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NBC Sports Group’s Coverage of the U.S. Open Golf Tournament

NBC Sports begins comprehensive coverage of the U.S. Open Golf Tournament next week.  Through its various platforms NBC plans a combined 110 hours of coverage.

NBC will provide 17 hours of live tournament coverage Thursday through Sunday.  Bob Costas will host the network’s coverage while Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller hand the lead play-by-play and analysts role from the 18th green.  Tower reporters include Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen; on-course reporters are Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Notah Begay. Steve Sands will handle player interviews; and Jimmy Roberts will offer special reports.

Here is the NBC schedule:

U.S. OPEN AIRTIMES ON NBC (all times ET):

June 13                 Thursday                             Round 1                               3-5 p.m.
June 14                 Friday                                    Round 2                               3-5 p.m.
June 15                 Saturday                              Round 3                               Noon-7:30 p.m.
June 16                 Sunday                                 Final Round                        Noon-7:30 p.m.

The Golf Channel will provide 56 hours of news coverage of the tournament through its programs Morning Drive, Live from the U.S. Open,  The Golf Fix and Grey Goose 19th Hole.

Local coverage will also be made available on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and local Philadelphia NBC affiliate NBC 10.  The tournament will also be made available online through the NBC Sports Live Extra app.

Here is the complete schedule of U.S. Open coverage by the NBC Sports Group:

NBC Sports Group U.S. Open Coverage

Show                                                     Network                                              Airtime (all times ET)

Saturday, June 8

An Open Challenge                         CSN Philly                                            6:30-7 p.m.
Tee off at Merion                            NBC10                                                   7:30-8 p.m.

Sunday, June 9

Made in Merion                               CSN Philly                                            7-7:30 p.m.

Monday, June 10

Morning Drive                                   Golf Channel                                      7-9 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open               Golf Channel                                      11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (news conferences)
Philly Sports Talk                              CSN Philly                                            5-6 p.m.
The Golf Fix                                        Golf Channel                                      6-7 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open               Golf Channel                                      7-8 p.m.
Made in Merion                               CSN Philly                                            7-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 11

Morning Drive                                   Golf Channel                                      7-9 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open               Golf Channel                                      9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Philly Sports Talk                              CSN Philly                                            5-6 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open               Golf Channel                                      7-9 p.m.
Made in Merion                               CSN Philly                                            7-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 12

Morning Drive                                   Golf Channel                                      7-9 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open               Golf Channel                                      9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Philly Sports Talk                              CSN Philly                                            5-6 p.m.
Grey Goose 19th Hole                     Golf Channel                                      6-7 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open               Golf Channel                                      7-9 p.m.
Made in Merion                               CSN Philly                                            7-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 13

Morning Drive                                   Golf Channel                                      6-7 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open               Golf Channel                                      7-9 a.m.
U.S. Open Live Coverage              ESPN                                                     9 a.m.-3 p.m.
U.S. Open live coverage                NBC                                                       3-5 p.m.
Philly Sports Talk                              CSN Philly                                            5-6 p.m.
U.S. Open live coverage                ESPN                                                     5-7 p.m.
Made in Merion                               CSN Philly                                            7-7:30 p.m.
Tee off at Merion                            NBC10                                                   7:30-8 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open               Golf Channel                                      7-9 p.m.

Friday, June 14

Morning Drive                                   Golf Channel                                      6-7 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open               Golf Channel                                      7-9 a.m.
U.S. Open Live Coverage              ESPN                                                     9 a.m.-3 p.m.
U.S. Open live coverage                NBC                                                       3-5 p.m.
Philly Sports Talk                              CSN Philly                                            5-6 p.m.
U.S. Open live coverage                ESPN                                                     5-7 p.m.
Made in Merion                               CSN Philly                                            7-7:30 p.m.
Tee off at Merion                            NBC10                                                   7:30-8 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open               Golf Channel                                      7-9 p.m.

Saturday, June 15

Morning Drive                                   Golf Channel                                      7-9 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open               Golf Channel                                      9-11 a.m.
Morning Drive                                   Golf Channel                                      11 a.m.-Noon
U.S. Open live coverage                NBC                                                       Noon-7:30 p.m.
Made in Merion                               CSN Philly                                            7:30-8 p.m.
Tee off at Merion                            NBC10                                                   7:30-8 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open               Golf Channel                                      7:30-9:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 15

Morning Drive                                   Golf Channel                                      7-9 a.m.
Live From the U.S. Open               Golf Channel                                      9-11 a.m.
Morning Drive                                   Golf Channel                                      11 a.m.-Noon
Tee off at Merion                            NBC10                                                   11:30 a.m.-Noon
U.S. Open live coverage                NBC                                                       Noon-7:30 p.m.
Made in Merion                               CSN Philly                                            7:30-8 p.m.
Live From the U.S. Open               Golf Channel                                      7:30-9:30 p.m.
Tee off at Merion                            NBC10                                                   11:30 p.m.-12:05 a.m.

