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Sports Media Digest- September 4, 2012

CBSSports.com to Produce Two New Football Programs-  CBS Sports announced today that it will be producing two new daily football shows which will air exclusively ob CBSSports.com.  Pro Football 360 and College Football 360 will give fans real-time analysis on the day’s top stories.  Pro Football 360 will seek the opinions of  Jason LaConfora, Pat Kirwan, Pete Prisco, Mike Freeman and Clark Judge.  It airs Monday through Friday at 3:00p.m. ET.  College Football 360 airs weekdays at 10:00a.m. ET with Dennis Dodd, Bruce Feldman, and Tony Barnhart, among others.

Renowned Orthopaedic Surgeon Joining CBS NFL Football Crew-  CBS Sports has announced that orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache will serve as a medical consultant for its NFL coverage during the 2012-13 season.  Dr. ElAttrache will be “on-call” all season analyzing and explaining injuries and interpreting injury reports.

Hard Knocks Finale Tonight-  The final episode in this season’s Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins will air tonight at 10:00p.m. ET/PT on HBO.  On tonight’s episode  the pre-season comes and the Dolphinsrepare for final roster cuts.

AT&T U-Verse Customers Now Have Longhorn Network-  ESPN and AT&T U-Verse have announced an agreement for the cable company to provide customers access to the Longhorn Network.  As part of the agreement, at a future date, AT&T will also launch a live, linear feed of Longhorn Network online to subscribers via computers, smartphones and tablets.

Neal to Head Fox Sports World Cup Soccer Coverage-  Fox Sports Media Group (FSMG) today announced that Olympics television producer David Neal has been hired to develop and execute coverage plans for the FIFA World Cup across all Fox Sports platforms including broadcast, cable and digital. Neal will be charged with designing the production infrastructure for FSMG’s stadium and studio operations, as well as forming the on-air, production and technical teams to call and present the action.

Sports Media Digest- April 3, 2012

CBS Sees Ratings Jump For NCAA Championship Game-  CBS reports that the ratings for yesterday’s NCAA Men’s Division I Championship between Kentucky and Kansas came in nationally at 12.3, up 5% over last year’s final between UConn and Butler.  The game averaged 20.9 million viewers, up 4% from 2011.  Over the entire tournament TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV averaged a 6.1 rating down from last year’s 6.4 mark.  This year’s tournament averaged 9.6 million viewers compared to 10.2 million last year.

Plurality of Brackets on ESPN Selected Kentucky-  It is no surprise that with the number 1 team in the country winning the championship, a good number of brackets completed in ESPN’s Bracket Challenge had Kentucky on top.  Just over 35% of the 6.45 million brackets completed selected Kentucky to win it all.  Only 6.2% had Kansas as the winner.

Kellerman Hosts Face-Off With Mayweather and Cotto on HBO Tonight-  In preparation for the May 5th bout between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto, Max Kellerman will host Face Off With Max Kellerman: Mayweather/Cotto tonight at 8:45p.m. ET on HBO.  During the interview the two fighters face-off and answer Kellerman’s questions.  The fighters also get the chance to address each other and their fans.

TNT NBA Double Header Thursday-  TNT will again prep itself for an NBA twin bill this Thursday.  Game one at 7:00p.m. ET will pit the New York Knicks at the Orlando Magic.  Marv Albert, Mike Fratello, and David Aldridge will have the call.  The nightcap at 9:30p.m. has the Boston Celtics at the Chicago Bulls.  Kevin Harlan, Steve Kerr, and Reggie Miller will be on hand.

CBS Sports.com Launches Fantasy Baseball Show-  Beginning tomorrow, CBS Sports.com will be producing regular programs for fanatasy baseball players.   Fantasy Baseball 360 will be available daily from 5:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. ET.   Jorge Sedano will host the show and be joined by fantasy baseball experts Nando Di Fino, Al Melchior and Scott White along with CBSSports.com’s MLB Insider Jon Heyman and Baseball Columnists Scott Miller  and Danny Knobler.

Entz Named Executive VP at Fox Sports-  Fox Sports has announced that it has promoted John Entz to the position ofExecutive Vice President, Production and Executive Producer, FOX Sports Media Group.  Entz will oversee all studio and event production for the networks and entities within Fox Sports Media Group, including FOX Sports, the FOX Sports Regional Networks, SPEED, FOX Deportes, FOX Soccer, FUEL TV and FOXSports.com.  Entz also serves in an advisory capacity to the Big Ten Network.

