Sports Media Digest- August 8, 2013

Fox Sports Announces College Hoops Doubleheader Super Bowl Saturday

Fox Sports is developing its plans for programming around its coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII.  Today the network announced that Fox Sports 1 will televise a college basketball doubleheader on Super Saturday.

Super Saturday Hoops will feature Big East action from Madison Square Garden as Marquette takes on St. John’s in the opener with Georgetown battling Michigan State in the nightcap.  Tip-off of game one is 12:3op.m. ET.

Super Saturday Hoops is just the first of what will be a week’s worth of tremendous sports events carried by FOX Sports 1, with most, like this one, originating in the New York/New Jersey area,” said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports Co-President & Chief Operating Officer. “We’re proud of our long-term association with the new BIG EAST, and it’s through that relationship we look forward to the conference and our new channel growing together.”

Hannah Storm to Lead Long Form Interviews in Advance to the NFL Season

ESPN is producing a SportsCenter special featuring Hannah Storm conducting long form interviews with some of the NFL’s most intriguing players.

SportsCenter Special: NFL Face to Face with Hannah Storm debuts this Monday at 7:00p.m. ET on ESPN2.  The program will feature Storm sitting down with Vernon Davis, Clay Matthews, J.J. Watt and Russell Wilson.

“The NFL Face to Face series is all about athletes telling their ‘own’ stories and offering a unique insight as to who they are and what they have overcome,” said Storm. “It offers a real appreciation of what it takes to succeed at this level, on the field and off.”

ESPN to Air Film on RGIII’s Offseason

ESPN and NFL Films followed Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III this offseason and the result is RGIII: The Will to Win which will debut on ESPN August 27th at 7:00p.m. ET.

The one-hour film is broken into six acts, and it begins with Griffin’s rookie season successes when he led the Redskins to their first division title since 1999. The majority of the film documents Griffin’s offseason recovery from knee surgery, both his rehabilitation and more personal off-the-field moments.

“I just want people to see me as me. Not everybody gets an inside look at who you are as a person. Yeah, I’m RGIII; I’m the Washington Redskins quarterback. But sometimes you need to know why people do what they do. I’m looking forward to putting it out there so people can know who I am,” said Robert Griffin III.

“ESPN constantly looks for new and unique content to present to fans across our various platforms, and “RGIII: The Will to Win” certainly fits that criteria,” said Julie Sobieski, ESPN vice president of programming and acquisitions. “The film spotlights one of the NFL’s rising stars and most engaging personalities, while providing an inside look at Robert Griffin III’s offseason recovery from knee surgery, one of the biggest storylines entering the 2013 season.”

Fox Sports Reaches Deal for Thoroughbred Racing with The Jockey Club

Although not as big a splash as its deal to telecast USGA events, Fox Sports today announced a multi-year agreement with The Jockey Club to air prominent graded stakes races starting in 2014 from many of horse racing’s best known tracks on Fox Sports 1.

The  package consists of up to 10 telecasts per year and also includes international and Spanish-language rights, including the ability to air races on Fox Deportes.

The first telecast will take place on February 9th from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida and features the Grade 1 Donn Handicap and the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.

“We’re proud to partner with The Jockey Club and to place a bet on the future of Thoroughbred racing,” said Fox Sports Executive Vice President of Production and Executive Producer John Entz. “Fox Sports 1 is all about making sports more fun, and few events in sports are as much fun as a day at a great racetrack. Our partnership with The Jockey Club highlights the elements that make horse racing fun: the power and grace of the Thoroughbred, the challenging puzzle of handicapping, and the social aspect of a day at the races. We look forward to showcasing the highest level of competition in one of the most storied of all sports.”

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