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Sports Media Digest- September 30, 2013

NFL Today Analysts to Get Work on Game Sites as Game Analysts

CBS Sports announced today that three members of its NFL Today  crew, Boomer Esiason, Sterling Sharpe, and Bill Cowher will leave the studio and serve as second analyst at three game sites during week six of the NFL.

The trio will call games featuring the teams they either played for or coached: Cowher will form a three-man booth with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms to call the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets; Esiason will join Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots to call Cincinnati at Buffalo; and Sharpe will head back to Denver to team with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts for the Jacksonville-Denver game.

Bart Scott and Amy Trask will fill the trio’s role on the NFL Today, moving from That Other Pregame Show that day.

“We wanted to try something new and showcase the insights and perspective of our studio analysts during a game broadcast,” said CBS Sports Chairman McManus. “Looking at the slate of regional games during Week 6, with three involving the former teams of our studio analysts, we thought it was the perfect time to have some fun and add Coach, Boomer and Shannon to our game coverage.”

SEC Football Continues to Score Big on CBS

CBS Sports reports that the overnight ratings for Saturday’s LSU/Georgia SEC football game earned the network an average rating of 4.9, up 75% over the game from the same week last year (Tennessee/Georgia)

CBS also announced that this Saturday’s SEC match-up will feature Georgia at Tennessee while the game on October 12th will pit Florida at LSU.

Former Coach George Karl Joins ESPN as NBA Analyst

ESPN announced today that it has hired former NBA Coach of the Year George Karl as an NBA analyst.

Karl will make his debut on the 11 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter on Saturday, October 5 and also make regular appearances on NBA Coast 2 CoastNBA Tonight and other news and information programming.

“I’m excited to be back at ESPN and to offer the insights that I’ve gathered from 25 years of coaching,” said Karl. “It’s going to be a fun season ahead and I’m looking forward to sharing it with our viewers.”

ESPN Digital and Yahoo! Sports Claim Victory in Latest Online Viewership Numbers

Yahoo! Sports remains the leader in terms of unique visitors while ESPN is claims the top spot of average minutes of the audience, audience share, and minutes per user, according to the latest monthly online figures provided by comScore.

Yahoo! Sports attracted 61.6 million unique viewers last month compared with 57.8 million on ESPN’ digital platform.   114,151 people used ESPN digital properties on computers, smartphones and tablets in the average minute throughout August and had 29.5% of the online sports audience.


College Football This Week on ESPN

Here is this week’s schedule of college football games, along with announcer assignments,on the networks of ESPN:

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, Longhorn Network and ESPN Radio Schedule
Thu, Sep 26 7:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech

TV: Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
Howard at North Carolina A&T

Mark Neely & Jay Walker
Fri, Sep 27 9 p.m. Utah State at San Jose State

Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
Middle Tennessee State at BYU

Eamon McAnaney & Anthony Becht
Sat, Sep 28 Noon No. 12 South Carolina at UCF

Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill
No. 11 Oklahoma State at West Virginia

Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich
Northern Illinois at Purdue

Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
No. 15 Miami (Fla.) at South Florida

Tom Hart & John Congemi
12:21 p.m. South Alabama at Tennessee

Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
12:30 p.m. East Carolina at North Carolina ESPN3 & ACC Network *
Virginia at Pittsburgh ESPN3 & RSN *
1 p.m. Bryant at Wagner ESPN3
2 p.m. Navy at Western Kentucky

Mark Neely & Ray Bentley
Hampton at South Carolina State ESPN3 ^
Charlotte at Presbyterian ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Akron at Bowling Green

Michael Reghi & Rocky Boiman
Eastern Kentucky at Eastern Illinois ESPN3
3 p.m. Toledo at Ball State

Jim Barbar & John Gregory
Troy at Duke

Shawn Kenney & John Bunting
3:30 p.m. No. 8 Florida State at Boston College

Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake
ABC & ESPN2 **
Iowa at Minnesota

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
ABC & ESPN2 **
Wake Forest at No. 3 Clemson

Anish Shroff, Kelly Stouffer & Brooke Weisbrod
Central Michigan at NC State

John Sadak & Al Groh
Connecticut at Buffalo

Bob Picozzi & KC Keeler
6:30 p.m. No. 21 Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama

Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
7 p.m. No. 10 Texas A&M at Arkansas

TV: Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Kaylee Hartung
Radio: Marc Kestecher, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN2 & ESPN Radio
No. 20 Florida at Kentucky

Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Dawn Davenport
Kent State at Western Michigan

Dan Gutowsky & Dustin Fox
Tulane at Louisiana-Monroe

Drew Fellios & Stan Lewter
Wyoming at Texas State

Andrew Monaco & Kevin O’Connell
Longhorn Network
Youngstown State at Southern Illinois ESPN3 *
Angelo State at Valdosta State ESPN3 *
Kentucky-Wesleyan at Liberty ESPN3 *
7:30 p.m. Arkansas State at Missouri

Matt Stewart, Chris Doering & Angela Mallen
UAB at Vanderbilt ESPN3 & RSN *
8 p.m. No. 23 Wisconsin at No. 4 Ohio State

Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
San Diego State at New Mexico State ESPN3 *
10 p.m. No. 5 Stanford at Washington State

Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor
10:15 p.m. Southern Miss at Boise State

Joe Davis & David Diaz-Infante
10:30 p.m. USC at Arizona State

Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti & Allison Williams

Sports Media Weekly No. 164- Pete Dougherty, Albany Times Union & Michelle Beadle, NBC Sports

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for a brand-spanking-new edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken and I are joined for our news segment this week by old friend Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union.

We begin the show by looking at the news out of CBS this week announcing that Greg Anthony and Clark Kellogg will be swapping roles on the network’s coverage of college basketball.  Anthony will move to the sidelines along side Jim Nantz while Kellogg will return to his previous role as studio analyst.

Next we see through the release earlier this week from ESPN showing their viewership increases for the past month beginning August 17th…ironically the same day Fox Sports 1 launched.  Coincidence…we think not.  We follow with the news from Steve Lapore of SB Nation that Fox Sports 1 has begun tinkering with its line-up.

We shift gears to online journalism and the news of the Bleacher Report‘s recent roster moves to bolster its NBA coverage.  The most notable hire was of Howard Beck, formerly of the New York Times.

We close the segment by looking at the apparent apology from the CBS affiliate in Orlando seeking in forcing viewers there to watch the away games of the Jacksonville Jaguars as required by the NFL.

For the second half of the show Ken talks with Michelle Beadle of NBC Sports.  Michelle is very candid about the changes made to her show The Crossover and talks about her ideas for expanding her role at the network.

Sports Media Digest- September 18, 2013

Wash, Rinse, Repeat- NFL Week 2 King of the Ratings

The NFL announced that once again NFL action topped the television ratings for week 2.  The top three programs for the week was NFL games; CBS’s national game on Sunday (primarily Broncos/Giants) had an audience of 26.4 million viewers, followed by Sunday night’s 49’ers/Seahawks game at 20.5 million and ESPN’s Monday night Steelers/Bengals at 16.5 million.

In 29 of the 32 local NFL markets, NFL games were the number one rated show:

Week of 9/9 – 9/15  





Market Game





New Orleans Saints at Buccaneers 09/15/2013




Seattle 49ers at Seahawks 09/15/2013




Denver Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013




Milwaukee Redskins at Packers 09/15/2013




Kansas City Cowboys at Chiefs 09/15/2013




Washington DC Eagles at Redskins* 09/09/2013




San Diego Texans at Chargers* 09/09/2013




Indianapolis Dolphins at Colts 09/15/2013




Philadelphia Eagles at Redskins* 09/09/2013




Chicago Vikings at Bears 09/15/2013




Buffalo Panthers at Bills 09/15/2013




Detroit Lions at Cardinals 09/15/2013




Baltimore Browns at Ravens 09/15/2013




Boston Jets at Patriots** 09/12/2013




Minneapolis Vikings at Bears 09/15/2013




Houston Texans at Chargers* 09/09/2013




Cleveland Browns at Ravens 09/15/2013




Nashville Titans at Texans 09/15/2013




San Fran-Oakland 49ers at Seahawks 09/15/2013




Tampa Saints at Buccaneers 09/15/2013




Dallas Cowboys at Chiefs 09/15/2013




Phoenix Lions at Cardinals 09/15/2013




New York Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013




Atlanta Rams at Falcons 09/15/2013




Charlotte Panthers at Bills 09/15/2013




Miami Dolphins at Colts 09/15/2013




Jacksonville Jaguars at Raiders 09/15/2013




Cincinnati Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013 17.1



Pittsburgh Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013 15.6



Bleacher Report Bolsters NBA Writing Staff with Four Prominent Hires

The Bleacher Report announced today that it has added four writers to cover its NBA beat this season.

