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Costas to Host Primetime and Late Night Sochi Olympics Coverage

It looks like NBC will be asking more from its biggest sports personality for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.  Today the network announced that Bob Costas will host both the network’s primetime and late night coverage of the Winter Games this February.

Costas will be serving as primetime host for the 10th time in Sochi.  He recently served as host of both primetime and late night telecasts in 2000.

“With unmatched experience in the host chair, Bob’s historical perspective and expertise will serve as a foundation for our Sochi coverage both in primetime and late night,” said Jim Bell, Executive Producer of NBC Olympics. “There is no one better than Bob to lead us in telling the stories of the athletes and competition that captivate fans around the world.”

“The Olympics are a unique television event,” Costas said. “They involve classic sports coverage, of course, but also many elements of storytelling and travelogue aspects that are not part of the usual sports broadcast. They are a three-week miniseries which, if done well, should bring viewers not only compelling athletic performances, but a sense of the host city and country, and an appreciation of what is a truly global gathering.”

College Football This Week on ESPN

Here is this week’s college football schedule, along with announcer assignments, on the networks of ESPN:

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, Longhorn Network and ESPN Radio Schedule
Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentator Network
Tue, Nov 19 8 p.m. Kent State at Ohio

Adam Amin & Ray Bentley
ESPN2
Buffalo at Miami (Ohio)

Joe Davis & Robert Smith
ESPNU
Wed, Nov 20 8 p.m. No. 16 Northern Illinois at Toledo

Dave Lamont, Desmond Howard & Quint Kessenich
ESPN2
Thu, Nov 21 7:30 p.m. Rutgers at No. 18 UCF

Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder
ESPN
9:30 p.m. UNLV at Air Force

Mark Neely & Jay Walker
ESPNU
Fri, Nov 22 9:30 p.m. Navy at San Jose State

Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
ESPN2
Sat, Nov 23 11 a.m. Liberty at Charleston Southern ESPN3
Noon No. 13 Michigan State at Northwestern

Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich
ESPN
Duke at Wake Forest

Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
Virginia at Miami (Fla.)

Tom Hart & John Congemi
ESPNU
Cincinnati at Houston

Adam Amin & Rene Ingoglia
ESPNEWS
Memphis at No. 21 Louisville

Eamon McAnaney, Anthony Becht & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPN3 * & RSN
Old Dominion at North Carolina ESPN3 * & RSN
The Citadel at No. 7 Clemson

Jim Barber, John Bunting & Angela Mallen
ESPN3
12:21 p.m. Mississippi State vs. Arkansas (from Little Rock)

Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
ESPN3 * & SEC TV
12:30 p.m. Pitt at Syracuse ESPN3 * & ACC Network
East Carolina at NC State ESPN3 * & ACC Network
1 p.m. Massachusetts at Central Michigan

Dan Gutowsky & Bob Chmeil
ESPN3
Bowling Green at Eastern Michigan

Michael Reghi & Dustin Fox
ESPN3
Coastal Carolina at No. 11 South Carolina ESPN3 * & PPV
1:30 p.m. Alabama A&M at Georgia Tech

Shawn Kenney, Stan Lewter & Steffi Sorensen
ESPN3
2 p.m. Florida Classic: Florida A&M vs. Bethune-Cookman (from Orlando)

Mark Neely & Jay Walker
ESPN Classic
Eastern Illinois at Tennessee-Martin ESPN3
UT-Chattanooga at No. 1 Alabama ESPN3 * & PPV
Georgia Southern at Florida ESPN3 * & PPV
South Dakota State at Youngstown State ESPN3 *
3 p.m. Georgia State at Arkansas State

Brock Bowling & Forest Conoly
ESPN3
3:30 p.m. Indiana at No. 3 Ohio State

Dave Flemming, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake
ABC & ESPN2 **
No. 5 Oregon at Arizona

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
ABC & ESPN2 ** & ESPN Radio
No. 19 Wisconsin at No. 25 Minnesota

Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill
ESPN
Idaho at No. 2 Florida State

Anish Shroff & Kelly Stouffer
ESPNU
Boston College at Maryland ESPN3 * & RSN
4 p.m. New Mexico at No. 15 Fresno State

Joe Davis, David Diaz-Infante & Shelley Smith
ESPNEWS
Cal at No. 9 Stanford

Joe Davis & David Diaz-Infante
ESPN Radio
Sam Houston State at Central Arkansas ESPN3 *
7 p.m. Vanderbilt at Tennessee

Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor
ESPN2
Kentucky at Georgia

Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Dawn Davenport
ESPNU
Western Kentucky at Texas State

