ESPN Extends Rights Deals with NCAA

ESPN has announced that it has reached an agreement with the NCAA to extend its rights deals for a number of collegiate sports through the 2023-2024 season.

ESPN will continue to have exclusive rights to the Women’s NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tournament, and broad coverage to the Men’s and Women’s College World Series and Division 1 Football Championship.  In all ESPN will have rights to 24 NCAA Championships across multiple media platforms.  ESPN also has the intenational rights to the Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship.

The deal provides expanded coverage of each round of the NIT Season Tip-Off and all games from the NIT Postseason Tournament across the ESPN networks

“We have enjoyed a great relationship with the NCAA that has spanned the history of ESPN,” said George Bodenheimer, President, ESPN and ABC Sports, and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks in a press release. “This is our most comprehensive agreement yet and ensures sports fans will have access to top-level NCAA athletics across ESPN networks and platforms.” 

Here is the list of the 24 NCAA Championships to be broadcast by ESPN:

*         Fall – Division I women’s soccer; Division I men’s soccer; Division I women’s volleyball; Division I football (FCS); Division II football and Division III football

*         Winter – Division I men’s and women’s indoor track & field; Division I men’s and women’s swimming & diving; Division I women’s basketball; Division I wrestling; Division I men’s ice hockey; National Collegiate women’s bowling; National Collegiate women’s gymnastics and National Collegiate men’s and women’s fencing.

*         Spring – National Collegiate men’s volleyball; Division I men’s and women’s lacrosse; Division I men’s and women’s outdoor track & field; Division I softball and Division I baseball.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #25- John Ourand, Sports Business Journal

Sports Media WeeklyWe’ve reached the 25th edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I are joined for the entire show by John Ourand, sports media columnist for Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily.

We spend a good portion of the show wrapping up NBC’s coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and what lies ahead for the next round of bidding for the rights to the 2014 and 2016 Games.

John also shares with us his experience at ESPN The Weekend in Orlando, whether the NCAA will opt out of it’s agreement with CBS for the Men’s Basketball Tournament, and what we can expect from Fox and ESPN heading into the new baseball season.

All the way from Memphis

Memphis’ 2008 trip to the Final Four has been “vacated,” the NCAA has ruled. So it’s as if it never happened. Wipe it from your memory. The NCAA says it’s all a blank. If they could get one of those mind eraser thingees from Men in Black, NCAA officials might be going coast to coast right now and knocking on the doors of everyone who watched the men’s basketball final two seasons ago.

But short of that occurrence, fans aren’t going to forget Derrick Rose and Co., regardless whether any of the victories officially count. So I wouldn’t bet on the media pretending as if the team never existed. Yes, Memphis must give money back, so that is a real penalty. However, in the real world beyond the NCAA offices, everyone is going to count Memphis’ Final Four appearance.

Let’s say the Tigers reach the national semifinals this coming season. Do you believe media reports will say it’s Memphis first trip to the Final Four since 1985? Well, no. How can we be sure? For one thing, when the Tigers reached in 2008, the stories said it was their first appearance in 23 years, but that 1985 Final Four also was vacated for rules violations, so we should have heard it was actually their first appearance since 1973.

We’ll sooner forget the Mott the Hoople classic from which this entry gets its title than anything the NCAA says we’re supposed to forget.

Bowl Preview- Allstate Sugar Bowl, Hawaii vs. Georgia

When the BCS bowl line-up was announced arguably the most intriguing match-up takes place at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.  Undefeated Hawaii takes on SEC power Georgia in a game where anything is possible.

Let’s get a look at the game through the local media covering both schools.

University of Hawaii (12-0)

For the second straight year the winner of the WAC enters a BCS bowl game undefeated but not in the Championship Game.  The Warriors will attempt to duplicate the feat of Boise State by ending the season undefeated by winning their BCS Bowl.  Get all you need to know from the Warriors from the team’s web pageKaLeo is the student newspaper on campus.  KTUH is the University’s radio station.

The Honolulu Advertiser is the island’s daily newspaper.  The paper follows the team through its sports section and in special online web pages.  Beat writer Stephen Tsai also writes a Warrior Blog.

KKEA is the sports radio station in Hawaii.  It employs local hosts and appears to have comprehensive coverage of UH.  The station also has all the action on game night.

Television coverage of the Warriors can be found on KGMB, KHNL, KHON, and KITV.

I couldn’t find any independent UH sports blogs.  If you know of one, share the URL in the comments.

