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Sports Media Digest- March 14, 2013

SiriusXM Radio’s Coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament– SiriusXM Radio will be broadcasting every game of the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament. Action can be heard on Sirius channels 91, 92, 93, 94 and 85 and XM channels 91, 190, 191, 192 and 85. Tournament match-ups and SiriusXM channel assignments will be available at www.siriusxm.com/collegesports starting Monday, March 18.

Strong Viewership Numbers in February for Big Ten Network– The prime time ratings during the month of February on the Big Ten Network (BTN) was the best ever for the network.  Fueled by Big Ten college basketball, the numbers were up 20% over February of 2012 and up over the record ratings the network experienced in January.

Fans to Determine Greatest Play in NFL History Through Bracket Tournament on NFL.com–  NFL fans can vote for the greatest play in NFL history through a bracket-type exercise on NFL.com.  The 64-NFL play bracket is comprised of 41 offensive plays, 13 defensive plays, seven special team plays, and three plays in which an offensive player performs a defensive act. Eleven Super Bowl plays are among the field selected.  Fans can start voting on the round of 64 on Monday, March 18 at nfl.com/bracketology. The Championship round will conclude on Monday, April 8 when the greatest play in NFL history will be crowned.

NASCAR Sprint Cup from Bristol on Fox-  The next stop in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series will originate from Bristol Motor Speedway and be telecast on Fox this Sunday.  Pre-race coverage begins at 12:30p.m. ET with Chris Myers and Darrell and Michael Waltrip.  Darell Waltrip will join Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds in the booth for the call of the race. Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for reports on teams and pit while Jeff Hammond serves as the roaming reporter.

Fox Soccer to Telecast CONCACAF Gold Cup–  Fox Sports has announced that Fox Soccer Channel will be the home to the 25 matches of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer.  Coverage begins July 7th with a double header from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Fox Soccer has Premier League Twin Bill Sunday–  Fox Soccer will telecast a pair of Premier League matches this Sunday.  The opener kicks-off at 9:00a.m. ET with Fullam at Tottenham.  Chelsea and West Ham will battle at 11:30a.m. ET.

Boxing Saturday Night on HBO–  HBO Sports will produce another World Championship Boxing telecast Saturday night at 10:15p.m. ET featuring Timothy Bradley Jr. VS. Ruslan Provodnikov and Jessie Vargas vs. Wale Omotoso.

Sports Media Weekly No. 119- Rob Stone, Fox Soccer

Ken Fang of Fangs Bites and I have mixed emotions over this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly.

We begin the program looking back at the life of former NFL Films President Steve Sabol, who passed away yesterday at the age of 69 after losing his battle with brain cancer.  Ken and I look back at how Sabol shaped the view of the NFL for many of us growing up in the ’70’s and ’80’s.

We then shift to a story in Sports Business Journal on an impending deal to keep Major League Baseball coverage on Fox and Turner through 2021.

We wrap-up our news segment talking about the extension of the contract between the NFL and Dial Global for radio coverage of the league and how neither one of us feel the poor job of the replacement referees will make the league move any faster in coming up with a new deal with the NFL referees’ union.

Our guest this week is Rob Stone, formerly of ESPN and now of Fox Soccer.  We spend our time with Rob talking about the growing interest in the sport here in the United States, specifically for the English Premier League and MLS.  The excitement for the Premier League was never more evident than last May when Fox Soccer had coverage of nearly every final game of the season as teams fought for the title and a chance to avoid relegation.

Sports Media Digest- July 20, 2012

Rangers/Angels on Sunday Night Baseball  ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball this week will feature a battle in the American League Central as the Los Angeles Angels host the Texas Rangers.  First pitch is 8:00p.m. with Dan Shulam, Terry Francona, and Orel Hershiser on the call on ESPN with Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton broadcasting on ESPN Radio.

International Soccer Friendlies on Fox Soccer- Fox Soccer will have a pair of international soccer friendly matches this weekend.  Saturday at 4:00p.m. ET the English Premiere League’s Liverpool FC will take on Toronto FC in Toronto.  Fox Soccer will have a double header on Sunday as Roma takes on Zaglebie Lubin  at 3:30p.m. ET from Wrigley Field in Chicago, followed at 6:30p.m. ET from Yankee Stadium when current UEFA Champions League titleholders Chelsea face Paris Saint-Germain.

Peter Alliss on Feherty  Legendary golf analyst Peter Alliss will be the next guest on David Feherty’s program Feherty. Alliss sat down with Feherty to discuss his life in the game, which included 23 tournament victories, eight Ryder Cup appearances and a stellar commentating career, which earned him the nickname as “The Voice of Golf.” Feherty airs Monday at 10:00p.m. ET on the Golf Channel.

Junior Lightweight Action on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights- ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will feature a 10-round  junior lightweight bout between Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos and Cesar “Saba” Vazquez.  Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside for ESPN2 and ESPN3 at 9:00p.m. ET.   Bernardo Osuna will present the latest boxing news and highlights from the studio. Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes’Viernes de Combates with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio.