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Sports Media Digest- February 20, 2013

NBC Sees Viewership Gains with Hockey Day In America Telecasts–  NBC Sports reported today that its third season of its Hockey Day In America telecasts were a viewership success.  The second game of its doubleheader on NBC (Kings/Blackhawks) was up 31% compared to last season, while NBC Sports Network’s evening game (Capitals/Rangers) was up 200% vs. a comparable 2012 game.

Pioli Joins SiriusXM Radio– SiriusXM Radio has announced that former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli has been gired by the network as a football analyst.  Pioli will make his debut as an analyst during SiriusXM NFL Radio’s coverage of the NFL Combine in Indianapolis from February 21 through February 24.  SiriusXM NFL Radio channel can be found on channel 88 with Sirius and XM Premier.

NFL Network Invites Fans to be Part of Run Rich Run–  The NFL Network is asking fans to run the 40 yard dash with host Rich Eisen.  Eisen has been running the dash in his suit for years and NFLN is asking fans to videotape their runs in their work uniforms.  The best and worst videos will be featured on-air Tuesday, Feb. 26, during the NFL Combine coverage on NFL Network …just before Rich’s run.

Friday Night Fights on ESPN–  This week’s edition of Friday Night Nights on ESPN will feature an IBF Title fight between current Junior Welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) and former Junior Welterweight titlist Kendall “Rated R” Holt (28-5, 16 KOs) in the 12-round main event.  Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas have the call with Todd Grisham as pre and post fight host.

Fight Night Returns to NBC This April–  NBC Sports announced that its Fight Night Series will return to the network on April 20th.  Kenny Rice, Freddie Roach , B.J. Flores and Chris Mannix will call the action beginning at 4:00p.m. ET.

CBS Sports Spectacular this Sunday–  CBS Sports will present Bikes and Bulls at this Sunday’s CBS Sports Spectacular telecasts.  The action begins at 12:00p.m. ET as Frank Frederick narrates a mid-season review of the Monster Energy Supercross series.  At 1:00:p.m. ET CBS will telecast the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Invitational from Kansas City.

Sports Illustrated Cover-  Here is this week’s cover of Sports Illustrated:
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ESPN The Magazine Cover-  Here is the cover for the next edition of ESPN the Magazine:
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Sports Media Digest- February 5, 2013

Johnson to Call Soccer for Fox Sports–  Fox Sports announced today that Gus Johnson will call his first soccer match for the network tomorrow.  Johnson will have the play-by-play for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Real Madrid and Manchester United at 2:00 PM ET.  Johnson is being groomed to call the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League Finals, May 11 and 25, respectively, on Fox.  Johnson has experience broadcasting soccer, working MLS games on radio.

Vitale to Work Final Four Games for ESPN International–  ESPN announced today that, for the first time, Dick Vitale will broadcast NCAA Final Four games.  Vitale will work with Brad Nessler on ESPN’s coverage of one National Semi-Finals and Finals on ESPN International.  Jay Bilas will be alongside Nessler for the other National Semi-Final game.  The telecasts will reach sports fans in 150 countries and territories across 35 television and broadcast networks outside the United States.

ESPN to Add Additional Half-Hour of First Take Afternoons For a Month–  Whether it’s an experiment or the forshadowing of things to come, ESPN announced today it will produce an additional live, half-hour of First Take to air afternoons on ESPN.  The new program will debut this Thursday at 3:30p.m. ET and feature host Cari Champion and  commentators Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith.  For the time being the program will air weekdays until March 8th.

TNT NBA Double Header Thursday–  Here is a look at this Thursday’s NBA double header on TNT:  Action begins at 8:00p.m. ET as the Lakers take on the Celtics with Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, and Craig Sager on the call.  The nightcap at 10:30p.m. ET will feature the Bulls at Nuggets with Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, and Marty Snider.

