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Sports Media Weekly No. 150- Matt Yoder, Awful Announcing & Ian Eagle, CBS Sports, Tennis Channel

After a week away Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for a fresh edition of Sports Media Weekly.

We are joined for a jam-packed news segment by Matt Yoder, managing editor of Awful Announcing.

We begin the show with a lengthy discussion of the layoffs underway at ESPN.  Reports indicate ESPN is planning to dismiss nearly 400 employees in response to the network not meeting corporate profit margins.

We dovetail the discussion to ESPN’s recent upfront presentation where it announced the completion of a new digital studio and plans for the SEC Network.  We also touch upon the announcement last week that ESPN has secured the exclusive U.S. rights to the U.S. Open tennis tournament beginning in 2015.

We then move to the news from Fox Sports of it’s hiring of Andy Roddick to serve as co-host of Fox Sports 1’s Fox Sports LIVE show which debuts this August.

We finish our news segment looking back at the life of U.S. Open champion and long time CBS golf analyst Ken Venturi.

Our second guest this week is Sports Media Weekly favorite Ian Eagle.  Ian is leaving this week for Paris to be part of Tennis Channel’s coverage of the French Open.  Ian shares stories of his work at the Open, his experience working this season broadcasting the Brooklyn Nets, plans for his return to the NFL with CBS, and his relationship with other graduates of Syracuse University.

Sports Media Digest- February 10, 2012

Heat/Pacers NBA TV’s Fan Night Presentation-  This coming Tuesday’s Fan Night game on NBA TV will feature the Miami Heat at the Indiana Pacers.  Coverage begins at 7:00p.m. ET followed by coverage of the Wizards at Trail Blazers at 10:00p.m. ET.  Next week fans can vote for the following match-uos for February 21st: Pistons at Cavaliers, Hornets at Pacers, Kings at Heat, 76’ers at Grizzlies or Spurs at Trail Blazers.

U.S./Switzerland Davis Cup Action Continues This Weekend on Tennis Channel-  The Tennis Channel will continue its coverage of the Davis Cup matches between the United States and Switzerland this weekend.  The first round of singles matches were held today and will be replayed tonight beginning at 8:30p.m. ET.  Doubles action will be live tomorrow morning at 8:30a.m. ET while the second round of singles will air live Sunday morning at 6:00a.m. ET.

Next ESPN Films Presentation to Debut March 11th-  ESPN Films is working with NBA Entertainment to produce its next documentary project.  The Announcement, which looks back at the stunning revelation by Magic Johnson that he has HIV, will debut on ESPN on March 11th at 9:00p.m. ET.

Final Stop on the Winter Dew Tour This Weekend on NBC-  NBC Sports will televise the final stop in the 2012 Winter Dew Tour of  extreme winter sports this weekend on NBC and the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).  Coverage on NBC will be Saturday at 2:00p.m. ET and Sunday at 3:00p.m. ET.  NBCSN will have coverage Saturday and Sunday at 11:30p.m. ET.

Rugby on NBC Sports-  NBC Sports will provide ten hours of live coverage of the HSBC Sevens Rugby World Series this weekend.  NBC kicks off live coverage this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET with continuing coverage at 7 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Universal Sports Network coverage begins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET, with NBC Sports Network taking over at 2:30 p.m. and concluding on NBC at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Tennis Channel/ESPN Ready for U.S. Open

Both the Tennis Channel and ESPN has set it’s schedule of coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships which begin next week in New York.

The big news from the Tennis Channel is that Mary Carillo will be joining the announcing team, after making her debut with the network at the French Open in May.  She will share annoucning duties with analysts Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, and Lindsay Davenport, among others.  The Tennis Channel will have over 230 hours of coverage during the two week tournament with 72 hours of live tennis action.

Bill Macatee, Ted  Robinson, and Ian Eagle will be the key play-by-play commentators for the network during the tournament.

The network will also produce a daily US Open Tonight wrap-up program each night at 11:00p.m. ET and Breakfast at the Open each morning at 6:00am ET.  These shows will be co-hosted by Davenport and Kevin Frazier.

Here is the live tennis schedule for the network:

Date                                        Time (ET)                   Event                                      

Monday, Aug. 29                     11 a.m.-7 p.m.             First-Round Action
Tuesday, Aug. 30                     11 a.m.-7 p.m.             First-Round Action
Wednesday, Aug. 31                11 a.m.-7 p.m.             First-Round, Second-Round Action
Thursday, Sept. 1                     11 a.m.-7 p.m.             Second-Round Action
Friday, Sept. 2                         11 a.m.-7 p.m.             Second-Round, Third-Round Action
Saturday, Sept. 3                      7 p.m.-11 p.m.             Third-Round Action
Sunday, Sept. 4                        7 p.m.-11 p.m.            Third-Round, Fourth-Round Action
Tuesday, Sept. 6                      11 a.m.-7 p.m.             Fourth-Round Action, Doubles
Wednesday, Sept. 7                 11 a.m.-7 p.m.             Doubles Quarterfinals
Thursday, Sept. 8                     11 a.m.-7 p.m.             Doubles, Juniors, Wheelchair

ESPN’s coverage of the tournament will feature over 100 hours of coverage on ESPN2 HD and 420 hours on

Chris Evert will follow-up her debut with the network at Wimbledon with work on the U.S. Open.  Cliff Drysdale will again lead ESPN’s team of announcers..  Chris Fowler will be ESPN’s lead studio anchor for the Open and also call matches. Mike Tirico, Hannah Storm and Chris McKendry will also serve as hosts.  John and Patrick McEnroe will again often be paired in the booth, and the rest of the ESPN tennis team returns:  Darren Cahill, Mary Joe Fernandez, Brad Gilbert and Pam Shriver.  In addition, Tom Rinaldi will contribute features and essays.

