Turner Unveils Post Season Baseball Announcer Line-Up

Turner Sports today announced its roster of announcers and analysts for its upcoming coverage of Major League Baseball’s post season.  This season TBS will air both Wild Card Playoff games, along with up to 18 Divisional Series games and the National League Championship Series (NLCS).

The TBS studio pre and post-game program will be hosted by Keith Olbermann with analysis from Tom Verducci, the newly-added Pedro Martinez, and Blue Jays analyst Dirk Hayhurst.

The top announcer team will feature Ernie Johnson on the call with Ron Darling and Cal Ripken providing analysis.  Craig Sager and Verducci will serve as reporters for the NLCS;

Brian Anderson will be paired with John Smoltz and Joe Simpson;

Dick Stockton will handle play-by-play with Bob Brenly;

And Don Orsillo will call action with Dennis Eckersley and Buck Martinez.

David Aldredge, Matt Winer, and Rachel Nichols will also serve as reporters during the post season.

The post season on TBS begins October 1st.

Sports Media Digest- June 7, 2013

Solid Ratings for NBA Finals Opener–  ESPN reports that game one of the NBA Finals on ABC registered an overnight rating of 10.6, making it the third-highest Game 1 rating since 2004 and the fourth consecutive year Game 1 of The Finals has delivered a double-digit overnight rating.  The game had a 34.0 local market rating in Miami and a 35.3 mark in San Antonio.

Fox Reports Ratings Success for NASCAR Sprint Cup–  Fox Sports reported today that its coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series had an average rating of 4.8, the same rating it has enjoyed for the last three years.  NASCAR on FOX 2013 also posted ratings increases in five of the top seven and nine of the nation’s 15 biggest markets, including Los Angeles (+6%) and Chicago (+32%).  Overall, ratings grew +7% (4.5 vs. 4.2) in the country’s 56 biggest markets compared to a year ago.

Angels/Red Sox this Week’s Sunday MLB on TBS Telecast–  This week’s MLB on TBS telecast will feature the Los Angeles Angels at the Boston Red Sox.  First pitch is at 1:30p.m. ET with Dick Stockton and Dennis Eckersley on the call.

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.

Olbermann Returns to Baseball as Turner Announces Post-Season Talent

Turner Sports has announced its talent line-up for its coverage of this fall’s Major League Baseball playoffs.

The big news is the return to baseball for Keith Olbermann, who will serve as host of TBS’ Major League Baseball postseason studio show, joined by analyst Dennis Eckersley.

“It’s well known that Keith is a fan of the game and when you combine that with his studio experience, keen insight and passion for baseball and its history, he’ll add a new dimension to our MLB Postseason studio shows,” said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports. “We’re excited to have him join Dennis in studio, and look forward to Keith sharing his in-depth knowledge of the game, MLB teams and players with our viewers for three great weeks in October.”

When the games begin Ernie Johnson and Brian Anderson will provide play-by-play with analysts Ron Darling, Cal Ripken, Jr. and John Smoltz.

As part of the announcement today Turner announced a new long-term extension with Darling who will continue to be part of the analysts for the network’s Sunday MLB on TBS series.

“We have put together two dynamic teams who, in their own unique voices, will provide fans with informative and entertaining game telecasts,” said Levy.  “Ernie and Brian are two of the most accomplished baseball play-by-play announcers in the business today.  Ron and John, with their combined 34 years of pitching experience, will continue to provide our viewers with great insights and opinions throughout the postseason.  Cal made great contributions in the booth last season during the Division Series and we look forward to his expanded presence this year.”

Sports Media Digest- May 31, 2013

Giants/Cardinals on Sunday MLB on TBS–  This weekend’s Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will feature the San Francisco Giants at St. Louis Cardinals.  First pitch is 2:00p.m. ET with Steve Physioc, Ron Darling and John Smoltz.

ESPN Produces Special on Vince Lombardi–  ESPN will celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of NFL coaching legend Vince Lombardi through a one-hour special on his life and career.  Chris Berman will be joined by Mike Ditka and Packers greats Jerry Kramer and Bart Starr for Lombardi’s Legacy, Thursday, June 6th at 9:00p.m. ET on ESPN.

ESPN Celebrates Another Successful Months of Digital Platform Successes–  ESPN reported today that for the month of April its online properties accounted for 29% of all traffic to sports sites.  ESPN remains number one in average audience minutes and average minutes per user.  It still trails Yahoo Sports in unique visitors to its websites (57 million to Yahoo vs. 52 million to ESPN).