Tirico To Pull Double Duty ESPN/ABC NBA Coverage Sunday–  ABC and ESPN will televise three NBA games this Sunday, with Mike Tirico and leading the play-by-play for two of them.  The opener is at 1:00p.m. ET as Tirico will be joined by Hubie Brown and Heather Cox as the Knicks host the Clippers on ABC.  At 3:30p.m. ET ABC will telecast the Lakers at HEat with Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, and Lisa Salters.  At 8:00p.m. ET over on ESPN Tirico will be joined by Jon Barry as ESPN provides coverage of the Spurs at Nets.

The Making of SI Swimsuit Issue to Air on Travel Channel–  Sports Illustrated and the Travel Channel have announced that the network will air a one hour behind-the-scenes look at the making of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.  Sports Illustrated®: The Making of Swimsuit ’13 – 7 Continents, 17 Wonders, premieres Sunday, February 17 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

CBS Sports Network College Hoops Through Thursday–  The CBS Sports Network will four college basketball games between now and Thursday night.  Tonight will feature a women’s game: at 7:00p.m. ET Notre Dame takes on Villanova with Brent Stover and Debbie Antonelli on the call.  CBSSN will air two men’s games  tomorrow night, beginning at 8:00p.m. ET as St. Louis takes on Fordham with Tom McCarthy and Steve Wolf;  followed at 10:00p.m. ET with Ted Robinson, Steve Lapas, and Lauren Garnder calling Colorado State at Nevada.  John Sadak and Julianne Viani will be courtside Thursday at 9:00p.m. ET for another women’s match-up as UMass takes on St. Louis.

SI Super Bowl Recap Cover–  Here is the cover of Sports Illustrated this week looking back at Super Bowl XLVII:

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Sports Media Digest- January 29, 2013

Super Bowl Preview on Next NFL Turning Point–  This week’s NFL Turning Point on the NBC Sports Network will look ahead to this week’s Super Bowl XLVII between the Ravens and 49ers.  Dan Patrick will host the show which will look back at the turning points in the championship seasons for both teams.  NFL Turning Point airs tomorrow night at 10:30p.m. ET.

Road to the Super Bowl Debuts Sunday on CBS–  NFL Films has announced that its long-running Road to the Super Bowl program will air this Sunday at 11:00a.m. ET on CBS.  In its 43rd year Road to the Super Bowl will look back at the 2012 NFL season leading to Sunday’s big game between the Ravens and 49ers.

NBA All-Star Captains to be Announced Thursday on TNT–  TNT will have the announcement Thursday of the captains for the East and West NBA All-Stars prior to its double header.  Coverage begins at 8:00p.m. ET with the Grizzlies at the Thunder with Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Mike Fratello and Craig Sager on the call..  The nightcap at 10:30p.m. ET will feature the Mavericks at Warriors with Kevin Harlan, Chris Webber and David Aldredge.

Gold Channel/NBA Has PGA Tour from Scottsdale–  The Golf Channel and NBC Sports will unveil a new feature as it combines on coverage of the Waste Management Open from the TPC in Scottsdale.  The Golf Channel is introducing its “Spotlight” coverage, which will focus on three holes at the course, including the famous par-3 16th.  Golf Channel coverage of the first two rounds of the tournament will take place Thursday and Friday at 4:00p.m. ET.  Golf Channel will provide lead-in coverage Saturday and Sunday at 1:00p.m. ET with NBC taking over at 3:00p.m. ET.

Golf Channel Launches Instructional Video App–  The Golf Channel has announced that it has launched a new mobile app for iPhones which will feature the network’s library of instructional expertise.  Golf Channel Academy will provide people access to learn to play golf or improve their existing game. The app will launch next month.

BlackBerry 10 Gets ESPN ScoreCenter App–  ESPN announced today that it has developed its ScoreCenter app to run on the upcoming BlackBerry 10 mobile software.  The app is available now through the BlackBerry World Storefront.