Masters Live Returns to CBSSports.com

CBS Sports has announced that CBSSports.com will once again work with Masters.com to play host to Masters Live for the 2012 tournament.

Masters Live will provide video coverage from the Augusta National Golf Club with four live channels of golf action throughout the week of the 2012 Masters, April 2-8.  The site will provide more than 90 hours of live video from Augusta National.

The four channels are:

Masters On The Range: A live show originating from the Tournament Practice Range at  Augusta National, Masters On The Range will be available for the first time in 2012 on CBSSports.com and CBS Sports Network. Presented on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Masters week, Masters On The Range will feature interviews with players and analysis of the field leading up to the start of the 2012 Masters. Jennifer Mills, Billy Kratzert and Peter Oosterhuis will provide commentary and analysis for Masters On The Range.

Amen Corner: Live streaming video of the 11th, 12th and 13th holes from the Augusta National Golf Club. Grant Boone and Matt Gogel will provide commentary and analysis for Amen Corner.

15 & 16: Live streaming video of the 15th and 16th holes from the Augusta National Golf Club. Jerry Foltz and Billy Ray Brown will serve as the announcers for 15 & 16.

Featured Group: Live streaming video of selected pairings as they play Hole Nos. 10-18 from Augusta National Golf Club. Andrew Catalon and Kratzert will be providing commentary and analysis of the Featured Groupings.

CBSSports.com will also be providing other video coverage of the news and events at the Masters as the tournament unfolds.  Here is the schedule of the four Masters Live channels on CBSSPorts.com:

Masters on the Range  (Also airs on CBS Sports Network)
Monday, April 2:         9:00 – 11:00 AM
Tuesday, April 3:         9:00 – 11:00 AM
Wednesday, April 4:    9:00 – 11:00 AM

Featured Group*
Thursday, April 5:       12:00 Noon – Completion of play
Friday, April 6:            12:00 Noon – Completion of play
Saturday, April 7:        12:00 Noon – Completion of play
Sunday, April 8:          12:00 Noon – Completion of play

Amen Corner*
Thursday, April 5:       10:45 AM – 5:45 PM
Friday, April 6:           10:45 AM – 5:45 PM
Saturday, April 7:       12:00 Noon – 5:45 PM
Sunday, April 8:         11:45 AM – 5:45 PM

15 & 16*
Thursday, April 5:     11:45 AM – 6:45 PM
Friday, April 6:         11:45 AM – 6:45 PM
Saturday, April 7:      1:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Sunday, April 8:        12:45 PM – 6:30 PM

Sports Media Digest- December 5, 2011

I have done this type of thing previously so we thought we’d bring it back.  Instead of multiple, smaller posts of sports media news, I thought it best to put together a bullet list of news in one, longer entry.  Let me know what you think.  Here we go:

  • The overnight ratings are in for Sunday Night Football (SNF) on NBC.  Last night’s Lions/Saints contest registered a rating of 11.9, winning the night for NBC.  That number, however, was 18 percent lower than last season’s week 13 SNF telecast featuring the Ravens and Steelers.  The game had big ratings in New Orleans, coming in at 56.3.  Local ratings in Detroit also fared well, registering a 26.5.
  • Sports Illustrated today unveiled its selection for Sportsman and Sportswoman of the year.  All-time winning college basketball coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Pat Summitt were tabbed with the 2011 honor.
  • CBSSports.com continues to add value to its stable of columnists.  The site today announced that longtime baseball writer John Heyman joined the staff.  He will begin work on December 12th.  Heyman spent the last five years covering baseball for Sports Illustrated.
  • Fox Sports has announced that on the day of the NFC Championship, January 22nd, it will air live the match-up of Premiere League powerhouses Arsenal and Manchester United.  The telecast will begin at 10:30am ET.  The NFC Championship will air on Fox later that day at 6:30pm ET.  Fox also announced that on Super Bowl Sunday, the Chelsea/Manchester United Premiere League match will also air live on Fox beginning at 10:3oam ET.
  • The NFL Network (NFLN) has released this week’s NFL Replay match-ups.  Tomorrow night, beginning at 8:00pm ET the network will replay the game between the Packers and Giants.  At 9:30pm ET NFLN will re-air the Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings.  On Wednesday at 8:00p, ET NFL will re-play the Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals.