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NBC Sports Network College Basketball Schedule

NBC Sports Network unveiled a slate of 60 college basketball games for the coming season.  Here is the schedule:


Thu., November 14 Temple at Towson CAA 7:30 p.m.
Thu., November 28 Xavier at Iowa – Round 1 Battle 4 Atlantis 7 p.m.
Thu., November 28 Tennessee at UTEP – Round 1 Battle 4 Atlantis 9:30 p.m.
Fri., November 29 Ole Miss at Georgia Tech Barclays Classic 4:30 p.m.
Fri., November 29 TBD – Round 2 Battle 4 Atlantis 7 p.m.
Fri., November 29 TBD – Round 2 Battle 4 Atlantis 9:30 p.m.
Sat., November 30 Consolation Game Barclays Classic 2 p.m.
Sat., November 30 Championship Game Barclays Classic 4:30 p.m.
Sat., November 30 Consolation Game Battle 4 Atlantis 7:00 p.m.
Sat., November 30 Championship Game Battle 4 Atlantis 9:30 p.m.
Sat., December 14 Northern Illinois at UMass A-10 3 p.m.
Thu., December 19 Iona at Dayton A-10 7 p.m.
Sat., December 21 James Madison at Hampton Governor’s Holiday Hoop Classic 3 p.m.
Sat., December 21 Virginia Tech at VCU Governor’s Holiday Hoop Classic 5:30 p.m.
Sat., December 28 Old Dominion at Richmond A-10 6:30 p.m.
Thu., January 2 Penn at George Mason A-10 7:30 p.m.
Sat., January 4 Cornell at St. Bonaventure A-10 2 p.m.
Sat., January 4 Yale at Saint Louis A-10 5:30 p.m.
Sun., January 5 George Washington at Saint Joseph’s** A-10 1 p.m.
Sun., January 5 Dayton at Saint Louis** A-10 3 p.m.
Thu., January 9 George Washington at La Salle A-10 8 p.m.
Sat., January 11 St. Bonaventure at UMass A-10 12:30 p.m.
Sat., January 11 Rhode Island at George Washington A-10 2:30 p.m.
Sat., January 11 Princeton at Penn Ivy 6 p.m.
Sun., January 12 La Salle at Duquesne A-10 2:30 p.m.
Mon., January 13 College of Charleston at Northeastern CAA 7 p.m.
Sat., January 18 George Mason at Rhode Island A-10 12:30 p.m.
Sat., January 18 Fordham at Saint Louis A-10 2:30 p.m.
Sun., January 19 Towson at College of Charleston CAA 3:30 p.m.
Mon., January 20 Delaware at Drexel CAA 7 p.m.
Sat., January 25 George Washington at George Mason A-10 Noon
Sat., January 25 Saint Joseph’s at Richmond A-10 4 p.m.
Sun., January 26 Fordham at UMass A-10 Noon
Sun., January 26 Harvard at Dartmouth Ivy 4 p.m.
Sun., January 26 Dayton at Saint Joseph’s** A-10 6 p.m.
Sat., February 1 George Washington at Dayton A-10 12:30 p.m.
Sat., February 1 George Mason at Saint Louis A-10 2:30 p.m.
Sat., February 1 Drexel at Towson CAA 4:30 p.m.
Sat., February 1 Penn at Harvard Ivy 9 p.m.
Sun., February 2 William and Mary at James Madison CAA 2:30 p.m.
Wed., February 12 George Washington at VCU A-10 7 p.m.
Thu., February 13 Drexel at College of Charleston CAA 7 p.m.
Mon., February 17 Delaware at Towson CAA 7 p.m.
Tues., February 18 George Washington at Richmond A-10 7 p.m.
Wed., February 19 Saint Louis at George Mason A-10 7 p.m.
Sat., February 22 Brown at Cornell Ivy 8 p.m.
Sun., February 23 Yale at Columbia Ivy 1:30 p.m.
Thu., February 27 Duquesne at Saint Louis A-10 8 p.m.
Fri., February 28 Brown at Penn Ivy 7:30 p.m.
Sat., March 1 Saint Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure A-10 3 p.m.
Sat., March 1 La Salle at Fordham A-10 5 p.m.
Sun., March 2 George Mason at George Washington A-10 1 p.m.
Thu., March 6 George Mason at La Salle A-10 8 p.m.
Fri., March 7 Harvard at Yale Ivy 7:30 p.m.
Sun., March 9 TBD* CAA Tournament Semifinals 2:30 p.m.
Sun., March 9 TBD* CAA Tournament Semifinals 5 p.m.
Mon., March 10 TBD* CAA Championship Game 7 p.m.
Fri., March 14 TBD* A-10 Championship Quarterfinals Noon
Fri., March 14 TBD* A-10 Championship Quarterfinals 2:30 p.m.
Fri., March 14 TBD* A-10 Championship Quarterfinals 6:30 p.m.
Fri., March 14 TBD* A-10 Championship Quarterfinals 9 p.m.


