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Sports Media Digest- February 28, 2013

CBS Sports Network Goes Behind-the-Scenes of Notre Dame Hoops–  The CBS Sports Network has created another all-access program looking behind-the-scenes at a college program.  The latest, College Hoops Confidential: Notre Dame, premiers Monday at 6:30p.m. ET.  The show will  feature interviews with head coach Mike Brey, and players Jack Cooley and Eric Atkins, among others.

Big Ten Network Looks at the Making of the NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket–  The Big Ten Network will produce a one hour special looking at the making of  the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament field.  Mike Hall will host Inside the Selection Process this Monday at 9:00p.m. ET.  Hall will Greg Sheehan, who oversaw the tournament for 12 years.

Fox Has Second NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Sunday from Phoenix–  Fox Sports is looking to follow its success from the Daytona 500 into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series second race of the year this Sunday in Phoenix.  Coverage begins at 2:30p.m. ET with Chris Myers, Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip.  Mike Joy will call the race with Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds in the booth.  Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits and Jeff Hammond serves as the network’s roving reporter.

Golf Channel Has Record Viewership in January and February–  The Golf Channel audience continues to grow.  For the months of January and February the Golf Channel had an average audience of 123,000 viewers, up 11% over the same time period last year.  The audience made January and February 2013 the most watched first two months of the year in the history of the network.

ESPN Digital Rates Number One for January–  ESPN reports that its digital media properties accounted for 29% of all sports category usage across digital platforms in January, nearly three times the average audience of No. 2 Yahoo! Sports, and more than the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 sports properties combined.  The numbers were compiled by comScore’s Multi Platform (Beta) data.  For the month ESPN digital properties attracted 62.6 million unique visitors, logging 4.97 billion minutes of usage.

NBC Sports Digital Launches MotorSports Talk–  The digital arm on NBC Sports announced today the creation of a new website devoted to motorsports.  MotorSports Talk joins the other “Talk” pages on NBC  The site will be maintained by the following contributors: Keith Collantine, editor and creator of the F1Fanatic blog; Tony DiZinno, who has written for RACER Magazine and has covered IndyCar and NASCAR since 2006; Luke Smith, creator of the F1 site; and writer Christopher Estrada (@estradawriting) who has written for the Boston Globe,, created the Indy Racing Revolution blog and is a contributor to IndyCar’s IndyCar Nation blog.

World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship on NBC Sports

The NBC Sports Group will televise over 60 hours at the 2013 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship this week.

29 hours of live tournament action will take place on Golf Channel and NBC Wednesday-Sunday. Golf Channel also will deliver comprehensive on-site news coverage throughout the week, headlined by a special State of the Game on Friday in primetime and special Golf Central pre-shows airing on NBC prior to NBC’s live tournament coverage.

The Golf Channel will also provide nearly 40 hours of studio programming around the tournament.

Here is the complete NBC/Golf Channel schedule for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship:

NBC Sports Group / WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship Airtimes

Wednesday Noon-6 p.m. ET 32 Matches Golf Channel
Thursday 1-6 p.m. ET 16 Matches Golf Channel
Friday 2-6 p.m. ET Eight Matches Golf Channel
Friday 10:30-11:30 p.m. ET State of the Game Golf Channel
Saturday Noon-2 p.m. ET Quarterfinal Matches Golf Channel
Saturday 2-6 p.m. ET Quarterfinal Matches NBC
Sunday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. ET Semifinal Matches Golf Channel
Sunday 2-6 p.m. ET Championship Match NBC

Sports Media Digest- February 1, 2013

National Signing Day on CBS Sports Network– The CBS Sports Network and its digital sites and will provide comprehensive coverage to college football’s national signing day.  CBS Sports Network offers five-and-a-half hours of live programming beginning Wednesday at Noon ET featuring recruiting expert Tom Lemming and analysts Ron Zook and Houston Nutt, while provides around-the-clock coverage featuring college football insider Bruce Feldman.

National Signing Day on Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 Digital-  The Pac-12 Network and its digital arm will have complete coverage of college football’s signing day this Wednesday.  Mike Yam will be joined by analysts Rick Neuheisel and Yogi Roth for the two-hour Pac-12 Football Signing Day Special  Wednesday at 5:00p.m. PT.  Prior to the show fans can follow their favorite teams’ commitments on starting at 6:00 AM PT Wednesday with senior correspondent Bryan Fischer providing text and video commentary as the letters come in.

Lakers/Nets This Tuesday’s Fan Night Presentation on NBA TV–  NBA TV has announced that this week’s Fan Night game on Tuesday will feature the L.A. Lakers at the Brooklyn Nets.  Tip-off is at 7:30p.m. ET.  Here is the list of games from which fans can vote for the Fan Night game on February 12th: Denver Nuggets @ Toronto Raptors; Portland Trail Blazers @ Miami Heat; Sacramento Kings @ Memphis Grizzlies; or Houston Rockets @ Golden State Warriors.

College Basketball this Weekend on CBS Sports Network–  The CBS Sports Network will have a triple header of college basketball action tomorrow.  Beginning at 2:00p.m. ET Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen will call Tulsa at Memphis.  AT 4:00p.m. ET Rhode Island takes on Butler with Brad Johansen and John Griffin on the call.  Temple at St. Joseph’s wraps up up the coverage at 6:00p.m. ET with Tom McCarthy, Steve Lappas and Jeff Goodman.

Revamped Morning Drive Debuts Monday on Golf Channel-  The new-look Morning Drive, the Golf Channel’s morning program will debut this Monday at 7:00a.m. ET.  Major Champions Keegan Bradley and Graeme McDowell will make an appearance on the show.  The first official interview conducted in the new Morning Drive studio will a sit-down with co-founder Arnold Palmer, an interview conducted last week.  Morning Drive co-hosts Gary Williams, Damon Hack and Holly Sonders return as the show will begin airing seven days a week in a new studio.

CBS Sports Spectacular Features Bulls and Pigskin–  The CBS Sports Spectacular will produce three episode tomorrow on CBS.  The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) starts the day at 1:00p.m. ET as Craig Hummer, JW Hart and Leah Garcia call all the action at the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battles.  At 2:00p.m. ET Kevin Frazier and Melissa Stark host an hour at the NFL Honors Preview: The Best of 2012, looking back at the 2012 season.  At 3:00p.m. ET CBS pays tribute to Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula on the 40th anniversary of leading the Dolphins to its undefeated season in Shula 347.

NBC Sports Network Covers Rugby Sevens This Weekend–  The NBC Sports Network will begin its 2013 coverage of the Rugby Sevens at the Hertz Sevens this weekend from New Zealand.  Bill Seward and Brian Hightower have the call tomorrow at 5:00p.m. ET.

Sports Media Digest- January 31, 2013

Simms All-Iron Team Sunday on CBS–  CBS Sports will produce the Phil Simms All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition this Sunday prior to its coverage of the Super Bowl.  Jim Nantz will co-host the show with Simms, which includes an interview with Leon Lett and Don Beebe on their play from Super Bowl XXVII.  Phil Simms All-Iron Team: Super Bowl Edition airs Sunday at 1:00p.m. ET.

Golf Channel Has Best January Ever– The Golf Channel reports that this January was the most watched January in its 18 year history.  105,000 average viewers per minute were tuned into Golf Channel in January, representing a 22% year-over-year increase compared to January 2012.

NBA TV To Commemorate Black History Month with Special Open Court–  NBA TV will produce a special edition of its Open Court series as a commemoration of Black History Month. Open Court: Basketball and Society will be hosted by Ernie Johnson with a panel with Hall of Famers Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller, five-time NBA Champion Steve Kerr, four-time NBA Champion Shaquille O’Neal, two-time NBA Champion Kenny Smith, five-time NBA All-Star Chris Webber and NBA Champion Steve Smith.  Open Court: Basketball and Society airs Tuesday following the network’s Fan Night game telecast.

Friday Night Fights Tomorrow on ESPN2–  The next edition of Friday Night Fights takes place tonight on ESPN2. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside in Chicago for a Junior Middleweight bout featuring “King” Carlos Molina and former undisputed Welterweight Champion  Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks.  Todd Grisham will serve as studio host.  The action begins at 9:00p.m. ET.

Fox Sports Radio’s Jay Mohr Reaches Affiliate Milestone–  Fox Sports Radio has announced that its Jay Mohr Sports program is now heard on 100 affiliates nationwide.  Jay Mohr Sports airs live, weekdays from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET/9 a.m. – 12 p.m. PT.

Sports Media Digest- January 29, 2013

Super Bowl Preview on Next NFL Turning Point–  This week’s NFL Turning Point on the NBC Sports Network will look ahead to this week’s Super Bowl XLVII between the Ravens and 49ers.  Dan Patrick will host the show which will look back at the turning points in the championship seasons for both teams.  NFL Turning Point airs tomorrow night at 10:30p.m. ET.

Road to the Super Bowl Debuts Sunday on CBS–  NFL Films has announced that its long-running Road to the Super Bowl program will air this Sunday at 11:00a.m. ET on CBS.  In its 43rd year Road to the Super Bowl will look back at the 2012 NFL season leading to Sunday’s big game between the Ravens and 49ers.

NBA All-Star Captains to be Announced Thursday on TNT–  TNT will have the announcement Thursday of the captains for the East and West NBA All-Stars prior to its double header.  Coverage begins at 8:00p.m. ET with the Grizzlies at the Thunder with Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Mike Fratello and Craig Sager on the call..  The nightcap at 10:30p.m. ET will feature the Mavericks at Warriors with Kevin Harlan, Chris Webber and David Aldredge.

Gold Channel/NBA Has PGA Tour from Scottsdale–  The Golf Channel and NBC Sports will unveil a new feature as it combines on coverage of the Waste Management Open from the TPC in Scottsdale.  The Golf Channel is introducing its “Spotlight” coverage, which will focus on three holes at the course, including the famous par-3 16th.  Golf Channel coverage of the first two rounds of the tournament will take place Thursday and Friday at 4:00p.m. ET.  Golf Channel will provide lead-in coverage Saturday and Sunday at 1:00p.m. ET with NBC taking over at 3:00p.m. ET.

Golf Channel Launches Instructional Video App–  The Golf Channel has announced that it has launched a new mobile app for iPhones which will feature the network’s library of instructional expertise.  Golf Channel Academy will provide people access to learn to play golf or improve their existing game. The app will launch next month.

BlackBerry 10 Gets ESPN ScoreCenter App–  ESPN announced today that it has developed its ScoreCenter app to run on the upcoming BlackBerry 10 mobile software.  The app is available now through the BlackBerry World Storefront.

SI Cover This Week–  Here is the cover to this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated:

SI Cover 2-4-13

Sports Media Digest- January 24, 2013

Harlan Leads Super Bowl Broadcast Team for Dial Global-  Dial Global, the radio home of Super Bowl XLVII, has announced that Kevin Harlan will handle play-by-play for the game.  He’ll be joined in the booth by Boomer Esiason.  Mark Malone and James Lofton will serve as sideline reporters and Jim Gray will host the pre, post, and halftime shows.  Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald will join Gray for part of the pregame and the halftime coverage.

Clay Matthews Joins CBS for Super Bowl–  CBS Sports reported today that Packers linebacker Clay Matthews will join the network as a guest analyst during the network’s pre-game coverage of Super Bowl XLVII.  Matthews will join the Super Bowl Today crew of James Brown, Dan Marino, Bill Cowher, Shannon Sharpe and Boomer Esiason.

Wednesday Night NHL Most-Watched in History of NBC Sports Network–  NBC Sports announced today that last night’s Wednesday Night Rivalry match-up on the NBC Sports Network between the Bruins and Rangers had an audience of 956,000 viewers, making it the most-watched NHL regular-season game in the network’s history.  The previous record was set on opening night last season when 874,000 viewers tuned in to see the Boston Bruins take on the Philadelphia Flyers.

CBS Has a Pair of College Basketball Games this Weekend–  CBS Sports will shift its focus to college basketball this weekend.  Saturday at 1:00p.m. ET Ian Eagle and Clark Kellogg will call Maryland at Duke.  Sunday at 1:00p.m. ET Michigan State travels to Indiana wil Kevin Harlan and Greg Anthony on the call.

Golf Channel Announces New Morning Drive Format, Show Hosts– The Golf Channel today announced that its morning show, Morning Drive, will have a new format and new talent beginning on February 4th.  The program will expand to seven days a week and analyst Charlie Rymer will join Morning Drive co-hosts Gary Williams, Damon Hack and Holly Sonders.

Sports Media Digest- January 17, 2013

College Hoops Saturday on CBS CBS will have a college basketball double header on Saturday.  Regional action tips-off at 2:00p.m. ET with either Kansas at Texas (Kevin Harlan, Clark Kellogg on the call) or West Virginia at Purdue (Ian Eagle and Bill Raftery).  The national telecast at 4:00p.m. Et will feature Oregon at UCLA with Spero Dedes and Doug Gottlieb.

TNT has MLK Day NBA Double Header–  TNT will televise a NBA double header this Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday this Monday.  Beginning at 7:00p.m. ET the San Antonio Spurs take on the Philadelphia 76ers with Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley and David Aldridge.  At 9:30p.m. ET Marv Albert, Steve Kerr and Craig Sager are on hand as the L.A. Lakers take on the Chicago Bulls.

Lanny Wadkins Joins Golf Channel Team–  The Golf Channel announced today that Hall-of-Famer Lanny Wadkins will be in the booth as lead analysts for the network’s coverage of 22 Champions Tour events.  Wadkins is no stranger to the role, having served as   lead golf analyst for CBS Sports from 2002-2006.  Wadkins begins his new role this weekend at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

Feherty Live Returns to Golf Channel January 23rd The Golf Channel announced today that David Feherty will be on hand at the PGA Merchandise Show to host his first 2013 edition of Feherty Live.  European Ryder Cup Ian Poulter, golfing legends Lee Trevino and Gary Player, and celebrated swing coach Butch Harmon are scheduled to appear.  Feherty Live airs Wednesday night at 8:00p.m. ET.

Fight Night Returns to NBCSN Saturday–  Boxing is on the schedule on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) this Saturday as the network resurrects its Fight Night series.  Kenny Rice, Freddie Roach, B.J. Flores Chris Mannix (reporter) will call the action beginning at 9:00p.m. ET

NBC Sports Network has Cycling from Australia–  The NBC Sports Network begins its cycling season this Sunday with coverage of the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under in southern Australia.  Coverage begins at 3:30p.m. ET with Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen calling the action.

College Lacrosse on NBCSN  The NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) has announced a schedule of early season college lacrosse games to begin next month.  On February 17th NBCSN will air the Moe’s Southwestern Grill Classic on February 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET from EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The tournament features Penn State vs. Denver and Ohio State vs. Jacksonville. On February 23rd NBCSN will have coverage of powers Loyola and Maryland.  Coverage begins at 1:30p.m. ET.

UFC on Fox This Weekend–  The UFC returns to Fox Sports this weekend.  The four-bout match begins Saturday at 8:00p.m. ET with announcers Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan.


Sports Media Digest- January 10, 2013

MLB Network To Look Back Best Baseball Films with Costas at the Movies–  The MLB Network is producing a new program with a focus on discussing some of the most beloved baseball movies.  Costas at the Movies, hosted by Bob Costas, will feature Costas speaking with the stars of those movies. The program premieres Monday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET with Tommy Lee Jones and Director from the film Cobb. Future editions will be held on January 21st, January 28th, February 4th, and February 11th.  Following each 30-minute Costas at the Movies episode, MLB Network will air the night’s featured film.

Fifth Season of The Haney Project Debuts Next Month on Golf Channel– The fifth season of The Haney Project, the Golf Channel series where famed teacher Hank Haney works on the golf game of a celebrity, will return February 25th at 9:00p.m.  This season will feature Haney working on the golf game of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

Friday Night Fights Returns to ESPN Tomorrow–  The next edition of Friday Night Fights on ESPN will include the main event featuring former Lightweight title challenger “The Gladiator” John Molina Jr. (24-2, 19 KOs) and Dannie Williams (22-2, 18 KOs).  Friday’s co-feature will pitMiddleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (16-0-1, 10 KOs) against “Dangerous” Don Mouton (11-4-1, 9 KOs). The card will open with a four-round Light Heavyweight bout between Siju Shabazz (4-4, 2 KOs) and Mark Lujan (professional debut).  Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas have the call with Todd Grisham in the studio.

Pro Bowlers Tour Returns Sunday to ESPN–  The next leg of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour takes place this weekend in Las Vegas at the PBA World Championship. Lon McEachern and Randy Petersen have the call beginning at 1:00p.m. ET.

SI Publishes Special Alabama BCS Champions Issue-  Sports Illustrated announced today it has released its special commemorative edition featuring BCS champions Alabama Crimson Tide.  Here is the cover:


Sports Media Digest- January 9, 2013

Wild Card Weekend Averages 30 Million Viewers–  The NFL today announced that this past weekend’s Wild Card playoff matches  garnered an average of 30 million viewers, a number seen now for the last three years.  The four games were also the four most-watched games on all of television last week.

Wild Card Weekend Edition of NFL Turning Point Tonight–  The NBC Sports Network will provide a special edition of NFL Turning Point tonight looking back at the action of Wild Card Weekend.  Dan Patrick hosts the program beginning at 9:30p.m. ET and will look back at the key plays in the Seahawks/Redskins, Ravens/Colts, and Bengals/Texans game.