SI Cover This Week–  Here is the cover to this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated:

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Sports Media Digest- January 23, 2013

Despite Lockout, NBC Sees Solid NHL Ratings Opening Weekend–  NBC’s coverage of the NHL opening day Saturday resulted in the most-watched, non- Winter Classic regular season game in 14 years.  Regional coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings, and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers, was watched by 2.77 million viewers.  The games were the most-watched NHL regular-season coverage on NBC since the network again began broadcasting the league in 2006, and the most-watched since three-game regional coverage on Fox in 1999.

MLB Network to Produce Musial Special–  The MLB Network (MLBN) will produce a special looking back at the life and career of Cardinals great Stan Musial.  Bob Costas and Tom Verducci will host MLB Network Remembers: Stan Musial tomorrow, January 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET.  Guests will include Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Bob Gibson, along with MLBN analyst Jim Kaat.

U.S. Figure Skating on NBC Sports–  NBC Sports will be providing ten hours of coverage to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships from Omaha, NE.  The action begins this Saturday at 3:00p.m. ET with , with live coverage of the Pairs Free Skate and Free Dance. The Ladies Short Program will air at 8:00 p.m. ET, followed by live coverage of the Ladies Free Skate. Coverage continues on Sunday with the Men’s Free Skate, live, from 3-5:00 p.m. ET.  Mike Emrick will host the Saturday Night and Sunday coverage while Steve Schlager will host the action Saturday afternoon.  They will be joined by analysts Scott Hamilton, Sandra Bezic and Tracy Wilson with Andrea Joyce handling off-ice interviews.

PGA Tour Returns to CBS This Weekend–  CBS Sports will debut its 2013 PGA coverage with the Famers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.  Coverage begins Saturday and SUnday at 3:00p.m. ET.  Jim Nantz anchors the coverage along with Sir Nick Faldo.   Ian Baker-Finch, Gary McCord, David Feherty, Peter Kostis, Bill Macatee, Verne Lundquist and Peter Oosterhuis will be on hand at hole locations or along the course.

SI Cover Looks at Super Bowl Match-up, Musial–  This week’s edition of Sports Illustrated will, understandably, focus on the NFL Conference Championship games and the upcoming Super Bowl.  In terms of the covers, four were produced around the NFL while four others were produced following the passing of Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial.  Here’s a look:

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Sports Media Digest- January 10, 2013

MLB Network To Look Back Best Baseball Films with Costas at the Movies–  The MLB Network is producing a new program with a focus on discussing some of the most beloved baseball movies.  Costas at the Movies, hosted by Bob Costas, will feature Costas speaking with the stars of those movies. The program premieres Monday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET with Tommy Lee Jones and Director from the film Cobb. Future editions will be held on January 21st, January 28th, February 4th, and February 11th.  Following each 30-minute Costas at the Movies episode, MLB Network will air the night’s featured film.

Fifth Season of The Haney Project Debuts Next Month on Golf Channel– The fifth season of The Haney Project, the Golf Channel series where famed teacher Hank Haney works on the golf game of a celebrity, will return February 25th at 9:00p.m.  This season will feature Haney working on the golf game of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

Friday Night Fights Returns to ESPN Tomorrow–  The next edition of Friday Night Fights on ESPN will include the main event featuring former Lightweight title challenger “The Gladiator” John Molina Jr. (24-2, 19 KOs) and Dannie Williams (22-2, 18 KOs).  Friday’s co-feature will pitMiddleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (16-0-1, 10 KOs) against “Dangerous” Don Mouton (11-4-1, 9 KOs). The card will open with a four-round Light Heavyweight bout between Siju Shabazz (4-4, 2 KOs) and Mark Lujan (professional debut).  Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas have the call with Todd Grisham in the studio.

Pro Bowlers Tour Returns Sunday to ESPN–  The next leg of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour takes place this weekend in Las Vegas at the PBA World Championship. Lon McEachern and Randy Petersen have the call beginning at 1:00p.m. ET.

