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Sports Media Weekly No. 155- Ed Sherman, The Sherman Report

We’ve been away for the past two weeks but Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for a new edition of Sports Media Weekly.

We are pleased to be joined for the entire show by our good friend Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report.

We begin the news portion of the show by looking back at reports that viewership over at ESPN for the second quarter was at its lowest for that quarter in seven years.

We then look ahead to next week’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Fox, not to the action that will be taking place on the field but to the planned 90 second promo Fox is set to debut touting next month’s launch of Fox Sports 1.

With the start of NFL training camps on the doorstep comes news from CBS Sports that it will produce a weekly four hour pre-game show this fall on the CBS Sports Network (CBSSN).  We all agree that as long as NFL is king and you have broadcast rights, adding NFL programming may be better than what is already available on CBSSN.

We then move to Ken’s piece in Awful Announcing on plans by two newspapers to get into the electronic media business on their websites.

We wrap by looking at the uproar in Chicago over Justin Bieber standing on the Blackhawks’ logo in the United Center locker room.

Sports Media Digest- April 17, 2013

30 for 30 Short Features Bill Parcells First Year as Giants Coach–  The latest in a series of ESPN’s 30 for 30 film shorts is available for viewing on Grantland.  The Irrelevant Giant looks at Giants coach Bill Parcells in his rookie and the selection of Cal running back John Tuggle as the last player taken in the 1983 draft.

CBS Sports Network to Supplement Showtime’s Coverage of Mayweather/Guerrero-  The CBS Sports Network will provide over 10 hours of coverage surrounding Floyd Mayweather’s debut fight on Showtime against Robert Guerrero on Saturday, May 4th .  Among the coverage will be the official weigh-in on May 3rd and a replay of both fighter’s previous bouts.

ESPN to Provide Two Hour NFL Schedule Release Provide–  When the official 2013 NFL schedule is released tomorrow night, ESPN will produce a 2-hour special. SportsCenter Special: NFL Schedule Release airs at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Trey Wingo will host with analysts Ron Jaworski, Bill Polian and Jason Taylor.

MLB Network to Televise Live Minor League Baseball-  The MLB Network today released a schedule of five minor league baseball games which will be telecast on the network.  The five game early-season slate is capped off by the Triple A All Star Game on July 17th.  Here is the schedule:

April 22 – Buffalo Bisons (Toronto) at Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia), 10:30 a.m. ET
April 30 – Buffalo Bisons (Toronto) at Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota), 11:30 a.m. ET
May 13 – Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit) at Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh), 11:00 a.m. ET
June 11 – Columbus Clippers (Cleveland) at Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta), 12:00 p.m. ET
July 17 – Triple-A All-Star Game – International League at Pacific Coast League in Reno, NV, 9:00 p.m. ET

CBS Sports Network’s Pre-NFL Draft Coverage

The CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) will be producing special programming leading up the the 2013 NFL Draft.

CBSSN will air a total of nine shows previewing the Draft, including a two-hour special Mock Draft show on Wednesday, April 24 on the eve of the Draft.

Adam Zucker, Brent Stover and Schein split hosting duties across the nine shows. Analysts Simms, Steve Beuerlein, Rich Gannon, Aaron Taylor, Randy Cross, Brian Jones, Ron Zook, and Insider Jason La Canfora will contribute to the various shows.

Here is the complete CBS Sports Network NFL Draft programming schedule:

2013 DRAFT PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

Tuesday, April 16

7:00-8:00 PM, ET – INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DRAFT SPECIAL – FIRST ROUND PREVIEW
8:00-9:00 PM, ET – INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DRAFT SPECIAL – NAMES TO KNOW

Wednesday, April 17

7:30-8:30 PM, ET – INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DRAFT SPECIAL – PROSPECT OR SUSPECT

 

Thursday, April 18

7:00-8:00 PM, ET – INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DRAFT SPECIAL – THE QB SHOW
8:00-9:00 PM, ET – INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DRAFT SPECIAL – STARS OF THE FUTURE

Monday, April 22

7:00-8:00 PM, ET – INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DRAFT SPECIAL – DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH

Tuesday, April 23

9:30-10:30 PM, ET – INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DRAFT SPECIAL – BIG UGLIES

Wednesday, April 24

7:00-8:00 PM, ET – INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DRAFT SPECIAL – ON THE CLOCK
8:00-10:00 PM, ET – INSIDE COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DRAFT SPECIAL – MOCK DRAFT

CBS Sports Network’s Coverage of the Final Four from Atlanta

Beginning tomorrow CBS Sports Network will begin its coverage of the NCAA Men’s Baske.tball Final Four from Centennial Park in Atlanta.

