Let’s do some press release action tonight before I sleep. Worked all weekend and need to sleep, but in my commitment to you, I post some press releases.
To show that Hot Stove baseball coverage isn’t just solely for MLB Network, ESPN premieres Baseball Tonight on Monday afternoon.
Baseball Tonight to Debut Weekday Shows January 11SportsCenter Team Previews Also Set to Begin
Baseball Tonight, ESPN’s signature Major League Baseball highlights, news and information show, will debut weekday episodes beginning Monday, Jan. 11, at 3:30 p.m. ET. The daily 30-minute editions will mark the first time the show has consistently been scheduled in an afternoon time slot during the offseason. The daily afternoon shows will continue until mid-March, when the show shifts back to its regular season schedule (generally 10 p.m. and midnight ET).“Baseball Tonight is a destination place for fans seeking ‘hot stove’ news and information,” said Mark Gross, senior vice president and managing editor, studio production. “Baseball provides year-round content and a regular afternoon time slot better serves fans, formalizing coverage we are known for providing in the months leading up to Spring Training.”Baseball Tonight, hosted by Karl Ravech, will provide the latest news and information on free agency and in-depth information on all teams heading into Spring Training, including perspective from a deep roster of contributors including analysts John Kruk, Tim Kurkjian, Buster Olney, Buck Showalter, Chris Singleton, Bobby Valentine and Dave Winfield. Additional contributors covering local beats include: 1050 ESPN Radio’s Andrew Marchand (New York) and ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes, ESPNChicago.com’s Nick Friedell and Bruce Levine, ESPNDallas.com’s Richard Durrett, and ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Tony Jackson and Mark Saxon.SportsCenter Team PreviewsESPN’s SportsCenter will begin offering team previews beginning Monday, Jan. 11. Ravech will host the segments, which will include Kurkjian and Olney combining to share their “best move” so far and suggested “next move” of the offseason for each team. Additionally, Ravech and Kruk will team in discussing each team’s top moment from the 2009 season.SportsCenter team previews during the first week will include the New York Yankees (Jan. 11), Philadelphia Phillies (Jan. 12), Boston Red Sox (Jan. 13), Los Angeles Dodgers (Jan. 14), Anaheim Angels (Jan. 15) and St. Louis Cardinals (Jan. 16).
I don’t have World Fishing Network and I don’t know how many of you do, but I’m only posting this because the host is very attractive and it gives me an excuse to post this:
She’s Mariko Izumi and she hosts a show called Hookin’ Up with Mariko Izumi. It’s already been on for one season on WFN. The second season premieres Monday.
WFN: WORLD FISHING NETWORK’S HOOKIN’ UP WITH MARIKO IZUMI SEASON 2 CASTS OFF IN
ON JANUARY 11 AT 7:30 PM ET MIAMISeason 2 Adds Reality Element and Stops in Portland, SF, Belizeand MontrealDENVER, CO. – JAN. 6, 2010 – WFN: World Fishing Network, North America’s only 24-hour fishing lifestyle network, today announced the second season of Hookin’ Up with Mariko Izumi will cast off from Miami, FL, on Monday, January 11, at 7:30 pm ET. New episodes will air every Monday leading into WFN’s Big Bass Monday theme night. For a complete schedule visit www.wfn.tv.In Miami, Mariko catches a sandbar shark one mile off of the South Beach Strip; she learns to trapeze at The Flying Trapeze School in downtown Miami; and then took DJ lessons with Scratch DJ Academy in . Miami
Hookin’ Up with Mariko Izumi follows the world’s sexiest angler as she travels the globe to meet the coolest people in the hottest fishing spots. This season the show adds an element of “reality” as Mariko takes on a series of fishing-related challenges in each location. Whether it is cooking with a world famous chef, partying at the wildest hotspot in town or fishing with some of the best anglers, Mariko’s inviting style offers viewers a fun and fresh look at each destination. Her 2010 travel dossier includes stops in
Miami, Portland, San Francisco, Washington/ Maryland, Belizeand . Montreal
This Thursday, Fox Soccer Channel’s popular call-in show, Fox Football Fone-In takes its show on the road from Los Angeles to Philadelphia.
