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Fox Sports Adds Teeth Inside the Big 12, Gains Rights to Oklahoma State Athletics

Fox Sports has announced that it has reached another rights deal to telecast athletics from a Big 12 school, signing a deal today with Oklahoma State University.  The deal also includes participation by Learfield Sports, the exclusive multimedia rights holder for OSU Athletics.

From Fox Sports PR:

The multi-year agreement provides for one football game to be televised annually on a FOX Sports platform, which could include FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Southwest Plus and nationally on FOX College Sports (FCS).  Oklahoma State’s home football opener against Savannah State telecast on FOX College Sports Sept. 1 officially kicked off the partnership.  FOX Sports platforms also will distribute all available men’s basketball games, up to 20 Olympic sports, and additional non-game programming mutually selected by FOX Sports and Oklahoma State.  The selected non-game programming may include any of OSU’s 30-minute, sports magazine shows: Cowboy Football RoundupCowboy Basketball RoundupCowgirl Basketball Roundup and OSU Spring Sports Roundup.

The FOX Sports agreement with Learfield Sports still allows Oklahoma State to retain streaming rights on its official athletics website,, for any event not selected for distribution by FOX Sports or any FOX Sports-designated platform.

“Our deal with FOX Sports enables more than 9 million viewers in a four-state region and beyond to enjoy live Oklahoma State athletics programming,” said Learfield Sports’ Chief Content Officer Joe Ferreira. “This is an outstanding opportunity to help extend the Cowboys’ visibility on all levels, and we’re excited to help bring the drama of OSU sports to millions of fans through this television partnership.”

“We are excited to take this next step in our relationship with FOX Sports and Learfield Sports,” said OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder. “The added exposure generated by this agreement will alert an even bigger audience to all of the good things that are happening at Oklahoma State.”

“We’re excited to partner with Oklahoma State,” said FOX Sports Southwest Senior Vice President/General Manager Jon Heidtke.  “This exclusive agreement helps reinforce FOX Sports Oklahoma as the preeminent sports television network in the state and allows us to showcase compelling Cowboys programming across the region on FOX Sports Southwest.”

Monday Night Football on ESPN- Lions at Bears

ESPN’s Monday Night Football returns tonight as the Chicago Bears host the Detroit Lions.  Kick-off is 8:30p.m. ET with Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, and Lisa Salters.

Pre-game action begins at 6:30p.m. ET with Monday Night Countdown.  Chris Berman will host with analysts Cris CarterMike DitkaTom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam SchefterOn-site host Stuart Scottanalysts Trent Dilfer and Steve Young, contributor Rick Reilly and Salters will add to the show.

From ESPN PR, here are the anticipated highlights for the show:

  • ‘Gruden Extra’ with Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall:  Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall are now teammates for the second time and just like their stint in Denver, the duo has shown great chemistry.  This week, Cutler and Marshall visit Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden in the MNF bus to discuss the Bears 4-1 start.
  • Rick Reilly Feature – The many faces of Jay Cutler:  Cutler’s on-field demeanor has been a major topic in the media this season.  In his weekly feature, columnist and Monday Night Countdown essayist Rick Reilly breaks down the many faces of Jay Cutler.
  • Jim Schwartz Soundtracks: After reaching the playoffs in 2011, the Lions have had a slow start this season.  During their week four loss to the NFC North rivals Vikings, Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was wired for sound.  This week’s Soundtracks captures the best moments from a tough day for Schwartz.
  • Matthew Stafford Conversation: After a 1-3 start and facing a 10-point fourth quarter deficit, Matthew Stafford led the Lions to an overtime win over the Eagles.  Before a divisional road test on Monday Night Football, the Lions quarterback sits down with Lisa Salters.

ESPN Has Coverage of World Cup Qualifying

ESPN has a full day of coverage tomorrow of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

ESPN2 will provide live coverage tomorrow night of the U.S. Men’s qualifier against Jamaica.  Ian Darke, Taylor Twellman and sideline reporter Mónica González will call the match beginning at 8:00p.m. ET from Columbus, OH. Host Bob Ley, Alexi Lalas and Kasey Keller will provide studio commentary from ESPN’s Bristol studio.