Throughout the weekend, hosts Adam Zucker and Brent Stover will be joined by analystsWally Szczerbiak, Mateen Cleaves, Alaa Abdelnaby, Steve Lappas and Pete Gillen, as well as insider Jon Rothstein and reporters Tracy Wolfson and Allie LaForce.

Here is the schedule of shows:

Thursday, April 4

6:30-7:30 PM – COURTSIDE WITH SETH DAVIS
7:30-8:30 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Friday, April 5

12:00 NOON-4:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
5:30-7:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN
9:30-10:30 PM – CBS SPORTS PRESENTS 75 YEARS OF NCAA MARCH MADNESS: THE ALL-TIME TEAM

Saturday, April 6

1:30-3:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
11:30 PM-12:30 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Sunday, April 7

11:00 AM-12:30 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
5:00-6:00 PM, ET – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Monday, April 8

6:30-9:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
12:00 MIDNIGHT-1:00 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

 

CBS Sports Network Supplemental Masters Programming

The CBS Sports Network will provide seven days of supplemental Masters coverage around CBS’s live telecast of the tournament.

Among the programs produced during the week will be Masters on the Range, a daily live show originating from the Tournament Practice Range of Augusta National Golf Course.  Masters on the Range will be telecast through the Sunday of the tournament.  Brian Crowell, Bobby Clampett and Billy Kratzert will host the show each day.

CBS Sports Network will also re-broadcast CBS’s coverage pof the tournament following Saturday and Sunday’s rounds.

Here is the CBS Sports Network schedule for the Masters:

CBS SPORTS NETWORK SCHEDULE FOR “MASTERS ON THE RANGE” AND MASTERS REPLAYS in 2013 (All times Eastern)

MASTERS ON THE RANGE*

Monday, April 8:                  12 Noon – 2:00 PM
Tuesday, April 9:                  9:00 – 11:00 AM
Wednesday, April 10:           9:00 – 11:00 AM
Thursday, April 11:              11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Friday, April 12:                   11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Saturday, April 13:               11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Sunday, April 14:                  11:00 AM-1:00 PM

REPLAYS*

Saturday, April 13:               Immediately following conclusion of CBS Sports’ live coverage
Sunday, April 14:                  Immediately following conclusion of CBS Sports’ live coverage

* Start and end times are estimates and subject to change.

Sports Media Digest- March 20, 2013

ESPN and Mountain West Conference Announce Right Deal–  ESPN has announced it has signed a deal with the Mountain West Conference to telecast of select conference football and basketball games from 2013-14 through the 2019-20 season.  As part of the deal, ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC will televise a minimum of three Boise State football home games nationally. For men’s basketball, up to 31 conference-controlled games will air on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS or ESPN3.

CBS Sports Network Adds Coaches for NCAA Tourney Coverage– The CBS Sports Network has added a roster of current college basketball coaches to its coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  Joining the roster throughout the tournament include Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie, South Carolina’s Frank Martin, Boston College’s Steve Donahue and Rutgers’ Mike Rice, as well as former players Bobby Hurley (Duke and current Rhode Island assistant), Scoop Jardine (Syracuse) and Marc Jackson(Temple).

ESPN Adds Moreno as Soccer Analyst–  ESPN announced today that it has hired Former Major League Soccer and Venezuelan National Team striker Alejandro Moreno as a soccer analyst.  Moreno begins his work tonight at 9:30p.m. ET joining Ian Darke (play-by-play) and fellow analyst Taylor Twellman for the World Cup qualifying match between Mexico and the USA.  Moreno will also serve as an analyst for Mexican National Team and Liga MX matches on ESPN’s English networks, as well as a studio analyst for marquee events such as MLS Cup, Confederations Cup 2013, and other FIFA events.

