Darren Rovell

Sports Media Weekly No. 122- Darren Rovell & Mike Golic, ESPN

We are a day early this week for this edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I begin the program by looking at the job TBS and MLB Network have done so far in covering the Major League Baseball Division Series.  Overall we both feel the networks are doing a solid job.

We then examine the move by Fox Sports to negotiate rights deals with individual universities to telecast their athletic events.  Fox has focused on schools in the Big 12.  We’ll see if they plan to launch similar deals with other schools in other conferences.

We wrap-up our news segment by looking at the fine work done by NFL Network and ESPN on their respective A Football Life and 30 for 30 documentary series.

We have another two guest program this week.  First up is ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell.  When we last spoke with Darren he was still at CNBC.  Darren shares with us what it’s like to be back in Bristol, what he’s been working on, the state of the NHL while in the lockout, and his reaction to last week’s 30 for 30 documentary Broke.

Next up is a talk Ken had last week with ESPN Radio morning co-host Mike Golic.  Ken asks Mike what it’s like to transition from the playing field to the booth, whether he misses calling college football games, and his relationship with co-host Mike Greenberg.

Rovell Rejoins ESPN

It was known for over a month that Darren Rovell would be leaving CNBC to rejoin ESPN, but it was formally announced by the WWL yesterday.

Rovell will be the network’s business reporter in a multi-platform role — television, digital and ESPN Radio — and will also contribute to ABC News, including Good Morning AmericaWorld News with Diane Sawyer andNightline. .  Rovell last worked for ESPN from 2000-2006.

“While ESPN is known for games and highlights, it is also about helping fans win the battles at the office water cooler or at the kitchen table,” Rovell said in a press release. “You can’t be a great fan without understanding the intricacies of the sports business. I look forward to bringing viewers, readers and listeners the stories of what happens off the field and behind closed doors that fuels this massive industry.”

“We’re pleased to welcome a respected sports business reporter like Darren back into the ESPN family” said
John Wildhack, ESPN Executive Vice President, Production. “His particular expertise will strengthen our news gathering division, and provide fans the type of information they are accustomed to receiving from our varied platforms.”


Sports Media Weekly No.100- Darren Rovell, CNBC, NBC Sports Network

It took some time to get here, but we have reached the 100th edition of Sports Media Weekly.

After a couple of weeks off Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I begin the show by discussing the plans by ESPN and the NFL Network to cover tomorrow’s NFL Draft.

We then look at the ratings success of both the Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC Sports and the NBA on both ESPN and NBA TV.

We also look at NBC’s plan to live stream every event at this year’s Summer Olympics in London.

We wrap up our news segment by making our predictions of who will take home the Sports Emmys when they are handed out this coming Monday in New York.

Our guest for our 100th show is CNBC Sports Business Reporter and host of Game On on NBC Sports Network Darren Rovell.  Darren talks about how he got interested in covering the sports business beat, how athletes who run businesses tend to be more willing to speak to reporters, his Twitter “wars”, his affinity for food, and who he thinks will be the marketable athletes at this year’s Summer Olympics.

Ken and I want to thank those of you who have followed us through the first 100 editions of the show.  It means a lot that we have such dedicated listeners.  Here’s to the next 100 episodes!

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Sports Media Digest- February 1, 2012

Costas To Host Live Town Hall Session in Indianapolis-  NBC’s Bob Costas will host a live town hall meeting tomorrow night looking at the state of the NFL.   Costas Tonight: Live From the Super Bowl will feature interviews with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as well as NFL owners and players.  The program will air on the NBC Sports Network from 8:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. ET tomorrow night.

Super Bowl Edition of NFL Turning Point Tomorrow Night-  The NBC Sports Network will air a special edition of NFL Turning Point tomorrow night at 10:00p.m. ET.  This weeks edition will look at the turning points throughout the season fpr the Gianta and Patriots leading up to Super Bowl XLVI.

NFL Creates App for Super Bowl XLVI-  The NFL has announced that it has created a special app for Android and iOS that chronicles the New York Giants’ and New England Patriots’ road to the big game and will be updated with Super Bowl XLVI highlights and other fratures after the game.  The app costs $2.99 before the Super Bowl,  less than half of the post-game price.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Announcement on NFL Network-  NFL Network will have exclusive coverage of the announcement of the inductees into the 2012 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Road to Canton: Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2012 will air Saturday, February 4th at 5:30p.m. ET.  Fran Charles will host alongside Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Fouts and Warren Moon.

Rovell to Host Post-Super Bowl Hangout on Google +-  CNBC Sports Business Reporters Darren Rovell will be hosting a Google + Hangout the day after the Super Bowl to discuss the game’s advertisements.  On February 17th Rovell will unveil the findings of which ad was rated the best by fans on his program CNBC SportsBiz: Game On.  CNBC is working with Google’s You Tube Ad Blitz to measure ad responses.

TNT has Exclusive Announcement of 2012 NBA All- Star Starters-  TNT will be the place to find out who will be named to the 2012 NBA All-Star starting teams.  Coverage begins prior to the network’s NBA double header tomorrow night at 7:00p.m. ET with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Chris Webber.

NBA TV Continues to Score Well in With Viewers-  NBA TV continues to see an increase in viewership through the first month of the season.  Through the first 34 games of the regular season, NBA TV is averaging 391,000 total viewers and 306,000 total households,up 74% and 78% respectively, compared to the same time last year.  So far this season, three games have been three of the top five most-watched games ever on the network. Those are Lakers/Clippers January 14th, Bulls/Clippers December 30th, and Clippers/Lakers January 25th.

UFC on Fox Scores Well with Key Demographics-  Last Saturday’s UFC action on Fox gave the network ratings wins within its key demographics for the event.  Fox won the night with a 2.4 rating for Adults 18-49 and a 2.5 rating foir Adults 18-34.  The telecast averaged 4.7 million viewers.