MLB Playoffs

Sports Media Weekly No. 167- Steve Lepore, Awful Announcing & Adam Schein, CBS Sports

The MLB Playoffs are in full gear and so is another edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and me to discuss the news of the week is Steve Lepore, newly-hired writer for Awful Announcing.

We begin the program looking at the successes thus far of TBS on its coverage of Major League Baseball’s postseason.  The numbers for the network are higher than 2012, even without an appearance by the New York Yankees.

Next we look at the emergence of the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) as the leader when it comes to televising the NHL.  Since the time NBCSN was known as OLN and Versus the network has found its niche in being the United States home for hockey.

We wrap up the segment by looking at the impact of how Peyton Manning’s hot start has been reflected in the early-season NFL ratings.

Ken takes over the second half of the show speaking with CBS Sports host Adam Schein. Ken talks with Adam about his work on That Other Postgame Show, NFL Monday QB, and SiriusXM Radio.

Sports Media Digest- October 8, 2013

TBS Continues to See Viewership Increases in MLB Playoffs

Turner Sports announced today that Monday’s triple header of MLB Playoff action on TBS scored an average of 3,803,000 total viewers, an increase of 11% over the comparable Monday telecasts last year.  The 2.5 rating is up 9% compared with 2012.

Boston had the highest local market rating at 20.9 Monday, followed by Tampa at 17.0 and Los Angeles at 12.0.

Collins Joins ESPN as NBA Analyst

ESPN has announced today that it has signed former NBA guard and head coach Doug Collins to serve as a NBA analyst.

Collins will serve as an analyst on NBA Countdown –  with Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons. In addition, he will serve as a game analyst for select telecasts on ESPN.

Collins will also make regular appearances across ESPN entities, including SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com and additional news and information programming.

Collins will be taking over the regular spot on NBA Countdown  currently held by Michael Wilbon.  Wilbon will continue to have a significant presence on ESPN’s NBA coverage across platforms. He will contribute to ESPN news and information programming, including SportsCenter, where he will provide reports, analysis and offer essays on pertinent NBA topics. Wilbon will also be on site for the NBA Conference Finals and NBA Finals.

“ESPN’s NBA coverage plays a leadership role in the way fans experience the sport, so I’m eager to share my basketball insights with our viewers,” said Collins. “Working with Magic, Jalen, Bill and the rest of my new ESPN colleagues will be a lot of fun.”

“Doug Collins is a one of the most respected NBA voices and we’re thrilled to have him join NBA Countdown. Collins brings a contemporary coaching perspective, which will enhance the diverse discussion on Countdown.” said John Wildhack, ESPN Executive Vice President, Production.Additionally, Michael Wilbon will remain a leading authority for the NBA on ESPN while maintaining the flexibility to increase his in-studio appearances on our important Pardon The Interruption franchise.”

NBC Sports and Hockey East Reach Multi-Year Contract Extension

NBC Sports and the Hockey East Conference have announced that they have reached an extension to their existing contract that will keep the leagues games on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) through the 2014-2015 season.

NBCSN will annually televise a minimum of five Hockey East games, and up to 12 regular-season games over the next two years.

“We are pleased to continue our relationship with Hockey East and deliver live coverage of five Hockey East regular season games.” said Jon Miller, President, Programming NBC Sports and NBCSN. “With this renewal, Hockey East will continue to provide quality content for NBCSN across the next two college hockey seasons.”

“We are delighted to renew our relationship with NBCSN, whose commitment to showcase both amateur and professional hockey is unparalleled,” said Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna. “Hockey East embraces and values this partnership at a time when college hockey is experiencing seismic changes across the country.”

Dave Strader and Dave Goucher, will split play-by-play duties for NBCSN’s coverage of Hockey East. Ken Hodge will serve as an analyst for all Hockey East games on NBCSN. Here is the schedule of this season’s Hockey East games on NBCSN:

2013-14 NBCSN HOCKEY EAST BROADCAST SCHEDULE

DATE GAME TIME
Friday, October 25 Massachusetts – Maine 8 p.m.
Friday, November 1 Northeastern – Boston College 8 p.m.
Friday, November 22 North Dakota – Boston University 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 31 Boston University – Massachusetts 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 14 Boston University – New Hampshire 7 p.m.

