Mountain West Confernce

Sports Media Digest- August 19, 2013

Sox/Yankees Highest Rated SNB on ESPN

ESPN reports that last night’s Yankees/Red Sox Sunday Night Baseball (SNB) telecast was the highest rated SNB game of the season.

Last night’s game registered a 2.5 overnight rating, up 25 percent from a 2.0 for last year’s comparable Sunday Night Baseball telecast, which was also a Yankees-Red Sox game.

CBS and Mountain West Reach Deal on Coverage of Football Championship

CBS Sports has reached a a multi-year deal with the Mountain West Conference to telecast its football championship game.

CBS will televise this fall’s championship on Saturday, December 7th at 10:00p.m. ET.

“The new Mountain West football structure, which will culminate in an exciting match-up between two divisional champions, is one of many recent initiatives for the Conference as we enter our next era,” said Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson.  “We are pleased that CBS Sports will serve as a tremendous platform for this marquee event, providing an opportunity to showcase the caliber of Mountain West football.”

“We’re thrilled to extend our relationship with the Mountain West and broadcast their inaugural football championship game,” said Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports.  “It’s a great addition to our college football programming and we look forward to providing fans with a full day of championship coverage for many years.”

The CBS Sports Network will air 23 games this season featuring teams from the Mountain West.

Bleacher Report Bolsters Coverage of the NFL

The Bleacher Report will be expanding its coverage of the National Football League this season.  The main additions will be in  new Fantasy Football stream in its top-rated Team Stream™ mobile and tablet app, as well additions to its NFL editorial staff and enhancements to its NFL video franchises.

Former NFL player Matt Bowen will join Bleacher Report as an NFL analyst.  Bowen will provide in-depth analysis of news around the league as well as previews on key matchups each week.  He will also be a regular video contributor for the site. In addition to his work with Bleacher Report, Bowen will continue to be a correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.

“We are committed to providing the best, most comprehensive experiences to our fans and these enhancements made to Bleacher Report’s coverage of the NFL are representative of how we’re delivering on that commitment,” said Dave Finocchio, founder and chief content and product officer, Bleacher Report, and VP, Turner Sports. “This major category launch to Team Stream, the addition of established, well-respected talent, and the growth of our video franchises will provide an even better experience for our fans.”

ESPN Creates Another Post-Season Bowl Game

ESPN announced today that it has created the Camellia Bowl, a postseason college football game matching-up the Sun Belt Conference against the Mid-American Conference (MAC) beginning in December 2014. The game will be played yearly at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., before the Christmas holiday and be televised nationally on ESPN or ESPN2.

“The Raycom All-Star game helped shine a new light on the city of Montgomery, and we took notice,” said Pete Derzis, Senior Vice President & GM, ESPN Regional Television. “From stadium improvements and opportunities for quality hospitality, to the downtown hotel properties, rich history and the wonderful museums like the Rosa Parks Center, it all came together for us. We have two conference partners excited about the bowl, a community we believe is hungry for a quality postseason event and civic and business leaders that have a great can-do spirit.”

“The Sun Belt Conference marks a significant moment in its history by partnering with the Mid-American Conference, ESPN, and the city of Montgomery for what will be a tremendously successful bowl game,” said Karl Benson, Sun Belt Conference Commissioner.  “Montgomery has all the ingredients for a great bowl game and experience for our student-athletes and fans – a great venue in the renovated Cramton Bowl, a vibrant downtown with many new hotels and restaurants, and a location in the middle of the SBC footprint that will make travel very convenient for fans throughout our league.  With every football season the SBC continues to show its strength and deserving place amongst college football’s best and soon a talented SBC team will represent our league well in this exciting new bowl game.”

“The Mid-American Conference is proud to partner in the creation of the Camellia Bowl beginning with the 2014 season,” said Dr. Jon Steinbrecher, Mid-American Conference Commissioner.  “The historic Cramton Bowl will be a great venue for our student-athletes and fans.  Additionally, Montgomery’s entertainment district will provide a fun and lively bowl experience for all involved.  I want to thank all parties involved for their diligence in creating this event, especially Montgomery mayor Todd Strange.”

ESPN Announces College Football Games Featuring Mountain West

ESPN today announced a 15 game college football schedule featuring teams in the Mountain West Conference.  Here is the schedule:

2013 Mountain West Schedule
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Sat, Sep 7 TBD Tennessee-Martin at Boise State TBD
Fri, Sep 13 8 p.m. Air Force at Boise State * ESPN
Fri, Sep 20 9 p.m. Boise State at Fresno State * ESPN
Sat, Sep 21 TBD Wyoming at Air Force TBD
Fri, Sep 27 9 p.m. Utah State at San Jose State * ESPN
Sat, Sep 28 TBD Southern Mississippi at Boise State TBD
Fri, Oct 4 9 p.m. Nevada at San Diego State * ESPN
Sat, Oct 26 TBD Fresno State at San Diego State TBD
  TBD UNLV at Nevada TBD
Sat, Nov 2 TBD Nevada at Fresno State TBD
  TBD Army at Air Force TBD
Fri, Nov 8 9 p.m. Air Force at New Mexico * ESPNU
Sat, Nov 9 TBD Nevada at Colorado State TBD
  TBD Utah State at UNLV TBD
Sat, Nov 16 TBD San Jose State at Nevada TBD
  TBD Wyoming at Boise State TBD
Thu, Nov 21 9:30 p.m. UNLV at Air Force * ESPNU
Fri, Nov 22 9:30 p.m. Navy at San Jose State * ESPN2
Sat, Nov 23 TBD New Mexico at Fresno State TBD
Sat, Nov 30 TBD New Mexico at Boise State TBD
  TBD San Diego State at UNLV TBD
  TBD Air Force at Colorado State TBD

ESPN Announces Seven Mountain West Football Telecasts

ESPN today announced an initial slate of seven Mountain West Conference football games for the upcoming season.  The games will be played primarily on Thursday or Friday nights.

Here is the schedule and the network slated to telecast game:

2013 Mountain West Schedule as of April 23 (additional selections will be announced):
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Fri, Sep 13 8 p.m. Air Force at Boise State ESPN
Fri, Sep 20 9 p.m. Boise State at Fresno State ESPN
Fri, Sep 27 9 p.m. Utah State at San Jose State ESPN
Fri, Oct 4 9 p.m. Nevada at San Diego State ESPN
Fri, Nov 8 9 p.m. Air Force at New Mexico ESPNU
Thu, Nov 21 9:30 p.m. UNLV at Air Force ESPNU
Fri, Nov 22 9:30 p.m. Navy at San Jose State ESPN2

NBCSN to Televise Ten Mountain West Hoops Games

The NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) has announced a slate of ten college basketball games featuring teams in the Mountain West Conference.

Action begins January 12th.  Here is the schedule:

Date Opponent Time

Sat., Jan. 12 Colorado State at San Diego State 8:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Jan. 19 UNLV at Colorado State 7:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Jan. 26 New Mexico at San Diego State 4:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Feb. 2 Nevada at New Mexico 8:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Feb. 9 New Mexico at UNLV 9:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Feb. 16 San Diego State at UNLV 9:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Feb. 23 New Mexico at Colorado State 4:00 p.m. ET
Sat., Feb. 23 Nevada at San Diego State 6:00 p.m. ET
Sat., March 2 UNLV at Nevada 4:00 p.m. ET
Sat., March 9 San Diego State at Boise State 3:30 p.m. ET