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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


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.

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.