Sports Media Digest- February 6, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII the Focus of final NFL Turning Point–  NBC Sports Network produces its final NFL Turning Point for the 2012 season with a look at the key plays from Super Bowl XLVII.  NFL Turning Point, hosted by Dan Patrick, airs tonight at 10:00p.m. ET.

Dick Vitale and Magic Johnson to Call /Hoosiers Spartans Hoop Game–  ESPN has announced that Dick Vitale and Magic Johnson will serve as analysts with Mike Tirico when the network telecasts the February 19th college basketball match-up between Indiana and Michigan State.  Tip off is 7:00p.m. ET.

BTN Sees Highest January Prime Time Ratings Ever–  The Big Ten Network (BTN) reports that its prime time ratings for the month of January were the highest ever for the network.  BTN’s average primet ime men’s conference basketball rating was 0.87 in the network’s eight metered markets.  Among all national sports networks for the month, BTN trailed only ESPN in its eight metered markets.

Former College QB’s to Compete for Spring Invite on MLB Network Reality Show–  The MLB Network is producing a reality show where former college football quarterbacks John David Booty,Josh Booty, Doug Flutie, David Greene and Ryan Perrilloux will be taught to throw a knuckleball with the possibility of being invited to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Spring Training camp.  Kevin Millar and Tim Wakefield will host The Next Knuckler, which will premiere on February 13th at 9:00p.m. ET.

Actor Wuhl to Host Fantasy Baseball Show on SiriusXM–  SiriusXM Radio announced today that comedian and actor Robert Wuhl will host a new weekly fantasy baseball show on SiriusXM’s 24/7 channel dedicated to fantasy sports.  Off the Wuhl, hosted by Wuhl and Casey Stern, will debut tonight and air live every Wednesday night (9:00-11:00 pm ET / 6:00-8:00 pm PT) on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM channel 87 and Sirius channel 210 with Sirius Premier).

NASCAR Now Returns to ESPN–  With the NASCAR season set to begin soon, so will ESPN’s presentation of its NASCAR Now program.  The seventh season of ESPN2’s news and information program will begin Friday, February 8th, at 3:00 p.m. ET with a program originating from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.  Allen Bestwick will host the NASCAR Now Hall of Fame program, joined by analysts Dale Jarrett and Ray Evernham.  Mike Massaro, Nicole Briscoe, Marty Reid, Shannon Spake and Bestwick will be ongoing hosts of NASCAR Now again this season, with ESPN SportsCenter anchors Lindsay Czarniak and Jonathan Coachman also occasionally hosting.  Ricky Craven will continue as an analyst for NASCAR Now with regular contributions from Dale Jarrett, Rusty Wallace, Evernham and analysts Andy Petree and Brad Daugherty. The daily NASCAR Now show will resume on February 11th.

Big Ten Network Names Women’s Hoops Wild Card Games–  The Big Ten Network (BTN) has announced its slate of women’s basketball wild card games as we head toward the end of the regular season.  Here is the schedule for February 28th and March 3rd:

Thursday, February 28

Michigan State at Purdue 7 PM ET
Penn State at Minnesota 9 PM ET

Sunday, March 3

Michigan at Ohio State 12 PM ET
Wisconsin at Michigan State 2 PM ET
Illinois at Purdue 4 PM ET
Penn State at Nebraska 6 PM ET

Rieff Named Anchor of ESPN’s NHRA Coverage–  ESPN announced today that Dave Rieff, who has been a pit reporter on NHRA coverage since 2001, has been promoted to anchor when the season gets underway next week.  Rieff will call the action from the booth with analyst Mike Dunn.  Gary Gerould, John Kernan and Jamie Howe will report from the pits and trackside.