All games and times subject to change.
*Opponents will be determined based on outcome of previous games or regular-season standings
**Denotes A-10 women’s basketball games


NBCSN’s Coverage of Big Ten Hockey

Yesterday the NBC Sports Network announced a slate of college hockey games this season featuring teams from Hockey East.  Today the network announced tht it will televise five games from the Big Ten Conference.

Here is the schedule of Big Ten hockey games:

Friday, December 13- Colorado College – Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday,  January 18- Penn State – Michigan State, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday,  February 1- Wisconsin – Michigan, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday  February 15- Wisconsin – Ohio State, 8 p.m.
Saturday  March 1- Penn State – Minnesota TBD


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:


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- September 26, 2013

Steve Sabol to be Next Profile on NFLN’s A Football Life

The NFL Network (NFLN) has announced that the next edition of its documentary series A Football Life will profile the life of former NFL Films President Steve Sabol.  Sabol passed away last year after a battle with cancer.

Steve Sabol: A Football Life will feature footage from classic NFL Films movies and interviews, family photos and old films of Steve, and time spent at home and with his family. Additionally, throughout the show, NFL Films employees read thousands of emails which were sent to Steve following his seizure in 2011, and individuals who Steve reached out to and inspired share their memories. It is a film about Steve told by those who knew him best – family, friends, co-workers – and those who didn’t know him at all.

Following the documentary Rich Eisen will narrate A Football Life: Backstory, a 30-minute show that provides a deeper look into the life and story of Steve Sabol.

Steve Sabol: A Football Life debuts Tuesday, October 1st, at 9:00p.m. ET.

NBCSN To Launch New NHL Programs

In preparation for the new NHL season, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) announced it will launch two new NHL programs. Both will debut on Wednesday, October 9th beginning at 10:30p.m. ET.

NHL Rivals will delve into the history between many of the teams featured on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups, as told by current and former players, broadcasters and writers.

NHL Top 10, which will premiere each week following NHL Rivals, will examine some of the most timeless debates hockey fans have discussed for decades. The weekly countdown program will run the gamut of hockey “bests,” including top goal-scorers and U.S.-born players, as well as the toughest places to play in the NHL and top Olympic moments. It will feature commentary and analysis from current and former players, broadcasters and writers.

ESPN Reports Ratings and Viewership Increases for Sunday Night Baseball

The Sunday Night Baseball series on ESPN is over for the season and the network reports a gain in ratings and viewership over 2012.

Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN averaged a 1.3 U.S. household rating, up eight percent from a 1.2 rating in 2012. Additionally, Sunday Night Baseball averaged 1,896,000 viewers, which is up six percent compared to 1,784,000 in 2012.

Larry King, Colin Cowherd, and Jeremy Schapp Tabbed to Fill In for Olbermann

ESPN announced today a slate of guest hosts who will fill-in for Keith Olbermann on his weeknight program on ESPN2 when he takes a leave of absence to work as a studio host for TBS’ coverage of the Major League Baseball post season.

The network announced that former CNN host Larry King will host the show from October 1st through October 3rd. Jeremy Schapp will host from October 8th through October 10th while ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd will host from October 15th through October 17th.

