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Sports Media Digest- May 21, 2012

Game Four of NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals Tonight-  The NBC Sports Network will continue its coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight with game four of the Eastern Conference Finals between the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.  Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk  and Pierre McGuire will call the action from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. at 7 :00p.m. ET.

Phillies/Nationals on Wednesday Night Baseball  ESPN2 will be telecasting this week’s edition of Wednesday Night Baseball featuring the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals.  Dave O’Brien, Nomar Garciaparra, Mark Mulder, and Pedro Gomez will be on the call beginning at 7:00p.m. ET.

Hollins to Join NBA TV’s GameTime  NBA TV has announced that Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins will be on the set of the network’s GameTime studio crew tomorrow night.  Hollins will be on set with host Vince Cellini and analyst Greg Anthony to break down the second round of the Playoffs.  GameTime begins at 7:00p.m. ET.

Universal Sports Expanding Programming to Affiliates-  Universal Sports announced today it has created an expanded offering of sporting events for its affiliates calls Universal Sports Max.  The new service will provide over 500 hours of additional programming per year and will consist of Olympic and endurance sports events from around the world that are not available on the Universal Sports linear network, including World Cup speed skating, rugby sevens, World Cup Nordic and Freestyle skiing, World Cup swimming and GrandSlam Volleyball.

Sports Media Digest- March 28, 2012

Golf Channel Has Most Watched Quarter Ever-  The Golf Channel has announced that viewership in the first quarter of 2012 was its most watched ever.  The network reports that it reached a total of 25 million viewers from January through March.  All segments of its programming, from tournament coverage to studio shows, have seen ratings increases over 2011.  Ratings records have been set at seven of the 14 PGA Tour events so far in 2012.

Sweeney Joins MLB Network as Analyst-  The MLB network has announced that is has hired former five time all-star Mike Sweeney to its roster of baseball analysts.  Sweeney joins the roster of MLB Tonight analysts tonight at 9:00p.m. ET.

Gruden’s QB Camp Opens Friday With Andrew Luck- This year’s edition of Gruden’s QB Camp opens this Friday as the former NFL head coach looks at the prospects of Stanford quarterback and projected #1 pick Andrew Luck.  The 30-minute special debuts Friday at 7:00p.m. ET.  The next edition of Gruden’s QB Camp will take place Monday at 9:00p.m. with his look at Heisman Trophy Winner Robert Griffin III.

NBCSN Has MLS Action Friday and Saturday-  NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will have live coverage of Major League Soccer this Friday night and Saturday.  Friday’s action kicks-off at 7:30p.m. ET with F.C. Dallas at D.C. United.  Saturday night’s match features the New Englnad Revolution at the L.A. Galaxy.  Arlo White and Kyle Martino will call both games with Russ Thaler handling pre-game, halftime, and post-game duties.

CBSSports.com is the Backbone for All Eight Men’s and Women’s Final Four Teams-  The CBSSports.com College Network is partnering to run the athletic websites of the final four teams in the men’s and women’s Division I tournament.  The CBSSports.com College Network produces approximately 150 official athletic sites for colleges and universities across the United States

Snowboarding Returns to NBC Sports This Weekend-  NBC Sports will be providing coverage of snowboarding’s Red Bull Supernatural this Saturday at 1:00p.m. ET.  Sal Masakela returns as host.

Universal Sports to Televise World Table Tennis Championships on Pay-Per-View– Universal Sports will be producing the 2012 ITTF World Team Table Tennis Championships from Dortmund, Germany, with live pay-per-view coverage available through DIRECTV, DISH, and AvailTVN.  UniversalSports.com will stream 70 hours of action from Rounds 4 and 5, the 1/8 Finals, Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Finals between March 28 and April 1. The site’s three levels of subscriptions include a single day package for $19.99, the Semifinals and Finals (final two days) for $34.99 or the full five-day package for $79.99.

Sports Media Digest- February 27, 2012

NBA All-Star Game Gets Second Highest Overnight Rating Since 2005-  Last night’s NBA All-Star Game (ASG) on TNT registered an overnight rating of 5.4, making it the second highest rated ASG in seven years (5.9 in 2005).  The game was up against the Academy Awards on ABC, which may have led to lower numbers.  TNT’s Friday night telecast of the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge was the most-watched telecast in the event’s history, delivering a 1.7 rating and more than 2.7 million viewers. TNT’s All-Star Saturday Night delivered the third most-watched telecast in the 27-year history of TNT’s All-Star coverage with 6,237,000 total viewers.

Costas Tonight Program Debuts Thursday on NBCSN-  The debut episode of Costas Tonight, a one-hour interview program hosted by NBC Sports’ Bob Costas will debut this Thursday night at 8:00p.m. on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).  The guests for the program will be NBA Commissioner David Stern, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and professional boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr.  Costas produced a special edition of the program earlier this month at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

College Hoops Mid-Week on CBS Sports Network-  The CBS Sports Network has three college basketball match-ups over the next two days.  Tomorrow at 9:00p.m. ET CBS Sports Network has coverage of Xavier and Saint Louis. Tom McCarthy and Steve Wolf handle the call.  The Network will have a doubleheader on Wednesday with Tulsa and UAB  at 8:00p.m. ET with Dave Ryan and Pete Gillen on the mic then #17 UNLV takes on Colorado State at 10:00p.m. ET as Todd Harris and Steve Lappas announce.

Universal Sports Strikes Carriage Deal With Dish TV-  Dish TV and Universal Sports have reached an agreement that calls for the network to provide Dish Network subscribers with Olympic sports coverage of qualifying, trials and highlights as well as other endurance and adventure sports programming.  International Basic and Chinese Basic programming packages will be available on April 25th as part of  DISH’s Multi-Sport package.  Universal Sports will also provide content for DISHOnline.com, mobile devices and tablets.