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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:

NBCSN’S 2013-14 COLLEGE BASKETBALL TELECAST SCHEDULE

DATE GAME CONFERENCE / TOURNAMENT TIME
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

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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:

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- 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:

DATE GAME TIME (ET)
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.