Sports Media Digest- August 6, 2013

Three Hour College Gameday to Reside Exclusively on ESPN–  ESPN announced today that the three hour edition of its College Football Gameday program will not solely air on ESPN.  For the past two years the program began at 9:00a.m. ET on ESPNU, but beginning later this month the program will air from 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. ET on ESPN.

The opening edition of the show on August 31st will be a four hour affair, ending at 1:00p.m. ET.

Chris Fowler returns as host with Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack as analysts with reporting by Samantha Ponder, Tom Rinaldi, Scott Van Pelt and Gene Wojciechowski.

“Anytime there is an increased appetite for college football, that’s a good thing for us.” said Lee Fitting, ESPN senior coordinating producer Fans tell us they can’t get enough GameDay, well, four hours in Week 1 should help them out. And now, with all three hours on ESPN for the remainder of the season, they never need to touch the remote.”

The move by ESPN may be in response to Fox Sports announcement earlier this year that it will be producing a weekly three-hour college football pre-game show on Fox Sports 1.

Mike Hill Joins Fox Sports to Work on Fox Sports Live and Fox Football Daily  Fox Sports announced today the hiring of Mike Hill, who will bring his talents to Fox Sports 1′ Fox Sports Live highlights show on its Fox Football Daily program.

Hill left ESPN in June and had been rumored to be joining the Fox Sports family.

“I am extremely happy and honored to once again be a part of the Fox Sports family,” Hill said.  “Very few things are as much fun for me as presenting sports outside of the box, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to do that with FOX Sports 1.”

“Adding a sportscaster with Mike Hill’s versatility and proficiency is an enormous plus for FOX Sports 1,” said FOX Sports EVP/Coordinating Studio Producer Scott Ackerson.  “His wide-ranging experience across a broad spectrum of formats enables him to jump right in and hit the ground running with what we think is an informative, entertaining and down-to-earth group.”

Chelios Joins Fox Sports for Coverage of the Olympics– Following its announcement yesterday of the hiring of Michelle Kwan for the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Fox Sports today announced that Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios has been hired to cover hockey and provide commentary across all Fox Sports platforms at next year’s Games.

“I am excited to join the FOX Sports family and look forward to being part of a brand new network,” Chelios said. “I am happy to have the chance to bring NHL and Olympic hockey into homes across the country, and I look forward to sharing my passion for the game with other sports fans.”

“We are very fortunate to add Chris, not only a Hall of Famer, but one of the greatest players to ever play the game, to our roster,” said Rick Jaffe, FOX Sports Senior Vice President of News. “We believe his hard-nosed style of play on the ice will translate directly into his new role for our NHL and Olympics coverage.”

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