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Sports Media Weekly No. 166- Neil Best, Newsday & Don Orsillo, NESN

This week’s Sports Media Weekly  program features guests from the Northeast.

Joining Ken Fang of Fangs Bites and me for our news segment this week is Neil Best of Newsday.

We begin the show by previewing the coverage of Major League Baseball’s post season.  We all agree that even though many of the announcing assignments are unchanged this year, the one game wild card playoff aspect of the post season does bring with it an added level of excitement.

We switch to the NFL and CBS’s announcement that NFL Today analysts Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, and Shannon Sharpe will move from the studio to the booth for one week during next Sunday’s action.  If it were another sport other than the NFL then these moves may have more significance than they do.

We next ask Neil to bring us up to date with the state of sports coverage in New York, now that the Yankees and Mets are finished for the season; the Giants and Jets don’t seem to be going in any positive direction; and the winter sports season hasn’t really gotten started in any meaningful way.

Our second guest this week is Red Sox television play-by-play voice Don Orsillo.  Ken speaks with Don about his work with the Sox on NESN, his upcoming playoff stint with TBS; and even culinary arts.

Sports Media Digest- September 3, 2013

NBCSN to Debut New Weekly NFL Studio Show

The abundance of NFL studio shows continues to grow as NBC announced today that a new show will soon launch on the NBC Sports Network.

FNIA Coach’s Clicker will debut Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30p.m. ET with Liam McHugh hosting and Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison providing an in-depth preview of the upcoming week’s biggest games, including the Sunday Night Football contest.

“Every week, FNIA Coach’s Clicker will provide the deepest dive on the biggest games of the week,” said Sam Flood, executive producer, NBC Sports & NBCSN. “Tony, Rodney and Liam will take NFL fans inside the film room to break down the most critical Xs-and-Os elements of the upcoming week. While NFL Turning Point looks back at the most critical moments of the previous week’s biggest games, FNIA Coach’s Clicker will look ahead.”

Colin’s New Football Show Debuts September 8th

ESPN announced today that the new football show featuring ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd will debut this Sunday at 9:00a.m. ET on ESPN2.

Colin’s New Football Show is a 60-minute program where Cowherd discusses the college and NFL stories of the week.

Colin’s New Football Show will be entirely from Colin’s perspective,” said Jamie Horowitz, vice president, original programming and production.  “It’s a cool and alternative pregame show with Colin, a football outsider on the inside, letting fans know the key stories of the day in his own style.”
Cowherd added, “This won’t be your typical pregame show because I’m hosting it and I’ve never played in the league and I don’t even know that many people who did play in the league. We know what we are, and what we’re not. And we’re not going to take ourselves too seriously.  The show is me and smart, funny guys hopefully coming on the show and making it better. I’m really excited for it.”

NBA TV has Exclusive Coverage of Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

NBA TV will have exclusive coverage of this weekend’s Basketball Hall-of-Fame induction ceremony from Springfield, MA.

The telecast will begin at 2:00p.m. ET with the induction of NBA stars Gary Payton and Bernard King; ABA legend Roger Brown; 30-year NBA executive and former President of USA Basketball Russ Granik; six-time NBA All-Star and 1968 NBA Coach of the Year Richard Guerin;  basketball pioneer Dr. E.B. Henderson; University of Houston five-time NCAA Final Four head coach Guy Lewis; college coaching legend and three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell; two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NCAA Final Four head coach Rick Pitino; one of FIBA’s 50 Greatest Players Oscar Schmidt; five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley; and UNLV coaching legend and 1990 NCAA Champion Jerry Tarkanian.

Latest Edition of Fox Sports’ Being to Spotlight NYPD Football Team

The next installment of Fox Sports’ Being: series will take a look at the New York City Police Department football team.

Being: The Finest will debut Tuesday, September 10th at 9:00p.m. ET.  The program follows the New York City Police Department’s semi-professional football team from the beginning of its season in April through its regular-season finale against The Bravest, the New York City Fire Department’s squad, in the Fun City Bowl at Hofstra University on June 2. The documentary is narrated by Tony Hernandez, the club’s general manager and an active NYPD narcotics detective.

“The bonds that grow between cops are strong,” Hernandez said. “Our team uses football to make them even stronger. We work together. We play together. We sacrifice together. You never know when life is going to throw you something nasty, something unfair. I like to think our team, our brotherhood, makes it a little easier to deal with at all.”

The Dino Costa Show Changing Time and Channel on SiriusXM Radio

SiriusXM Radio announced today that The Dino Costa Show  is moving to a new time and channel on the SiriusXM platform.

