Sports Media Digest- March 29, 2012

Rome Debuts Tuesday on CBS Sports Network- Jim Rome’s new daily television program, Rome, is set for its debut this Tuesday on his new television home at CBS Sports Network.  The daily telecast at 6:00p.m. ET will feature Rome along with regular contributors including Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com, Will Carroll of SI.com and Jason Whitlock and Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com. The contributors will join Rome to break down the day’s major news stories with perspective and analysis.

ESPN to Provide International Coverage of Men’s FInal Four- ESPN has the international rights to televise the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. ESPN International will produce and distribute the action to more than 200 countries around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain and the United Kingdom. Mark Brown and Fran Fraschilla will call all the action of the national semifinals and finals.

NBA Action on ESPN and ABC-  ESPN and ABC will provide double header NBA coverage both Friday and Sunday.  Friday on ESPN at 8:00p.m. the Dallas Mavericks will take on the Orlando Magic.  Mike Breen and analyst Chris Mullin will call the game. at 10:30p.m. ET the Los Angeles Clippers  will host the Portland Trail Blazers.  Dave Pasch, Jon Barry, and Ric Bucher will be on hand.  The Sunday twin bill on ABC tips-off at 1:00p.m. ET as the Chicago Bulls take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Ric Bucher will call the action.  At 3:30p.m. ET the Miami Heat take on the Boston Celtics with Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Lisa Salters reporting.

NASCAR Sprint Cup from Martinsville Sunday on Fox- Fox is set to telecast this week’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race from the short track in Martinsville.  Race coverage begins wt 12:30p.m. ET Sunday with Chris Myers, Darrell Waltrip, and Michael Waltrip providing pre-race commentary.  Mike Joy will be joined by Darrel Waltrip and Larry McReynolds for coverage ofthe race.

Sony Ericsson Open Semifinals on ESPN-  ESPN will have live coverage of both men’s semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open tomorrow afternoon.  The first match will begin at 3:00p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3.  Semifinal #2 is slated to begin at 7:00p.m. ET.  Chris Fowler will call matches with Cliff Drysdale, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert and Patrick McEnroe.

Road to the Kentucky Derby Continues this Weekend with the Florida Derby on NBC Sports Network-  We are about a month away from the Kentucky Derby and NBC Sports Network will look at some of the contenders for the big race who will compete this weekend at the Florida Derby.  NBCSN will also provide coverage of the Gulfstream Okas from Gulfstream Park. Race coverage begins Saturday at 5:00p.m. ET with Tom Hammond, Gary Stevens and Randy Moss anchoring the coverage.  Bob Neumeier, Kenny Rice and Christina Oliveras will report from the race and Larry Collmus, NBC’s Triple Crown race-caller will call both races on Saturday.

Jim Nantz to Remember 1987 Masters-  The CBS Sports Spectacular on Sunday April 8th will feature a special by Jim Nantz looking back at the 25th anniversary of Larry Mize’s win at the Masters.  Jim Nantz Remembers Augusta: The 1987 Masters airs on April 8th at 1:00p.m. ET just prior to the network’s final round coverage of this year’s tournament.

Supercorss on CBS Sports Spectacular-  This weekend’s CBS Sports Spectacular will feature the Monster Energy AMA Supercross.  Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig and Erin Bates call the action for CBS Sports beginning Sunday at 1:00p.m. ET