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Sports Media Digest- December 27, 2012

NBC Airs Notre Dame Marathon New Year’s Day-  NBC Sports will replay 10 hours of Notre Dame football New Year’s Day beginning at Noon ET.  Here is the line-up:

Noon Michigan at Notre Dame Re-Air
2 p.m. Onward Notre Dame: South Bend to Soldier Field
3 p.m. Stanford at Notre Dame Re-Air
5 p.m. Pittsburgh at Notre Dame Re-Air
7 p.m. Wake Forest at Notre Dame Re-Air
9 p.m. Undefeated: 2012 Notre Dame Football Season in Review

No. 1 vs. No. 2 Women’s College Basketball Saturday on ESPNU–  ESPNU will be the home to an early season battle between the top two teams in women’s college basketball as No. 1 Stanford hosts No. 2 UConn.  Tip-off is Saturday at 4:00p.m. ET.

Tennis Channel Begins 2013 Coverage of Live Tennis January 1st–  The Tennis Channel begins its 2013 season of live tennis action with coverage beginning New Year’s Day of the Hyundai Hopman Cup.  The annual international mixed-doubles tournament will air next Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30p.m. ET with the Championship January 6th at 8:00a.m. ET.

Pro Bowlers Tour Sunday on ESPN-  The next stop in the Pro Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour will air this Sunday on ESPN.  Lon McEachern and Randy Petersen have the call of the PBA Chameleon Championship on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.

ESPN the Magazine “Next” Issue–  The next edition of ESPN the Magazine will feature the “next” group of athletes expected to make a big impact.  Here is the cover:

ESPN Mag 12-31-12


Sports Media Digest- November 29, 2012

SEC Championship Saturday on CBS-  The culmination of CBS’ SEC season is this Saturday as the network telecasts the SEC Championship game between Alabama and Georgia.  Pre-game from Atlanta begins at 3:00p.m. ET with CBS College Football Championship Saturday with host Tim Brando and analysts  Spencer Tillman, Archie Manning and Tony Barnhart.  Kick-off is 4:00p.m. ET with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracey Wolfson.

Earl Campbell Documentary Debuts Next Tuesday on NBCSN–  The NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will debut a documentary of former NFL running back Earl Campbell.  Still Standing: The Earl Campbell Story, debuts Tuesday, December 4 at 11 p.m. ET.

NBCSN College Hockey Friday and Saturday–  The NBC Sports Network will televise a college hockey double header tomorrow night.  The puck drops at 7:30p.m. ET as Mike”Doc” Emrick and Pierre McGuirre call #1 Boston College at #9 Boston University.  At 10:00p.m. ET Dave Strader and Brian Engbloom have the call as Wisconsin travels to #5 Denver. NBCSN will have the rematch between BC and BU Saturday night at 7:30p.m.

ESPN at Baseball’s Winter Meetings–  ESPN will have comprehensive coverage of the Baseball Winter Meetings next week in Nashville.  For the first time ESPN will be producing a daily, 10 minute digital report beginninig Monday, December 3rd through Thursday, December 6th at 12:30p.m.  That program will be available on, WatchESPN and ESPN3.  ESPN will also be providing hourly updates on SportsCenter as well as specials on ESPNNews and ESPN2.   Karl Ravech and Jon Sciambi will host with analysts John Kruk and Curt Schilling. Coverage will also include regular updates from Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian, Pedro Gomez, Jim Bowden, Jayson Stark, Jerry Crasnick and Keith Law.

SiriusXM Coverage of Baseball’s Winter Meetings–  SiriusXM Radio will also be on hand to provide coverage of Baseball’s Winter Meetings in Nashville.  MLB Network Radio (channel 89 on XM and channel 209 on Sirius Premier) and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (channel 87 on XM and channel 210 on Sirius Premier) – will broadcast live from Nashville from December 2nd through December 6th.  The Front Office, First Pitch, Power Ally, Inside Pitch, and MLB Roundup will be in the line-up with hosts Jim Bowden, Jim Duquette and Steve Phillips – as well as former pitcher Jeff Nelson.

Tennis Channel to Air Third Season of World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas– The Tennis Channel will once again be the home for the magazine program World of Tennis Presented by BNP Paribas. The bi-weekly program debuts Wednesday, December 5th at 7:00p.m. ET.  The finale of the series will be February 27th.

