Sports Media Weekly No. 132- Anita Marks, NBC Sports Radio

Welcome to a new year of Sports Media Weekly programs.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I begin the show discussing a report by Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will be joining ESPN as an NFL analyst once he retires at the end Baltimore’s playoff run.

We spend some time looking at ratings numbers as the networks begin to look back at their successes of 2012..

We then recount the horrific accident which fell upon ESPN anchor Hannah Storm over the holiday break.  She returned to work New Year’s Day hosting the Rose Bowl Parade on ABC.

We finish our segment looking at the official national launch yesterday of the CBS Sports Radio Network

Staying with sports radio our guest this week is Anita Marks, who will be starting a new nationally syndicated weekend sports radio show on the NBC Sports Radio Network.  Anita talks about what listeners can expect from her Saturday and Sunday broadcasts beginning at noon ET.  She also fills us in on her experience hosting sports radio in Baltimore; her role with the New York Giants; and her love for fantasy football.

Sports Media Digest- November 20, 2012

NFL Does Not Flex Games for Week 13- The NFL announced today that the week 13 schedule as originally devised will remain in tact.  NBC will keep its game between the Eagles and Cowboys and CBS and Fox will not change the starting times of game that weekend.

Monday Night Football Wins the Night for ESPN–  ESPN reports that the rating for last night’s Monday Night Football telecast between the Bears and 49ers came in at 9.2 with 12.4 million viewers, winning the night for the network.  Through 11 weeks ESPN is averaging a 9.5 rating and 13 million viewers, downs slightly from 2011.

Notre Dame Brand, On-Field Success Gives NBC Viewership Boost–  NBC Sports announced today that its viewership for #1 Notre Dame football this season was the highest in some time.  In the seven games on the network this season, and average of 4.4 million viewers tuned in, with an average rating of 2.8, up 69% and 67%, respectively, versus last year.  The audience is the best since 2005 while the rating is the best since 2006.

College Football on ABC Most-Viewed Programs On Saturday–  ESPN and ABC have reported that Saturday’s  college football on ABC have resulted in the top two watched programs for that day.  The prime time Stanford/Oregon tilt gave ABC a rating of 5.1 and an audience of 8.3 million viewers, coming in at number one.  Regional action at 3:30p.m. ET featuring either Ohio State at Wisconsin or NC State at Clemson averaged 4,867,000 viewers and a 3.1 rating.

NFL Network Replays for the Week-  The NFL Network (NFLN) has announced its schedule of game replays for today and tomorrow.  Tonight at 8:00p.m. ET NFLN will replay the overtime thriller between the Jaguars and Texans.  At 9:30p.m. ET tonight NFLN will re-air the Browns/Cowboys overtime tilt.  At 9:00p.m. ET tomorrow NFLN will replay Sunday’s Chargers/Broncos tilt.

College Football this Weekend on NBC-  NBC Sports will air a pair of college football games this weekend.  The Bayou Classic between Southern University and Grambling State will begin at 2:30p.m. ET on NBC.  Paul Burmeister, Rod Woodson and Lewis Johnson have the call.  At 3:30p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network Fresno State hosts Air Force. Todd Harris will call the game alongside analyst Anthony Herron.

News Corporation Acquires Minority Stake in YES Network–  News Corporation and Yankee Global Enterprises today announced an agreement that calls for News Corporation to acquire a 49 percent equity stake in the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES).  The deal is subject to approval by Major League Baseball.  It is expected to be completed by the end of the year.  Goldman Sachs and other investors will reduce their ownership in the YES Network with this transaction.  After three years, News Corporation may acquire an additional stake in the YES Network that could bring its ownership to 80 percent, at which time Yankee Global Enterprises would retain a significant minority stake in the network.  YES Network also announced it has extended its deal to telecast Yankees baseball through the year 2042.

First Match-up Between Knicks and Nets will Air on TNT-  TNT has announced that it will telecast the first Intra-City Showdown between the Knicks and the Nets when the two teams meet this Monday in Brooklyn.  Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, and Craig Sager have the call Monday beginning at 7:00p.m. ET.

ESPN3 Now Available to Optimum Online Customers-  ESPN announced today that it has reached an agreement with Cablevision Systems to provide ESPN3 for customers of Optimum Online.  Optimum Online subscribers can watch and follow multiple events simultaneously on on their personal computer at no additional cost.

NASCAR’s Stewart to host “Stewies” on Sirius XM Radio–  NASCAR Champion driver Tony Stewart will once again be the host of “The Stewies”, an entertaining look at the best, boldest and funniest moments from the 2012 NASCAR season.  The sixth annual “Stewies” will air on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90 on Sirius and XM Premier November 29th at 10:00p.m, ET.

Rovell Rejoins ESPN

It was known for over a month that Darren Rovell would be leaving CNBC to rejoin ESPN, but it was formally announced by the WWL yesterday.

Rovell will be the network’s business reporter in a multi-platform role — television, digital and ESPN Radio — and will also contribute to ABC News, including Good Morning AmericaWorld News with Diane Sawyer andNightline. .  Rovell last worked for ESPN from 2000-2006.

