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Sports Media Digest- June 7, 2013

Solid Ratings for NBA Finals Opener-  ESPN reports that game one of the NBA Finals on ABC registered an overnight rating of 10.6, making it the third-highest Game 1 rating since 2004 and the fourth consecutive year Game 1 of The Finals has delivered a double-digit overnight rating.  The game had a 34.0 local market rating in Miami and a 35.3 mark in San Antonio.

Fox Reports Ratings Success for NASCAR Sprint Cup-  Fox Sports reported today that its coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series had an average rating of 4.8, the same rating it has enjoyed for the last three years.  NASCAR on FOX 2013 also posted ratings increases in five of the top seven and nine of the nation’s 15 biggest markets, including Los Angeles (+6%) and Chicago (+32%).  Overall, ratings grew +7% (4.5 vs. 4.2) in the country’s 56 biggest markets compared to a year ago.

Angels/Red Sox this Week’s Sunday MLB on TBS Telecast-  This week’s MLB on TBS telecast will feature the Los Angeles Angels at the Boston Red Sox.  First pitch is at 1:30p.m. ET with Dick Stockton and Dennis Eckersley on the call.

NBA Finals Feature

NBA Finals on ABC and ESPN

Now that the NBA Conference Finals are complete, ESPN and ABC are set the for NBA Finals which begin Thursday night on ABC.

Mike Breen will call the action along side Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke.  former referee Steve Javie will be courtside throughout the series to offer insights.

All games will be preceded by Kia NBA Countdown with Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons and Michael Wilbon.

From ESPN PR, here are some of the technical elements for this year’s television coverage:

The Finals on ABC production highlights:
– new broadcast open celebrating the greatest players and moments from The Finals;
– in-game interviews with coaches, along with each coach being “wired” for sound;
– pre-game and halftime locker room access;
– I-MOVIX cameras presenting dramatic slow motion replays from unparalleled vantage points;
– 36 high-definition video cameras;
– SkyCam” providing aerial views of the action;
– utilization of eight Super Slo Mo cameras.

The NBA Finals will also be available on ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN and in Spanish on ABC via SAP and  ESPN Deportes. Mike Tirico and analyst Hubie Brown will calll the action on ESPN Radio with ESPN NBA Insider Marc Stein as sideline reporter.

On ESPN Deportes Alvaro Martin will lead the coverage with analysis of Coach Carlos Morales and special guest, former Argentina National Team Point Guard Alejandro Montecchia. Sebastian Christensen will serve as sideline reporter for all games while Claudia Trejos will anchor the coverage from the ESPN Deportes Miami studios.

Here is the schedule for the NBA Finals:

The Finals schedule

Date Time (ET) Game / Show Networks
Tues. Jun 4 9 p.m. NBA Finals Preview ESPN, WatchESPN
Thurs. Jun 6 9 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat(Gm. 1) ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun. Jun 9 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat(Gm. 2) ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Tues. Jun 11 9 p.m. Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 3) ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Thurs. Jun 13 9 p.m. Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 4) ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sun. Jun 16 8 p.m. Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs (Gm. 5) * ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Tues. Jun 18 9 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat(Gm. 6) * ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Thurs. Jun 20 9 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat(Gm. 7) * ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN3, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes

Sports Media Digest- May 22, 2013

Andy Roddick to Join Fox Sports Live-  Fox Sports continues to name its roster of talent for the launch of Fox Sports 1 in August.  Today they announced the hire of former tennis star Andy Roddick.  Roddick will serve as co-host with Charissa Thompson for the network’s Fox Sports LIVE nightly highlights show.  Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports LIVE debuts August 17th.

NBC Sees Uptick in Preakness Viewership-  NBC Sports reports viewership for last Saturday’s Preakness Stakes were up 20% over 2012 and the highest since 2009.  The audience averaged 9.7 million viewers.  The 5.9 rating for the race was 13% higher than last year.

Carlesimo Joins ESPN for NBA Playoff Coverage-  Former NBA coach P.J. Carelsimo will be part of the ESPN crew as it continues with its coverage of the NBA Playoffs.  Carlesimo, who will work for the network through the NBA Finals, begins his work Thursday at the 9:00  a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter and contribute to additional studio programming, including NBA Tonight.

