MLB Network

MLB Network at the World Series

MLB Network will have a strong presence throughout the upcoming World Series in both Boston and St. Louis.

Here are the details from MLB Network PR:

·         Two-hour editions of MLB Tonight presented by Bacardi OakHeart will air live at 3:00 p.m. ET and 6:00 p.m. ET on the day of each game, plus a live one-hour recap show after every game. MLB Tonight’s on-site coverage from Boston and St. Louis will be anchored by Greg Amsinger and Brian Kenny with analysis from Sean Casey, 1993 and 1997 World Series champion Al Leiter, two-time World Series champion and MVP of the 2007 World Series with the Red Sox Mike Lowell, Dan Plesac,Harold Reynolds, 1995 World Series champion John Smoltz, Mitch Williams and Tom Verducci, who is covering his 27th World Series.

·         Studio coverage during MLB Tonight throughout the World Series will be anchored by Fran Charles, Paul Severino and Matt Yallof with analysis from 1980 World Series World Champion Larry Bowa, Eric Byrnes, Darryl Hamilton, Joe Magrane, Bill Ripken and Dave Valle.

·         Kevin Millar, a 2004 World Series champion with the Red Sox, and Chris Rose will interview MLB players and celebrities as they co-host Intentional Talk presented by Jack Honey on the road every day live at 5:00 p.m. ET throughout the World Series.

·         Hall of Fame award-winning baseball writer Peter Gammons, who is covering his 41st World Series, Sam Ryan and Heidi Watney will report from each ballpark throughout the World Series.

·         On off-days, MLB Tonight will air live at 6:00 p.m. ET, while MLB Network’s Path to the Championship will recap the latest World Series results.

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Sports Media Digest- October 1, 2013

During TV Premiere Week Sunday Night Football Wins in the Primetime Ratings

NBC Sports reports today that Sunday’s Patriots-Falcons matchup on Sunday Night Football (SNF) was the most-watched primetime program in “Premiere Week” drawing an average of 20.5 million viewers.

Sunday’s SNF  had a rating of 12.5  and was primetime’s top show in the Adults and Men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 demographics.

ESPN/ABC Earn Top Ratings for Saturday College Football

For the fifth consecutive Saturday night college football action on ABC and ESPN was the top rated program for the evening.

The Saturday Night Football telecast on ABC – Ohio State over Wisconsin 31-24 – averaged 6,751,000 viewers and a 4.0 household US rating, helping the network to the top spot on September 28.

ESPN’s primetime games finished a combined second for the night; with Alabama beating Ole Miss 25-0 at 6:30 p.m. ET averaging 4,022,000 viewers and a 2.3 HH US rating while Stanford’s 55-17 victory over Washington State at 10 p.m. averaged 1,851,000 viewers and a 1.2 HH US rating.

CBS Sports Network Gets Wider Carriage on Time Warner Cable Systems

CBS and Time Warner cable have announced a deal to provide wider distribution of the CBS Sports Network to Time Warner cable subscribers.  CBS Sports Network has been added to Time Warner Cable’s DTV-Digital TV package on most systems, beginning today.

CBS Sports Network is now seen in over 53 million homes and is available to more than 99 million households across the country.

 

MLB Playoffs Forces Shift of Chargers/Raiders from CBS to NFL Network

The NFL announced yesterday that this Sunday’s Chargers/Raiders game in Oakland will kick-off at 8:35p.m. PT to accommodate a change in field conditions warranted by the Oakland A’s Divisional Series playoff game.  The A’s play Saturday and it will take the crew at the O.co Coliseum all day Sunday to covert the field from baeball to football.

The change will mean the game will not air on CBS are originally scheduled but instead will be telecast on the NFL Network.  CBS announcers Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts will still call the game as scheduled.

MLB Network Adds Guest Analysts for Postseason Coverage

Current Major Leaguers Raul Ibanez, Mark DeRossa, Mark Texeira, and Adam Jones will join White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson as guest analysts during the MLB Network’s coverage of baseball’s postseason.

