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Sports Media Weekly No. 172- Chad Finn, The Boston Globe & Ian Eagle, CBS Sports

The weather is beginning to turn cooler nationwide but we try to turn up the heat here on Sports Media Weekly (SMW)

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and me for the news segment this week is Boston Globe sports media columnist Chad Finn.

We begin the show with what has been the most-talked about story over the last week, the developing saga of Dolphins’ offensive lineman Richie Incognito and his alleged bullying of teammate Jonathan Martin.  We look back at how the NFL’s network partners covered the story and the exclusive interview with Incognito by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.

We bring it back to Boston and get Chad’s take on how the Boston sports media handled covering the Red Sox this season under John Farrell compared to 2012 with Bobby Valentine.

We wrap the segment looking at the continued success for ESPN during its college basketball marathon, which aired over the last two days.  It’s an opportunity for ESPN to capitalize on promoting college basketball during a slow period between the end of baseball season and the end of the college and pro football seasons.

Our second guest this week is SMW fave Ian Eagle of CBS Sports, among other media entities.  Ken talks with Ian about his frenetic announcing schedule, his relationship with NBA broadcast partner Mike Fratello, his broadcasting idols, and his knowledge of 1980’s sitcoms.

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Week 11 NFL Schedule, with Announcer Asignments

Here is the week 11 schedule in the NFL, along with the announcers calling each game:

THURSDAY, NOV. 14
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Indianapolis at Tennessee 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, NOV. 17
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
N.Y. Jets at Buffalo 1:00 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Atlanta at Tampa Bay 1:00 pm FOX Sam Rosen, Heath Evans, Peter Schrager
Detroit at Pittsburgh 1:00 pm FOX Thomm Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Washington at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews
Arizona at Jacksonville 1:00 pm FOX Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden
Oakland at Houston 1:00 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Baltimore at Chicago 1:00 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Cleveland at Cincinnati 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
San Diego at Miami 4:05 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Green Bay at N.Y. Giants 4:25 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Minnesota at Seattle 4:25 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
San Francisco at New Orleans 4:25 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Kansas City at Denver 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinworth
MONDAY, NOV. 18
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
New England at Carolina 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: Dallas, St. Louis

Sports Media Weekly No. 171- Richard Sandomir, New York Times & Trenni Kusnierek, CSNNE

We have a pair of happy Boston Red Sox fans hosting this week’s Sports Media Weekly program.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for our news segment this week by Richard Sandomir of the New York Times.

We lead-off the show with a final look back at the World Series and Fox’ claim of higher ratings when, in fact, the viewership numbers are actually still on the decline.

Richard chimes in with a local New York sports media item in the announcement that the New York Mets next year will be calling WOR-AM it’s radio flagship home after a long stint on WFAN.

We return to Richard’s article with James Andrew Miller from a week or so ago on the 10th Anniversary of the NFL Network and the league’s attempt to sell a portion of the network’s stake to ESPN.  Richard adds some context and other insights to the piece.

We wrap the news segment by looking at how NBC is looking forward to a profitable Winter Olympic Games this February from Sochi after losing money at the Vancouver Games in 2010.

The second half of the show features Ken speaking with Trenni Kusnierek.  You may remember Trenni from her years at the MLB Network.  Ken talks with her about her expereinces there and her new role at Comcast SportsNet New England.

Week 10 NFL Schedule, with Announcer Assignments

Here is the week 10 NFL schedule, along with the announcers calling each game:

THURSDAY, NOV. 07
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Washington at Minnesota 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, NOV. 10
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Cincinnati at Baltimore 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Detroit at Chicago 1:00 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Philadelphia at Green Bay 1:00 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
St. Louis at Indianapolis 1:00 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Seattle at Atlanta 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews
Oakland at N.Y. Giants 1:00 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Jacksonville at Tennessee 1:00 pm CBS Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
Buffalo at Pittsburgh 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Carolina at San Francisco 4:05 pm FOX Thomm Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Houston at Arizona 4:25 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Denver at San Diego 4:25 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Dallas at New Orleans 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, NOV. 11
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Miami at Tampa Bay 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: Kansas City,N.Y. Jets,Cleveland,New England

Sports Media Weekly No. 170- Ed Sherman, The Sherman Report & Doug Wilson, Sports Producer

We have World Series fever on this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for our news segment this week by Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report.  We taped our segment prior to the Red Sox’ World Series-clinching win last night in Game Six.

We spend a good portion of our segment looking at Fox’ coverage of the World Series.  Fox has been promoting improved ratings over last year.  But the ratings had no where to go than up after last year’s Fall Classic registered the lowest ratings in history.

We delve into the length of games and how those on the east coast have a difficult time staying up to watch games that end near midnight.

We also look back at how Fox’ practice of focusing on crowd shots between pitches cost them during Game Four when they missed the pick-off play at first in the bottom of the ninth inning which ended the ball game.

We wrap up the news segment looking at the tenth anniversary of the NFL Network and the report from the New York Times on how the NFL was looking to sell a stake in the network to ESPN.

Our second guest this week is long time ABC Sports producer Doug Wilson who has a new book out entitled The World was Our Stage: Spanning the Globe with ABC Sports. Ken talks with Doug about his many decades with ABC, including his recollection of his relationships with the likes of Jim McKay and Roone Arledge as well as his time working ten Olympic Games for the network.

Week 9 NFL Schedule, with Announcer Assignments

Here is the week 9 schedule in the NFL, along with the announcers calling each game:

THURSDAY, OCT. 31
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Cincinnati at Miami 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nnssler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, NOV. 03
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Atlanta at Carolina 1:00 pm FOX Thomm Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Minnesota at Dallas 1:00 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
New Orleans at N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Molly McGrath
Tennessee at St. Louis 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Kansas City at Buffalo 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
San Diego at Washington 1:00 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Philadelphia at Oakland 4:05 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Tampa Bay at Seattle 4:05 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Baltimore at Cleveland 4:25 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Pittsburgh at New England 4:25 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Indianapolis at Houston 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, NOV. 04
GAME TIME/SCORE TV Announcers
Chicago at Green Bay 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: Arizona,Denver,Detroit,Jacksonville,N.Y. Giants,San Francisco

Week 8 NFL Schedule, With Announcer Assignments

Here is the week eight NFL schedule, along with the announcers calling each game:

WEEK 8
THURSDAY, OCT. 24
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Carolina at Tampa Bay 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, OCT. 27
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
San Francisco at Jacksonville 1:00 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Cleveland at Kansas City 1:00 pm CBS Ian Eagle Dan Fouts
Miami at New England 1:00 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phill Simms
Buffalo at New Orleans 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Dallas at Detroit 1:00 pm FOX Dick Stockton, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Darly Johnston, Tony Siragusa
N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati 4:05 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Pittsburgh at Oakland 4:05 pm CBS Spero Dedes, Rich Gannon
Atlanta at Arizona 4:25 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John L:ynch, Molly McGrath
Washington at Denver 4:25 pm FOX Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Green Bay at Minnesota 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, OCT. 28
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Seattle at St. Louis 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: Baltimore,Chicago,Indianapolis,San Diego,Tennessee,Houston