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Sports Media Digest- January 28, 2013

Terry Francona to Join Bob Costas Wednesday on MLB Network–  The next edition of Studio 42 with Bob Costas will feature an interview with former Red Sox and current Indians manager Terry Francona.  The interview will air Wednesday at 9:00p.m. ET.  MLBN will air a second Studio 42 with Bob Costas Thursday at 9:00p.m. ET as Costas sits down with David Robinson, son of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson.

Tim Brando’s Radio Show Shifts to Sirius XM Radio–  Sirius XM Radio announced today that The Tim Brando Show will now have an exclusive home on its network.  The show had been part of Yahoo! Sports Radio.  The program will begin airing on Sirius XM College Sports Nation, channel 91, beginning next Monday at 9:00a.m. ET.

McNabb Added as Major Contributor to NBC Sports Radio-  Dial Global and NBC Sports have announced that former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb has been added as a regular contributor on NBC Sports Radio.  McNabb will appear on the network beginning this week at the Super Bowl and will also be part of a new soon-to-be-announced Monday-Friday show to be launched on April 1st.

ESPN Announces Next Two 30 for 30 Film Releases–  ESPN has scheduled the debut for the next two films in it’s 30 for 30 documentary series.  Survive and Advance, from director Jonathan Hock , will debut on March 17 at 9:00p.m. ET and looks at Jim Valvano and the ’82-’83 season of the North Carolina State Wolfpack.  Elway to Marino, from NFL Films and director Ken Rodgers, will debut on April 23rd at 9:00p.m. ET and offer an in-depth examination of the 1983 NFL Draft  that was highlighted by a record six quarterbacks being taken in the first round, including future Hall of Famers John Elway and Dan Marino.

NBA Action this Week on ESPN-  ESPN will have NBA double header action this Wednesday and Friday.  Wednesday at 8:00p.m. ET the Heat will take on the Nets with Mike Breen, Hubie Brown and Chris Broussard.  at 10:30p.m. ET Dave Pasch, Jon Barry and Heather Cox will cal the Lakers at Suns.  Friday at 7:00p.m. ET the Heat are at the Pacers with Mark Jones and Jon Barry.  Terry Gannon, Chris Mullin and Heather Cox will call the Lakers at Timberwolves at 9:30p.m. ET.

NBA TV to Present Mid Season Report Card-  NBA TV will produce a program this week looking at the 2012-2013 NBA season at the mid-way point.  Midseason Report Special on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. ET. Rick Kamla and Dennis Scott (analyst) will be joined by NBA.com writers Steve Aschburner, Scott Howard-Cooper and Sekou Smith to review all the grades and assess each team. NBA TV insider David Aldridge will also contribute to the show.

U.S. Men’s Soccer vs. Canada-  ESPN2 will have coverage of the first match featuring the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team this year.  Glenn Davis and Taylor Twellman will have the call with sideline reporter Mónica González.  Alexi Lalas will provide halftime commentary.  Kick-off is tomorrow night at 9:00p.m. ET

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SMJ Inbox- April 11, 2011

It’s a brand spankin’ new week, time to peek into the Sports Media Journal Inbox…

Masters Ratings Second Highest in Ten Years- CBS is reporting that the ratings for the final round of the Masters averaged a 10.4.  Even though it fell below last year’s 12.0 rating, it is still the second highest rated final round for the network in the last ten years.

Masters Online Also Scores Big- CBS is also reporting that its Masters Live product on CBSSports.com saw a 33% increase in traffic with time spent viewing online averaging 72 minutes per viewer.

NBC Sports Group Prepares for Coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs- NBC Sports Group has announced that it will have blanket coverage  of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC, Versus, and various local Comcast SportsNet outlets.  NBC begins coverage this Saturday with Game 2 between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Detroit Red Wings at 1pm ET.  NBC returns Sunday at 3pm ET with coverage of Game Three in the series between the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.

Versus will kick-off the playoff season with a triple header Wednesday night beginning at 7pm ET with Game 1 of the Coyotes and Red Wings, followed, in progress, with Game 1 of the Rangers at Washington, then capping the night off with Game 1 of the Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver Canucks at 10pm ET.

