Ravens 09/22/2013 23.0 46

1

Charlotte Giants at Panthers 09/22/2013 21.7 46

1

Jacksonville Jaguars at Seahawks 09/22/2013 21.5 33

1

Atlanta Falcons at Dolphins 09/22/2013 21.4 38

1

San Fran-Oakland Colts at 49ers 09/22/2013 21.3 50

1

Miami Falcons at Dolphins 09/22/2013 18.7 34

1

Tampa Buccaneers at Patriots 09/22/2013 18.3 34

1

Denver Colts at 49ers 09/22/2013 17.0 40

1

Phoenix Bears at Steelers 09/22/2013 16.7 27

1

St. Louis Rams at Cowboys 09/22/2013 13.7 30

1

Lofton Joins Crew at SiriusXM Radio

SiriusXM Radio announced today that former NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton has joined the network as a host on its NFL channel (channel 88).

Lofton begins his new job Friday and will host The SiriusXM Blitz alongside co-host Bruce Murray every Friday live from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm ET, and will also be heard on various other SiriusXM NFL Radio shows throughout the year.

“I’ve been a regular listener to SiriusXM NFL Radio for some time and it is a tremendous channel for NFL fans of every team, so I’m very pleased to be a part of it,” said Lofton.  “I’ve seen quite a bit from my time in the league as both a player and a coach.  I’m excited both to share what I know and to hear directly from the fans about what’s on their minds.”

“Very few receivers in the history of the league played with the level of production and consistency that James did over his 16 years in the NFL.  His career is extraordinary and we’re excited to have someone with his accomplishments and expertise talking to our listeners every week on SiriusXM NFL Radio,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming.  “He’s also an accomplished broadcaster accustomed to working on national NFL game broadcasts.  He’s excellent at communicating the nuances of the game to his audience and I’m thrilled to reunite with him on SiriusXM’s airwaves.”

NBC Creates New Football Program Around Talent from Comcast RSN’s

NBC Sports is creating a new weekly football program which will harness the talent from some of Comcast’s SportsNet’s regional sports networks (RSNs).

3 and Out will debut on Tuesday, October 1 and air each remaining week of the 2013 NFL season across its lineup of Comcast SportsNet RSNs.

The program will feature regular appearances from CSN Houston’s Kelli Johnson, CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Brian Mitchell, CSN New England’s Mike Felger and CSN Bay Area’s Ray Ratto.

“We feel great about the fact that there is nothing like 3 and Out among the many football shows currently available,” said Stathakes. “Our ability to feature multiple perspectives, many of which will be on the ground in the markets where these stories are unfolding, will give our discussion and debate a level of depth and texture that is hard to find. While some think that we only produce great NBA, MLB and NHL live event coverage, fans in our markets know how well we cover the NFL, and 3 and Out is our first move to expand on that area of strength.”

NBC Sports Touts Premier League Numbers

Through five weeks of the Premier League season, NBC Sports reports a total of 10 million viewers have tuned in to view the action on NBC, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN),  CNBC,  and mun2.  The 27 English-language games on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC drew a total of 9.1 million viewers – up 92% from the 4.8 million total for the first five weeks of live action on ESPN and Fox Soccer last year.

Here is a chart, provided by NBC Sports PR, showing the viewership growth of its networks compared with the competition over the same period a year ago:

Average Total Day Viewership Growth:

NETWORK 8/17/2013 to9/22/2013 8/18/2012 to 9/23/2012 %DIFF
NBCSN 77 46 67%
MLB NETWORK 86 66 30%
NBA TV 29 24 21%
FOX SPORTS 1 121 102 19%
NFL NETWORK 302 272 11%
ESPN 1232 1125 10%
ESPNEWS 75 70 7%
GOLF CHANNEL 136 132 3%
ESPN2 353 356 -1%
FOX SPORTS 2 17 19 -11%
ESPNU 83 n/a n/a

This Week’s Covers of Sports Illustrated

Its NHL preview time in this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated.  The magazine has two regional covers this week:

SI 9-30-13a SI 9-30-13b

Sports Media Digest- September 23, 2013

CBS Deal Works Out Deal with Nets and Barclays Center

CBS Radio announced today a deal with the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center that will allow for increased coverage of the Nets locally as well as coverage of select college basketball games and boxing matches held at the arena.

The deal calls for expanded coverage on New York sports radio powerhouse WFAN 660 AM and 101.9FM.

The agreement also  calls for Barclays Center and CBS Radio to develop and jointly program a new concert series and live events hosted at the arena. These events will be promoted using the nationwide scale of CBS Radio’s 126 stations, the majority of which are located in the top 50 radio markets.

“CBS Radio provides a commanding broadcast partner for the Nets and Barclays Center that delivers widespread exposure and promotion for our franchises,” said Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “We are thrilled to continue airing Nets games on WFAN-AM/FM and expanding team coverage throughout the season, but we are just as excited about the opportunity of broadcasting other prominent events from Barclays Center, including select concerts, major college basketball and big time boxing, which will re-ignite a popular New York pastime.”

“Today’s announcement marks the union of two great companies with expertise in delivering high quality programming, appealing to a broad spectrum of sports and entertainment fans,” said Dan Mason, President and CEO, CBS Radio.  “This partnership presents a unique opportunity to connect our listeners, not only in New York, but across the country, with exceptional brands and an outstanding venue, and provides CBS Radio with content for our on-air and audio digital platforms.”

ESPN Unveils New SportsCenter Commercial

ESPN is using the power of it’s SportsCenter theme as the basis of a new commercial.

the campaign focuses on the iconic sound DaDaDa DaDaDa which fans associate with the show. The 60-second launch spot features a range of athletes – from professionals to little leaguers – who subtly and not-so-subtly call out their “DaDaDa” moments.

“This campaign grew out of research we did in order to better understand the role SportsCenter plays in fans’ lives given all the access points for sports news, information, and highlights provided by new technologies,” said Aaron Taylor, senior vice president of marketing.  “Fans have a strong emotional connection with the show.  And, what we realized is that ‘DaDaDa’ is emotional shorthand for, not only the great moments that happen in sports, but how SportsCenter presents those moments – giving context to them with perspective and personality.”

You can view the commercial here.