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Sports Media Digest- September 4, 2013

Dial Global Returns to WestwoodOne Moniker

Dial Global radio announced today that it is changing its name to WestwoodOne, a name once synonymous with network radio until it merged with Dial Global in 2011.

Programming on the network will not change, with 225 million listeners still gaining access to he NFL, Olympic Games, Barclays Premier League, and the Grammy Awards.

“We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished as Dial Global.  Through our belief in the power of sound we are dedicated to continuously reinventing the industry and creating the most dynamic audio programming that connects people to their passions,” said Paul Caine, CEO of Dial Global. “With the audio industry’s ever-changing landscape we know we’ve just scratched the surface of what’s possible for audio’s broad consumption. By reclaiming and reviving an iconic audio brand name, we are not changing who we are, but accelerating the great work we are doing to contribute to the growth of audio.”

Country Star Gretchen Wilson to be Part of ESPN’s NASCAR Chase Coverage

ESPN announced today that Grammy Award-winning Country artist Gretchen Wilson will be featured in ESPN’s telecasts of the 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Wilson will narrate and appear in the opening teases of the telecasts of the 10 races, with each tease tailored to the racetrack hosting that week’s event. Her music will also be featured through the entire Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on ESPN.

“Just as NASCAR appeals to a great cross-section of American people, the same can be said for Gretchen Wilson’s blend of song and attitude that has made her an icon of the music industry for the past decade,” said Rich Feinberg, ESPN vice president, motorsports, production. “We look forward to showcasing her music and personality during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.”

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be associated with NASCAR and ESPN as we begin the Chase,” said Wilson. “Many of the fans who show up at our concerts on Saturday nights are watching the races on Sundays. I’m honored to be a part of this great American tradition and look forward to seeing the fans at some races this fall.”

Battle 4 Atlantis Hoops Tourney To Air on ESPN

ESPN announced today that it has reached a new multiyear agreement for media rights to the Battle 4 Atlantis men’s college basketball tournament starting in 2014.

ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to offer exclusive telecasts of six Battle 4 Atlantis matchups annually, including two quarterfinals, the semifinals, the third place game and championship. Battle 4 Atlantis features eight teams playing in a 12-game tournament format in a temporary stadium with state-of-the-art regulation facilities.

“Battle 4 Atlantis has quickly become one of the premier early-season tournaments in college basketball,” said Nick Dawson, senior director, ESPN programming and acquisitions. “We’re thrilled to bring it to the ESPN networks and know it will be a must watch for fans.”
George Markantonis, president & managing director, Atlantis, Paradise Island, added, “We are excited about our new relationship with ESPN to televise the 2014-2016 Battle 4 Atlantis tournaments, allowing us to share this sports experience with millions of fans.”

This Week’s Covers of Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated will have two covers available regionally this week:

SI 9-9-13a SI 9-9-13b

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Dial Global Secures Exclusive U.S. Radio Rights to English Premier League

Dial Global has reached a deal to become the exclusive U.S. radio rights holder for the English Premier League.

Here are the details from Dial Global PR:

Dial Global, the largest independent national audio media company in the U.S., today announced an exclusive terrestrial, three-season partnership with talkSPORT, the world’s biggest sports radio station based in London, U.K., to broadcast live coverage of Barclays Premier League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup.  The partnership includes play-by-play commentary of nearly 400 soccer matches per year, in both English and Spanish languages, on a soon-to-be-announced digital platform as well as weekend morning Barclays Premier League games of the week throughout the season for domestic radio stations which will all feed an avid and rapidly growing soccer fan base across the U.S.

As Global Audio Partner of the Barclays Premier League, talkSPORT has unparalleled access to the news, stories and people at the heart of the world’s most exciting soccer league. Last season’s programming included exclusive interviews with Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, Chelsea goal-scoring record breaker Frank Lampard and Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher, among many others.

“On the heels of reaching a major milestone with our 300th NBC Sports Radio affiliate, we couldn’t be more excited to be the resource delivering top-rate soccer coverage to a rabid fan base across the country,” said Paul Caine, Dial Global CEO.  “This partnership is another major step forward for Dial Global as we continue to bolster the strength of our sports offering through powerful programming, content and cross-platform promotions in audio, digital and mobile.”

Listeners will have access to talkSPORT’s official play-by-play commentary which will be broadcast live from the UK; an exclusive weekly Barclays Premier League preview show; a weekly highlights show; live interviews, and English-language documentary programming featuring profiles of sporting figures and Barclays Premier League clubs.

“In just the past year, since becoming the Global Audio Partner for the Premier League, we have witnessed a groundswell of demand for live soccer commentary around the world,” said Scott Taunton, Chief Executive, talkSPORT. “We are thrilled to be working with Dial Global who is just as passionate and committed as we are about delivering the best and most exciting soccer coverage to the ever increasing number of fans in the U.S. market.”

Sports Media Digest- April 4, 2013

Dial Global Radio at the Final Four–  Dial Global Radio is the official radio carrier for this weekend’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four from Atlanta.  The broadcast for Saturday’s semi-finals begins at 3:30pm ET with ThFinal Four Show.  Game coverage begins at 4:30pm ET with Kevin Kugler calling the game with analysis from John Thompson and and Bill Raftery.  Jim Gray will be the courtside reporter.  John Tautges will host the pre-and post game shows along with Bill Walton.  Sunday at 3:45p.m. ET Dial Global will broadcast the Men’s Division II Basketball Championship game between Drury and Metro State.

Sunday MLB on TBS Debuts with Yankees/Tigers–  The 2013 debut of Turner’s Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will feature the New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers.  First pitch is 1:00p.m. with Ernie Johnson and John Smoltz on the call.

U.S. Davis Cup Matches this Weekend on Tennis Channel-  The Tennis Channel will televise this weekend’s Davis Cup matches between the United States and Serbia. Singles matches from Boise, ID begin tomorrow at 3:30p.m. ET.  The doubles match will take place Saturday at 3:00p.m. ET with the final single matches Sundat at 2:00p.m. ET.

HBO2 To Televise Fists of Gold Boxing Saturday Afternoon–  HBO Sports will produce the first professional fight of Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medalist Zou Shiming as part the three bout Fists of Gold event from China.  The bouts will air on HBO2 at 2:00p.m. ET with Tim Ryan, Larry Merchant and George Forman on the call.  Zou will take on Eleazar Valenzuela.  They will also televise two championship fights featuring  the WBO Jr. Lightweight Championship between Rocky Martinez and Diego Magdaleno as well as the WBO/WBA Flyweight Championship with Brian0 Viloria taking on Juan Estrada.

HBO Championship Boxing in Late April from South America and California–  HBO Sports will be producing its next round of championship boxing matches at the end pf the month from California and South America.  World Champiuonship Boxing: Sergio Martinez vs. Martin Murray, Luis Carloe Abregu vs. Antonin Decarie and Chris Arreola vs. Bermane Stiverne will be seen Saturday,  April 27 at 8:30 p.m. ET from Buenos Aries, Argentina and Ontario, Cal. Jim Lampley. Max Kellerman and Roy Jones, Jr. will be in Buenos Aries while Bob Papa, Andre Ward and Steve Weisfeld will be in Ontario.

Sports Media Digest- March 15, 2013

Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone to Co-Host Radio Show on NBC Sports Radio-  NBC Sports and Dial Global announced today that former NFL stars Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone will co-host the afternoon drive show on NBC Sports Radio beginning April 1st.  Under Center with McNabb & Malone will air between 3:00-7:00pm ET Monday-Friday.

ESPN Preps for NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Selection Show–  ESPN will have exclusive coverage of the announcement of the 64 teams in the 2013 NCAA Women’s College Basketball Championship this Monday.  The NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Presented by Capital One airs Monday at 7:00p.m. with Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson, Carolyn Peck, Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo.

NBC Sees Record Ratings for WGC-Cadillac Championship–  NBC Sports reports the viewership for last weekend’s WGC-Cadillac Championship were record setting.  The Golf Channel had a 1.5 rating for the second round on Friday, making it the most-watched second round in the history of the tournament. Final round coverage on NBC earned a 3.7 rating, up 33% from 2012.

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel Returns Next Week–  The latest edition of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will air on HBO Tuesday night at 10:00p.m. ET/PT.  Among the topics will be a profile of former boxing champion Mike Tyson; the stroy of transsexual college athlete Gabrielle Ludwig; a look at how extreme are Extreme Sports; and an update on Olympic track star Lolo Jones.

ESPN to Provide Multi-Platform Coverage of U.S. Men’s Soccer–  ESPN will provide coverage across its varied platforms of two U.S. Men’s Soccer FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.   The first match takes place next Friday, March 22, with USA vs. Costa Rica at 10:00 p.m. ET outside Denver, andthe second on Tuesday, March 26th, in Mexico City, with Mexico vs. USA at 9:30 p.m. ET Both matches will be aired live on ESPN and WatchESPN with Ian Darke, Kasey Keller and Alexi Lalas have the English-language call.

Sports Media Weekly No. 137- Neil Best, Newsday & Kevin Harlan, Dial Global Radio

Welcome to the post-Super Bowl edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for our “Third Man In” segment by Neil Best, sports media and business columnist for Newsday.  We spend most of our time dissecting the work done by CBS on Super Bowl XLVII.  We look at the network’s handling of the power outage, the sub-par performance by Phil Simms, and the ratings for the game.

We then shift our focus to the announcement this week by NBC on its planned coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  We talk about how NBC will not deviate much in its coverage of the Games based on its success at last year’s Summer Games in London.

We wrap-up our news segment looking at the announcement by Fox Sports that play-by-play man Gus Johnson will be taking the lead role in the network’s international soccer coverage, including the World Cup.  Johnson will begin calling soccer matches next week.

Ken had the opportunity to speak to our second guest this week, Kevin Harlan of Dial Global Sports.  Kevin was in the booth for the radio broadcast of the Super Bowl in New Orleans when the power went out in the Superdome.  He recounts what took place and how he kept the broadcast going by reporting on the events via telephone, audio of which is included in the interview courtesy of Dial Global.

