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Week 7 NFL Schedule, With Announcer Assignments

THURSDAY, OCT. 17
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Seattle at Arizona 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, OCT. 20
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Tampa Bay at Atlanta 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Molly McGrath
Chicago at Washington 1:00 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnson, Tony Siragusa
Dallas at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
New England at N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierforf
Buffalo at Miami 1:00 pm CBS Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
St. Louis at Carolina 1:00 pm FOX Dick Stockton, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Cincinnati at Detroit 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
San Diego at Jacksonville 1:00 pm CBS Spero Dedes, Stever Beuerlein
San Francisco at Tennessee 4:05 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Houston at Kansas City 4:25 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
Baltimore at Pittsburgh 4:25 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Cleveland at Green Bay 4:25 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Denver at Indianapolis 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, OCT. 21
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Minnesota at N.Y. Giants 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: New Orleans,Oakland
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Sports Media Weekly No. 168- Paulsen, Sports Media Watch

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I have an abbreviated version of Sports Media Weekly this week.

Ken an I are joined this week by Paulsen of Sports Media Watch.

We begin the show by tapping into Paulsen’s vast knowledge of ratings numbers as we dissect the reported success to date of Fox and TBS during their coverage of Major League Baseball’s playoffs.

We do the same with the NFL, which, although still king of the hill in ratings, is seeing decreases in viewership on some networks thus far over 2012.  In our discussion we also bring up the report in the Wall Street Journal that the NFL may be looking at adding an additional Thursday Night game to the schedule.

We move on to the changes ESPN has been making to the NBA Countdown crew, led by the departure last week of Magic Johnson.

We wrap the show by looking at how ESPN and Turner have been trying to get out of telecasting NASCAR in 2014, the last year of its contract before NBC and Fox take over the rights exclusively in 2015.

Week 6 NFL Schedule, With Announcer Assignments

Here is the week 6 NFL schedule, along with the announcers calling each game:

WEEK 6
THURSDAY, OCT. 10
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
N.Y. Giants at Chicago 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
SUNDAY, OCT. 13
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Green Bay at Baltimore 1:00 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay 1:00 pm FOX Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Jets 1:00 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Bill Cowher
Carolina at Minnesota 1:00 pm FOX Sam Rosen, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Oakland at Kansas City 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
St. Louis at Houston 1:00 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Cincinnati at Buffalo 1:00 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts, Boomer Esiason
Detroit at Cleveland 1:00 pm FOX Tom McCarthy, Heath Evans, Molly McGrath
Tennessee at Seattle 4:05 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Jacksonville at Denver 4:05 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Shannon Sharpe
New Orleans at New England 4:25 pm FOX Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Arizona at San Francisco 4:25 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch
Washington at Dallas 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
MONDAY, OCT. 14
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Indianapolis at San Diego 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: Atlanta,Miami

Week 5 NFL Schedule, With Announcer Assignments

Here is the week 5 NFL schedule, along with the announcers calling each game:

Week 5
Thursday, Oct. 03
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Buffalo at Cleveland 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
Sunday, Oct. 06
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Baltimore at Miami 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Jacksonville at St. Louis 1:00 pm CBS Bill Macatee, Steve Tasker
Kansas City at Tennessee 1:00 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants 1:00 pm FOX Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
Seattle at Indianapolis 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin ANdrews
New Orleans at Chicago 1:00 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
New England at Cincinnati 1:00 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Detroit at Green Bay 1:00 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Darly Johnston
Carolina at Arizona 4:05 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan
Denver at Dallas 4:25 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
San Diego at Oakland 11:35 pm NFL Network Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Houston at San Francisco 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Monday, Oct. 07
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
N.Y. Jets at Atlanta 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden
Bye week: Minnesota,Pittsburgh,Tampa Bay,Washington

Sports Media Digest- October 1, 2013

During TV Premiere Week Sunday Night Football Wins in the Primetime Ratings

NBC Sports reports today that Sunday’s Patriots-Falcons matchup on Sunday Night Football (SNF) was the most-watched primetime program in “Premiere Week” drawing an average of 20.5 million viewers.

Sunday’s SNF  had a rating of 12.5  and was primetime’s top show in the Adults and Men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 demographics.

ESPN/ABC Earn Top Ratings for Saturday College Football

For the fifth consecutive Saturday night college football action on ABC and ESPN was the top rated program for the evening.

The Saturday Night Football telecast on ABC – Ohio State over Wisconsin 31-24 – averaged 6,751,000 viewers and a 4.0 household US rating, helping the network to the top spot on September 28.

ESPN’s primetime games finished a combined second for the night; with Alabama beating Ole Miss 25-0 at 6:30 p.m. ET averaging 4,022,000 viewers and a 2.3 HH US rating while Stanford’s 55-17 victory over Washington State at 10 p.m. averaged 1,851,000 viewers and a 1.2 HH US rating.

CBS Sports Network Gets Wider Carriage on Time Warner Cable Systems

CBS and Time Warner cable have announced a deal to provide wider distribution of the CBS Sports Network to Time Warner cable subscribers.  CBS Sports Network has been added to Time Warner Cable’s DTV-Digital TV package on most systems, beginning today.

CBS Sports Network is now seen in over 53 million homes and is available to more than 99 million households across the country.

 

MLB Playoffs Forces Shift of Chargers/Raiders from CBS to NFL Network

The NFL announced yesterday that this Sunday’s Chargers/Raiders game in Oakland will kick-off at 8:35p.m. PT to accommodate a change in field conditions warranted by the Oakland A’s Divisional Series playoff game.  The A’s play Saturday and it will take the crew at the O.co Coliseum all day Sunday to covert the field from baeball to football.

The change will mean the game will not air on CBS are originally scheduled but instead will be telecast on the NFL Network.  CBS announcers Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts will still call the game as scheduled.

MLB Network Adds Guest Analysts for Postseason Coverage

Current Major Leaguers Raul Ibanez, Mark DeRossa, Mark Texeira, and Adam Jones will join White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson as guest analysts during the MLB Network’s coverage of baseball’s postseason.

The MLB Network will provide 165 hours of programming covering the 2013 Postseason which includes MLB Network’s two exclusive LDS game telecasts this Friday, October 4, with Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and Sam Ryan on the call, and on Monday, October 7, with Matt Vasgersian, Kaat and Ryan.

Fox Sports Partners with USA Rugby

Fox Sports and USA Rugby have entered into an agreement with USA Rugby to televise the U.S. Eagle’ss match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks November 9th at PPL Park in Philadelphia.

The game will be taped  televised on Fox Sports 1 November 10th at Noon ET.

“USA Rugby is very excited about FOX Sports 1 airing the match from Philadelphia,” USA Rugby Chief Commercial Officer Jon Persch said. “FOX Sports 1offers USA Rugby the greatest number of viewers with the new channel being offered in 90 million homes. On top of that, FOX Sports has had a monumental impact covering the world’s most elite sporting events and we are thrilled to share this marquee matchup with FOX Sports.”

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.”

Week 4 NFL Schedule, With Announcer Assignments

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

Week 4
Thursday, Sep. 26
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
San Francisco at St. Louis 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayork
Sunday, Sep. 29
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Baltimore at Buffalo 1:00 pm CBS Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts
Arizona at Tampa Bay 1:00 pm FOX Sam Rosen , Heath Evans, Molly McGrath
Pittsburgh at Minnesota 1:00 pm CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms
N.Y. Giants at Kansas City 1:00 pm FOX Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Erin Andrews
Indianapolis at Jacksonville 1:00 pm CBS Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcotts
Seattle at Houston 1:00 pm FOX Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Jennifer Hale
Cincinnati at Cleveland 1:00 pm CBS Marv Albert, Rich Gannon
Chicago at Detroit 1:00 pm FOX Thomm Brennaman, Brian Billick, Laura Okmin
N.Y. Jets at Tennessee 4:05 pm CBS Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
Washington at Oakland 4:25 pm FOX Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber, Kris Budden
Philadelphia at Denver 4:25 pm FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver
Dallas at San Diego 4:25 pm FOX Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
New England at Atlanta 8:30 pm NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth
Monday, Sep. 30
GAME TIME/SCORE TV ANNOUNCERS
Miami at New Orleans 8:40 pm ESPN Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden