The Sports Media Weekly Podcast is Back!

Ever since the beginning of 2011 I’ve been itching to get back to producing the sports media podcast with Ken Fang from Fang’s Bites.  Well today we make our return!

On this podcast we talk NCAA hoops tourney, ratings gains for NASCAR and the PGA, and my “What’s Right and What’s Wrong with Sports Media” series from earlier this month.

We hope this will be a weekly venture, but real life events will dictate whether that will be the case.  With that said we are also looking for a new title for the podcast.  Give me your ideas.

SMJ Inbox- March 16, 2011

We have reached mid-week. Time to take a peek into the Sports Media Journal inbox…

Ratings are in for the First Two Games of the NCAA Tournament- With the new television format for coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, ratings numbers will be fresh.  truTV had a 1.7 household rating with 2.6 total viewers for last night’s first two games of the tournament.  Last year’s one play-in game (on ESPN) had a 0.8 household rating and just over one million total viewers.

Fab Five Documentary Most Watched- ESPN is reporting that its latest documentary, The Fab Five, garnered a 2.1 rating, making it the highest rated documentary on the network.  The previous high was a 1.8 rating for Pony Excess and The U, each of which were part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series.

ESPN RISE National High School Invitational Later this Month- ESPN has set-up its schedule for the upcoming RISE High School Invitational High School Basketball Tournament.  The tournament starts March 31st.  You can find the complete schedule here.

ESPN’s Baseball Tonight will be on the Road Sunday Nights This Baseball Season- ESPN is taking its Sunday edition of Baseball Tonight on the road this season, in conjunction with its Sunday Night Baseball telecasts.  Here is the early schedule of locations.

April 3, San Francisco at Los Angeles Dodgers (ESPN2)
April 10, N.Y. Yankees at Boston
April 17, Texas at N.Y. Yankees
April 24, Cincinnati at St. Louis
May 1, N.Y. Mets at Philadelphia
May 8, Atlanta at Philadelphia
May 15, Boston at N.Y. Yankees
May 22, Chicago Cubs at Boston
May 29, Cincinnati at Atlanta (ESPN2)

NBC Gets Set for Coverage of this Weekend’s PGA Tour Event- NBC Sports Group will provide 16 hours of coverage of this week’s PGA Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor Florida.  The Golf Channel will have first and second round coverage beginning at 3pm ET.  The Golf Channel will also have live coverage Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 3pm with NBC taking over each day from 3pm to 6pm.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 1st & 2nd Round TV Schedules

Turner Sports and CBS Sports have announced the schedule of games for the first two rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  This is the first year the tournament will be shared among CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV.  Here is the schedule, which includes the network and the announcers…(All times ET)


6:40pm- UNC Asheville vs. UALR Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Steve Kerr
Game 2- UAB vs. Clemson Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Steve Kerr


6:40pm- UTSA vs. Alabama State Gus Johnson, Len Ellmore
Game 2- Southern Cal vs. VCU Gus Johnson, Len Ellmore


12:15 PM (CBS)- Tampa, West Virginia vs. UAB/Clemson Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel
12:40 PM (truTV)- Washington, DC, Butler vs. Old Dominion Tim Brando, Mike Gminski
1:40 PM (TBS)- Denver, Louisville vs. Morehead St. Verne Lundquist,Bill Raftery
2:10 PM (TNT)- Tuscon, Temple vs. Penn St. Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller
(CBS)- Tampa Game 2, Kentucky vs. Princeton Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel
(truTV)- Washington, DC Game 2, Pitt vs. UNC Ashville/UALR Tim Brando, Mike Gminski
(TBS)- Denver Game 2, Vanderbilt vs. Richmond Verne Lundquist,Bill Raftery
(TNT)- Tuscon Game 2, San Diego State vs. Northern Colorado Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller
6:50 PM (TBS)- Tampa Game 3, Florida vs. US Santa Barbara Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel
7:15 PM (CBS)- Denver Game 3, BYU vs Wofford Verne Lundquist,Bill Raftery
7:20 PM (TNT)- Washington DC Game 3, UConn vs. Bucknell Tim Brando, Mike Gminski
7:27 PM (truTV)- Tuscon Game 3, Wisconsin vs. Belmont Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller
(TBS)- Tampa Game 4, UCLA vs. Michigan State Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel
(CBS)- Denver Game 4, St. John’s vs. Gonzaga Verne Lundquist,Bill Raftery
(TNT)- Washington DC Game 4, Cincinnati vs. Missouri Tim Brando, Mike Gminski
(truTV)- Tuscon Game 4, Kansas St. vs. Utah St. Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller


12:15 PM (CBS)- Tulsa, Texas vs. Oakland Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager
12:40 PM (truTV)- Charlotte, Michigan vs. Tennessee Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg
1:40 PM (TBS)- Chicago, Notre Dame vs. Akron Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel
2:10 PM (TNT)- Cleveland, George Mason vs. Villanova Gus Johnson, Len Ellmore
(CBS)- Tulsa Game 2, Arizona vs. Memphis Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager
(truTV)- Charlotte Game 2, Duke vs. Hampton Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg
(TBS)- Chicago Game 2, Texas A&M vs. Florida State Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel
(TNT)- Cleveland Game 2, Ohio State vs. UTSA/Alabama St. Gus Johnson, Len Ellmore
6:50 PM (TBS)- Tulsa Game 3, Kansas vs. BU Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager
7:15 PM (CBS)- Charlotte Game 3, North Carolina vs. Long Island Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg
7:20 PM (TNT)- Chicago Game 3, Purdue vs. St. Peter’s Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel
7:27 PM (truTV)- Cleveland Game 3, Xavier vs. Marquette Gus Johnson, Len Ellmore
(TBS)- Tulsa Game 4, UNLV vs. Illinois Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager
(CBS)- Charlotte Game 4, Washington vs. Georgia Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg
(TNT)- Chicago DC Game 4, Georgetown vs. Southern California/VCU Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel
(truTV)- Cleveland Game 4, Syracuse vs. Indiana St. Gus Johnson, Len Ellmore

Got all that.  Good.