Saturday MLB on Fox, with Announcer Assignments

Fox will telecast five regional MLB games this weekend as part of its Fox Saturday Baseball telecasts.  Coverage begins at 7:00p.m. with Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds and Cliff Floyd hosting the Fox Saturday Baseball Pregame Show.

Here is the schedule of games, along with announcer assignments and the markets each game can be seen:

St. Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers– Joe Buck, Tim McCarverand Ken Rosenthal.  32% of the country will see this game.  MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Diego, St. Louis, Tulsa.

Atlanta Braves at New York Mets –  Justin Kutcher and Tom Verducci.  25% of the country will see this game.  MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Birmingham, Buffalo, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Hartford, Jacksonville, Knoxville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Raleigh, Tampa.

Miami Marlins at Chicago White Sox– Thomm Brennaman and Eric Karros.  14% of the country will see this game.  MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Fort Myers, Miami, Minneapolis, West Palm Beach.

Oakland A’s at Houston Astros- Rick Waltz and Mitch Williams.  12% of the country will see this game.  MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Dallas, Houston, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle.

Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals- Tom McCarthy and Bill Ripken.  12% of the country will see this game.  MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Boston, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Providence, Richmond, Washington.

Games Six and Seven Give Fox Respectable World Series Ratings

A thrilling sixth game followed by a winner-take-all game seven drove Fox to what ended up being respectable ratings for the World Series.

The thrilling game six 10-9 win by the Cardinals over the Rangers gave Fox a 12.7 rating. The game seven finale earned Fox a 14.5 rating with an audience of 25 million viewers.  The game seven rating was the highest for a World Series game since game four of the 2004 World Series.

Over the seven game fall classic Fox had an average rating of 10.0 with an audience of 16.6 million viewers.  That number is up 19% over 2010.


World Series Game One Gives Fox Ratings Win, But Numbers Below 2010

Last night’s game one of the World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals registered a 8.7 rating with 14.2 million viewers, winning the prime time night for Fox.

Even though the network won the night in terms of households and the 18-49 demographic, the ratings numbers were 2% lower than game one of the 2010 Series between the Rangers and San Francisco Giants.

St. Louis led all the local markets with a 47.3 rating.  Dallas was second with a rating of 34.2.

NFL Week Three Schedule, With Local Media Links

Here is the NFL schedule for week three, with links to the local media covering each NFL team (all games ET):

Sunday, Sep. 25
Game Time TV
New England at Buffalo 1:00 pm CBS
Jacksonville at Carolina 1:00 pm CBS
Denver at Tennessee 1:00 pm CBS
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX
Houston at New Orleans 1:00 pm CBS
Detroit at Minnesota 1:00 pm FOX
Miami at Cleveland 1:00 pm CBS
San Francisco at Cincinnati 1:00 pm FOX
N.Y. Jets at Oakland 4:05 pm CBS
Baltimore at St. Louis 4:05 pm CBS
Kansas City at San Diego 4:05 pm CBS
Atlanta at Tampa Bay 4:15 pm FOX
Arizona at Seattle 4:15 pm FOX
Green Bay at Chicago 4:15 pm FOX
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis 8:20 pm NBC
Monday, Sep. 26
Game Time TV
Washington at Dallas 8:30 pm ESPN

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 59- Olympics Bids

We are a little early this week for the Sports Media Weekly Podcast, but with good reason.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I discuss the big sports media news story of the day, the awarding of the rights to the 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 Olympics to NBC.

We look at why we think NBC won the bid and what it means for coverage of the Olympic Games through to the next decade.

We also look at why ESPN and Fox were not successful in securing the Olympic bids.

Ken and I also spend time discussing the ratings for the NBA Finals and NHL Stanley Cup Finals.

No guests this week.  We hope to have one for next week.

Reports Say Comcast/NBC to Retain Olympics Rights

The Associated Press is reporting that NBC will be awarded the right totelecast  the Olympic Games for 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020.

NBC was in a bidding war with Fox and ESPN over the rights to the next round of Olympics Games coverage.

There was speculation that NBC would have a difficult time retaining the rights to the games after the resignation last month of long time Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol.

We will have more details as they become available.

Sports Media Weekly Podcst #40- Barry Horn, Dallas Morning News

Sports Media Weekly After a week off we are back for another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I are pleased to be joined, for the entire episode, by Barry Horn, Sports Media Columnist for the Dallas Morning News.

The big story on the table, of course, was “The Decision”.  The three of us take a look at how the event was handled by all parties and the dangerous precedent it may set for the future.  Can you say Brett Favre?

We also talk about ESPN’s ratings success for the World Cup and the declining numbers for Fox and ESPN for the MLB All-Star festivities.

We also spend some time with Barry talking about the sports media landscape in Dallas.  Specifically, how the impact ESPN Dallas has on the media scene and how the FSN Southwest covered the incident last week where a fan fell from a top deck of the Ballpark at Arlington.

We also ask Barry about the similarities between Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones and the late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #20- Steve Dittmore, University of Arkansas

Sports Media WeeklyAnd they said it wouldn’t last.  We have reached the 20th edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

This week Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I talk about the humongous ratings realized from the AFC and NFC Championship games from this past weekend and how that may bode well for CBS’ numbers for Super Bowl XLIV.

We also touch upon the controversial ad CBS is planning to air Super Bowl Sunday from a pro life group featuring Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.

We also touch upon the continued perception of east coast bias on the part of ESPN and Fox as they begin laying out their prime time baseball line-up.

Our guest this week is Dr. Steve Dittmore, Assistant Professor of Recreation and Sports Management at the University of Arkansas. Steve joins us to talk about his interest in introducing social media networks into sports business.  He also talks about the failed bid of Chicago to secure the 2016 Summer Olympics as well as his interest in issues surrounding carriage of local teams by regional sports networks.

ESPN a Lock to Secure the BCS

It looks like the BCS telecasts will be in the hands of ESPN.  This from the current rights holder, Fox:

FOX Sports has elected not to match an offer the BCS Group has received from ESPN to televise BCS games from 2011-2014, and plans to notify the organization by phone today.

Even with today’s vast economic uncertainties, FOX Sports made a very competitive bid to keep broadcasting BCS games free to every home in America, one that included a substantial rights fee increase, and certainly as much as any over-the-air network could responsibly risk. Unfortunately, the University presidents and BCS commissioners were not satisfied and they’ve decided to take their jewel events to pay television. We wish everyone well.

Ouch! Another victim falls to the WWL.

Joe Buck to Concentrate Solely on Fox Duties

Dan Caesar at the St. Louis Post Dispatch has the news today that Joe Buck will no longer be involved in broadcasting Cardinal games locally.  In recent years he had appeared on only a handful of telecasts for Fox Sports Net Midwest.

From the article Buck states his reason for leaving…

“It’s nothing more than it feels like it’s time to make that change and to concentrate on some other things and basically go to Cardinals games as a fan,” he said Monday night. “I’m a fan, and I love to go down there with my wife and two daughters. The fun of that now is more appealing than anything to me.”

Buck will now undoubtedly focus on his role as the lead baseball and football play-by-play voice for Fox, where he has worked since 1994.

Many on the web take their shots at Buck, some over his pedigree (the some of Jack Buck) and others who think he comes off as smug and conceited.

I think Buck is one of the best play-by-play men in the business.  His method of understating plays and letting the video do the talking is what was the great about his father.  More announcers should follow that lead.  Remember, the game is the story, not the announcers.  And as much as his polished look may portray a certain persona, I am not convinced that is reality.