Sports Media Digest- March 15, 2013

Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone to Co-Host Radio Show on NBC Sports Radio-  NBC Sports and Dial Global announced today that former NFL stars Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone will co-host the afternoon drive show on NBC Sports Radio beginning April 1st.  Under Center with McNabb & Malone will air between 3:00-7:00pm ET Monday-Friday.

ESPN Preps for NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Selection Show–  ESPN will have exclusive coverage of the announcement of the 64 teams in the 2013 NCAA Women’s College Basketball Championship this Monday.  The NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Presented by Capital One airs Monday at 7:00p.m. with Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson, Carolyn Peck, Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo.

NBC Sees Record Ratings for WGC-Cadillac Championship–  NBC Sports reports the viewership for last weekend’s WGC-Cadillac Championship were record setting.  The Golf Channel had a 1.5 rating for the second round on Friday, making it the most-watched second round in the history of the tournament. Final round coverage on NBC earned a 3.7 rating, up 33% from 2012.

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel Returns Next Week–  The latest edition of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will air on HBO Tuesday night at 10:00p.m. ET/PT.  Among the topics will be a profile of former boxing champion Mike Tyson; the stroy of transsexual college athlete Gabrielle Ludwig; a look at how extreme are Extreme Sports; and an update on Olympic track star Lolo Jones.

ESPN to Provide Multi-Platform Coverage of U.S. Men’s Soccer–  ESPN will provide coverage across its varied platforms of two U.S. Men’s Soccer FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.   The first match takes place next Friday, March 22, with USA vs. Costa Rica at 10:00 p.m. ET outside Denver, andthe second on Tuesday, March 26th, in Mexico City, with Mexico vs. USA at 9:30 p.m. ET Both matches will be aired live on ESPN and WatchESPN with Ian Darke, Kasey Keller and Alexi Lalas have the English-language call.

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