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All NFL Media is Local- Super Bowl XLVII

The teams and media are in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.  There is plenty of national coverage on the game.  But we feel the best way to learn about the two teams is through the work of the local media covering each club.

Here is a compilation of some of the local media outlets covering the Ravens and 49ers for the Super Bowl:

Baltimore Ravens Local Media

Newspaper- One of the most underrated mid-sized newspapers in the Country is the Baltimore Sun.  It has a long tradition of having a comprehensive sports section.  The online version of the paper has a page dedicated to the Ravens. Beat writers Jeff Zrebiec (Twitter), Aaron Wilson (Twitter), Matt Vensel (Twitter), Mike Preston, and Edward Lee also maintain the Ravens Insider Blog. Columnists Kevin Cowherd (Twitter) and Peter Schmuck (Twitter) will also offer commentary on the team.

Baltimore has its own weekly sports newspaper, the Press Box.

Sports Radio- WBAL and 98 Rock serve as the home of the Ravens Radio Network. Gerry Sandusky (Twitter), Stan White, and Qadry Ismail (Twitter) call the action.  To talk Ravens, tune into sports talker 105. The Fan.

Television-  Among the television stations on the Baltimore beat include WBALWBFFWJZ and WMAR.  Comcast SportsNet Baltimore and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) also cover the Ravens.

Blogs-  Check out Ravens NewsRavens GabBaltimore BeatdownThe Purple Chaos, and  Ebony Bird for independent coverage of the team.

San Francisco 49ers Local Media

Newspaper- The dominant daily in the city is the San Francisco Chronicle.   Its online sports page (and the rest of the paper online) is part of SF Gate.com.  The sports section has a page dedicated to the 49ers. Beat writers Kevin Lynch (Twiiter) and Eric Branch (Twitter) also maintain the Niner Insider blog.  With columnists like Scott Ostler (Twitter) you can expect plenty to be written about the Niners.

Sports Radio- KNBR and KSAN serve as the flagships to the 49er Radio Network.  Ted Robinson (Twitter) handles play-by-play with Eric Davis (Twitter) adding commentary.  KNBR and KGMZ are two outlets for sports radio talk on the 49ers.

Television- KGOKNTVKPIXKTVU are the major television outlets in San Francisco.  Comcast SportsNet Bay Area also covers the team.

Blogs-  Check out Niners Nation49ers GabNiners Noise, and the team’s own Goal Posts Blog for some independent Niner talk.

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All NFL Media is Local- Super Bowl XLVII

The teams and media are beginning to assemble in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers.  There is plenty of national coverage on the game.  But we feel the best way to learn about the two teams is through the work of the local media covering each club.

Here is a compilation of some of the local media outlets covering the Ravens and 49ers for the Super Bowl:

Baltimore Ravens Local Media

Newspaper- One of the most underrated mid-sized newspapers in the Country is the Baltimore Sun.  It has a long tradition of having a comprehensive sports section.  The online version of the paper has a page dedicated to the Ravens. Beat writers Jeff Zrebiec (Twitter), Aaron Wilson (Twitter), Matt Vensel (Twitter), Mike Preston, and Edward Lee also maintain the Ravens Insider Blog. Columnists Kevin Cowherd (Twitter) and Peter Schmuck (Twitter) will also offer commentary on the team.

Baltimore has its own weekly sports newspaper, the Press Box.

Sports Radio- WBAL and 98 Rock serve as the home of the Ravens Radio Network. Gerry Sandusky (Twitter), Stan White, and Qadry Ismail (Twitter) call the action.  To talk Ravens, tune into sports talker 105. The Fan.

Television-  Among the television stations on the Baltimore beat include WBALWBFFWJZ and WMAR.  Comcast SportsNet Baltimore and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) also cover the Ravens.

Blogs-  Check out Ravens NewsRavens GabBaltimore BeatdownThe Purple Chaos, and  Ebony Bird for independent coverage of the team.

San Francisco 49ers Local Media

Newspaper- The dominant daily in the city is the San Francisco Chronicle.   Its online sports page (and the rest of the paper online) is part of SF Gate.com.  The sports section has a page dedicated to the 49ers. Beat writers Kevin Lynch (Twiiter) and Eric Branch (Twitter) also maintain the Niner Insider blog.  With columnists like Scott Ostler (Twitter) you can expect plenty to be written about the Niners.

Sports Radio- KNBR and KSAN serve as the flagships to the 49er Radio Network.  Ted Robinson (Twitter) handles play-by-play with Eric Davis (Twitter) adding commentary.  KNBR and KGMZ are two outlets for sports radio talk on the 49ers.