SI Publishes Special Alabama BCS Champions Issue-  Sports Illustrated announced today it has released its special commemorative edition featuring BCS champions Alabama Crimson Tide.  Here is the cover:

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NSSA Announces 2013 Award Winners

The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) has announced its list of honorees for 2013.

ESPN’s Dick Vitale and Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom have been selected to enter into the organization’s Hall of Fame.  Dan Patrick was named top National Sportscaster while Peter King of Sports Illustrated was named top National Sportswriter.

The award winners will receive recognition at the 54th Annual NSSA Awards Weekend in Salisbury, NC, June 8-10, 2013.

Here is the list of national and state award winners:

HALL OF FAME SPORTSCASTER
Dick Vitale, ESPN

HALL OF FAME SPORTSWRITER
Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press/Author

NATIONAL SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Dan Patrick, Dan Patrick Show/Football Night in America, Premiere Radio/NBC (2)

NATIONAL SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Peter King, Sports Illustrated (2)

ALABAMA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Jim Dunaway, CBS42/WJOX Radio, Birmingham (2)

ALABAMA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News/AL.com, Birmingham (4)

ARIZONA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Dave Pasch, Arizona Cardinals/ESPN, Phoenix (1)

ARIZONA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Doug Haller, Arizona Republic, Phoenix (1)

ARKANSAS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Bo Mattingly, Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly, Fayetteville (1)

ARKANSAS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Bob Wisener, Hot Springs Sentinel-Record, Hot Springs (5)

CALIFORNIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Greg Papa, Oakland Raiders/Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, San Francisco (3)

CALIFORNIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News, San Jose (1)

COLORADO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Vic Lombardi, KCNC-TV, Denver (1)

COLORADO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Mike Klis, Denver Post, Denver (1)

CONNECTICUT SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Rich Coppola, WTIC-TV, Hartford (8)

CONNECTICUT SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, Hartford (2)

DELAWARE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Scott Klatzkin, WDSD Radio, Wilmington (2)

DELAWARE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Andy Walter, Delaware State News, Dover (2)

DC SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Chick Hernandez, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Washington (1)

DC SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Brian McNally, Washington Examiner, Washington (1)

FLORIDA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Gene Deckerhoff, FSU/IMG Sports Net & Bucs Radio Net, Tallahassee/Tampa (14)

FLORIDA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel, Orlando (1)

GEORGIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Wes Durham, Atlanta Falcons/Georgia Tech Radio Networks, Atlanta (8)

GEORGIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Jeff Schultz, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta (3)

IDAHO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Bob Behler, Boise State/Learfield Sports Network, Boise (3)

IDAHO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman, Boise (4)

ILLINOIS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Dave Snell, Bradley Radio Network, Peoria (2)

ILLINOIS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Dave Reynolds, Peoria Journal Star, Peoria (3)

INDIANA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Don Fischer, IU Radio Network/Learfield Sports, Bloomington (23)

INDIANA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis (1)

IOWA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Chris Hassel, WHO-TV, Des Moines (1)

IOWA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, Burlington (1)

KANSAS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Matt Walters, KMAN Radio, Manhattan (1)

KANSAS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal World, Lawrence (1)

KENTUCKY SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Paul Rogers, Louisville Cardinals Radio Network, Louisville (4)
Tom Leach, Big Blue/IMG Sports Network, Lexington (5)

KENTUCKY SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington (4)

LOUISIANA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Lyn Rollins, Cox Sports Television (CST), New Orleans (4)

LOUISIANA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Bob Tompkins, Town Talk, Alexandria (4)

MAINE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Rich Kimball, Black Bears Radio Network/Learfield Sports, Orono (5)

MAINE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Kevin Thomas, Portland Press Herald, Portland (1)

MARYLAND SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Mark Viviano, WJZ-TV, Baltimore (3)

MARYLAND SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore (2)

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Mike Lynch, WCVB-TV, Needham (16)

MASSACHUSETTS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe, Boston (11)

MICHIGAN SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Don Shane, WXYZ-TV, Detroit (1)

