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Sports Media Weekly No. 152- Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated & Jason Kint, CBS Sports Interactive

There is a lot on our plate in this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for our news segment by Richard Deitsch, sports media columnist for Sports Illustrated.

We start off the show analyzing the NBA Finals and what we can expect from the coverage by ESPN/ABC.

We then move on to the news this week that Keith Olbermann will return to baseball as the studio host for TBS’ coverage of Major League Baseball’s post season.

Next up are the implications of the NFL’s deal with Verizon to stream more regular season games on the wireless carrier’s network beginning in 2014.

We finish the segment by looking at how Fox Sports is sharing its Euro 2016 and 2018 European World Cup qualifiers with ESPN and the story by Ken that ESPN’s Mike Hill will no longer be working in Bristol.

Our second guest this week is Jason Kint, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CBS Sports Interactive, the digital arm of CBS Sports.  Ken spends time with Jason talking about the varied offerings by CBS online as well as the future of digital sports programming.


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 Weekly No. 151- Brian Berger, Sports Business Radio & Bob Socci, New England Patriots

Another action-packed edition of Sports Media Weekly is upon us.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for our news segment by Brian Berger, host of Sports Business Radio.

We begin the show looking at the news that the NFL is moving the date of next year’s NFL Draft to May.  This will benefit the league’s broadcast partners ESPN and the NFL Network who’ll be able to charge more for advertising during the ratings “sweeps” month.

We then move into the realm of ESPN Radio with its announcement that it will provide out-of-market coverage of five NFL teams’ games beginning this fall.  ESPN also made news this week with the hiring of southern U.S. sports radio legend Paul Finebaum.

We move on to discuss how the hiring of Robert Lipsyte as the new ombudsman at ESPN may, or may not,  result in any significant changes at the World Wide Leader.

We end the segment by looking at plans by Sports Illustrated to produce a daily 30-minute talk show on beginning this Monday.

Our second guest this week is Bob Socci, current radio voice for the Pawtucket Red Sox, who will soon become the new radio voice of the New England Patriots, replacing the legendary Gil Santos.  Bob discusses his good fortune in getting both the PawSox and Patriots jobs in a matter of weeks.  Socci will be leaving the PawSox in July to begin his work in Foxboro.

Sports Media Digest- May 29, 2013

NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 Number 1 Program on TV–  Turner Sports reports that last night’s game four of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers had a rating of 5.1 and an average audience of 8.1 million viewers, making it the number one prime time show for the night on television (cable and broadcast).  The rating was 26% higher and the audience 24% higher than the network’s coverage of game four of the Western Conference Finals last year.

Costas Looks Back at the Freeh Report on Costas Tonight–  The next edition of Costas Tonight on the NBC Sports Network will feature Bob Costas looking back at the impact of the Freeh report on Penn State athletics and the family of Joe Paterno.  Costas Tonight will air tonight at 11:00p.m. ET following the network’s coverage of game seven of the NHL Western Conference semi-finals between the Red Wings and Blackhawks.

CBS Produces Golf Special Featuring Golfers and their Dads–  CBS Sports is producing a one-hour special looking at the special bond golf has played between fathers and sons.  PGA TOUR 2013: Golf’s Dads talks with PGA stars and their connection to the game with their fathers.  The program debuts this Sunday at 1:30p.m. ET.

LeBron on the Cover of SI–  This week;s cover of Sports Illustrated features the Heat’s LeBron James:
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SI To Produce Daily Talk Show on

Sports Illustrated announced today that it will begin producing a 30-minute daily talk show which will be hosted on its website,

SI Now Powered by Ford, will be hosted by Maggie Gray and deliver commentary, analysis and social interaction with SI writers/editors, newsmakers and special guests.  The program premier’s Monday, June 3rd at 1:00p.m. ET.  The show will often travel to big-name sporting events across the country.  The first such occurrence will be at the U.S. Open next month at Merion.

“Our writers and anchors are the brightest in the sports world, and this live show gives them an important new way to interact with sports fans in real time,” said Matt Bean, managing editor of “SI Now is a revolution in how we create and deliver video to our audience. It is the next phase in’s content evolution.”

“Our goal is for SI Now to deliver what SI does best — thoughtful conversation and commentary around the biggest stories in sports,” said Ian Orefice, Time Inc. news and sports executive producer. “Since launching SI Video in 2010, we’ve built tremendous momentum with increased viewership and critical acclaim for our original productions. Now with the addition of the production facility, we can deliver exponentially more video across the site and throughout the spectrum of digital, mobile and broadcast distribution channels.”

Sports Media Digest- May 22, 2013

Andy Roddick to Join Fox Sports Live-  Fox Sports continues to name its roster of talent for the launch of Fox Sports 1 in August.  Today they announced the hire of former tennis star Andy Roddick.  Roddick will serve as co-host with Charissa Thompson for the network’s Fox Sports LIVE nightly highlights show.  Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports LIVE debuts August 17th.

NBC Sees Uptick in Preakness Viewership–  NBC Sports reports viewership for last Saturday’s Preakness Stakes were up 20% over 2012 and the highest since 2009.  The audience averaged 9.7 million viewers.  The 5.9 rating for the race was 13% higher than last year.