Olbermann is designed specifically around Keith’s one-of-a-kind personality so having a guest host like Larry, who can deliver a similar level of editorial expertise and intellectual commentary to entertain sports fans, fits the bill perfectly,” said Norby Williamson, executive vice president, programming and acquisitions.  “Larry is so popular and well-known to television viewers but being able to bring them his unique perspective on sports topics is a new twist and we’re excited to have him.”
“I am a great admirer of Keith Olbermann who I think is the quintessential sports host,” said King.  “Sports have always been my avocation – they’re part of my being.  Having the chance to come back to my hometown of New York and host Keith’s show for several days is a terrific joy for me and a return to my first love.”
“Both Jeremy and Colin have distinctive personalities and points of view that will bring a different perspective to the program while Keith is away,” said Jamie Horowitz, vp of original programming and production.  “While we’ll certainly miss Keith in the coming weeks, we’re also looking forward to producing some fun and entertaining shows for sports fans with our guest hosts.”

NBC Sports Network Cancels The Crossover in Programming Shift

The NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) today announced a series of programming moves as it continues its coverage of the NFL and the Premier League and gets set for the NHL season.

The big news from the announcement was the cancellation of The Crossover, which was hosted by Michelle Beadle.  Beadle was on our Sports Media Weekly program last week talking about how she had hoped for better promotion for her show from the network.  Unfortunately for her that will not be needed.

Beginning Monday NBCSN will pro producing a 90-minute block of NFL programming beginning at 5:00p.m. ET.  On weekdays with a live Premier League match, that game will be followed by Premier League Goal Zone.

Here are more details from NBC Sports PR:

NFL Programming

  • Pro Football Talk will be preceded by NFL programming each weekday. On Mondays without a live Premier League match, Pro Football Talk expands with a 90-minute program.
  • NBCSN will air an additional Fantasy Football Live on Tuesdays. Fantasy Football Live, in conjunction with Yahoo Sports, will air at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesdays and Thursdays, followed by Pro Football Talk at 5:30 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation at 6:30 p.m. ET on evenings when NHL Live, NBCSN’s pre-game show starts at 7 p.m. ET.
  • Football Night in America: Coach’s Clicker will air on Wednesdays and with an encore presentation on Fridays at5 p.m. ET, followed by Pro Football Talk at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Premier League Programming

  • NBC Sports Group’s Premier League Goal Zone expands on weekdays, primarily Mondays at 5 p.m. ET, following Premier League fixtures.

NHL Programming

  • NBC Sports Group’s 2013 NHL regular-season coverage begins Tues., Oct. 1 with NHL Face-Off as the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks host the Washington Capitals. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with NBC Sports Group’s pre-game show, NHL Live.
  • New NHL programming to be announced tomorrow on 12 noon ET conference call.

Typical Weekday Programming Schedule – without a Premier League Weekday Fixture (all times ET, subject to change):

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m.
Pro Football Talk Fantasy Football Live Football Night in America: Coach’s Clicker Fantasy Football Live Football Night in America: Coach’s Clicker Encore
5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
Pro Football Talk Pro Football Talk Pro Football Talk Pro Football Talk
6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
New NHL Program Fantasy Football Live

NBC Sports Network’s Atlantic 10 Basketball Schedule

The NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) has released its schedule of 29 men’s college basketball games it will televise this season featuring teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Here is the schedule:

Saturday, December 14 Northern Illinois at Massachusetts 3 p.m.
Thursday, December 19 Iona at Dayton 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 28 Old Dominion at Richmond 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 2 Penn at George Mason 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 4 Cornell at St. Bonaventure 2 p.m.
Saturday, January 4 Yale at Saint Louis 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 9 George Washington at La Salle 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 11 St. Bonaventure at Massachusetts 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 11 Rhode Island at George Washington 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 12 La Salle at Duquesne 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 18 George Mason at Rhode Island 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 18 Fordham at Saint Louis 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 25 George Washington at George Mason Noon
Saturday, January 25 Saint Joseph’s at Richmond 4 p.m.
Sunday, January 26 Fordham at Massachusetts Noon
Saturday, February 1 George Washington at Dayton 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 1 George Mason at Saint Louis 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12 George Washington at VCU 7 p.m.
Tuesday, February 18 George Washington at Richmond 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 19 Saint Louis at George Mason 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 27 Duquesne at Saint Louis 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 1 Saint Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 1 La Salle at Fordham 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 2 George Mason at George Washington 2 p.m.
Thursday, March 6 George Mason at La Salle 8 p.m.
Friday, March 14 Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinal Noon
Friday, March 14 Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinal 2:30 p.m.
Friday, March 14 Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinal 6:30 p.m.
Friday, March 14 Atlantic 10 Championship Quarterfinal 9 p.m.