Sports Media Digest- January 28, 2013

Terry Francona to Join Bob Costas Wednesday on MLB Network–  The next edition of Studio 42 with Bob Costas will feature an interview with former Red Sox and current Indians manager Terry Francona.  The interview will air Wednesday at 9:00p.m. ET.  MLBN will air a second Studio 42 with Bob Costas Thursday at 9:00p.m. ET as Costas sits down with David Robinson, son of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson.

Tim Brando’s Radio Show Shifts to Sirius XM Radio–  Sirius XM Radio announced today that The Tim Brando Show will now have an exclusive home on its network.  The show had been part of Yahoo! Sports Radio.  The program will begin airing on Sirius XM College Sports Nation, channel 91, beginning next Monday at 9:00a.m. ET.

McNabb Added as Major Contributor to NBC Sports Radio-  Dial Global and NBC Sports have announced that former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb has been added as a regular contributor on NBC Sports Radio.  McNabb will appear on the network beginning this week at the Super Bowl and will also be part of a new soon-to-be-announced Monday-Friday show to be launched on April 1st.

ESPN Announces Next Two 30 for 30 Film Releases–  ESPN has scheduled the debut for the next two films in it’s 30 for 30 documentary series.  Survive and Advance, from director Jonathan Hock , will debut on March 17 at 9:00p.m. ET and looks at Jim Valvano and the ’82-’83 season of the North Carolina State Wolfpack.  Elway to Marino, from NFL Films and director Ken Rodgers, will debut on April 23rd at 9:00p.m. ET and offer an in-depth examination of the 1983 NFL Draft  that was highlighted by a record six quarterbacks being taken in the first round, including future Hall of Famers John Elway and Dan Marino.

NBA Action this Week on ESPN-  ESPN will have NBA double header action this Wednesday and Friday.  Wednesday at 8:00p.m. ET the Heat will take on the Nets with Mike Breen, Hubie Brown and Chris Broussard.  at 10:30p.m. ET Dave Pasch, Jon Barry and Heather Cox will cal the Lakers at Suns.  Friday at 7:00p.m. ET the Heat are at the Pacers with Mark Jones and Jon Barry.  Terry Gannon, Chris Mullin and Heather Cox will call the Lakers at Timberwolves at 9:30p.m. ET.

NBA TV to Present Mid Season Report Card-  NBA TV will produce a program this week looking at the 2012-2013 NBA season at the mid-way point.  Midseason Report Special on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. ET. Rick Kamla and Dennis Scott (analyst) will be joined by NBA.com writers Steve Aschburner, Scott Howard-Cooper and Sekou Smith to review all the grades and assess each team. NBA TV insider David Aldridge will also contribute to the show.

U.S. Men’s Soccer vs. Canada-  ESPN2 will have coverage of the first match featuring the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team this year.  Glenn Davis and Taylor Twellman will have the call with sideline reporter Mónica González.  Alexi Lalas will provide halftime commentary.  Kick-off is tomorrow night at 9:00p.m. ET

Sports Media Digest- January 24, 2013

Harlan Leads Super Bowl Broadcast Team for Dial Global-  Dial Global, the radio home of Super Bowl XLVII, has announced that Kevin Harlan will handle play-by-play for the game.  He’ll be joined in the booth by Boomer Esiason.  Mark Malone and James Lofton will serve as sideline reporters and Jim Gray will host the pre, post, and halftime shows.  Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald will join Gray for part of the pregame and the halftime coverage.

Clay Matthews Joins CBS for Super Bowl–  CBS Sports reported today that Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will join the network as a guest analyst during the network’s pre-game coverage of Super Bowl XLVII.  Matthews will join the Super Bowl Today crew of James Brown, Dan Marino, Bill Cowher, Shannon Sharpe and Boomer Esiason.

Wednesday Night NHL Most-Watched in History of NBC Sports Network–  NBC Sports announced today that last night’s Wednesday Night Rivalry match-up on the NBC Sports Network between the Bruins and Rangers had an audience of 956,000 viewers, making it the most-watched NHL regular-season game in the network’s history.  The previous record was set on opening night last season when 874,000 viewers tuned in to see the Boston Bruins take on the Philadelphia Flyers.

CBS Has a Pair of College Basketball Games this Weekend–  CBS Sports will shift its focus to college basketball this weekend.  Saturday at 1:00p.m. ET Ian Eagle and Clark Kellogg will call Maryland at Duke.  Sunday at 1:00p.m. ET Michigan State travels to Indiana wil Kevin Harlan and Greg Anthony on the call.

Golf Channel Announces New Morning Drive Format, Show Hosts– The Golf Channel today announced that its morning show, Morning Drive, will have a new format and new talent beginning on February 4th.  The program will expand to seven days a week and analyst Charlie Rymer will join Morning Drive co-hosts Gary Williams, Damon Hack and Holly Sonders.