John Sadak & Kevin O’Connell
Longhorn Network
SMU at South Florida

Drew Fellios & Doug Graber
ESPN3
Connecticut at Temple

Dave Weekley & KC Keeler
ESPN3
Louisiana-Monroe at South Alabama ESPN3 *
Nicholls State at Southeastern Louisiana ESPN3 *
McNeese State at Lamar ESPN3 *
7:45 p.m. No. 8 Missouri at No. 24 Ole Miss

Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
ESPN
8 p.m. No. 4 Baylor at No. 10 Oklahoma State

Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
ABC
10:30 p.m. Washington at Oregon State

Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Jessica Mendoza
ESPN2
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Sports Media Weekly No. 172- Chad Finn, The Boston Globe & Ian Eagle, CBS Sports

The weather is beginning to turn cooler nationwide but we try to turn up the heat here on Sports Media Weekly (SMW)

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and me for the news segment this week is Boston Globe sports media columnist Chad Finn.

We begin the show with what has been the most-talked about story over the last week, the developing saga of Dolphins’ offensive lineman Richie Incognito and his alleged bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin.  We look back at how the NFL’s network partners covered the story and the exclusive interview with Incognito by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.

We bring it back to Boston and get Chad’s take on how the Boston sports media handled covering the Red Sox this season under John Farrell compared to 2012 with Bobby Valentine.

We wrap the segment looking at the continued success for ESPN during its college basketball marathon, which aired over the last two days.  It’s an opportunity for ESPN to capitalize on promoting college basketball during a slow period between the end of baseball season and the end of the college and pro football seasons.

Our second guest this week is SMW fave Ian Eagle of CBS Sports, among other media entities.  Ken talks with Ian about his frenetic announcing schedule, his relationship with NBA broadcast partner Mike Fratello, his broadcasting idols, and his knowledge of 1980’s sitcoms.

Week 11 NFL Schedule, with Announcer Asignments

Here is the week 11 schedule in the NFL, along with the announcers calling each game:

THURSDAY, NOV. 14
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Indianapolis at Tennessee 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, NOV. 17
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo 1:00 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Atlanta at Tampa Bay 1:00 pm FOX Sam Rosen, Heath Evans, Peter Schrager
Detroit at Pittsburgh 1:00 pm FOX Thomm Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Washington at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews
Arizona at Jacksonville 1:00 pm FOX Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden
Oakland at Houston 1:00 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Baltimore at Chicago 1:00 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Cleveland at Cincinnati 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
San Diego at Miami 4:05 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Green Bay at N.Y. Giants 4:25 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Minnesota at Seattle 4:25 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
San Francisco at New Orleans 4:25 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Kansas City at Denver 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinworth
MONDAY, NOV. 18
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
New England at Carolina 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: Dallas, St. Louis

College Football This Week on ESPN

Here is this week’s college football schedule, along with announcer assignments, on the networks of ESPN:

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS and ESPN Radio Schedule
Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentator Network
Tue, Nov 12 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at Toledo

Adam Amin & Kelly Stouffer
ESPNU
Ohio at Bowling Green

Michael Reghi & Rocky Boiman
ESPN3
Wed, Nov 13 8 p.m. Ball State at No. 15 Northern Illinois

Bob Wischusen, Desmond Howard & Quint Kessenich
ESPN2
Miami (Ohio) at Kent State

Tom Hart & John Congemi
ESPNU
Thu, Nov 14 7:30 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 8 Clemson

Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder
ESPN
Morgan State at South Carolina State

Mark Neely & Jay Walker
ESPNU
Fri, Nov 15 9 p.m. Washington at No. 13 UCLA

Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
ESPN2
Sat, Nov 16 Noon No. 3 Ohio State at Illinois

Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill
ESPN
Indiana at No. 22 Wisconsin

Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich
ESPN2
Troy at Ole Miss

Tom Hart & John Congemi
ESPNU
Cincinnati at Rutgers

Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
ESPNEWS
No. 17 UCF at Temple

Eamon McAnaney, Anthony Becht & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPN3 * & RSN
Central Michigan at Western Michigan

Michael Reghi & Doug Graber
ESPN3 * & RSN
Wagner at Saint Francis ESPN3
12:21 p.m. Kentucky at Vanderbilt

Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
ESPN3 * & SEC TV
12:30 p.m. North Carolina at Pitt ESPN3 * & ACC Network
Maryland at Virginia Tech ESPN3 * & ACC Network
NC State at Boston College ESPN3 * & RSN
1 p.m. Akron at Massachusetts

Bob Picozzi & KC Keeler
ESPN3
Yale at Princeton

Dave Popkin & Pete Najarian
ESPN3
Jacksonville State at Eastern Illinois ESPN3
Presbyterian at Coastal Carolina ESPN3
2 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at Georgia State

Ryan Rose & Warrick Dunn
ESPN3
North Dakota State at Youngstown State ESPN3
Northern Iowa at Missouri State ESPN3
3 p.m. Connecticut at SMU