Here is the ESPN live tennis schedule:

Mon, Aug 29 1-7 p.m.7-11 p.m. First RoundPrimetime at the US Open presented by IBM: First Round
Tues, Aug 30 1-7 p.m.7-11 p.m. First RoundPrimetime at the US Open presented by IBM: First Round
Wed, Aug 31 1-7 p.m. Men’s First Round/Women’s Second Round
 Thur, Sept 1 7-11 p.m.1-7 p.m.

7-11 p.m.

Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM: First & Second RoundsSecond Round

Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM: Second Round

Fri, Sept 2 1-7 p.m.7-11 p.m. Men’s Second Round/Women’s Third RoundPrimetime at the US Open presented by IBM: Second & Third Rounds


Mon, Sept 5 7-11 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM: Round of 16
Tues, Sept 6 11 a.m.-7 p.m.7-11 p.m. Men’s Round of 16, Women’s QuarterfinalsPrimetime at the US Open presented by IBM: Women’s Quarterfinals
Wed, Sept 7 11 a.m.-7 p.m.7-11 p.m. QuarterfinalsPrimetime at the US Open presented by IBM: Quarterfinals
Thur, Sept 8 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Men’s Quarterfinals
  7-11 p.m. Primetime at the US Open presented by IBM: Men’s Quarterfinals
Sun, Sept 11 1-3 p.m. Women’s Doubles Final
10-MID p.m. SportsCenter at the US Open


Davis Cup On Tennis Channel This Weekend

I remember a time when it was sort of a big deal to follow the United States in the Davis Cup.  Interest has since waned.  But nonetheless The Tennis Channel will have blanket coverage of this weekend’s Davis Cup quarterfinal match between the United States and Spain from Austin, Texas.

Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick is slated to join Wimbledon Doubles Champions Mike and Bob Bryan on U.S. Captain Jim Courier’s squad.

Here is the Tennis Channel schedule:

Friday, July 8:
3 p.m. – Live Singles #1
6 p.m. – Live Singles #2

Saturday, July 9:
{6 a.m. – Instant Encore Singles #1}
{9 a.m. – Instant Encore Singles #2}
3 p.m. – Live Doubles

Sunday, July 10:
{6 a.m. – Instant Encore Doubles}
{12 p.m. – Instant Encore Doubles}
3 p.m. – Live Singles #1
6 p.m. – Live Singles #2
{11 p.m. – Instant Encore Singles #2}


Tennis Channel Announces French Open Schedule

Earlier today we had the schedule of coverage by ESPN for the upcoming French Open.  Not to be outdone The Tennis Channel has unveiled its plans for the tournament.

The Tennis Channel plans 75 hours of live coverage and close to 250 hours of programming overall.

Working with AT&T U-Verse, Comcast, and DirecTV the network will provide 20 hours of 3-D coverage of the tournament during Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30.

The Tennis Channel announced last week the addition of Mary Carillo to its already impressive list of talent; including John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Ian Eagle, and Ted Robinson.

Here is the schedule…

Tennis Channel’s Live 2011 French Open Match Schedule – Entirely in High Definition
(Men’s/Women’s Singles Unless Otherwise Specified)

Date Time (ET) Event
Sunday, May 22 5 a.m.-1 p.m. First-Round Action
Monday, May 23 5 a.m.-3 p.m. First-Round Action
Tuesday, May 24 5 a.m.-Noon First-Round Action
Wednesday, May 25 5 a.m.-Noon Second-Round Action
Thursday, May 26 5 a.m.-Noon Second-Round Action
Friday, May 27 5 a.m.-Noon Third-Round Action
Saturday, May 28 5 a.m.-Noon Third-Round Action
Sunday, May 29 5 a.m.-Noon Round-of-16 Action
Monday, May 30 5 a.m.-Noon Round-of-16 Action
Tuesday, May 31 8 a.m.-Noon Quarterfinals
Wednesday, June 1 8 a.m.-Noon Quarterfinals
Thursday, June 2 5 a.m.-8 a.m. Men’s Doubles Semifinals

Tennis Channel will also offer same-day replays of the singles semifinals (ET):

Thursday, June 2 – 1 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: women’s singles semifinals
Friday, June 3 – 5 p.m.-midnight: men’s semifinals

Mary Carillo Joins Tennis Channel

The Tennis Channel has announced that long-time tennis broadcaster Mary Carillo will join the network for its coverage of both the French and U.S. Opens.

Carillo is slated to work at the network’s anchor desk as well as offer analysis and play-by-play.

“What executive producer wouldn’t want to add Mary Carillo to their broadcast team?” said Larry Meyers, executive producer and senior vice president, production, Tennis Channel.  “We continue to build upon the group of incredible people who cover the French Open for Tennis Channel.  The chance to bring Mary into a lineup that already includes McEnroe, Navratilova, Davenport, Macatee, (Ted) Robinson and (Ian) Eagle is another great opportunity for us and our viewers.  We really feel like there’s no other sport in the world that has this level of talent covering it on one network.”

Since her retirement from the game in 1980 Carillo has worked for CBS, NBC, and ESPN, HBO, USA, and Bravo covering tennis and other sporting events.

Coverage of the French Open on The Tennis Channel begins May 22nd.