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Sports Media Weekly No. 132- Anita Marks, NBC Sports Radio

Welcome to a new year of Sports Media Weekly programs.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I begin the show discussing a report by Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated that Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will be joining ESPN as an NFL analyst once he retires at the end Baltimore’s playoff run.

We spend some time looking at ratings numbers as the networks begin to look back at their successes of 2012..

We then recount the horrific accident which fell upon ESPN anchor Hannah Storm over the holiday break.  She returned to work New Year’s Day hosting the Rose Bowl Parade on ABC.

We finish our segment looking at the official national launch yesterday of the CBS Sports Radio Network

Staying with sports radio our guest this week is Anita Marks, who will be starting a new nationally syndicated weekend sports radio show on the NBC Sports Radio Network.  Anita talks about what listeners can expect from her Saturday and Sunday broadcasts beginning at noon ET.  She also fills us in on her experience hosting sports radio in Baltimore; her role with the New York Giants; and her love for fantasy football.

Golf Channel Reports Recording Setting Year for 2012

The Golf Channel announced today that, in terms of viewership, 2012 year was the network’s most successful ever.  It’s the second consecutive year of record-setting viewership for the network, which joined the NBC Sports Group in 2011

The network averaged 95,000 viewers in 24-hour Total Day (6AM-6AM) during 2012, an increase of six percent more than 2011 and 36 percent more than 2010. The seven PGA TOUR events on Golf Channel reached audiences in excess of 7 million unique viewers. Additionally, an unprecedented 14 million Golf Channel viewers watched some or all of the PGA TOUR Playoffs, which was the most-watched ever in the PGA TOUR Playoffs’ six-year history.

Content on also set records, with new marks for unique visitors (20.5 million, +60% vs. 2011), visits (41 million, +47% vs. 2011), and video starts (11 million, +45% vs. 2011).

“We share in celebrating this milestone with our partners and most importantly, with our increasingly loyal family of viewers who have watched in record numbers to help us achieve these consecutive record-breaking years,” said Golf Channel President Mike McCarley. “While we’re grateful for this recent success, we continue to set our goals high and are committed to serving our passionate fans with more and more high-quality golf content in the New Year and years to come.”

Sports Media Digest- January 2, 2013

ESPN Sees Ratings Bump for Rose and Orange Bowls–  ESPN reported today that the combined overnight ratings for yesterday’s Rose and Orange Bowl games registered 8.0, up 11% over the 2012 games.  The Rose Bowl averaged a 9.5 rating (down 3% from 2012) while the Orange Bowl came in at 6.5 (up 44% from 2012).

Cotton Bowl this Friday on Fox Sports–  Fox Sports returns as the home for the 2013 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic featuring Texas A&M and Oklahoma.  The pre-game show begins at 7:30p.m. ET with Erin Andrews, Eddie George, and Joey Harrington.  Kick-off is 8:00p.m. ET with Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Petros Papadakis and Julie Alexandria at the mic.  Fox has had the rights to telecast the Cotton Bowl since 1999.

Business of NFL Series to Air on NBCSN-  The NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), in conjunction with NFL Films, will air a four-part series on the business of the NFL.  Star Spangled Sundays will debut Tuesday, January 8th at 10:00 p.m. ET.  The series will continue on subsequent Tuesdays until January 29th.

NBA Doubleheader Friday on ESPN–  ESPN will have another NBA doubleheader this Friday.  Game one tips-off at 8:00p.m. ET as the Chicago Bulls take on the Miami Heat with Mike Breen, Hubie Brown, and Lisa Salters on the call.  At 10:30p.m. ET Dave Pasch, Jeff Van Gundy and Chris Broussard have the action as the L.A. Lakers take on the L.A. Clippers.

PGA Tour Returns to Golf Channel and NBC–  The new PGA season gets underway this weekend with coverage on both the Golf Channel and NBC.  The Hyundai Tournament of Champions begins Friday from the Plantation Course in Kapalua, Maui.  Golf Channel has first and second round coverage Friday and Saturday from 5:30p.m. to 10:00p.m. ET.  NBC will have coverage of the third round Sunday from 3:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. before the Golf Channel resumes coverge until 10:00p.m. ET.  Golf Channel will have final round action Monday beginning at 4:00p.m. ET.  Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller will join Rich Lerner and Frank Nobilo in calling the action from the 18th hole tower at the Plantation Course. Both teams will be joined byon-course reporters Gary Koch, Mark Rolfing, Roger Maltbie, and Jerry Foltz. Steve Sands will hand off-course interviews.