Trey Bender & Kevin O’Connell
ESPN3
Tennessee-Chattanooga at Samford ESPN3
3:30 p.m. No. 16 Michigan State at Nebraska

Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake
ABC & ESPN2 **
Syracuse at No. 2 Florida State

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
ABC & ESPN2 **
No. 23 Miami (Fla.) at Duke

Anish Shroff & Kelly Stouffer
ESPNU
7 p.m. Florida at No. 10 South Carolina

Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor
ESPN2
Houston at No. 20 Louisville

Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Dawn Davenport
ESPNU
Memphis at South Florida

Shawn Kenney, Al Groh & Steffi Sorensen
ESPN3
7:30 p.m. Texas State at Arkansas State ESPN3
7:45 p.m. No. 1 Alabama at Mississippi State

Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
ESPN & ESPN Radio
8 p.m. No. 4 Stanford at USC

Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
ABC & ESPN Radio
Northwestern State at McNeese State ESPN3
10:15 p.m. Wyoming at Boise State

Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Jessica Mendoza
ESPN2
10:30 p.m. San Jose State at Nevada

Joe Davis & David Diaz-Infante
ESPNU
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Sports Media Weekly No. 171- Richard Sandomir, New York Times & Trenni Kusnierek, CSNNE

We have a pair of happy Boston Red Sox fans hosting this week’s Sports Media Weekly program.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for our news segment this week by Richard Sandomir of the New York Times.

We lead-off the show with a final look back at the World Series and Fox’ claim of higher ratings when, in fact, the viewership numbers are actually still on the decline.

Richard chimes in with a local New York sports media item in the announcement that the New York Mets next year will be calling WOR-AM it’s radio flagship home after a long stint on WFAN.

We return to Richard’s article with James Andrew Miller from a week or so ago on the 10th Anniversary of the NFL Network and the league’s attempt to sell a portion of the network’s stake to ESPN.  Richard adds some context and other insights to the piece.

We wrap the news segment by looking at how NBC is looking forward to a profitable Winter Olympic Games this February from Sochi after losing money at the Vancouver Games in 2010.

The second half of the show features Ken speaking with Trenni Kusnierek.  You may remember Trenni from her years at the MLB Network.  Ken talks with her about her expereinces there and her new role at Comcast SportsNet New England.

College Hoops Marathon on ESPN

Once again ESPN will televise more than 24 hours of continuous college basketball action to begin the season.  In fact this year’s slate has hoops action for 29 straight hours.  Both men’s and women’s games will be highlighted.

Here is the schedule, which begins Monday, along with announcer assignments and network coverage:

2013 College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon Schedule (Subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Mon, Nov 11 7 p.m. No. 3 Stanford at No. 1 Connecticut (women’s)

Dave O’Brien & Doris Burke

ESPN2
    Kent State at Temple

Adam Amin & Tim Welsh

ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 4 Tennessee at No. 12 North Carolina (women’s)

Pam Ward & Carolyn Peck

ESPN2
    Colorado State at No. 15 Gonzaga

Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon

ESPNU
  11 p.m. BYU at Stanford

Dave Pasch & Seth Greenberg

ESPN2
Tues, Nov 12 1 a.m. Western Kentucky at No. 16 Wichita State

Dave Flemming & Mark Adams

ESPN2
  3 a.m. Akron at Saint Mary’s

Carter Blackburn & Bob Valvano

ESPN2
  5 a.m. New Mexico State at Hawaii

Kanoa Leahey & Stephen Howard

ESPN2
  7 a.m. Hartford at Florida Gulf Coast

Mark Jones and LaPhonso Ellis

ESPN2
  9 a.m. Quinnipiac at LaSalle

Mike Crispino & Tim Welsh

ESPN2
  11 a.m. LSU at UMass

Bram Weinstein & Kara Lawson

ESPN2
  1 p.m. West Virginia at Virginia Tech

Jon Sciambi & Bruce Pearl

ESPN
  3 p.m. South Carolina at No. 25 Baylor

Jimmy Dykes & Fran Fraschilla

ESPN
  5 p.m. NC State at Cincinnati

John Saunders & Sean Farnham

ESPN
  7 p.m. College GameDay (United Center, Chicago)

Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps & Jalen Rose

ESPN
    No. 14 VCU at No. 24 Virginia

Mike Patrick & Len Elmore

ESPN2
  7:30 p.m. Champions Classic (United Center, Chicago)

No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 1 Kentucky

Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas & Andy Katz

ESPN
  9 p.m. No. 10 Florida at No. 20 Wisconsin

Bob Wischusen & Dan Dakich

ESPN2
  9:30 p.m. Champions Classic (United Center, Chicago)

No. 5 Kansas vs. No. 4 Duke

Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale & Andy Katz

ESPN