Ken Schott

Sports Media Weekly No. 160- Ken Schott, Schenectady Daily Gazette, David Wanger, Fox Sports & David Berson, CBS Sports

We have another jam-packed version of Sports Media Weekly this week.

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and me for our news segment is Ken Schott, TV-Radio Columnist for the Schenectady Daily Gazette.

We begin the show looking at the upcoming launch this Saturday of Fox Sports 1.  We all give our opinion as to what we can expect from the new sports network as well as looking at the prospect of Fox Sports 1 reaching its goal of launching in 90 million homes with the news that Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network have signed carriage agreements today with Fox.

We follow last week’s news of Fox securing the rights to USGA events by discussing the report that Fox is looking to tap Greg Norman as the network’s lead analyst when it begins coverage of USGA events in 2015.

We move on to the world of NBC Sports as we look forward to the network’s coverage of the English Premier League.  The new season begins Saturday with NBC televising all league games across a myriad of networks.

We then look at the breaking news from The Big Lead that Jason Whitlock will soon be returning to ESPN in a multi-platform role.  Another case of a former disgruntled ESPN employee coming back home.

We conclude our news segment looking at how a local New York capital region sports talk show host got swindled by an impostor posing as former Yankee and current minor league coach Shane Spencer.

Ken had the opportunity this week to speak with two sports network executives.  Ken first talks with Bill Wanger, Senior Vice President of Programming and Research at Fox Sports.  The two discuss the launch this Saturday of Fox Sports 1.

Ken then speaks with David Berson, President of CBS Sports.  Among the topics Ken and David touch upon is how the CBS Sports Network plans to compete with ESPN, NBC Sports Network and Fox Sports 1.

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Sports Media Weekly No. 144- Ken Schott, The Daily Gazette & Dave Pasch, ESPN

Back with another edition of Sports Media Weekly with a college sports slant.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for our “Third Man In” news segment this week by Ken Schott, College Hockey and Sports TV and Radio columnist for The Daily Gazette in Schenectady, NY.  Ken just finished covering the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament in Providence.  He shares his experiences following college hockey in upstate New York and believes the national sports networks (other than ESPN) have an opportunity to expand coverage of NCAA hockey in the coming years.

We move to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament coverage on CBS and Turner by noting the high ratings for the regional finals last weekend despite three of the four games being blowouts.  We also re-examine CBS’s restraint in its coverage of the horrific injury suffered by Louisville’s Kevin Ware Sunday afternoon.

We stick with college basketball and the ESPN’s Outside the Lines report which showed practice footage of Rutgers head basketball coach Mike Rice verbally and physically abusing his players.  The national scrutiny of Rice’s actions led to his firing today.  We all feel the Rice story is one instance where ESPN did some solid reporting.

We wrap-up the segment looking at the beginning of the Major League Baseball season and the regular season debut last Sunday of John Kruk in the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball booth.

Our second guest this week is ESPN play-by-play man Dave Pasch.  Ken had the opportunity to speak with Dave about his work covering the NBA and college football and basketball for the network.  Ken gets into Dave working along side Bill Walton at the Pac-12 Tournament.  Dave also talks about his work as the radio play-by-play voice for the Arizona Cardinals.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 97- Ken Schott, Schenectady Gazette

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I have quite a bit on our plate on this week’s edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

We start off by looking at the coverage by CBS and Turner Sports of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  Both Ken and I are impressed by how the networks have handled the tournament in its second year of sharing coverage.

We then talk about how recent NFL headlines (Saint suspensions, Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow) have been handled by the sports media.

We touch upon the nominations for the 33rd Annual Sports Emmy Awards and what the judges were thinking with some of the nominations (Skip Bayless?)

We wrap up our news segment by looking at the new partnership between Fox and the MLB Network (MLBN) where MLBN will be producing Fox’s Saturday pre-game baseball show, how NASCAR fans who subscribe to SiriusXM Radio can now follow the action online, and the childish behavior of one Bob Knight.

Our guest this week is Ken Schott, sports writer for the Schenectady Gazette.  Ken covers college hockey and tells us how the paper plans to cover #1 seed Union College in the tournament.  We talk about how college hockey is covered (or not) by the networks and the penetration of sports media in New York’s Capital Region.