Starting this Thursday the program will be heard on SiriusXM Sports Zone (Sirius channel 92, XM channel 208) from 7:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. ET. Previously The Dino Costa Show was on nightly as part of the line-up on  SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio channel.

“When I joined SiriusXM nearly five years ago, my objective was to deliver listeners across North America a brand of sports commentary and opinion that they had never heard before, something that was a radical departure from the status quo,” said Costa.  “I feel I have accomplished that and gained a more than appreciable audience over that time.  Creating and delivering the kind of a show I do would not have been possible anyplace other than SiriusXM and it is an honor and a privilege to be with what I consider to be the mightiest radio broadcaster on planet earth.  I enjoyed my time with Mad Dog Sports Radio and now I look forward to new challenges and conquests and feel more enthused than ever at the prospects of making SiriusXM Sports Zone a destination channel for our valued subscribers. This is the start of something very big!”

Dan Patrick Show to Air on SiriusXM Radio

More news today from SiriusXM Radio.  The network announced today that it has added The Dan Patrick Show to the line-up of Mad Dog Sports Radio, SiriusXM channel 86.

The Dan Patrick Show debuts this Tuesday, September 3rd, at 9:00a.m. ET.

“Dan is one of this country’s most prominent sports voices and his show has been engaging sports fans with entertaining and insightful commentary and newsmaking interviews for well over a decade,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer.  “The Dan Patrick Show is an all-star addition to the Mad Dog Sports Radio lineup.”


Russo Re-Signs with SiriusXM, Adds MLB Network Radio Duties

SiriusXM Radio announced today it has re-signed popular sports talk show host Chris “Mad Dog’ Russo for a three year deal that will keep him exclusively on SiriusXM on the Mad Dog Sports Radio channel. He will continue to host his daily show, Mad Dog Unleashed, weekday afternoons on Mad Dog Sports Radio, SiriusXM channel 86.  Starting in September, with the beginning of NFL season, the show will air daily from 3:00-6:00pm ET/12:00-3:00pm PT.

In addition, Russo will also appear regularly on the MLB Network Radio Channel on the SiriusXM network.  Russo will host a new weekday baseball show launching in the spring of 2014, in addition to appearing across its studio programming. The show will be produced by MLB Network and simulcast on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM. MLB Network’s Emmy Award-winning studio show “MLB Tonight” is currently simulcast on MLB Network Radio on weekdays at 6:00 p.m. ET.

“I’ve always loved the on-air freedom that comes with being on SiriusXM,” said Russo.  “I can do the kind of show here that I wouldn’t be able to do anywhere else and I’m fortunate to be able to continue to give my listeners my kind of sports talk radio each and every day on Mad Dog Unleashed.  I’ll also get to emphasize my passion for baseball with my new role on MLB Network Radio and MLB Network, where I’ll be talking to dyed-in-the-wool baseball fans like me throughout the year.  This is a terrific opportunity that allows me to do what I do best, while also reaching new audiences.”

“Chris is a one-of-a-kind sports radio talent, one of the best in the history of the medium, and we’re very pleased to keep him on SiriusXM for years to come,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer.  “Our listeners will continue to get his unique style of sports talk – the biting commentary, the high profile interviews, the great rants – on a daily basis.  And by expanding his role to the MLB Network Radio channel, we can better showcase his passion for baseball and his extraordinary knowledge of the sport.  This will enhance our overall sports programming and increase his reach, and will be a benefit to both Chris and our listeners.”

“Chris Russo is one of the top sports voices in the country and he will be a terrific addition to our unparalleled roster of on-air talent,” said Tony Petitti, President and CEO of MLB Network. “Expanding MLB Network’s live programming has been a continued goal since our launch in 2009, and we look forward to bringing his refreshing take on baseball to MLB Network’s weekday lineup in 2014.”

MLB and SiriusXm Extend Rights Agreement

SiriusXM Radio and Major League Baseball have signed a six-year extension of their rights agreement.  The deal will now make MLB game broadcasts available on both Sirius and XM satellite radios, starting today.

SiriusXM has been a broadcast partner with Major League Baseball since 1995.  SiriusXM will continue to air live play-by-play of every regular and postseason MLB game, as well as select spring training and Spanish-language game broadcasts, through the 2021 season.  The service is available to subscribers with Sirius radios on either a Premier or All Access package.  All MLB games will continue to air on all XM radios.

“Baseball has been an essential part of our programming lineup and we’re very happy to extend our relationship with MLB to deliver the games to our subscribers for many years to come,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer.  “We’re especially pleased to now offer the games to SiriusXM subscribers whether they listen through Sirius radios, XM radios, the SiriusXM App or online.”

“SiriusXM has been a valuable partner providing our fans with the ability to listen to every MLB game on the growing platform of satellite radio,” said Tim Brosnan, MLB Executive Vice President, Business.  “We are proud that Major League Baseball content has been an important contributor to the growth of satellite radio and we look forward to continuing this relationship into the next decade.”

SiriusXM to Conduct College Football Training Camp Tour

Beginning tomorrow SiriusXM Radio will begin a tour of college football training camps.  All shows will air on SiriusXM College Sports Nation, channel 91

The following roster of talent from SiriusXM Radio will be live on site:  former players Eddie George and Gino Torretta; former college coaches Rick Neuheisel, Houston Nutt and Gene Chizik; longtime Dallas Cowboys pro personnel executive Gil Brandt; and college football insiders Jack Arute, Mark Packer, Bill King and Chris Childers.

Here is the schedule of the SiriusXm College Football Training Camp Tour:

2013 SiriusXM College Sports Nation Camp Tour Schedule: (All times ET)

Thu, Aug. 1:      Clemson University, Clemson, SC
3-6pm, Hosts: Mark Packer & Eddie George

Fri, Aug. 2:        University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
3-6pm, Hosts: Mark Packer & Eddie George

Mon, Aug. 5:     University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
12-3pm, Hosts: Mark Packer & Houston Nutt

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
6-9pm, Hosts: Chris Childers and Rick Neuheisel

Tue, Aug. 6:      Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
12-3pm, Hosts: Mark Packer & Houston Nutt

Wed, Aug. 7:     University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
12-3pm, Hosts: Mark Packer & Houston Nutt

University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
3-6pm, Hosts: Chris Childers & Eddie George

Thu, Aug. 8:      University of Texas, Austin, TX
3-6pm, Host: Mark Packer, Gil Brandt & Gene Chizik

Fri, Aug. 9:        Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
12-3pm, Hosts: Mark Packer & Gene Chizik

Mon, Aug. 12:   University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
12-3pm, Host: Jack Arute & Gene Chizik

Tue, Aug. 13:    University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
12-3pm, Hosts: Jack Arute & Eddie George

Wed, Aug. 14:   Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
12-3pm Host: Jack Arute

Thu, Aug. 15:    Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
12-3pm, Host: Jack Arute

University of Georgia, Athens, GA
6-9pm, Host: Bill King & Gino Torretta

Fri, Aug. 16:      Stanford University, Stanford, CA
6-9pm, Hosts: Mark Packer & Rick Neuheisel

Mon, Aug. 19:   Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
12-3pm, Hosts: Jack Arute & Gene Chizik

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
3-6pm, Hosts: Mark Packer & Houston Nutt

Tue, Aug. 20:    Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
12-3pm, Host: Jack Arute and Eddie George

USC, Los Angeles, CA
6-9pm, Hosts: Mark Packer & Houston Nutt

Wed, Aug. 21:   University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
12-3pm, Hosts: Jack Arute & Gene Chizik

Schedule is subject to change.


Sports Media Digest- June 6, 2013

ESPN Sees Record Ratings for NCAA Baseball Regionals–  ESPN reports that it has received record viewership for the 16 NCAA baseball regionals held last weekend.  Overall, ESPN2 and ESPNU combined to reach 11,680,000 viewers for its game telecasts. In addition, fans watched more than 96,600,000 live and replay minutes of Regionals action on the ESPN3 and WatchESPN platforms.

Women’s College World Series Sees High Ratings in Tennessee and Oklahoma- ESPN reports that the recently completed Women’s College World Series delivered impressive ratings in Knoxville and Oklahoma City, the home markets of two teams.  Knoxville had ratings of 11.9 for game one and 7.8 for game 2.  Oklahoma City has ratings of 6.6 in game one and 6.7 in game two.  Nationally the game drew an average audience of 1.2 million viewers for game one and 1.3 million viewers for game two.

CBS’s Coverage of FedEx St. Jude Classic–  CBS Sports continues its coverage of the PGA Tour this weekend with the telecast of the FedEx St. Jude Classic from Memphis.  Coverage on begins Saturday ans Sunday at 3:00p.m. ET.  Bill Macatee and Ian Baker Finch call the action from the 18th tower  while Peter Oosterhius calls the action at the 17th hole and David Feherty at the 16th hole.

ESPN Sets Jimmy Classic Match-Ups–  ESPN has announced the line-up of games for next season’s Jimmy V Men’s and Women’s Basketball Classics.  The men’s games will be played Tuesday, December 17th on ESPN as Cincinnati faces Pittsburgh followed by Florida against Memphis.  The women’s games take place the same day on ESPN2 with Connecticut at Duke.