Prominent among them is Howard Beck, who is leaving the New York Times to serve as the site’s national NBA lead writer.

Also hired were Kevin Ding, formerly of the Orange County Register to cover the L.A. Lakers; Ethan Skolnick formerly from a number of South Florida papers to cover the Miami Heat; and Jared Zwerling who will serve as the lead NBA analyst and contribute features, breaking news and video analysis.

MLB Network to Televise The Lyman Bostock Story

MLB Network will produce a special looking back on the life and career of Minnesota Twins and California Angels outfielder Lyman Bostock who was murdered four seasons into his career at the age of 27.

Bob Costas will narrate the special, which features the first on-camera interview with Bostock’s widow, Yuovene Whistler, since the night she lost her husband.

The Lyman Bostock Story airs Sunday at 10:00p.m. ET.

ESPN, ATP Extend Agreement on Expanded Coverage of Three Events

ESPN and the ATP World Tour have announced  a long-term agreement that will expand coverage of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.; Sony Open Tennis in Miami; and the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals currently played in London.

More than 44 hours of coverage of the events will be carried live on television, along with more live action from every ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and 500 tournament will be on ESPN3 – totaling up to 1,200 hours annually.

“ESPN is thrilled to expand coverage of three of the biggest events outside the Major Championships – Indian Wells, Miami and the ATP World Tour season finale,” said Jason Bernstein, ESPN senior director, programming & acquisitions who oversees both ESPN3 and ESPN’s tennis business.  “ESPN3 presents more live tennis action than any other U.S. outlet year-round, with multiple simultaneous matches available on broadband and via WatchESPN no matter where you are.”

Mark Young, CEO ATP Americas and Chief Media Officer, said, “We’re delighted to sign this extended agreement with ESPN, paving the way for even greater TV coverage and viewership in the US of our biggest events.  ESPN is a terrific broadcast partner for the ATP and, with more fans tuning into ATP World Tour events than ever before, it’s a very exciting time to be a part of the Tour.”

English Premier League Soccer on NBC

Here is the schedule of matches, along with network designation and studio programming, for this week’s English Premier League matches on the networks of NBC Sports:

Below is the NBCUniversal schedule for the fifth week of the Premier League season (all times ET):

Date Time Home v. Away Network
Wed., Sept. 18 12 a.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN
Thurs., Sept. 19 7 p.m. Barclays Premier League World NBCSN
Thurs., Sept. 19 7:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League Match Pack NBCSN
Fri., Sept. 20 7 a.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Fri., Sept. 20 7 p.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Fri., Sept. 20 8 p.m. Premier League Download III NBCSN
Fri., Sept. 20 9 p.m. Premier League Download IV NBCSN
Sat., Sept. 21 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Sept. 21 7:45 a.m. Norwich City v. Aston Villa NBCSN
Sat., Sept. 21 10 a.m. Liverpool v. Southampton NBCSN
Sat., Sept. 21 10 a.m. West Ham United v. Everton Extra Time
Sat., Sept. 21 10 a.m. Newcastle United v. Hull City Extra Time
Sat., Sept. 21 10 a.m. West Bromwich Albion v. Sunderland Extra Time
Sat., Sept. 21 12:30 p.m. Chelsea v. Fulham NBCSN
Sat., Sept. 21 9:30 p.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day NBCSN, mun2
Sun., Sept. 22 8 a.m. Premier League Live CNBC
Sun., Sept. 22 8:30 a.m. Arsenal v. Stoke City CNBC, mun2
Sun., Sept. 22 8:30 a.m. Crystal Palace v. Swansea City Extra Time
Sun., Sept. 22 10:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Sept. 22 11 a.m. Manchester City v. Manchester United NBCSN, Telemundo
Sun., Sept. 22 11 a.m. Cardiff City v. Tottenham Extra Time
Sun., Sept. 22 1 p.m. Premier League Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., Sept. 22 11 p.m. NBCSN’s Premier League Match of the Day II NBCSN