MLS Coverage Saturday on NBC Sports Network–  The NBC Sports Network will continue its coverage of Major League Soccer (MLS) with a match this Saturday.  Arlo White, Kyle Martino, and Russ Thaler will have the call as D.C. United hosts the Columbus Crew Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

PBA Tour This Weekend on ESPN–  ESPN will provide live coverage of the next stop of the Pro Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour and PBA League with coverage of the Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship.  Lon McEachern and Randy Pedersen have the call Sunday at 1:00p.m. ET.

CBS Sports Network to Provide Extensive Supplemental NCAA Tourney Coverage

The CBS Sports Network will produce over 90 hours of live studio programming over the course of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament.

Programming includes NCAA March Madness Bracket Breakdown and NCAA March Madness 360, which provide fans complete news, highlights and analysis throughout the Tournament. NCAA March Madness Bracket Breakdown looks at all 67 Tournament games and recaps each day’s action.  NCAA March Madness 360 complements the live NCAA Tournament game coverage with highlights, press conferences, interviews, breaking news and in-depth analysis.

The network will also produce programs in Atlanta during the week leading up to the Final Four.

Programs will be anchored by Adam Zucker, Brent Stover and Dana Jacobson, who will be joined by analysts Alaa Abdelnaby, Mateen Cleaves, Steve Lappas, Wally Szczerbiak, Pete Gillen, Bob Wenzel, Jon Rothstein and Jerry Palm. The Network will also feature top current college coaches as guest analysts throughout the Tournament.

Here is the complete NCAA Tournament schedule on the CBS Sports Network:

Sunday, March 17
2:00-3:00 PM – MARCH TO HISTORY: DUKE 1992
4:00-6:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN
8:00-10:30 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Monday, March 18
4:00-6:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN
7:00-9:30 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Tuesday, March 19
4:00-6:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN
11:00 PM-12:00 MIDNIGHT – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
1:00-2:00 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Wednesday, March 20
4:00-6:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN
11:00 PM-12:00 MIDNIGHT – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
12:00 MIDNIGHT-1:00 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Thursday, March 21
2:30 PM-1:00 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
1:00-2:00 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Friday, March 22
2:30 PM-1:00 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
1:00-2:00 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Saturday, March 23
2:00-8:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
1:00-2:00 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Sunday, March 24
2:00-5:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
7:30-8:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
10:00 PM-12:30 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
12:30-1:30 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Thursday, March 28
4:00-6:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN
6:30 PM-12:00 MIDNIGHT – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
1:00-2:00 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Friday, March 29
4:00-6:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN
6:30-8:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
10:00 PM-12:00 MIDNIGHT – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
1:00-2:00 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Saturday, March 30
2:00-2:30 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN
4:30-7:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
12:30-1:00 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Sunday, March 31
2:30-5:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
7:30-8:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
8:00-9:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Thursday, April 4
6:30-7:30 PM – COURTSIDE WITH SETH DAVIS
7:30-8:30 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360

Friday, April 5
11:00 AM-3:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360: FINAL FOUR FRIDAY TEAM PRACTICES
5:00-7:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN
9:30-10:30 PM – CBS SPORTS PRESENTS 75 YEARS OF NCAA MARCH MADNESS: THE ALL-TIME TEAM

Saturday, April 6
1:30-3:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
11:30 PM-12:30 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Sunday, April 7
11:00 AM-12:30 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
5:00-6:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Monday, April 8
6:30-9:00 PM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS 360
12:00 MIDNIGHT-1:00 AM – NCAA MARCH MADNESS BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Sports Media Digest- March 7, 2013

NBC Sports Network Continues to Rid the Success of the Blackhawks–  NBC Sports announced today that last night’s NHL telecast on the NBC Sports Network between the Chicago Blackhawks a and the Colorado Avalanche had an average audience of 720,000 viewers, up 57% over the NHL telecast from last year.  The Blackhawks also gave NBC its best-ever audience for a single regular-season game (excluding Winter Classics) with a audience of  1.9 million viewers for Sunday’s game with the Red Wings.