“While ESPN is known for games and highlights, it is also about helping fans win the battles at the office water cooler or at the kitchen table,” Rovell said in a press release. “You can’t be a great fan without understanding the intricacies of the sports business. I look forward to bringing viewers, readers and listeners the stories of what happens off the field and behind closed doors that fuels this massive industry.”

“We’re pleased to welcome a respected sports business reporter like Darren back into the ESPN family” said
John Wildhack, ESPN Executive Vice President, Production. “His particular expertise will strengthen our news gathering division, and provide fans the type of information they are accustomed to receiving from our varied platforms.”



Here is the 2011-2012 NBA schedule on ABC and ESPN:





2011-12 ABC NBA Schedule

Date Time (ET) Teams
Sun, Dec 25 2:30 p.m. Miami at Dallas
5 p.m. Chicago at L.A. Lakers
Sun, Jan 29 3:30 p.m. Chicago at Miami
Sun, Feb 12 3:30 p.m. Chicago at Boston
Sun, Feb 19 1 p.m. Dallas at New York
3:30 p.m. Orlando at Miami
Sun, March 4 1 p.m. New York at Boston
3:30 p.m. Miami at L.A. Lakers
Sun, March 11 3:30 p.m. Boston at L.A. Lakers
Sun, April 1 1 p.m. Chicago at Oklahoma City
3:30 p.m. Miami at Boston
Sun, April 8 1 p.m. Chicago at New York
Sun, April 15 1 p.m. Miami at New York
3:30 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Lakers
Sun, April 22 3:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers

 2011-12 ESPN NBA Schedule

*denotes ESPN Deportes telecast

Date Time (ET) Teams
Sun, Dec 25 8 p.m. Orlando at Oklahoma City*
10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Golden State*
Fri, Jan 6 8 p.m. Chicago at Orlando
10:30 p.m. Portland at Phoenix
Wed, Jan 11 8 p.m. Dallas at Boston*
10:30 p.m. Miami at L.A. Clippers*
Fri, Jan 13 8 p.m. Chicago at Boston
10:30 p.m. Miami at Denver
Sun, Jan 15 9 p.m. Phoenix at San Antonio
Mon, Jan 16 1 p.m. Chicago at Memphis
Wed, Jan 18 8 p.m. Portland at Atlanta
10:30 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Clippers
Fri, Jan 20 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Orlando*
10:30 p.m. Minnesota at L.A. Clippers*
Fri, Jan 27 8 p.m. New York at Miami
Sun, Jan 29 6:30 p.m. San Antonio at Dallas
Wed, Feb 1 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Dallas
10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Utah
Fri, Feb 3 8 p.m. New York at Boston
10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Denver
Fri, Feb 10 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at New York
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Utah
Sun, Feb 12 7 p.m. Miami at Atlanta
9:30 p.m. Utah at Memphis
Wed, Feb 15 10 p.m. Portland at Golden State
Fri, Feb 17 8 p.m. New Orleans at New York
10:30 p.m. Phoenix at L.A. Lakers
Sun, Feb 19 8 p.m. Denver at Oklahoma City
Mon, Feb 20 4 p.m. Atlanta at Chicago
Wed, Feb 22 7 p.m. Boston at Oklahoma City
9:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Dallas*
Wed, Feb 29 9 p.m. Chicago at San Antonio
Fri, March 2 8 p.m. Golden State at Philadelphia
10:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Phoenix
Sun, March 4 7 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia
9:30 p.m. Denver at San Antonio
Mon, March 12 8 p.m. New York at Chicago*
10:30 p.m. Boston at L.A. Clippers*
Wed, March 14 8 p.m. Miami at Chicago*
10:30 p.m. Utah at Phoenix
Fri, March 16 7 p.m. Miami at Philadelphia
9:30 p.m. San Antonio at Oklahoma City
Sun, March 18 7 p.m. Orlando at Miami*
9:30 p.m. Portland at Oklahoma City
Wed, March 21 7 p.m. New York at Philadelphia
9:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Dallas*
Fri, March 23 8 p.m. Boston at Philadelphia
10:30 p.m. Denver at Utah
Sun, March 25 8 p.m. Miami at Oklahoma City
10:30 p.m. Memphis at L.A. Lakers
Wed, March 28 7 p.m. Orlando at New York*
Fri, March 30 8 p.m. Dallas at  Orlando
10:30 p.m. Portland at L.A. Clippers
Wed, April 4 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Miami
10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers
Sat, April 7 8 p.m. Orlando at Philadelphia
10:30 p.m. Denver at Golden State
Mon, April 9 9 p.m. Phoenix at Minnesota (ESPN2)
Tue, April 10 7 p.m. Boston at Miami*
9:30 p.m. New York at Chicago*
Wed, April 11 8 p.m. Atlanta at Boston
10:30 p.m. Golden State at Portland
Fri, April 13 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Detroit
10:30 p.m. Dallas at Portland
Sat, April 14 9 p.m. Phoenix at San Antonio
Wed, April 18 8 p.m. Orlando at Boston*
10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Golden State*
Fri, April 20 7 p.m. Boston at Atlanta
9:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at San Antonio
Sat, April 21 5:30 p.m. Denver at Phoenix
8 p.m. Dallas at Chicago
10:30 p.m. Orlando at Utah
Sun, April 22 1 p.m. New York at Atlanta
Wed, April 25 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at New York*
10:30 p.m.