College Football This Week on ESPN

Here is the schedule of college football games, along with announcer assignments, this week on the networks of ESPN:

Thu, Sep 19 7:30 p.m. No. 3 Clemson at NC State

TV: Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, David Pollack & Samantha Ponder
Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
Texas Southern at Jackson State

Mark Neely & Jay Walker
Fri, Sep 20 9 p.m. Boise State at Fresno State

Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
Sat, Sep 21 Noon North Carolina at Georgia Tech

Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill
San Jose State at Minnesota

Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
Marshall at Virginia Tech

Tom Hart & John Congemi
Vanderbilt at Massachusetts

Dave Lamont & Ray Bentley
Toledo at Central Michigan

Michael Reghi & Doug Graber
Florida International at No. 7 Louisville ESPN3 & RSN *
12:21 p.m. North Texas at No. 9 Georgia

Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
12:30 p.m. Pitt at Duke ESPN3 & ACC Network *
Tulane at Syracuse ESPN3 & RSN *
1 p.m. Ball State at Eastern Michigan

Dan Gutowsky & Forrest Conoly
2 p.m. Austin Peay at Ohio

Keith Morehouse & Rocky Boiman
Jacksonville State at Georgia State

Roy Philpott & Peter Vaas
3:30 p.m. Purdue at No. 24 Wisconsin

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
ABC & ESPN2 **
Utah State at USC

TV: Dave Flemming, David Diaz-Infante & Shelley Smith
Radio: Rich Cellini, Tom Ramsey & Dave Shore
ABC & ESPN2 ** & ESPN Radio
Arkansas at Rutgers

Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich
West Virginia vs. Maryland (from Baltimore)

Anish Shroff & Kelly Stouffer
Virginia Military Institute at Virginia

Shawn Kenney, Stan Lewter & Angela Mallen
Murray State at Bowling Green

Dave Weekley & John Gregory
Delaware State at North Dakota State ESPN3 *
Tennessee at No. 19 Florida

Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN Radio
4 p.m. Cincinnati at Miami (Ohio)

Jim Barbar, Pete Najarian & Rontina McCann
4:30 p.m. Arkansas State at Memphis

Joel Meyers & Kevin O’Connell
6 p.m. Bethune-Cookman at No. 8 Florida State

John Sadak, Al Groh & Tiffany Greene
Louisiana-Lafayette at Akron

Frank Giardina & Jerod Cherry
Lafayette at Penn ESPN3
7 p.m. Colorado State at No. 1 Alabama

Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor
SMU at No. 10 Texas A&M

Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Dawn Davenport
Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois

Mike Couzens & Bob Chmeil
Savannah State at No. 16 Miami (Fla.)

Drew Fellios, Cory Chavous & Steffi Sorensen
Morgan State at Western Kentucky

Trey Bender & Brian Kinchen
Montana State at Stephen F. Austin ESPN3 *
7:30 p.m. Troy at Mississippi State ESPN3 & RSN *
Midwestern State at West Georgia ESPN3 *
7:45 p.m. Auburn at No. 6 LSU

Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
8 p.m. Kansas State at Texas

Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
No. 15 Michigan at Connecticut

Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake
Tennessee State at Tennessee Tech ESPN3
10:15 p.m. Utah at BYU

Mark Jones, Brock Huard & Lewis Johnson
Wyoming at Air Force

Joe Davis & Dan Hawkins

English Premier League on NBC Sports

The fourth week of the English Premier League season is this week.  Here are the schedule of games and studio programs across the networks of NBC Sports:

Following is the NBCUniversal schedule for the fourth week of the Premier League season:

Date Time Home-Away Network
Thurs., Sept. 12 7 p.m. Barclays Premier League World NBCSN
7:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League Match Pack NBCSN
Fri., Sept. 13 7 a.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
7 p.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
9 p.m. Premier League Download NBCSN
Sat., Sept. 14 12:30 a.m. Premier League Download II NBCSN
7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
7:30 a.m. Manchester United v. Crystal Palace NBCSN, mun2
10 a.m. Sunderland v. Arsenal NBCSN
10 a.m. Stoke City v. Manchester City Extra Time
10 a.m. Tottenham Hotspur v. Norwich City Extra Time
10 a.m. Aston Villa v. Newcastle United Extra Time
10 a.m. Fulham v. West Bromwich Albion Extra Time
10 a.m. Hull City v. Cardiff City Extra Time
Noon Premier League Live NBCSN
12:30 p.m. Everton v. Chelsea NBC, mun2
11:30 p.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Sept. 15 10:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
11 a.m. Southampton v. West Ham United NBCSN
1 p.m. Premier League Goal Zone NBCSN
11 p.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., Sept. 16 2:30 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
3 p.m. Swansea City v. Liverpool NBCSN
Tues., Sept. 17 12 a.m. Barclays Premier League Review Show NBCSN
1 a.m. Premier League Encore: Manchester Monday NBCSN
Wed., Sept. 18 12 a.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN

NFL Network & Covers the NFL

We have been receiving news from the networks on their plans to cover the NFL this season.  Instead of boiling down each release, we will be posting portions directly from the networks.

Here is some of the NFL programming information from and the NFL Network: Seasonal Schedule

Michael Silver’s 32 Questions Column Every Monday on; Also Writes EveryThursday

Michael Silver’s weekly 32 Questions column began this week  on and will continue each Monday throughout the entire NFL season.

32 Questions will provide insight into a specific NFL situation. He will provide the same investigative reporting his readers have come to expect from the veteran NFL writer. Additionally, Silver will provide an additional tidbits from all around the NFL which will be driven by Silver’s sources around the league.

Then, throughout the week, catch Silver on NFL Total Access for further elaboration.

Silver will also write each Thursday on His second weekly piece will be a single-focused NFL column. Silver will take a unique look at a topic of his choice from around the league and provide additional information and context to it.

Additionally, Silver will be a regular on NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football and NFL GameDay Morning on Sundays.

Judy Battista Writes Every Tuesday and Friday; Also Conducts Weekly Mailbag on

Veteran NFL reporter Judy Battista will write a weekly Tuesday column for which started this week. Battista’s column will have a main focus which will be supplemented by additional news from around the league.

Piggy-backing on the news she provided in her column, Battista will appear on Around the League each Tuesday at 6:00 PM ET.   

Each week, Battista will write a weekly mailbag where she answers questions from NFL fans. NFL fans can submit their questions via the NFL Network’s social media outlets.

On Fridays, Battista prepares fans for the upcoming NFL weekend with her final column of the week. She will provide three things to watch for and have additional notes on each NFL game.’s Offers Six Different Podcasts Each Week 

This season, NFL Digital Media offers six different podcasts which will total nine new episodes each week. To check out all the podcasts, visit:


  • ·         Dave Dameshek Football Program:  Host Dave Dameshek provides his distinctive take on everything both inside and outside the NFL. Dameshek is joined by guests each week.
  • ·         Around the League: The writers of the popular Around the League Blog take their insight to the next level with the addition of their podcast. Gregg RosenthalDan HanzusMarc Sessler and Chris Wesselingreport on everything, from breaking NFL news to fantasy football. Follow them on twitter at @NFL_ATL
  • ·         The Coaches Show: Former NFL head coaches Steve Mariucci and Brian Billick provide a coach’s take on the NFL action from Sunday.


  • ·         The Rich Eisen Podcast: With more than 10 million downloads, the popular podcast hosted by Rich Eisen combines sports and entertainment with a unique blend of humor each week.


  • ·         Dave Dameshek Football Program: Dameshek returns with a second weekly edition of his podcast
  • ·         Around the League: The second of three weekly podcasts for the ATL crew hits as focus around the NFL shifts to the upcoming games.


  • ·         Draft 365: Former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah and NFL Network college analyst Bucky Brooks provide a weekly synopsis and their analysis on the happenings in college football. Which players are primed to make a successful leap to the next level? Listen each week.


  • ·         Around the League: The third and final podcast of the week for the Around the League writers is the perfect primer heading into another week of NFL action.
  • ·         NFL Fantasy Live: NFL draft expert Michael Fabiano anchors the NFL Fantasy podcast each week. Fabiano will elaborate on his weekly ‘Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em’ columns on Each week he will be joined by a rotation of NFL Fantasy experts including Akbar GbajabiamilaAdam RankMatt ‘Money’ Smith, andJason Smith.

Other Weekly Projects:

  • ·         Elliot Harrison’s Weekly Power RankingsEvery Tuesday, Elliott Harrison ranks NFL teams from No. 1 through No. 32 in his weekly power rankings. His power rankings will be a staple on NFL Network and NFL Digital Media’s programming throughout the week.
  • ·         Michael Fabiano’s Weekly ‘Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em presented by Microsoft: NFL Fantasy expert andFantasy Sportswriters Association Hall of Famer Michael Fabiano releases his weekly ‘Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em’column each Wednesday. The columns are broken down by position and provide a comprehensive look at the fantasy football picture.
  • ·         Game Day Satisfaction presented by Snickers: Each week, will recap the most satisfying NFL moments from Sunday’s game through highlights and plays with Game Day Satisfaction presented by Snickers. This fast-paced, funny and exciting weekly recap will be hosted by Brian Unger of History Channel’s How the States Got Their Shapes. will also invite fans to share with their friends along with a short 140-character message in a MadLib style format.
  • ·         NFL Fan Pass: The ultimate inside access to all things NFL kicks off the 2013 season with stops in Baltimore for 2013 NFL Kickoff and New York City for the launch of the 2013 NFL Women’s apparel line during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week hosted by’s Crystina Poncher.

Using insider access, NFL Fan Pass provides unprecedented access to teams, players, celebrities and musicians at NFL games and events throughout the 2013 season.

NFL Fan Pass will post daily exclusive interviews, videos and photos on, NFL Mobile presented by Verizon and NFL Network. Fans can also follow the hashtag #nflfanpass on Twitter.

  • ·         NFL 2020 presented by Samsung: Hosted by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the eight-part feature series presents an informed, engaging look at what the NFL could look like in the year 2020.

The series was filmed in various places including at the lab where Kevlar football pads are being perfected and Hamar, Norway which is the home of the 360-degree camera technology that is believed to have the ability to redefine sports entertainment.

Each episode will be accompanied with a companion infographic and bonus video content.

The first episode, which debuts next week, illustrates how players will look in 2020 and describes how varied their skill sets will be.

  • ·         NFL Up!: invites fans and young football athletes to get fit like their favorite players with NFL Up! Featuring the best NFL players and trainers in the league, NFL UP will give fans an in-depth look at what it is like to train at the professional level. In these video features, NFL players will demonstrate football drills and workout tips, plus give advice on their craft. Topics include: speed, agility, strength, endurance, cardio and more.

NFL players involved in NFL Up! include: Bobby WagnerIke TaylorAkeem AyersDatone JonesKyle LongJamal CharlesPatrick PetersonRichard ShermanRyan Clark, Stevie JohnsonRoddy White,Steve WeatherfordCJ SpillerAntonio CromartieTravis MaysBrandon BrownerDonald PennDashon GoldsonRyan Clady, and Greg Jennings. has also partnered with top NFL trainers to deliver complimentary NFL heath and fitness training tips and advice. The Up! Ambassadors include former NFL Kicker and Super Bowl Champion, John Carney of Carney Training Facility, Ryan Capretta of Proactive Sports Performance and Arizona Cardinals Strength and Conditioning coach and owner of Fischer Sports, Brett Fischer.

 NFL Network Seasonal Programming Schedule 

NFL AM – Daily Episodes at 6:00 AM ET, Re-Aired at 10:00 AM ET

Start the day off with the NFL. NFL AM airs Monday – Friday at 6:00 AM ET for four hours, offering analysis, reports from correspondents in several NFL cities, interviews with players and coaches, and game highlights.

Joining the show this year are two-time Super Bowl champion Terrell Davis, former Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arringtonand former Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia. Host Nicole Zaloumis and analysts Eric DavisMark Kriegel and Steve Wyche return. Paul Burmeister and Molly Qerim will also join the show this fall.

