We top off the show looking at the news yesterday of NBC Sports getting back into the business of televising NASCAR races beginning in 2015. The panel saw this as a good move for NBC and a sad note for ESPN, which had been televising NASCAR events since the early 1980’s.
We shift to a column by John this week questioning whether we are at a time of a sports rights fees bubble and whether it will burst anytime soon.
The talk then took us into a discussion of the threat later tonight (as this is posted) of Time Warner Cable dropping CBS programming as the pair battle over carriage fees.
We begin the show talking about the slower pace to sports after the Super Bowl and John’s experiences covering the game from New Orleans.
We then talk to John about his reporting on Fox Sports’ anticipated move to convert Speed into Fox Sports 1 and Fox Soccer into Fox Sports 2, and the strong base of programming Fox will have available when the new networks launch later this year.
Ken then discusses the debut of Gus Johnson as the new lead soccer voice for Fox during today’s Champions League match between Real Madrid and Manchester United. Surprisingly Ken, and those on Twitter, seem to think Johnson fared well in his new role.
We wrap the show talking about the piece in The Sherman Report that Jay Mariotti will once again perform some work for ESPN, and we look at the 2013 MLB schedule on Fox.
We spend a good portion of the show wrapping up NBC’s coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and what lies ahead for the next round of bidding for the rights to the 2014 and 2016 Games.
John also shares with us his experience at ESPN The Weekend in Orlando, whether the NCAA will opt out of it’s agreement with CBS for the Men’s Basketball Tournament, and what we can expect from Fox and ESPN heading into the new baseball season.