Sports Media Digest- September 3, 2013

NBCSN to Debut New Weekly NFL Studio Show

The abundance of NFL studio shows continues to grow as NBC announced today that a new show will soon launch on the NBC Sports Network.

FNIA Coach’s Clicker will debut Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30p.m. ET with Liam McHugh hosting and Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison providing an in-depth preview of the upcoming week’s biggest games, including the Sunday Night Football contest.

“Every week, FNIA Coach’s Clicker will provide the deepest dive on the biggest games of the week,” said Sam Flood, executive producer, NBC Sports & NBCSN. “Tony, Rodney and Liam will take NFL fans inside the film room to break down the most critical Xs-and-Os elements of the upcoming week. While NFL Turning Point looks back at the most critical moments of the previous week’s biggest games, FNIA Coach’s Clicker will look ahead.”

Colin’s New Football Show Debuts September 8th

ESPN announced today that the new football show featuring ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd will debut this Sunday at 9:00a.m. ET on ESPN2.

Colin’s New Football Show is a 60-minute program where Cowherd discusses the college and NFL stories of the week.

Colin’s New Football Show will be entirely from Colin’s perspective,” said Jamie Horowitz, vice president, original programming and production.  “It’s a cool and alternative pregame show with Colin, a football outsider on the inside, letting fans know the key stories of the day in his own style.”
Cowherd added, “This won’t be your typical pregame show because I’m hosting it and I’ve never played in the league and I don’t even know that many people who did play in the league. We know what we are, and what we’re not. And we’re not going to take ourselves too seriously.  The show is me and smart, funny guys hopefully coming on the show and making it better. I’m really excited for it.”

NBA TV has Exclusive Coverage of Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

NBA TV will have exclusive coverage of this weekend’s Basketball Hall-of-Fame induction ceremony from Springfield, MA.

The telecast will begin at 2:00p.m. ET with the induction of NBA stars Gary Payton and Bernard King; ABA legend Roger Brown; 30-year NBA executive and former President of USA Basketball Russ Granik; six-time NBA All-Star and 1968 NBA Coach of the Year Richard Guerin;  basketball pioneer Dr. E.B. Henderson; University of Houston five-time NCAA Final Four head coach Guy Lewis; college coaching legend and three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell; two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NCAA Final Four head coach Rick Pitino; one of FIBA’s 50 Greatest Players Oscar Schmidt; five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley; and UNLV coaching legend and 1990 NCAA Champion Jerry Tarkanian.

Latest Edition of Fox Sports’ Being to Spotlight NYPD Football Team

The next installment of Fox Sports’ Being: series will take a look at the New York City Police Department football team.

Being: The Finest will debut Tuesday, September 10th at 9:00p.m. ET.  The program follows the New York City Police Department’s semi-professional football team from the beginning of its season in April through its regular-season finale against The Bravest, the New York City Fire Department’s squad, in the Fun City Bowl at Hofstra University on June 2. The documentary is narrated by Tony Hernandez, the club’s general manager and an active NYPD narcotics detective.

“The bonds that grow between cops are strong,” Hernandez said. “Our team uses football to make them even stronger. We work together. We play together. We sacrifice together. You never know when life is going to throw you something nasty, something unfair. I like to think our team, our brotherhood, makes it a little easier to deal with at all.”

The Dino Costa Show Changing Time and Channel on SiriusXM Radio

SiriusXM Radio announced today that The Dino Costa Show  is moving to a new time and channel on the SiriusXM platform.