NBCSN Has College Basketball and College Hockey– The NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will provide coverage of three college basketball and one college hockey game this week.  Mike “Doc” Emerick and Pierre McGuirre will call the hockey action this Friday at 7:30p.m. ET as Nebraska–Omaha hosts Colorado College. Here is the basketball schedule with announcer pairings:

Thurs., Jan. 3 Northeastern at George MasonTodd Harris, Ron Thompson 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 5 Lehigh at VCUDave Strader, Dave Kaplan 5 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 6 Florida at YaleRandy Moss, Dalen Cuff 5:30 p.m.

Sports Media Digest- December 17, 2012

CBS Sees Highest NFL Ratings of the Season-  CBS Sports reports that yesterday’s late game on the network (primarily Steelers/Cowboys) registered an overnight rating of 17.2, making it the second highest rated game since the network reacquired the rights to the NFL in 1998.  The high was last year’s regular season game between the Patriots and Broncos.  Yesterday’s regional coverage averaged a 10.8 rating for the network, up 50% over 2011.

Arnold Palmer Tabbed as Columnist for  The Golf Channel announced today that the legendary Arnold Palmer will be a regular columnist for  “Arnold Palmer’s State of the Game” will appear on the website several times a year.

NCAA Golf Championships to Air on Golf Channel- The NCAA and the Golf Channel announced that the network will be the home for the Division I men’s and women’s golf championships beginning in 2014.  The multi-year agreement calls for the Golf Channel to begin airing the men’s championship in 2014 and both the men’s and women’s tourney in 2015.

Pardon the Interruption Timeline to Look at Notre Dame Football–  The next edition of PTITimeline will take a look back at the last ten years of Notre Dame football.  The program will debut on ESPN tomorrow night at 7:30p.m.ET.  The project, hosted by Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, will also be seen on

Three College Hoops Studio Shows on CBS Sports Network–  The CBS Sports Network will welcome back the return of two college basketball studio shows and debut another this week.  Courtside with Seth Davis returns tomorrow at 7:00p.m. ET while Inside College Basketball returns tomorrow at 10:00p.m. ET.  The network’s new program is called Wally’s World, featuring Wally Szczerbiak.  That program debuts Wednesday at 6:30p.m. ET.

NBA Twinbill on ESPN Wednesday Night-   ESPN will present a NBA double header Wednesday night.  At 7:00p.m. The Nets take on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden with Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Chris Broussard on the call.  At 9:30p.m. ET Mark Jones and Jon Barry will call the Milwaukee Bucks at Memphis Grizzlies.

Two Women’s College Hoops Games this Week on ESPN- The networks of ESPN will televise a pair of women’s college basketball games this week.  Tomorrow at 8:00p.m. ET on ESPN Pam Ward and Kara Lawson will call Tennessee at Baylor.  Friday at Noon ET Washington at Georgia Tech will be televcast on ESPN3.

Sports Media Weekly No. 127- Jen Royle, Sports Reel Boston

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I have recovered from our Thanksgiving hangovers and are raring to go with another version of Sports Media Weekly.

We begin the show looking at the college football scene, specifically ESPN’s agreement to televise the college football playoff championships when the series begins in January of 2015.

We stay with college football examining the impact Notre Dame’s undefeated season has had for ESPN and NBC in terms of increased ratings and the prospects for ESPN when the Irish play in the BCS National Championship game on January 7th.

Ken and I also look back at the success of the NFL on Thanksgiving, with the Redskins/Cowboys match-up being the most-watched television program thus far this fall.

We shift to sports radio and the announcement this week that Dana Jabobson, Tiki Barber, and Brandon Tierney have been tapped to host CBS Sports Radio’s morning show when the network launches on January 2nd.

We end our news segment by taking a look at the growth of original talk show programming mornings on sports networks.  The MLB Network, NFL Network, Golf Channel, and NBC Sports Network have all added morning shows during the past year.

Our guest this week is Jen Royle, former sports reporter in New York and Baltimore who has moved back home to Boston.  Jen talks about her new website, Sports Reel Boston, which launches at midnight tomorrow night.  Jen discusses about how the site will focus primarily on baseball and the Red Sox.  She describes how she’s been able to assemble a good roster of talent to write for the site, and how successful she’s been in getting the support she needs to launch this new venture.

