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NFL Films, HBO Extend Deal to Produce Hard Knocks

HBO Sports and NFL Films announced today that iot has reached a long-term extension to continue to produce the NFL training camp Hard Knocks series.

Here is the release from the two entities:

NEW YORK, July 18, 2013 — HBO Sports and NFL FILMS announced today that they have reached agreement on a long-term extension of the HARD KNOCKS franchise.  The first-ever sports reality series is set to return to HBO next month with an all-new, five-episode edition featuring the Cincinnati Bengals franchise.  The series premieres Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

When HARD KNOCKS debuted in the summer of 2001, it was television’s first sports reality series.  In the ensuing decade, the series became the most-acclaimed sports reality franchise on television, earning national recognition for its innovative production techniques, unscripted drama and unmatched storytelling.  The series redefined the terms “all-access” and “fastest turnaround time,” as the HBO Sports/NFL FILMS presentation captured the imagination of both the hardcore NFL fan and the casual sports and entertainment viewer.

Seven editions of the eight-time Emmy®-Award-winning series have been presented and interest in the franchise continues to grow.

“We are thrilled to have HBO continue as the home of Hard Knocks, the preeminent sports reality series,” said Ken Hershman, President of HBO Sports.  “The partnership between HBO and NFL FILMS continually produces unrivaled and groundbreaking television programming.”

“We are excited to continue teaming with HBO on HARD KNOCKS to bring our fans closer to the game in unrivaled ways,” said Howard Katz, COO of NFL Films and NFL Senior Vice President of Broadcasting. “Since its debut 12 seasons ago, NFL FILMS has developed HARD KNOCKS into an integral part of the NFL preseason and we look forward to kicking off the next iteration of this acclaimed program with the Cincinnati Bengals in August.

The most recent edition, last summer’s “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins” received the Sports Emmy® in the category of Outstanding Post-Produced Audio/Sound.  The HARD KNOCKS franchise has won eight Sports Emmy® Awards since its debut.

Sports Media Digest- June 17, 2013

ESPN/ABC Continues with Average NBA Finals Ratings–  The overnight ratings for game five of the NBA Finals are in at 11.4, down from last year’s 12.6 rating for game five between the Heat and Thunder.  Game 5 scored a 37.6 metered market rating in San Antonio and a 28.8 in Miami.

Stanley Cup Finals Game Two Most Watched NHL Game in History of NBCSN–  NBC reported today that game two of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals was the most-watched NHL game in the history of the NBC Sports Network.  The game garnered a 2.0 household rating and 3.964 million viewers, the second most watched sporting event on the network, behind the U.S. Women’s Olympic final in 2012

Bengals Return to HBO’s Hard Knocks HBO Sports announced today that the Cincinnati Bengals will be the subject of this season’s behind the scenes access at training camp for the network’s Hard Knocks series.  The Bengals were featured on the show back in 2009. Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals debuts on HBO August 6th at 10:00p.m. ET.

Pioli to join the Set of Football Night in America–  NBC Sports announced today that it has hired former Patriots and Chiefs executive Scott Pioli to serve as an analyst for its Sunday Football Night in America. Pioli will also appear regularly on Pro Football Talk, NBC Sports Network’s daily NFL program hosted by founder and NFL Insider Mike Florio.

Sports Media Digest- June 12, 2013

ESPN/ABC continue to get solid, but not record-breaking, ratings for NBA Finals–  Yesterday’s game three of the NBA Finals on ABC earned an overnight rating of 10.0.  That number is down form the 10.4 rating from last year’s game three between the Heat and Thunder.  Through three games ABC is averaging a 10.3 overnight rating, down from the average 11.3 rating through three games a year ago.

Soledad O’Brien joins Real Sports–  HBO announced today the hire of journalist Soledad O’Brien to be a member of the reporting team for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. O’Brien has worked for the news departments of both NBC and CNN.

Tigers sluggers on cover of SI–  This week’s cover of Sports Illustrated features Detroit Tigers sluggers Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera:
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Sports Media Digest- April 11, 2013

NBC Sports Extends its Partnership with the Bayou Classic–  NBC Sports announced today that it has signed an extension to continue to televise the Bayou Classic, the annual college football game between Grambling and Southern.  The new agreement calls for NBC to televise the game through 2015.

Customers of Comcast, Cablevision, Suddenlink and Verizon Fios Can begin Streaming the NBC Sports Network–  NBC Sports announced today that programming on the NBC Sports Network can now be streamed via the network’s NBC Sports Live Extra product for customers of Comcast, Cablevision, Suddenlink and Verizon Fios.  The first event to be streamed is tonight NHL contests between the Penguins and Lightning.  Additional cable, satellite and telco providers are expected to be added soon.

Two MLS Games this Weekend on NBC Sports Network- The NBC Sports Network will televise two Major League Soccer matches (MLS) this weekend.  Saturday at 7:30p.m. ET FC Dallas hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy.  Sunday at 10:30p.m. ET the Portland Timbers will host the San Jose Earthquake.  For both games Arlo White, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler will be on site.

Real Sports Returns Tuesday on HBO–  The next edition of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel returns to HBO Tuesday at 10:00p.m. ET.  Among the topics this month:  a look at an Egyptian soccer team instrumental in the toppling of the government of Hosni Mubarak; a woman looking to make a NASCAR Sprint Cup pit crew; a talk with the President of the Miami Marlins; and a special New York-based boxer.

Sports Media Digest- April 10, 2013

NBA Double Header Tomorrow on TNT–  TNT resumes its Thursday night NBA double header tomorrow night.  AT 8:00p.m. ET Marv Albert, Mike Fratello and David Aldridge call the Knicks at the Bulls.  At 10:30p.m. ET the Thunder take on the Warriors with Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller and Chris Webber with Craig Sager court side.

Turner Reports Record Numbers Watching NCAA Tourney Online–  Turner Sports reports that 49 million live streams and 14 million hours of video were consumed online this year during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  The 49 million live streams are up 168% over 2012.  The 14 million hours of live video streaming represented a 207% increase from 2012.

ESPN Announces Thanksgiving Night SEC Football Match-Up-  ESPN has announced today that on Thanksgiving night this fall it will telecast an SEC football battle between Mississippi and Mississippi State.  Kick-off will come Thursday, Novermber 28th at 7:30p.m. ET.

Next Edition of Studio 42 will Look at the Film 42–  The MLB network announced that the next edition of Studio 42 with Bob Costas will look at the Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures presentation of 42. Among the guests discussing the film on the life of Jackie Robinson will be Dodgers’ legend Don Newcombe and actors Harrison Ford and Chadwick Bosemalegend.  Studio 42 with Bob Costas debuts Saturday at 4:00p.m. ET.

Boxing Returns to HBO Saturday–  HBO’s next boxing card will come this Saturday from Radio City Music Hall in New York.  Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will call World Championship Boxing: Noniti Donaire vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux. Saturday at 11:00p.m. ET.

CBS Sports Spectacular has Supercross Sunday–  Prior to its coverage of the Masters on Sunday, the CBS Sports Spectacular will continue its coverage of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series at the FIM World Championship.  Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig and Erin Bates call the action at 12:00p.m. ET.

NBCSN Has 11 Hours of Formula One Coverage this Weekend–  The NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will produce  more than 11 hours of Formula One™ coverage this weekend highlighted by the Chinese Grand Prix. Leigh Diffy, David Hobbs, Steve Matchett and Will Buxton have the call of the race. Here is the schedule on NBCSN:

Date Coverage Time (ET)
Fri., April 12 Practice 2 a.m.
Sat., April 13 F1 36: Sebastian Vettel 12 a.m.
Sat., April 13 Practice Encore 12:30 a.m.
Sat., April 13 Qualifying 2 a.m.
Sun., April 14 Chinese Grand Prix 2:30 a.m.
Sun., April 14 F1 Extra 5 a.m.
Sun., April 14 Chinese Grand Prix Encore 1 p.m.
Sun., April 14 F1 Extra 3:30 p.m.
Sun., April 14 F1 36 Encore 4 p.m.

Sports Media Digest- April 4, 2013

Dial Global Radio at the Final Four–  Dial Global Radio is the official radio carrier for this weekend’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four from Atlanta.  The broadcast for Saturday’s semi-finals begins at 3:30pm ET with ThFinal Four Show.  Game coverage begins at 4:30pm ET with Kevin Kugler calling the game with analysis from John Thompson and and Bill Raftery.  Jim Gray will be the courtside reporter.  John Tautges will host the pre-and post game shows along with Bill Walton.  Sunday at 3:45p.m. ET Dial Global will broadcast the Men’s Division II Basketball Championship game between Drury and Metro State.

Sunday MLB on TBS Debuts with Yankees/Tigers–  The 2013 debut of Turner’s Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will feature the New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers.  First pitch is 1:00p.m. with Ernie Johnson and John Smoltz on the call.

U.S. Davis Cup Matches this Weekend on Tennis Channel-  The Tennis Channel will televise this weekend’s Davis Cup matches between the United States and Serbia. Singles matches from Boise, ID begin tomorrow at 3:30p.m. ET.  The doubles match will take place Saturday at 3:00p.m. ET with the final single matches Sundat at 2:00p.m. ET.

HBO2 To Televise Fists of Gold Boxing Saturday Afternoon–  HBO Sports will produce the first professional fight of Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medalist Zou Shiming as part the three bout Fists of Gold event from China.  The bouts will air on HBO2 at 2:00p.m. ET with Tim Ryan, Larry Merchant and George Forman on the call.  Zou will take on Eleazar Valenzuela.  They will also televise two championship fights featuring  the WBO Jr. Lightweight Championship between Rocky Martinez and Diego Magdaleno as well as the WBO/WBA Flyweight Championship with Brian0 Viloria taking on Juan Estrada.

HBO Championship Boxing in Late April from South America and California–  HBO Sports will be producing its next round of championship boxing matches at the end pf the month from California and South America.  World Champiuonship Boxing: Sergio Martinez vs. Martin Murray, Luis Carloe Abregu vs. Antonin Decarie and Chris Arreola vs. Bermane Stiverne will be seen Saturday,  April 27 at 8:30 p.m. ET from Buenos Aries, Argentina and Ontario, Cal. Jim Lampley. Max Kellerman and Roy Jones, Jr. will be in Buenos Aries while Bob Papa, Andre Ward and Steve Weisfeld will be in Ontario.

Sports Media Digest- March 27, 2013

1972 USA Basketball Team Focus of Next 30 for 30 Short–  The next ESPN 30 for 30 short is now available for viewing on Grantland and it looks at the 1972 Olympic gold medal basketball game between the USA and Russia.  Silver Reunion features a look back at the end of the controversial game through the eyes of all 12 members of the U.S. team.

MLS Coverage Saturday on NBC Sports Network–  The NBC Sports Network will continue its coverage of Major League Soccer (MLS) with a match this Saturday.  Arlo White, Kyle Martino, and Russ Thaler will have the call as New York Red Bull hosts the Philadelphia Union Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Boxing After Dark Returns to HBO- Boxing returns to HBO this weekend with its Boxing After Dark series.  Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman, and Roy Jones, Jr. are ringside for Brandon Rios vs. Mike Aalvarado II and Terence Crawford vs. Breidid Prescott beginning at 10:15p.m. ET.

Friday Night Fights on ESPN–  This week’s edition of Friday Night Nights on ESPN will feature Middleweight contender Brian “The Warrior” Vera and “Donatas Bondas” Donatas Bondorovas in the 10-round main event. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas have the call with Todd Grisham as pre and post fight host.   Alex Pombo and Delvin Rodriguez will call this week’s fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) with Leopoldo Gonzalez and Pablo Viruega in the studio.

HBO Wins Peabody Award for Real Sports–  HBO Sports announced that Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel won a Peabody Award for its enterprise coverage during 2012.  HBO will receive the award at the Peabody Awards ceremony May 20th in New York.

PBA Tour This Weekend on ESPN–  ESPN will provide live coverage of the next stop of the Pro Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour and PBA League with coverage of the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions.  Lon McEachern and Randy Pedersen have the call Sunday at 2:30p.m. ET.

Sports Media Digest- March 26, 2013

NBC Sports Hires Host for its Premier League Coverage–  The NBC Sports Group announced today it has hired Rebecca Lowe to a multi-year deal to serve as the network’s host of the English Premier League when the network begins its coverage in August.  Lowe, who currently serves as co-host of ESPN UK’s coverage of Premier League soccer, will anchor the coverage from the NBC Sports studios in Stamford, CT.