The MLB Network will provide 165 hours of programming covering the 2013 Postseason which includes MLB Network’s two exclusive LDS game telecasts this Friday, October 4, with Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and Sam Ryan on the call, and on Monday, October 7, with Matt Vasgersian, Kaat and Ryan.

Fox Sports Partners with USA Rugby

Fox Sports and USA Rugby have entered into an agreement with USA Rugby to televise the U.S. Eagle’ss match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks November 9th at PPL Park in Philadelphia.

The game will be taped  televised on Fox Sports 1 November 10th at Noon ET.

“USA Rugby is very excited about FOX Sports 1 airing the match from Philadelphia,” USA Rugby Chief Commercial Officer Jon Persch said. “FOX Sports 1offers USA Rugby the greatest number of viewers with the new channel being offered in 90 million homes. On top of that, FOX Sports has had a monumental impact covering the world’s most elite sporting events and we are thrilled to share this marquee matchup with FOX Sports.”

Sports Media Digest- September 18, 2013

Wash, Rinse, Repeat- NFL Week 2 King of the Ratings

The NFL announced that once again NFL action topped the television ratings for week 2.  The top three programs for the week was NFL games; CBS’s national game on Sunday (primarily Broncos/Giants) had an audience of 26.4 million viewers, followed by Sunday night’s 49’ers/Seahawks game at 20.5 million and ESPN’s Monday night Steelers/Bengals at 16.5 million.

In 29 of the 32 local NFL markets, NFL games were the number one rated show:

Week of 9/9 – 9/15  

 

HH

HH

RTG

Market Game

Date

RTG

SHR

Rank

New Orleans Saints at Buccaneers 09/15/2013

49.2

71

1

Seattle 49ers at Seahawks 09/15/2013

45.2

66

1

Denver Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013

43.2

70

1

Milwaukee Redskins at Packers 09/15/2013

41.6

67

1

Kansas City Cowboys at Chiefs 09/15/2013

39.0

65

1

Washington DC Eagles at Redskins* 09/09/2013

38.8

58

1

San Diego Texans at Chargers* 09/09/2013

36.8

56

1

Indianapolis Dolphins at Colts 09/15/2013

35.4

59

1

Philadelphia Eagles at Redskins* 09/09/2013

35.1

51

1

Chicago Vikings at Bears 09/15/2013

31.5

60

1

Buffalo Panthers at Bills 09/15/2013

30.5

55

1

Detroit Lions at Cardinals 09/15/2013

30.4

49

1

Baltimore Browns at Ravens 09/15/2013

30.2

57

1

Boston Jets at Patriots** 09/12/2013

29.8

51

1

Minneapolis Vikings at Bears 09/15/2013

28.9

63

1

Houston Texans at Chargers* 09/09/2013

27.7

54

1

Cleveland Browns at Ravens 09/15/2013

27.3

55

1

Nashville Titans at Texans 09/15/2013

26.8

47

1

San Fran-Oakland 49ers at Seahawks 09/15/2013

25.9

46

1

Tampa Saints at Buccaneers 09/15/2013

25.3

41

1

Dallas Cowboys at Chiefs 09/15/2013

25.2

50

1

Phoenix Lions at Cardinals 09/15/2013

21.6

44

1

New York Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013

21.4

39

1

Atlanta Rams at Falcons 09/15/2013

21.2

42

1

Charlotte Panthers at Bills 09/15/2013

20.3

39

1

Miami Dolphins at Colts 09/15/2013

20.3

38

1

Jacksonville Jaguars at Raiders 09/15/2013

20.2

35

1

Cincinnati Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013 17.1

32

1

Pittsburgh Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013 15.6

29

1

Bleacher Report Bolsters NBA Writing Staff with Four Prominent Hires

The Bleacher Report announced today that it has added four writers to cover its NBA beat this season.