MICHIGAN SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
John Lowe, Detroit Free Press, Detroit (1)

MINNESOTA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Phil Mackey, 1500 ESPN, Minneapolis (1)
Dave Schwartz, KARE 11 TV, Minneapolis (1)

MINNESOTA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Michael Russo, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minneapolis (2)

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
John Cox, USM/IMG Sports Network, Hattiesburg (6)

MISSISSIPPI SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Rick Cleveland, Clarion-Ledger/MS Sports Hall of Fame, Jackson (8)

MISSOURI SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Mike Kelly, Univ. of Missouri Radio Network, Columbia (1)

MISSOURI SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis (2)

MONTANA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Mick Holien, Montana Grizzlies Radio Network/Learfield Sports, Missoula (13)

MONTANA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Bob Meseroll, Missoulian, Missoula (1)

NEBRASKA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Kevin Kugler, Dial Global/Big Ten Network, Omaha (9)

NEBRASKA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Sam McKewon, Omaha World Herald, Omaha (1)

NEVADA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Russ Langer, Las Vegas 51s & UNLV/IMG Sports Network, Las Vegas (8)

NEVADA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas, NV (4)

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Bob Lipman, WTPL Radio, Concord (3)

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Al Pike, Foster’s Daily Democrat, Dover (1)
Allen Lessels, New Hampshire Union Leader, Manchester (10)

NEW JERSEY SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Matt Harmon, Shore Sports Network, Bayville (3)

NEW JERSEY SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Dave Weinberg, Press of Atlantic City, Atlantic City (3)

NEW MEXICO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Scott Galetti, New Mexico Lobos/Learfield Sports Network, Albuquerque (1)

NEW MEXICO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Will Webber, Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe (1)

NEW YORK SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Bruce Beck, WNBC-TV, New York (6)
Gary Cohen, SNY and Seton Hall Radio Network, New York (1)

NEW YORK SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Mike Vaccaro, New York Post, New York (1)
Ian O’Connor, ESPNNewYork.com, New York (1)

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
David Jackson, Appalachian State/IMG Sports Network, Boone (2)

NORTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Lenox Rawlings, Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem (3)

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Lee Timmerman, KFYR-TV, Bismarck (4)

NORTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Steve Thomas, Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck (1)

OHIO SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Paul Keels, WBNS/Ohio State Radio Network, Columbus (4)

OHIO SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Hal McCoy, DaytonDailyNews.com/FoxSportsOhio.com, Dayton (13)

OKLAHOMA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Bob Barry, Jr., KFOR-TV, Oklahoma City (6)

OKLAHOMA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Berry Tramel, The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City (5)

OREGON SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
John Strong, Portland Timbers/750am, Portland (1)

OREGON SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
John Canzano, The Oregonian, Portland (3)

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Derrick Gunn, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, Philadelphia (1)

PENNSYLVANIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh (1)

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Steve Hyder, Pawtucket Red Sox, Pawtucket (6)

RHODE ISLAND SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Kevin McNamara, Providence Journal, Providence (1)

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Allen Smothers, Coastline Sports Media, Myrtle Beach (2)

SOUTH CAROLINA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Gene Sapakoff, Charleston Post and Courier, Charleston (5)
Terry Massey, GrandStrandSportsReport.com, Myrtle Beach (1)

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Tyler Merriam, Jackrabbit Sports Network, Brookings (1)

SOUTH DAKOTA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Roger Merriam, Watertown Public Opinion, Watertown (2)

TENNESSEE SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Pete Weber, Nashville Predators TV/Radio, Nashville (2)
Mike Keith, Tennessee Titans Radio Network, Nashville (10)

TENNESSEE SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean, Nashville (5)

TEXAS SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Brad Sham, Dallas Cowboys Radio Network, Dallas (11)

TEXAS SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Kirk Bohls, Austin American Statesman, Austin (2)

UTAH SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Bill Riley, ESPN 700, Salt Lake City (1)

