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Sports Media Weekly No. 160- Ken Schott, Schenectady Daily Gazette, David Wanger, Fox Sports & David Berson, CBS Sports

We have another jam-packed version of Sports Media Weekly this week.

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and me for our news segment is Ken Schott, TV-Radio Columnist for the Schenectady Daily Gazette.

We begin the show looking at the upcoming launch this Saturday of Fox Sports 1.  We all give our opinion as to what we can expect from the new sports network as well as looking at the prospect of Fox Sports 1 reaching its goal of launching in 90 million homes with the news that Time Warner Cable, DirecTV and Dish Network have signed carriage agreements today with Fox.

We follow last week’s news of Fox securing the rights to USGA events by discussing the report that Fox is looking to tap Greg Norman as the network’s lead analyst when it begins coverage of USGA events in 2015.

We move on to the world of NBC Sports as we look forward to the network’s coverage of the English Premier League.  The new season begins Saturday with NBC televising all league games across a myriad of networks.

We then look at the breaking news from The Big Lead that Jason Whitlock will soon be returning to ESPN in a multi-platform role.  Another case of a former disgruntled ESPN employee coming back home.

We conclude our news segment looking at how a local New York capital region sports talk show host got swindled by an impostor posing as former Yankee and current minor league coach Shane Spencer.

Ken had the opportunity this week to speak with two sports network executives.  Ken first talks with Bill Wanger, Senior Vice President of Programming and Research at Fox Sports.  The two discuss the launch this Saturday of Fox Sports 1.

Ken then speaks with David Berson, President of CBS Sports.  Among the topics Ken and David touch upon is how the CBS Sports Network plans to compete with ESPN, NBC Sports Network and Fox Sports 1.

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Sports Media Weekly No. 159- Brian Berger, Sports Business Radio

We have a shortened version of Sports Media Weekly this week, but it is jam-packed with news.

Joining Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and me for the show is Brian Berger, host of Sports Business Radio.

The blockbuster story of the week came yesterday when Fox Sports won the rights to telecast USGA events under a 12-year deal which begins in 2015.  NBC has had the rights for the USGA since 1995.  In our discussion we speculate whether Fox paid too much for the rights (reported at $100 million) and how NBC will fare after 2014 when it will no longer be covering any of golf’s major tournaments.  We also speculate as to how Fox will cover the sport, as the network has no track record of televising golf events.

Next we move to how the CBS/Time Warner Cable impasse is impacting the coverage of sports.  We then look ahead one month when another carriage deal is up for renewal, ESPN’s contract with Dish Network.  We all agree that the only losers in these fights are the consumers.

We wrap the show looking at the release of the NBA schedule this week and its impact on ESPN, TNT and NBA TV…and Keith Olbermann’s return to ESPN’s SportsCenter tonight to provide what’s called a “special essay” on Alex Rodriguez.