University of Georgia (10-2)

The Bulldogs finished just out of the SEC Championship Game but still impressed down the stretch to secure an at-large BCS bid.  Get all the bark on the team from its web page.  The Red and Black student newspaper is currently on semester break, but will have a blog dedicated to the big game.  WUOG and WUGA serve the radio needs of students on campus.

The Athens Banner-Herald is the local daily dedicated to UGA.  They have plenty of coverage on the Bulldogs

Athens is close enough to Atlanta that the Bulldogs may get some play on sports radio stations WCNN and WQXI.

Whether the Bulldogs receive any coverage on local television is also up in the air.  But you can still check out WAGA, WGCL, WSB, and WXIA.

Get independent input on the Bulldogs at Georgia Sports Blog, Dawg Sports, and Georgia Bulldog Blog.

There you have it… No excuses not to enjoy the game!

Bowl Preview- Outback Bowl, Wisconsin vs. Tennessee

New Year’s Day in Tampa…not a bad idea especially from someone writing from frigid New England.  And what better way to spend the first part of the day then to take in the Outback Bowl.  And the match-up isn’t bad…Wisconsin vs. Tennessee.

University of Wisconsin (9-3)

The Badgers had a respectable showing in the Big Ten, resulting in this New Year’s Day bowl bid.  Get the latest on their preparations directly from the team. As is the case with other universities, the student run Badger Herald is off on semester break.  Any Badger news on campus radio?  Check out WSUM.

Located in the capital of Madison, the team is covered by two newspapers, The Capital Times and the Wisconsin State Journal.  The Journal has dedicated reporting of the team.  The Times matches the coverage of its competitor.

Sports talk on the Badgers can be found on WTSO.  Listen on game day via the Wisconsin  Radio Network.

Local television coverage of the Badgers can be found on WISC, WKOW, and WMTV.

Independent blogs on the Badgers include Wisconsin Badger Sports Fan and Wisconsin Badger Sports.

University of Tennessee (9-4)

The Volunteers navigated the SEC right to the conference championship game before losing to LSU.  The team’s web page has the game completely covered from its point of view.  The Daily Beacon follows the team during the school year.  WUTK has the campus covered on radio.

The Knoxville News Sentinel has print coverage of the team.  The paper uses its sports section and special online pages to report on the Volunteers.

WNML is the sports radio station on the Knoxville radio dial.  Listen to the game on the Vol Radio Network.

On the TV side of things in Knoxville, check out the coverage from WATE, WBIR, WTNZ, and WVLT.

Voluminous and Rocky Top Talk appear to be the best of the independent Volunteer blogs.

Prepare your Bloody Mary and enjoy the game!

Bowl Preview- Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, Kentucky vs. Florida State

Nashville is the home of country music and also the home of the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl.  The game is celebrating its tenth anniversary and has a pretty good match-up, Kentucky vs. Florida State.

Let’s get a preview of the game by looking at what the local media that cover these teams are saying.

University of Kentucky (7-5)

The Wildcats had a roller coaster 2007 season highlighted by a signature win over LSU.  But they enter this game losers of four of their last five games.  Find out more about the team on their web page.  If they were not on break, you could find out more from the Kentucky Kernel student newspaper. The campus also has two radio stations, WUKY and WRFL.

Located in Lexington, the University is served by the Kentucky Herald Leader.  The Wildcats get plenty of coverage in the paper’s sports section and special online pages.  One interesting note is that even with the bowl game close at hand, Wildcat basketball still rules the pages of the paper.

When it comes to sports radio in Lexington, searches came up with WLXG.  But as you can see, the station appears to be no more.  Anyway, you can listen to the game via the Big Blue Sports Network.

Television reports of the game can be found on WKYT, WLEX, and WTVQ.

Independent Wildcat blogs include Kentucky Sports Radio and A Sea of Blue.  Add others in your comments.

Florida State University (7-5)

The Seminoles did not meet their normal high expectations but are still a popular bowl draw.  Get the latest direct from the team.  The Florida Flambeau is the student newspaper.  Unfortunately they are also off for semester break.  WFSU is the electronic media outlet on campus.

Located in the capital of Tallahassee, FSU sports are covered by the Tallahassee Democrat.  They provide blanket coverage of the Seminoles throughout the pages of the paper and online.

WNLS is the sports radio station in Tallahassee.  Let’s hope they have plenty of FSU talk.  You can listen to the game on the Seminole Sports Radio Network.

Local television in Tallahassee is limited to WCTV and WTXL.

There are some good Seminole sports blogs.  Among them are ScalpEm and Tomahawk Nation.

Go Cats!  Go Noles!  Here’s to a good game!