Hurricane Sandy battered the eastern seaboard but did not deter us from producing a new Sports Media Weekly.
Our scheduled guest could not join us due to him being from the New York/New Jersey area, so Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are riding solo.
We begin the program by looking at the record low ratings for Fox Sports on the Giants’ four game sweep of the World Series. Even though the viewership numbers were steady, the average rating of 7.6 was the lowest ever.
We then look at the big news that NBC Sports has secured the rights to English Premier League soccer beginning next season. We discuss what the move means for NBC as well as incumbents Fox and ESPN.
We move on to the NBA season beginning tonight and our expectations for TNT, ESPN, and NBA TV this year.
We wrap-up the show on the news, broken by Ken a few weeks ago, that the Dan Patrick Radio Show will be simulcast on the NBC Sports Network beginning on Monday at 9:00a.m. ET.
We run the gamut of topics on this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I lead-off by talking about the extension issued by NASCAR to Fox Sports to continue to telecast Sprint Cup races through the year 2022. We discuss the online aspects of the $2.4 billion deal, and whether ESPN, Turner, and/or perhaps NBC Sports Network may be in play for the remainder of the package when it comes up for bid.
We keep it with auto racing as we discuss the news that NBC has attained the rights to Formula One racing beginning next year.
Ken and I then discuss the NFL/MLB double header Joe Buck pulled for Fox this past Sunday.
We move to sports radio as Dan Patrick announced today that the simulcast of his weekday radio program will no longer be telecast on Fox Sports Net. Perhaps a move to NBC Sports Network? Ken seems to think so.
We wrap-up our news briefly (and I mean briefly) talking about next year’s Steelers/Vikings contest in London and the announcement that Beyonce will perform at halftime of Super Bowl XLVII.
Our guest this week is timely. We speak with Greg Wyshynski, author of the Puck Daddy blog at Yahoo Sports. We talk to Greg about the news today of headway potentially being made in the NHL lockout. Greg also fills us in what he’s been writing about without the NHL, his thoughts of ESPN’s coverage of the KHL, and his recent participation at Blogs with Balls 5 in Toronto.
Alright its off to the first round. Our number one seed Dan Patrick meets up against 16th seed Todd Wright of Sporting News Radio.
Dan Patrick- Daniel Patrick Pugh (born May 15, 1957), better known as Dan Patrick, is an American sportscaster from Mason, Ohio who currently works for CNN’s Sports Illustrated. He attended the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. His brother, Bill Pugh, is a longtime sports radio executive, and is currently the head of programming at Sporting News Radio. Patrick was an anchor on ESPN’s SportsCenter (1989-2006). He also hosted The Dan Patrick Show on ESPN Radio from September 13, 1999 to August 17, 2007. Starting on March 19, 2006, until the final game of the NBA Finals, he became the host of ABC’s then-titled NBA Nation, a pregame show for the network’s NBA telecasts. Here is more about Dan from Wikipedia. Dan Patrick website.
Todd Wright- Name any major sporting event and Todd Wright has covered it. Name any famous stadium or arena and Todd Wright has visited it. Name any sports topic and Todd Wright has an opinion on it. For over a decade and a half, Todd has made sports both his personal and professional way of life. From his first on-air position as a play-by-play voice of the Hurricanes as a student at the University of Miami to his most recent work anchoring tournament coverage on the PGA Tour Network, Todd has pretty much done it all. And what he hasn’t, he aspires to do next. Get Todd’s complete bio.