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Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 60

We have reached the 60th edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I were scheduled to welcome ESPN’s Michelle Beadle to the show, but we could not connect with her.  We wish her all the best as she fills in for Kelly Ripa tomorrow on Regis & Kelly.  We hope to get Michelle on a future show.

During this edition of the program Ken and I talk about Ken’s role in the confusing saga of whether Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals would air before a large audience at Boston’s TD Garden.

We also discuss ratings for the Stanley Cup, NBA Finals, and the upcoming U.S. Open.

NBC Sports Group Takes Home Most Sports Emmys

NBC Sports Group received nine Emmys, the most of any network,  at the 32nd annual Sports Emmy Awards presentation last night in New York.

NBC’s coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics gave the network five of its nine Emmys.  For the third year the network took home the statue for Outstanding Live Sports Series for its production of Sunday Night Football.

Three NBC personalities also took home awards:  Bob Costas for Outstanding Sports Personality-Studio Host.  Cris Collinsworth received his third consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality-Sports Event Analyst.  Mike Emrick took home his first Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality-Play-by-Play.

HBO took home seven Emmys including the award for Best Documentary for its production of Lombardi. Three Emmys for the network came for its work on last season’s Hard Knocks series featuring the New York Jets.  HBO won for best Journalism for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and editing awards for both 24/7 Penguins/Capitols: Road to the NHL Winter Classic and 24/7 Jimmie Johnson: Race to Daytona.

ESPN also finished with seven Emmys even though some of its programming aired on ABC.  Three of the awards were for its production of the 2010 2010 FIFA World Cup.  Kirk Herbstreit won the award for Outstanding Studio Analyst while College Gameday took how the Emmy for Outstanding Studio Show/Weekly.

CBS took home six Emmys including Outstanding Playoff Coverage the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  They also took home three awards for their work on Super Bowl XLIV.

Fox took home three awards while the MLB Network garnered two.

SMJ Inbox- April 11, 2011

It’s a brand spankin’ new week, time to peek into the Sports Media Journal Inbox…

Masters Ratings Second Highest in Ten Years- CBS is reporting that the ratings for the final round of the Masters averaged a 10.4.  Even though it fell below last year’s 12.0 rating, it is still the second highest rated final round for the network in the last ten years.

Masters Online Also Scores Big- CBS is also reporting that its Masters Live product on CBSSports.com saw a 33% increase in traffic with time spent viewing online averaging 72 minutes per viewer.

NBC Sports Group Prepares for Coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs- NBC Sports Group has announced that it will have blanket coverage  of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC, Versus, and various local Comcast SportsNet outlets.  NBC begins coverage this Saturday with Game 2 between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Detroit Red Wings at 1pm ET.  NBC returns Sunday at 3pm ET with coverage of Game Three in the series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.

Versus will kick-off the playoff season with a triple header Wednesday night beginning at 7pm ET with Game 1 of the Coyotes and Red Wings, followed, in progress, with Game 1 of the Rangers at Washington, then capping the night off with Game 1 of the Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver Canucks at 10pm ET.

Sirius-XM has Horse Racing Triple Crown Covered- Sirius-XM Radio has announced that it will broadcast all three races of the Triple Crown this spring.  Coverage of all three races, The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness, and The Belmont will begin at 5pm ET on Sirius Channel 126 and XM Channel 243.

SMJ Inbox- April 6, 2011

Time for another look into the Sports Media Journal inbox…

Mulder Joins ESPN as Baseball Analyst- Former Major League pitcher Mark Mulder has joined ESPN as a baseball analyst.  The two time all-star will debut on Baseball Tonight this Friday at Midnight ET.

Four New Editions of ESPN’s Year of the Quarterback to Air in April- Four new shows under ESPN’s Year of the Quarterback series will debut in April.  One will focus on the drafting of Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady, two on quarterback prospects for the upcoming NFL draft, and a Sports Science program looking at the science behind some of the quarterbacks available for the 2011 draft.

Five New Episodes on Tap for the Next Edition of E:60- The next edition of ESPN’s E:60 news magazine program debuts on April 12th at 7pm ET.   One will spotlight Red Sox free agent Carl Crawford and another will look back at Tucson shooting victim Christina Taylor Green.  There will also be a story on how boxer Francisco Rodriguez lost his life in the ring but ended up saving four people.  Another will focus on how caddies in Mumbai get to play their own form of golf.  And the finale will be a look at the arrest of Brazilian soccer star Bruno de Souza.

Yanks/Red Sox and Phillies/Braves on Fox Saturday Game of the Week- The Yankees at Red Sox will be viewed by 84% of the country in this week’s Fox Saturday Game of the week.  Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, and Ken Rosenthal will have the call.  Matt Vasgersian and Eric Karros will call the Phillies at Braves.  Both games start at 1pm ET.

NBC Has Red Wings/Blackhawks in NHL Season Finale- This Sunday NBC will telecast the Detroit Red Wings at the Chicago Blackhawks in the final game of the 2010-2011 NHL regular season.  Game time is 12:30pm ET.