Golf Schedule on Golf Channel and NBC Through December

Even though the regular season golf tours are on hiatus, there is still plenty of golf action to be shown on NBC and the Golf Channel.

Here is the schedule of tournament events through the end of December:

World Challenge
Nov. 29 Thursday Round 1 3-6 p.m. (Live) Golf Channel
8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay) Golf Channel
Nov. 30 Friday Round 2 3-6 p.m. (Live) Golf Channel
8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay) Golf Channel
Dec. 1 Saturday Round 3 1-3 p.m. (Live) Golf Channel
3-6 p.m. (Live) NBC
8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay) Golf Channel
Dec. 2 Sunday Final Round 1-3 p.m. (Live) Golf Channel
3-6 p.m. (Live) NBC
8:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay) Golf Channel
Franklin Templeton Shootout
Dec. 7 Friday Round 1 1-4 p.m. (Live) Golf Channel
4:30-7:30 p.m. (Replay) Golf Channel
Dec. 8 Saturday Round 2 4-6 p.m. (Live) NBC
Dec. 9 Sunday Final Round 3-6 p.m. (Live) NBC
8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay) Golf Channel
PNC Father/Son Challenge
Dec. 14 Friday Pro-Am 5-6 p.m. (Live) Golf Channel
Dec. 15 Saturday Round 1 4-6 p.m. (Live) NBC
Dec. 16 Sunday Final Round 3-6 p.m. (Live) NBC
8:30-11:30 p.m. (Replay) Golf Channel
Tyco Golf Skills Challenge
Dec. 29 Saturday Day 1 4-6 p.m. (tape delay) NBC
Dec. 30 Sunday Final Day 4-6 p.m. (tape delay) NBC

Sports Media Digest- November 19, 2012

WatchESPN Now Available on Xbox App– ESPN and Microsoft announced today that WatchESPN will be part of its expanded service on Xbox. The agreement means live content will be available from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer Beater through WatchESPN to Xbox LIVE Gold members who receive these networks through a video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Clippers/Thunder on ESPN Thanksgiving Eve–  This Wednesday’s NBA game on ESPN will feature the Los Angeles Lakers at the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Tip-off is 7:30p.m. ET with Mike Breen, analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Chris Broussard.

College Football Coverage Tuesday on ESPNU-  ESPNU will have college football programming to fill its Tuesday night.  College Football Awards Nomination Special gets things started at 6:00 p.m ET.  ESPNU All-Access: Iowa State (6:30 p.m.) will have the Cyclone coaches are wired.  And both sides of one of the oldest rivalries is profiled on ESPNU Road Trip: Yale vs. Harvard  at 7:00 p.m.ET.

Golf Channel Coverage of Q-School Final Stage–  The Golf Channel plans 25 hours of coverage of the final stage of this season’s Q-School.  From Nov. 27-Dec. 2., the Golf Channel will look into the stories players endure as they pursue their dreams of competing on – or returning to – the PGA TOUR in 2013.  Here is the schedule of programs:

Golf Channel / PGA TOUR Q-School Finals Television Schedule (Nov. 27-Dec. 3)
Morning Drive Tuesday 7-9 a.m.
Golf Central Tuesday 6-6:30 p.m.
Top 10: PGA TOUR Q-School Heartbreaks Tuesday 7:30-8 p.m.
Morning Drive Wednesday 7-9 a.m.
Golf Central Wednesday 6-6:30 p.m.
Top 10: PGA TOUR Q-School Breakthroughs Wednesday 6-6:30 p.m.
Golf Central: PGA TOUR Q-School Wednesday 8-10 p.m.
Morning Drive Thursday 7-9:30 a.m.
Golf Central Thursday 6-6:30 p.m.
Golf Central: PGA TOUR Q-School Thursday 8-8:30 p.m.
Morning Drive Friday 7-9:30 a.m.
Golf Central Friday 6-6:30 p.m.
Golf Central: PGA TOUR Q-School Friday 8-8:30 p.m.
Morning Drive Saturday 7-9 a.m.
Golf Central Saturday 6-6:30 p.m.
Golf Central: PGA TOUR Q-School Saturday 8-8:30 p.m.
Golf Central Sunday 6-6:30 p.m.
Golf Central: PGA TOUR Q-School Sunday 8-8:30 p.m.
Morning Drive Monday 7-9 a.m.
Golf Central: PGA TOUR Q-School Monday 8-10 p.m.

