CBS College Sports

SMJ Inbox- March 9, 2011

We’ve made it to Wednesday…Here are some items of note that we’ve received in the Sports Media Journal inbox…

ESPN Names Adrian Healey as Main Voice for MLS Telecasts- The 2011 Major League Soccer season begins next week and ESPN has named Adrian Healey as its lead play-by-play voice for network telecasts.  Healey, who has been with the WWL since 2003 working international soccer telecasts, will be joined by John Harkes in the booth.  ESPN’s premier MLS telecast will be Tuesday, March 15th at 9:30pm on ESPN.


CBS College Sports Launches NCAA Conference Basketball Tourney Coverage- CBS College Sports kicks off its coverage of NCAA college basketball conference tournament action beginning tomorrow.  The network will focus on the Atlantic 10, Conference USA, and Mountain West Championships.  Here is the schedule:

Thursday, March 10
C-USA Quarterfinal #1, 1:00-3:00 PM Roger Twibell/Wally Szczerbiak,UAB vs. ECC-USA
Quarterfinal #2, 3:30-5:30 PM Twibell/Szczerbiak,Memphis vs. USF/Tulane
MWC Quarterfinal #2,  5:30-7:30 PM (Mtn. simulcast), Colorado State vs. New Mexico
C-USA Quarterfinal #3, 7:30-9:30 PM Dave Ryan/Pete Gillen, UTEP vs. Marshall/Houston
C-USA Quarterfinal #4, 10:00 PM-12:00 AM Ryan/Gillen, Tulsa vs. SMU/Rice
MWC Quarterfinal #4,12:00 Midnight-1:30 AM (Mtn. simulcast),UNLV vs. Air Force (will join in progress after conclusion of C-USA Quarterfinal #4)

Friday, March 11
C-USA Women’s Semifinal #1 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Brent Stover/Tammy Blackburn
C-USA Women’s Semifinal #2 1:30-3:30 PM Stover/Blackburn
C-USA Semifinal #1 4:00-6:00 PM Roger Twibell/Wally Szczerbiak
C-USA Semifinal #2 6:30-8:30 PM Dave Ryan/Pete Gillen
MWC Semifinal #1 9:00-11:00 PM Ted Robinson/Steve Lappas
MWC Semifinal #2 11:30 PM-1:30 AM Robinson /Lappas

Saturday, March 12
A-10 Semifinal #1 1:00-3:00 PM Jason Knapp/Steve Wolf
A-10 Semifinal #2 3:30-5:30 PM Knapp/Vince Curran
Patriot League Women’s Championship – 6:00-8:00 PM Bob Socci/Krista Blunk
C-USA Women’s Championship – 8:00-10:00 PM Stover/Blackburn

Tennis Channel Preps for Next Two Big Tour Stops- The Tennis Channel is getting set to provide over 130 hours of coverage of the upcoming BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.  Here is the schedule over the next three weeks:

Tennis Channel’s Live 2011 BNP Paribas Open Schedule
(Men’s/Women’s Singles Unless Otherwise Specified)

Saturday, March 12, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Second-Round
Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Second-Round, Third-Round
Monday, March 14, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Third-Round
Tuesday, March 15, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Third-Round, Round of 16
Wednesday, March 16, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Round of 16, Women’s Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 17, 2 p.m.-8 p.m.; 10 p.m.-midnight Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals
Friday, March 18, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals
Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Men’s Doubles Finals

Tennis Channel will also offer encore replays of the men’s and women’s singles semifinals and finals:
Saturday, March 19 – 2 a.m.-4 a.m.; 8 a.m.-10 a.m. (ET): women’s singles semifinals
Sunday, March 20 – 12 a.m.-4 a.m. (ET): men’s singles semifinals
Monday, March 21 – 12 a.m.-4 a.m. (ET): men’s and women’s singles finals

Tennis Channel’s Live 2011 Sony Ericsson Open Schedule
(Men’s/Women’s Singles Unless Otherwise Specified)

Saturday, March 26, 11 a.m.-midnight Second-Round, Third-Round
Sunday, March 27, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Third Round
Monday, March 28, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Third-Round, Round of 16
Tuesday, March 29, 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Round of 16, Women’s Quarterfinals
Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals

Tennis Channel will also offer encore replays of the men’s and women’s singles semifinals:
Friday, April 1 – 1 a.m.-3 a.m.; 9 a.m.-11 a.m. (ET): women’s singles semifinals
Friday, April 1 – 11 p.m.-1 a.m.; Saturday, April 2 – 6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. (ET): men’s singles semifinals

NBC Sports Group Set For This Weekend’s PGA Stop At Doral- The NBC Sports Group has complete coverage of this weekend’s WGC-Cadillac Classic at Doral.  The Top 50 golfers in the world will be on display, including the pairing of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, & Graeme McDowell for the first two rounds.  The Golf Channel will handle tourney coverage this Thursday and Friday from 2pm-6pm as well as Saturday from 12pm-2pm and Sunday from 1pm-3pm.  NBC has coverage Saturday from 2pm-6pm and Sunday from 3pm-7pm.

HBO Has Middleweight Doubleheader on Saturday- HBO will have Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman, and Roy Jones, Jr. ringside for this weekend’s middleweight twin bill from the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.  In the opener Andy Lee (24-1, 18 KOs) takes on undefeated Craig McEwan (19-0, 10 KOs).  The main event features Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) and undefeated Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 34 KOs).  Coverage begins at 10:30pm ET.

SMJ Inbox- August 17th, 2010

Time to see what we’ve received today in the SMJ inbox…

– ESPN is ramping up toward its college football debut with the announcement of the first three hour edition of College GameDay from Atlanta on September 4th.  The pre-game show will begin on ESPNU and culminate with the telecast of the Chik-fil-A Kick-Off game (LSU/North Carolina) at 8:00p.m. ET.

– Beginning this weekend ESPN will provide coverage of every game of the Little League World Series from Williamsport, PA.  The tournament will culminate with the championship game at 3:00p.m. on August 29th on ABC.

– Also from the WWL, ESPN has announced the release of iPhone apps for the local ESPN websites.  You can download apps for ESPN Boston, LA, New York, Chicago, and Dallas via iTunes.

– CBS College Sports is set to produce another season of its College Football studio shows. The Tony Barnhart Show, Inside College Football, and the SEC Post Game Show return for another season.  Two new shows will also debut, CBS College Sports Line-Up on Thursdays and College Football Confidential on six Fridays during the season.  Programming begins August 31st.

– This weekend CBS Sports will have a preview of the College Football season with Tim Brando, Gary Danielson, Spencer Tillman and Tony Barnhart this Saturday at 1:00p.m. ET.

– CBS will also have tennis coverage this weekend.  The Western and Southern Financial Group Masters U.S. Open Series tennis will air Sunday at 12:00p.m.

– NBC has pre-season NFL football again coming up this Sunday night.  This week’s match-up will feature the 49’ers at the Vikings beginning at 8:00p.m. ET.

– The NFL Network is promoting its two live pre-season telecasts of the week, both on Saturday night.   The first is the Steelers at Giants at 7:00p.m. The second is Green Bay at Seattle at 10:00p.m.  NFLN also reports that last Sunday’s live telecast of the Broncos and Bengals brought in 2 million viewers, the highest for a pre-season game in network history.

SEC Championship Caps End of Successful CFB Season for CBS

2009-sec-championship-logoThe ratings success for football this fall has been well documented here and elsewhere.  The people at CBS Sports are looking forward to it’s final big act of the season when it telecasts the SEC Championship Game this Saturday (4pm ET).

“Obviously the season has turned out exactly the way we would have wanted it if we had written the script back in September.” said Sean McManus, President, CBS News and Sports referring to the match-up of #1 Florida vs. #2 Alabama.,  “All we need now is one more terrific game to put an end to what, for us, has been one of the most successful college football seasons in recent memory.”

This season CBS has seen it’s ratings jump by nearly 25% from a year ago and those numbers translate to the highest college football ratings for the network in nearly ten years.

“The timing is good because it’s at the beginning of our new 15 year deal with the SEC.”  said McManus,  “So its good to have a really good jumping -off point when you’re starting a new contract.”

Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson will call the game for CBS with Tracy Wolfson on the sidelines.   Both Lundquist and Danielson believe that despite this being a rematch of last season’s championship tilt, there is no indication that Florida and Alabama will continue to dominate the conference…and television has a lot to do with that.

“More players are going to gravitate to this league (because of the television coverage) meaning the rest of the league is going to get better.” said Danielson.

“I think that’s where you’re gonna see the benefits of this television package because it is a national window for the SCC with CBS on Saturday afternoon and ESPN on Saturday night.” said Lundquist, ” I think that will strengthen all the members (of the SEC)”

College football coordinating producer Craig Silver said the championship game  coverage will consist of 15 cameras, 12 replay angles, and 2 graphics machines, the same compliment as used during the regular season.

“We try to take the game that’s in front of us…do our normal preparation, and use all the facilities we have at our disposal.” said Silver

Because it is the marquis college football game on its schedule CBS  is bringing it’s College Football Today pre-game show on site (3pm ET), with Tim Brando as host with Spencer Tillman, Archie Manning, and Tony Barnhart lending analysis.

CBS College Sports will kick off the day’s coverage with its SEC Tailgate show beginning at 12Noon ET and will end it with it’s post game show at 8pm with Phillip Fulmer, Brian Jones, Sam Ryan, and Dave Baker.

Taking the lead from the success of it’s streaming coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the game will also be streamed live on CBS as well as CBS Sports mobile.