Sports Media Digest- August 9, 2013

TNT Sees Viewership Bump for First Round of PGA Championship

Turner Sports announced today that its first round coverage of the PGA Championship had a 1.1 overnight rating, up 83% compared the opening round of the Championship in 2012.

Turner also saw a jump in the audience for those who viewed the first round online.  Live streaming across platforms (broadband and mobile) was up 106% over last year’s comparable opening round coverage. Additionally, live streaming hours across platforms were up 93% compared with 2012.

Fox Signs Gabe Kapler for Fox Sports Live

Fox Sports today added another former athlete to serve on its panel of analysts on Fox Sports Live.  The network announced that former MLB outfielder Gabe Kapler will join the show as a MLB analyst.

“I’m ecstatic to join the already brilliant FOX Sports 1 team,” Kapler said.  “The collection of talent assembled is second-to-none.  I’m honored and beyond excited to be in a position to add my MLB spice to this recipe.”

“With years of baseball experience in several capacities, Gabe brings a well-rounded perspective of the sport to FOX SPORTS LIVE,” said FOX Sports EVP/Coordinating Studio Producer Scott Ackerson.  “He knows the inner-workings of several clubs and is well-connected, enabling him to cut to the heart of the news and highlights from a variety of viewpoints.”

Fox Sports 1 Announces High School Football Line-up

Fox Sports today unveiled a slate of seven high school football games which will air on Fox Sports 1 beginning on August 23rd.

Daron Sutton and Ben Leber will call the action.

“High school football is a way of life in so many corners of the country,” said Mike Connelly, FOX Sports Networks SVP, Executive Producer.  “The sport is truly tribal to their communities.  That’s where these young men gut it out every day for the sheer love of the game and the dream of playing ball after high school.  FOX Sports 1 shows just how dedicated these kids are, how agonizing their defeats and sweet their victories, in what also could be a glimpse at next year’s college superstars.”

Here is the schedule of games:

Game 1:  Mountain Pointe (Ariz.) vs. Bishop Gorman (Nev.); Aug. 23 at 10:00 PM
Game 2:  John Curtis (La.) vs. Bergen Catholic (N.J.); Sept. 6 at 7:00 PM
Game 3:  Teams TBD; Sept. 19 at 8:00 PM.
Game 4:  Edison (Calif.) vs. Mater Dei (Calif.); Sept. 27 at 10:00 PM
Game 5:  St. John Bosco (Calif.) vs. Santa Margarita Catholic (Calif.); Oct. 11 at 10:00 PM
Game 6:  Teams TBD; Oct. 17 at 7:00 PM
Game 7:  Cypress Bay (Fla.) vs. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.); Oct. 18 at 7:00 PM

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