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Sports Media Digest- March 1, 2012

James Brown Joins CBS News as Special Coorespondent-  CBS announced today that James Brown has been named a Special Coorespondent for CBS News.  Brown begins his expanded dutings this Saturday on CBS This Morning Saturday and will contribute original reported pieces and will appear on various CBS News broadcasts.  Brwon will continue in his role as host of The NFL Today pre-game show.

Keller Joins ESPN as Soccer Analyst-  ESPN today announced that former U.S. National goalkeeper Kasey Keller is joining the network as a soccer analyst. Keller will make his debut March 12th and will primarily serve as a studio analyst for select MLS and U.S. Men’s National Team matches, and be part of ESPN’s presentation of the UEFA European Football Championship™ 2012 from June 8 – July 1.

President Obama Joins Simmons for B.S. Report–  ESPN has announced that President Barak Obama is the next guest on Bill Simmons’ B.S. Report podcast on Grantland.  The President spent 25 minutes with Simmons.  You can see clips and download the podcast here.

College, NHL Hockey Action This On NBC-  NBC Sports will carry both college and NHL hockey through the middle of next week.  College hockey takes center stage tomorrow night as #9 Denver takes on Nebraska-Omaha at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).  Two NHL games take place Sunday with Boston at New York Rangers at 12:30 p.m.ET on NBC then Philadelphia at Washington at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Monday has Buffalo at Winnipeg at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.   Tuesday brings Minnesota at Colorado at 9:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN while Toronto will be at Pittsburgh beginnint at 7:30 p.m. ET also on NBCSN.

 2012 NBA TV Mid-Season Report Tonight on NBA TV- NBA TV will produce its 2012 Mid-Season Report tonight at 6:00p.m. ET.  David Aldridge will host the program along with analyst Steve Smith and’s Steve Aschburner in studio.  Guest analysts include Ken Berger from and Howard Beck from the New York Times.

NBC Sports and the Golf Channel Provide Innovative View of Honda Classic-  This week’s PGA Tour stop, the Honda Classic, will air on the Golf Channel and NBC.  NBC wil have traditional coverage of the tournament Saturday and Sunday at 3:00p.m. ET.  The Golf Channel will be simultaneously live, but be providing coverage of only the 15th, 16th, and 17th holes at the PGA National Resort Championship Course dubbed “The Bear Trap” after designer Jack Nicklaus. On-air commentators will for the Golf Channel will include Gary Williams calling the action at the 15th and 17th holes, Jerry Foltz at 16

Path to the Draft Returns to NFL Network-  The sixth season of the NFL Network’s pre-draft series Path to the Draft will debut on Monday, March 5th, at 6:00p.m.ET.  The program will run Monday through Friday until the NFL Draft on April 26th.   Paul Burmeister and Fran Charles will serve as hosts.  Mike Mayock will be the lead analyst, providing news reports, one-on-one interviews, in-studio guests, player rankings and profile features, exclusive mock drafts and analysis on if a prospect’s stock is rising or falling.

NBC Sports to Air America’s Cup Races in 2013-  The NBC Sports Group has announced that it will televise the 34th America’s Cup races in September 2013.  The first two days of live racing from San Francisco will be broadcast over-the-air across the United States on September 7-8, 2013 on NBC, with the remaining races airing on NBC Sports Network.

Gymnastics on NBC and Universal Sports this Weekend- NBC Sports and Universal Sports Network will provide live, exclusive coverage of the year’s first international gymnastics competition, the 2012 AT&T American Cup. Coverage begins this Saturday on Universal Sports Network at 11:30 a.m. ET and continuing on NBC at 1:00 p.m. ET.  Universal will also have coverage of the Nastia Liukin Cup beginning Friday at 7:30p.m. ET

Sports Media Digest- February 22, 2012

More Big Ratings Numbers for the PGA on CBS- CBS Sports today announced that the ratings for the final round of the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open came in at 4.2, up 83% over 2011 and the higest rating for the tournament in nine years.  The 6.2million viewers forthe tournament was also the highest in nine years.  For the four “West Coast” swing tournaments on CBS, ratings were up 24% over last year (2.6 vs. 2.1).

Ohio State/Michigan State Big Ten Wildcard Game for CBS-  CBS Sports announced today that it has selected Ohio State at Michigan State for it’s Big Ten Wildcard telecast for Sunday March 4th.  Tip-off will be at 4:00p.m. ET withVerne Lundquist and Clark Kellogg on the call.

Boxing After Dark Returns to HBO this Weekend-  HBO Sports will once again produce it’s Boxing After Dark series beginning this Saturday.  The two bout event will begin at 10:00p.m. ET with Devon Alexander taking on Marcos Maidana and Adrien Broner vs. Eloy Perez.  Prior to the bouts, at 9:45p.m. ET HBO will debut of a new 15-minute edition of “2 Days:  Portrait of a Fighter,” offering an intimate look at junior middleweight James Kirkland.

Hank Haney Project Returns to Golf Channel on Monday-  The fourth season of the Hank Haney Project will debut this Monday at 9:00p.m. ET on the Golf Channel.  This year’s porgram will follow Haney as he works with four celebrity students; The Voice Adam Levine, legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, acclaimed chef Mario Batali and former supermodel Angie Everhart.  Monday’s debut will be the first of eight shows in the series.

Duke Hoops Documentary to Air On truTV-  A documentary looking at the Duke basketball teams of 1991 and 1992 will debut on truTV March 11th at 8:00p.m. ET.  DUKE 91 & 92: Back to Back  is being produced by former Blue Devils Grant Hill and Christian Laettner.  The hour long documentary looks back at Duke’s back-to-back championships, the first in 20 years.

The Sports Media Weekly Podcast is Back!

Ever since the beginning of 2011 I’ve been itching to get back to producing the sports media podcast with Ken Fang from Fang’s Bites.  Well today we make our return!

On this podcast we talk NCAA hoops tourney, ratings gains for NASCAR and the PGA, and my “What’s Right and What’s Wrong with Sports Media” series from earlier this month.

We hope this will be a weekly venture, but real life events will dictate whether that will be the case.  With that said we are also looking for a new title for the podcast.  Give me your ideas.

CBS’ Feherty in the rough

CBS golf analyst David Feherty can be a pretty funny guy, but he’s not going to amuse some people who read this excerpt from an essay in D Magazine in which he was one of the authors discussing President George W. Bush’s move to private life in Dallas: “From my own experience visiting the troops in the Middle East, I can tell you this, though: despite how the conflict has been portrayed by our glorious media, if you gave any U.S. soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Osama bin Laden, there’s a good chance that Nancy Pelosi would get shot twice, and Harry Reid and bin Laden would be strangled to death.”

(Thanks to Deadspin.)

If you take the time to read all of Feherty’s piece, it actually has plenty of funny stuff in it, but no one is going to pay much attention to those other parts. A CBS spokeswoman told the Associated Press: “We want to be clear that this column is an unacceptable attempt at humor and is not in any way condoned, endorsed or approved by CBS Sports.”

The PGA Tour also said not to blame it (again, via AP): “David Feherty is an insightful and sometimes humorous commentator. However, his attempt at humor in this instance went over the line, and his comments were clearly inappropriate. We hope he will use better judgment in the future.”