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Sports Media Weekly Podcast #30- Victor Rojas, Yakcy

Sports Media Weekly Welcome to the 30th edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I delve into CBS’ coverage of the Masters and the improved, but not record ratings for the telecast.  Ken also relates his experience of seeing a 3D presentation of the tournament sponsored by Comcast and Cox Communications.

Ken and I also provide a preview of how the ratings may fare for the upcoming NHL Playoffs and we discuss our disdain for local sports talk radio in the Boston market.

Our guest this week is Victor Rojas, play-by-play voice for the Anaheim Angels.  Victor joined us earlier this year to discuss his role at the MLB Network.  Today he talks about taking over the Angels’ job under not-so-perfect circumstances.  He also tells us about Yakcy, a social media enterprise where fans can congregate to discuss games featuring their favorite teams…

CBS Sees Higher, But Not Record, Masters Ratings

From CBS PR:

CBS Sports’ final-round coverage of the 2010 Masters on Sunday, April 11, which saw Phil Mickelson win his third Green Jacket, earned its highest rating in nine years with an average overnight household rating/share of 12.0/25, up 36% from last year’s final-round coverage (8.8/21; Angel Cabrera’s win in a two-hole playoff). This year’s final-round coverage is the third highest-rated final round of any golf tournament since at least 1986 in the metered markets (as far back as recorded CBS Nielsen data).

The highest-rated final round of a tournament was the 1997 Masters with a 15.8/32 when Tiger Woods won his first Green Jacket. The second highest-rated final round also was the Masters in 2001 when Woods won his second Green Jacket earning a rating/share of 12.9/27 in the metered markets.

This year’s final round rating peaked at 14.7/28 from 6:30-7:00 PM, ET.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #29- Tom Mee, Jr., Fox Sports Midwest

Sports Media Weekly After a week away to deal with the fierce weather in the Northeast, Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

First on the docket, the Tiger Woods press conference earlier this week from the Masters.  Both Ken and I feel Tiger handled himself better this time around.

We also look at how CBS handled it’s coverage of the Final Four, and the huge ratings numbers that followed Duke’s win over Butler.  We wrap the news portion of the show by welcoming the 2010 baseball season.

The advent of the baseball season leads into our guest this week.  Tom Mee, Jr directs Cardinals baseball for Fox Sports Midwest.  He recently published a book called Cutting The Game, where he describes how he has handled Cardinals telecasts over his 23 year television career.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #28- Chuck Wilson, ESPN Radio

Sports Media Weekly Here we go with the latest edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I start the show talking about the two,  five minute interviews of Tiger Woods conducted this past Sunday by ESPN and the Golf Channel.

Also on the agenda… we take time talking about CBS’ coverage of the first weekend of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament…TNT’s upcoming experiment this Thursday to have its studio crew call a game…and a preview of the six game baseball opening day slate on ESPN.

Our guest this week is ESPN Radio’s Chuck Wilson.  Chuck was one of the first hires when the WWL launched it’s radio project and recently returned to Bristol in time for the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  We talk to Chuck about changes during his 30-plus years behind the mic, his style of sports talk, and how he views his second stint with ESPN Radio…

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #27

Sports Media Weekly Welcome to the St. Patrick’s Day edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

No guest this week.  Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I spend the show talking about the return of Tiger Woods to competitive golf at the Masters and the expected media reaction.  We also talk about the upcoming coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the expectations of CBS.

We touch upon the new announcer line-up from Turner Sports on the Sunday MLB on TBS package when the baseball season begins.   We wrap up the show talking about the new agreement between Versus and DirecTV.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #24- Dave Sims, Westwood One

Sports Media Weekly Thanks for checking into the latest edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

During our news segment Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I once again talk about how NBC is handing its coverage of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.  On the table is how the ratings and the programming choices by NBC may impact the next round of Olympics bidding for the 2014 and 2016 Games.

Ken and I also touch upon the two week  suspension by ESPN of Tony Kornheiser from his PTI gig following the remarks he made last week about Hannah Storm’s wardrobe.  Both Ken and I feel ESPN may have overreacted a bit.

Our guest this week is sportscaster Dave Sims.  Dave is famous for his radio and television play-by-play of college basketball as well as his work as the voice of Sunday Night Football on Westwood One.  Dave is also handles television ply-by-play for the Seattle Mariners.

Sports Media Once Again Play the Entitlement Card

The latest in the Tiger Woods saga will play out this morning at the TPC at Sawgrass where Woods will make his first public statement since his private life became the focus of all things media following his minor traffic accident the day after Thanksgiving.

News will be made today as Woods is expected to offer an appology to his fans for his past indiscretions and possibly give us an idea as to when he will return to the PGA Tour.

But even before Woods makes his statement the media is making news over the ground rules for today’s event.  The Woods camp has invited a select group of reporters and personal confidants to attend the event, saying that the world’s #1 golfer will make his statement and not take questions.  A televised feed of the statement will be made available to all media housed at a hotel about a mile away from the TPC.

But for some members of the media that arrangement is not acceptable.  Three media spots at today’s event were reserved for members of the Golf Writers Association of America.  In a show of unity the GWAA announced they will not fill those seats.  The Associated Press, Reuters, and Bloomberg News have also been invited to cover the statement and have accepted those slots.

