Sports Media Digest- January 9, 2012

Here is a look at some of the other sports media news and notes from today:

ESPN Secures Rights to NYC Marathon- ESPN announced today that it has secured the broadcast rights to the IMG New York City Marathon beginningin 2012.  In a five-year deal that includes local coverage on WABC-TV in New York, the marathon will air live on ESPN2 beginning at 9:00a.m. ET on November 4th.  This is the first time in nearly 20 years the marathon will be televised live to a national audience.

Golf Channel Sees Ratings Success For Opening Round of Hyundi Tournament of Champions- The Golf Channel reports that Saturday’s opening round of the PGA’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions netting the network a rating of 0.7 with 705,000 viewers,  highest-rated and most-watched opening round of the event since 2007.  The rating was 27% above last year’s numbers.

ESPN’s SportsNation in 3D on Wednesday-  ESPN’s SportsNation program is at the Comsumer Electronics how in Las Vegas this week and this Wednesday’s episode will be live from the trade show, and for the first time, be telecast in 3D.  The program will air live at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2/ESPN 3D.

ESPNU To Premiere Documentary on Nolan Richardson-  Former Arkansas men’s basketball head coach Nolan Richardson will be ghe focus of a new documentary entitled 40 Minutes of Hell.   The film, part of ESPN’s SEC “Storied” documentary series, looks at the coach during his run as head coach in the early 1990’s.  The film debuts on  Saturday, February 11th, at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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