Sports Media Digest- October 7, 2013

Denver/Dallas Wild Finish Brings CBS Ratings Gold

CBS Sports reported today that yesterday’s NFL national game between the Broncos and Cowboys scored the network an average rating of 18.6, the highest rated NFL game this season to date.

The rating was 18% above CBS’s national game from a year ago (Denver-New England; Buffalo-San Francisco; Tennessee-Minnesota).

CBS’s regional coverage of the NFL earlier Sunday averaged a 9.7 rating, up 4% from 2012.

MLB Playoff Ratings on TBS Up over 2012

Through the first five days of the 2013 MLB postseason, TBS reports ratings of playoff action is averaging a rating of 2.3, up 5% over last year’s 2.2 rating over the same time period.  The network’s average of 3,482,000 total viewers is up 2% over last year.

Sunday’s NLDS series (St. Louis/ Pittsburgh and Atlanta/Los Angeles)  averaged 3,174,000 total viewers and a 2.0 rating, up 19% and 18% over the comparable Sunday telecasts last year.

CBS Sports Announces SEC Doubleheader for October 19th

CBS Sports today announced that it will telecast an SEC football doubleheader on October 19th.

Georgia will take on Vanderbilt at 12 NOON.  Tim Brando, Aaron Taylor and Allie LaForce call the contest from Vanderbilt Stadium.

At 3:30 PM, Auburn visits Texas A&M. Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson will call the game.

NBC Sports’ Coverage of the U.S. Olympic Winter Trials

NBC Sports plans to produce 34.5 hours of live coverage of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials in advance of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.  Coverage will feature six sports – speed skating, short track, hockey, ski jumping, Nordic combined and curling.

Here is the schedule, set for NBC and the NBC Sports Network:

2014 U.S. OLYMPIC TRIALS TELECAST SCHEDULE

Date Sport Coverage Network Time**
Fri., November 15 Curling Men’s & Women’s Trials – Match 1 NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
Sat., November 16 Curling Men’s Trials – Match 2 NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
Curling Women’s Trials – Match 2 NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., November 17 Curling Men’s & Women’s Trials– Match 3* NBCSN Noon
Fri., December 20 Women’s Ice Hockey Team USA vs. Team Canada NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., December 27 Speed Skating Men’s 5000m & Women’s 3000m NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., December 28 Speed Skating Men’s & Women’s 500m NBC 3 p.m.
Women’s Ice Hockey Team USA vs. Team Canada NBCSN 4 p.m.
Sun., December 29 Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Men’s & Women’s Trials NBC 1:30 p.m.
Speed Skating Men’s & Women’s 1000m NBC 3 p.m.
Tue., December 31 Speed Skating Men’s & Women’s 1500m NBCSN 6 p.m.
Wed., January 1 Speed Skating Men’s 10,000m & Women’s 5000m NBCSN 5 p.m.
Fri., January 3 Short Track Men’s & Women’s 1500m NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., January 4 Short Track Men’s & Women’s 500m NBCSN 4 p.m.
Sun., January 5 Short Track Men’s & Women’s 1000m NBC 4 p.m.

 

 

ESPN Radio’s Coverage of the MLB Wild Card and Division Playoffs

ESPN Radio is the radio home for Major League Baseball’s Wild Card and League Division Series.

Here is the schedule of games on ESPN Radio, along with announcer assignments:

ESPN Radio Wild Card Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators
Tue, Oct 1 8 p.m. National League Wild Card: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates

Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser

Wed, Oct 2 8 p.m. American League Wild Card: Tampa Bay Rays or Texas Rangers at Cleveland Indians

Jon Sciambi, Chris Singleton

 

ESPN Radio NLDS Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators
Thu, Oct 3 TBD National League Wild Card at St. Louis Cardinals – Game 1

Dave Flemming, Rick Sutcliffe

  TBD Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves – Game 1

Shulman, Hershiser

Fri, Oct 4 TBD NL Wild Card at St. Louis Cardinals – Game 2

Flemming, Sutcliffe

  TBD Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves – Game 2

Shulman, Hershiser

Sun, Oct 6 TBD St. Louis Cardinals at NL Wild Card – Game 3

Flemming, Sutcliffe

  TBD Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers – Game 3

Shulman, Hershiser

Mon, Oct 7 TBD St. Louis Cardinals at NL Wild Card – Game 4*

Flemming, Sutcliffe

  TBD Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers – Game 4*

Shulman, Hershiser

Wed, Oct 9 TBD NL Wild Card at St. Louis Cardinals – Game 5*

Flemming, Sutcliffe

  TBD Los Angeles Dodgers at Atlanta Braves – Game 5*

Shulman, Hershiser

 