Hoyts to Receive Jimmy V Perseverance Award at ESPY’s–  ESPN has announced that the father-son duo of Dick and Rick Hoyt will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at this year’s ESPY’s.  Rick, now 51, was born with cerebral palsy and though unable to use his hands or legs he and his 73-year-old father have run in more than 1,000 endurance events—including triathlons and marathons—with Dick pushing his son in a custom-made running chair.

SiriusXM At the Belmont–  SiriusXM Radio is the satellite radio home of this weekend’s Belmont Stakes.  Race coverage begins Saturday at 5:00 pm ET on Sirius channel 93, XM channel 209, and on channel 961 on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at

Friday Night Fights on ESPN2– This week’s edition of Friday Night Nights on ESPN2  feature former Lightweight world-title challenger “The Gladiator” John Molina Jr. (25-2, 20 KOs) and undefeated Lightweight Andrey Klimov (15-0, 8 KOs) in the 10-round main event.  Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be at ringside with Todd Grisham as studio host.  Pablo Viruaga and Delvin Rodriguez will call this week’s fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights) with Claudia Trejos and Leopoldo Gonzalez in the studio.  The telecast begins at 10:00p.m. ET.

Three Covers of Sports Illustrated this week– Sports Illustrated has three covers this week, two celebrating the NHL Playoffs and the third featuring the San Antonio Spurs:
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Sports Media Digest- May 7, 2013

Underwood Replaces Hill in Performing SNF Theme–  NBC Sports announced today that Carrie Underwood has been selected to record the opening theme to the Sunday Night Football (SNF) package this season.  Underwood, who replaces Faith Hill, makes her Sunday Night Football debut on Sunday, September 8th when Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants.

NBC Sports Reports Kentucky Derby Second Most-Watched Since 1989–  NBC Sports announced today that the final viewership numbers of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby resulted in an audience of 16.2 million viewers, up 11% over 2012 and the second most-watched Derby since 1989.  The 9.7/21 rating is up eight percent from last year’s race (9.0/20).

SiriusXM Radio Launches Lacrosse Show Ahead of NCAA Tourney–  SiriusXM Radio has announced the creation of Inside College Lacrosse, a program which will preview the 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Championships.  The show, hosted by Paul Mittermeier will debut tonight, May 7, and air Tuesdays at 8:00 pm ET on SiriusXM College Sports Nation (channel 91 on satellite radios, on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at

Curry, Crosby on Cover of SI–  With the NHL and NBA Playoffs well underway, Sports Illustrated decided to feature Penguins star Sydney Crosby and Warriors Guard Stephen Curry on this week’s cover:
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Sports Media Digest- May 1, 2013

Golf Channel Reports Most-Watched April Ever–  Over 19 million viewers tuned in to watch the Golf Channel in April, making it the most watched April in the history of the network.  128,000 average viewers per minute were tuned in to Golf Channel in April, representing a 11% year-over-year increase compared to April 2012.  The network also saw record traffic for its online properties in April.

SiriusXM Coverage of the Kentucky Derby–  SiriusXm Radio is the satellite radio home of this year’s Kentucky Derby.  Programming will originate from Churchill Downs across Sirius channel 93 and XM channel 209.  On race day Saturday  a special pre-Derby edition of Down The Stretch, hosted by Dave Johnson and Bill Finley, will air live from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm ET. Race coverage begins at 5:00p.m. ET.

Sports Media Digest- April 23, 2013

UFC on Fox Shows Viewership Increase– Last Saturday’s UFC on Fox telecast posted a 2.2 average household rating, with 3.7 million viewers, a 47% increase over the Fox UFC telecast the same time last year.  After two events this year, UFC on Fox is averaging a 2.3 rating with 4.0 million viewers, which is a 10% increase in households and a 11% increase in average audience over the two-event average from 2012.

Former Bills To Host a New Show on SiriusXM Radio–  SiriusXM Radio announced today that former Buffalo Bills greats Jim Kelly, Andre Reed and Steve Tasker will host a new program on SiriusXM NFL Radio channel 88.  No Huddle will make its debut with a special preview broadcast tomorrow at 7:00p.m. ET and will air in its weekly timeslot during the 2013 NFL season.

Durant, Boston on the Cover of Sports Illustrated–  Sports Illustrated has released two covers for this week’s edition: One featuring the Thunder’s Kevin Durant, the other saluting Boston following the Marathon bombings.
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