NBA Opening Day Match-Ups Set for Christmas Day

With the end of the NBA lockout near, the league has formally announced the schedule of action on opening day, Christmas, December 25th.

The opening game of the season will tip-off at 12:00p.m. ET with the Boston Celtics traveling to New York to take on the Knicks.  This game will be telecast on TNT.

ABC and ESPN will then take over with four more games the remainder of the day.  ABC will have coverage of the Miami Heat at the Dallas Mavericks beginning at 2:30p.m. ET followed by the Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers at 5:00p.m. ET.  ESPN takes over for the Orlando Magic at Oklahoma City Thunder at 8:00p.m. ET followed by the Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors at 10:30p.m. ET.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 60

We have reached the 60th edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I were scheduled to welcome ESPN’s Michelle Beadle to the show, but we could not connect with her.  We wish her all the best as she fills in for Kelly Ripa tomorrow on Regis & Kelly.  We hope to get Michelle on a future show.

During this edition of the program Ken and I talk about Ken’s role in the confusing saga of whether Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals would air before a large audience at Boston’s TD Garden.

We also discuss ratings for the Stanley Cup, NBA Finals, and the upcoming U.S. Open.

ESPN on ABC Sees Record Setting Game 6 Finals Rating

The overnight ratings for Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the series clinching 105-95 Dallas Mavericks victory over the Miami Heat, scored a 15.0 for ESPN, the highest Game 6 ratings since the network acquired the rights to the NBA back in the 2002-2003 season.

The 15.0 rating is 22% higher than last year’s Game 6 between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, and the highest rated Game 6 in the last 11 years.

Ratings were sky high in the local markets of the teams, registering a 39.8 in Dallas and a 36.2 in Miami.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #15

Sports Media WeeklyWelcome to our pre-Christmas edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I discuss the upcoming Christmas sports television schedule and how the NBA has taken over the day.  We also discuss the entrance of TMZ into the sports media world and the projected revenue loss for NBC as it preps for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Join Ken and I next week as we look back at the world of sports media 2009…

Happy Holidays!

Sunday Journal- November 1, 2009

Welcome to November.  Here are some sports media stories making the rounds this Sunday…

Larry Brown at Larry Brown Sports looks into last night’s World Series Game 3 issue of A-Rod’s homer hitting a Fox camera.

Bob Raissman at the NY Daily News also discusses A-Rod’s homer off the camera

And Kevin Baxter at the LA Times

Andrew Godfrey at the Bleacher Report has his first year report on the MLB Network...

Phil Mushnick at the NY Post reports on plans today for the networks to over saturate their air with coverage of Brett Favre’s return to Green Bay…

The AP reports that the blackout has been lifted for San Diego fans in the Chargers game today against the Raiders…

Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner says despite Redskins fans complaints, they watch their team

KEZI’s Don Corcoran takes fans inside ESPN’s College Gameday in Eugene, Oregon

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel leads with Bucks news in his Sunday column…

Crenk has word of an innovation at one of ESPN’s websites where people can record their own SportsCenter demo.  Looking at the site, it appears to be only accessed by those in the Far East…

Ray Buck at the Fort Worth Star Telegram has word of the retirement of a legendary colleague

Joel Achenbach at the Washington Post (through Mail Tribune) profiles Sports Illustrated writer Gary Smith

LSU announces the addition of a former Tiger into its basketball announcing booth…

Enjoy your NFL Week 8!!!!

Three-man game in NBA Finals

Come a-knock at our door ...As we prepare to hear ABC/ESPN’s announcing team call Game 4 of the NBA Finals, I would suggest a change for next season that would help immeasurably. Regardless of whether the network wants to bring back Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy as analysts, someone needs to be cut. I’m not sure it matters which one.

This is nothing against the performance of either analyst. I could quibble with Jackson and Van Gundy here and there, but overall they are capable commentators. And Van Gundy has turned out to be much funnier than anyone would have guessed when he left coaching for broadcasting.

No, my point is that there are two of them, and thus when you add play-by-play man Mike Breen, you have three voices calling the game. That’s one two many.

Two-man teams develop a rhythm, a give-and-take, that helps the game flow. Three in a booth — no matter the sport — is never better than two. Earlier in the playoffs, as games shifted between ESPN and TNT, the different feel was evident when telecasts went from the ESPN’s threesome to the TNT’s pair. With three voices, particularly in a fast-paced game such as basketball, it often sounds as if the analyst doesn’t get to finish his thought.

So, you folks in Bristol will take care of that for me, right?