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
Buffalo at Cleveland 8:25 pm NFL Network Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock
Sunday, Oct. 06
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
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 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 30, 2013

NFL Today Analysts to Get Work on Game Sites as Game Analysts

CBS Sports announced today that three members of its NFL Today  crew, Boomer Esiason, Sterling Sharpe, and Bill Cowher will leave the studio and serve as second analyst at three game sites during week six of the NFL.

The trio will call games featuring the teams they either played for or coached: Cowher will form a three-man booth with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms to call the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets; Esiason will join Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots to call Cincinnati at Buffalo; and Sharpe will head back to Denver to team with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts for the Jacksonville-Denver game.

Bart Scott and Amy Trask will fill the trio’s role on the NFL Today, moving from That Other Pregame Show that day.

“We wanted to try something new and showcase the insights and perspective of our studio analysts during a game broadcast,” said CBS Sports Chairman McManus. “Looking at the slate of regional games during Week 6, with three involving the former teams of our studio analysts, we thought it was the perfect time to have some fun and add Coach, Boomer and Shannon to our game coverage.”

SEC Football Continues to Score Big on CBS

CBS Sports reports that the overnight ratings for Saturday’s LSU/Georgia SEC football game earned the network an average rating of 4.9, up 75% over the game from the same week last year (Tennessee/Georgia)

CBS also announced that this Saturday’s SEC match-up will feature Georgia at Tennessee while the game on October 12th will pit Florida at LSU.

Former Coach George Karl Joins ESPN as NBA Analyst

ESPN announced today that it has hired former NBA Coach of the Year George Karl as an NBA analyst.

Karl will make his debut on the 11 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter on Saturday, October 5 and also make regular appearances on NBA Coast 2 CoastNBA Tonight and other news and information programming.

“I’m excited to be back at ESPN and to offer the insights that I’ve gathered from 25 years of coaching,” said Karl. “It’s going to be a fun season ahead and I’m looking forward to sharing it with our viewers.”

ESPN Digital and Yahoo! Sports Claim Victory in Latest Online Viewership Numbers

Yahoo! Sports remains the leader in terms of unique visitors while ESPN is claims the top spot of average minutes of the audience, audience share, and minutes per user, according to the latest monthly online figures provided by comScore.

Yahoo! Sports attracted 61.6 million unique viewers last month compared with 57.8 million on ESPN’ digital platform.   114,151 people used ESPN digital properties on computers, smartphones and tablets in the average minute throughout August and had 29.5% of the online sports audience.


Sports Media Digest- September 25, 2013

ESPN Continues to Receive Strong Ratings for Monday Night Football

Monday’s Monday Night Football  telecast on ESPN Monday night drew an average rating of 8.9 with an audience of 13.9 million viewers, winning th enight on all of television among the network’s key adult and male demographics (18-34 & 18-49)

Through four games this season, Monday Night Football  is averaging a 8.9 rating and an audience of 14 million viewers, up three percent and five percent respectively over 2012.

NFL Ratings Continue to Top the Charts

Once again NFL action was at the top of the television ratings list.  The top two programs of the week were NFL games; Sunday’s CBS national game (primarily Colts/49’ers) with 26.5 million average viewers and NBC’s  Sunday Night Football (Bears/Steelers) with 20.5 million viewers.

NFL games were also tops in 29 NFL markets:

Week of 9/16 – 9/22  





Market Game





New Orleans Cardinals at Saints 09/22/2013 47.8 73


Indianapolis Colts at 49ers 09/22/2013 40.2 64


Buffalo Bills at Jets 09/22/2013 39.7 58


Kansas City Chiefs at Eagles 09/19/2013 39.6 59


Pittsburgh Bears at Steelers 09/22/2013 39.1 56


Milwaukee Packers at Bengals 09/22/2013 38.9 70


Seattle Jaguars at Seahawks 09/22/2013 38.3 68


Cincinnati Steelers at Bengals* 09/16/2013 38.2 54


Chicago Bears at Steelers 09/22/2013 36.1 53


Philadelphia Chiefs at Eagles** 09/19/2013 32.6 51


Minneapolis Browns at Vikings 09/22/2013 30.4 65


Boston Buccaneers at Patriots 09/22/2013 30.3 59


Baltimore Texans at Ravens 09/22/2013 30.2 58


Cleveland Browns at Vikings 09/22/2013 26.8 54


Washington, DC Lions at Redskins 09/22/2013 25.1 50


San Diego Chargers at Titans 09/22/2013 25.0 54


Nashville Chargers at Titans 09/22/2013 24.5 43


Detroit Lions at Redskins 09/22/2013 24.4 48


Dallas Rams at Cowboys 09/22/2013 24.2 48


Houston Texans at Ravens 09/22/2013 23.0 46


Charlotte Giants at Panthers 09/22/2013 21.7 46


Jacksonville Jaguars at Seahawks 09/22/2013 21.5 33


Atlanta Falcons at Dolphins 09/22/2013 21.4 38


San Fran-Oakland Colts at 49ers 09/22/2013 21.3 50


Miami Falcons at Dolphins 09/22/2013 18.7 34


Tampa Buccaneers at Patriots 09/22/2013 18.3 34


Denver Colts at 49ers 09/22/2013 17.0 40


Phoenix Bears at Steelers 09/22/2013 16.7 27


St. Louis Rams at Cowboys 09/22/2013 13.7 30


Lofton Joins Crew at SiriusXM Radio

SiriusXM Radio announced today that former NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver James Lofton has joined the network as a host on its NFL channel (channel 88).

Lofton begins his new job Friday and will host The SiriusXM Blitz alongside co-host Bruce Murray every Friday live from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm ET, and will also be heard on various other SiriusXM NFL Radio shows throughout the year.

“I’ve been a regular listener to SiriusXM NFL Radio for some time and it is a tremendous channel for NFL fans of every team, so I’m very pleased to be a part of it,” said Lofton.  “I’ve seen quite a bit from my time in the league as both a player and a coach.  I’m excited both to share what I know and to hear directly from the fans about what’s on their minds.”

“Very few receivers in the history of the league played with the level of production and consistency that James did over his 16 years in the NFL.  His career is extraordinary and we’re excited to have someone with his accomplishments and expertise talking to our listeners every week on SiriusXM NFL Radio,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming.  “He’s also an accomplished broadcaster accustomed to working on national NFL game broadcasts.  He’s excellent at communicating the nuances of the game to his audience and I’m thrilled to reunite with him on SiriusXM’s airwaves.”

NBC Creates New Football Program Around Talent from Comcast RSN’s

NBC Sports is creating a new weekly football program which will harness the talent from some of Comcast’s SportsNet’s regional sports networks (RSNs).

3 and Out will debut on Tuesday, October 1 and air each remaining week of the 2013 NFL season across its lineup of Comcast SportsNet RSNs.

The program will feature regular appearances from CSN Houston’s Kelli Johnson, CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Brian Mitchell, CSN New England’s Mike Felger and CSN Bay Area’s Ray Ratto.

“We feel great about the fact that there is nothing like 3 and Out among the many football shows currently available,” said Stathakes. “Our ability to feature multiple perspectives, many of which will be on the ground in the markets where these stories are unfolding, will give our discussion and debate a level of depth and texture that is hard to find. While some think that we only produce great NBA, MLB and NHL live event coverage, fans in our markets know how well we cover the NFL, and 3 and Out is our first move to expand on that area of strength.”

NBC Sports Touts Premier League Numbers

Through five weeks of the Premier League season, NBC Sports reports a total of 10 million viewers have tuned in to view the action on NBC, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN),  CNBC,  and mun2.  The 27 English-language games on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC drew a total of 9.1 million viewers – up 92% from the 4.8 million total for the first five weeks of live action on ESPN and Fox Soccer last year.

Here is a chart, provided by NBC Sports PR, showing the viewership growth of its networks compared with the competition over the same period a year ago:

Average Total Day Viewership Growth:

NETWORK 8/17/2013 to9/22/2013 8/18/2012 to 9/23/2012 %DIFF
NBCSN 77 46 67%
MLB NETWORK 86 66 30%
NBA TV 29 24 21%
FOX SPORTS 1 121 102 19%
NFL NETWORK 302 272 11%
ESPN 1232 1125 10%
ESPNEWS 75 70 7%
GOLF CHANNEL 136 132 3%
ESPN2 353 356 -1%
FOX SPORTS 2 17 19 -11%
ESPNU 83 n/a n/a

This Week’s Covers of Sports Illustrated

Its NHL preview time in this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated.  The magazine has two regional covers this week:

SI 9-30-13a SI 9-30-13b

NBC Sports Network Cancels The Crossover in Programming Shift

The NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) today announced a series of programming moves as it continues its coverage of the NFL and the Premier League and gets set for the NHL season.

