There’s a lot to get to including CBS naming the announcing team for the Elite XC mixed martial arts event it will carry later this month, plus a few other things. So let’s get to them now.
First, Phil Swann of the TV Predictions website says Fox Sports Net plans to broadcast its entire lineup in HD by this time next year.
Newsday’s Neil Best says NBC’s roundtable discussion on horse racing at the Preakness was kind of a makeup for its lack of coverage of the Eight Belles tragedy at the Kentucky Derby. Neil also has a summary of how the Yankees, Mets and ESPN broadcast teams called the Carlos Delgado non-home run on Sunday night. And the big news from CBS is that Screamin’ Gus Johnson will call the MMA event on May 31.
The Big Lead says it will live blog the event.
Let’s go to the Sports Media Watch for a few things. First, Game 7 of the Cavs-Celtics gave ABC an 82% boost in the NBA’s ratings from last year. That’s 82%!! NBC continues to see increased ratings for the NHL. And overnight ratings for the Preakness Stakes were down from last year despite having Big Brown as the winner.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette says NBC was a double winner with the NHL this weekend. John Consoli of Mediaweek tells us that NBC’s NHL ratings were 14% higher over this same weekend last year.
Marisa Guthrie of Broadcasting & Cable says WWE’s Smackdown will debut on MyNetworkTV in October. Also John Eggerton of B&C says that the Ski Channel plans to launch in August.
Larry Barrett of Multichannel News writes that ION network will show programming from NFL Films and Madison Square Garden Network.
Ian over at the Sox & Dawgs blog is smitten with NESN’s Heidi Watney as am I.
LC at the 38Cliches blog has a lecture for Celtics’ radio voice Sean Grande.
That’s going to do it for now.