Here are some more press releases that came into the Fang’s Bites inbox on Friday. We’ll get these posted and go to bed. Busy day on Saturday. I won’t be near a computer as I’ll be in New York to get my first glimpse at my niece. It’s nice to write that.
This is from Sirius XM Radio which states that it will carry every Big Ten football game starting on Saturday as well as most basketball games. Good news for college sports fans.
BIG TEN FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL TO AIR NATIONWIDE ON SIRIUS XM RADIO
NEW YORK – September 25, 2009 – SIRIUS XM Radio and Learfield Sports announced today an agreement to broadcast Big Ten Conference football and men’s basketball games to listeners nationwide.
Starting September 26, SIRIUS XM will begin airing live play-by-play of every Big Ten football game through the end of the regular season. A schedule of Big Ten men’s basketball games on SIRIUS XM will be announced at a later date.
“Year after year the Big Ten boasts some of the country’s best teams and we’re thrilled to have these games as part of our college sports lineup,” said Steve Cohen, SIRIUS XM’s SVP of Sports Programming. “With SIRIUS XM, Big Ten fans and alumni will be able to follow their teams from anywhere in the continental U.S., and college sports fans around the country will have access to some of the season’s best matchups.”
“We’re thrilled to have completed this agreement in time for tomorrow’s games,” said Learfield Sports’ Senior Vice President Mike Behymer. “Big Ten Conference fans will be happy to catch their favorite University game action on satellite radio every week throughout the season.”
CBC announces that the new season of Hockey Night in Canada Radio begins on Sirius Satellite Radio on Monday. Old interviews had been running the last week and it’s nice to know host Jeff Marek and the HNIC staff will be back.
CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA RADIO ON SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO RETURNS FOR THIRD SEASON, SEPT. 28Glenn Healy, Kevin Weekes and Guy Carbonneau join HNIC Radio team
CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA heads back to the airways, Monday, Sept. 28, with HNIC Radio exclusively on SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Season three will feature all the marquee interviews, intelligent hockey talk, and breaking news from the world of hockey that listeners have come to expect. Returning to its regular time slot, HNIC Radio on SIRIUS airs from 4-7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday on SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s Channels 122 and 97, beginning Sept. 28. (Encore broadcast immediately following from 7 -10 p.m. ET, Monday to Friday, on SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s Channel 122; and channel 97 replays the broadcast from 8-11 p.m. and 12 a.m. – 3 a.m. ET).
Jeff Marek returns as the host of HNIC Radio on SIRIUS, alongside rotating co-hosts including Kelly Hrudey, Cassie Campbell Pascall, Craig Simpson and Scott Morrison. Mike Milbury, Scott Oake, Mark Lee, PJ Stock, Pierre Lebrun, Jim Hughson and Elliotte Friedman return as contributors. Also, the newest members of CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA broadcast team, Glenn Healy, Kevin Weekes and Guy Carbonneau have been added to the show on a weekly basis to provide their perspective on all NHL-related matters.
HNIC Radio on SIRIUS hits the ground running, providing listeners with all of the latest news from NHL training camps as well as intriguing stories and happenings from the off-season. Fans are invited to drop by the Front Street CBC Sports set inside the CBC building in Toronto, from Wednesday, Sept 30 to Friday, Oct 2, between 4 and 7 p.m. ET, to watch live broadcasts of HNIC Radio on SIRIUS.
Hot topics for discussion will include a look at all six Canadian teams as they begin the 2009/10 season, the ongoing Phoenix Coyotes situation, and the defending Cup champions in Pittsburgh. The show will also examine personnel changes around the NHL, including a coaching change in Dallas, Chris Pronger heading to Philadelphia, and phenom John Tavares as he launches his career with the Islanders. Special guests will include top NHL players Scott Gomez, Mike Comrie, Tim Thomas, Chris Pronger and Martin Brodeur, NHL coaches and officials—as well as regular members of the HNIC Radio on SIRIUS broadcast team: Ron MacLean, Kelly Hrudey, Mike Milbury, P.J. Stock, Elliotte Friedman, Mark Lee and on Wednesday, Sept 30, a special in-studio appearance by Ron MacLean, followed by Don Cherry, on Friday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. ET.
