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Sports Media Weekly No. 126

After two weeks away, Ken Fang of Fangs Bites and I are back with a new edition of Sports Media Weekly. Due to the short week we have no guest, but plenty to catch-up on.

We start the show looking at the news today that News Corporation (parent company of Fox Sports) has purchased a minority stake in the YES Network.  The YES Network also announced that it has extended its agreement to carry Yankees baseball through 2042.

Next we look at the moves by Maryland and Rutgers to leave the ACC and Big East respectively and join the Big Ten.  Both Ken and I agree this is great news for the Big Ten Network and not so good news for the Big East as it continues its negotiations for a new television deal.

We then look at ESPN’s domination of college football with its recent deals with the Rose Sugar, and Orange Bowls to carry their games through 2026.  The BCS PLayoffs should not be too far behind for the World Wide Leader.

We shift to the NFL and talk about the piece by Richard Dietsch who speculates whether Jon Gruden will leave ESPN for another coaching job.  We then look at the Thanksgiving Day NFL match-ups, with NBC getting the holiday night game for the first time in 15 years.

We move to the MLB Network to discuss the hiring of former NESN field reporter Heidi Watney and the appearance this week of Keith Olbermann on the network.

We wrap up the show looking at the rumors of who may be filling the morning show slot when the CBS Sports Radio Network launches in January.

Sports Media Digest- November 16, 2012

College Basketball Tonight on CBS Sports Network-  The CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) has the Paradise Jam college basketball tournament beginning with a double header tonight.  UIC vs. New Mexico tipped-off at 4:00 PM, ET followed by Wake Forest vs. Connecticut  at 6:30 PM, ET.  Kevin Eschenfelder and Larry Conley announce, while Kristen Kenney reports from the sidelines.

College Football this Weekend on CBS–  CBS Sports has four college football games tomorrow across its networks.  The SEC game of the week on CBS will pit LSU at Ole Miss beginning at 3:30p.m. ET with Verne Luindquist, Gary Danielson, and Tracey Wolfson on the call.  CBS Sports Network has a triple header of games, beginning at Noon ET as Temple travels to Army. Ben Holden and Randy Cross handle the call.  At 3:30p.m. ET Texas State is at Navy with Grant Boone,Todd Christensen and Sheehan Stanwick Burch on site.  UTEP at Southern Miss wraps up the day with James Bates, Aaron Taylor and Lauren Gardner.

CBS Sports Spectacular Looks at Army/Navy Football Veterans and College Football Behind the Scenes–  This weekend’s CBS Sports Spectacular ties in football and veterans as well as a behind the scenes look at football action.  On Saturday at 1:30p.m. ET the show presents From Philadelphia to Fallujah, a look at three players from the 2001 Army/Navy game who was sent into combat shortly after that game. Derek McGinty narrates. At 2:30p.m. ET the program presents College Football Uncut- Game Day, a look behind the scenes at the four games on and off the field; Alabama at Tennessee (10/20), Michigan State at Wisconsin (10/27), USC at Arizona (10/27) and Notre Dame at Boston College (11/10).  Hugh Galyean narrates.

Next A Football Life to Spotlight John Riggins– The NFL Network’s next edition of  A Football Life will look at the career of Hall of Fame running back John Riggins.  John Riggins: A Football Life debuts next Wednesday night at 8:00p.m. ET.

Real Sports Returns November 20th–  The next edition of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel debuts this Tuesday at 10:00p.m. ET on HBO. Among the topics slated for the show: a look at the unwanted son of former NFL wide receiver Rae Carruth; the NCAA concussion issue; and a look back at the 2009 Cowboys practice facility collapse.

Amendolara to Host Overnights on CBS Sports Radio–  CBS Sports Radio continues to fill out its roster of talent with the announcement that Damon Amendolara will serve as the weeknight 2:00am to 6:00am ET host.  Amendolara has been serving as night time host at Boston’s 98.5 the Sports Hub.  The D.A. Show launches on January 2nd.

60 Minutes Looks at the Impact of College Football–  On this Sunday’s edition of 60 Minutes, reporter Armen Keteyian examines how important college football has been to universities.  Keteyian looks at the University of Michgan and its massive program as well as Towson, which many times sacrifices wins to earn money to play on the road against high-powered clubs.  60 Minutes airs at 7:30p.m. ET on CBS.

Nets/Lakers next NBA TV Fan Night Presentation– NBA TV’s next Fan Night telecast this Tuesday will feature the Brooklyn Nets at the Los Angeles Lakers.  Tip-off Tuesday will be 10:30p.m. ET.  Fans will be voting on the following games, one of which will be chosen for the Fan Night game on November 27th: Dallas Mavericks at Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns at Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors at Houston Rockets or Minnesota Timberwolves at Sacramento Kings

Sports Media Weekly No. 124- Matt Winer, Turner Sports, NBA TV

We are bridging seasons on this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I begin the show with a preview of the final baseball event of the year, the World Series, which will see Joe Buck and Tim McCarver call their 15th Fall Classic as a team for Fox Sports.

We then shift to the struggles facing the NBC Sports Network which is looking to fill programming slots left vacant because of the NHL lockout.

We also look at CBS News and Showtime’s hire of Armen Keteyian as the first correspondent for the new 60 Minutes Sports program debuting in January.

Also in January CBS will launch its sports radio network.  Ken and I preview the weekday line-up as it is currently constituted.

We finish the segment by discussing the change on the set of ESPN’s NBA studio show, with the addition of Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons and the departure of John Barry and Chris Broussard.

Our guest is Turner Sports and NBA TV studio host Matt Winer.  Matt discusses his recently completed stint as host for TBS’ coverage of the MLB postseason.  We also look ahead to the 2012-2013 NBA season on NBA TV and Matt’s role working with the famous NBA studio analysts in the Turner Sports crew.

CBS Sports Radio Add Feinstein to Line-Up

CBS Sports Radio continues to add high-profile talent in advance of its launch at the beginning of the year.

The network announced today that noted sports journalist John Feinstein will fill the 9:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. ET weekday slot.  The John Feinstein Show will feature commentary on the world of sports from his more than 30 years as a sportswriter.

“John is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of and passion for all aspects of sports,” said Eric Spitz, Director of Programming, CBS Sports Radio.  “As a best-selling sports author and journalist, he has relationships with, and an open line to, some of the most fascinating names in sports.  John has a way with words, a trademark sense of humor and is never is shy to offer an opinion, which will engage listeners and translate on the radio.”

The CBS Sports Radio already announced that Jim Rome will occupy the 12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. ET slot, while Doug Gottlieb will host the 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. ET show.  The network launches January 2nd.

Jim Rome Jumps to CBS Sports Radio

Since Jim Rome moved his television program Rome to the CBS Sports Network and CBS announced it would be launching a national radio network, there was talk of Rome bringing his radio show with him to CBS.  That talk became reality today as CBS announced that The Jim Rome Show will have a new home on CBS Sports Radio.

The Jim Rome Show will air on the CBS Sports Radio Network from 12:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. ET beginning January 2nd.  Rome will also contribute daily commentary as part of the network’s CBS Sports Minute.  Rome will also provide commentary for CBS Sports and CBS Sports.com.  He will also be hosting a talk series for Showtime, which will air later this Fall on the premium network.

“Jim would be at the top of any list highlighting sports radio’s most authoritative and opinionated hosts which is exactly why we’re thrilled to welcome him to CBS Sports Radio,” said Dan Mason, President and CEO, CBS RADIO.  “We are building a network that showcases the incredible assets of CBS RADIO and CBS Sports, and creating a strategic opportunity for growth in this untapped marketplace.  Jim’s presence in this marquee timeperiod adds strength to our lineup and exceptional value to our advertisers.”

“I am excited for the continued opportunity to extend my personal contributions to the various platforms that this incredible company has to offer,” said Rome. “I am proud to be a part of the CBS family and look forward to the successful launch of CBS Sports Radio.”

Sports Media Digest- August 24, 2012

Angels and Tigers on Sunday MLB on TBS  This weekend’s Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will feature the Los Angeles Angels at the Detroit Tigers.  Game time is 1:00p.m. ET with Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling and John Smoltz on the call.

CBS Sports Radio Announces Slate of Hourly Feature Hosts-  The CBS Sports Network has announced its line-up of talent that will be providing the network’s CBS Sports Minute sixty-second commentaries beginning on September 4th.  The list includes Boomer Esiason, John Feinstein, Doug Gottlieb, and Tom Tolbert.