NFL Fantasy Live – Daily Episodes at 5:00 PM ET and 1:00 AM ET on NFL Network; 4:00 PM ET on 

NFL Fantasy Live, the premier show for fantasy football players, has returned with daily episodes for the entire 2013 NFL Season.

Continuing throughout the NFL season, the one-hour show airs on both and NFL Network Monday throughFriday. Catch it first on at 4:00 PM ET and then on NFL Network at 5:00 PM ET and 1:00 AM ET.  Each Mondayand Thursday’s late edition will be updated to reflect results from the respective night’s game.

Each NFL Sunday at 11:30 AM ETNFL Fantasy Live airs on NFL RedZone channel and

Each week, the latest fantasy rankings are reveled. Also, NFL Fantasy Live provides analysis on any preseason injury and its fantasy football impact.  Also, learn about NFL Fantasy’s Fantasy Genius – the new, collaborative community for shared fantasy football information.

Around the League LiveAround the League Primetime and NFL Total Access – Primetime Lineup Starts at 6:00 PM ET Each Day.

Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, NFL Network presents a completely revamped evening schedule, headlined by the move of NFL Total Access in prime time to a new starting time of 8:00 PM ET.

A Football Life – Tuesdays at 9:00 PM ET; A Football Life: Backstory at 10:00 PM ET

The third season of A Football Life began yesterday with a profile of former NFL MVP and current NFL Network analyst LaDainian Tomlinson . The series continues on Tuesday, September 10 with a profile on Don Shula.

Throughout the NFL Season, the two-time Emmy-nominated documentary series produced by NFL Films, A Football Life Presented by Chase airs Tuesday nights at 9:00 PM ET. This is the third season of the highly-acclaimed series.

New this season, hosted by Jenn BrownA Football Life: Backstory airs following each episode at 10:00 PM ET on NFL Network. The 30-minute show provides a deeper look into the lives and story of each subject, features interviews with relevant individuals, and includes material that did not make the final edition of each A Football Life episode.

The Aftermath – Mondays at 2:00 PM ET

Each Monday at 2:00 PM ET, join host Scott Hanson and a rotation of NFL Network analysts as they breakdown the impact of Sunday’s NFL action on each team moving forward in the NFL season on an all new show, The Aftermath.

The three-hour edition of The Aftermath leads into NFL Fantasy Live.

Playbook  – Fridays at 9:00 PM ET & 10:00 PM ET   

See the game the way the pros do each week on Playbook, the ultimate X’s and O’s football show on television.

Super Bowl champion Shaun O’Hara joins Sterling SharpeBrian Baldinger and Brian Billick every Friday at 9:00 PM ET (NFC) and 10:00 PM ET (AFC) to break down each week’s games with the help of “All-22” footage – the same film used by NFL teams. Each one-hour show explains why teams have an advantage over their opponent, as well as provide an in-depth review of each Thursday Night Football game the night before.


College Football This Week on ESPN

Here is the college football line-up this week on the networks of ESPN:

ESPN, ABC, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, Longhorn Network and ESPN Radio Schedule
Fri, Sep 6 8 p.m. Wake Forest at Boston College

Carter Blackburn, Danny Kanell & Allison Williams
Sat, Sep 7 Noon No. 12 Florida at Miami (Fla.)

Dave Pasch, Brian Griese & Tom Luginbill
Cincinnati at Illinois

Bob Wischusen, Rod Gilmore & Quint Kessenich
South Florida at Michigan State

Tom Hart & John Congemi
Eastern Kentucky at No. 8 Louisville

Dave Weekley, John Gregory & Rotina McCann
Bowling Green at Kent State

Michael Reghi & Doug Graber
Miami (Ohio) at Kentucky ESPN3 & RSN *
Houston at Temple

Eamon McAnaney, Anthony Becht & Brooke Weisbrod
Clark Atlanta at West Alabama ESPN3
12:21 p.m. Western Kentucky at Tennessee

Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
12:30 p.m. Middle Tennessee at North Carolina ESPN3 & ACC Network *
South Carolina State at No. 4 Clemson ESPN3 & RSN *
1 p.m. Army at Ball State