Prominent among them is Howard Beck, who is leaving the New York Times to serve as the site’s national NBA lead writer.

Also hired were Kevin Ding, formerly of the Orange County Register to cover the L.A. Lakers; Ethan Skolnick formerly from a number of South Florida papers to cover the Miami Heat; and Jared Zwerling who will serve as the lead NBA analyst and contribute features, breaking news and video analysis.

MLB Network to Televise The Lyman Bostock Story

MLB Network will produce a special looking back on the life and career of Minnesota Twins and California Angels outfielder Lyman Bostock who was murdered four seasons into his career at the age of 27.

Bob Costas will narrate the special, which features the first on-camera interview with Bostock’s widow, Yuovene Whistler, since the night she lost her husband.

The Lyman Bostock Story airs Sunday at 10:00p.m. ET.

ESPN, ATP Extend Agreement on Expanded Coverage of Three Events

ESPN and the ATP World Tour have announced  a long-term agreement that will expand coverage of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.; Sony Open Tennis in Miami; and the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals currently played in London.

More than 44 hours of coverage of the events will be carried live on television, along with more live action from every ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and 500 tournament will be on ESPN3 – totaling up to 1,200 hours annually.

“ESPN is thrilled to expand coverage of three of the biggest events outside the Major Championships – Indian Wells, Miami and the ATP World Tour season finale,” said Jason Bernstein, ESPN senior director, programming & acquisitions who oversees both ESPN3 and ESPN’s tennis business.  “ESPN3 presents more live tennis action than any other U.S. outlet year-round, with multiple simultaneous matches available on broadband and via WatchESPN no matter where you are.”

Mark Young, CEO ATP Americas and Chief Media Officer, said, “We’re delighted to sign this extended agreement with ESPN, paving the way for even greater TV coverage and viewership in the US of our biggest events.  ESPN is a terrific broadcast partner for the ATP and, with more fans tuning into ATP World Tour events than ever before, it’s a very exciting time to be a part of the Tour.”

August Slate of Games on MLB Network

The MLB Network has announced its schedule of live game action for the month of August.

The network will produce 7 games during the month:

August 1: St. Louis Cardinals @ Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:00 p.m. ET- Announcers: Matt Vasgersian, Tom Verducci and Sam Ryan
August 6: Atlanta Braves @ Washington Nationals, 7:00 p.m. ET- Announcers: Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Tom Verducci
August 9: Detroit Tigers @ New York Yankees, 7:00 p.m. ET- Announcers: Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Tom Verducci
August 16: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox, 7:00 p.m. ET- Announcers: Bob Costas, Bill Ripken and Sam Ryan
August 22: Atlanta Braves @ St. Louis Cardinals, 8:00 p.m. ET-  Announcers: Bob Costas, John Smoltz and Sam Ryan
August 24: Texas Rangers @ Chicago White Sox, 7:00 p.m. ET- Announcers: Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds and Sam Ryan
August 29: Baltimore Orioles @ Boston Red Sox, 7:00 p.m. ET- Announcers: Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and Tom Verducci

Here is the complete schedule of games:

Date Time (ET) Primary Alternate
Thu., Aug. 1 7:00 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals
@ Pittsburgh Pirates
Colorado Rockies
@ Atlanta Braves
Fri., Aug. 2 7:00 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals
@ Cincinnati Reds
Arizona D-backs
@ Boston Red Sox
Sat., Aug. 3 7:00 p.m. Arizona D-backs
@ Boston Red Sox
St. Louis Cardinals
@ Cincinnati Reds
Tue., Aug. 6 7:00 p.m. Atlanta Braves
@ Washington Nationals
Oakland Athletics
@ Cincinnati Reds
Wed., Aug. 7 12:30 p.m. Oakland Athletics
@ Cincinnati Reds
Thu., Aug. 8 7:00 p.m. Detroit Tigers
@ Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Dodgers
@ St. Louis Cardinals (8:00 p.m.)
Fri., Aug. 9 7:00 p.m. Detroit Tigers
@ New York Yankees
Philadelphia Phillies
@ Washington Nationals
Sat., Aug. 10 7:00 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies
@ Washington Nationals
San Diego Padres
@ Cincinnati Reds
Tue., Aug. 13 8:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Pirates
@ St. Louis Cardinals
Cincinnati Reds
@ Chicago Cubs
Wed., Aug. 14 3:30 p.m. Baltimore Orioles
Arizona D-backs
San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies (3:00 p.m.)
Thu., Aug. 15 1:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Pirates
@ St. Louis Cardinals
Los Angeles Angels
@ New York Yankees (1:00 p.m.)
7:00 p.m. Kansas City Royals
@ Detroit Tigers
Boston Red Sox
@ Toronto Blue Jays
Fri., Aug. 16 7:00 p.m. New York Yankees
@ Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
@ Tampa Bay Rays
Sat., Aug. 17 7:00 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers
@ Philadelphia Phillies
Washington Nationals
@ Atlanta Braves
Tue., Aug. 20 7:00 p.m. Arizona D-backs
@ Cincinnati Reds
Tampa Bay Rays
@ Baltimore Orioles
Wed., Aug. 21 3:30 p.m. Boston Red Sox
@ San Francisco Giants
Seattle Mariners
Oakland Athletics
Thu., Aug. 22 12:30 p.m. Arizona D-backs
Cincinnati Reds
8:00 p.m. Atlanta Braves
@ St. Louis Cardinals
Chicago White Sox
@ Kansas City Royals
Fri., Aug. 23 8:00 p.m. Atlanta Braves
@ St. Louis Cardinals
Texas Rangers
@ Chicago White Sox
Sat., Aug. 24 7:00 p.m. Civil Rights Game:
Rangers @ White Sox
Atlanta Braves
@ St. Louis Cardinals
Tue., Aug. 27 8:00 p.m. Cincinnati Reds
@ St. Louis Cardinals
San Francisco Giants
@ Colorado Rockies (8:30 p.m.)
Thu., Aug. 29 1:00 p.m. Oakland Athletics 
@ Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Angels
@ Tampa Bay Rays
7:00 p.m. Baltimore Orioles
@ Boston Red Sox
Cleveland Indians
@ Atlanta Braves
Fri., Aug. 30 7:00 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals
@ Pittsburgh Pirates
Baltimore Orioles
@ New York Yankees
Sat., Aug. 31 1:00 p.m. Baltimore Orioles
@ New York Yankees
Kansas City Royals 
@ Toronto Blue Jays
4:00 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies
@ Chicago Cubs
7:00 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals
@ Pittsburgh Pirates
Cleveland Indians
@ Detroit Tigers

Game Broadcasts on MLB Network for June

The MLB Network has released its list of televised games for the month of June.

The network will produce four games during the month:

June 7: St. Louis Cardinals @ Cincinnati Reds, 7:00 p.m. ET-  Announcers:  Matt Vasgersian and Tom Verducci
June 14: San Francisco Giants @ Atlanta Braves, 7:30 p.m. ET- Announcers:  Matt Vasgersian, John Smoltz and Sam Ryan
June 18: Los Angeles Dodgers @ New York Yankees, 7:00 p.m. ET-  Announcers:  Bob Costas, John Smoltz and Sam Ryan
June 20: Boston Red Sox @ Detroit Tigers, 7:00 p.m. ET-Announcers:  Bob Costas, John Smoltz and Tom Verducci

Here is the full schedule of games airing on the MLB Network in June:

Date Time (ET) Primary Alternate
Sat., June 1 4:00 p.m. Detroit Tigers
@ Baltimore Orioles
Kansas City Royals
@ Texas Rangers
Tues., June 4 7:00 p.m. Texas Rangers
@ Boston Red Sox
Cleveland Indians
@ New York Yankees
Wed., June 5 1:00 p.m. Miami Marlins
@ Philadelphia Phillies
Cleveland Indians
@ New York Yankees
Thurs., June 6 2:00 p.m. Baltimore Orioles
@ Houston Astros
Tampa Bay Rays
@ Detroit Tigers (1:00 p.m.)
Fri., June 7 7:00 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals
@ Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians
@ Detroit Tigers
Sat., June 8 4:00 p.m. Minnesota Twins
@ Washington Nationals
Cleveland Indians
@ Detroit Tigers
Tues., June 11 7:00 p.m. San Francisco Giants
@ Pittsburgh Pirates
Boston Red Sox
@ Tampa Bay Rays
Wed., June 12 2:00 p.m. Cincinnati Reds
@ Chicago Cubs
Detroit Tigers
@ Kansas City Royals
Thurs., June 13 7:00 p.m. Boston Red Sox
@ Baltimore Orioles
Kansas City Royals
@ Tampa Bay Rays
Fri., June 14 7:30 p.m. San Francisco Giants
@ Atlanta Braves
Milwaukee Brewers
@ Cincinnati Reds (7:00 p.m.)
Sat., June 15 4:00 p.m. Boston Red Sox
@ Baltimore Orioles
San Francisco Giants
@ Atlanta Braves
Tues., June 18 7:00 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers
@ New York Yankees
Baltimore Orioles
@ Detroit Tigers
Wed., June 19 1:00 p.m. Baltimore Orioles
@ Detroit Tigers
Thurs., June 20 7:00 p.m. Boston Red Sox
@ Detroit Tigers
Tampa Bay Rays
@ New York Yankees
Fri., June 21 8:00 p.m. Texas Rangers
@ St. Louis Cardinals
Atlanta Braves
@ Milwaukee Brewers
Sat., June 22 12:00 p.m. Colorado Rockies
@ Washington Nationals
Tampa Bay Rays
@ New York Yankees (1:00 p.m.)
Tues., June 25 7:00 p.m. Texas Rangers
@ New York Yankees
Cleveland Indians
@ Baltimore Orioles
10:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Seattle Mariners
San Francisco Giants
@ Los Angeles Dodgers
Wed., June 26 4:00 p.m. Colorado Rockies
@ Boston Red Sox
Cincinnati Reds
Oakland Athletics (3:30 p.m.)
Thurs., June 27 1:00 p.m. Texas Rangers
@ New York Yankees
Los Angeles Angels
@ Detroit Tigers
7:00 p.m. Cleveland Indians
@ Baltimore Orioles
Toronto Blue Jays
@ Boston Red Sox
Fri., June 28 8:00 p.m. Cincinnati Reds
@ Texas Rangers
Kansas City Royals
@ Minnesota Twins
Sat., June 29 1:00 p.m. Washington Nationals
@ New York Mets
10:00 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies
@ Los Angeles Dodgers

Sports Media Digest- May 9, 2013

Dallas Green Next Focus of Studio 42–  The MLB Network announced that the next installment of Studio 42 with Bob Costas will feature an interview with former Major League Manager Dallas Green.  The episode will debut Saturday at 1:30p.m. ET.

NASCAR Sprint Cup from Darlington This Weekend on Fox–  Fox Sports continues its coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Saturday night with the Go Daddy race from Darlington.  Coverage begins at 6:00p.m. ET with pre-race action hosted by Chris Myers with Darrell and Michael Waltrip.  When the race begins Mike Joy calls the action alongside analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds while Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda andMatt Yocum patrol the pits for reports on teams and pit stops. FOX Sports’ Jeff Hammond serves as the network’s roving analyst.

MLB Network Schedule of Games for May

The MLB Network has released its slate of televised games for the month of May.