Hockey fans can visit CBCSports.ca 24 hours a day, seven days a week for live and on-demand video streaming of all games as well as comprehensive NHL coverage, including weekly columns from CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA personalities, breaking news, in-depth reports, broadcast schedules and more. At game time, Jeff Marek will be joined by Scott Morrison at the I-Desk, found on CBCSports.ca. The show will feature a mix of post-game interviews and coaches press conferences, game highlights, comments from online bloggers and discussions with Elliotte Friedman and Scott Oake from rinkside.
HBO Pay Per View announced that last week’s Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez pay per view fight garnered one million buys. A good number.
ONE MILLION PAY-PER-VIEW BUYS
Sept. 25, 2009 –
NEW YORK— HBO Sports reported today that one million pay-per-view buys were generated from last Saturday’s welterweight fight between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in . The fight was promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. Las Vegas
The one million buy total represents the highest performing boxing pay-per-view event in 2009 and generated $52 million in pay-per-view revenue. The million buys include 525,000 from cable homes and 475,000 from satellite homes. It is only the fifth time in boxing pay-per-view history that a non-heavyweight event has attained the one million buy mark. Mayweather, a bona fide superstar, returned to the ring after a 21-month absence and showed no signs of rust in scoring a dominating victory. He has now participated in two events that have reached the one million buy mark.
“Sept. 19 was an event that connected with sports fans across the country,” said Mark Taffet of HBO Pay-Per-View. “Floyd Mayweather has clearly reinforced his standing as a top attraction and fans are excited about his return to the sport.”
Mayweather vs. Marquez will be replayed this Saturday, Sept. 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT on HBO. The 12-round unanimous decision triumph by Mayweather will be paired with the live heavyweight title fight featuring Vitali Klitschko and Cristobal Arreola from
. Los Angeles
Golf Channel says it will have coverage of the PGA Tour’s Fall Series, a swing of five tournaments that many big names will skip after this weekend’s Tour Championship.
GOLF CHANNEL to Broadcast Exclusive Coverage of Fall Series
Orlando, Fla. (Sept. 25, 2009) – It is money that matters at THE TOUR Championship, but starting next week, careers will be on the line when the PGA TOUR’s Fall Series kicks off on GOLF CHANNEL. The cable network will air exclusive action from the final five tournaments of the season and feature storylines involving players fighting for their livelihood in an attempt to secure a spot in the top 125 on the TOUR’s money list and earn playing privileges for 2010.
Following are airtimes for each tournament in the Fall Series:
Turning Stone Resort Championship
(10/1 – 10/4) 4 – 6 p.m. ET
for Children Open Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital
(10/15 – 10/18) 4 – 7 p.m. ET
(10/22 – 10/25) 5 – 7 p.m. ET
(10/29 – 11/1) 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET
Children’s Miracle Network Classic
(11/12 – 11/15) 1 – 4 p.m. ET
To more actively involve fans in the Fall Series, GOLF CHANNEL, Kodak and Disney Golf have created Golf’s Photo Finish presented by Kodak and its accompanying viewer promotion called the Photo Challenge. The Photo Challenge will be a series of on-screen photo-trivia questions that will begin with next week’s coverage of the Turning Stone Resort Championship and is designed to promote the network’s broadcasts of PGA TOUR Fall events and Big Break Disney Golf.
To participate, fans can visit a special Web site (www.GolfChannel.com/PhotoChallenge) to answer the photo-trivia questions and become eligible for prizes. Kodak products, Disney Golf and Golf Channel prize packs will be among the prizes available for winning participants.
In addition to the photo-trivia contest, a special “Text to Win” promotion will provide fans watching PGA TOUR action on GOLF CHANNEL the opportunity to win a KODAK Zi8 Pocket Video Camera. Once an hour during tournament coverage, on-screen messages will prompt viewers to text message a keyword for a chance to win the KODAK Zi8. One pocket video camera will be given away each hour of the tournament telecast.
Premiering Oct. 13 at 10 p.m. ET, Big Break Disney Golf will showcase a field of 12 men – collectively the most talented cast in series history, but individually at different stages in their careers – battling for the opportunity to fulfill the desire to play professional golf at the highest level. Shot mainly at both the Magnolia and Palm Courses at Walt Disney World Resort near
, the winner of the 10-week series will receive an exemption to compete in the 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Classic on the PGA TOUR. The series marks the first time that a Big Break winner will compete in a TOUR event on the same course in which the series was filmed. Orlando, Fla.
That’s it for the releases.