NFL.com to Start Producing Weekly Draft Show–  NFL Digital announced that a new NFL Draft special will be produced weekly over on NFL.com.  NFL.com LIVE: Mock Draft Weekly will be produced beginning tomorrow at 1:00p.m. ET and every Friday until April 19th.  The 30-minute show will feature host Matt Smith and former NFL scouts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks.  Former NFL linebacker Akbar Gbajabiamila NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock will also make appearances.

CBS Sports Network to Produce Documentary on 1988 Kansas Jayhawks–  The CBS Sports Network has produced a one-hour documentary looking back at the championship run of the 1988 Kansas Jayhawks.  The Miracles: The 1988 Kansas Jayhawks, will debut Monday at 8:00p.m. ET.

The Fight Game with Jim Lampley Returns Saturday on HBO–  Following its coverage of boxing Saturday night, HBO Sports will produce a live edition of The Fight Game with Jim Lampley. Coverage begins at 11:30p.m. ET with a satellite interview with welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley, who returns to the ring March 16 for the first time since defeating Manny Pacquiao; a recap of Bernard Hopkins’ quest to win a world title at age 48; a new “Gatti List”; and the show’s version of the pound-for-pound rankings.

CBS Sports Network’s Coverage of College Basketball’s Championship Week

The CBS Sports Network will provide extensive coverage of a number of college basketball conference championships through next week.

Here is the schedule, along with announcer assignments:

2013 CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
(ALL TIMES EASTERN)

Saturday, March 9th
Lehigh vs. Lafayette (Patriot League Semifinal) 2:00 PM
Don Criqui and Vince Curran

Army vs. Bucknell (Patriot League Semifinal) 4:30 PM
Bob Socci and Chris Spatola

Sunday, March 10th
Atlantic 10 Semifinal #1 (Women’s) 1:30 PM
Atlantic 10 Semifinal #2 (Women’s) 4:00 PM
John Sadak and Julianne Viani

Wednesday, March 13th
Mountain West Quarterfinal #1 3:00 PM
Mountain West Quarterfinal #2 5:30 PM
Rich Cellini, Doug Gottlieb,
Steve Lappas and Lauren Gardner

Patriot League Championship 7:30 PM
Bob Socci and Chris Spatola

Mountain West Quarterfinal #3 9:30 PM
Mountain West Quarterfinal #4 12:00 AM
Andrew Catalon, Doug Gottlieb,
Steve Lappas and Lauren Gardner

Thursday, March 14th
Conference USA Quarterfinal #1 1:00 PM
Conference USA Quarterfinal #2 3:30 PM
James Bates and Wally Szczerbiak

Conference USA Quarterfinal #3 7:00 PM
Conference USA Quarterfinal #4 9:30 PM
Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen

Friday, March 15th
Conference USA Semifinal #1 (Women’s) 11:00 AM
Conference USA Semifinal #2 (Women’s) 1:30 PM
John Sadak and Julianne Viani

Conference USA Semifinal #1 4:00 PM
James Bates and Wally Szczerbiak
Conference USA Semifinal #2 6:30 PM
Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen

Mountain West Semifinal #1 9:00 PM
Mountain West Semifinal #2 11:30 PM
Andrew Catalon, Doug Gottlieb,
Steve Lappas and Lauren Gardner

Saturday, March 16th
Atlantic 10 Semifinal #1 1:30 PM
Atlantic 10 Semifinal #2 4:00 PM
Tom McCarthy and Steve Wolf

Patriot League Championship (Women’s) 6:00 PM
Bob Socci and Chris Spatola

Conference USA Championship (Women’s) 8:00 PM
John Sadak and Julianne Viani

Mountain West Championship (Women’s) 10:00 PM
Rich Cellini and Tammy Blackburn

CBS Sports Network College Basketball Tuesday and Wednesday

The CBS Sports Network will televise college basketball double headers tomorrow and Wednesday. Here is the schedule along with announcer assignments:

TUESDAY, MARCH 5TH
7:00p.m. ET- Southern Miss vs. Marshall (James Bates and Dan Bonner)
9:00p.m. ET- Memphis vs. UTEP (Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6TH
8:00p.m. ET- Richmond vs. VCU (Brad Johansen and John Griffin)
10:00p.m. ET-  New Mexico vs. Nevada  (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas and Lauren Gardner)