We begin the show by looking at the news out of CBS this week announcing that Greg Anthony and Clark Kellogg will be swapping roles on the network’s coverage of college basketball. Anthony will move to the sidelines along side Jim Nantz while Kellogg will return to his previous role as studio analyst.
Next we see through the release earlier this week from ESPN showing their viewership increases for the past month beginning August 17th…ironically the same day Fox Sports 1 launched. Coincidence…we think not. We follow with the news from Steve Lapore of SB Nation that Fox Sports 1 has begun tinkering with its line-up.
We shift gears to online journalism and the news of the Bleacher Report‘s recent roster moves to bolster its NBA coverage. The most notable hire was of Howard Beck, formerly of the New York Times.
We close the segment by looking at the apparent apology from the CBS affiliate in Orlando seeking in forcing viewers there to watch the away games of the Jacksonville Jaguars as required by the NFL.
For the second half of the show Ken talks with Michelle Beadle of NBC Sports. Michelle is very candid about the changes made to her show The Crossover and talks about her ideas for expanding her role at the network.
We have a New York state Capital Region theme on this week’s Sports Media Weekly.
We start a new initiative this week by inviting a sports media reporter or blogger to join Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I as we discuss the sports media news of the week. For the premiere edition we are joined by sports media columnist Pete Dougherty (Twitter) of the Albany Times Union.
We start by talking about the still developing story broken by Deadspin that the reported death of the girlfriend of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o last fall was, in fact, a hoax. We discuss the story as we have it and how online sites like Deadspin can spend more time than traditional media outlets investigating such a story.
We then shift to the Lance Armstrong PED saga and how he may get more compassion from Oprah Winfrey than he may have from other reporters.
We look forward to the start of the NHL season and how the league is making it easier for local viewers to watch more games during the shortened season. We also predict hardcore fans will still watch games locally and nationally on NBC and the NBC Sports Network.
We wrap-up the news segment looking at our predictions on viewership for the upcoming NFL Conference Championship Games.
We are then joined by Andrew Catalon, who works for WNYT-TV in Albany but is just as well known for his work calling games for NBC Sports, CBS Sports, the Tennis Channel, and SNY. Andrew recounts his busy schedule, his work on the 2012 Olympics in London, and his versatility of calling just about any sport.
This week we lead with the situation involving ESPN’s Steve Phillips. We also again touch upon the ratings numbers for the NFL and the MLB Playoffs and we also discuss the early success of ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary film series.