Robin Roberts to Receive Ashe Award at ESPYs–  ESPN announced that former SportsCenter anchor and current Good Morning America host Robin Roberts will be receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2013 ESPYs.  Roberts has been an influential journalist for over 20 years and has twice overcome life-threatening illnesses.

HBO Sports to Produce Next Legendary Nights Documentary-  HBO Sports announced today that it will produce an all-new installment of the acclaimed Legendary Nights boxing documentary series, celebrating the most memorable fights in the network’s 40 years of boxing coverage.  The next film will spotlight the three-fight slugfest between Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward.  Legendary Nights: The Tale of Gotti-Ward, debuts this fall.

Baseball Preview Issue This Week in SI–  It’s baseball preview issue time for Sports Illustrated.  Here are the six covers spread out across the country:

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SI 4-1-13eSI 4-1-13c

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Sports Media Digest- March 11, 2013

Kuselias to host Morning Show on NBC Sports Radio–  NBC and Dial Global announced today that Erik Kuselias will be the morning drive talk show host when NBC Sports Radio launches its full time schedule on April 1st.  Kuselias had been host of the weekday 7:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. slot.  That program time will now be filled by Sunday morning host Jon Stashower.

Acta Joins ESPN– ESPN announced today that former Major League manager Manny Acta has joined the network as a baseball analyst.  Acta will appear on a number of ESPN programs; including Baseball TonightBeisbol Esta NocheSportsCenter and other studio programming. He will also contribute to ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio. Acta served as manager of both the Washington Nationals and Cleveland Indians.

NBA Double Header Wednesday on ESPN–  ESPN will produce a NBA double header this Wednesday night.  At 8:00p.m. ET the Utah Jazz take on the Oklahoma City Thunder with Dave Pasch, Hubie Brown and Heather Cox on the call.  At 10:30p.m. ET Mike Breen and Jon Barry have the call of New York Knicks at Denver Nuggets.

NASCAR Nationwide Series this Weekend from Bristol on ESPN– The next stop in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will take place this Saturday from the Bristol 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 1:30p.m. ET with NASCAR Countdown with Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty.

HBO to Produce Road to Rios/Alvarado II–  As part of its continuing series to go behind-the-scenes of upcoming boxing matches, HBO Sports will produce its latest Road to series leading up to the second fight between Brandon Rios and Mike Alvarado.  Road to Rios/Alvarado II will debut this Saturday at 12:15a.m. ET/PT.

Sports Media Digest- March 7, 2013

NBC Sports Network Continues to Rid the Success of the Blackhawks–  NBC Sports announced today that last night’s NHL telecast on the NBC Sports Network between the Chicago Blackhawks a and the Colorado Avalanche had an average audience of 720,000 viewers, up 57% over the NHL telecast from last year.  The Blackhawks also gave NBC its best-ever audience for a single regular-season game (excluding Winter Classics) with a audience of  1.9 million viewers for Sunday’s game with the Red Wings. to Start Producing Weekly Draft Show–  NFL Digital announced that a new NFL Draft special will be produced weekly over on LIVE: Mock Draft Weekly will be produced beginning tomorrow at 1:00p.m. ET and every Friday until April 19th.  The 30-minute show will feature host Matt Smith and former NFL scouts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks.  Former NFL linebacker Akbar Gbajabiamila NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock will also make appearances.

CBS Sports Network to Produce Documentary on 1988 Kansas Jayhawks–  The CBS Sports Network has produced a one-hour documentary looking back at the championship run of the 1988 Kansas Jayhawks.  The Miracles: The 1988 Kansas Jayhawks, will debut Monday at 8:00p.m. ET.

The Fight Game with Jim Lampley Returns Saturday on HBO–  Following its coverage of boxing Saturday night, HBO Sports will produce a live edition of The Fight Game with Jim Lampley. Coverage begins at 11:30p.m. ET with a satellite interview with welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley, who returns to the ring March 16 for the first time since defeating Manny Pacquiao; a recap of Bernard Hopkins’ quest to win a world title at age 48; a new “Gatti List”; and the show’s version of the pound-for-pound rankings.