Sports Media Digest- March 15, 2012

Record Number Fill Out Btackets at ESPN.com- Nearly 6.45 million brackets were filled out as part of ESPN’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Challenge.  That’s a 8.9% increase over last year’s record of 5.9 million brackets. Those who took part selected Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio State and North Carolina more than any others to reach the Final Four. Of those 35% picked Kentucky to win it all.

NBC Sports to Present Seven Notre Dame Football Telecasts in 2012-  When the college football season begins this fall, seven Notre Dame home games will be telecast on NBC.  NBC Sports Netowrk will also provide coverage of the Blue-Gold Spring Game on April 21st.  Here is the schedule of Notre Dame football on NBC (all times ET): Apr. 21 Blue-Gold Spring Game 1:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network, Sept. 8 PURDUE 3:30 p.m. NBC, Sept. 22 MICHIGAN 7:30 p.m. NBC, Oct. 6 MIAMI (Soldier Field) 7:30 p.m. NBC, Oct. 13 STANFORD 3:30 p.m. NBC, Oct. 20 BYU 3:30 p.m. NBC, Nov. 3 PITTSBURGH 3:30 p.m. NBC, Nov. 17 WAKE FOREST 3:30 p.m. NBC.

Friday NBA Double Header on ESPN-  ESPN will again provide a NBA double header this Friday.  The opener tips-off at at 7:oop.m. ET with Mike Tirico, Doris Burke and Lisa Salters calling the Miami Heat at the Philadelphia 76’ers. The San Antonio Spurs will travel to the Oklahoma City Thunder at 9:30p.m. ET with Dan Shulman and Chris Mullin on the call.

Fantasy Baseball Preview Tonight on ESPN-  As part of it’s new season of fantasy baseball at ESPN.com, ESPN will telecast the Baseball Toningt Fantasy Draft Show.  The program airs tonight at 9:30p.m. on ESPN. Steve Berthiaume will host, and will be joined by ESPN.com senior fantasy analyst Matthew Berry, MLB Insiders Buster Olney, Keith Law and Eric Karabell, baseball analyst Chris Singleton, and injury expert Stephania Bell.

Fox Preps for Next NASCAR Sprint Cup Event-  Fox will be televising this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race from the Bristol Motor Speedway.  The Ford City 500 begins at 12:30p.m. ET.  Chris Myers will anhcor the pre-race show along with Darrell and Michael Waltrip.  Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, and Larry McReynolds will call the race.

Formula One Racing on SiriusXM Radio-  SiriusXM Radio will be the satellite radio home of every 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship race.  Coverage on Sirius channel 94 and XM channel 208 begins this weekend with the Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix, which will air Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 am ET.