Sports Media Digest- May 30, 2013

Golf Channel Celebrates Most- Watched May in History–  The Golf Channel registered 16.9 unique viewers in May.  The daily average of 133,000 viewers is 19% over 2012, making it the most-watched May in the history of the network.  The network also reported it is expected to show record numbers for May as well on Golfchannel.com.

ESPN Sees Strong Viewership to Start WNBA Season– The Memorial Day doubleheader of the WNBA gave ESPN an average rating of 0.3 and an average audience of 366,000 viewers.  The nightcap,  Chicago at Phoenix on ESPN2, was the most- watched WNBA game since July of 2004.

Pro Football Talk to Unveil Each NFL Club’s Mount Rushmore–  Mike Florio and Pro Football Talk on the NBC Sports Network will produce a special series  “Faces of the Franchise; Who’s on Your Team’s Mount Rushmore?” — to determine the four most influential people in the history of each NFL team.  The special premieres this Monday at 5:00p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

NASCAR Sprint Cup this Weekend on Fox– Fox Sports wraps-up its coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunday afternoon from Dover, DE.  Coverage begins at 12:30p.m. ET with pre-race action hosted by Chris Myers with Darrell and Michael Waltrip.  When the race begins Mike Joy calls the action alongside analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds while Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for reports on teams and pit stops. FOX Sports’ Jeff Hammond serves as the network’s roving analyst.

Jemele Hill To Become Co-Host of Number Never Lie–  ESPN has announced that Jemele Hill will serve as co-host of the afternoon program Numbers Never Lie with Michael Smith.  Hill will begin her new role next month.

Fox Sports Tabs Dallman as Fox Sports 1 News Director–  Fox Sports announced today that it has promoted Bill Dallman, a longtime executive at multiple FOX owned-and-operated news stations, hto serve as Vice President/News Director for FOX Sports 1.  Dallman will begin in his role on July 1st and will work with affiliates and Fox Sports Regional networks in managing the news-gathering operation and overseeing the editorial format of Fox Sports Live when it launches on August 17th.

CBS’s Coverage of The Memorial–  CBS Sports continues its coverage of the PGA Tour this weekend with the telecast of The Memorial Tournament from Dublin, OH.  Coverage on Saturday begins at 3:00p.m. ET while on Sunday action gets underway at 2:30p.m. ET.  Jim Nantz,and Sir Nick Faldo call the action from the 18th tower  while Ian Baker-Finch calls the action at the 17th hole and Gary McCord at the 16th hole.  David Feherty and Matt Gogel serve as on-course reporters.

NBC Sports Group Primed for Extensive Coverage of the Players Championship

Next week the NBC Sports Group will produce over 80 hours of programming around the PGA Tournament Players Championship from the TPC Sawgrass.

Here is the schedule of action, primarily on the Golf Channel and NBC:

Live From THE PLAYERS Programming (all times ET)

 

Monday, May 6
Morning Drive 7-9 a.m.
Live From THE PLAYERS “Green Carpet Special” 5-7 p.m.
Live From THE PLAYERS 7-8 p.m.
World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 10 p.m.-Midnight
Tuesday, May 7
Morning Drive 7-9:30 a.m.
Live From THE PLAYERS Noon-5 p.m. (news conferences)
Live From THE PLAYERS 7-9 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8
Morning Drive 7-9:30 a.m.
Live From THE PLAYERS Noon-5 p.m. (news conferences)
Grey Goose 19th Hole 6-7 p.m.
Live From THE PLAYERS 7-9 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, May 9-10
Morning Drive 7-9 a.m.
Live From THE PLAYERS 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
THE PLAYERS Championship (Golf Channel) 1-7 p.m.
Live From THE PLAYERS 7-9 p.m.
THE PLAYERS Championship 9 p.m.-12 a.m. (Re-Air)
Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12
Morning Drive 7-9 a.m.
Live From THE PLAYERS 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Live From THE PLAYERS (NBC) 1:30-2 p.m.
THE PLAYERS (NBC) 2-7 p.m.
Live From THE PLAYERS 7-9 p.m.

Sports Media Digest- May 1, 2013

Golf Channel Reports Most-Watched April Ever–  Over 19 million viewers tuned in to watch the Golf Channel in April, making it the most watched April in the history of the network.  128,000 average viewers per minute were tuned in to Golf Channel in April, representing a 11% year-over-year increase compared to April 2012.  The network also saw record traffic for its online properties in April.

SiriusXM Coverage of the Kentucky Derby–  SiriusXm Radio is the satellite radio home of this year’s Kentucky Derby.  Programming will originate from Churchill Downs across Sirius channel 93 and XM channel 209.  On race day Saturday  a special pre-Derby edition of Down The Stretch, hosted by Dave Johnson and Bill Finley, will air live from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET. Race coverage begins at 5:00p.m. ET.

Golf Channel’s Coverage of the Masters

The Golf Channel will provide nearly 70 total hours of live news and related to next week’s Masters.

From Golf Channel PR, here is a look at part of the network’s coverage:

Live From the Masters will dominate Golf Channel’s daytime and primetime schedules during Masters week with more than 50 live hours from Augusta, Ga., and the network’s studio headquarters. Coverage begins Monday and will conclude with a post-tournament show after the last putt drops on Sunday.

Morning Drive: Golf Channel will begin each morning of Masters Week with the latest news, commentary and features on Morning Drive. Monday’s show will introduce viewers to all 93 players in the field, from the 14-year-old Guan Tianlang of China to 63-year-old former Masters Champion Tom Watson. With a little help from apparel manufacturers, the Morning Drive team also will give viewers a sneak preview of what select players will be wearing during the week.

Special Guests Joining Coverage: A list of golfing legends scheduled to make appearances during the week include: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ben Crenshaw, Ray Floyd, Jose Maria Olazabal, Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Johnny Miller and Sandy Lyle.

News Conferences:Live From the Masters on Tuesday and Wednesday will feature player news conferences from Augusta National Golf Club’s media center.

Here is the Golf Channel’s schedule for Masters week:

Monday, April 8
7-10 a.m. Morning Drive Live
3-5 p.m. Live From the Masters News Conferences
5-6 p.m. Masters Highlights 2012: Bubba Watson
6-7 p.m. The Golf Fix
7-8 p.m. Live From the Masters Live
Tuesday, April 9
7-9 a.m. Morning Drive Live
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Live From the Masters Live
(includes player news conferences)
7-9 p.m. Live From the Masters Live
Wednesday, April 10
7-9 a.m. Morning Drive Live
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Live From the Masters Live
(includes player news conferences)
7-9 p.m. Live From the Masters Live
Thursday, April 11 & Friday, April 12
6-8 a.m. Morning Drive Live
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Live From the Masters Live
7:30-9:30 p.m. Live From the Masters Live
Saturday, April 13
7-9:30 a.m. Morning Drive Live
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Live From the Masters Live
7-9 p.m. Live From the Masters Live
Sunday, April 14
7-9:30 a.m. Morning Drive Live
9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Live From the Masters Live
7-9 p.m. Live From the Masters Live

Sports Media Digest- March 29, 2013

NCAA Tourney Viewership Continues to Impress for CBS and Turner-  Through Thursday’s games the viewership for the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament continues to be the best in 20 years.  The average audience is 9 million viewers, up 8% from 2012.  The average rating of 5.9 i s up 7% over last year and the highest in 15 years.

ESPN Digital Media Properties Top in Sports Usage Category for February–  ESPN reports that its digital properties accounted for 28% of all sports category usage across digital platforms in February. ESPN was second behinf Yahoo Sports in unique visitors to ESPN.com but was tops in total number of minutes spent online with 3.7 million minutes.

Bobby Knight on Next Edition of Feherty–  The next edition of David Feherty’s Golf Channel program Feherty will feature a conversation with former college basketball coach Bobby Knight.  The episode airs Monday at 10:00p.m. ET.

Sports Media Digest- March 19, 2013

Cowboys and Dolphins to Play in Hall of Fame Game–  The NFL announced today that the Dallas Cowboys will take on the Miami Dolphins in the traditional Hall of Fame game to kick-off the 2013 NFL pre-season.  The game will take place Sunday, August 4th at 8p.m. ET and air on NBC.

Scruggs to Host Voices of the Game Middays on NBC Sports Radio– NBC Sports Radio has announced that weekend sports talk host Newy Scruggs will host a 12:00-3:00p.m. ET weekday show beginning April 1st.  Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs will feature a recognizable sports “voice” during the entire second hour of the show. Personalities will include Chipper Jones (Tuesdays), Stan Van Gundy (Fridays), Bobby Valentine (Thursdays) and Chris Mannix (Wednesdays).