UTAH SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Brad Rock, The Deseret News, Salt Lake City (5)

VERMONT SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Jack Healey, NSN Sports, Burlington (20)

VERMONT SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Anna Grearson, Times-Argus, Barre/Montpelier (1)

VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Bill Roth, Virginia Tech Hokies/IMG Sports Network, Blacksburg (10)

VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
David Teel, Newport News Daily Press, Newport News (6)

WASHINGTON SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Bob Rondeau, UW Huskies/IMG Sports Network, Seattle (10)

WASHINGTON SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times, Seattle (2)*

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Keith Morehouse, WSAZ-TV, Huntington (3)

WEST VIRGINIA SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Jack Bogaczyk, HerdZone.com/The Herd Insider, Huntington (3)

WISCONSIN SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Dennis Krause, Time Warner Cable Sports, Milwaukee (5)

WISCONSIN SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Milwaukee (2)
Bob McGinn, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Milwaukee (6)

WYOMING SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR
Keith Kelley, KFBC Radio, Cheyenne (3)

WYOMING SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR
Robert Gagliardi, Wyoming Eagle-Tribune, Cheyenne (3)

– Also won once in Kentucky.

Sports Media Digest- January 9, 2013

Wild Card Weekend Averages 30 Million Viewers–  The NFL today announced that this past weekend’s Wild Card playoff matches  garnered an average of 30 million viewers, a number seen now for the last three years.  The four games were also the four most-watched games on all of television last week.

Wild Card Weekend Edition of NFL Turning Point Tonight–  The NBC Sports Network will provide a special edition of NFL Turning Point tonight looking back at the action of Wild Card Weekend.  Dan Patrick hosts the program beginning at 9:30p.m. ET and will look back at the key plays in the Seahawks/Redskins, Ravens/Colts, and Bengals/Texans game.

College Hoops Tonight on CBS Sports Network–  The CBS Sports Network will begin its Mountain West Conference coverage tonight as it telecasts UNLV at New Mexico.  Dave Ryan, Steve Lappas, Doug Gottlieb and Allie LaForce call the action beginning at 10:00p.m. ET.

Andy Katz to Host New College Hoops Show on ESPNU–  ESPN announced today the creation of a new college basketball program for ESPNU featuring college basketball reporter Andy Katz.  The weekly Katz Korner will feature interviews with ESPN analysts, coaches and players.  It debuts January 15th at 4:30p.m. ET.

Notah Begay III Joins NBC and the Golf Channel–  NBC Sports announced today that four-time PGA Tour winner Notah Begay III will come on board as an analyst for the network’s golf team on NBC and the Golf Channel.  The 40 year-old Begay begins this week on the Golf Channel’s coverage of the Sony Openin Hawaii

Next in BTN The Journey Series Debuts Sunday–  The Big Ten Network (BTN) will debut the fourth season of it’s The Journey series this Sunday at 8:00p.m. ET.  The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013 will look at the match-ups in the 2013 Big Ten Basketball season.  The premiere edition will look back at the Nebraska at Michigan State basketball game.

SI Cover This Week–  Alabama’s win over Notre Dame in the BCS Championship is the cover story this week in SPorts Illustrated.  Here is the cover:

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Sports Media Digest- December 27, 2012

NBC Airs Notre Dame Marathon New Year’s Day-  NBC Sports will replay 10 hours of Notre Dame football New Year’s Day beginning at Noon ET.  Here is the line-up:

Noon Michigan at Notre Dame Re-Air
2 p.m. Onward Notre Dame: South Bend to Soldier Field
3 p.m. Stanford at Notre Dame Re-Air
5 p.m. Pittsburgh at Notre Dame Re-Air
7 p.m. Wake Forest at Notre Dame Re-Air
9 p.m. Undefeated: 2012 Notre Dame Football Season in Review

No. 1 vs. No. 2 Women’s College Basketball Saturday on ESPNU–  ESPNU will be the home to an early season battle between the top two teams in women’s college basketball as No. 1 Stanford hosts No. 2 UConn.  Tip-off is Saturday at 4:00p.m. ET.

