Welcome to the post-Super Bowl edition of Sports Media Weekly.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for our “Third Man In” segment by Neil Best, sports media and business columnist for Newsday. We spend most of our time dissecting the work done by CBS on Super Bowl XLVII. We look at the network’s handling of the power outage, the sub-par performance by Phil Simms, and the ratings for the game.
We then shift our focus to the announcement this week by NBC on its planned coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. We talk about how NBC will not deviate much in its coverage of the Games based on its success at last year’s Summer Games in London.
We wrap-up our news segment looking at the announcement by Fox Sports that play-by-play man Gus Johnson will be taking the lead role in the network’s international soccer coverage, including the World Cup. Johnson will begin calling soccer matches next week.
Ken had the opportunity to speak to our second guest this week, Kevin Harlan of Dial Global Sports. Kevin was in the booth for the radio broadcast of the Super Bowl in New Orleans when the power went out in the Superdome. He recounts what took place and how he kept the broadcast going by reporting on the events via telephone, audio of which is included in the interview courtesy of Dial Global.