Sports Media Digest- April 18, 2013

1983 Quarterback Draft Next Focus of ESPN’s 30 for 30–  The next 30 for 30 documentary film on ESPN will look at the banner crop of quarterbacks taken in the 1983 NFL Draft.  Elway to Marino is directed by Ken Rodgers and narrated by Tom Selleck.  The file debuts this Tuesday debuts at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

NASCAR Sprint Cup from Kansas Speedway on Fox  The next stop in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series, the STP 400,  will originate from Kansas Speedway and be telecast on Fox this Sunday.  Pre-race coverage begins at 12:30p.m. ET with Chris Myers and Darrell and Michael Waltrip.  Darell Waltrip will join Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds in the booth for the call of the race. Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for reports on teams and pit while Jeff Hammond serves as the roaming reporter.

Friday’s Red Sox/Royals Game to Air on MLB Network–  The MLB Network announced that it will televise the first Red Sox game in Boston since the bombing at the Boston Marathon.  Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Tom Verducci will call the game between the Red Sox and Kansas City Royals on MLB Network Showcase Friday at 7:00p.m. ET.  MLB Network’s telecast of the game will be blacked out in the Red Sox’ and Royals’ home television territories.

NBA Digital has Record Regular Season–  NBA Digital reports record setting viewership on both NBA TV and online for the recently completed regular season.  NBA TV averaged 336,000 total viewers for its 98 regular-season telecasts, up 33% over the last full NBA regular-season in 2010-11 (253,000). had nearly 6.6 billion page views and 3.9 billion video streams – both all-time records – from the start of the season through Sunday, April 14 while NBA Mobile generating more than 86 million video streams this season, a record-setting mark.

RBC Heritage PGA on CBS- For the 45th straight year, CBS Sports will have coverage this weekend of the RBC Heritage PGA Tournament from Hilton Head, SC.  Jim Nantz and Sir Nick Faldo will anchor the coverage along with Ian Baker-Finch,  Gary McCord, David Feherty and Peter Kostis.

Fox Sports Reaches Deal with National Women’s Soccer League-  Fox Sports announced today that it has reached a media rights agreement with the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Fox will air six regular-season matches and all three playoff matches, which include the two semifinal games on August 24 and 25, and the championship game on August 31.

CBS Sports Spectacular This Weekend–  CBS Sports has a full slate of events on the CBS Sports Spectacular Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday at 1:00p.m. ET CBS will televise the Lucas Oil Pro 4 & Pro 2 off-road race.  Ken Stout, Cameron Steele, Rob Klepper and Erin Bates call the action.  At 2:00p.m. ET CBE goes behind the scenes at this year’s Final Four with CBS Sports’ 75 Years of March Madness: Final Four Confidential.   Sunday at 1:00p.m. the next in the Monster AMA Supercross series will take to the air with Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig and Erin Bates.  At 2:00p.m. ET Craig Hummer, Ty Murray and Leah Garcia call the Caterpillar Classic Pro Bull Riders event.

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