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Sports Media Digest- October 29, 2013

Once Again SNF Beats World Series in Viewership

For the third time in four years Sunday Night Football (SNF) on NBC won the ratings and viewership war versus the World Series on Fox.

The final ratings numbers from Sunday give SNF and average rating of 9.8 compared to 9,4 for the World Series on Fox.  The Packers and Vikings on NBC averaged 16.9 million viewers while the Red Sox and Cardinals on Fox attracted 16.0 million viewers.

World Series Game Five Results in Slight Viewership Gains for Fox, Beats MNF

Fox Sports continues to see modest gains in viewership for the World Series.

Last night’s Game 5 registered a 8.9 rating with 14.4 million viewers, a 1% over Game 5 of the 2011 series, the last which lasted at least five games.

The World Series topped the ratings for Monday Night Football on ESPN, which registered a 6.7 rating and 10.7 million viewers.

Through five games, the 2013 World Series on Fox is averaging an 8.5/14 and 14.1 million viewers, +12% over last year’s World Series (7.6/12, 12.7 million viewers), and ranks as the highest-rated World Series since the New York Yankees met the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009.

Jon Barry Replaces Jack Ramsey as Lead NBA Game Analyst on ESPN Radio

ESPN announced today that Jon Barry has reached a multi-year agreement to serve as the lead analyst for NBA on ESPN Radio along side play-by-play announcer Kevin Calabro. Barry replaces Dr. Jack Ramsey, who stepped down from the job at the completion of last season.  The new team gets to work tonight as the NBA season opens with the Miami Heat hosting the Chicago Bulls.

“I am excited to expand my role with ESPN to include games on ESPN Radio.” said Barry. “I know I can’t fill the shoes of Dr. Jack Ramsay, but I will do my best to inform and entertain our listeners.”

“As we enter ESPN Radio’s 19th season as the exclusive national broadcaster of the NBA, adding Jon Barry, with his NBA knowledge and pedigree, only solidifies our commitment to producing the best play- by play-content.” said Tim McCarthy, senior vice president, ESPN Audio play-by-play and talent planning,  “The team of Kevin Calabro and Jon Barry will be very compelling.”

ESPN also announced that Mark Kestecher and P.J. Carlisimo will also work select NBA games for ESPN Radio this season.

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ESPN Radio’s Coverage of the MLB Wild Card and Division Playoffs

ESPN Radio is the radio home for Major League Baseball’s Wild Card and League Division Series.

Here is the schedule of games on ESPN Radio, along with announcer assignments:

ESPN Radio Wild Card Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators
Tue, Oct 1 8 p.m. National League Wild Card: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates

Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser

Wed, Oct 2 8 p.m. American League Wild Card: Tampa Bay Rays or Texas Rangers at Cleveland Indians

Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton

 

ESPN Radio NLDS Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators
Thu, Oct 3 TBD National League Wild Card at St. Louis Cardinals – Game 1

Dave Flemming, Rick Sutcliffe

  TBD Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves – Game 1

Shulman, Hershiser

Fri, Oct 4 TBD NL Wild Card at St. Louis Cardinals – Game 2

Flemming, Sutcliffe

  TBD Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves – Game 2

Shulman, Hershiser

Sun, Oct 6 TBD St. Louis Cardinals at NL Wild Card – Game 3

Flemming, Sutcliffe

  TBD Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers – Game 3

Shulman, Hershiser

Mon, Oct 7 TBD St. Louis Cardinals at NL Wild Card – Game 4*

Flemming, Sutcliffe

  TBD Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers – Game 4*

Shulman, Hershiser

Wed, Oct 9 TBD NL Wild Card at St. Louis Cardinals – Game 5*

Flemming, Sutcliffe

  TBD Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves – Game 5*

Shulman, Hershiser

 

ESPN Radio ALDS Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators
Fri, Oct 4 TBD American League Wild Card at Boston Red Sox – Game 1

Sciambi, Singleton

  TBD Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics – Game 1

Michael Kay, Aaron Boone

Sat, Oct 5 TBD AL Wild Card at Boston Red Sox – Game 2

Sciambi, Singleton

  TBD Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics – Game 2

Kay, Boone

Mon, Oct 7 TBD Boston Red Sox at AL Wild Card – Game 3

Sciambi, Singleton

  TBD Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers – Game 3

Kay, Boone

Tue, Oct 8 TBD Boston Red Sox at AL Wild Card – Game 4*

Sciambi, Singleton

  TBD Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers – Game 4*
Kay, Boone
Thu, Oct 10 TBD AL Wild Card at Boston Red Sox – Game 5*

Sciambi, Singleton

  TBD Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics – Game 5*

Kay, Boone

Sports Media Digest- September 6, 2013

ESPN Radio Preps for New Late Afternoon Line-Up

ESPN Radio announced today its is revamping its late weekday line-up.

Parts of the new schedule will launch on Monday when Sedano & Stink, hosted by Jorge Sedano and Mark Schlereth, debuts at 7:00 p.m. ET.  Also debuting September 9th will be The Freddie Coleman Show at 10 p.m.

The other part of the new schedule debuts September 30th at 4:00p.m. ET when The Dan LeBatard Show makes its national debut from Miami.  LeBetard will continue to host his local radio show for one hour at 3:00p.m. ET and continue to host Highly Questionable on ESPN2 weekdays at 4 p.m.

Don Shula Next Profile of NFLN’s A Football Life

The NFL Network (NFLN) is producing a new series of A Football Life documentaries this fall, beginning with a look back at the career of Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula.

Don Shula: A Football Life debuts next Tuesday, September 10th at 9:00p.m. ET.

Following each new episode this season will be A Football Life: Backstory, hosted by Jenn Brown, which will provide a deeper look into the lives and stories surrounding each subject, features interviews with relevant individuals, and includes material that did not make the final edition of each A Football Life episode.  Tuesday’s premier of A Football Life: Backstory airs at 10:00p.m. ET.

22 episodes of A Football Life will be produced this season.  Additional subjects profiled this season on A Football Life include:

  • NFL Films president Steve Sabol
  • Legendary broadcaster Pat Summerall
  • Hall of Fame defensive tackle and current NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp
  • Super Bowl-champion defensive end Michael Strahan
  • Hall of Fame wide receivers Jerry Rice Cris Carter
  • Former Pro Bowl quarterback Randall Cunningham
  • The 1993 Houston Oilers

Social Inclusion and Acceptance through Sports part of ESPN/Disney Special Olympics Partnership

The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and Special Olympics today announced a two-year multi-million dollar financial and in-kind investment to promote an environment of social inclusion and acceptance, by uniting people with and without intellectual disabilities through the Special Olympics Unified Sports program.

A portion of the new funds will be directed to Special Olympics Programs around the world to help grow Unified Sports initiatives, as well as to enhance Special Olympics Unified Sports branding and marketing initiatives to increase awareness of the program.

“We’re proud to play a leading role in this global initiative to encourage social inclusion through sports.” said John Skipper, ESPN President, Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks, “We’re inspired by the tremendous work done all over the world by Special Olympics through Unified Sports. Inclusion and acceptance are values that our company stands for and I know our employees will passionately support this wonderful effort.”

“We are thrilled that Disney and ESPN recognize the power of Special Olympics Unified Sports and want to support the growth of our program that creates a level playing field in schools and communities throughout the world.” said Tim Shriver, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Special Olympics. “Our movement is a social revolution using sports to achieve our goals and Unified Sports is our path to creating communities that are accepting and inclusive.”

ESPN Adds Heart of Dallas Bowl to College Bowl Inventory

ESPN announced today that ESPN Regional Television has acquired the Heart of Dallas Bowl.

The network will work with the Heart of Dallas charitable organization in its continuing efforts in the local Dallas community. As the only bowl that is named for a charity, the game will still be the Heart of Dallas Bowl presented by PlainsCapital Bank and will continue to commit resources to support local charities. The 2014 game will kickoff at noon ET on Wednesday, Jan. 1, with schools from Conference USA and the Big Ten Conference.

“This is a great day for the City of Dallas and the Heart of Dallas organization,” said Britton Banowsky, Heart of Dallas founder (and commissioner of Conference USA). “Working with ERT and partner conferences, we will be able to continue this bowl game in Dallas for many years to come. It also ensures that our mission to give back to the community will be funded well into the future. We are proud of the work we put into last year’s game and are confident that ERT will be able take it to the next level.”

“A bowl game in the historic Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day that benefits worthy charities in Dallas is a unique opportunity that we could not pass up,” said Pete Derzis, senior vice president and general manager of ERT. “We look forward to hosting great bowl matchups that will generate revenue for the Heart of Dallas and their beneficiaries.”

Sports Media Digest- August 20, 2013

CBS Sports Network Acquires Rights to Athletic American Conference Football and Basketball

With its split this year from the Big East, the new American Athletic Conference has a new TV right home with the CBS Sports Network through a sub-licensing deal with ESPN.

The deal, which begins with the 2013-14 college basketball season and continues through 2019-20, calls for 30 men’s basketball games per year, except for the first year, which calls for 25 games. CBS Sports Network also will telecast a minimum of 13, and maximum of 15 football games beginning with the 2014 season.

“We are pleased and excited about this ESPN-CBS agreement, which provides our member institutions unprecedented national exposure on the industry leaders in college sports,” said American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco. “CBS Sports Network is another outstanding national platform for our schools, and we thank ESPN for its role in making this agreement possible. We look forward to giving our fans the best seat in the house as we compete on the biggest stage in college sports in this, our inaugural season as the American, and for many years to come.”

“This deal adds high quality college football and basketball games to CBS Sports Network’s already extensive line-up of live event programming,” said David Berson, President, CBS Sports. “We’re proud to extend our relationship with the American Athletic Conference and look forward to showcasing exciting action on CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network beginning this season.”

Waddle Joins ESPN Radio as NFL Analyst

ESPN Radio announced that it has hired Chicago-based talk radio host Tom Waddle to a multi-year agreement to provide analysis during the national Football Sunday on ESPN Radio program, beginning September 8 at 1 p.m.

The former Bears wide receiver will also appear on Sunday editions of SportsCenter and on ESPN2’s Cowherd on Football (9 a.m.), the new hour-long program focusing on both college and pro football discussion and commentary with host Colin Cowherd.

Waddle will continue his hosting duties on ESPN Radio Chicago.

CBS Sports Network Unveils Cast for NFL Pre-Game Show

CBS Sports today provided more details to its plan to produce a NFL pre-game show on the CBS Sports Network.

The program, entitled That Other Pregame Show, will debut at 9:00am ET on September 8th.

Adam Schein will host with analysis from former NFL player  Bart Scott, long-time Oakland Raiders executive Amy Trask, CBS Sports Radio’s Brandon Tierney, CBSSports.com fantasy analyst Nathan Zegura and Lead Off’s Allie LaForce reporting.

Contributions will also be made from the cast of CBS’ NFL Today; Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe and Bill Cowher, as well as host James Brown and Insider Jason La Canfora. CBS Sports’ NFL on CBS announcers will appear regularly from their game sites including Phil Simms, Dan Fouts, Dan Dierdorf, Rich Gannon, Solomon Wilcots, Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein.

The show will incorporate social media interaction with the last hour of the show centered on Fantasy Football picks as fans set their line-ups each week.

“In today’s television landscape, there is certainly room for another pregame show if that show offers a unique approach and perspective,” said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports. “That Other Pregame Show will accomplish that, as we combine all the assets of CBS Sports including CBS Sports Radio and CBSSports.com, creating a show focusing on the fans and how they consume football.”

ESPN.com Assigns Beat Writers to Each NFL Team

ESPN.com has announced that it now will have beat coverage for every team in the NFL as part of its expansion of its NFL Nation Network.

Each of the 32 NFL Nation reporters will contribute multiple daily reports – including news, commentary, analysis, audio and video. In addition to their work on ESPN.com, NFL Nation reporters will contribute to other ESPN platforms, includingNFL LiveNFL InsidersSportsCenter and other television shows, ESPN Radio national and local affiliate programs, ESPN Audio podcasts, ESPN The Magazine and more.

Here is the list of reporters or each NFL team:

ESPN.com NFL Nation reporters (and previous affiliation):
Baltimore Ravens: Jamison Hensley (ESPN AFC North blogger)
Buffalo Bills: Mike Rodak (ESPN Boston)
Carolina Panthers: David Newton (ESPN NASCAR writer) *
Chicago Bears: Michael C. Wright (ESPN Chicago)
Cincinnati Bengals: Coley Harvey (Orlando Sentinel)
Dallas Cowboys: Todd Archer (ESPN Dallas)
Denver Broncos: Jeff Legwold (Denver Post)
Green Bay Packers: Rob Demovsky (Green Bay Press Gazette)
Houston Texans: Tania Ganguli (Houston Chronicle)
Indianapolis Colts: Mike Wells (Indianapolis Star)
Miami Dolphins: James Walker (ESPN AFC East blogger)
Minnesota Vikings: Ben Goessling (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
New England Patriots: Mike Reiss (ESPN Boston)
New York Giants: Dan Graziano (ESPN NFC East blogger)
New York Jets: Rich Cimini (ESPN New York)
Oakland Raiders: Paul Gutierrez (CSNBayArea.com)
Philadelphia Eagles: Phil Sheridan (Philadelphia Inquirer)
Pittsburgh Steelers: Scott Brown (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
St. Louis Rams: Nick Wagoner (StLouisRams.com)
San Francisco 49ers: Bill Williamson (ESPN AFC West blogger)
Seattle Seahawks: Terry Blount (ESPN NASCAR writer) *
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Pat Yasinskas (ESPN NFC South blogger)
Tennessee Titans: Paul Kuharsky (ESPN AFC South blogger)
Washington Redskins: John Keim (Washington Examiner and Washington Post)
 
New roles have also been created for two current NFL Nation bloggers:
Mike Sando (NFC West blogger): ESPN Insider NFL columnist
Kevin Seifert (NFC North blogger): NFL Nation national writer

 

ESPN Radio’s Coverage of the NBA

ESPN Audio today released its schedule of NBA games it will telecast this season.

ESPN Audio will broadcast 27 regular season games, including the All-Star Game.  Here is the schedule:

2013-14 ESPN Audio NBA Schedule

Date Game
Tues, Oct. 29 Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat
Weds, Dec. 25 Oklahoma City Thunder at New York Knicks
  Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers
Thurs, Jan. 9 Miami Heat at New York Knicks
Thurs, Jan. 16 Oklahoma City Thunder at Houston Rockets
Thurs, Jan. 23 Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat
Sun, Jan. 26 San Antonio Spurs at Miami Heat
  Los Angeles Lakers at New York Knicks
Thurs, Jan 30 Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors
Thurs, Feb. 7 San Antonio Spurs at Brooklyn Nets
Sun, Feb. 9 New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder
  Chicago Bulls at Los Angeles Lakers
Thurs, Feb. 13 Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers
Fri, Feb. 14 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge
Sat, Feb. 15 Meet the All Stars
  All-Star Saturday Night
Sun, Feb. 16 63rd NBA All-Star Game
Sun, Feb. 23 Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder
  Chicago Bulls at Miami Heat
Sun, March 2 New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls
Thurs, March 6 Miami Heat at San Antonio Spurs
Sun, March 9 Miami Heat at Chicago Bulls
  Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Lakers
Sun, March 16 Houston Rockets at Miami Heat
Tues, March 25 Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks
Tues, April 1 Houston Rockets at Brooklyn Nets
Sun, April 6 New York Knicks at Miami Heat
  Los Angeles Lakers at Los Angeles Clippers
Tues, April 8 Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers
Sun, April 13 Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks
Tues, April 15 Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers

ESPN Audio Announces College Football and NFL Fall Tour

ESPN Audi announced that its ESPN Radio personalities will take part in a tour of college football and NFL match-ups this fall.

Here is the schedule:

2013 ESPN Audio Fall Football Tour Schedule
Date Show Broadcast Venue (Location) Game Previewed
Fri, Sept 6 Mike & Mike MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Jets
Mon, Sept 9 SVP & Russillo The Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins
Fri, Oct 4 Mike & Mike TBD (Evanston, Ill.) Ohio State at Northwestern
Mon, Oct 7 The Herd TBD (Atlanta, Ga.) New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons
Fri, Oct 11 The Herd TBD (Dallas, Texas) Texas vs Oklahoma (Cotton Bowl)
Fri, Oct 18 Mike & Mike TBD (Pittsburgh, Pa.) Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
Mon, Oct 28 Mike & Mike TBD (St. Louis, Mo.) Seattle Seahawks at St. Louis Rams
Fri, Nov 15 The Herd TBD (Los Angeles, Calif.) Stanford at USC
Fri, Nov 22 SVP & Russillo TBD (Baton Rouge, La.) Texas A&M at LSU

ESPN Audio Announces College Football Game Schedule

ESPN today released its slate of college football games which will be available on ESPN Audio platforms.

All regular season and championship games will be available on ESPN Radio, ESPNRadio.com and ESPN Radio mobile app. Bill Rosinski will describe the action while David Norrie serves as color analyst.

Here is the ESPN Audio college football schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game
Thu, Aug 29 4 p.m. North Carolina at No. 8 South Carolina
Sat, Aug 31 4:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 2 Alabama (from Atlanta, GA)
Sat, Sep 7 9:30 p.m. Washington State at No. 23 USC
Sat, Sep 14 TBD Boston College at No. 23 USC
Thu, Sep 19 6:30 p.m. No. 12 Clemson at NC State
Sat, Sep 21 TBD Utah State at No. 23 USC
  TBD Tennessee at No. 11 Florida
Thu, Sep 26 6:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
Sat, Sep 28 TBD Texas A&M at Arkansas
Sat, Oct 5 TBD No. 16 LSU at Mississippi State
Thu, Oct 10 9:30 p.m. Arizona at No. 23 USC
Sat, Oct 12 TBD No. 24 Northwestern at No. 25 Wisconsin
Sat, Oct 19 TBD No. 18 TCU at No. 15 Oklahoma State
Sat, Oct 26 TBD Utah at No. 23 USC
Sat, Nov 2 TBD Miami at No. 14 Florida State
Sat, Nov 9 TBD Mississippi State at No. 6 Texas A&M
Thu, Nov 14 6:30 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 12 Clemson
Sat, Nov 16 TBD No. 5 Stanford at No. 23 USC
  TBD No. 2 Alabama at Mississippi State
Sat, Nov 23 TBD California at No. 5 Stanford
  TBD No. 3 Oregon at Arizona
Sat, Nov 30 TBD No. 19 UCLA at No. 23 USC
  TBD No. 14 Florida State at No. 11 Florida
Sat, Dec 7 7 p.m. Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game (from Charlotte, NC)
  7 p.m. Pac 12 Championship Game