NBC and Golf Channel Prep for Arnold Palmer Invitational–  NBC Sports and the Golf Channel will provide blanket coverage of this weekend’s PGA Arnold Palmer Invitational.  The networks will devote nearly 80 total hours of news and tournament action, which includes 22 live hours of tournament coverage on NBC and Golf Channel.  The Golf Channel will have first and second round action Thursday and Friday beginning at 3:00p.m. ET.  Third and fourth round coverage on Golf Channel begins at 12:30p.m. ET while NBC takes over Saturday and Sunday at 2:30p.m. ET. Golf Broadcast teams will include Rich Lerner and Frank Nobilo (Golf Channel), and Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller (NBC). For telecasts on both networks, Gary Koch and Peter Jacobsen will report from tower positions, while Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing and Notah Begay will walk the course. Steve Sands will conduct player interviews. Jimmy Roberts will be around for the weekend.

Four Covers this Week on SI–  Sports Illustrated previews the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament with four covers this week:
SI 3-25aSI 3-25b SI 3-25c SI 3-25d

Sports Media Digest- March 15, 2013

Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone to Co-Host Radio Show on NBC Sports Radio-  NBC Sports and Dial Global announced today that former NFL stars Donovan McNabb and Mark Malone will co-host the afternoon drive show on NBC Sports Radio beginning April 1st.  Under Center with McNabb & Malone will air between 3:00-7:00pm ET Monday-Friday.

ESPN Preps for NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Selection Show–  ESPN will have exclusive coverage of the announcement of the 64 teams in the 2013 NCAA Women’s College Basketball Championship this Monday.  The NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Presented by Capital One airs Monday at 7:00p.m. with Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson, Carolyn Peck, Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo.

NBC Sees Record Ratings for WGC-Cadillac Championship–  NBC Sports reports the viewership for last weekend’s WGC-Cadillac Championship were record setting.  The Golf Channel had a 1.5 rating for the second round on Friday, making it the most-watched second round in the history of the tournament. Final round coverage on NBC earned a 3.7 rating, up 33% from 2012.

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel Returns Next Week–  The latest edition of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will air on HBO Tuesday night at 10:00p.m. ET/PT.  Among the topics will be a profile of former boxing champion Mike Tyson; the stroy of transsexual college athlete Gabrielle Ludwig; a look at how extreme are Extreme Sports; and an update on Olympic track star Lolo Jones.

ESPN to Provide Multi-Platform Coverage of U.S. Men’s Soccer–  ESPN will provide coverage across its varied platforms of two U.S. Men’s Soccer FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.   The first match takes place next Friday, March 22, with USA vs. Costa Rica at 10:00 p.m. ET outside Denver, andthe second on Tuesday, March 26th, in Mexico City, with Mexico vs. USA at 9:30 p.m. ET Both matches will be aired live on ESPN and WatchESPN with Ian Darke, Kasey Keller and Alexi Lalas have the English-language call.

Golf Channel Begins its Coverage of the LPGA Tour

The Golf Channel this weekend will begin its coverage of LPGA tournament action.

Over 300 hours of tournament coverage will be produced.  And for the first time, all will be in high definition.

The ratings for the tour have been on an uptick in recent years, with ratings up 68% over the last two seasons.

Among the highlights of the new season will be live coverage of three of the LPGA’s major tournaments; the Kraft Nabisco Championship the Wegmans LPGA Championship and the Evian Championship.

Terry Gannon, Whit Watson and Tom Abbott, who will serve on play by play throughout the year.  Judy Rankin returns as lead analyst.  The on-course reporting team will include Jerry Foltz, Val Skinner, Kay Cockerill, Kelli Kuehne and Curt Byrum.

“Our fans have pushed the tour’s television coverage and ratings to new heights and we’re pleased to present them with even more opportunities to watch our players in action,” said Brian Carroll, LPGA Vice President of Television and Emerging Media. “Our strong partnership with Golf Channel has provided us with many exciting ways to further showcase our players, not only during tournament telecasts, but also beyond the golf course.”

“The LPGA Tour continues to be a key part of Golf Channel’s overall tournament coverage,” said Molly Solomon, Golf Channel Executive Producer. “We have developed a great collaborative relationship with the Tour and invested more resources to better serve our loyal fans, which has created more inside-the-ropes access and more hours of coverage.”