CBS Sports Spectacular has Action Friday, Saturday and Sunday- The CBS Sports Spectacular will have a full slate of action this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Friday at 1;30p.m. ET the program will feature the Best of College Football 2012 as Tracey Wolfson looks at the biggest stories and most exciting finishes of the year, including a countdown of the top plays of 2012 in college football.  Saturday at 1:30p.m. ET the Lucas Oil Off Road Pro2 & Pro4 races take to the air with Ken Stout, Cameron Steele, Jeremy McGrath and Keli Snyder.  Sunday at 1:30p.m. ET legends of figure skating take to the ice on the Kaleidoscope on Ice presentation hoisted by Verne Lundquist and Scott Hamilton.

Sports Media Digest- October 29, 2012

Finale World Series Numbers Down from 2011–  Fox Sports reports that the four game sweep of the World Sereis by the San Francisco Giants over the Detroit Tigers averaged a 7.6 rating.  The 2011 seven game Fall Classic between the Cardinals and Rangers averaged a 10.0 rating.  Yesterday’s finale came in at 8.9, down from 9.2 for last year’s game four.  Game four last night did average 15.5 million viewers, up 2% from 2011.

CBS Sets Next SEC Schedule for Next Two–  CBS Sports has announced that this Saturday’s SEC match-up will pair Georgia at Ole Miss.  Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, and Tracy Wolfson will be on the call, which kicks-off at 3:30p.m. ET On Saturday, November 10th CBS will have a SEC double header, beginning at 3:30p.m. ET as South Carolina takes on Arkansas.  Tim Brando, Steve Beuerlein and Marty Snider will call the action.  Lundquist, Danielson, and Wolfson return at 8:00p.m. ET as Alabama takes on LSU.  This past Saturday’s Florida/George match-up gave CBS a rating of 4.7, up 21% from last year.

Gold Gloves Award Show on ESPN2–  ESPN2 tomorrow night will have live coverage of the Rawlings Gold Gloves Award Show.  The awards, hosted by Steve Berthiaume with analysts John Kruk and Nomar Garciaparra, will air at 9:30p.m. ET.

Re/Max World Long Drive Championship Moves to Golf Channel from ESPN–  Long Drivers of America and the Golf Channel announced a new, long term broadcast that will move the event to Golf Channel next year after 17 years on ESPN.  The event will be showcased throughout October next year on Golf Channel through three primetime specials and the first-ever live, two-hour finale. NBC will air a 60-minute recap show of the entire championship later in the year, which will mark the first time the event in its 38-year history will be seen on network television.

NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Races this Weekend on ESPN–  ESPN continues its season ending coverage of NASCAR this weekend from Fort Worth.  The Nationwide race will take place Saturday beginning at 7:00p.m. The Sprint Cup series Sunday at 2:00p.m.  Allen Bestwick (Sprint Cup) and Marty Reid (Nationwide) and analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree will call the action.

NBA League Pass Free Trial–  The NBA has announced that NBA League Pass, its package of all league games available through cable, broadband, and mobile, will offer a free trial beginning tomorrow. The free trial will last one week, through November 6th.

Sports Media Digest- October 22, 2012

Costas Goes One-on-One with Bobby Valentine-  Former Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine will sit down tomorrow with Bob Costas for his first interview since being fired by Boston.  The interview will be part of the next edition of Costas Tonight, airing tomorrow at 10:00p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network.  Also on the show will be the debut of Michelle Beadle to discuss top trending social media topics; and former NHL star and current NBC Sports analyst Jeremy Roenick to discuss the NHL lockout.

Lead Off Debuts Tonight- The CBS Sports NEtwork will debut its new late-night television program tonight at midnight ET.  Lead Off with Doug Gottlieb and Allie LaForce will feature mix of live guests, highlights, energetic debate and commentary that advances the storylines fans will be discussing in the morning.