Sports Media Digest- April 12, 2013

ESPN Sees Bump is First Round Masters Viewership–  ESPN Reports that Thursday opening round of the Masters averaged 2,851,000 viewers with a 2.4 household coverage rating based on fast nationals, according to the Nielsen Company. Viewership grew seven percent from last year’s first round, which averaged 2,661,000 viewers, and the rating was an increase of three percent from a 2.3 last year.

Rays/Red Sox Sunday’s MLB on TBS Telecast–  This weekend’s Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will feature the Tampa Bay Rays at the Boston Red Sox. Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling and John Smoltz have the call beginning at 1:30p.m. ET.

WNBA Draft Live Monday on ESPN-  For the first time ESPN will provide prime time coverage of the WNBA Draft.  Coverage and analysis of the first round will begin Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2, followed by the second and third rounds on ESPNU from 9-10:30 p.m.  Kevin Negandhi will anchor the coverage with analysts Rebecca Lobo and Carolyn Peck and reporters Holly Rowe and LaChina Robinson.

Sports Media Digest- April 4, 2013

Dial Global Radio at the Final Four–  Dial Global Radio is the official radio carrier for this weekend’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four from Atlanta.  The broadcast for Saturday’s semi-finals begins at 3:30pm ET with ThFinal Four Show.  Game coverage begins at 4:30pm ET with Kevin Kugler calling the game with analysis from John Thompson and and Bill Raftery.  Jim Gray will be the courtside reporter.  John Tautges will host the pre-and post game shows along with Bill Walton.  Sunday at 3:45p.m. ET Dial Global will broadcast the Men’s Division II Basketball Championship game between Drury and Metro State.

Sunday MLB on TBS Debuts with Yankees/Tigers–  The 2013 debut of Turner’s Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will feature the New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers.  First pitch is 1:00p.m. with Ernie Johnson and John Smoltz on the call.

U.S. Davis Cup Matches this Weekend on Tennis Channel-  The Tennis Channel will televise this weekend’s Davis Cup matches between the United States and Serbia. Singles matches from Boise, ID begin tomorrow at 3:30p.m. ET.  The doubles match will take place Saturday at 3:00p.m. ET with the final single matches Sundat at 2:00p.m. ET.

HBO2 To Televise Fists of Gold Boxing Saturday Afternoon–  HBO Sports will produce the first professional fight of Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medalist Zou Shiming as part the three bout Fists of Gold event from China.  The bouts will air on HBO2 at 2:00p.m. ET with Tim Ryan, Larry Merchant and George Forman on the call.  Zou will take on Eleazar Valenzuela.  They will also televise two championship fights featuring  the WBO Jr. Lightweight Championship between Rocky Martinez and Diego Magdaleno as well as the WBO/WBA Flyweight Championship with Brian0 Viloria taking on Juan Estrada.

HBO Championship Boxing in Late April from South America and California–  HBO Sports will be producing its next round of championship boxing matches at the end pf the month from California and South America.  World Champiuonship Boxing: Sergio Martinez vs. Martin Murray, Luis Carloe Abregu vs. Antonin Decarie and Chris Arreola vs. Bermane Stiverne will be seen Saturday,  April 27 at 8:30 p.m. ET from Buenos Aries, Argentina and Ontario, Cal. Jim Lampley. Max Kellerman and Roy Jones, Jr. will be in Buenos Aries while Bob Papa, Andre Ward and Steve Weisfeld will be in Ontario.

TBS Unveils Early Sunday MLB on TBS Schedule

Turner Sports has taken the wraps off its April and May slate of Major League Baseball telecasts as part of its Sunday MLB on TBS series.

Brian Anderson will likely be on play-by-play for these games with analysts Ron Darling, Dennis Eckersley, Cal Ripken, Jr., and John Smoltz.

Here is the April and May schedule:

2013 “Sunday MLB on TBS” Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game
April 7 1 p.m. New York Yankees @ Detroit Tigers
April 14 1:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Rays @ Boston Red Sox
April 21 1:30 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers @ Baltimore Orioles
April 28 1 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees
May 5 1:30 p.m. New York Mets @ Atlanta Braves
May 12 1:30 p.m. Toronto Blue Jays @ Boston Red Sox
May 19 1:30 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers @ Atlanta Braves
May 26 1:30 p.m. New York Yankees @ Tampa Bay Rays
* TBS telecasts are not seen in the local markets

Sports Media Weekly No. 124- Matt Winer, Turner Sports, NBA TV

We are bridging seasons on this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I begin the show with a preview of the final baseball event of the year, the World Series, which will see Joe Buck and Tim McCarver call their 15th Fall Classic as a team for Fox Sports.