ESPN/ABC Preps for Indy 500-  ESPN and ABC Sports are set to telecast the 49th Indianapolis 500 this Sunday. Pre-race coverage begins at 11:00a.m. ET with the green flag set for 12:15 p.m. ET. Marty Reid will call the race with analysis by Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever.  SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak will host the telecast while pit reporters will be Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.

NASCAR Nationwide Series on ESPN Saturday from Charlotte-  ESPN will be on hand Saturday to televise the NASCAR Nationwide Series race from the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Coverage begins with NASCAR Countdown at 2:30 p.m. with the race’s green flag at 3:02 p.m.  Allen Bestwick leads the telecast with analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.

CBS’ Coverage of the Crown Plaza Invitational-  CBS’ coverage of the PGA Tour continues this weekend with the Crown Plaza Invitation from Colonial.  Action begins Saturday and Sunday at 3:00p.m. ET.  Jim Nantz,and Sir Nick Faldo, abnchor the coverage. Ian Baker-Finch calls the action at the 17th hole and Gary McCord at the 16th hole. David Feherty serves as on-course reporter.

Fox Sports Has UEFA Champions League Finale Saturday-  Fox Sports will provide extensive coverage of the final of the UEFA Champions League this weekend between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.  Gus Johnson and Warren Barton have the call of the match. Rob Stone hosts on-site pregame, halftime and post-game coverage with Fox Soccer analysts Eric Wynalda and Brian McBride beginning at 2:00p.m. ET.

Cardinals Grace SI Cover-  The dominant St Louis Cardinals starting rotation is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated:
SI 5-27-13

Sports Media Digest- April 9, 2013

NBA Basketball this Week on ESPN and ABC-  ESPN will have a NBA double header tomorrow night and will produce the NBA game Sunday on ABC.  Tomorrow at 8:00p.m. ET Mike Breen, Jon Barry and Doris Burke will call the Nets at Celtics.  At 10:30p.m. ET the Spurs take on the Nuggets with Dave Pasch and Hubie Brown on the call.    On Sunday at 1:00p.m. ET Breen, Burke and Jeff Van Gundy will call the Bulls at the Heat.

Baseball this Week on ESPN-  ESPN will have two Major League Baseball games this week.  Tomorrow night on ESPN2 at 7:00p.m. ET the Yankees take on the Indians with Dave O’Brien, Aaron Boone and MArk Mulder on the call.  ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball returns with weekend as Dan Shulman, John Kruk, Orel Hershiser and Buster Olney call the Orioles at Yankees at 8:00p.m. ET.

Notre Dame Football Coach Brian Kelly Next SiriusXM Town Hall-  SiriusXM Radio has announced that its next Town Hall sports interview will feature Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly.  SiriusXM’s Notre Dame Town Hall with Brian Kelly will air on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 91 Thursday, April 18th at 6:30p.m. ET. The Town Hall broadcast will be moderated by former Notre Dame football great Tim Brown.

Louisville Championship on the Cover of Sports Illustrated-  The Louisville Cardinals and their national championship is the focus of this week’s cover of Sports Illustrated:
SI 4-15-13

Sports Media Digest- April 1, 2013

CBS and Turner Continue Strong NCAA Tourney Numbers-  Despite the fact that three of the regional final games were blowouts, CBS and Turner are averaging 9.7 million viewers, up 11% over 2012 and the highest in 19 years.  The average rating is 6.3, up 9% from last year.  Sunday’s regional final games had an average audience of 12.8 million viewers, up 31% over 2012.

NBA Double Headers on TNT Tuesday and Thursday-  TNT will televise NBA double headers tomorrow and Thursday.  Tomorrow at 8:00p.m. ET the Knicks take on the Heat with Kevin Calabro, Greg Anthony and David Aldredge on the call.  At 10:30p.m. ET Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber and Craig Sager have the call of the Mavericks and Lakers.  Thursday at 7:00p.m. ET The Bulls take on the Nets with Marv Albert, Mike Fratello and Nischelle Turner.  At 9:30p.m. ET Harlan, Miller and Sager return as the Spurs travel to the Thunder.

NBA Action on ESPN-  ESPN will televise four NBA games this week.  Wednesday at 7:00p.m. ET the Knicks take on the Hawks with Dave Pasch and Jon Barry on the call.  ESPN has a double header Friday with the opener at 8:00p.m. ET as the Bobcats host the Heat with Mark Jones and Hubie Brown.. At 10:30p.m. ET the Rockets take on the Trailblazers with Dave Pasch and Flip Saunders at the mic.  The Heat are back on the air Saturday as they take on the 76ers in Philadelphia with Jones and Barry on site.

ABC NBA Double Header Sunday-  ABC will televise another double header as part of its Sunday Showcase this weekend.  The opener tips-off at 1:00p.m. ET as the Knicks take on the Thunder with Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, and Heather Cox on the call.  At 3:30p.m. ET Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy will broadcast the Clippers and the Lakers.

Sports Media Digest- March 12, 2013

USA-Canada WBC Telecast Most-Watched Non-Playoff Game Ever on MLB Network- The MLB Network reports that Sunday’s USA-Canada World Baseball Classic game earned an average audience of 726,000 viewers, making the most-watched non-postseason game ever on the channel.  All WBC games last Friday through Sunday drew an average of 252,000 viewers, the most-watched weekend in the network’s history.

Fox Sports/ECAC Lacrosse Reach Deal-  Fox Sports has reached a deal with the ECAC Conference to telecast conference Lacrosse matches.  The deal begins this season as the Fox Sports Networks will televise the ECAC Lacrosse semifinals on Thursday, May 2nd (5:00 PM ET and 8:00 PM ET) and finals on Saturday, May 4th (4:00 PM ET) live from Hobart College.  The games will also be available on FUEL TV and FOX College Sports.  Beginning in 2014 the ECAC Lacrosse tournament will air on Fox Sports 1.

Pro Bowlers Association and CBS Sports Network Sign Multi-Year Deal-  The CBS Sports Network will be the new home for the Professional Bowlers Association Tour (PBA).  The deal begins this summer,  with five two-hour telecasts from four PBA Summer Swing events, and concludes with a GEICO PBA Summer King of the Swing special event featuring the top five competition points leaders from the Summer Swing events.

NBA on TNT-  TNT will have another NBA double header this Thursday.  The opener begins at 8:00p.m. ET as the Dallas Mavericks take on the San Antonio Spurs.  Ian Eagle, Mike Fratello and David Aldridge are on the call.  At 10:30p.m. ET Kevin Harlan, Chris Webber and Craig Sager will call the New York Knicks at Portland Trail Blazers.

ABC has Single NBA Game This Sunday-  Only one NBA game is on tap this Sunday as part of ABC’s NBA Sunday Showcase.  The Knicks will take on the Clippers beginning at 3:30p.m. ET with Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Lisa Salters on site.

Blackhawks on SI Cover-  The sterling start to the NHL season by the Chicago Blackhawks has placed them on this week’s cover of Sports Illustrated:
SI Cover 3-18-13

Sports Media Digest- February 26, 2013

Final Ratings Show Daytona 500 Most Watched Since 2008-  Fox Sports today released the final viewership numbers for Sunday’s Daytona 500.  The final rating came in at 9.9 with an average audience of 16.7 million viewers, the best since 2008.  The final rating was 24% and the audience up 22% from last year.

Rich Eisen to Host Combine Special-  The NFL Network announced today that it will produce a special around the NFL combine.  Rich Eisen will host The Rich Eisen Combine Special tomorrow night at 9:30p.m. ET.  The program will look back at this week’s combine as well as a  review of Ed Reed’s red carpet performance for the network at the Oscars.

NBA Action Sunday in ABC and ESPN-  ABC Sports will have a NBA double header Sunday afternoon while ESPN has NBA action Sunday Night.  Coverage in ABC begins at 1:00p.m. ET as Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Lisa Salters call the Heat at the Knicks.  At 3:30p.m. ET Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Heather Cox have the call as the Thunder take on the Clippers.  At 8:00p.m. ET Dave Pasch and Doris Burke will be on site as the Bulls take on the Pacers.

College Hoops Double Header Tomorrow on CBS Sports Network-  The CBS Sports Network will televise a college basketball double header tomorrow night.  AT 8:00p.m. ET St. Josephs will take on St. Louis with Brad Johansen and Steve Wolf on the call.  At 10:00p.m. ET San Diego State takes on New Mexico with Dave Ryan, Steve Lappas and Doug Gottlieb.

NASCAR Nationwide Series This Weekend on ESPN-  Following the season opener at Daytona, ESPN has coverage of the next stop in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend from Phoenix.  Action gets underway Saturday at 4:00p.m. on ESPN2 with  Allen Bestwick,  Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree in the booth; Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch in the pits; and Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace, Ricky Craven and  Brad Daugherty handling pre and post race duties.