The network will produce five games over the month. Here is the schedule along with announcer assignments:

May 2: Washington Nationals @ Atlanta Braves, 7:00 p.m. ET (Bob Costas, John Smoltz and Sam Ryan)
May 16: Detroit Tigers @ Texas Rangers, 8:00 p.m. ET (Matt Vasgersian, Tom Verducci and Sam Ryan)
May 21: New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles, 7:00 p.m. ET (Bob Costas, John Smoltz and Sam Ryan)
May 30: New York Mets @ New York Yankees, 7:00 p.m. ET (Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and Sam Ryan)
May 31: Boston Red Sox @ New York Yankees, 7:00 p.m. ET (Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and Sam Ryan)

Here is the entire slate of games in May on MLB Network:

Date Time (ET) Primary Alternate
Thurs., May 2 7:00 p.m. Washington Nationals
@ Atlanta Braves
Miami Marlins
@ Philadelphia Phillies
Fri., May 3 8:00 p.m. Boston Red Sox
@ Texas Rangers
St. Louis Cardinals
@ Milwaukee Brewers
Sat., May 4 9:00 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers
@ San Francisco Giants
Arizona D-backs
@ San Diego Padres (8:30 p.m.)
Tues. May 7 7:00 p.m. Detroit Tigers
@ Washington Nationals
Atlanta Braves
@ Cincinnati Reds
Wed., May 8 12:30 p.m. Atlanta Braves
Cincinnati Reds
Seattle Mariners
@ Pittsburgh Pirates
Thurs., May 9 10:00 p.m. Atlanta Braves
@ San Francisco Giants
Philadelphia Phillies
@ Arizona D-backs (9:30 p.m.)
Fri., May 10 8:00 p.m. New York Yankees
@ Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels
@ Chicago White Sox
Sat., May 11 4:00 p.m. Atlanta Braves
@ San Francisco Giants
Milwaukee Brewers
@ Cincinnati Reds
7:00 p.m. Cleveland Indians
@ Detroit Tigers
Los Angeles Angels
@ Chicago White Sox
Tue., May 14 7:00 p.m. Boston Red Sox
@ Tampa Bay Rays
San Francisco Giants
@ Toronto Blue Jays
10:00 p.m. Washington Nationals
@ Los Angeles Dodgers
Texas Rangers
@ Oakland Athletics
Thu., May 16 8:00 p.m. Detroit Tigers
@ Texas Rangers
San Francisco Giants
@ Colorado Rockies (8:30 p.m.)
Fri., May 17 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers
@ Atlanta Braves
Detroit Tigers
@ Texas Rangers (8:00 p.m.)
Sat., May 18 8:00 p.m. Detroit Tigers
@ Texas Rangers
San Francisco Giants
@ Colorado Rockies
Tue., May 21 7:00 p.m. New York Yankees
@ Baltimore Orioles
Tampa Bay Rays
@ Toronto Blue Jays
Thurs., May 23 7:00 p.m. Cleveland Indians
@ Boston Red Sox
Baltimore Orioles
@ Toronto Blue Jays
Fri., May 24 7:00 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies
@ Washington Nationals
New York Yankees
@ Tampa Bay Rays
Sat., May 25 4:00 p.m. New York Yankees
@ Tampa Bay Rays
Minnesota Twins
@ Detroit Tigers
Mon., May 27 1:00 p.m. Baltimore Orioles
@ Washington Nationals
Pittsburgh Pirates
@ Detroit Tigers
7:00 p.m. New York Yankees
@ New York Mets
Atlanta Braves
@ Toronto Blue Jays
Tues., May 28 10:00 p.m. Los Angeles Angels
@ Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants
@ Oakland Athletics
Thurs., May 30 7:00 p.m. New York Mets
@ New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox
@ Philadelphia Phillies
Fri., May 31 7:00 p.m. Boston Red Sox
@ New York Yankees
Detroit Tigers
@ Baltimore Orioles