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Sports Media Weekly No. 174- John Ourand, Sports Business Journal

After a week off for the holiday Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for another edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Joining Ken and me this week is John Ourand from Sports Business Journal.

We start the show by looking back at the big sports media story from a week ago, the news that Rogers Communications has won the sole national NHL media rights in Canada away from TSN and CBC.  We look at the impact the deal will have in Canada as well as what it may mean for sports rights deals here in the U.S.A.

We move on to the NFL and the news from Fox Sports that it has already sold its entire ad inventory for February’s Super Bowl XLVIII.  The news proves once again that football is king on TV and with sponsors.

We look back at the spectacular weekend of college football and, in particular, CBS’ coverage of the Alabama/Auburn Iron Bowl.  We all give kudos to CBS for its coverage of the game and striking the right tone both in pictures and in words from Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, and Tracey Wolfson.

As ESPN prepares for coverage of its final World Cup for a while we discuss the potential U.S. rights fee battle for the UEFA Champions League matches.  Fox Sports currently holds the rights, but ESPN and NBC are looking to snatch the package away.

We wrap the show by discussing Deadspin’s purchase of a baseball Hall of Fame vote and how that may shake out.

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Week 14 NFL Schedule, with Announcer Assignments

Here is the week 14 schedule in the NFL, along with the announcers calling each game:

THURSDAY, DEC. 05
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Houston at Jacksonville 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, DEC. 08
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Minnesota at Baltimore 1:00 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Kansas City at Washington 1:00 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Buffalo at Tampa Bay 1:00 pm CBS Spero Dedes, Steve Beuerlein
Miami at Pittsburgh 1:00 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Detroit at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Molly McGrath
Oakland at N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Indianapolis at Cincinnati 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Cleveland at New England 1:00 pm CBS Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
Atlanta at Green Bay 1:00 pm FOX Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Tennessee at Denver 4:05 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
St. Louis at Arizona 4:25 pm FOX Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden
Seattle at San Francisco 4:25 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
N.Y. Giants at San Diego 4:25 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Carolina at New Orleans 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, DEC. 09
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Dallas at Chicago 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

Few Changes to Week 15 NFL Schedule

NBC has decided not to flex a game into the Sunday Night Football prime time slot for week 15 of the NFL season and will retain its original match-up between the Bengals and Steelers.

The NFL did move the start time of the Saints/Rams and Cardinals/Titans to the late Sunday afternoon slot on Fox.

Here is the revamped week 15 NFL schedule (All times local):

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 (WEEK 15)

SAN DIEGO AT DENVER 6:25 PM (MT) NFLN

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

WASHINGTON AT ATLANTA 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
CHICAGO AT CLEVELAND 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
HOUSTON AT INDIANAPOLIS 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
BUFFALO AT JACKSONVILLE 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
NEW ENGLAND AT MIAMI 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
PHILADELPHIA AT MINNESOTA 12:00 PM (CT) FOX
SEATTLE AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
SAN FRANCISCO AT TAMPA BAY 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
NEW YORK JETS AT CAROLINA 4:05 PM (ET) CBS
KANSAS CITY AT OAKLAND 1:05 PM (PT) CBS
GREEN BAY AT DALLAS 3:25 PM (CT) FOX
*NEW ORLEANS AT ST. LOUIS 3:25 PM (CT) FOX
*ARIZONA AT TENNESSEE 3:25 PM (CT) FOX
CINCINNATI AT PITTSBURGH 8:30 PM (ET) NBC

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16

BALTIMORE AT DETROIT 8:40 PM (ET) ESPN

Week 13 NFL Schedule, With Announcer Assignments

Here is the week 13 NFL schedule, along with the announcers calling each game:

