SMJ Inbox- March 9, 2011

We’ve made it to Wednesday…Here are some items of note that we’ve received in the Sports Media Journal inbox…

ESPN Names Adrian Healey as Main Voice for MLS Telecasts- The 2011 Major League Soccer season begins next week and ESPN has named Adrian Healey as its lead play-by-play voice for network telecasts.  Healey, who has been with the WWL since 2003 working international soccer telecasts, will be joined by John Harkes in the booth.  ESPN’s premier MLS telecast will be Tuesday, March 15th at 9:30pm on ESPN.

 

CBS College Sports Launches NCAA Conference Basketball Tourney Coverage- CBS College Sports kicks off its coverage of NCAA college basketball conference tournament action beginning tomorrow.  The network will focus on the Atlantic 10, Conference USA, and Mountain West Championships.  Here is the schedule:

Thursday, March 10
C-USA Quarterfinal #1, 1:00-3:00 PM Roger Twibell/Wally Szczerbiak,UAB vs. ECC-USA
Quarterfinal #2, 3:30-5:30 PM Twibell/Szczerbiak,Memphis vs. USF/Tulane
MWC Quarterfinal #2,  5:30-7:30 PM (Mtn. simulcast), Colorado State vs. New Mexico
C-USA Quarterfinal #3, 7:30-9:30 PM Dave Ryan/Pete Gillen, UTEP vs. Marshall/Houston
C-USA Quarterfinal #4, 10:00 PM-12:00 AM Ryan/Gillen, Tulsa vs. SMU/Rice
MWC Quarterfinal #4,12:00 Midnight-1:30 AM (Mtn. simulcast),UNLV vs. Air Force (will join in progress after conclusion of C-USA Quarterfinal #4)

Friday, March 11
C-USA Women’s Semifinal #1 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Brent Stover/Tammy Blackburn
C-USA Women’s Semifinal #2 1:30-3:30 PM Stover/Blackburn
C-USA Semifinal #1 4:00-6:00 PM Roger Twibell/Wally Szczerbiak
C-USA Semifinal #2 6:30-8:30 PM Dave Ryan/Pete Gillen
MWC Semifinal #1 9:00-11:00 PM Ted Robinson/Steve Lappas
MWC Semifinal #2 11:30 PM-1:30 AM Robinson /Lappas

Saturday, March 12
A-10 Semifinal #1 1:00-3:00 PM Jason Knapp/Steve Wolf
A-10 Semifinal #2 3:30-5:30 PM Knapp/Vince Curran
Patriot League Women’s Championship – 6:00-8:00 PM Bob Socci/Krista Blunk
C-USA Women’s Championship – 8:00-10:00 PM Stover/Blackburn

Tennis Channel Preps for Next Two Big Tour Stops- The Tennis Channel is getting set to provide over 130 hours of coverage of the upcoming BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.  Here is the schedule over the next three weeks:

Tennis Channel’s Live 2011 BNP Paribas Open Schedule
(Men’s/Women’s Singles Unless Otherwise Specified)

Saturday, March 12, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Second-Round
Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Second-Round, Third-Round
Monday, March 14, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Third-Round
Tuesday, March 15, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Third-Round, Round of 16
Wednesday, March 16, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Round of 16, Women’s Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 17, 2 p.m.-8 p.m.; 10 p.m.-midnight Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals
Friday, March 18, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals
Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Men’s Doubles Finals

Tennis Channel will also offer encore replays of the men’s and women’s singles semifinals and finals:
Saturday, March 19 – 2 a.m.-4 a.m.; 8 a.m.-10 a.m. (ET): women’s singles semifinals
Sunday, March 20 – 12 a.m.-4 a.m. (ET): men’s singles semifinals
Monday, March 21 – 12 a.m.-4 a.m. (ET): men’s and women’s singles finals

Tennis Channel’s Live 2011 Sony Ericsson Open Schedule
(Men’s/Women’s Singles Unless Otherwise Specified)

Saturday, March 26, 11 a.m.-midnight Second-Round, Third-Round
Sunday, March 27, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Third Round
Monday, March 28, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Third-Round, Round of 16
Tuesday, March 29, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Round of 16, Women’s Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals

Tennis Channel will also offer encore replays of the men’s and women’s singles semifinals:
Friday, April 1 – 1 a.m.-3 a.m.; 9 a.m.-11 a.m. (ET): women’s singles semifinals
Friday, April 1 – 11 p.m.-1 a.m.; Saturday, April 2 – 6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. (ET): men’s singles semifinals

NBC Sports Group Set For This Weekend’s PGA Stop At Doral- The NBC Sports Group has complete coverage of this weekend’s WGC-Cadillac Classic at Doral.  The Top 50 golfers in the world will be on display, including the pairing of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, & Graeme McDowell for the first two rounds.  The Golf Channel will handle tourney coverage this Thursday and Friday from 2pm-6pm as well as Saturday from 12pm-2pm and Sunday from 1pm-3pm.  NBC has coverage Saturday from 2pm-6pm and Sunday from 3pm-7pm.

HBO Has Middleweight Doubleheader on Saturday- HBO will have Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman, and Roy Jones, Jr. ringside for this weekend’s middleweight twin bill from the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.  In the opener Andy Lee (24-1, 18 KOs) takes on undefeated Craig McEwan (19-0, 10 KOs).  The main event features Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) and undefeated Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 34 KOs).  Coverage begins at 10:30pm ET.

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