Trey Bender & Mark Herrmann
1:30 p.m. Western Carolina at Virginia Tech

John Sadak, John Bunting & Cat Whitehill
2 p.m. Maine at Massachusetts

Bob Picozzi & Brian Kinchen
Tennessee-Chattanooga at Georgia State

Dave Popkin & Stan Lewter
3 p.m. Tennessee-Martin at Boise State

Jim Barbar & Kevin O’Connell
New Hampshire at Central Michigan

Wayne Randazzo & Dustin Fox
3:30 p.m. San Diego State at No. 3 Ohio State

Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman & Shannon Spake
ABC & ESPN2 **
No. 2 Oregon at Virginia

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham & Jeannine Edwards
ABC & ESPN2 **
Toledo at Missouri

Anish Shroff & Kelly Stouffer
Alcorn State at Mississippi State

Mike Morgan, Cole Cubelic & Paul Carcaterra
4 p.m. Old Dominion at Maryland

Beth Mowins & Joey Galloway
4:30 p.m. No. 6 South Carolina at No. 11 Georgia

Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
Duke at Memphis

Joel Meyers & Al Groh
5 p.m. Ferris State at North Dakota State ESPN3
6 p.m. Richmond at NC State

Shawn Kenney, KC Keeler & Sarah Stankavidge
James Madison at Akron

Frank Giardina & Jerrod Cherry
Furman at Coastal Carolina ESPN3
Wofford at Citadel ESPN3
Alabama State at Jackson State

Joe Davis & Jay Walker
7 p.m. No. 15 Texas at BYU

Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen & Maria Taylor
ESPN2 & Longhorn Network
UAB at No. 9 LSU

Clay Matvick, Matt Stinchcomb & Dawn Davenport
North Texas at Ohio

Keith Morehouse & Peter Vaas
Nicholls State at Western Michigan

Dan Gutowsky & Forrest Connoly
Prairie View A&M at Texas State

Brock Bowling & Jay Taylor
Savannah State at Troy

Drew Fellios & Roland Williams
Grambling State at Louisiana-Monroe

Roy Philpott & Barrett Brooks
Southeast Missouri State at Ole Miss ESPN3
Samford at Arkansas ESPN3
Sam Houston State at No. 7 Texas A&M ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas ESPN3
Monmouth at Liberty ESPN3
7:30 p.m. Arkansas State at Auburn ESPN3 & RSN *
Austin Peay at Vanderbilt

Matt Stewart, Chris Doering & Angela Mallen
8 p.m. No. 14 Notre Dame at No. 17 Michigan

Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit & Heather Cox
Montana State at SMU

Tyler Denning & Pete Najarian
10 p.m. Cal Poly at Fresno State

Peter Young & Corey Chavous
10:30 p.m. Washington State at No. 25 USC

Bill Rosinski, David Norrie & Joe Schad
ESPN Radio

Sports Media Digest- August 28, 2013

ESPN Touts its Ranking Across Digital Platforms

ESPN Digital reported today that its platforms continues to rank number one in terms of average audience minutes, share of the audience and minutes per user.

From ESPN PR her are some other numbers from the network:

• Users watched 251 million ESPN digital video clips. 73% were viewed on computers, 16% on mobile devices and 10% on YouTube.1
• Viewers spent 476 million minutes with WatchESPN and ESPN3 live and on-demand programming across all platforms.1
• ESPN sent 2.8 billion alerts to 27 million people in July, up 71% from a year ago.

Event though ESPN has much to praise, it continues to lag in second behind Yahoo! Sports in terms of unique users each month.

ESPN Deportes and ESPNews Now Available on WatchESPN

ESPN continues to add more content to its WatchESPN online app.  The network today announced the availability of ESPN Deportes and ESPNEWS on WatchESPN.  The channels are now available online at, on smartphones and tablets via the award-winning WatchESPN app and on Apple TV.

“ESPN Deportes and ESPNEWS serve different audiences, and with today’s launch on WatchESPN, we’re now able to deliver both networks across all screens to their respective viewers,” said David Preschlack, executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Media Networks.  “At the same time, we are building greater value to the multichannel video subscription for customers of our distributors by adding a wider range of networks available on WatchESPN.”

In order for users to access the content online, it much authenticate that they are television subscribers of the networks.