There’s quite a bit on our plate for this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I begin the show discussing the impact Tim McCarver has had on the coverage of Major League Baseball over the years. McCarver announced today that he will no longer serve as the lead baseball analyst for Fox when his contract expires at the end of this season.
We shift to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the strong ratings for CBS and Turner on television and online. Overall we feel the networks have covered the tournament well, but the addition of Doug Gottlieb on the broadcasts has been the one misstep thus far.
We stay with college hoops in discussing how the “old” Big East will continue to receive coverage from CBS when the league splits this summer.
We shift to soccer to discuss the big ratings for ESPN from Tuesday night’s coverage of the World Cup qualifier between the U.S. and Mexico. We also look at NBC Sports’ hire of Rebecca Lowe to serve on the network’s coverage of the English Premier League when it takes over the rights to the matches in August.
We wrap the segment looking at ESPN’s re-hire of Rick Reilly and our anticipation of the upcoming Major League Baseball season.
Baseball and basketball are on the docket during Ken’s interview with Dave Sims. Dave recently completed a stint calling college hoops for Dial Global Radio and is prepping for his work for Root Sports calling games on television for the Seattle Mariners.
We are a day early with this week’s edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I begin the show by talking about a report in Sports Business Journal (subscription required) that the NFL may not be looking to bid out extra Thursday night games after next season.
We also get into the media mania that has surrounded Knicks guard Jeremy Lin. Ken and I have differing views on the matter, views which are apparent.
We wrap up our news segment by looking at the new deal between the Colonial Athletic Association and NBC Sports to have its football and basketball games telecast on the NBC Sports Network. Ken and I speculate as to whether this opens up the door to NBC getting the rights to other conference television rights,such as the Big East, as they become available.
Our guest this week is Dave Sims, play-by-play voice for the Seattle Mariners on Root Sports Northwest as well as the NFL and the NCAA Basketball Tournament on Westwood One/Dial Global Sports. Dave takes time from his down season to talk about his work with the NFL and his preparation for the Mariners’ 2012 season in what looks to be a highly competitive American League West.
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During our news segment Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I once again talk about how NBC is handing its coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. On the table is how the ratings and the programming choices by NBC may impact the next round of Olympics bidding for the 2014 and 2016 Games.
Ken and I also touch upon the two week suspension by ESPN of Tony Kornheiser from his PTI gig following the remarks he made last week about Hannah Storm’s wardrobe. Both Ken and I feel ESPN may have overreacted a bit.
Our guest this week is sportscaster Dave Sims. Dave is famous for his radio and television play-by-play of college basketball as well as his work as the voice of Sunday Night Football on Westwood One. Dave is also handles television ply-by-play for the Seattle Mariners.