Starting this Thursday the program will be heard on SiriusXM Sports Zone (Sirius channel 92, XM channel 208) from 7:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. ET. Previously The Dino Costa Show was on nightly as part of the line-up on  SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio channel.

“When I joined SiriusXM nearly five years ago, my objective was to deliver listeners across North America a brand of sports commentary and opinion that they had never heard before, something that was a radical departure from the status quo,” said Costa.  “I feel I have accomplished that and gained a more than appreciable audience over that time.  Creating and delivering the kind of a show I do would not have been possible anyplace other than SiriusXM and it is an honor and a privilege to be with what I consider to be the mightiest radio broadcaster on planet earth.  I enjoyed my time with Mad Dog Sports Radio and now I look forward to new challenges and conquests and feel more enthused than ever at the prospects of making SiriusXM Sports Zone a destination channel for our valued subscribers. This is the start of something very big!”

2013-2014 NHL Schedule on NBC Sports

The NHL unveiled its 2013-2014 regular season schedule today and NBC followed through with its slate of games on NBC and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN.

In total 103 games will be televised on the networks, 13 on NBC and 90 on NBCSN.

Here is the entire schedule on the networks of NBC, beginning October 1st:

NBC Sports Group 2013-14 NHL regular-season schedule (subject to change):

Date Away Home Network
Tues., Oct. 1 Washington Chicago NBCSN
Wed., Oct. 2 Buffalo Detroit NBCSN
Thurs., Oct. 3 Los Angeles Minnesota NBCSN
Tues., Oct. 8 Tampa Bay Buffalo NBCSN
Wed., Oct. 9 Chicago St. Louis NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 14 Minnesota Buffalo NBCSN
Tues., Oct. 15 San Jose St. Louis NBCSN
Wed., Oct. 16 NY Rangers Washington NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 21 Colorado Pittsburgh NBCSN
Tues., Oct. 22 Nashville Minnesota NBCSN
Wed., Oct. 23 Boston Buffalo NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 28 Montreal NY Rangers NBCSN
Tues., Oct. 29 Tampa Bay New Jersey NBCSN
Wed., Oct. 30 Boston Pittsburgh NBCSN
Mon., Nov. 4 Anaheim NY Rangers NBCSN
Tues., Nov. 5 Philadelphia Carolina NBCSN
Wed., Nov. 6 Pittsburgh NY Rangers NBCSN
Tues., Nov. 12 Phoenix St. Louis NBCSN
Wed., Nov. 13 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBCSN
Mon., Nov. 18 Anaheim Pittsburgh NBCSN
Tues., Nov. 19 Boston NY Rangers NBCSN
Wed., Nov. 20 Pittsburgh Washington NBCSN
Mon., Nov. 25 Minnesota St. Louis NBCSN
Tues., Nov. 26 Anaheim Dallas NBCSN
Wed., Nov. 27 Boston Detroit NBCSN
Fri., Nov. 29 NY Rangers Boston NBC
Mon., Dec. 2 Philadelphia Minnesota NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 3 Dallas Chicago NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 4 Philadelphia Detroit NBCSN
Mon., Dec. 9 Columbus Pittsburgh NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 10 Nashville NY Rangers NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 11 Philadelphia Chicago NBCSN
Tues., Dec. 17 Washington Philadelphia NBCSN
Wed., Dec. 18 Pittsburgh NY Rangers NBCSN
Mon., Dec. 23 Minnesota Philadelphia NBCSN
Mon., Dec. 30 Los Angeles Chicago NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 1 Toronto Detroit NBC
Sun., Jan. 5 San Jose Chicago NBCSN
Tues., Jan. 7  Philadelphia New Jersey NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 8 NY Rangers Chicago NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 12 Philadelphia NY Rangers NBCSN
Tues., Jan. 14 Philadelphia Buffalo NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 15 Washington Pittsburgh NBCSN
