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Sports Media Weekly No. 175- Joe Flint, LA Times & Joe Tessitore, ESPN

The weather is frigid across much of the country so why not cozy up to the latest edition of Sports Media Weekly?

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are joined for our news segment this week by Joe Flint, media and entertainment reporter for the LA Times.

We dream of warm weather to start the show, talking about the news that ESPN will add Curt Schilling to its Sunday Night Baseball broadcast booth.  Schilling replaces Orel Hershiser, who will be joining the broadcast team for the Los Angeles Dodgers new regional sports network which will launch in 2014.

We move to the NFL, discussing the flexing of Bears/Eagles to NBC’s Sunday Night Football for week 16 while Patriots/Ravens moves to CBS at 4:25pm ET.  We also speculate as to which game will be flexed to SNF for the week 17 finale.

For the second straight week we talk Canadian sports media as it was announced that CTV and TSN will be the home for NFL football north of the boarder.

We end the news segment looking at the report by John Ourand at Sports Business Journal that Fox appears to be the front runner to retaining the rights to the UEFA Champions League matches here in the United States.

Our second guest this week is ESPN’s Joe Tessitore.  Ken speaks with Joe about his upcoming new role as lead studio host for the SEC Network which will launch late next summer.

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Sports Media Weekly No. 174- John Ourand, Sports Business Journal

After a week off for the holiday Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for another edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Joining Ken and me this week is John Ourand from Sports Business Journal.

We start the show by looking back at the big sports media story from a week ago, the news that Rogers Communications has won the sole national NHL media rights in Canada away from TSN and CBC.  We look at the impact the deal will have in Canada as well as what it may mean for sports rights deals here in the U.S.A.

We move on to the NFL and the news from Fox Sports that it has already sold its entire ad inventory for February’s Super Bowl XLVIII.  The news proves once again that football is king on TV and with sponsors.

We look back at the spectacular weekend of college football and, in particular, CBS’ coverage of the Alabama/Auburn Iron Bowl.  We all give kudos to CBS for its coverage of the game and striking the right tone both in pictures and in words from Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson, and Tracey Wolfson.

As ESPN prepares for coverage of its final World Cup for a while we discuss the potential U.S. rights fee battle for the UEFA Champions League matches.  Fox Sports currently holds the rights, but ESPN and NBC are looking to snatch the package away.

We wrap the show by discussing Deadspin’s purchase of a baseball Hall of Fame vote and how that may shake out.

Opening Round NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule

The NHL today announced the schedule and  national television outlets for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs:  All games will air on network television on the properties of the NBC Sports Group along with the NHL Network in the United States and CBC or TSN in Canada.

Here is the schedule:

SERIES A TIME (ET) #1  VS.  #8 NETWORKS
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012 7 P.M. OTTAWA AT NY RANGERS NHL NETWORK, CBC
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 7 P.M. OTTAWA AT NY RANGERS NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012 7:30 P.M. NY RANGERS AT OTTAWA CBC, CNBC
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 7:30 P.M. NY RANGERS AT OTTAWA CBC, CNBC
*SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 7 P.M. OTTAWA AT NY RANGERS NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
*MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012 TBD NY RANGERS AT OTTAWA TBD
*THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012 TBD OTTAWA AT NY RANGERS TBD
SERIES B TIME (ET) #2  VS.  #7 NETWORKS
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012 7:30 P.M. WASHINGTON AT BOSTON NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 3 P.M. WASHINGTON AT BOSTON NBC, CBC
MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012 7:30 P.M. BOSTON AT WASHINGTON NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012 7:30 P.M. BOSTON AT WASHINGTON NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
*SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 3 P.M. WASHINGTON AT BOSTON NBC, CBC
*SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012 TBD BOSTON AT WASHINGTON TBD
*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 TBD WASHINGTON AT BOSTON TBD
SERIES C TIME (ET) #3  VS.  #6 NETWORKS
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 7 P.M. NEW JERSEY AT FLORIDA NHL NETWORK, TSN
SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012 7:30 P.M. NEW JERSEY AT FLORIDA NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012 7 P.M. FLORIDA AT NEW JERSEY NHL NETWORK, TSN
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012 7 P.M. FLORIDA AT NEW JERSEY NHL NETWORK, TSN
*SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 6:30 P.M. NEW JERSEY AT FLORIDA NHL NETWORK, TSN
*TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012 TBD FLORIDA AT NEW JERSEY TBD
*THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012 TBD NEW JERSEY AT FLORIDA TBD
SERIES D TIME (ET) #4  VS.  #5 NETWORKS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 7:30 P.M. PHILADELPHIA AT PITTSBURGH NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 7:30 P.M. PHILADELPHIA AT PITTSBURGH NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012 3 P.M. PITTSBURGH AT PHILADELPHIA NBC, TSN
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 7:30 P.M. PITTSBURGH AT PHILADELPHIA NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
*FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012 7:30 P.M. PHILADELPHIA AT PITTSBURGH NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
*SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012 TBD PITTSBURGH AT PHILADELPHIA TBD
*TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012 TBD PHILADELPHIA AT PITTSBURGH TBD
2012 WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
SERIES E TIME (ET) #1  VS.  #8 NETWORKS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 10:30 P.M. LOS ANGELES AT VANCOUVER CBC, NBC SPORTS NETWORK
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 10 P.M. LOS ANGELES AT VANCOUVER CBC, NBC SPORTS NETWORK
SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012 10:30 P.M. VANCOUVER AT LOS ANGELES NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 10 P.M. VANCOUVER AT LOS ANGELES NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
*SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012 TBD LOS ANGELES AT VANCOUVER TBD
*TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012 TBD VANCOUVER AT LOS ANGELES TBD
*THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012 TBD LOS ANGELES AT VANCOUVER TBD
SERIES F TIME (ET) #2  VS.  #7 NETWORKS
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012 7:30 P.M. SAN JOSE AT ST. LOUIS CNBC, TSN
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 7:30 P.M. SAN JOSE AT ST. LOUIS CNBC, TSN
MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012 10 P.M. ST. LOUIS AT SAN JOSE NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012 10:30 P.M. ST. LOUIS AT SAN JOSE NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
*SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 7:30 P.M. SAN JOSE AT ST. LOUIS CNBC, TSN
*MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012 TBD ST. LOUIS AT SAN JOSE TBD
*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 TBD SAN JOSE AT ST. LOUIS TBD
SERIES G TIME (ET) #3  VS.  #6 NETWORKS
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012 10 P.M. CHICAGO AT PHOENIX NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 10 P.M. CHICAGO AT PHOENIX NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012 9 P.M. PHOENIX AT CHICAGO CNBC, TSN
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012 8 P.M. PHOENIX AT CHICAGO CNBC, TSN
*SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 10 P.M. CHICAGO AT PHOENIX NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
*MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012 TBD PHOENIX AT CHICAGO TBD
*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 TBD CHICAGO AT PHOENIX TBD
SERIES H TIME (ET) #4  VS.  #5 NETWORKS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 8 P.M. DETROIT AT NASHVILLE CNBC, CBC
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 7:30 P.M. DETROIT AT NASHVILLE CNBC, CBC
SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012 NOON NASHVILLE AT DETROIT NBC, CBC
TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012 7:30 P.M. NASHVILLE AT DETROIT NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
*FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012 8 P.M. DETROIT AT NASHVILLE CNBC, CBC
*SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012 TBD NASHVILLE AT DETROIT TBD
*TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012 TBD DETROIT AT NASHVILLE TBD