Episode Three of 24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4 this Saturday on HBO–  HBO Sports continues its behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Manny Pacquiao/Juan Manuel Marquez bout with the third installment of 24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez 4 Saturday at 9:30p.m. ET.  HBO will telecast the bout next Saturday, December 8th at 9:00p.m. ET.

Sports Media Digest- November 15, 2012

NBA TV Has Most Viewed Fan Night Telecast-  This Tuesday’s Fan Night telecast on NBA TV between the Spurs and Lakers was the most watched game in the history of the series.   The 739,000 viewers was also the second most-watched game on the network so far this season, behind only the opening night telecast between the Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers.

Davis Cup Final on Tennis Channel–  The final of the 2012 Davis Cup will be telecast this weekend on the Tennis Channel.  The matches between Spain and Czech Republic begins this Friday at 10:00a.m ET with the opening two singles matches. Saturday’s doubles begin at 8:00a.m. ET with Sunday second set of singles matches beginning at 7:00a.m. ET.

Championship Boxing Returns this Weekend to HBO–  HBO Sports will have World Championship Boxing action Saturday night.  Live action begins at 10:00p.m. ET as Antonio Demarco takes on Adrien Broner and Seth Mitchell battles Johnathan Banks.  Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Roy Jones Jr. will be ringside.

NBC Sports Sets Formula One Announcing Crew–  NBC Sports today announced that motorsports voices Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), David Hobbs (analyst) and Steve Matchett (analyst) will serve as the network’s announcers when it begins coverage of the Formula One circuit next March.  Diffey will also call IndyCar races for the network following the retirement of Bob Jenkins.

Tennis Channel Coverage of WTA Finale

The Tennis Channel plans on 40 hours of coverage of the final women’s tennis tournament of the year, the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships.

The eight-player round robin tournament will determine who will end the year as the world’s number one player.

The network will cover both the singles and doubles competitions, with Brett Haber handling singles play by play with assists from analysts Lindsay Davenport and Corina Morariu.

Here is the Tennis Channel’s schedule for the tournament next week:

Tuesday, Oct. 23-  10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Round-Robin Action
Wednesday, Oct. 24-  10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Round-Robin Action
Thursday, Oct. 25-  10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Round-Robin Action
Friday, Oct. 26-  10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Round-Robin Action
Saturday, Oct. 27-  6 a.m.-7:30 a.m. Doubles Semifinal
8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Singles Semifinals, Doubles Semifinal
Sunday, Oct. 28-  8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Doubles Final
8 p.m.-10 p.m. Singles Final (Encore)

Sports Media Digest- September 13, 2012

ESPN Sees Digital Success with NFL Opening Week-  Despite lower ratings on television for its Monday Night Football double header, ESPN is reporting strong gains in traffic for its digital platfolrs during the first week of the NFL season.  The NFL section averaged 4.7 million unique visitors, up four percent compared to the same two days last season. Its fantasy football section averaged 3.9 million unique visitors (up four percent) with an average minute audience of 89,000 (up 54 percent) while its web NFL section reached 3.7 million unique visitors, up 26 percent.  It also logged an average minute audience of 48,000, up 95 percent.

CBS to Produce 60 Minutes of Sports for Showtime-  CBS and Showtime today announced that CBS will be producing a spinoff of its 60 Minutes franchise focusing on sports and airing on Showtime. 60 Minutes for Sports will utilize the reporting skills of on-air talent from 60 MINUTES and CBS Sports, while providing the same investigations, interviews, features and profiles that have kept the broadcast in Nielsen’s Top 10 for decades.

CBS Preps for SEC Opener-  CBS Sports begins its national coverage of SEC football this Saturday with coverage of Alabama at Arkansas.  Action begins at 3:00p.m. ET with College Football Today with Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman and Tony Barnhart.  Kick-off is at 3:30p.m. Et with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, and Tracy Wolfson calling the action.

NBCSN Has Doubleheader College Football Action-  The NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will air a pair of college football games this Saturday. The action starts at Noon ET as Towson hosts William & Mary.  Todd Harris, Ross Tucker, and Carolyn Manno will be on the call.  At 4:00p.m. ET Paul Burmeister, Rod Woodson, and Anthony Herron will be on the scene as Miami (Ohio) travels to Boise State.