Tennis Channel Begins 2013 Coverage of Live Tennis January 1st–  The Tennis Channel begins its 2013 season of live tennis action with coverage beginning New Year’s Day of the Hyundai Hopman Cup.  The annual international mixed-doubles tournament will air next Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30p.m. ET with the Championship January 6th at 8:00a.m. ET.

Pro Bowlers Tour Sunday on ESPN-  The next stop in the Pro Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour will air this Sunday on ESPN.  Lon McEachern and Randy Petersen have the call of the PBA Chameleon Championship on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.

ESPN the Magazine “Next” Issue–  The next edition of ESPN the Magazine will feature the “next” group of athletes expected to make a big impact.  Here is the cover:

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Sports Media Digest- December 26, 2012

ESPN/ABC See Strong NBA Numbers for Christmas–  ESPN announced today that its five game NBA slate on ESPN and ABC yesterday earned strong ratings numbers.  The opener on ESPN between the Celtics and Nets earned a 2.7 overnight rating, the same number as the early game in 2011. The Knicks/Lakers telecast on ABC, had an overnight rating of 5.9, up 11% from the same game last year.  The Thunder/Heat on ABC generated a 6.0 overnight rating, making it the fourth highest-rated NBA regular-season game ever on the network. Game four on ESPN, the Rockets and Bulls drew a 1.7 rating, up 21% over 2010.  The finale last night, the Nuggets at Clippers earned a 2.0 rating, up 54% over 2010.

Rotoworld Reaches One Billion Page Views–  NBC announced today that its online fantasy sports website, Rotoworld, surpassed one billion page views for the year on Saturday.  Rotoworld’s page views are up 25% over last year.

Sports Illustrated Cover this Week-  This week’s Sports Illustrated looks back at the best of 2012.  Here is the cover:

SI 12-31-12

Sports Media Digest- December 14, 2012

NFL Network To Profile Immaculate Reception on Next A Football Life–  The next edition of NFL Network’s A Football Life will look back at the stunning ending to the 1972 playoff game between the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Immaculate Reception: A Football Life debuts next Wednesday at 8:00p.m. ET.

NBA TV Sets Next Fan Night Presentation–  NBA TV has announced that the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Miami Heat will be this Tuesday’s Fan Night telecast. Tip-off is 7:30p.m. ET.  Fans can vote on the following games for the next Fan Night game which will air on January 1st; Dallas Mavericks @ Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers @ New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings @ Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks @ New Orleans Hornets or Los Angeles Clippers @ Denver Nuggets.

CBS has College Basketball–  CBS Sports will feature #1 Indiana as it takes on Butler in a college basketball match-up tomorrow.  Tip-off is 2:00p.m. ET with Spero Dedes and Clark Kellogg calling the action.

CBS Sports Network College Hoops Triple Header–  The CBS Sports Network will air three college basketball games tomorrow.  The action begins at 2:00p.m. ET as Cincinnati travels to Marshall as Andrew Catalon and Steve Wolf handle the call.  At 4:00p.m. Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen call the action as Alabama takes on VCU.  Then at 6:00p.m. ET New Mexico State and New Mexico will do battle with James Bates andSteve Lappas at the mic.

WatchESPN Now Available to Cox Subscribers-  Cox Communications and Walt Disney announced yesterday that Cox customers can now have online access to various Walt Disney television networks.  Among the 70 services in the agreement is the ability of Cox subscribers to use the WatchESPN app which allows them to view current programming across the multiple ESPN networks.

Real Sports 2012 Finale on HBO–  The 2012 finale of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will air this Tuesday at 10:00p.m. ET on HBO.  Gumbel will sit down with the correspondents of the show to look back at the top sports stories of 2012.

ESPN Magazine Cover–  Here is the cover for the next edition of ESPN the Magazine:

ESPN Mag 12-24-12