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Sports Media Digest- March 6, 2013

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Sunday on Fox–  Fox Sports will continue its coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series as it telecasts this Sunday’s race from Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Coverage begins at 2:30p.m. ET with Chris Myers, Darrell Waltrip and Michael Waltrip in with pre-race commentary.  Race action will be called by Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds while Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits

BTN has Announcement of Big Ten Basketball Awards–  The Big Ten Network (BTN) will have exclusive coverage of the Big Ten basketball awards during the All-Conference Selection Show at 7:00 PM ET Monday, March 11th. Dave Revsine will host the show alongside analyst Jim Jackson.  Revsine, Jackson and Shon Morris host the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Preview Show at 8:00 PM ET next Wednesday, March 13th.

Friday Night Fights on ESPN–  This week’s edition of Friday Night Nights on ESPN will feature Victor “Mermelada” Cayo and Emanuel “Tranzforma” Taylor 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. Bilingual reporter Bernardo Osuna will present live interviews and reports for both shows.

Boxing Returns to HBO Saturday Night–  The next installment of World Championship Boxing on HBO takes place this Saturday night from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Tavoris Cloud takes on Bernard Hopkins and Keith Thurman battles Jan Zaveck beginning at 9:30p.m. ET.

Sports Illustrated Cover for Next Week–  ESPN looks at the 50 most powerful people in sports in this week’s issue.  Here is the cover:
SI Cover 3-11-13

ESPN Magazine Cover- Here is the cover of the next edition of ESPN the Magazine:
ESPN Mag 3-11-13

Sports Media Digest- February 25, 2013

Daytona 500 Gives Fox Increased Overnight Ratings–  Fox Sports reports that the viewership for yesterday’s Daytona 500 was up 30% over last year.  The overnight rating for the race came in at 10.0, up from 7.7 in 2012.  The rating was the best year-to-year increase among the metered markets for Daytona 500 ever and the best overnight rating for the Daytona 500 since 2006 on NBC (10.1/20).

NBA Action This Week on ESPN–  ESPN will once again have a NBA double header both Wednesday and Friday of this week.  Wednesday at 8:00p.m. ET MArk Jones and Doris Burke will call the Warriors at Knicks.  At 10:30p.m. ET the Nuggets take on the Trailblazers with Terry Gannon and Jon Barry at the mic.  Friday at 8:00p.m. the Grizzlies take on the Heat with Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Lisa Salters.  At 10:30p.m. ET Mike Tirico and Jon Barry will call the Thunder at the Nuggets.

Baseball Tonight Express Tour Continues on ESPN-  ESPN will continue its preview of the 2013 MLB season as its Baseball Tonight Express Tour continues.  Tim Kurkjian and John Kruk will be reporting this week based ont he following schedule:

Tues, Feb 26 3 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Kurkjian, Kruk
Philadelphia Phillies
Clearwater, Fla.
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed, Feb 27 3 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Kurkjian, Kruk
Baltimore Orioles
Sarasota, Fla.
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Thu, Feb 28 3 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Kurkjian, Kruk
Tampa Bay Rays
Port Charlotte, Fla.
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri, March1 3 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Kurkjian, Kruk
Boston Red Sox
Fort Myers, Fla.
ESPN2, WatchESPN

CBS Sports Network has Big East Women’s Double Header Tomorrow–  The CBS Sports Network will televise a double header tomorrow night featuring two women’s Big East games.  At 7:00p.m. ET Syracuse takes on Notre Dame with Brent Stover and Debbie Antonelli on the call.  At 9:00p.m. ET James Bates and Tammy Blackburn will call Georgetown at DePaul.

ESPN Sells UK and Irish Channels– ESPN announced today that it has sold its UK and Irish television channels to the BT Group.  The channels comprise the ESPN and ESPN America channels and broadcasts of the FA Cup, Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League, UEFA Europa League, and the German Bundesliga. The deal is expected to complete on July 31, 2013 after which BT will continue to operate at least one ESPN-branded channel which is expected to form part of the BT Sport TV package that will be launched by BT this summer.

