Sports Media Digest- March 13, 2012

Big Ten Teams in the NCAA Tournament to be Followed by the Big Ten Network-  The Big Ten Network (BTN) will provide expanded coverage of the 16 men’s and women’s basketball teams competing in post-season play.  Six men’s and seven women’s teams are in the NCAA Tournament.  Three other men’s teams are in the NIT.  Dave Revsine, Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall will alternate as hosts and be joined by analysts Jim Jackson, Gary Williams, Stephanie White, Keno Davis, Shon Morris, Tim Doyle and Mike DeCourcy on nightly episodes of Big Ten Basketball and Beyond: Tournament Edition.  BTN will also provide live coverage of post game press conferences featuring the Big Ten teams.  Show schedules can be found here.

President Obama Selects Final Four-  President Barack Obama today completed his brackets for the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments.  In the men’s tourney the President’s Final Four consist of Kentucky, Ohio State, Missouri, and North Carolina.  On the women’s side the President chose Baylor, St. John’s,  UConn, and Notre Dame.  The President’s complete men’s bracket will be unveiled on ESPN SportsCenter tomorrow at 9:00a.m. ET.  His women’s slections will be unveiled on the Friday 9:00a.m. SportsCenter.

40th Anniversary of Title IX to be Celebrated on ESPN-  ESPN has developed a series of initiatives to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which created parody in athletics for females.  The Power of IX will explore the current and future landscape of women in athletics.  The multi-platform initiative will begin on espnW on March 26th and conclude on June 23rd, the anniversary of when Title IX was passed into law.  SportsCenter will count down the top 40 female athletes of the last 40 years beginning April 30, with the top athlete revealed on June 23.  ESPN the Magazine will also delve deeply into the subject. The Power of IX will include perspectives and participation from a number of contributors including Katie Couric, Robin Roberts, Julie Foudy, Bonnie D. Ford, Steve Wulf, Kate Fagan, Sarah Spain, Luke Cyphers, Jane McManus and Jessica Mendoza. To Offer “Bracket” of Top Super Bowl Teams-  Jumping onto the “bracket fever”, has come up with its own bracket which will pit the top 64 teams to compete in the Super Bowl.  The No. 1 seeds in this tournament are the ’72 Dolphins, ’78 Steelers, ’85 Bears, and ’89 49ers.

Bob Papa Added to Golf Channel Announcing Team-  The Golf Channel today announced that veteran announcer Bob Papa has joined the network. Papa will serve as a play-by-play host at select events for the network’s coverage of the PGA TOUR and Champions Tour, beginning this week at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif.  Papa, who serves as the radio play-by-play voice for the New York Giants and was once the lead announcer for Thursday Night Football on NFL Network, will assume Golf Channel play-by-play responsibilities at the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am of Tampa Bay on the Champions Tour and three events on the PGA TOUR – the HP Byron Nelson ChampionshipFedEx St. Jude Classic and the Travelers Championship.

Golf Channel Opens Up Its Domestic Coverage of the LPGA Tour-  The Golf Channel this week kicks off the3 first of 23 LPGA events this season. Golf Channel’s live coverage of the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup will take place Thursday-Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. ET, followed by live weekend coverage from 4-7 p.m. ET.  The Golf Channel will also provide coverage of two majors, the Kraft Nabisco Championship on March 29th- April 1st and the Wegmans LPGA Championship June 7th-10th.