ESPN Radio ALDS Schedule:

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators
Fri, Oct 4 TBD American League Wild Card at Boston Red Sox – Game 1

Sciambi, Singleton

  TBD Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics – Game 1

Michael Kay, Aaron Boone

Sat, Oct 5 TBD AL Wild Card at Boston Red Sox – Game 2

Sciambi, Singleton

  TBD Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics – Game 2

Kay, Boone

Mon, Oct 7 TBD Boston Red Sox at AL Wild Card – Game 3

Sciambi, Singleton

  TBD Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers – Game 3

Kay, Boone

Tue, Oct 8 TBD Boston Red Sox at AL Wild Card – Game 4*

Sciambi, Singleton

  TBD Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers – Game 4*
Kay, Boone
Thu, Oct 10 TBD AL Wild Card at Boston Red Sox – Game 5*

Sciambi, Singleton

  TBD Detroit Tigers at Oakland Athletics – Game 5*

Kay, Boone

TBS Gets Strong Viewership for ALCS Game One

TBS reports today that its overnight audience for game one of the American League Championship Series between the Tigers and Yankees reached an average audience of 6.8 million viewers with a rating of 4.2, up 104% and 100% respectively over the network’s coverage of the National League Championship Series last year between the Cardinals and Brewers.

Locally the game registered a 25.9 rating in Detroit and a 14.4 in New York.

MLB LCS on TBS and Fox

Now that the Division Series have been decided, Fox and TBS can focus on the League Championship Series match-ups.  Fox gets the National League Championship Series (NLCS) while TBS will telecast the American League Championship Series (ALCS).

The ALCS begins tonight on TBS.  Ernie Johnson, John Smoltz, and Darling will call the action with Craig Sager as filed reporter.  Matt Winer, Cal Ripken, Jr., Dennis Eckersley and David Wells will serve as pre and post game hosts and analysts.

Here is the ALCS schedule on TBS:

Date Time (ET) Series
Saturday, Oct. 13 7:30 p.m. MLB On-Deck presented by Dodge Dart
  8 p.m. ALCS Game 1: Detroit at New York 
  11:30 p.m. Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan
     
Sunday, Oct. 14 3:30 p.m. MLB On-Deck presented by Dodge Dart
  4 p.m. ALCS Game 2: Detroit at New York 
  7:30 p.m. Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan
     
Tuesday, Oct. 16 7:30 p.m. MLB On-Deck presented by Dodge Dart
  8 p.m. ALCS Game 3: New York at Detroit 
  11:30 p.m. Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan
     
Wednesday, Oct. 17 7:30 p.m. MLB On-Deck presented by Dodge Dart
  8 p.m. ALCS Game 4: New York at Detroit 
  11:30 p.m. Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan
     
Thursday, Oct. 18 3:30 p.m. MLB On-Deck presented by Dodge Dart
  4 p.m.* ALCS Game 5: New York at Detroit 
  7:30 p.m. Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan
     
Saturday, Oct. 20 7:30 p.m. MLB On-Deck presented by Dodge Dart
  8 p.m.* ALCS Game 6: Detroit at New York 
  11:30 p.m. Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan
     
Sunday, Oct. 21 7:30 p.m. MLB On-Deck presented by Dodge Dart
  8 p.m.* ALCS Game 7: Detroit at New York 
  11:30 p.m. Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan

*if necessary

Fox Sports’ coverage of the NLCS begins tomorrow night.  Joe Buack and Tim McCarver have the call, along with reporters Ken Rosenthal and newcomer Erin Andrews.  Matt Vasgersian will handle pre and post game hosting duties with Eric Karros and Harold Reynolds.  White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski will join the studio crew for the series.

Here is the NLCS schedule on Fox:

Date                                        Game #                       On-Air

Sunday, Oct. 14                      Game #1                     8:00 PM ET
Monday, Oct. 15                     Game #2                     7:30 PM ET
Wednesday, Oct. 17               Game #3                     3:30 PM ET
Thursday, Oct. 18                   Game #4                     7:30 PM ET
Friday, Oct. 19                        Game #5*                   7:30 PM ET
Sunday, Oct. 21                      Game #6*                   4:30 PM ET+
Monday, Oct. 22                     Game #7*                   7:30 PM ET

(* if necessary)

(+ NLCS game #6 moves to 7:00 PM ET if no ALCS game #7)

TBS MLB Division Series Schedule Today

A stroke of luck for Turner Sports as all five MLB Division Series goes to five games.  The two final series conclude tonight.

Here is the schedule on TBS:

Friday, Oct. 12 4:30 p.m. MLB On-Deck presented by Dodge Dart
Matt Winer, Dennis Eckersley and David Wells
TBS
  5 p.m. NLDS Game 5: Baltimore at New YorkErnie Johnson, John Smoltz, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Craig Sager TBS
  8:30 p.m. ALDS Game 5: St. Louis at WashingtonDick Stockton, Bob Brenly and David Aldridge TBS
  Post-game Inside MLB presented by Captain MorganWiner, Eckersley and Wells TBS

 

 

MLB Division Series Today on TBS

TBS will once again have a full slate of four games today in the Major League Baseball Division Series.  Here is the schedule with announcer pairings:

12:30 p.m.
MLB On-Deck presented by Dodge Dart
Winer, Eckersley and Wells
TBS

1 p.m.
NLDS Game 5: San Francisco at Cincinnati
Anderson, Darling, Simpson and Verducci
TBS

4 p.m.
ALDS Game 4: St. Louis at Washington
Dick Stockton, Bob Brenly and David Aldridge
TBS

7:30 p.m.
ALDS Game 4: Baltimore at New York
Johnson, Smoltz, Ripken, Jr. and Sager
TBS

9:37 p.m.
ALDS Game 5: Detroit at Oakland
Orsillo, Martinez and Maggio
TNT

Post-game
Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan
Winer, Eckersley and Wells
TBS

TBS Schedule of Division Series Games Through Tomorrow

Here is the latest schedule of MLB Division Series games on TBS, with announcer assignments:

Date Time (ET) Games/Commentator Teams Network
       
Tuesday, Oct. 9 5 p.m. MLB On-Deck presented by Dodge Dart
Matt Winer, Dennis Eckersley, David Wells and Shane Victorino
TBS
  5:30 p.m. NLDS Game 3: San Francisco at Cincinnati

Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Joe Simpson and Tom Verducci

TBS
  9 p.m. ALDS Game 3: Detroit at Oakland

Don Orsillo, Buck Martinez and Jaime Maggio

TBS
  Post-game Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan

Winer, Eckersley, Wells and Victorino

TBS
       
Wednesday, Oct. 10 3:30 p.m. MLB On-Deck presented by Dodge Dart
Winer, Eckersley, Wells and Victorino
TBS
  4 p.m. NLDS Game 4 (if nec.): San Francisco at Cincinnati

Anderson, Darling, Simpson and Verducci

TBS
  7:30 p.m.* ALDS Game 3: Baltimore at New York

Ernie Johnson, John Smoltz, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Craig Sager

TBS
  9:30 p.m. ALDS Game 4 (if nec.): Detroit at Oakland

Orsillo, Martinez and Maggio

TNT
  Post-game Inside MLB presented by Captain Morgan

Winer, Eckersley, Wells and Victorino

TBS

 

*Shifts to 8:30 p.m. (ET) on TBS if the CIN-SF and DET-OAK series both end on Tuesday, October 9th

MLB Network Prepares for Its First Post Season Games

The MLB Network (MLBN) will enter the Major League Baseball post season this week when it televises a pair of Division Series games.

Matt Vasgersian and Jim Kaat will begin Sunday at 12:00p.m. ET as MLB Network telecasts Game Two of the American League Division Series between the Tigers and A’s.  The game marks Kaat’s first post season national assignment in 17 years.  Sam Ryan will sere as field reporter.

MLBN’s second Division Series game will take place Wednesday October 10th.  Bob Costas will join Kaat and Ryan for the call.

MLB Tonight will air live before and after every postseason game, with reporters on-site at each ballpark during the Division Series and Championship Series, and MLB Tonight and Intentional Talk on the road during the World Series. Jimmy Rollins and Omar Vizquel will serve as in-studio guest analysts on MLB Tonight during the League Division Series.