The Travers this Weekend on NBCSN-  The NBC Sports Network will continue its run in the Summer in Saratoga series with the 143rd running of the Travers Stakes this Saturday.  Laffit Pincay, III hosts NBC’s coverage alongside Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens and veteran horseracing analyst Randy Moss. Joining them are reporter/handicapper Bob Neumeier and reporter Donna Brothers.  The Travers and three other races air on NBCSN beginning at 4:00p.m. ET.

Sports Media Digest- August 16, 2012

NFL Network Finally Reaches Carriage Deal with Cablevision-  The NFL Network (NFLN) and Cablevision have reached a multi-year agreement for carriage of NFL Network and the NFL RedZone channel.  NFL Network will make its debut in Cablevision homes beginning tomorrow.  NFL Network will be available on channel 150 in both standard-definition and HD for customers who subscribe to iO Preferred, iO Silver, iO Gold or the iO Sports & Entertainment Pak.  NFL RedZone, which airs on Sundays throughout the regular season, will be offered in both standard-definition and HD on channel 151 as part of the iO Sports & Entertainment PakTime Warner cable is the only large cable provider not to have a deal with the NFL Network.

Fox Sports Has a Pair of NFL Preseason Games-  Fox Sports will be producing two pre-season NFL contests this week, beginning tonight.  Kenny Albert, Darly Johnston, and Tony Siragusa take to the air tonight at 8:00p.m. ET as the Cincinnati Bengals travel to the Atlanta Falcons.  Tomorrow at 8:00p.m. ET Thomm Brennaman, Brian Billick, and Laura Okmin call the Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions.

Colts/Steelers on NBC’s Sunday Night Preseason Football-  NBC gets into the NFL preseason action this Sunday when it televises the Indianapolis Colts at the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Dan Hicks, Cris Collinsworth, and Michelle Tafoya  call the game beginning at 8:00p.m. ET.

Boomer Esiason to be Expert Contributor to CBS Sports Radio- CBS Sports and WFAN radio announced today that Boomer Esiason will serve as a contributor to the soon-to-be launched CBS Sports Radio Network.  Esiason will deliver commentary and updates on the current headlines weekday mornings during the CBS Sports Minute.  Additionally, Esiason will provide unique insight and opinion as CBS Sports Radio’s Senior NFL Analyst.

Fox Sports has Two Game Regional MLB Action-  The Fox Saturday Baseball Game of the Week returns this weekend.  72% of the country will see the Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees with Kenny Albert, Tim McCarver, and Ken Rosenthal on the call.  The rest of the country will get Dick Stockton and Eric Karros calling the Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals.  The Fox Saturday Pregame Show begins at 3:30p.m. ET with Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds and Dan Plesac.

Cardinals at Reds on Next Week’s MLB Network Showcase Live Game-  The MLB Network will produce it next live game telecast next Thursday when the St. Louis Cardinals travel to take on the Cincinnati Reds.  Bob Costas and John
Smoltz will call the action beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Heat/Hornets and Nuggets/Suns On ESPN’s NBA Preseason Schedule-  ESPN has announced a pair of preseason games it will air on October 26th.  The opener at 8:00p.m. ET will feature the Miami Heat at the New Orleans Hornets with the nightcap at 10:30p.m. consisting of the Denver Nuggets and the Phoenix Suns.

Jay Williams to Host Interview Series on SiriusXM Radio-  SiriusXM Radio announced today that former college basketball and NBA star Jay Williams will be hosting a new interview program.  The Crossover with Jay Williams debut show will feature Williams talking with Def Jam co-founder and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.  The Crossover with Jay Williams begins tomorrow at 8:00 pm ET on Stars Too, SiriusXM channel 104.

Cal Ripken World Series on CBS Sports Network- The top 11-12 year-old youth baseball teams from around the world will meet on the CBS Sports Network for the Cal Ripken World Series.  Coverage begins Saturday, August 18 with the U.S. Championship beginning at 5:00 PM, ET and International Championship at 7:30 PM, ET. The winners meet on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 2:00 PM, ET in the World Championship.  James Bates announces Saturday’s match-ups, along with analyst Cal Ripken, Jr. and sideline reporter Lou Tilley. Billy Ripken joins Bates, Ripken and Tilley to handle the call for Sunday’s Championship.

Professional Bull Riders Returns to CBS Sports Network Tomorrow-  The CBS Sports Network will begin its coverage tomorrow of the Professional Bull Riders Bass Pro Shops Chute Out.  The action begins at 10:00p.m. ET with Craig Hummer and two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride on the call, with Leah Garcia reporting from dirt level.