CBS Sports Network has College Football Triple Header- The CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)will have a trio of college football games this Saturday.  Action begins at Noon ET with Northern Illinois at Army.  Ben Holden, Randy Cross and Cadet Brad Strimel will announce.  ECU and Southern Miss is up next at 3;30p.m. ET with Dave Ryan, Ron Zook and Evan Washburn.  At 8:00p.m. ET  CBSSN has Colorado at Fresno State with James Bates, Aaron Taylor and Lauren Gardner on the call.

U.S./Spain Davis Cup Action on Tennis Channel- The Tennis Channel will have exclusive coverage of this week’s Davis Cup semifinal between the United States and Spain.  Live coverage begins tomorrow morning at 6:00a.m. ET with singles matches.  At 8:00a.m. ET Saturday the Tennis Channel will have doubles action while the other set of singles matches will air Sunday beginning at 6:00a.m. ET.

The IndyCar Season Concludes this Weekend on NBCSN–  The 2012 season of IndyCar racing comes to an end this week on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). Coverage of the MAVTV 500 begins Friday at 7:30p.m. ET with qualifying from Fontana, CA.  Race coverage begins this Saturday night at 7:30p.m. ET.  Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis (analyst) and Wally Dallenbach, Jr. will call all the race coverage.  Marty Snider, Kevin Lee,Robin Miller and Townsend Bell will serve as pit reporters.

Barnes New V.P. Of College Sports Programming at CBS-  CBS Sports announced today that Bess Barnes has been named Vice President of College Sports Programming.  Barnes will be responsible for the day-to-day management of college sports programming for CBS Sports’ broadcast and cable properties, including scheduling, acquisitions and serving as point person with the NCAA and CBS’s conference partners. Barnes comes to CBS Sports from ESPN, where she was Director, Programming and Acquisitions, a position she assumed in January 2012.

U.S. Open Tennis Coverage on Tennis Channel

The Tennis Channel is planning to dedicate 245 hours of coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, 70 hours of which will be devoted to on-the-court matches.

Bill Macatee, Ted Robinson, Ian Eagle and Brett Haber will handle play-by-play detail along with analysis from former players Jim Courier, Martina Navratilova, Tracey Austin, Lindsay Davenport, Justin Gimelstob and Rennae Stubbs. Mats Wilander will handle analyst duties during the men’s singles final, once Courier segues into preparation for the following weekend’s Davis Cup semifinal in Spain.

Mary Carillo will return for her second stint on Tennis Channel’s US Open team as host and reporter. Reporters Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated and Cari Champion of Tennis Channel’s Court Report also will be on hand to deliver breaking news and in-depth story details.

In addition to matches most days, highlight and analysis shows US Open Tonight and Breakfast at the Open will air during the late-night and early morning hours with the latest on-court activity.

Match coverage gets underway at 11:00 a.m. and runs until 7:00 p.m. ET. US Open Tonight airs from 11:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. ET, followed by an immediate encore. At 6:00 a.m ET. Breakfast at the Open takes viewers to the start of the next day’s play at 10:30 a.m.

Here is the schedule of the Tennis Channel’s coverage of the Open beginning this Monday, August 27th:

Monday, Aug. 27                    10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        First-Round Action
Tuesday, Aug. 28                    10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        First-Round Action
Wednesday, Aug. 29              10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        First-Round, Second-Round Action
Thursday, Aug. 30                  10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        Second-Round Action
Friday, Aug. 31                       10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        Second-Round, Third-Round Action
Saturday, Sept. 1                    7 p.m.-11 p.m.             Third-Round Action
Sunday, Sept. 2                       7 p.m.-11 p.m.            Third-Round, Fourth-Round Action
Tuesday, Sept. 4                     10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        Fourth-Round Action, Doubles
Wednesday, Sept. 5                10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        Doubles
Thursday, Sept. 6                    10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.        Doubles, Juniors

Sports Media Digest- July 13, 2012

Big Ten Network to Produce Penn State Special-  In response to yesterday’s release on Penn State University’s handling of  the Jerry Sandusky case, the Big Ten Network will produce a special this Sunday night.  Dave Revsine will host the show and be joined by BTN analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith in-studio and Glen Mason from Minneapolis, as well as  Malcolm Moran, Penn State professor and the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism.  The program airs Sunday at 9:00p.m. ET

ESPN’s Mike & Mike to Host Weekly NFL Highlights Show-  ESPN announced today that Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic will be co-hosting a new weekly NFL highlights show.  Mike & Mike’s Best of the NFL, will feature the best highlights from the previous week’s NFL games.  The show will offer footage that NFL fans have not seen in other highlight packages throughout the weekend.  The program debuts September 11th at 3:00p.m. ET on ESPN.