Eddie DeBartolo the Next Subject of A Football Life–  The next edition of A Football Life on the NFL Network will look back at the ownership of the 49ers Eddie DeBartolo.  The program looks at how DeBartolo won five Super Bowls during his 23 years as owner of the Niners and his private indiscretions which took him out of the NFL.  Eddie DeBartolo: A Football Life premieres Wednesday at 8:00p.m. ET.

Ole Miss on ESPNU’s All Access–  This week’s ESPNU’s All Access program will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the Ole Miss football team.  ESPNU’s All Access airs tomorrow night at 7:00p.m. ET.

New Rights Deal Between ESPN and FIBA–  ESPN announced today that it has reached a multiyear multiplatform agreement with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), which includes the rights to more than 400 games across six tournaments from 2013-2015.  The agreement covers the FIBA Americas Championships (2013, 2015), the EuroBaskets (2013, 2015), the FIBA Basketball World Cup (2014) and the FIBA World Championship for Women (2014).

NASCAR Sprint Cup Moves to Martinsville–  The next stop on the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup takes ESPN to Martinsville.  ESPN has coverage of the race Sunday beginning with NASCAR Countdown at 1 p.m. with the green flag at 2:01 p.m. Allen Bestwick will call the action with analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.

Golf Channel Relives Gainey’s Big Break Days–  The Golf Channel tomorrow will look back at the Big Break Series featuring new PGA Tour winner Tommy Gainey.  The Golf Channel rwill e-air past episodes from Gainey’s participation in Big Break IV: USA vs. Europe and Big Break VII: Reunion.   The shows will air Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. ET and Wednesday from 8-10 p.m. ET.

Sports Media Digest- October 12, 2012

College Gameday to Originate from South Bend-  Tomorrow’s ESPN College Gameday program heads to South Bend, IN for the first time since 2005.  The crew of  Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack, and host/reporter Samantha Steele and Tom Rinaldi preview all the days college football action beginning at 9:00a.m. ET on ESPNU then at 10:00a.m. ET on ESPN.

College Football This Weekend on the CBS Networks-  The marquee college football game on CBS will be the SEC match-up between Alabama and Missouri.  Kick-off is 3:30p.m. ET with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, and Tracy Wolfson.  The CBS Sports Network will air three games, beginning at Noon ET as Kent State visits Army ( Ben Holden, Randy Cross and sideline reporter Cadet Ally McKearn have the call).  Game two comes up at 3:30p.m. ET as Bucknell takes on Harvard (Dave Ryan, Todd Christensen and Evan Washburn report).  Tomorrow night at 8:00p.m. Southern Miss will take on Central Florida (with James Bates, Aaron Taylor and Lauren Gardner).

CBS Sports Spectacular Goes Uncut with College Football-  This weekend’s edition of the CBS Sports Spectacular will go behind the scenes of two teams in the SEC.  Beginning at 2:00p.m. ET Uncut-Auburn looks at the Tigers while at 2:30p.m. ET the network will televise Uncut- South Carolina.  Hugh Galyean narrates both shows for CBS Sports.

ESPN will have First Look at BCS Stadings Sunday-  The first BCS standings will come out Sunday and ESPN will have the exclusive first look at the rankings.  Rece Davis, Jesse Palmer, Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack will host BCS Countdown Sunday at 8:30p.m. ET on ESPN then continue the talk at 9:00p.m. ET on ESPNU.

Next Sports Illustrated Television Program to Air Tomorrow on NBC-  The next edition of Sports Illustrated’s program on NBC is slated to air tomorrow at 1:30p.m. ET.  The new episode will feature SI writer Lars Anderson speaks with Dale Earnhadrt Jr.; Lee Jenkins reports on the world of college football kickers; Rick Telander looks at the Brooklyn Net; and Tom Verducci looks at some unheralded World Series heroes.

NFLN’s A Football Life Looks at the life of Steve McNair-  The next edition of NFL Network’s (NFLN) A Football Life will look back at the successes, and ultimately the tragedy, of former quarterbak Steve McNair.  Steve McNair: A Football Life debuts next Wednesday at 8:00p.m. ET

Golf Channel Debuts Our Longest Ride Next Tuesday-  The Golf Channel has produced a six-part series that looks at four men’s journey to play golf on the road to the Arctic Circle.  Our Longest Ride follows the journey of three Chicago retirees, and the ashes of their friend as the fourth, as they ride through Canada playing golf on their way north.  Our Longest Ride debuts this Tuesday, October 16th, at 10:30p.m. ET