ESPN3 will also telecast a number of qualifiers tomorrow afternoon.

Here is the complete list of World Cup qualifying matches tomorrow on ESPN:

Date Time (ET) Match Networks
Tue, Sept 11 3 p.m. Scotland vs. Macedonia ESPN3 /(ESPN Deportes: 9/12 @ 11 a.m.)
  2:45 p.m. Belgium vs. Croatia ESPN3 /(ESPN Deportes: 9/13 @ 1 p.m.)
2:30 p.m. Serbia vs. Wales ESPN3
2 p.m. Bulgaria vs. Armenia ESPN3
1 p.m. Cyprus vs. Iceland ESPN3 /(ESPN Deportes: 9/13 @ 11 a.m.)
2:30 p.m. Switzerland vs. Albania ESPN3
1 p.m. Israel vs. Russia ESPN3
3:15 p.m. Portugal vs. Azerbaijan ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
2:45 p.m. Northern Ireland vs. Luxembourg ESPN3
2:45 p.m. Greece vs. Lithuania ESPN3
2 p.m. Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Latvia ESPN3
2:15 p.m. Slovakia vs. Liechtenstein ESPN3
2:30 p.m. San Marino vs. Montenegro ESPN3
2:45 p.m. Poland vs. Moldova ESPN3
1:30 p.m. Georgia vs. Spain ESPN3 / ESPN Deportes
2 p.m. Turkey vs. Estonia ESPN3
2:30 p.m. Hungary vs. Netherlands ESPN3 /(ESPN Deportes: 9/12 @ 1 p.m.)
1:30 p.m. Romania vs. Andorra ESPN3
3 p.m. France vs. Belarus ESPN3
8 p.m. USA vs. Jamaica ESPN2 / WatchESPN
9:05 p.m. Panama vs. Canada WatchESPN / ESPN Deportes


Big Ten Network’s Big Ten Football Tour

Beginning next week the Big Ten Network (BTN) will be producing an hour program from each pre-season conference college football training camp.

Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith will travel across the conference as part of the network’s Big Ten Football Preview Tour.

All previews will air at 10:00p.m. ET.  Here is the schedule:

Football Previews (TV shows air at 10 PM ET)
Aug. 9: Iowa Aug. 17: Indiana
Aug. 10: Nebraska Aug. 18: Illinois
Aug. 12: Minnesota Aug. 19: Ohio State
Aug. 14: Wisconsin Aug. 21: Penn State
Aug. 15: Northwestern Aug. 23: Michigan State
Aug. 16: Purdue Aug. 24: Michigan

Aug. 28: Legends Division Preview Show, 8 PM ET
Aug. 29: Leaders Division Preview Show, 8 PM ET


Sports Media Digest- August 2, 2012

Another Successful Olympics Viewership Day for NBC- 30.8 million viewers watched NBC’s prime time coverage of Day 6 of the Olympics, making it the most watched first Wednesday of any non-U.S. Olympics in 36 years.  Last night’s rating was 17.8, 7% higher than 2008 and 3% in 2004.  NBC’s daytime viewership Wednesday averaged 7.3 million viewers with a rating of 5.2.

Hard Knocks Begins Tuesday on HBO-  The 2012 edition of Hard Knocks, this year featuring the Miami Dolphins, will debut on HBO this Tuesday at 10:00p.m. ET/PT.  Future episodes will air weekly at the same time until September 4th.

PGA Championship Programming on CBS Sports Spectacular This Weekend–  The CBs Sports Spectacular this weekend will have a PGA Championship flavor.  Saturday at 1:00p.m. ET CBS will present the Arc of Triumph, a program looking at the fame coming to some former PGA Champions.  The program will be hosted by Turner’s Vince Cellini. Sunday at 1:00p.m. ET Bill Macatee hosts Prelude to a Championship, a preview of this year’s tournament.

NBCSN has Two MLS Games this Weekend-  The NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will take a break following its live Olympics coverage this weekend to televise a pair of MLS matches.  At 8:00p.m. ET tomorrow the New York Red Bulls will take on the Houston Dynamo.  Saturday at 7:00p.m. ET FC Dallas travels to Portland to take on the Timbers.  John Strong will handle play-by-play along side former MLS player and Olympian Brian Dunseth. Rob Carlin will serve as studio host on site in Houston and Portland on Saturday and on Sunday.

