We run the gamut of topics on this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I lead-off by talking about the extension issued by NASCAR to Fox Sports to continue to telecast Sprint Cup races through the year 2022. We discuss the online aspects of the $2.4 billion deal, and whether ESPN, Turner, and/or perhaps NBC Sports Network may be in play for the remainder of the package when it comes up for bid.
We keep it with auto racing as we discuss the news that NBC has attained the rights to Formula One racing beginning next year.
Ken and I then discuss the NFL/MLB double header Joe Buck pulled for Fox this past Sunday.
We move to sports radio as Dan Patrick announced today that the simulcast of his weekday radio program will no longer be telecast on Fox Sports Net. Perhaps a move to NBC Sports Network? Ken seems to think so.
We wrap-up our news briefly (and I mean briefly) talking about next year’s Steelers/Vikings contest in London and the announcement that Beyonce will perform at halftime of Super Bowl XLVII.
Our guest this week is timely. We speak with Greg Wyshynski, author of the Puck Daddy blog at Yahoo Sports. We talk to Greg about the news today of headway potentially being made in the NHL lockout. Greg also fills us in what he’s been writing about without the NHL, his thoughts of ESPN’s coverage of the KHL, and his recent participation at Blogs with Balls 5 in Toronto.
We begin the last month of 2011 with a packed edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast. Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I begin the show talking about the battle between CBS Sports and NBC Sports over the possible flexing of the December 18th NFL match-up between the Patriots and Broncos.
We also touch upon a report in Sports Business Journal That CBS, NBC, and Fox may be near a deal to extend their television rights contracts with the NFL. We also touch upon what will be a demanding 66-game NBA schedule once the season begins on Christmas Day.
Our guest this week is Greg Wyshynski, Editor of the Puck Daddy NHL hockey blog at Yahoo! Sports. We talk with Greg about plans to realign the NHL and how those plans will impact the coverage of the sport by NBC, Versus, and the CBC. We also look at the upcoming NHL Winter Classic and whether ESPN can ever regain favor with the league in the future.