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FIFA World Cup Qualifying Matches on ESPN

The ESPN family of networks will air 39 World Cup qualifying matches beginning this Friday through next Tuesday.  Among the matches will be the U.S. men’s team match against Jamaica Friday night on ESPN.

Here is the schedule, along with network designation:

Date Time (ET) Match Network(s)
Fri, Oct 11 11 a.m. Armenia vs. Bulgaria ESPN3
  11:30 a.m. Lithuania vs. Latvia ESPN3
  12 p.m. Croatia vs. Belgium ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
  12 p.m. Azerbaijan vs. Northern Ireland ESPN3
  12 p.m. Moldova vs. San Marino ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Malta vs. Czech Republic ESPN3
  2 p.m. Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Liechtenstein ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Luxembourg vs. Russia ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Netherlands vs. Hungary ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Estonia vs. Turkey ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Albania vs. Switzerland ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Andorra vs. Romania ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Germany vs. Ireland ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  2:45 p.m. Greece vs. Slovakia ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Slovenia vs. Norway ESPN3
  2:45 p.m. Iceland vs. Cyprus ESPN3
  2:55 p.m. France vs. Australia
(Friendly Match)
ESPN3
  3:45 p.m. Portugal vs. Israel ESPN3
  4 p.m. Spain vs. Belarus ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
  6 p.m. United States vs. Jamaica ESPN / WatchESPN
  9:15 p.m. Mexico vs. Panama ESPNEWS / WatchESPN
Sun, Oct 13 9 p.m. Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders ESPN / ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
Tue, Oct 15 1 p.m. Israel vs. Northern Ireland ESPN3
  1 p.m. Portugal vs. Luxembourg ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
  1 p.m. Azerbaijan vs. Russia ESPN3
  1 p.m. Lithuania vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina ESPN3
  1 p.m. Greece vs. Liechtenstein ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Cyprus vs. Albania ESPN3
  2 p.m. Switzerland vs. Slovenia ESPN3
  2 p.m. Turkey vs. Netherlands ESPN3
  2 p.m. Hungary vs. Andorra ESPN3
  2 p.m. Romania vs. Estonia ESPN3
  2:10 p.m. Latvia vs. Slovakia ESPN3
  2:15 p.m. Bulgaria vs. Czech Republic ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. ESPN FC FIFA World Cup Whiparound ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  2:30 p.m. Serbia vs. Macedonia ESPN3
  3 p.m. San Marino vs. Ukraine ESPN3
  3 p.m. Montenegro vs. Moldova ESPN3
  3 p.m. Scotland vs. Croatia ESPN3
  3 p.m. Belgium vs. Wales ESPN3
  3 p.m. Spain vs. Georgia ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN / ESPN3
  3 p.m. France vs. Finland ESPN3
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ESPNU Midnight Madness Schedule

ESPN announced the schedule of telecasts on ESPNU as part of its coverage of college basketball’s Midnight Madness.

Here is the schedule, which begins at 9:00p.m. ET on October 18th:

Basketball Team/ Commentator Event Names Network (Timing ET)
Duke
TBD & Dino Gaudio
Countdown to Craziness ESPNU/
ESPN3 (8 p.m.)
Florida Gulf Coast
LaPhonso Ellis
Dunk City After Dark ESPNU
Kentucky
Jimmy Dykes & Darrin Horn
Big Blue Madness ESPNU/
ESPN3 (7:30 p.m.)
Memphis
Bruce Pearl
Memphis Madness

 

ESPNU
New Mexico
Miles Simon
The Lobo Howl

 

ESPNU
Oklahoma State 
Fran Fraschilla & Sean Farnham
Homecoming & Hoops ESPNU/
ESPN3 (10 p.m.)
Syracuse
Rich Hollenberg & Tim Welsh
Orange Madness ESPNU/
ESPN3 (9 p.m.)
UConn
Rebecca Lobo & Kara Lawson
First Night ESPNU/
ESPN3 (7 p.m.)
Wichita State
Len Elmore
Shocker Madness ESPNU

ESPN3 will carry six Midnight Madness events live in their entirety, beginning tomorrow, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m., with Late Night in the Phog featuring the Kansas men’s basketball team.

Sports Media Digest- October 2, 2013

NL Wild Card Ratings Up 15% over 2012

Turner Sports reports that last night National League Wild Card game between the Reds and Pirates averaged a 3.0 rating and 4.6 million total viewers, up 15% over last year’s NL Wild Card game between the Cardinals and Braves.

The game also  won the night across all cable networks among total viewers.

ESPN Sees 14% Increase in Ratings for MLB

With the Major League Baseball regular season complete ESPN reports that its ratings numbers for the 2013 season are up 14% over 2012.

ESPN finished with a 0.8 U.S. household rating in 2013, up from a 0.7 in 2012, according to Nielsen.

Avery Johnson Joins ESPN as NBA Analyst

ESPN announced today that former NBA player and coach Avery Johnson has joined the network as a NBA analyst.

Johnson will provide analysis for NBA Coast 2 Coast and NBA Tonight, while also making regular appearances on SportsCenter and additional ESPN news and information programming.  Johnson will make his in-studio debut on Monday, October 21.

“I have a wealth of knowledge that I’ve accumulated in my 23 years in the NBA as a head coach and point guard and I’m excited to share my insights with NBA fans,” said Johnson. “I’m thrilled to re-join ESPN and work with their talented team.”

New Features for NBA League Pass as it Enters its 20th Season

NBA Digital announced today that there will be some added features to its NBA League Pass is this, its 20th season.

The new features will be available on NBA League Pass Broadband, which is available complimentary to NBA League Pass and as a standalone product.  Additional package options include NBA League Pass Mobile and NBA League Pass Choice, allowing fans to choose up to five teams to watch during the regular season.

NFL Action Still Tops In Ratings

For the fourth season NFL games were the top ranked program in television.  Additionally, NFL action was the top ranked program in 28 of the 30 NFL markets:

Week of 9/23–9/29  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

Denver Raiders at Broncos* 09/23/2013 44.4 65

1

Kansas City Giants at Chiefs 09/29/2013 39.3 72

1

Seattle Seahawks at Texans 09/29/2013 36.1 68

1

Boston Patriots at Falcons 09/29/2013 34.5 56

1

Indianapolis Colts at Jaguars 09/29/2013 34.0 57

1

Buffalo Ravens at Bills 09/29/2013 33.7 64

1

Minneapolis Steelers at Vikings 09/29/2013 33.2 67

1

Detroit Bears at Lions 09/29/2013 32.3 56

1

Pittsburgh Steelers at Vikings 09/29/2013 31.0 59

1

Baltimore Ravens at Bills 09/29/2013 30.5 58

1

Chicago Bears at Lions 09/29/2013 30.4 61

1

Cincinnati Bengals at Browns 09/29/2013 29.2 51

1

Washington, DC Redskins at Raiders 09/29/2013 29.0 51

1

Nashville Jets at Titans 09/29/2013 28.9 44

1

Cleveland Bengals at Browns 09/29/2013 27.6 56

1

San Diego Cowboys at Chargers 09/29/2013 27.5 55

1

Houston Seahawks at Texans 09/29/2013 27.3 55

1

Dallas Cowboys at Chargers 09/29/2013 26.8 48

1

Philadelphia Eagles at Broncos 09/29/2013 26.2 44

1

Atlanta Patriots at Falcons 09/29/2013 25.5 40

1

Tampa Cardinals at Buccaneers 09/29/2013 20.5 40

1

Phoenix Cardinals at Buccaneers 09/29/2013 19.3 40

1

San Fran-Oakland 49ers at Rams** 09/26/2013 18.7 39

1

St. Louis 49ers at Rams** 09/26/2013 16.6 28

1

Jacksonville Colts at Jaguars 09/29/2013 16.4 33

1

New York Giants at Chiefs 09/29/2013 15.2 35

1

Charlotte Patriots at Falcons 09/29/2013 15.0 26

1

Miami Eagles at Broncos 09/29/2013 11.1 21

1

MLB Playoff Preview on Cover of SI

This week’s Sports Illustrated previews the Major League Baseball playoffs.  Here is the cover:

SI 10-7-13

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
ESPN & ESPN Radio
Howard at North Carolina A&T

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

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

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

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

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

Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway & Paul Carcaterra
ESPN2
No. 15 Miami (Fla.) at South Florida

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

Dave Neal, Andre Ware & Cara Capuano
ESPN3 & SEC TV *
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
ESPNEWS
Hampton at South Carolina State ESPN3 ^
Charlotte at Presbyterian ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Akron at Bowling Green

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

Jim Barbar & John Gregory
ESPN3
Troy at Duke

Shawn Kenney & John Bunting
ESPN3
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
ESPNU
Central Michigan at NC State

John Sadak & Al Groh
ESPN3
Connecticut at Buffalo

Bob Picozzi & KC Keeler
ESPN3
6:30 p.m. No. 21 Ole Miss at No. 1 Alabama

Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge & Holly Rowe
ESPN
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
ESPNU
Kent State at Western Michigan

Dan Gutowsky & Dustin Fox
ESPN3
Tulane at Louisiana-Monroe

Drew Fellios & Stan Lewter
ESPN3
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
ESPN3 & RSN *
UAB at Vanderbilt ESPN3 & RSN *
8 p.m. No. 23 Wisconsin at No. 4 Ohio State

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

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

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

Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti & Allison Williams
ESPN2

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  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

New Orleans Saints at Buccaneers 09/15/2013

49.2

71

1

Seattle 49ers at Seahawks 09/15/2013

45.2

66

1

Denver Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013

43.2

70

1

Milwaukee Redskins at Packers 09/15/2013

41.6

67

1

Kansas City Cowboys at Chiefs 09/15/2013

39.0

65

1

Washington DC Eagles at Redskins* 09/09/2013

38.8

58

1

San Diego Texans at Chargers* 09/09/2013

36.8

56

1

Indianapolis Dolphins at Colts 09/15/2013

35.4

59

1

Philadelphia Eagles at Redskins* 09/09/2013

35.1

51

1

Chicago Vikings at Bears 09/15/2013

31.5

60

1

Buffalo Panthers at Bills 09/15/2013

30.5

55

1

Detroit Lions at Cardinals 09/15/2013

30.4

49

1

Baltimore Browns at Ravens 09/15/2013

30.2

57

1

Boston Jets at Patriots** 09/12/2013

29.8

51

1

Minneapolis Vikings at Bears 09/15/2013

28.9

63

1

Houston Texans at Chargers* 09/09/2013

27.7

54

1

Cleveland Browns at Ravens 09/15/2013

27.3

55

1

Nashville Titans at Texans 09/15/2013

26.8

47

1

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

25.9

46

1

Tampa Saints at Buccaneers 09/15/2013

25.3

41

1

Dallas Cowboys at Chiefs 09/15/2013

25.2

50

1

Phoenix Lions at Cardinals 09/15/2013

21.6

44

1

New York Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013

21.4

39

1

Atlanta Rams at Falcons 09/15/2013

21.2

42

1

Charlotte Panthers at Bills 09/15/2013

20.3

39

1

Miami Dolphins at Colts 09/15/2013

20.3

38

1

Jacksonville Jaguars at Raiders 09/15/2013

20.2

35

1

Cincinnati Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013 17.1

32

1

Pittsburgh Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013 15.6

29

1

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.”