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Sports Media Digest- August 1, 2012

Wash, Rinse, Repeat in Terms of Olympics Viewership for NBC- 38.7 million viewers tuned in to NBC’s prime time coverage of the Olympics last night, making it the most watched non-US hosted first Tuesday ever. The network earned a 21.8 rating, the best number for a Tuesday night since the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.  Through 5 days, 168.1 million Americans have watched the Olympics on the networks of NBCUniversal, ahead of Beijing’s 167.8 at the same point through the Games.  Through the first Tuesday of the London Olympics, NBC is averaging 35.6 million viewers, the most of any non-U.S. Summer Olympics since the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Olympics on Telemundo Registering Massive Viewership Gains-  The viewership for the 2012 Olympics on Telemundo is registering 69% growth in total viewers and 58% among adults 18-49 over the 2008 games in Beijing.  Overall Telemundo delivered a total cumulative viewership of 9.4 million viewers for the first three days, 12% more than the first three days of the Beijing Olympics.

Pac-12 Network Signs Carriage Agreements with Two Cable Carriers– The Pac-12 Network has announced that it has signed carriage agreements with Frontier Communications and Bend Braodband.  Frontier services subscribers in Washington and oregon while Bend Broadband also serves subscribers in Oregon.

Bridgestone Inviational PGA Event on CBS Sports–  CBS Sports continues its coverage of the PGA Tour this weekend with the Bridgestone Invitational.  Action will begin Saturday and Sunday at 2:00p.m. ET.  Jim Nantz will anchor coverage along with Sir Nick Faldo.  Ian Baker-Finch calls the action at the 17th hole,G ary McCord at the 16th hole and Peter Kostis at the 15th hole.   David Feherty serves as on-course reporter.

NFL Media Adds Schein to Staff-  NFL Media has announced that SiriusXM NFL Radio host Adam Schein has joined the NFL Media team.  Schein will be a regular contributor on NFL.com and NFL Mobile.  Schein will continue his show on SiriusXM Radio as well as his duties covering the NFL on SNY-TV.

Sports Media Digest- June 22, 2012

Best NBA Finals Ratings Since 2004 on ABC-  The five game NBA Finals on ABC had an average rating of 11.8, the highest five game series on the network since 2004.  The five game rating is up 5% from the first five game of last year’s Finals between the Heat and Mavericks.  Game 5 delivered a 12.6 overnight rating, matching last year’s Game 5 number. In Miami, the game delivered a record 40.3 rating. In Oklahoma City, the game delivered a 39.8.

NHL Draft Begins Tonight on NBC-  The NBC Sports begins its coverage of the 2012 NHL Draft tonight.  The first two rounds will air on The NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) from Pittsburgh from 7-9p.m. ET. The action will then move to CNBC for the final hour.  The NHL Network will also pick-up coverage at 9:00p.m. ET.

NBA Draft Coverage on NBA Media-  NBA TV and NBA Digital is prepping for coverage of the NBA Draft. The television network will debut network will premiere NBA TV Draft HQ on  tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET with host Vince Cellini, Steve Kerr, Mike Fratello and Ron Thompson.  On Draft Day June 28th NBA TV will present the 2012 NBA Draft Preview at 5:30 p.m. ET with current Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III joining host Vince Cellini, analysts Seth Davis, Greg Anthony, Steve Smith and reporter David Aldridge.  NBA.com will employ a special Playermetrics 360-Degree Camera which will allow fans to use 360-degree camera views to review key player information (e.g. height, wingspan, reach, etc.) on each prospect which was recorded during the combine.

Braves/Red Sox on Sunday MLB on TBS  This week’s Sunday MLB on TBS broadcast will feature the interleague match-up between the Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox.  First pitch is 1:30p.m. ET with Brian Anderson David Wells and John Smlotz.

Tennis Channel Announces Contract Extension for Host Macatee-  The Tennis Channel has announced that it has entered into a contract extension with host Bill Macatee.  The multiyear agreement keeps Macatee with the network during its coverage of the sport’s four major tournaments – Wimbledon, US Open, French Open and Australian Open.  Macatee will host coverage of the Tennis Channel’s Wimbledon Primetime program daily, beginning this Monday,  from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. 1 a.m. ET., followed by a four-hour encore (1 a.m.-5 a.m. ET) and two one-hour encores (5 a.m-6 a.m. ET, 6 a.m.-7 a.m. ET).

NASCAR Sprint Cup this Sunday from Sonoma on TNT-  TNT has coverage this Sunday of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota Save Mart 350 from Sonoma, CA.  Coverage will begin with the Countdown to Green pre-race show – hosted by Adam Alexander with analysts Larry McReynolds and Kyle Petty – at 2:00 p.m. ET. Alexander will also provide play-by-play with analysts Petty and Wally Dallenbach and reporters Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum and Chris Neville.

Two Current and Two Former NFL Players Selected from NFL Broadcast Boot Camp- The NFL Broadcast Boot Camp is complete and Lions WR Nate Burleson and Broncos TE Joel Dreesen have earned a guest co-hosting spot on SiriusXM NFL Radio this season.  Former players Troy Brown and Mark Tauscher will each spend one regular-season Sunday working on-air for one of the league’s United Kingdom television partners.  The dates of the all the assignments will be determined closer to the kickoff of the 2012 NFL season.

CBS Sports Has Dirt Track Racing this Sunday-  The CBS Sports Spectacular this Sunday will feature the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model- Show Me 100 from Wheatland, MO. Ken Stout, Rob Klepper, Dave Argabright and Tony Bokhoven call the action beginning at 2:00p.m. ET.

Sports Media Digest- May 14, 2012

Stanley Cup Conference Semi FInals Most Watched for NBC Sports-  NBC Sports reports that the recently completed Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals were the most watched on record.  The second round games were watched by an average of 1.32 million people across NBC, NBC Sports Network, and CNBC.  That’s 28% higher than a year ago.  Audience for the first two rounds of the playoffs averaged 1.06 million viewers, the highest audience since 1994 when cable TV data was collected.

Sox/Rays on Wednesday Night Baseball–  ESPN’s Wednesday Night Baseball this week will feature the Boston Red Sox at the Tampa Bay Rays.  The battle between two of the favorites in the American League East will begin at 7:00p.m. ET on ESPN with Dave O’Brien, Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Gomez on the call.

Terry to Serve as Guest Analyst on NBA TV’s GameTime  NBA TV has announced that Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry will serve as a guest analyst on the network’s GameTime pre-game show tomorrow night.  Terry will join host Rick Kamla and analysts Steve Smithand Brent Barry at 6:00 p.m. ET tomorrow.

Former Scout Joins NFL Media-  NFL Media has announced that former Eagles, Ravens, and Browns scout Daniel Jeremiah has joined the company.  Jeremiah will be a regular contributor on NFL.com and NFL Mobile, offering an Xs-and-Os look at players, teams and trends, and will play a key role in the site’s NFL Draft coverage. In addition, he will offer analysis on NFL Network.  Along with his scouting work Jeremiah had worked as a production assistant for ESPN Sunday Night Football.

Emmy-Award Winning Producer Lang Joins Tennis Channel-  The Tennis Channel has announced that long-time television producer Gary Lang has been appointed to the position of vice-president, production for the network.  Lang’s responsibilities include day-to-day oversight of the production department’s creative content for its coverage of the Grand Slams, domestic tournament remotes and daily studio productions.  Lang worked from 1994-20078 for Fox Sports.  Most recently he worked for the NFL Network producing Thursday Night Football.