Angels/Yankees on Sunday MLB on TBS–  This week’s Sunday MLB on TBS telecast will feature the Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees.  Action begins at 1:00p.m. ET with Dick Stockton and David Wells on the call.

John Deere Classic PGA Event on CBS  The next stop on the PGA Tour, the John Deere Classic. will air this weekend on CBS.  Coverage on Saturday and Sunday begins at 3:00p.m. ET.  Bill Macetee serves as anchor with Ian Baker-Finch as lead analyst.  Peter Oosterhuis will be stationed at the 17th hole with David Feherty at the 16th hole.

Tennis Channel to Air Hall of Fame Induction Sunday  The Tennis Channel will be providing live coverage of the induction ceremony at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI.  The event will feature the induction of former tennis phenom and three-time Major winner Jennifer Capriati, former French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten, Spanish tennis legend Manuel Orantes, tennis entrepreneur and promoter Mike Davies and Paralympic tennis gold medalist Randy Snow.  The ceremony begins tomorrow at 12:30p.m. ET.

NASCAR New Hampshire 301 This Sunday on TNT  TNT is getting set to provide live coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup New Hampshire 301 from Loudon, NH.   Pre-race coverage begins at 1:15p.m. ET with  Adam Alexander and analysts Larry McReynolds and Kyle Petty. Alexander will also provide play-by-play for the race with analysts Petty and Wally Dallenbach and reporters Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum and Chris Neville.

NBC Sports Network has Two MLS Games This Week-  The NBC Sports Network will televise two MLS matches over the next week.  Saturday at 11:00p.m. ET the Los Angeles Galaxy travels to Portland to take on the Timbers.  Next Wednesday July 18th, also at 11:00p.m. the San Jose Earthquake will host the FC Dallas. Arlo White and Kyle Martino  will call the games in Portland and San Jose, while Russ Thaler will host the pre-game, halftime and post-game segments on-site.

MLS Action on ESPN Sunday-  ESPN also has MLS action this weekend.  Sunday at 4:00p.m. ET ESPN will air the New York Red Bulls at Seattle Sounders.  Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman will call the match with Alexi Lalas providing studio analysis on site.  During the match MLS will announce the 18-man game day roster for the 2012 MLS All-Star game.

Friday Night Fights on ESPN-  ESPN will feature former Light Heavyweight titlists Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson and Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara in the 10-round main event tonight on Friday Night Fights.  Bernardo Osuna will host Friday’s pre-fight studio show on ESPN2 from the United States Olympic training facility in Colorado Springs.  Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas call the action on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Diana Alvarado and Delvin Rodriguez will call the fights for ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates (Friday Night Fights), with Alex Pombo and Robert Abromowitz in the studio.

Red Bull Wake Boarding Saturday on NBC-  NBC Sports will televise the Red Bull Wake Open competition this weekend from Tampa.  Sal Masekela will host beginning at 1:00p.m. ET.

Tennis Channel Has Hard Court Action In Advance of U.S. Open

The Tennis Channel will be providing coverage of nine Emirates Airline US Open Series events between now and the beginning of the U.S. Open.

The 100 match hours from the annual North American summer hard-court season includes five men’s ATP and three women’s WTA tournaments, along with a combined event with both men’s and women’s draws at the same venue. Featuring singles semifinal, quarterfinal, and early round action – in addition to select doubles play – series coverage will first air Thursday, July 12, and run through Friday, August 24.

Tennis Channel’s Emirates Airline US Open Series play-by-play team features network regulars Ted Robinson, Ian Eagle, Brett Haber and Leif Shiras. The analyst roster includes Lindsay Davenport, Justin Gimelstob and Jimmy Arias, with Ashley Fisher and Corina Morariu handling sideline reporting duties.

Here is the Tennis Channel’s schedule of the Emirates Airline US Open Series:

July 12-13 Bank of the West Classic (WTA)
Thursday, July 12 – 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; 11 p.m.-1 a.m. (singles round of 16)
Friday, July 13 – 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; 10 p.m.-12 a.m. (singles quarterfinals)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Robinson, Analyst – Davenport, Sideline Reporter – Morariu

July 20-21 BB&T Atlanta Open (ATP)
Friday, July 20 – 9 p.m.-11 p.m. (singles quarterfinal)
Saturday, July 21 – 1 p.m.-3 p.m. (singles semifinal)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Haber, Analyst – Arias, Sideline Reporter – Fisher

July 21 Mercury Insurance Open (WTA)
Saturday, July 21 – 1 a.m.-3 a.m.; 5 p.m.-7 p.m. (singles quarterfinal; singles semifinal)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Robinson, Analyst – Davenport, Sideline Reporter – Morariu

July 26-29 Farmers Classic (ATP)
Thursday, July 26 – 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (singles round of 16)
Friday, July 27 – 5 p.m.-9 p.m.; 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (singles quarterfinals)
Saturday, July 28 – 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (doubles semifinal)
Sunday, July 29 – 10 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (doubles final)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Shiras, Analyst – Arias, Sideline Reporter – Fisher

Aug. 2-4 Citi Open (ATP)
Thursday, Aug. 2 – 4 p.m.-8 p.m. (singles round of 16)
Friday, Aug 3 – 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; 9 p.m.-11 p.m. (singles quarterfinals)
Saturday, Aug. 4 – 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (singles semifinal)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Shiras, Analysts – Arias and Dell, Sideline Reporter – Fisher

Aug. 6-9 Rogers Cup (ATP/WTA)
Monday, Aug. 6 – 1 p.m.-9 p.m. (ATP singles early round action)
Tuesday, Aug. 7 – 1 p.m.-9 p.m. (ATP/WTA singles early round action)
Wednesday, Aug. 8 – 1 p.m.-9 p.m. (ATP/WTA singles early round action)
Thursday, Aug. 9 – 6 p.m.-10 p.m. (WTA singles early round action)
Talent: ATP: Host – Shiras, Play-by-Play and Analyst – TPL World Feed Commentators
WTA: Play-by-Play – Haber, Analyst – Davenport

Aug. 13-15 Western & Southern Open (ATP/WTA)
Monday, Aug. 13 -11 a.m.-10 p.m. (ATP/WTA early round action)
Tuesday, Aug. 14 – 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (ATP/WTA early round action)
Wednesday, Aug. 15 – 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (ATP/WTA early round action)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Eagle and Haber, Analyst – Davenport and Gimelstob

Aug. 23-24 Winston-Salem Open (ATP)
Thursday, Aug. 23 – 5 p.m.-7 p.m. (singles quarterfinal)
Friday, Aug. 24 – 9 p.m.-11 p.m. (singles semifinal)
Talent: Play-by-Play – Shiras, Analyst – Arias, Sideline Reporter – Fisher

Sports Media Digest- June 22, 2012

Best NBA Finals Ratings Since 2004 on ABC-  The five game NBA Finals on ABC had an average rating of 11.8, the highest five game series on the network since 2004.  The five game rating is up 5% from the first five game of last year’s Finals between the Heat and Mavericks.  Game 5 delivered a 12.6 overnight rating, matching last year’s Game 5 number. In Miami, the game delivered a record 40.3 rating. In Oklahoma City, the game delivered a 39.8.

NHL Draft Begins Tonight on NBC-  The NBC Sports begins its coverage of the 2012 NHL Draft tonight.  The first two rounds will air on The NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) from Pittsburgh from 7-9p.m. ET. The action will then move to CNBC for the final hour.  The NHL Network will also pick-up coverage at 9:00p.m. ET.

NBA Draft Coverage on NBA Media-  NBA TV and NBA Digital is prepping for coverage of the NBA Draft. The television network will debut network will premiere NBA TV Draft HQ on  tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET with host Vince Cellini, Steve Kerr, Mike Fratello and Ron Thompson.  On Draft Day June 28th NBA TV will present the 2012 NBA Draft Preview at 5:30 p.m. ET with current Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson III joining host Vince Cellini, analysts Seth Davis, Greg Anthony, Steve Smith and reporter David Aldridge. will employ a special Playermetrics 360-Degree Camera which will allow fans to use 360-degree camera views to review key player information (e.g. height, wingspan, reach, etc.) on each prospect which was recorded during the combine.