The GWAA, and others who have been critical of how the Woods event is being organized, feel that more reporters should be allowed to cover the statement on site and those reporters should be allowed to ask questions.  They are once again playing the entitlement card.

I agree that limiting the number of press allowed to cover the event on site is not a good idea.  I have no problem with the Woods camp telling the media that the golfer will not be answering questions.

As I mentioned in a post after the events of last fall came into focus,  in this case Woods owes the media nothing.  If he chooses not to take questions at this time, he has the right to do so.  When he returns to the PGA Tour reporters will have every opportunity to ask him questions.  And Woods has every right not to answer them, and should especially if they deal with his personal life.

The media should stop wasting time riding their high horse and cover this event as what it is.  Stop complaining.  You look pathetic.

Dan Levy at the Sporting Blog has a great piece somewhat echoing my position.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #23

Sports Media Weekly We have an abbreviated edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast for this week.

It’s just Ken Fang from Fangs Bites and I as we discuss the early coverage by NBC of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.  Both Ken and I are disappointed that NBC is not showing more marquis events live.  Instead they are tape delaying the coverage for the prime time audience.

Ken and I also discuss how a pothole ruined the ratings for Fox at the Daytona 500.  We also speculate what will come from Tiger Woods as he is set to make a public statement this Friday.

For those of you who missed it, catch Ken and I as we talk with Kenny Mayne of ESPN in a podcast produced earlier this week.

Morning Journal- December 4, 2009

So much happening this week, it’s no surprise we have reached Friday.  Here are some sports media news stories to end your week…

Tom Hoffarth at the LA Daily News says the sports media also need to make an appology for its coverage of the Tiger Woods accident I agree, but unfortunately this is not your father’s sports media any more…It’s really sad…

Tom has more in his Friday Media Learning Curve blog post

Phil Mushnick at the NY Post says sports TV coverage of Woods will still be favorable

Chad Finn at the Boston Globe says Tiger could only evade the media for so long

Jim Carlisle at the Ventura County Star looks at how NBC may handle the Tiger Woods accident this weekend

Another look at the media coverage of the Tiger Woods accident from Chris Zelkovich at the Toronto Star

Craig Risling at the Associated Press has the latest on the man accused of illegally videotaping ESPN’s Erin Andrews…

Mike Farrell at Multichannel News says Comcast may not be looking to create a channel to compete with ESPN…

Dan Shannoff looks at the potential for the Comcast/NBC deal to create an online sports giant…

Jay Posner at the San Diego Union Tribune has a follow-up on the Padres hiring of Dick Enberg as their television play-by-play voice…

As does John Maffei at the North County Times

Michael Hiestand at USA Today also chimes in on the Enberg story

The Cincinnati Reds have announced that Thom Bennaman will be the team’s primary television play-by-play voice…

WLWT in Cincinnati also has the Brennaman story

Matt Snyder at Fanhouse looks at the best and worst baseball broadcasters…

Bill Houston at Truth and Rumors looks at how CBC will enhance the viewing experience with online technology for tonight’s Bruins/Canadiens game…

Robert Wientraub at Slate looks at the potential of the NFL Network’s Red Zone Channel…

Richard Sandomir at the NY Times writes that the Nets losing streak has been reflected in the ratings…

Bill Doyle at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette talks college hoops with the youthful U-Mass play-by-play voice Josh Maurer...

Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel likes the work being done by ESPN College Basketball Analyst Bobby Knight…

Dan Ceasar at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has solid local ratings numbers for the Rams…

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle talks BCS with some of the announcers that will be involved with this weekend’s action.   David also has some local sports radio moves…

Ray Buck at the Fort Worth Star Telegram talks TCU football with the Moutnain West Network’s Cash Sirois…

Scott D. Pierce at the Salt Lake City Deseret News looks at how high definition has transformed the Mountain West Television Network…

Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union previews the SEC Championship with the CBS Television crew…

The Sporting News (on NBC Sports) reports on the thoughts of Fox’s Jimmy Johnson on the future prospects of Florida’s Tim Tebow…

Phil Rosenthal at the Chicago Tribune looks at the upcoming Big Ten Network coverage of the Silver Football award…

Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner looks at a busy weekend of television sports…

Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald previews the next entry in ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary series, which is a look at the University of Miami football program…

Mel Bracht at the Oklahoman also looks at the ESPN documentary on “The U”

And John Scheibe at the LA Times

Carolyn Braff at the Sports Video Group looks inside ESPN’s coverage today of the World Cup 2010 draw…

Tim Lemke at the Washington Times looks at baseball’s exclusive card deal with Topps…

Ed Sherman at Crains Chicago Business has his end of the week winners and losers…

Late Day Journal- December 1, 2009

Here we have some sports media news items that are new since this morning…

In case you did not hear, Tiger Woods has been cited by the Florida Highway Patrol for the accident outside his home last Friday morning.  In my view…case closed…although Ken Fang and I will discuss the media coverage of this story on tomorrow’s Sports Media Weekly podcast…

Ben Klayman at Reuters reports on ESPN set to launch its local Los Angeles website later this month…

In a related announcement ESPN has launched its global World Cup 2010 website…

Reggie Parquet at New Orleans.com looks at media reaction to the 11-0 Saints…

Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union has some local and national sports media news items…

The NBA has announced it’s Hardwood Classics television schedule

David Faber at CNBC looks at the completed Comcast/NBC deal…