Thurs., Jan. 16 Los Angeles St. Louis NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 19 Boston Chicago NBC
Sun., Jan. 19 Washington NY Rangers NBCSN
Tues., Jan. 21 Minnesota Dallas NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 22 Chicago Detroit NBCSN
Thurs., Jan. 23 Pittsburgh NY Islanders NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 25 Anaheim Los Angeles NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 26 NY Rangers New Jersey NBC
Mon., Jan. 27 Buffalo Pittsburgh NBCSN
Mon., Jan. 27 Los Angeles San Jose NBCSN
Tues., Jan. 28 Washington Buffalo NBCSN
Wed., Jan. 29 NY Rangers NY Islanders NBCSN
Sun., Feb. 2 Detroit Washington NBC
Mon., Feb. 3 Colorado New Jersey NBCSN
Tues., Feb. 4 NY Islanders Washington NBCSN
Wed., Feb. 5 Pittsburgh Buffalo NBCSN
Thurs., Feb. 6 Boston St. Louis NBCSN
Wed., Feb. 26 Boston Buffalo NBCSN
Wed., Feb. 26 Los Angeles Colorado NBCSN
Sat., March 1 Pittsburgh Chicago NBC
Sun., March 2*** Philadelphia Washington NBC
Sun., March 2*** Ottawa Vancouver NBCSN
Sun., March 2*** Boston NY Rangers NBCSN
Mon., March 3 Buffalo Dallas NBCSN
Tues., March 4 Tampa Bay St. Louis NBCSN
Wed., March 5 Washington Philadelphia NBCSN
Sun., March 9 Detroit NY Rangers NBC
Sun., March 9 Chicago Buffalo NBCSN
Tues., March 11 Washington Pittsburgh NBCSN
Wed., March 12 Boston Montreal NBCSN
Sun., March 16 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBC
Sun., March 16 Detroit Chicago NBCSN
Mon., March 17 Minnesota Boston NBCSN
Tues., March 18 Chicago Philadelphia NBCSN
Wed., March 19 St. Louis Chicago NBCSN
Sun., March 23 Minnesota Detroit NBCSN
Mon., March 24 Montreal Boston NBCSN
Tues., March 25 Detroit Columbus NBCSN
Wed., March 26 Philadelphia NY Rangers NBCSN
Sun., March 30 Boston Philadelphia NBC
Sun., March 30 Chicago Pittsburgh NBCSN
Mon., March 31 Florida New Jersey NBCSN
Mon., March 31 Minnesota Los Angeles NBCSN
Tues., April 1 Philadelphia St. Louis NBCSN
Wed., April 2 Boston Detroit NBCSN
Wed., April 2 Phoenix Los Angeles NBCSN
Thurs., April 3 Minnesota Chicago NBCSN
Thurs., April 3 Los Angeles San Jose NBCSN
Fri., April 4 Washington New Jersey NBCSN
Sun., April 6 St. Louis Chicago NBC
Sun., April 6 Buffalo Philadelphia NBCSN
Tues., April 8 Washington St. Louis NBCSN
Wed., April 9 Detroit Pittsburgh NBCSN
Wed., April 9 San Jose Anaheim NBCSN
Thurs., April 10 St. Louis Minnesota NBCSN
Fri., April 11 NY Islanders New Jersey NBCSN
Sat., April 12 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBC
Sat., April 12 Chicago Nashville NBCSN
Sun., April 13 Detroit St. Louis NBC

Sports Media Weekly No. 154- Paul Banks, Chicago Media Watch

It’s a Boston and Chicago feel to this week’s Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined this week by Paul Banks of Chicago Sports Media Watch and The Sports Bank.net.

We begin the show by looking back at the events this week where an Atlanta sports talk morning show crossed the line in producing a skit featuring former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who is suffering from ALS.  The trio were fired as a result of their poor judgement.

We move to the NBA Finals as we all give our thoughts of the coverage thus far on the part of ESPN and ABC.  We also delve into the chess match that has been playing out each game between sideline reporter Doris Burke and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

We then move to NFL news; namely the announcement that the Cincinnati Bengals will once again be spotlighted on HBO’s Hard Knocks and the news that former NFL executive Scott Pioli will be joining the cast of NBC’s Football Night in America.

We wrap the show looking at the NHL Stanley Cup Finals;  the viewership success for NBC and the NBC Sports Network as well as the local media reaction in both Chicago and Boston to the success of the Blackhawks and Bruins.