Carlesimo Joins ESPN for NBA Playoff Coverage–  Former NBA coach P.J. Carelsimo will be part of the ESPN crew as it continues with its coverage of the NBA Playoffs.  Carlesimo, who will work for the network through the NBA Finals, begins his work Thursday at the 9:00  a.m. ET edition of SportsCenter and contribute to additional studio programming, including NBA Tonight.

ESPN/ABC Preps for Indy 500–  ESPN and ABC Sports are set to telecast the 49th Indianapolis 500 this Sunday. Pre-race coverage begins at 11:00a.m. ET with the green flag set for 12:15 p.m. ET. Marty Reid will call the race with analysis by Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever.  SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak will host the telecast while pit reporters will be Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.

NASCAR Nationwide Series on ESPN Saturday from Charlotte–  ESPN will be on hand Saturday to televise the NASCAR Nationwide Series race from the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Coverage begins with NASCAR Countdown at 2:30 p.m. with the race’s green flag at 3:02 p.m.  Allen Bestwick leads the telecast with analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.

CBS’ Coverage of the Crown Plaza Invitational-  CBS’ coverage of the PGA Tour continues this weekend with the Crown Plaza Invitation from Colonial.  Action begins Saturday and Sunday at 3:00p.m. ET.  Jim Nantz,and Sir Nick Faldo, abnchor the coverage. Ian Baker-Finch calls the action at the 17th hole and Gary McCord at the 16th hole. David Feherty serves as on-course reporter.

Fox Sports Has UEFA Champions League Finale Saturday–  Fox Sports will provide extensive coverage of the final of the UEFA Champions League this weekend between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.  Gus Johnson and Warren Barton have the call of the match. Rob Stone hosts on-site pregame, halftime and post-game coverage with Fox Soccer analysts Eric Wynalda and Brian McBride beginning at 2:00p.m. ET.

Cardinals Grace SI Cover–  The dominant St Louis Cardinals starting rotation is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated:
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Sports Media Digest- April 29- 2013

ESPN Sees Increase in Viewership and Ratings for NFL Draft– ESPN reported today that its three day coverage of the NFL Draft resulted in an increase of viewers and ratings for the network.  ESPN recorded a 2.1 US rating, a three percent gain from 2012 (2.0) and a six percent increase from 2011 (1.9). The average viewership of 3,035,000 viewers is a four percent gain over both 2012 (2,924,000) and 2011 (2,918,000).  Even though the numbers were up overall, ESPN saw a drop in viewers during the first round Thursday night.  Thursday’s 4.1 rating was down 7% from 2012.

ESPN to Produce Special Featuring Bryce Harper–  ESPN has produced a a one-hour special on National’s outfielder Bryce Harper’s journey from a young teenager to MLB star. Bryce Begins will air tomorrow at 9:00 p.m. ET. ESPN will also use its Wednesday Night Baseball telecast between the Nationals and Braves to position analysts Mark Mulder and Doug Glanville near the dugout – instead of in the booth.  Wednesday’s game begins at 7:00p.m. ET.

ESPN To Telecast All 16 NCAA Baseball Regionals–  For the first time, all 16 NCAA Division I baseball regional championships will air on the networks of ESPN.  Every game will also be available on WatchESPN.  The Regionals take place May 31st through June 3rd.  ESPNU will televise the 64 team selection show May 27th at Noon.

CBS Sports Takes a Look at PGA Tour Golfers over a Seven Day Period–  CBS Sports is producing a one-hour special on the schedule of a PGA Tour professional between and during a tournament. PGA Tour 2013: Seven Days presented by Mercedes-Benz will look at six golf stars on seven different days of the week of a tournament.  The golfers are: Graeme McDowell, Russell Henley, Martin Kaymer, Rickey Fowler, Scott Langley and Justin Rose. PGA Tour 2013: Seven Days presented by Mercedes-Benz culminates at the Heritage Tournament from Hiton Head. The program debuts Saturday, May 4th at 2:00p.m. ET.

NASCAR Nationwide Series this Weekend from Talladega on ESPN– The next stop in the NASCAR Nationwide Series will take place this Saturday from the Talladega Superspeedway.  Alan Bestwick will be joined by Carl Edwards and Andy Petree for the call of the race while Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch report from the pits.  Action begins at 2:30p.m. ET with NASCAR Countdown with Nicole Briscoe, Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty.

Special Thursday Night Edition of Friday Night Fights on ESPN–  This week’s edition of Friday Night Nights on ESPN will take place Thursday night and feature former Lightweight world title challenger Ji-Hoon “Volcano” Kim taking on Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera in the 10-round Junior Welterweight main event.  Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas have the call with Todd Grisham as pre and post fight host.   Pablo Viruega 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 on ESPN2.

The Story of Gay NBA Player Jason Collins on the Cover of Sports Illustrated-  This week’s edition of Sports Illustrated will look into the coming out of gay NBA player Jason Collins.  Here is this week’s SI cover:
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