Here is the schedule of LPGA events on the Golf Channel:

2013 LPGA Tour / Golf Channel Tournament Schedule

 

DATE EVENT ROUNDS BROADCAST
3/14-3/17 RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup ALL LIVE
3/21-3/24 Kia Classic ALL LIVE
4/4-4/7 Kraft Nabisco Championship ALL LIVE
4/17-4/20 LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf ALL LIVE
4/25-4/28 North Texas LPGA Shootout ALL TD/LIVE
5/2-5/5 Kingsmill Championship ALL LIVE
5/16-5/19 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic ALL TD/LIVE
5/23-5/26 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic ALL TD/LIVE
5/31-6/2 ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer ALL LIVE
6/6-6/9 Wegmans LPGA Championship ALL LIVE
6/21-6/23 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship ALL LIVE
7/11-7/14 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic ALL LIVE
7/19-7/21 Marathon Classic Presented by Owens Corning & O-I ALL LIVE
8/16-8/18 The Solheim Cup ALL LIVE
8/22-8/25 CN Canadian Women’s Open ALL TD/LIVE
8/29-9/1 Portland Classic Presented by Safeway ALL LIVE
9/12-9/15 The Evian Championship ALL LIVE
10/3-10/6 Reignwood Pine Valley LPGA Classic ALL TD
10/10-10/13 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia ALL LIVE
10/18-10/20 LPGA KEP HanaBank Championship ALL TD
10/24-10/27 Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship ALL TD
11/14-11/17 Lorena Ochoa Invitational Presented by Banamex and Jalisco ALL LIVE
11/21-11/24 CME Group Titleholders ALL LIVE
6/27-6/30 **U.S. Women’s Open ALL ESPN2/NBC (LIVE)
8/1-8/4 **RICOH Women’s British Open ALL ESPN2 (LIVE)

Sports Media Digest- March 5, 2013

NHL Action Scores Big on NBC and NBC Sports Network– NBC Sports has announced that Sunday’s NHL action on NBC and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) gave each network a new high in terms of regular season ratings.  The NBC game between the Blackhawks and Red Wings had a rating of 1.6, the best-ever regular season rating for the network and 60% above last year.  NBCSN’s coverage of the Canadiens and Bruins had an audience of 813,000 viewers, the most-watched Sunday night regular-season game in the network’s history.

NBA Double Header Sunday on ABC–  ABC will have a NBA double header this Sunday as part of its NBA Sunday Showcase. Tip-off begins at 1:00p.m. ET as the Celtics take on the Thunder with Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Heather Cox on the call.   At 3:30p.m. ET Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Lisa Salters have the call as the Lakers host the Bulls.

ESPN Announces Initial Slate of SEC, ACC and Big 12 College Football Games–  ESPN today announced a slate of six games in its early release of match-ups featuring teams in the SEC, ACC and Big 12.  Other schedules will be released at a later date.  Here is the early list of games and the networks on which they will be telecast:

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Aug 29 6 p.m. North Carolina at South Carolina * ESPN
9:15 p.m. Ole Miss at Vanderbilt ESPN
Sat, Aug 31 5:30 p.m. Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game: Virginia Tech vs. Alabama (Atlanta) ESPN
8 p.m. Georgia at Clemson ABC
9 p.m. Cowboys Classic: TCU vs. LSU ESPN
Thu, Oct 24 7:30 p.m. Kentucky at Mississippi State ESPN

Feinstein goes One on One with Costas on CBS Sports Radio Special– CBS Sports Radio has announced that part of his mid-morning program, John Feinstein will go One on One with some of the top news makers in sports. Tomorrow at 11:00a.m. ET Feinstein will sit down and interview NBC Sports personality Bob Costas.  Future guests for the weekly segment will include David Stern, Tom Watson and Steve Kerr.

Kentucky Hoops Part of Turner Documentary–  Turner Sports says that it will look into the history and legacy of the University of Kentucky basketball program in its next documentary to air on truTV.   The documentary provides a chronology of the Wildcats’ history from its origins through the 2012 NCAA championship team.  Bluegrass Kingdom: The Gospel of Kentucky Basketball will debut March 17th at 8:00p.m. ET.

NASCAR Nationwide Series this Weekend from Las Vegas on ESPN– The next stop in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will take place this Saturday from the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Alan Bestwick will be joined by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree for the call of the race while Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch report from the pits.  Action begins at 4:00p.m. ET.

In Play with Jimmy Roberts Debuts Next Tuesday– The Golf Channel will debut its new monthly program with host Jimmy Robert next Tuesday, March 12th at 10:30p.m. ET.  In Play with Jimmy Roberts will be a world-wide effort to uncover the most compelling stories in golf.