Monthly Archives: May 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Tony Kornheiser Out, Jon Gruden In at MNF

This just in: ESPN has announced that Jon Gruden will join the Monday Night Football booth while Tony Kornheiser will leave. Here’s the press release: Jon Gruden Joins ESPN’s Monday Night Football Former Super Bowl-Winning Coach to Team with Tirico and Jaworski in MNF Booth Former Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden is joining ESPN’s […]

Primetime & Late Night Viewing Picks

MLB American LeagueChicago White Sox at Toronto – Comcast SportsNet Chicago/Rogers Sportsnet, 1 p.m.Minnesota at New York Yankees – ESPN/Fox Sports North/YES, 7 p.m.Oakland at Tampa Bay – Comcast SportsNet California/Sun Sports, 7 p.m.Anaheim Angels at Seattle – Fox Sports West/FSN Northwest, 10 p.m. National LeagueArizona at Florida – Fox Sports Arizona/Fox Sports Florida, 7 […]

World Series Games To Start Earlier

One of the bigger pieces of news at the Fox upfronts today will be the announcement that weeknight World Series games will begin at 7:58 p.m. ET with a Saturday night game scheduled even earlier. This is good news for fans on the East Coast who complain that games go on too late and often […]

BREAKING NEWS: NFL TV Deals with CBS, Fox and …. COMCAST!!!

It pays to monitor Twitter. I was at Home Depot in North Kingstown when I pulled out the iPhone and saw John Ourand of Sports Business Journal tweet the following: Big story: NFL is negotiating to extend CBS/Fox broadcast contracts by two years. Bigger story: NFL is on the verge of signing carriage deal with […]

Your Rainy Sunday Links

It’s a rainy day here in Southern New England and not a nice day, but not a bad day for linkage! I’m switching back and forth from the Wimbledon Centre Court exhibition match showing off the new roof on ESPN Classic and the Madrid Open men’s final between Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal on the […]

Preakness Stakes Ratings Up From Last Year and Best in 19 Years

Call it interest in Mine That Bird, call it excitement over Rachel Alexandra winning, call it whatever you want, just know that NBC Sports is crowing over the overnight ratings for the Preakness Stakes. It’s rare to get a Sunday press release, but when you get great ratings for a certain event, you don’t wait […]

Videos of the Week – ABC's Wide World of Sports

Thanks to ESPN, this show doesn’t exist anymore. Ok, maybe I’m judgmental in saying ESPN killed this show since the Wide World title reappeared during ESPN/ABC’s coverage of the Belmont Stakes last year, but the program hasn’t been on the air in full since the late 1990’s when ESPN took over ABC Sports. But we […]

Preakness Stakes Replay – Rachel Alexandra Wins

Here’s the video of the Preakness Stakes in which heralded filly Rachel Alexandra took the lead around the 13 pole and then held off Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird to win. Watch the video. And a much better call from Tom Durkin this time.

Three Press Releases I Forgot to Post

Deleting e-mails from my inbox, I came across these press releases which I did not post last night, so I’m posting them now while I can. First, here are the stories you’ll see on Real Sports when the sports newsmagazine returns to HBO on Tuesday. REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL PROFILES NEW NFLPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR […]

Late Night Friday Megalinks Now Saturday Megalinks

Let’s give you the Friday megalinks. Find the Weekend Viewing Picks here. National USA Today’s Michael Hiestand writes about former Yankees pitcher David Wells moving to the TBS announcing booth. John Paul Newport of the Wall Street Journal writes that former ABC Sports golf analyst Bob Rosburg died Thursday. Matt Foran of the Nielsen ratings […]

Weekend Viewing Picks

Saturday, May 16 English Premier LeagueManchester United vs. Arsenal – Setanta Sports, 7:40 a.m.Tottenham vs. Everton – Fox Soccer Channel, 10 a.m.Newcastle vs. Fulham – Setanta Sports, 10 a.m.Liverpool vs. West Ham United – Fox Soccer Channel, 12:30 p.m.Portsmouth vs. Blackburn – Fox Soccer Channel, 4:30 p.m. (same day coverage)Middlesbrough vs. Aston Villa – Setanta […]

Game 6 of Lakers-Rockets Sets Ratings Record for ESPN

Thursday seemed to be a record setting day for sports TV ratings. Earlier today, I told you about NESN’s record ratings for the Game 7 of the Bruins-Carolina series. Now ESPN gives us this release about Lakers-Rockets Game 6. Lakers/Rockets Game 6 – ESPN’s Most-Viewed Basketball Telecast Ever Highest-Rated NBA Playoff Game in 2009; ESPN […]

Primetime & Late Night Viewing Picks

GolfLPGA Tour/Sybase Classic, 2nd round – ESPN2, 1:30 p.m.PGA Tour/Texas Open, 2nd round – Golf Channel, 3 p.m. MLB American LeagueChicago White Sox at Toronto – Comcast SportsNet Chicago/Rogers Preview, 7 p.m.Minnesota at New York Yankees – Fox Sports North/YES, 7 p.m.Oakland at Detroit – Comcast SportsNet California/Fox Sports Detroit, 7 p.m.Cleveland at Tampa Bay […]

NBC To Carry Game 1 of NHL Western Conference Finals

This Sunday, NBC will have Game 1 of a dream Original Six matchup between Chicago and Detroit. Two top ten markets. NBC has to be happy with that. DETROIT HOSTS CHICAGO IN “ORIGINAL SIX” CONFERENCE FINAL MATCHUP, SUNDAY ON NBC“Chicago is a team that’s trying to be Detroit but Detroit is Detroit.” – NBC’s McGuireNEW […]

Celtics-Magic Game 7 on TNT Plus NBA Eastern Conference Schedule is Set

TNT will carry Game 7 of the Celtics-Magic series on Sunday night and that will lead into the network’s coverage of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals next week. TNT cannot ask for a better scenario as the winner will take on the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers. If the Celtics advance, TNT will have a potential […]

Bruins Game 7 Sets Ratings Record For NESN

I’ve been out all morning and just got back into the office. I have a couple of housekeeping items to finish and I’ll get to the usual Friday posts later. First, the result may have not been what Bruins fans wanted last night, losing in overtime to the Carolina Hurricanes, but the game had some […]

MLB Network to Premiere Willie Mays Catch Recreation

MLB Network will be unveiling the last of its video vignettes, using modern technology to intertwine old footage with some newly recreated footage to show a closer look at the famous Willie Mays catch of Vic Wertz’s deep fly ball to center field in the 1954 World Series. MLB NETWORK VIDEO VIGNETTES TO “RE-CREATE” WILLIE […]

You Thought Brett Favre Coverage was Overboard? Wait for Michael Vick…

ESPN is booking satellite time, getting ready for the release of Michael Vick from prison. I would not be surprised if ESPN booked the Goodyear Blimp to be above Leavenworth Prison where Vick will be brought back into society following his time behind bars. Check out this blurb from ESPN. Michael Vick to be Released […]

Thursday's Press Releases to Date

Some more press releases now. Let’s get to them. First, CBS Sports is back in the PGA Tour game after a week off for the Players Championship. This weekend, CBS will air the Texas Open. ZACH JOHNSON DEFENDS TITLE AS PGA TOUR TEES OFF IN LONE STAR STATE AT “TEXAS OPEN” ON CBS SPORTS MAY […]

HBO's Hard Knocks Selects the Cincinnati Bengals