Golf Channel Sees Most-Watched July Ever-  July 2012 on the Golf Channel proved to be the most watched July in the 17-year history of the network.   The Golf Channel’s audience was up 36% over 2011, averaging 95,000 viewers per minute.  The Golf Channel has seen six consecutive months of record viewership.

Pac-12 Networks Secure Two Additional Carriage Agreements–  The Pac-12 Networks have announced another carriage agreement with two cable providers.  The new network has secured deals with Western Broadband and Orbitel Communications which services cable subscribers in parts of Arizona.

CBS Sports Network Covers the Hambletonian- The CBS Sports Network will be providing coverage of the the first leg of the trotting Triple Crown, the Hambletonian.  The action begins Saturday at 3:30p.m. ET.  Gary Seibel announces, along with analyst Dave Brower, reporter Donna Brothers and paddock host Justin Horowitz.

NBC and NBC Sports Network 2012 College Football Schedule

NBC Sports and the NBC Sports Network will telecast 32 college football games this coming fall.

The combined NBC and the NBC Sports Network 2012 college football schedule is comprised of Notre Dame home games; games from the Mountain West Conference, the Colonial Athletic Association, and the Ivy League; the annual Bayou Classic between Grambling State and Southern, which NBC has broadcast every year since 1991; and the Atlanta Football Classic, this year between Florida A&M and Southern, which NBC Sports Network has televised since 2008.

The schedule includes seven Notre Dame games, 10 Mountain West Conference games, six Colonial Athletic Association games, seven Ivy League games, plus the Bayou Classic and Atlanta Football Classic.

Games begin September 8th.  Here is the entire schedule:

3:30 p.m. Sat, Sept. 8 Purdue at Notre Dame NBC
3:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 8 Delaware State at Delaware NBC Sports Network
7:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 8 Army at San Diego State NBC Sports Network
12:00 p.m. Sat., Sept. 15 William & Mary at Towson NBC Sports Network
4:00 p.m. Sat., Sept. 15 Miami (Ohio) at Boise State NBC Sports Network
1:00 p.m. Sat., Sept. 22 Yale at Cornell NBC Sports Network
4:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 22 Harvard at Brown NBC Sports Network
7:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 22 Michigan at Notre Dame NBC
10:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 22 Nevada at Hawaii NBC Sports Network
12:00 p.m. Sat., Sept. 29 Penn at Dartmouth NBC Sports Network
3:30 p.m. Sat., Sept. 29 Atlanta Football Classic: Florida A&M vs. Southern (Georgia Dome) NBC Sports Network
1:00 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 Towson at James Madison NBC Sports Network
7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 6 Miami at Notre Dame (Soldier Field) NBC
12:00 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13 Brown at Princeton NBC Sports Network
3:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13 Stanford at Notre Dame NBC
3:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 13 Fresno State at Boise State NBC Sports Network
12:00 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20 Penn at Yale NBC Sports Network
3:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20 BYU at Notre Dame NBC
3:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 20 UNLV at Boise State NBC Sports Network
12:00 p.m. Sat., Oct. 27 Delaware at Old Dominion NBC Sports Network
12:00 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 Towson at Delaware NBC Sports Network
3:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 3 Pittsburgh at Notre Dame NBC
12:00 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10 Harvard at Penn NBC Sports Network
3:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10 Air Force at San Diego State NBC Sports Network
7:00 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10 Boise State at Hawaii NBC Sports Network
10:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 10 Fresno State at Nevada NBC Sports Network
12:00 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 Yale at Harvard NBC Sports Network
3:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 Wake Forest at Notre Dame NBC
3:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 Colorado State at Boise State NBC Sports Network
7:00 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17 Old Dominion at James Madison NBC Sports Network
2:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 24 Bayou Classic: Grambling State vs. Southern (Mercedes-Benz Superdome) NBC
3:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 24 Air Force at Fresno State NBC Sports Network