We then shift to the struggles facing the NBC Sports Network which is looking to fill programming slots left vacant because of the NHL lockout.

We also look at CBS News and Showtime’s hire of Armen Keteyian as the first correspondent for the new 60 Minutes Sports program debuting in January.

Also in January CBS will launch its sports radio network.  Ken and I preview the weekday line-up as it is currently constituted.

We finish the segment by discussing the change on the set of ESPN’s NBA studio show, with the addition of Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons and the departure of John Barry and Chris Broussard.

Our guest is Turner Sports and NBA TV studio host Matt Winer.  Matt discusses his recently completed stint as host for TBS’ coverage of the MLB postseason.  We also look ahead to the 2012-2013 NBA season on NBA TV and Matt’s role working with the famous NBA studio analysts in the Turner Sports crew.

Sports Media Digest- October 19, 2012

NFL Network Wins the Night in Cable for Thursday Night Football  The NFL Network (NFLN) reports that an average of seven million people tuned in to last night’s Thursday Night Football telecast between the Seahawks and 49’ers, winning the night for the network on cable television.  Through six games, NFLN has seen a ratings boost of 28% and an audience bump of 15%.

TBS Sees Increased Viewership for ALCS-  Despite a four game sweep, TBS saw an increase in viewership for its coverage of the American League Championship Series.  The four game game viewership average was 5.9 million viewers, a 28% increase of the network’s 2011 coverage of the National League Championship Series.  The average rating for the series was 3.8, up 31% over last year.

College Football Tripleheader on CBS Sports Network-  The CBS Sports Network will telecast three college football games tomorrow.  The action starts at 3:30p.m. ET as Indiana takes on Navy with Grant Boone, Todd Christensen and rSheehan Stanwick Burch at the mic.  Marshall will take on Southern Miss at 7:00 PM, ET with Dave Ryan, Steve Beuerlein and Evan Washburn on the call.  The nightcap at 10:30p.m. ET will feature San Diego State at Nevada with James Bates, Aaron Taylor and Lauren Gardner.

ESPN at the World Series–  ESPN TV and ESPN Radio is preparing for coverage of the World Series.   Karl Ravech and Steve Berthiaume will host thenetwork’s pre-game and post-game coverage with John Kruk,  Barry Larkin, Curt Schilling, Aaron Boone, Rick Sutcliffe, Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian. Additionally, recently named Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will serve as a guest analyst in his final assignment with ESPN.  ESPN Radio has the exclusive radio broadcast of the World Series. Dan Shulman and analyst Orel Hershiser will call the action with Jon Sciambi with Chris Singleton and Peter Pascarelli providing pre-game and post-game coverage.

NBA Digital Unveils New NBA TV Studio, NBA.com Re-Design-  NBA Digital announced yesterday that the NBA TV studio will have a new set for the 2012-2013 season and new look to NBA.com.  The new studio will be the home for shows such as Game TimeFan NightThe Jump, The Beat,Fantasy Insider and more – will feature more than 5,000 square feet of versatile studio space, outfitted with 13 monitors including a 65-inch touch screen.  The new NBA.com is slated to have expanded video features and enhanced social functionality with more ways for fans to leverage their social connections across the site.

Next Edition of Open Court This Tuesday on NBA TV-  NBA TV will air the third edition of its Open Court series will air this Tuesday at 11:00p.m. ET.  This latest episode will feature discussion on each panelist’s career, when they thought they had ‘arrived’ in the NBA, the best Olympic team of all time, the greatest basketball coaches and more. Ernie Johnson hosts with analysts Charles Barkley, Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Steve Smith and Chris Webber.

Real Sports Returns–  Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel returns to HBO Sports this Tuesday at 10:00p.m. ET.  Segments on this edition include;  a look at what the transition from the field to TV has done for Michael Strahan; tragedy surrounding an Iowa girl’s volleyball team; exploring homosexuality in sports; and a look back at the Sabols on NFL Films.

Off Road Racing on CBS Sports Spectacular  The CBS Sports Spectacular tomorrow will feature the Lucas Oil Off Road Pro2 races from Reno, Nev.  Ken Stout, Cameron Steele, Rob Klepper and Erin Bates call the action beginning at 1:30p.m. ET.