Welcome to the post-Super Bowl edition of Sports Media Weekly.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for our “Third Man In” segment by Neil Best, sports media and business columnist for Newsday. We spend most of our time dissecting the work done by CBS on Super Bowl XLVII. We look at the network’s handling of the power outage, the sub-par performance by Phil Simms, and the ratings for the game.
We then shift our focus to the announcement this week by NBC on its planned coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. We talk about how NBC will not deviate much in its coverage of the Games based on its success at last year’s Summer Games in London.
We wrap-up our news segment looking at the announcement by Fox Sports that play-by-play man Gus Johnson will be taking the lead role in the network’s international soccer coverage, including the World Cup. Johnson will begin calling soccer matches next week.
Ken had the opportunity to speak to our second guest this week, Kevin Harlan of Dial Global Sports. Kevin was in the booth for the radio broadcast of the Super Bowl in New Orleans when the power went out in the Superdome. He recounts what took place and how he kept the broadcast going by reporting on the events via telephone, audio of which is included in the interview courtesy of Dial Global.
We have an action packed Sports Media Weekly show this week.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I lead off the show with the news this week that Major League Baseball extended its television deals with Fox Sports, Turner Sports, and the MLB Network. We take another look at the beefy NFL ratings before we shift to the impressive level of talent that will soon be on the air on the upcoming CBS Sports Radio Network when it launches in January.
We wrap up our news looking at the impressive ratings for NBC for its coverage of the Ryder Cup. We are joined by Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report who was at Medinah over the last weekend. Ed recounts the atmosphere on the course, how the Ryder Cup brings media from around the world, and whether team golf has a chance of expending in the future.
We shift back to the NFL with our other guest, CBS, Turner, and Dial Global play-by-play voice Kevin Harlan. Kevin recounts his call two weeks ago Monday night of that crazy finish between the Packers and Seahawks which signaled the end of the replacement referees. Kevin goes through the play and shares a story of seeing side judge Lance Easley at the airport the morning after the game. We also talk to Kevin about the continued popularity of the NFL and his early schedule when the NBA tips-off next month.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are devoting the entire program to the media at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. We have no news segment, but two guests…
We start off the show joined by Neil Best, sports business and media columnist with Newsday. Neil is covering the Giants for the paper and shares with us his experiences in Indianapolis and how the New York media is covering the team.
We are then joined by Dial Global Sports‘ (formerly Westwood One) Kevin Haraln, who will be calling the game with Boomer Esiason for the nationwide radio network. Kevin fills us in on his busy schedule prior to the game, and how preparing to call a Super Bowl is similar in some ways, and different in others, than calling the action during the regular season. As many of you know Kevin handles play-by-play for NFL and College Basketball on CBS and the NBA on TNT.
Westwood One, the exclusive radio partner of the NFL since 1987, has unveiled its announcer pairings for the 2010 NFL season.
The biggest change is the announcement that Kevin Harlan will serve as the play-by-play voice of Monday Night Football and Super Bowl XLV. Harlan replaces Marv Albert, who left Westwood One following Super Bowl XLIV.
Here are the rest of the announcer pairings for the upcoming season:
Sunday Night Football
Play-by-Play: Dave Sims
Color Analyst: James Lofton
Sunday Afternoon Doubleheaders
Play-by-Play: Howard David
Color Analyst: Tony Boselli
Play-by-Play: Kevin Kugler
Color Analyst: Mark Malone
Thursday Night Football
Play-by-Play: Ian Eagle
Color Analyst: Trent Green