Braves/Red Sox on Sunday MLB on TBS  This week’s Sunday MLB on TBS broadcast will feature the interleague match-up between the Atlanta Braves and the Boston Red Sox.  First pitch is 1:30p.m. ET with Brian Anderson David Wells and John Smlotz.

Tennis Channel Announces Contract Extension for Host Macatee-  The Tennis Channel has announced that it has entered into a contract extension with host Bill Macatee.  The multiyear agreement keeps Macatee with the network during its coverage of the sport’s four major tournaments – Wimbledon, US Open, French Open and Australian Open.  Macatee will host coverage of the Tennis Channel’s Wimbledon Primetime program daily, beginning this Monday,  from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. 1 a.m. ET., followed by a four-hour encore (1 a.m.-5 a.m. ET) and two one-hour encores (5 a.m-6 a.m. ET, 6 a.m.-7 a.m. ET).

NASCAR Sprint Cup this Sunday from Sonoma on TNT-  TNT has coverage this Sunday of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Toyota Save Mart 350 from Sonoma, CA.  Coverage will begin with the Countdown to Green pre-race show – hosted by Adam Alexander with analysts Larry McReynolds and Kyle Petty – at 2:00 p.m. ET. Alexander will also provide play-by-play with analysts Petty and Wally Dallenbach and reporters Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum and Chris Neville.

Two Current and Two Former NFL Players Selected from NFL Broadcast Boot Camp- The NFL Broadcast Boot Camp is complete and Lions WR Nate Burleson and Broncos TE Joel Dreesen have earned a guest co-hosting spot on SiriusXM NFL Radio this season.  Former players Troy Brown and Mark Tauscher will each spend one regular-season Sunday working on-air for one of the league’s United Kingdom television partners.  The dates of the all the assignments will be determined closer to the kickoff of the 2012 NFL season.

CBS Sports Has Dirt Track Racing this Sunday-  The CBS Sports Spectacular this Sunday will feature the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model- Show Me 100 from Wheatland, MO. Ken Stout, Rob Klepper, Dave Argabright and Tony Bokhoven call the action beginning at 2:00p.m. ET.

Sports Media Digest- June 5, 2012

NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game Five Tonight on ESPN-  ESPN will telecast Game Five of the NBA Eastern Conference FInals tonight beginning at 8:30p.m. ET.   Mike Breen will be joined by Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke. Kia NBA Countdown will open each telecast at 7:30 p.m. ET with Magic Johnson, Jon Barry, Michael Wilbon and Chris Broussard.

Golf Channel Has Most-Watched May Ever- The Golf Channel continues to see record viewership numbers.  In May the Golf Channel audience averaged 112,000 viewers, a 33% increase over 2011.    Through the first five months of 2012, viewership is up 20% over last year.

Tennis Channel Sets Ratings Record for First Week of French Open-  The Tennis Channel reported today that it has seen record ratings during its first week of French Open coverage.  The network averaged a 0.61 rating according to Nielsen Media Research, or 319,738 homes, up 17 percent from 2011’s 0.52 average. The daily premiere of prime-time news, interview and analysis show French Open Tonight also established new highs, exceeding 2011’s performance by 51 percent every day, and is averaging a 0.52 rating vs. last year’s 0.35 for the first seven days, equal to 272,563 homes.

Rays/Yankees on Wednesday Night Baseball-  This week’s Wednesday Night Baseball match-up on ESPN will feature the Tampa Bay Rays at the New York Yankees.  First pitch is 7:00p.m. ET on ESPN2 with Dave O’Brien, Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Gomez.

CBS Sports Spectacular has Hoops and Off Road Racing this Weekend-  The CBS Sports Spectacular this weekend will kick-off Saturday at 1:30p.m. ET with the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk and 3-Point Shooting Championships from New Orleans.  Tim Brando, Bill Raftery, and Lewis Johnson will call the action.  On Sunday at 1:00p.m. ET Seth Davis hosts an encore of Kings of the Court, which looks at some of the best college coaches in the country.  At 2:00p.m. ET CBS has coverage of the 2012 Rockstar Energy Drink Southern California Shootout off road event.  Ken Stout, Cameron Steele, Jeremy McGrath, Rob Klepper and Erin Batescall the action for CBS Sports.