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Sports Media Weekly No. 160- Ken Schott, Schenectady Daily Gazette, David Wanger, Fox Sports & David Berson, CBS Sports

We have another jam-packed version of Sports Media Weekly this week.

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and me for our news segment is Ken Schott, TV-Radio Columnist for the Schenectady Daily Gazette.

We begin the show looking at the upcoming launch this Saturday of Fox Sports 1.  We all give our opinion as to what we can expect from the new sports network as well as looking at the prospect of Fox Sports 1 reaching its goal of launching in 90 million homes with the news that Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network have signed carriage agreements today with Fox.

We follow last week’s news of Fox securing the rights to USGA events by discussing the report that Fox is looking to tap Greg Norman as the network’s lead analyst when it begins coverage of USGA events in 2015.

We move on to the world of NBC Sports as we look forward to the network’s coverage of the English Premier League.  The new season begins Saturday with NBC televising all league games across a myriad of networks.

We then look at the breaking news from The Big Lead that Jason Whitlock will soon be returning to ESPN in a multi-platform role.  Another case of a former disgruntled ESPN employee coming back home.

We conclude our news segment looking at how a local New York capital region sports talk show host got swindled by an impostor posing as former Yankee and current minor league coach Shane Spencer.

Ken had the opportunity this week to speak with two sports network executives.  Ken first talks with Bill Wanger, Senior Vice President of Programming and Research at Fox Sports.  The two discuss the launch this Saturday of Fox Sports 1.

Ken then speaks with David Berson, President of CBS Sports.  Among the topics Ken and David touch upon is how the CBS Sports Network plans to compete with ESPN, NBC Sports Network and Fox Sports 1.

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Sports Media Digest- June 14, 2012

Dream Team Documentary Gives NBATV Best Rating Ever-  NBA TV’s original production of the documentary The Dream Team presented by Right Guard averaged 847,000 total viewers total viewers to become the network’s most-viewed telecast of all-time.  The documentary will re-air on the network Friday, June 15, at 10:30 p.m. ET; Saturday, June 16, at midnight; Wednesday, July 4, at 7:30 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Thursday, July 5, at 11:30 a.m.; and Wednesday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m.

SiriusXM Radio Has Coverage of the College World Series-  SiruisXM Radio will distribute coverage of the 2012 College World Series.  SiriusXM will carry Dial Global Sports coverage of the tournament, which begins tomorrow.  All games will air on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 91.

ESPN and DIRECTV to Air Summer Olympics in 3D in Latin America-  DIRECTV and ESPN have announced that it will partner to provide coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London in 3D to the nations in Latin America.  he broadcasts will be offered on the ESPN3D network exclusively to subscribers of DIRECTV in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela who are signed up for DIRECTV Plus HD.  The opening and closing ceremonies, women’s gymnastics, track and field finals, and men’s basketball will be made available in 3D.

Former Rutgers Player LeGrand to Receive ESPYs Honor-  ESPN has announced that former Rutgers defensive lineman Eric LeGrand has been chosen as the recipient of the 2012 Jimmy V Perseverance Award at this year’s ESPYs.  LeGrand will be recognized for the obstacles he has overcome since suffering a spinal injury while playing with the Scarlet Knight in October of 2010.

Red Sox/Cubs on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball  This weekend’s Sunday Night Baseball telecast on ESPN will feature the Boston Red Sox at the Chicago Cubs.  First pitch is 8:00p.m. ET with Dan Shulman, Terry Francona, Orel Hershiser and reporter Buster Olney on ESPN and Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton on ESPN Radio.

NBC Sports Announces 2012 Summer at Saratoga Schedule-  NBC Sports and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) have announced a schedule of  five live broadcasts from Saratoga Race Course as part of the network’s Summer at Saratoga series.  The NBC Sports Network will televise events August 11th (6:00p.m. ET), 12th (6:00p.m. ET), and 18th (5:00p.m. ET).  NBC will telecast on August 25th (4:00p.m. ET) and September 1st (5:00p.m. ET).

FC Dallas and Houston do MLS Battle on ESPN2-  ESPN2 will have this weekend’s MLS match between FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo.  Glenn Davis (play-by-play), Julie Foudy (analyst), and sideline reporter Monica Gonzalez will call the game beginning Saturday night at 7:30p.m. ET.

Second Installment of The Fight Game with Jim Lampley This Saturday on HBO-  The second episode of The Fight Game with Jim Lampley will debut Saturday night at Midnight ET on HBO. “Scoring a Fight” will be the single hot-button topic and focus of the new edition. In the aftermath of the controversial split decision victory awarded to Timothy Bradley over Manny Pacquiao last Saturday in Las Vegas, the program will go wall-to-wall with a comprehensive examination of ringside judging.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #27

Sports Media Weekly Welcome to the St. Patrick’s Day edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

No guest this week.  Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I spend the show talking about the return of Tiger Woods to competitive golf at the Masters and the expected media reaction.  We also talk about the upcoming coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the expectations of CBS.

We touch upon the new announcer line-up from Turner Sports on the Sunday MLB on TBS package when the baseball season begins.   We wrap up the show talking about the new agreement between Versus and DirecTV.