The big news from the announcement was the cancellation of The Crossover, which was hosted by Michelle Beadle.  Beadle was on our Sports Media Weekly program last week talking about how she had hoped for better promotion for her show from the network.  Unfortunately for her that will not be needed.

Beginning Monday NBCSN will pro producing a 90-minute block of NFL programming beginning at 5:00p.m. ET.  On weekdays with a live Premier League match, that game will be followed by Premier League Goal Zone.

Here are more details from NBC Sports PR:

NFL Programming

  • Pro Football Talk will be preceded by NFL programming each weekday. On Mondays without a live Premier League match, Pro Football Talk expands with a 90-minute program.
  • NBCSN will air an additional Fantasy Football Live on Tuesdays. Fantasy Football Live, in conjunction with Yahoo Sports, will air at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesdays and Thursdays, followed by Pro Football Talk at 5:30 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation at 6:30 p.m. ET on evenings when NHL Live, NBCSN’s pre-game show starts at 7 p.m. ET.
  • Football Night in America: Coach’s Clicker will air on Wednesdays and with an encore presentation on Fridays at5 p.m. ET, followed by Pro Football Talk at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Premier League Programming

  • NBC Sports Group’s Premier League Goal Zone expands on weekdays, primarily Mondays at 5 p.m. ET, following Premier League fixtures.

NHL Programming

  • NBC Sports Group’s 2013 NHL regular-season coverage begins Tues., Oct. 1 with NHL Face-Off as the 2013 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks host the Washington Capitals. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with NBC Sports Group’s pre-game show, NHL Live.
  • New NHL programming to be announced tomorrow on 12 noon ET conference call.

Typical Weekday Programming Schedule – without a Premier League Weekday Fixture (all times ET, subject to change):

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m.
Pro Football Talk Fantasy Football Live Football Night in America: Coach’s Clicker Fantasy Football Live Football Night in America: Coach’s Clicker Encore
5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
Pro Football Talk Pro Football Talk Pro Football Talk Pro Football Talk
6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
New NHL Program Fantasy Football Live

Sports Media Digest- September 18, 2013

Wash, Rinse, Repeat- NFL Week 2 King of the Ratings

The NFL announced that once again NFL action topped the television ratings for week 2.  The top three programs for the week was NFL games; CBS’s national game on Sunday (primarily Broncos/Giants) had an audience of 26.4 million viewers, followed by Sunday night’s 49’ers/Seahawks game at 20.5 million and ESPN’s Monday night Steelers/Bengals at 16.5 million.

In 29 of the 32 local NFL markets, NFL games were the number one rated show:

Week of 9/9 – 9/15  





Market Game





New Orleans Saints at Buccaneers 09/15/2013




Seattle 49ers at Seahawks 09/15/2013




Denver Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013




Milwaukee Redskins at Packers 09/15/2013




Kansas City Cowboys at Chiefs 09/15/2013




Washington DC Eagles at Redskins* 09/09/2013




San Diego Texans at Chargers* 09/09/2013




Indianapolis Dolphins at Colts 09/15/2013




Philadelphia Eagles at Redskins* 09/09/2013




Chicago Vikings at Bears 09/15/2013




Buffalo Panthers at Bills 09/15/2013




Detroit Lions at Cardinals 09/15/2013




Baltimore Browns at Ravens 09/15/2013




Boston Jets at Patriots** 09/12/2013




Minneapolis Vikings at Bears 09/15/2013




Houston Texans at Chargers* 09/09/2013




Cleveland Browns at Ravens 09/15/2013




Nashville Titans at Texans 09/15/2013




San Fran-Oakland 49ers at Seahawks 09/15/2013




Tampa Saints at Buccaneers 09/15/2013




Dallas Cowboys at Chiefs 09/15/2013




Phoenix Lions at Cardinals 09/15/2013




New York Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013




Atlanta Rams at Falcons 09/15/2013




Charlotte Panthers at Bills 09/15/2013




Miami Dolphins at Colts 09/15/2013




Jacksonville Jaguars at Raiders 09/15/2013




Cincinnati Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013 17.1



Pittsburgh Broncos at Giants 09/15/2013 15.6



Bleacher Report Bolsters NBA Writing Staff with Four Prominent Hires

The Bleacher Report announced today that it has added four writers to cover its NBA beat this season.