HBO To Produce New Behind-the-Scenes Boxing Show–  HBO Sports announced today the production of Cornered, short features of those who impact the sport of boxing who do not fight in the ring.  The first episode will be Cornered: Michael Buffer, with all-access to the legendary ring announcer.  Cornered: Michael Buffer will debut Tuesday, March 5th at 10:15p.m. ET.

SportsGrid Acquired by RotoExperts–  Fantasy sports provider RotoExperts announced today it has acquired SportsGrid.com, the sports news and opinion site from The Abrams Media Network.  RotoExperts expects the new entity to provide timely, reliable coverage of both fantasy and sports news while developing and delivering new apps and games for the fantasy industry.

Sports Media Digest- February 15, 2013

CBS Has a Trio of College Hoops This Weekend–  CBS will televise three college basketball games this weekend.  CBS has regional action tomorrow at 1:00p.m. ET.   Spero Dedes and Greg Anthony will call Pittsburgh at Marquette while  Ian Eagle and Clark Kellog will call Kentucky at Tennessee.  Sunday at 1:00p.m. ET Ohio State takes on Wisconsin with Tim Brando and Bill Raftery on the call.  CBS will precede each game with its continuing look at the 75 Years of March Madness series.  Saturday will feature the top 10 heroes of the tournament while Sunday CBS will present the top 10 buzzer beaters.

CBS Sports Network Goes Behind-the Scenes with Gonzaga Hoops–  The CBS Sports Network will produce a special which will go in-depth into the basketball program at Gonzaga University.  College Hoops Confidential: Gonzaga will feature interviews with players and head coach Mark Few.  The program debuts this Monday at 6:30p.m. ET.

Celtics/Nuggets NBA T’s Fan Night Telecast–  The Celtics at the Nuggets will be NBA TV’s Fan Night presentation this Tuesday night. Tip-off is 9:00p.m. ET.  Here is the slate of games fans can vote on for the Fan Night game on February 26th: Orlando Magic @ Philadelphia 76ers; Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls; or Milwaukee Bucks @ Dallas Mavericks.

Gruden’s QB Camp Returns in April on ESPN–  ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden returns this spring for a fourth season of talking with and analyzing some of the best college quarterbacks available in this year’s NFL Draft.  Gruden’s QB Camp will debut April 4th at 8:30p.m. ET on ESPN2.  The quarterbacks expected to be profiled include Matt Barkley (USC), Tyler Bray (Tennessee), Zac Dysert (Miami, OH), Mike Glennon (N.C. State), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), EJ Manuel (Florida State), Ryan Nassib (Syracuse), Geno Smith (West Virginia) and Tyler Wilson (Arkansas).

CBS Has PGA Tour from California–  CBS once again has PGA Tour actions this weekend with coverage of the Northern Trust Open from Riviera Country Club. Jim Nantz and Sir Nick Faldo will have the call from the 18th tower while Ian Baker Finch, Gary McCord, and David Feherty call the action from around the course.  Action begins Saturday and Sunday at 3:00p.m. ET.

Real Sports Returns Tuesday on HBO–  HBO sports will present its next edition of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel this Tuesday night at 10:00p.m. ET/PT.  The topics on the show include a look at Olympic Judo and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey; the story of Maria Toor Pakay, a Pakistani national who defied the edicts of the Taliban to thrive as a female athlete; and a piece on gay rugby player Gareth Thomas.

World Championship Boxing Returns to HBO Tomorrow Night–  HBO Sports will be on hand tomorrow night in ATlantic City for its first card of championship boxing for the new year. Jim Lampley will be joined on the telecast by Max Kellerman, Roy Jones Jr. and Harold Lederman beginning at 10:30p.m. ET.

Friday Night Fights Tonight on ESPN–  The next edition of Friday Night Fights takes place tonight on ESPN. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside from Uncasville, CT.   Junior Middleweight George “Comanche Boy”  Tahdooahnippah and former Junior Middleweight and Welterweight title challenger Delvin Rodriguez battle in the 10-round main event.  Todd Grisham will serve as studio host.  The action begins at 9:00p.m. ET.

PBA League Continues This Weekend on ESPN  The Pro Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour will continue this weekend on ESPN with the Mark Roth and the third round of the PBA League.  Lon McEachern and Randy Pedersen will call the action this Sunday at 3:00p.m. ET.

 

Sports Media Digest- January 21, 2013

NBC Sees Huge Ratings for NHL Opening Day–  NBC Sports reported yesterday that Saturday’s two-game regional coverage of the opening of the NHL season scored a 2.0 overnight rating, the highest for a non-Winter Classic regular season game since 2002.  The rating was 67% over the 2011-2012 regular season average.

Thunder/Clippers this Week’s Fan Night Presentation on NBA TV–  Tomorrow night’s Fan Night telecast on NBA TV will feature the Oklahoma City Thunder at the L.A. Clippers.  Tip-off is at 10:30p.m. ET.  Here is the slate of games from which fans can select the Fan Night contest for January 29th: Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers; Milwaukee Bucks @ Detroit Pistons; Dallas Mavericks @ Portland Trail Blazers; or New Orleans Hornets @ Los Angeles Lakers.

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel Returns Tomorrow–  HBO Sports welcomes the return of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel tomorrow night.  The program, which will debut at 10:00p.m. ET will look at the anxiety disorder of Rockets draft pick Royce White; the sports influence of former 2 Live Crew member Luther Campbell in Miami; and the story of Pakastani athlete Maria Toor Pakay. The program will also re-play a segment from 2011 looking at the Harbaugh brothers.

Sports Media Digest- January 16, 2013

Dial Global’s Coverage of the NFL Conference Championship Games–  Dial Global has the exclusive national radio rights to the NFL Conference Championship games.  Coverage begins with a pre-game show before the NFC Championship Game.  Dave Sims, James Lofton and Tony Boselli have the call of the 49ers and Falcons.  The AFC Championship between the Ravens and Patriots will be called by Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts and Mark Malone.

ESPN has NBA Action on MLK Holiday-  ESPN will telecast a special NBA game on the holiday of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this Monday.  Mark Jones and Chris Mullin will call the Pacers at Grizzlies beginning at 1:00p.m. ET.

ESPN’s Next 30 for 30 Short on Grantland–  The next installation of ESPN’s 30 for 30 short will feature a look at Muhammed Ali’s  trip to Iraq to press a plea for peace and negotiate with Saddam Hussein for the release of U.S. civilians taken hostage after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait. Ali: The Mission, narrated by musician John Legend, can be seen now on Grantland.

Boxing After Dark Returns to HBO-  The Boxing After Dark series returns this weekend to HBO Sports.  Coverage begins at 9:45p.m. ET.  There will be three bouts on the telecast: Orlando Salido vs. Mikey Garcia, Gennady Golovikin vs. Gabriel Rosado and Roman Martinez vs. Juan Carlos Brugos.  Bob Papa, Max Kellerman, Andre Ward and Harold Lederman will be ringside for the event.

ESPN Has Pro Bowling Sunday from Japan–  The next stop in the Pro Bowlers Association Tour takes place in Tokyo for the Japan Cup.  Lon McEachern and Randy Petersen providing commentary Sunday at 3:00p.m. ET.

Motor Cross and Bull Riding Sunday on CBS-  Prior to the AFC Championship game Sunday, the CBS Sports Spectacular will take to the air with a pair of programs.  At 2:00p.m. ET the Monster Energy AMA Supercross takes place from Anaheim, CA with Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig and Erin Bates on the call.  At 3:00p.m. ET the Professional Bull Riders take over with the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battles from Winston-Salem, NC.  Justin McBride, Ty Murray and Leah Garcia call all the action

Sports Media Digest- December 18, 2012

13 Game NFL Schedule Leads to Record Ratings for NFL Network–  The NFL Network today announced that the first year of its 13 game Thursday Night Football schedule proved fruitful as the network saw a 8% increase in ratings over 2011 for the 2012 season.  Thursday Night Football averaged a 4.6 rating and 7.3 million viewers for the season.

49’ers/Pats on Sunday Night Football Attracts 23.2 MillionViewers-  NBC Sports has announced that this week’s Sunday Night Football (SNF) telecast between the 49ers and Patriots had an average audience of 23.2 million viewers, a 40% increase over the network’s week 15 match-up last year.  The game was the second most-watched SNF contest of the year, trailing only the season opener between the Steelers and Broncos.  So far this season SNF is averaging 21 million viewers, tied with 2011 and a rating of 12.6, just below last year’s 12.7 number.

NFL Network Replay for this Week–  Here is the slate of three games that will be replayed this week on the NFL Network (NFLN): Tonight at 8:00p.m. ET NFLN will re-air the Packers at Bears.  At 9:30p.m. ET Sunday night’s 49ers/Patriots match-up will get another airing.  Tomorrow at 9:00p.m. ET NFLN will replay the Steelers at Cowboys.

NBA TV Celebrates a Successful 2012–  NBA TV announced today that 2012 was a very good year, with its primetime viewership up 55% over 2011.  The network is also seeing viewership increases for individual projects, including its Tuesday Fan Night game presentations, which are up 6% over last year.

Thursday NBA Doubleheader on TNT–  TNT is prepping for this week’s Thursday night NBA double header.  At 7:00p.m. ET Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber and Marty Snider will call the action as the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the Minnesota Timberwolves.  At 9:30p.m. ET the Miami Heat take on the Dallas Mavericks with Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Mike Fratello, and Craig Sager on the mic.

ESPN/NFLPA Reach Deal on Collegiate Bowl–  ESPN has reached a deal with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to telecast the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, which is dedicated to top draft-eligible seniors.  The 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will air on ESPN2 January 19th at 6:00p.m. ET. ESPNU will carry practice sessions on January 17th beginning at 1:30p.m. ET.

Fox Sports to Telecast FA Cup  Fox Sports will be providing U.S. coverage of England’s FA Cup soccer competition beginning next month.  On January 5th at 12:00p.m. ET the network will televise third round action as West Ham United takes on Manchester United. The FA Cup Final will air live on Fox, Saturday, May 11,  at 12:00p.m. ET from London’s legendary Wembley Stadium.

Sirius XM Radio To Create Special Channel for 2012 Sports Year in Review– Sirius XM Radio is planning to launch a special pop-up channel which will look back at the year in sports for 2012.  “The Year in SiriusXM Sports” channel will be available to subscribers on channel 142 on satellite radios and on channel 962 on SiriusXM.com and on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.  Along with various Sirius XM hosts, the channel will look back at the highlights of the 2012 sports year.  The channel will launch December 26th and run until January 3rd.

HBO Will Air Boxing’s Best Beginning Christmas Day–  As it wraps-up 2012 HBO Sports will be replaying some of its biggest boxing matches of the year.  The network’s Boxing’s Best series begins Christmas night.  Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 11:00 p.m. — Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto
Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 11:00 p.m. — Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez
Thursday, Dec. 27 at 11:00 p.m. — Robert Guerrero vs. Andre Berto
Friday, Dec. 28 at 11:00 p.m. — Antonio DeMarco vs. Adrien Broner
Friday, Dec. 28 at 11:45 p.m. — Andre Ward vs. Chad Dawson
Saturday, Dec. 29 at 11:00 p.m. — Brandon Rios vs. Mike Alvarado
Saturday, Dec. 29 at 11:40 p.m. — Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 4

Sports Media Digest- December 14, 2012

NFL Network To Profile Immaculate Reception on Next A Football Life–  The next edition of NFL Network’s A Football Life will look back at the stunning ending to the 1972 playoff game between the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Immaculate Reception: A Football Life debuts next Wednesday at 8:00p.m. ET.

NBA TV Sets Next Fan Night Presentation–  NBA TV has announced that the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Miami Heat will be this Tuesday’s Fan Night telecast. Tip-off is 7:30p.m. ET.  Fans can vote on the following games for the next Fan Night game which will air on January 1st; Dallas Mavericks @ Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers @ New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings @ Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks @ New Orleans Hornets or Los Angeles Clippers @ Denver Nuggets.

CBS has College Basketball–  CBS Sports will feature #1 Indiana as it takes on Butler in a college basketball match-up tomorrow.  Tip-off is 2:00p.m. ET with Spero Dedes and Clark Kellogg calling the action.

CBS Sports Network College Hoops Triple Header–  The CBS Sports Network will air three college basketball games tomorrow.  The action begins at 2:00p.m. ET as Cincinnati travels to Marshall as Andrew Catalon and Steve Wolf handle the call.  At 4:00p.m. Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen call the action as Alabama takes on VCU.  Then at 6:00p.m. ET New Mexico State and New Mexico will do battle with James Bates andSteve Lappas at the mic.

WatchESPN Now Available to Cox Subscribers-  Cox Communications and Walt Disney announced yesterday that Cox customers can now have online access to various Walt Disney television networks.  Among the 70 services in the agreement is the ability of Cox subscribers to use the WatchESPN app which allows them to view current programming across the multiple ESPN networks.

Real Sports 2012 Finale on HBO–  The 2012 finale of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will air this Tuesday at 10:00p.m. ET on HBO.  Gumbel will sit down with the correspondents of the show to look back at the top sports stories of 2012.

ESPN Magazine Cover–  Here is the cover for the next edition of ESPN the Magazine:

ESPN Mag 12-24-12

Sports Media Weekly No. 129- Ed Sherman, The Sherman Report & Michelle Beadle, Access Hollywood/NBC Sports

We have two guests on this edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I for our news segment is Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report.

We begin the show by looking at how differently CBS sports handled the death of Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown, who was killed while in a car driven by Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent.  We all agreed that CBS handled this event better than one week earlier when the network waited five minutes to discuss the murder/suicide involving Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.

We then take a look at a proposal floated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to expand the number of teams to make the playoffs, and the media implications that go along with it.

We discuss how the once-mighty Big East has fallen as its seven basketball-only teams threaten to leave the conference.

We examine the curtailing of ESPN’s fascination with Tim Tebow and how the WWL was not alone in riding the Tebow bandwagon.

We look at the end of an era as The Sporting News halts its print edition and we look back at the career of Larry Merchant, who is stepping down from covering boxing for HBO Sports.

Our other guest is SMW favorite Michelle Beadle, formerly of ESPN, now of Access Hollywood and NBC Sports.  We talk to Michelle about her experience at last night’s concert in support of the victims of Super Storm Sandy in New York City, her first Olympic assignments with NBC, and we get the scoop on the new daily studio show she will host on the NBC Sports Network beginning in late January…

Sports Media Digest- November 29, 2012

SEC Championship Saturday on CBS-  The culmination of CBS’ SEC season is this Saturday as the network telecasts the SEC Championship game between Alabama and Georgia.  Pre-game from Atlanta begins at 3:00p.m. ET with CBS College Football Championship Saturday with host Tim Brando and analysts  Spencer Tillman, Archie Manning and Tony Barnhart.  Kick-off is 4:00p.m. ET with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracey Wolfson.

Earl Campbell Documentary Debuts Next Tuesday on NBCSN–  The NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will debut a documentary of former NFL running back Earl Campbell.  Still Standing: The Earl Campbell Story, debuts Tuesday, December 4 at 11 p.m. ET.

NBCSN College Hockey Friday and Saturday–  The NBC Sports Network will televise a college hockey double header tomorrow night.  The puck drops at 7:30p.m. ET as Mike”Doc” Emrick and Pierre McGuirre call #1 Boston College at #9 Boston University.  At 10:00p.m. ET Dave Strader and Brian Engbloom have the call as Wisconsin travels to #5 Denver. NBCSN will have the rematch between BC and BU Saturday night at 7:30p.m.

ESPN at Baseball’s Winter Meetings–  ESPN will have comprehensive coverage of the Baseball Winter Meetings next week in Nashville.  For the first time ESPN will be producing a daily, 10 minute digital report beginninig Monday, December 3rd through Thursday, December 6th at 12:30p.m.  That program will be available on ESPN.com, WatchESPN and ESPN3.  ESPN will also be providing hourly updates on SportsCenter as well as specials on ESPNNews and ESPN2.   Karl Ravech and Jon Sciambi will host with analysts John Kruk and Curt Schilling. Coverage will also include regular updates from Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian, Pedro Gomez, Jim Bowden, Jayson Stark, Jerry Crasnick and Keith Law.

SiriusXM Coverage of Baseball’s Winter Meetings–  SiriusXM Radio will also be on hand to provide coverage of Baseball’s Winter Meetings in Nashville.  MLB Network Radio (channel 89 on XM and channel 209 on Sirius Premier) and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (channel 87 on XM and channel 210 on Sirius Premier) – will broadcast live from Nashville from December 2nd through December 6th.  The Front Office, First Pitch, Power Ally, Inside Pitch, and MLB Roundup will be in the line-up with hosts Jim Bowden, Jim Duquette and Steve Phillips – as well as former pitcher Jeff Nelson.

