Sports Media Digest- March 20, 2013

ESPN and Mountain West Conference Announce Right Deal–  ESPN has announced it has signed a deal with the Mountain West Conference to telecast of select conference football and basketball games from 2013-14 through the 2019-20 season.  As part of the deal, ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC will televise a minimum of three Boise State football home games nationally. For men’s basketball, up to 31 conference-controlled games will air on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS or ESPN3.

CBS Sports Network Adds Coaches for NCAA Tourney Coverage– The CBS Sports Network has added a roster of current college basketball coaches to its coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  Joining the roster throughout the tournament include Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie, South Carolina’s Frank Martin, Boston College’s Steve Donahue and Rutgers’ Mike Rice, as well as former players Bobby Hurley (Duke and current Rhode Island assistant), Scoop Jardine (Syracuse) and Marc Jackson(Temple).

ESPN Adds Moreno as Soccer Analyst–  ESPN announced today that it has hired Former Major League Soccer and Venezuelan National Team striker Alejandro Moreno as a soccer analyst.  Moreno begins his work tonight at 9:30p.m. ET joining Ian Darke (play-by-play) and fellow analyst Taylor Twellman for the World Cup qualifying match between Mexico and the USA.  Moreno will also serve as an analyst for Mexican National Team and Liga MX matches on ESPN’s English networks, as well as a studio analyst for marquee events such as MLS Cup, Confederations Cup 2013, and other FIFA events.

MLS Coverage Saturday on NBC Sports Network–  The NBC Sports Network will continue its coverage of Major League Soccer (MLS) with a match this Saturday.  Arlo White, Kyle Martino, and Russ Thaler will have the call as D.C. United hosts the Columbus Crew Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

PBA Tour This Weekend on ESPN–  ESPN will provide live coverage of the next stop of the Pro Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour and PBA League with coverage of the Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship.  Lon McEachern and Randy Pedersen have the call Sunday at 1:00p.m. ET.

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