Television- KGOKNTVKPIXKTVU are the major television outlets in San Francisco.  Comcast SportsNet Bay Area also covers the team.

Blogs-  Check out Niners Nation49ers GabNiners Noise, and the team’s own Goal Posts Blog for some independent Niner talk.

All NFL Media is Local- 2013 AFC Championship Game

We have built up a section of our site that links to a post on each team in the NFL and the local media outlets that cover that team.  It’s a one-stop-shop for fans to get information on their favorite team through some of the people and organizations who cover them every day.

For the NFL Conference Championships we will re-post the entries for each team, as a way for you to get ready for the game, again, through the work of the local media in each market.

Here is a look at the broadcast information and local media outlets covering the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game:

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

National Television:  Fox Sports.  Pre-game coverage starts at 6:00p.m. ET with James Brown, Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason and Bill Cowher.  Kick-off is 6:30p.m. ET with Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcotts on the call.

National Radio–  Dial Global is the national radio rights holder for the game.  Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts and Mark Malone describe the action.

Baltimore Ravens Local Media

Newspaper- One of the most underrated mid-sized newspapers in the Country is the Baltimore Sun.  It has a long tradition of having a comprehensive sports section.  The online version of the paper has a page dedicated to the Ravens. Beat writers Jeff Zrebiec (Twitter), Aaron Wilson (Twitter), Matt Vensel (Twitter), Mike Preston, and Edward Lee also maintain the Ravens Insider Blog. Columnists Kevin Cowherd (Twitter) and Peter Schmuck (Twitter) will also offer commentary on the team.

Baltimore has its own weekly sports newspaper, the Press Box.

Sports Radio- WBAL and 98 Rock serve as the home of the Ravens Radio Network. Gerry Sandusky (Twitter), Stan White, and Qadry Ismail (Twitter) call the action.  To talk Ravens, tune into sports talker 105. The Fan.

Television-  Among the television stations on the Baltimore beat include WBALWBFFWJZ and WMAR.  Comcast SportsNet Baltimore and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) also cover the Ravens.

Blogs-  Check out Ravens NewsRavens GabBaltimore BeatdownThe Purple Chaos, and  Ebony Bird for independent coverage of the team.

New England Patriots Local Media

Newspaper- Many newspaper outlets cover the Pats, but the two biggest names are the Boston Globe (subscription may be required) and the Boston Herald. The Globe online is handled through Boston.com. The paper’s sports section includes a page dedicated to the Pats (Twitter). Beat writers Greg A. Bedard (Twitter), Michael Witmer and Shalise Manza Young (Twitter), feed into the paper’s Extra Points blog.  Chris Gaspar (Twitter) and Dan Shaughnessy (Twitter) will also add their thoughts on the team.

The Herald  also has a page dedicated to the Pats.  Beat writers Jeff Howe (Twitter) and Karen Guregian (Twitter) also contribute to the paper’s The Blitz blog.  Columnist Steve Buckley (Twitter) will also let his thoughts be know on the team from time to time.

Sports Radio- 98.5 The Sports Hub serves as the flagship of the Patriots Radio Network.  Gil Santos returns on play-by-play, joined by analyst Scott Zolak (Twitter).  Sports radio talk is dominated by The Sports Hub and WEEI.

Television- Some of the television outlets covering the Pats include, WBZWCVBWHDH and WFXT.  Boston also has coverage of the team from regional networks Comcast SportsNet New England and NESN.  ESPNBoston also follows the team.

Blogs- There are no shortage of independent blogs covering the Pats.  Among them are Patriots LockerPatriots Gab and Pats Pulpit.

All NFL Media is Local- Baltimore Ravens

Let’s head to the Mid-Atlantic region of the country and examine the local media contingent that covers the Baltimore Ravens

Newspaper- One of the most underrated mid-sized newspapers in the Country is the Baltimore Sun.  It has a long tradition of having a comprehensive sports section.  The online version of the paper has a page dedicated to the Ravens. Beat writers Jeff Zrebiec (Twitter), Aaron Wilson (Twitter), Matt Vensel (Twitter), Mike Preston, and Edward Lee also maintain the Ravens Insider Blog. Columnists Kevin Cowherd (Twitter) and Peter Schmuck (Twitter) will also offer commentary on the team.

Baltimore has its own weekly sports newspaper, the Press Box.