Prominent among them is Howard Beck, who is leaving the New York Times to serve as the site’s national NBA lead writer.

Also hired were Kevin Ding, formerly of the Orange County Register to cover the L.A. Lakers; Ethan Skolnick formerly from a number of South Florida papers to cover the Miami Heat; and Jared Zwerling who will serve as the lead NBA analyst and contribute features, breaking news and video analysis.

MLB Network to Televise The Lyman Bostock Story

MLB Network will produce a special looking back on the life and career of Minnesota Twins and California Angels outfielder Lyman Bostock who was murdered four seasons into his career at the age of 27.

Bob Costas will narrate the special, which features the first on-camera interview with Bostock’s widow, Yuovene Whistler, since the night she lost her husband.

The Lyman Bostock Story airs Sunday at 10:00p.m. ET.

ESPN, ATP Extend Agreement on Expanded Coverage of Three Events

ESPN and the ATP World Tour have announced  a long-term agreement that will expand coverage of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.; Sony Open Tennis in Miami; and the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals currently played in London.

More than 44 hours of coverage of the events will be carried live on television, along with more live action from every ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and 500 tournament will be on ESPN3 – totaling up to 1,200 hours annually.

“ESPN is thrilled to expand coverage of three of the biggest events outside the Major Championships – Indian Wells, Miami and the ATP World Tour season finale,” said Jason Bernstein, ESPN senior director, programming & acquisitions who oversees both ESPN3 and ESPN’s tennis business.  “ESPN3 presents more live tennis action than any other U.S. outlet year-round, with multiple simultaneous matches available on broadband and via WatchESPN no matter where you are.”

Mark Young, CEO ATP Americas and Chief Media Officer, said, “We’re delighted to sign this extended agreement with ESPN, paving the way for even greater TV coverage and viewership in the US of our biggest events.  ESPN is a terrific broadcast partner for the ATP and, with more fans tuning into ATP World Tour events than ever before, it’s a very exciting time to be a part of the Tour.”

Sports Media Digest- September 17, 2013

ESPN Reports Viewership Gains Over the Last Month

ESPN today reported that over the last month viewership is up 13 percent over the same period last year.

The average viewership on the network was 1.21 million viewers while primetime viewers was up 20% over 2012 at 2.89 million.

Per ESPN PR, here are some other viewership highlights from the last month:

On September 7, ESPN registered its most-viewed regular-season college football Saturday in ESPN history, an average of 5.5 million fans across 15 hours of programming, highlighted by a 5.3 rating for Notre Dame vs. Michigan, the night’s most-viewed program across all cable and broadcast networks among total viewers and key male and adult demographics (18-34, 18-49 and 25-54).

·         The September 9 Philadelphia Eagles – Washington Redskins game was the highest-ratedMonday Night Football opener since ESPN took over the iconic franchise in 2006 (10.1).

·         The August 18 edition of Sunday Night Baseball – the New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox, earned a 2.1 rating, the highest on the season.

·         The soccer game on September 10 between the U.S. Men’s National Team and Mexico tied the ESPN record for a World Cup Qualifying telecast (1.4).

·         The football season brings with it a number of popular studio shows.  The weekday NFL Live is up 10 percent from a year ago (688,000 viewers vs. 624,000), the new weekday NFL Insiders is posting viewership 27 percent larger than the time slot did in 2012 (516,000 vs. 405,000), and the expandedSaturday morning College GameDay is averaging 20 percent more audience for 9 a.m. – Noon ETthan those three hours averaged last year (1,956,000 vs. 1,631,000).

Sunday Night Football Ratings Continue Strong for NBC

NBC Sports today reported that the rating for Sunday’s 49’ers/Seahawks Sunday Night Football contest drew an average of 20.5 million viewers, making it the most-watched primetime NFL matchup between West Coast teams in nearly two decades.

Here are other details as presented by NBC PR:

  • Sunday Night Football (12.2/21 national household rating) led NBC to a decisive Sunday win in all key measures, taking the night among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox by an 89 percent margin in adults 18-49 (6.6 vs. 3.5 for #2 CBS).
  • Through three NFL telecasts, NBC is averaging 23.9 million viewers — the fourth consecutive year with a 23+ million average at this point in the season.
  • In competing team markets, Sunday’s game posted the best-ever NBC SNF rating in Seattle (44.8/66), and matched the best NBC SNF rating in San Francisco (26.8/48), which was previously set by 49ers-Patriots on Dec. 16, 2012.