NFL Network Readies NFL Draft Coverage- The NFL Network is working to produce more than 38 hours of live programming leading up the the 2011 NFL Draft.   Among the programs will be Mike Mayock’s 2011 Mock Draft, to air Wednesday, April 27th at 8pm ET.  The network also plans to produce draft programming for NFL.com.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #21- Jim Lefko, Indianapolis Star

Sports Media Weekly Time for our Super Bowl week edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast. One day later than usual but still packed with information!

This week Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I preview the expected high ratings for Sunday’s big game, and reviewed what proved to be a tame Super Bowl Media Day.

Ken and I also look forward to NBC’s coverage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics  and plans by Turner and CBS to submit a joint bid if the NCAA opts out of its contract for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and expands the field to 96 teams.  Ken also fills us in on his trip to New York to see a preview of the new Bloomberg Sports fantasy baseball software package.

Our guest this week has a huge investment in this week’s Super Bowl.  We are joined by Jim Lefko, Senior Editor for Sports at the Indianapolis Star.  We talk with Jim about how is news organization is staffing the big game and it’s plans to cover the home town Colts.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #15

Sports Media WeeklyWelcome to our pre-Christmas edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I discuss the upcoming Christmas sports television schedule and how the NBA has taken over the day.  We also discuss the entrance of TMZ into the sports media world and the projected revenue loss for NBC as it preps for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Join Ken and I next week as we look back at the world of sports media 2009…

Happy Holidays!

Cowboys/Redskins to Remain on NBC, No Flex for Week 16

Word from the NFL that NBC will hold onto its originally scheduled match-up of the Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins, so it will not flex another game into its prime time Sunday slot.

The only change in the week 16 schedule is the moving of the Broncos/Eagles match-up to a 4:15pm start on CBS.

Here is the official week 16 NFL schedule:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25 (WEEK 16)

SAN DIEGO AT TENNESSEE 6:30 PM (CT) NFLN

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27

BUFFALO AT ATLANTA 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
KANSAS CITY AT CINCINNATI 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
OAKLAND AT CLEVELAND 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
SEATTLE AT GREEN BAY 12:00 PM (CT) FOX
HOUSTON AT MIAMI 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
CAROLINA AT N.Y. GIANTS 1:00 PM (ET) FOX
JACKSONVILLE AT NEW ENGLAND 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
TAMPA BAY AT NEW ORLEANS 12:00 PM (CT) FOX
BALTIMORE AT PITTSBURGH 1:00 PM (ET) CBS
ST. LOUIS AT ARIZONA 2:05 PM (MT) FOX
DETROIT AT SAN FRANCISCO 1:05 PM (PT) FOX
N.Y. JETS AT INDIANAPOLIS 4:15 PM (ET) CBS
DENVER AT PHILADELPHIA* 4:15 PM (ET) CBS
DALLAS AT WASHINGTON 8:20 PM (ET) NBC

MONDAY, DECEMBER 28

MINNESOTA AT CHICAGO 7:30 PM (CT) ESPN

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #9- Joel Feld, NESN

Sports Media WeeklyHere we find ourselves with the latest edtition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast…

In today’s episode, Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I discuss the opening of the NFL Network slate of games beginning tomorrow night, the issue as to whether anyone can compete with ESPN in the short term, and the latest ESPN “30 for 30” documentary film on Jimmy “The Greek”.

Our guest this week is Joel Feld, Vice President of Programming and Executive Produce at the New England Sports Network.  We ask Joel about how he programs NESN, it’s news gathering and web presence in a burgeoning Boston sports media market, and his plans for the immediate future of the network…

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #3- Chad Finn, Boston Globe

Time for our weekly look at what’s making news in sports media through our Sports Media Weekly podcast.  I am once again joined by Ken Fang from Fang’s Bites

We also have a guest on this week’s show as we are joined by Chad Finn, sports media columnist and editor at the Boston Globe and Boston.com.  Chad and I spend our time talking about the sports media climate in Beantown.

Also on the plate this week…Comcast’s potential bid to purchase NBC, the rights fees for the upcoming 2016 Olympics, the Versus/DirectTV dispute, and the announcing teams for TBS for the baseball Division Series…

You love to watch the NFL, even an exhibition

I’m put in mind of the great Rolling Stones song “Out of Time” — You don’t know what’s going on/You’ve been away for far too long …
You’re out of touch, my baby.

That would be me. Again.

Just days after I wrote about my disregard for the NFL preseason, NBC’s telecast of the Hall of Fame Game between the Bills and Titans crushed ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball featuring the sport’s premier matchup of the Yankees and Red Sox. Though the baseball game scored well for ESPN with a 3.0 rating and 4.7 million viewers, the Bills-Titans drew a 4.9 rating and 7.9 million.

With the public’s affection for even an exhibition taste of the NFL, you’d think the least Terrell Owens could have done was play more than one series.