College Hoops Tonight on CBS Sports Network–  The CBS Sports Network will begin its Mountain West Conference coverage tonight as it telecasts UNLV at New Mexico.  Dave Ryan, Steve Lappas, Doug Gottlieb and Allie LaForce call the action beginning at 10:00p.m. ET.

Andy Katz to Host New College Hoops Show on ESPNU–  ESPN announced today the creation of a new college basketball program for ESPNU featuring college basketball reporter Andy Katz.  The weekly Katz Korner will feature interviews with ESPN analysts, coaches and players.  It debuts January 15th at 4:30p.m. ET.

Notah Begay III Joins NBC and the Golf Channel–  NBC Sports announced today that four-time PGA Tour winner Notah Begay III will come on board as an analyst for the network’s golf team on NBC and the Golf Channel.  The 40 year-old Begay begins this week on the Golf Channel’s coverage of the Sony Openin Hawaii

Next in BTN The Journey Series Debuts Sunday–  The Big Ten Network (BTN) will debut the fourth season of it’s The Journey series this Sunday at 8:00p.m. ET.  The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013 will look at the match-ups in the 2013 Big Ten Basketball season.  The premiere edition will look back at the Nebraska at Michigan State basketball game.

SI Cover This Week–  Alabama’s win over Notre Dame in the BCS Championship is the cover story this week in SPorts Illustrated.  Here is the cover:

SI Cover 1-14-13

Sports Media Digest- January 7, 2012

NFL Network Replay Schedule–  The NFL Network (NFLN) will look back, as well as ahead, at the NFL Playoffs by replaying games from this past weekend as well as match-ups featuring playoff teams from earlier this season.  Tomorrow at 8:00p.m. ET NFLN will replay this weekend’s Seattle at Washington Wild Card game.  At 9:30p.m. ET the network will re-air the week 14 match-up between the Texans and Patriots.  Wednesday at 9:00p.m. NFLN will replay yesterday’s Colts/Ravens contest.  Thursday at 8:00p.m. ET the network will play the week one match-up between the Packers and 49’ers.

ESPN NBA Double Headers Wednesday and Friday-  ESPN will have two NBA double headers this Wednesday and Friday.  Wednesday at 8:00p.m. ET Dave Pasch, Jon Barry and Chris Broussard will call the L.A. Lakers at San Antonio Spurs.  At 10:30p.m. ET Mike Breen, Doris Burke and Lisa Salters will be on hand as the Dallas Mavericks take on the L.A. Clippers.  On Friday at 8:00p.m. ET Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and Chris Broussard will call the Chicago Bulls at N.Y. Knicks.  At 10:30p.m. ET Friday the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Lakers with Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Lisa Salters on site.

Bobby Valentine Joins NBC Sports Radio–  Our good friend Richard Deitsch at Sports Illustrated had the story this morning, and it became official earlier today…Former Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine has been hired to serve as a baseball analyst for NBC Sports Radio.  Valentine will call-in to network affiliated talk shows and also be a co-host on a new weekday program which will debut in April.

ESPN2 to Produce Baseball Hall of Fame Special–  ESPN2 will be the home on the ESPN family of networks for special coverage of baseball’s Hall of Fame election announcement.  Karl Ravech, Barry Larkin, John Kruk, ESPN MLB Insiders Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian and Pedro Gomez and ESPN senior writer Howard Bryant will respond to the announcement Wednesday beginning at 3:00p.m. ET.

Messi to Appear on Premiere Edition of 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime–  International soccer star Lionel Messi will be featured as CBS’s 60 Minutes Sports debuts this week on Showtime. Bob Simon hosts the segment Wednesday night at 10:00p.m. ET/PT.

Jimmy Roberts to Host New Golf Channel Show Beginning in March–  The Golf Channel announced today that 13-time Emmy Award winner Jimmy Roberts will host a new program in the network beginning March 12th.  Play with Jimmy Roberts will chronicle stories ranging from celebrities to everyday people who are all unified by the sport of golf.

NBA D-League Coverage on CBS Sports Network–  Beginning tonight the CBS Sports Network tonight will provide coverage of the NBA Development League at the D-League Showcase in Las Vegas.  The opener at 10:00p.m. ET will feature the Springfield Armor and the Reno Bighorns.  Tomorrow at 10:00p.m. ET the Los Angeles D-Fenders meet the Idaho Stampede.  Jason Knapp and Alaa Abdelnaby call the action.  CBS Sports Network will also provide coverage of the NBA D-League 3-Point Shootout and the NBA D-League Slam Dunk Contest Thursday at 7:00p.m. ET.