World Cup

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 84- Sports Media Year in Review

Its the final edition of the year for the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I spend the entire show going over some of the sports media news that made headlines in 2011.

We talk rights fees as the NFL, NHL, Olympics, World Cup, and UFC put new deals in place over the last year.

We also talk about ESPN’s influence in college sports and growing competition from the likes of NBC.

We touch upon the media coverage of the scandals at Penn State and Syracuse as well as the hype around the new book on the history of ESPN.


Fox, Telemundo Secure Rights to World Cup Events From 2015-2022

Fox Sports and Telemundo have won the rights from FIFA to telecast the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

According to reports in the Wall Street Journal, Fox will pay in excess of $400 million for the rights while Comcast, Telemundo’s parent company, will pay $600 for the Spanish language rights.  The deal includes the rights to all FIFA World Cup events beginning in 2015.  Along with the men’s tournament, Fox and Telemundo will also provide coverage of the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

Included in the Fox deal are rights to online content and radio broadcasts from the tournaments.

“We are truly honored for FIFA to award the Fox Sports Media Group these extremely important rights.” said Fox Sports Media Group Chairman David Hill, “The FIFA World Cup and Women’s World Cup are two of the world’s biggest competitions. It is our privilege to be entrusted with these rights in the United States from 2015 through 2022.”

ESPN, which holds the rights to the 2014 World Cup, was considered the frontrunner heading into the bidding process.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #38- Neil Best, Newsday

Sports Media Weekly Time again for the latest Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Today Ken Fang from Fang’s Bites and I are joined for the entire show by Neil Best, Sports Media Columnist for Newsday.

We start the discussion on the impressive ratings thus far for ESPN and it’s coverage of the World Cup, both on television and online.

We also discuss the impact the NBA and NHL Playoff ratings will have long term, how a projected NFL lockout will impact the television networks, and whether the agenda at the Associated Press Sports Editors Convention really fits into the future of newspapers.

We also discuss with Neil a couple of New York-centric sports media items…the Jerry Seinfeld/Lady Gaga rift as the behind-the-scenes alleged treatment of WFAN interns.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #37- Dan Hoard, Pawtucket Red Sox

Sports Media Weekly We are back for another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

On this 37th episode Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I talk about the media reaction to the World Cup just underway in South Africa.  Specifically we attack those in the media who criticize the sport of soccer for its lack of scoring and think we ALL should join in the revolt.

Also on the agenda, the saving of the Big 12 Conference thanks to an agreement reached between the conference and ESPN,  how ESPN and NBC may fair telecasting this week’s U.S. Open in prime time, and we react to the news from a few weeks ago on the sale of The Big Lead to Fantasy Sports Ventures.

Our guest this week is Dan Hoard, play-by-play voice for the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.  Dan talks about his career, which also currently includes serving as voice of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats football and men’s basketball as well as his new upcoming job as television voice of pre-season games for the Cincinnati Bengals.

In our discussion we ask Dan about his work in minor league baseball, his two successful blogs, and one post in particular that became popular involving the story of a PawSox player leaving tickets for ESPN’s Erin Andrews.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #36- Dermot McQuarrie, Fox Soccer Channel

Sports Media Weekly After a week taking care of business we are back with another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

My co-host, Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites, and I start off the show by talking about the good ratings numbers turned in by NBC/Versus for the Stanley Cup Finals and ABC/ESPN for the NBA Finals.  There is little doubt that this trend will continue.

We also look into the ability of the MLB Network to telecast games of importance on short notice, specifically the Major League debut yesterday of Nationals phenom Steven Strasburg.

We also look into the media implications of a growing Big 10 and Pac 10 Conference if each are able to lure new members.

Coverage of the World Cup is our focus this week.  We are joined on the show by Dermot McQuarrie, Assistant General Manager, Senior Vice President of Production and Programming at Fox Sports International.  McQuarrie oversees Fox Soccer Channel, which will provide comprehensive coverage of the events in South Africa beginning tomorrow.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #35- Paulsen, Sports Media Watch

Sports Media Weekly We’re back with another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

This week Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites and I are joined for the entire show by Paulsen of Sports Media Watch.

On this week’s show we talk about what it will mean for the media to have Super Bowl XLVII held in New York.  Specifically we look at how fortuitous it may be for Fox to be the network slated to telecast that game.

Other topics on the agenda…critiques on the work done thus far by ESPN and TNT in covering the NBA conference finals…we look at how ESPN is pulling out all the stops in preparation for next month’s World Cup…and the three of us speculate on the future for Erin Andrews, whose contract with ESPN is up in the near future.