Tennis Channel to Air Third Season of World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas– The Tennis Channel will once again be the home for the magazine program World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas. The bi-weekly program debuts Wednesday, December 5th at 7:00p.m. ET.  The finale of the series will be February 27th.

Episode Three of 24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4 this Saturday on HBO–  HBO Sports continues its behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Manny Pacquiao/Juan Manuel Marquez bout with the third installment of 24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4 Saturday at 9:30p.m. ET.  HBO will telecast the bout next Saturday, December 8th at 9:00p.m. ET.

Sports Media Digest- November 16, 2012

College Basketball Tonight on CBS Sports Network-  The CBS Sports Network (CBSSN) has the Paradise Jam college basketball tournament beginning with a double header tonight.  UIC vs. New Mexico tipped-off at 4:00 PM, ET followed by Wake Forest vs. Connecticut  at 6:30 PM, ET.  Kevin Eschenfelder and Larry Conley announce, while Kristen Kenney reports from the sidelines.

College Football this Weekend on CBS–  CBS Sports has four college football games tomorrow across its networks.  The SEC game of the week on CBS will pit LSU at Ole Miss beginning at 3:30p.m. ET with Verne Luindquist, Gary Danielson, and Tracey Wolfson on the call.  CBS Sports Network has a triple header of games, beginning at Noon ET as Temple travels to Army. Ben Holden and Randy Cross handle the call.  At 3:30p.m. ET Texas State is at Navy with Grant Boone,Todd Christensen and Sheehan Stanwick Burch on site.  UTEP at Southern Miss wraps up the day with James Bates, Aaron Taylor and Lauren Gardner.

CBS Sports Spectacular Looks at Army/Navy Football Veterans and College Football Behind the Scenes–  This weekend’s CBS Sports Spectacular ties in football and veterans as well as a behind the scenes look at football action.  On Saturday at 1:30p.m. ET the show presents From Philadelphia to Fallujah, a look at three players from the 2001 Army/Navy game who was sent into combat shortly after that game. Derek McGinty narrates. At 2:30p.m. ET the program presents College Football Uncut- Game Day, a look behind the scenes at the four games on and off the field; Alabama at Tennessee (10/20), Michigan State at Wisconsin (10/27), USC at Arizona (10/27) and Notre Dame at Boston College (11/10).  Hugh Galyean narrates.

Next A Football Life to Spotlight John Riggins– The NFL Network’s next edition of  A Football Life will look at the career of Hall of Fame running back John Riggins.  John Riggins: A Football Life debuts next Wednesday night at 8:00p.m. ET.

Real Sports Returns November 20th–  The next edition of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel debuts this Tuesday at 10:00p.m. ET on HBO. Among the topics slated for the show: a look at the unwanted son of former NFL wide receiver Rae Carruth; the NCAA concussion issue; and a look back at the 2009 Cowboys practice facility collapse.

Amendolara to Host Overnights on CBS Sports Radio–  CBS Sports Radio continues to fill out its roster of talent with the announcement that Damon Amendolara will serve as the weeknight 2:00am to 6:00am ET host.  Amendolara has been serving as night time host at Boston’s 98.5 the Sports Hub.  The D.A. Show launches on January 2nd.

60 Minutes Looks at the Impact of College Football–  On this Sunday’s edition of 60 Minutes, reporter Armen Keteyian examines how important college football has been to universities.  Keteyian looks at the University of Michgan and its massive program as well as Towson, which many times sacrifices wins to earn money to play on the road against high-powered clubs.  60 Minutes airs at 7:30p.m. ET on CBS.

Nets/Lakers next NBA TV Fan Night Presentation– NBA TV’s next Fan Night telecast this Tuesday will feature the Brooklyn Nets at the Los Angeles Lakers.  Tip-off Tuesday will be 10:30p.m. ET.  Fans will be voting on the following games, one of which will be chosen for the Fan Night game on November 27th: Dallas Mavericks at Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns at Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors at Houston Rockets or Minnesota Timberwolves at Sacramento Kings