Sports Radio- WBAL and 98 Rock serve as the home of the Ravens Radio Network. Gerry Sandusky (Twitter), Stan White, and Qadry Ismail (Twitter) call the action.  To talk Ravens, tune into sports talker 105. The Fan.

Television-  Among the television stations on the Baltimore beat include WBALWBFFWJZ and WMAR.  Comcast SportsNet Baltimore and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) also cover the Ravens.

Blogs-  Check out Ravens NewsRavens GabBaltimore Beatdown, The Purple Chaos, and  Ebony Bird for independent coverage of the team.

I’m sure there are more great resources when it comes to following the Ravens.  Please let us know about them through the comments section.

Hard Knocks and reality

Watching the first episode of this year’s GooseHard Knocks — which, like just about everything HBO does, was extremely well-produced — I was reminded of conversations I had with The Sun‘s Ravens reporters about the initial year of the series, set at Ravens training camp. They said many Ravens very much played to the cameras, acting in ways that could be quite different from their normal demeanors. In particular, one veteran — who usually was at best indifferent and otherwise disdainful when it came to rookies — acted far more concerned about a first-year player than he did in previous camps without HBO’s presence.

That’s not saying any of the Bengals are “acting.” But I’m just sayin’.

NFL works of Art

Baltimore-centric note: I happened to catch a few minutes of the Scott and Anita chat-fest from 105.7 the Fan via MASN today. A caller made an interesting point in light of how Rod Woodson’s championing Art Modell’s Hall of Fame candidacy was roundly booed at the ceremony in Canton Saturday.

The caller noted how Steelers iconic owner Art Rooney was voted into the Hall in 1964, when his team’s history was mostly one of failure. Scott Garceau agreed with the caller, though the host didn’t elaborate on how Rooney obviously was voted into the Hall — and rightly so — for playing a key role from the NFL’s earliest days. It could be noted, however, that at the point Rooney was elected, his teams had posted seven winning seasons out of 31 and been in one playoff game. On the other hand, Modell’s Cleveland teams made 15 playoff appearances in 35 years, including one NFL championship, and his Ravens won a Super Bowl.

Yes, the Steelers went on to become an NFL powerhouse, but that didn’t happen until after Rooney had made the Hall. The point is to compare the relative merits of two owners at the point of election. One was beloved and a rock upon which the league was built, but also the owner of a franchise known for its futility on the field. The other helped launch the league into the modern television age that made everyone richer and pro football even more popular while also fielding teams that had long runs of success. Of course, Modell’s resume comes with the stain of his move from Cleveland to Baltimore. The booing in Canton tells you that stain has yet to fade.

Then again, Al Davis, an original AFL mover and shaker — and quite literally a mover — made it into the Hall in the ’90s.

All of which might have bogged down the talk show a bit.

AFC Championship- Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Here is our preview of the AFC Championship between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, through the eyes of the local media for each team…

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Let’s head to the Mid-Atlantic region of the country and examine the local media contingent that covers the Baltimore Ravens

Newspaper- One of the most underrated mid-sized newspapers in the Country is the Baltimore Sun. It has a long tradition of having a comprehensive sports section. The online version of the paper has a page dedicated to the Ravens. The paper’s various beat writers also maintain the Ravens Insider Blog. Baltimore has its own weekly sports newspaper, the Press Box.

Sports Radio- WBAL serves as the home of the Ravens Radio Network. To talk Ravens, tune into sports talker WJFK.

Television- Among the television stations on the Baltimore beat include WBAL, WBFF, WJZ and WMAR.

Blogs- Check out Ravens News, Ravens Gab, Baltimore Beatdown, and Ravens 24-7 for independent coverage of the team.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Let’s take a look at the local media contingent that spend their time covering the Pittsburgh Steelers

Newspaper- The City of Pittsburgh are served by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

The Post Gazette has a very detailed online sports section with a page dedicated to the Steelers. Online Sports Editor Dan Gigler is the author of the Blog N’ Gold Steelers blog.

The Tribune Review also presents a respectable sports section. They also have a dedicated section for the club. Beat writer Scott Brown also maintains the paper’s Steelers’ blog.

Sports Radio- WDVE and WBGG serve as the flagship for the Steelers’ Radio Network. Bill Hillgrove serves on play-by-play while Tunch Ilkin provides analysis. WBGG and WEAE serve as the sports radio talkers in town.

Television- Follow the Steelers on television at KDKA, WPGH, WPXI, and WTAE.

Blogs- Among the blogs covering the Steelers include Behind the Steel Curtain, Steelers Locker, Steelers Gab, and the Steelers Tradition.