Sirius-XM has Horse Racing Triple Crown Covered- Sirius-XM Radio has announced that it will broadcast all three races of the Triple Crown this spring.  Coverage of all three races, The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness, and The Belmont will begin at 5pm ET on Sirius Channel 126 and XM Channel 243.

SMJ Inbox- March 15, 2011

Time for another look at what’s been coming into the Sports Media Journal inbox…

CBS College Sports Network has the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Well Covered- With the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament beginning tonight, CBS College Sports Network has announced its coverage of the tournament.  The network will produce two programs with news, highlights, and analysis, Bracket Breakdown and Full Court Press.  Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, March 15
3:00-6:00 PM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN
12:00 MIDNIGHT-12:30 AM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Wednesday, March 16
12:00 NOON-6:00 PM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN
11:30 PM-12:00 MIDNIGHT – BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Thursday, March 17
2:30 PM-1:00 AM – FULL COURT PRESS PRESENTED BY BUICK
1:00-2:00 AM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Friday, March 18
2:30-4:30 PM – FULL COURT PRESS PRESENTED BY BUICK
7:00-7:30 PM – FULL COURT PRESS PRESENTED BY BUICK
10:00 PM-1:00 AM – FULL COURT PRESS PRESENTED BY BUICK
1:00-2:00 AM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Saturday, March 19
2:30-7:30 PM – FULL COURT PRESS PRESENTED BY BUICK
10:00 PM-12:30 AM – FULL COURT PRESS PRESENTED BY BUICK
12:30-1:30 AM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Sunday, March 20
4:30 PM-12:30 AM – FULL COURT PRESS PRESENTED BY BUICK
12:30 – 1:30 A.M. – BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Thursday, March 24
4:00-6:00 PM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN
8:00-8:30 PM – FULL COURT PRESS PRESENTED BY BUICK
10:30 PM-1:00 AM – FULL COURT PRESS PRESENTED BY BUICK
1:00-1:30 AM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Friday, March 25
4:00-7:00 PM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN
10:00 PM-1:00 AM – FULL COURT PRESS PRESENTED BY BUICK
1:00-1:30 AM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Saturday, March 26
6:30-10:30 PM – FULL COURT PRESS PRESENTED BY BUICK
10:30-11:00 PM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Sunday, March 27
4:30-8:00 PM – FULL COURT PRESS PRESENTED BY BUICK
8:00-8:30 PM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Saturday, April 2
1:00-3:00 PM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN
8:30-9:00 PM – FULL COURT PRESS PRESENTED BY BUICK
11:00 PM-12:00 AM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Sunday, April 3
1:00-3:00 PM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN
5:00-7:00 PM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Monday, April 4
5:00-6:00 PM – AT&T NABC GUARDIANS OF THE GAMES
6:00-8:00 PM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN
11:30 PM-12:30 AM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN

Tuesday, April 5
7:00-7:30 PM – BRACKET BREAKDOWN

ESPN Offers Own College Hoop Tourney Action- Not to be upstaged, ESPN has unveiled its complete schedule of coverage of the 2011 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship and the 32-team NIT Championship.  The Women’s tourney schedule is here.  The NIT schedule, which starts tonight, looks like this.

Willard Joins March Madness on Demand Studio Panel- CBS and Turner Sports have also announced that Seton Hall Head Coach Kevin Willard will be providing guest analysis of the NCAA Tournament as part of the March Madness on Demand online package.  Willard will serve as a studio guest analyst for Second Round games this Thursday and Friday.

Sirius-XM has the NFL Lockout Covered- Sirius-XM NFL Radio is providing extensive coverage of the NFL work stoppage.  The network has devoted Channel 124 as the 24/7 source of all things NFL labor strife with special programming and analysis.

Golf Channel Sees Ratings Gains for WGC-Cadillac Championship- NBC Sports Group reports that ratings for this past weekend’s WGC-Cadillac Championship registered ratings success on both the Golf Channel and NBC.  Thursday’s coverage of the tournament from Doral drew 1.14 millions viewers, the most ever for the first round of the event.  The Golf Channel’s combined Thursday and Friday coverage averaged 1.07 million viewers, the most since 2002.

NBC’s final round coverage on Sunday averaged 3.32 million viewers, a 14% bump over last year.