THURSDAY, NOV. 28
GAME TIME/SCORE TV LOCATION/TICKETS
Green Bay at Detroit 12:30 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver, Erin Andrews
Oakland at Dallas 4:30 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Pittsburgh at Baltimore 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
SUNDAY, DEC. 01
GAME TIME/SCORE TV LOCATION/TICKETS
Tennessee at Indianapolis 1:00 pm CBS Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein
Jacksonville at Cleveland 1:00 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Tampa Bay at Carolina 1:00 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Chicago at Minnesota 1:00 pm FOX Thomm Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
New England at Houston 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Arizona at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Miami at N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Atlanta at Buffalo 4:05 pm FOX Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden
St. Louis at San Francisco 4:05 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Molly McGrath
Cincinnati at San Diego 4:25 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Denver at Kansas City 4:25 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
N.Y. Giants at Washington 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, DEC. 02
GAME TIME/SCORE TV LOCATION/TICKETS
New Orleans at Seattle 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden

NBC Flexes Panthers/Saints for Week 14

The NFL has announced that the NFC South match-up between the Panthers and Saints during week 14 will be flexed to Sunday Night Football on NBC.  The original game between the Falcons and Packers will shift to 1:00pm ET on Fox.

Here is the revamped week 14 NFL schedule (all times are local)

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 (WEEK 14)

HOUSTON AT JACKSONVILLE 8:25 PM (ET) NFLN

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

MINNESOTA AT BALTIMORE 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
INDIANAPOLIS AT CINCINNATI 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
CLEVELAND AT NEW ENGLAND 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
OAKLAND AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
DETROIT AT PHILADELPHIA 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
MIAMI AT PITTSBURGH 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
BUFFALO AT TAMPA BAY 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
KANSAS CITY AT WASHINGTON 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
*ATLANTA AT GREEN BAY 12:00 PM (CT) FOX
TENNESSEE AT DENVER 2:05 PM (MT) CBS
ST. LOUIS AT ARIZONA 2:25 PM (MT) FOX
NEW YORK GIANTS AT SAN DIEGO 1:25 PM (PT) FOX
SEATTLE AT SAN FRANCISCO 1:25 PM (PT) FOX
*CAROLINA AT NEW ORLEANS 7:30 PM (CT) NBC

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9

DALLAS AT CHICAGO 7:40 PM (CT) ESPN

Sports Media Weekly No. 173- Brian Berger, Sports Business Radio

It’s been an interesting sports media week and we have it covered on Sports Media Weekly.

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and me for the program this week is Brian Berger of Sports Business Radio.

We begin the program looking at the appearance late this afternoon of Alex Rodriguez on the Mike Francesa radio program on WFAN in New York.  Rodriguez sought the sympathetic ear of Francesa after storming out of his hearing today with an arbitrator over his 211 game suspension issued by Major League Baseball earlier this year.  Brian, who also works as a media consultant for athletes, chimes in on whether Rodriguez’ strategy will pay off for him in the court of public opinion.

Over to the the NFL next and Ken’s piece on Awful Announcing on the flex options that await the league’s media partners when the new television contracts take effect next year.

We then move to the news that CBS NFL game analyst Dan Dierdorf will be retiring at the end of the current NFL season after 30 years televising games for CBS and ABC.

College basketball may be seeing quite the change in coverage at the NCAA Final Four beginning next year as Turner Sports takes over televising the national semi-final games.  John Ourand at Sports Business Journal  has the details.

We wrap the news segment by looking at the news by NBC that Bob Costas will be adding late night hosting duties to his primetime gig at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Week 12 NFL Schedule, With Announcer Assignments

Here is the week 12 NFL schedule, along with announcers calling each game:

THURSDAY, NOV. 21
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
New Orleans at Atlanta 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, NOV. 24
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Pittsburgh at Cleveland 1:00 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Tampa Bay at Detroit 1:00 pm FOX Thomm Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Minnesota at Green Bay 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews
Jacksonville at Houston 1:00 pm CBS Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein
N.Y. Jets at Baltimore 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
San Diego at Kansas City 1:00 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Chicago at St. Louis 1:00 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Carolina at Miami 1:00 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Indianapolis at Arizona 4:05 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Tennessee at Oakland 4:05 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Dallas at N.Y. Giants 4:25 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Denver at New England 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, NOV. 25
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
San Francisco at Washington 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Seattle