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SI To Produce Daily Talk Show on SI.com

Sports Illustrated announced today that it will begin producing a 30-minute daily talk show which will be hosted on its website, SI.com.

SI Now Powered by Ford, will be hosted by Maggie Gray and deliver commentary, analysis and social interaction with SI writers/editors, newsmakers and special guests.  The program premier’s Monday, June 3rd at 1:00p.m. ET.  The show will often travel to big-name sporting events across the country.  The first such occurrence will be at the U.S. Open next month at Merion.

“Our writers and anchors are the brightest in the sports world, and this live show gives them an important new way to interact with sports fans in real time,” said Matt Bean, managing editor of SI.com. “SI Now is a revolution in how we create and deliver video to our audience. It is the next phase in SI.com’s content evolution.”

“Our goal is for SI Now to deliver what SI does best — thoughtful conversation and commentary around the biggest stories in sports,” said Ian Orefice, Time Inc. news and sports executive producer. “Since launching SI Video in 2010, we’ve built tremendous momentum with increased viewership and critical acclaim for our original productions. Now with the addition of the production facility, we can deliver exponentially more video across the site and throughout the spectrum of digital, mobile and broadcast distribution channels.”

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Sports Media Digest- May 22, 2013

Andy Roddick to Join Fox Sports Live-  Fox Sports continues to name its roster of talent for the launch of Fox Sports 1 in August.  Today they announced the hire of former tennis star Andy Roddick.  Roddick will serve as co-host with Charissa Thompson for the network’s Fox Sports LIVE nightly highlights show.  Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports LIVE debuts August 17th.

NBC Sees Uptick in Preakness Viewership–  NBC Sports reports viewership for last Saturday’s Preakness Stakes were up 20% over 2012 and the highest since 2009.  The audience averaged 9.7 million viewers.  The 5.9 rating for the race was 13% higher than last year.

Carlesimo Joins ESPN for NBA Playoff Coverage–  Former NBA coach P.J. Carelsimo will be part of the ESPN crew as it continues with its coverage of the NBA Playoffs.  Carlesimo, who will work for the network through the NBA Finals, begins his work Thursday at the 9:00  a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter and contribute to additional studio programming, including NBA Tonight.

ESPN/ABC Preps for Indy 500–  ESPN and ABC Sports are set to telecast the 49th Indianapolis 500 this Sunday. Pre-race coverage begins at 11:00a.m. ET with the green flag set for 12:15 p.m. ET. Marty Reid will call the race with analysis by Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever.  SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak will host the telecast while pit reporters will be Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.

NASCAR Nationwide Series on ESPN Saturday from Charlotte–  ESPN will be on hand Saturday to televise the NASCAR Nationwide Series race from the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Coverage begins with NASCAR Countdown at 2:30 p.m. with the race’s green flag at 3:02 p.m.  Allen Bestwick leads the telecast with analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.

CBS’ Coverage of the Crown Plaza Invitational-  CBS’ coverage of the PGA Tour continues this weekend with the Crown Plaza Invitation from Colonial.  Action begins Saturday and Sunday at 3:00p.m. ET.  Jim Nantz,and Sir Nick Faldo, abnchor the coverage. Ian Baker-Finch calls the action at the 17th hole and Gary McCord at the 16th hole. David Feherty serves as on-course reporter.

Fox Sports Has UEFA Champions League Finale Saturday–  Fox Sports will provide extensive coverage of the final of the UEFA Champions League this weekend between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.  Gus Johnson and Warren Barton have the call of the match. Rob Stone hosts on-site pregame, halftime and post-game coverage with Fox Soccer analysts Eric Wynalda and Brian McBride beginning at 2:00p.m. ET.

Cardinals Grace SI Cover–  The dominant St Louis Cardinals starting rotation is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated:
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Sports Media Digest- May 7, 2013

Underwood Replaces Hill in Performing SNF Theme–  NBC Sports announced today that Carrie Underwood has been selected to record the opening theme to the Sunday Night Football (SNF) package this season.  Underwood, who replaces Faith Hill, makes her Sunday Night Football debut on Sunday, September 8th when Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants.

NBC Sports Reports Kentucky Derby Second Most-Watched Since 1989–  NBC Sports announced today that the final viewership numbers of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby resulted in an audience of 16.2 million viewers, up 11% over 2012 and the second most-watched Derby since 1989.  The 9.7/21 rating is up eight percent from last year’s race (9.0/20).

SiriusXM Radio Launches Lacrosse Show Ahead of NCAA Tourney–  SiriusXM Radio has announced the creation of Inside College Lacrosse, a program which will preview the 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Championships.  The show, hosted by Paul Mittermeier will debut tonight, May 7, and air Tuesdays at 8:00 pm ET on SiriusXM College Sports Nation (channel 91 on satellite radios, on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at SiriusXM.com).

Curry, Crosby on Cover of SI–  With the NHL and NBA Playoffs well underway, Sports Illustrated decided to feature Penguins star Sydney Crosby and Warriors Guard Stephen Curry on this week’s cover:
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Sports Media Digest- April 29- 2013

ESPN Sees Increase in Viewership and Ratings for NFL Draft– ESPN reported today that its three day coverage of the NFL Draft resulted in an increase of viewers and ratings for the network.  ESPN recorded a 2.1 US rating, a three percent gain from 2012 (2.0) and a six percent increase from 2011 (1.9). The average viewership of 3,035,000 viewers is a four percent gain over both 2012 (2,924,000) and 2011 (2,918,000).  Even though the numbers were up overall, ESPN saw a drop in viewers during the first round Thursday night.  Thursday’s 4.1 rating was down 7% from 2012.

ESPN to Produce Special Featuring Bryce Harper–  ESPN has produced a a one-hour special on National’s outfielder Bryce Harper’s journey from a young teenager to MLB star. Bryce Begins will air tomorrow at 9:00 p.m. ET. ESPN will also use its Wednesday Night Baseball telecast between the Nationals and Braves to position analysts Mark Mulder and Doug Glanville near the dugout – instead of in the booth.  Wednesday’s game begins at 7:00p.m. ET.

ESPN To Telecast All 16 NCAA Baseball Regionals–  For the first time, all 16 NCAA Division I baseball regional championships will air on the networks of ESPN.  Every game will also be available on WatchESPN.  The Regionals take place May 31st through June 3rd.  ESPNU will televise the 64 team selection show May 27th at Noon.

CBS Sports Takes a Look at PGA Tour Golfers over a Seven Day Period–  CBS Sports is producing a one-hour special on the schedule of a PGA Tour professional between and during a tournament. PGA Tour 2013: Seven Days presented by Mercedes-Benz will look at six golf stars on seven different days of the week of a tournament.  The golfers are: Graeme McDowell, Russell Henley, Martin Kaymer, Rickey Fowler, Scott Langley and Justin Rose. PGA Tour 2013: Seven Days presented by Mercedes-Benz culminates at the Heritage Tournament from Hiton Head. The program debuts Saturday, May 4th at 2:00p.m. ET.

NASCAR Nationwide Series this Weekend from Talladega on ESPN– The next stop in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will take place this Saturday from the Talladega Superspeedway.  Alan Bestwick will be joined by Carl Edwards and Andy Petree for the call of the race while Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch report from the pits.  Action begins at 2:30p.m. ET with NASCAR Countdown with Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty.

Special Thursday Night Edition of Friday Night Fights on ESPN–  This week’s edition of Friday Night Nights on ESPN will take place Thursday night and feature former Lightweight world title challenger Ji-Hoon “Volcano” Kim taking on Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera in the 10-round Junior Welterweight main event.  Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas have the call with Todd Grisham as pre and post fight host.   Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodriguez will call this week’s fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) with Claudia Trejos and Leopoldo Gonzalez in the studio. The telecast begins at 10:00p.m. ET on ESPN2.

The Story of Gay NBA Player Jason Collins on the Cover of Sports Illustrated-  This week’s edition of Sports Illustrated will look into the coming out of gay NBA player Jason Collins.  Here is this week’s SI cover:
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Sports Media Digest- April 23, 2013

UFC on Fox Shows Viewership Increase– Last Saturday’s UFC on Fox telecast posted a 2.2 average household rating, with 3.7 million viewers, a 47% increase over the Fox UFC telecast the same time last year.  After two events this year, UFC on Fox is averaging a 2.3 rating with 4.0 million viewers, which is a 10% increase in households and a 11% increase in average audience over the two-event average from 2012.

Former Bills To Host a New Show on SiriusXM Radio–  SiriusXM Radio announced today that former Buffalo Bills greats Jim Kelly, Andre Reed and Steve Tasker will host a new program on SiriusXM NFL Radio channel 88.  No Huddle will make its debut with a special preview broadcast tomorrow at 7:00p.m. ET and will air in its weekly timeslot during the 2013 NFL season.

Durant, Boston on the Cover of Sports Illustrated–  Sports Illustrated has released two covers for this week’s edition: One featuring the Thunder’s Kevin Durant, the other saluting Boston following the Marathon bombings.
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Sports Media Digest- April 16, 2013

Marathon Tragedy on Cover of Sports Illustrated  This week’s cover of Sports Illustrated reflects upon yesterday’s tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon:
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Hawks/Raptors Replaces Pacers/Celtics Tonight on TNT-  Because of the canellation of tonight’s Pacers/Celtics game in Boston, TNT has added the Atlanta Hawks at Toronto Raptors with tip-off at 8:00p.m. ET.  Tonight’s second game will remain the Portland Trail Blazers at the Los Angeles Clippers at 10:30p.m. ET.

NBA Action this Week on ESPN– As the NBA season winds down, ESPN will televise a double header tomorrow night.  At 8:00p.m. the Utah Jazz take on the Memphis Grizzlies with Mark Jones and Jon Barry at the mic. At 10:30p.m. ET Dave Pasch and Doris Burke will call the Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers.

Final Masters Ratings Highest in 12 Years–  CBS Sports released the final ratings numbers for last weekend’s Masters and the number are the best for the network in 12 years.  Sunday’s final round was watched in all-or-part by 37.4 million viewers, up 13% from last year.  Sunday’s rating was 9.4, up 18% over 2012.

NFL Network has Exclusive Announcement of the 2013 NFL Schedule-  The 2013 regular season NFL schedule will be released Thursday night and the announcement will be carried live on the NFL Network.  Andrew Siciliano will host along with analysts Willie McGinest, Heath Evans, Shaun O’Hara and Brian Baldinger beginning Thursday at 8:00p.m. ET.

Point Guards Focus on Next Face to Face with Hannah Storm–   The fifth installment Hannah Storm’s interview special will be an in-depth look at several elite NBA point guards.   The one-hour special highlights star point guards Steve Nash, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo, as well as the young, up-and-comer Kyrie Irving.  Face to Face with Hannah Storm – debuts Thursday, April 18, at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.