Special Three-Hour Live Edition of Fox Soccer Channel’s Weekly Call-In Show to Originate from NSCAA Convention in
Philadelphia (January 7, 2010) – For six years, Fox Football Fone-In has given passionate soccer supporters an opportunity to have their say on national television. Los Angeles, CANow, some of the most knowledgeable fans in the country – members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America – will be able to sound off in person during a special edition of Fox Soccer Channel’s popular weekly call-in show, live from the 2010 NSCAA Convention in on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 7-10 p.m. ET. PhiladelphiaFox Football Fone-In hits the road and expands to three hours as hosts Nick Webster and Eric Wynalda – a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame – and show contributor Temryss Lane visit the City of Brotherly Love. They will be joined during the program by Fox Soccer Channel personalities Christopher Sullivan, Bobby McMahon and Mark Rogondino.In addition to live questions and comments from Convention attendees, as well as the show’s always-opinionated callers and e-mailers, the Fone-In team will interview leading figures from throughout the soccer community. Among the guests scheduled to appear are Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, NSCAA President Randy Waldrum, Women’s Professional Soccer Commissioner Tonya Antonucci, United Soccer Leagues President Tim Holt, Houston Dynamo Head Coach Dominic Kinnear, North Carolina Head Women’s Soccer Coach Anson Dorrance and George Gelnovatch, head men’s soccer coach at Virginia (guests subject to change). U.S.For a second straight year, the National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Class will be announced live on Fox Soccer Channel, while WPS will unveil its new Official Match Ball for the 2010 season during the telecast.Fox Football Fone-In – which also airs every Monday from 7-9 p.m. ET – gives passionate soccer fans the ultimate say, and provides a live and dynamic forum for soccer enthusiasts to share their views on a variety of soccer topics and news items. Viewers are encouraged to call 1-888-FOX-FANS or TEXT 32369 for an opportunity to voice their opinions. Topics of conversation include the UEFA Champions League, England’s Barclays Premier League, National Team, European leagues and tournaments as well as the rumors, scandals and trades surrounding soccer worldwide. Everything is up for discussion, and no soccer subject is taboo! MLS, U.S.
WHAT: Special three-hour edition of Fox Football Fone-In
Live from the NSCAA Convention in
PhiladelphiaWHEN: Thursday, January 14 from 7-10 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel
HOW: Fox Soccer Channel is available through affiliated cable systems including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter and Cox, as well as through DirecTV, Dish Network, AT&T U-Verse and Verizon FiOS. For more information, visit Fox Soccer Channel online at foxsoccer.com.
And congratulations to NBC Sports which has won a prestigious Eclipse Award from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association for a documentary on Mine That Bird.
NBC SPORTS WINS NATIONAL TELEVISION MEDIA ECLIPSE AWARD FOR MINE THAT BIRD FEATURE
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers Association have announced that NBC Sports has won the 2009 Media Eclipse Award in the National Television Feature programming category for its documentary “The Story of Mine That Bird, 50-1”, which aired at the beginning of its Preakness Stakes telecast on May 16, 2009.
This is the third National Television Feature Media Eclipse Award for NBC, which previously won the award in 2002 and in 2005.
“The Story of Mine That Bird,” produced by Rob Hyland and Jack Felling, recounted the incredible tale of a lightly regarded 3-year-old who came from New Mexico - and from last place -, to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby. The documentary was narrated by Bob Costas.
According to Hyland, the documentary started to take shape shortly after Mine That Bird hit the wire in the Derby. “In conversations with Sam Flood (NBC Sports’ Coordinating Producer), we had to tell the story of a how a 50-1 longshot came to win the Derby,” said Hyland. “There were so many layers of the story, filled with high drama, that we needed to let the viewers know.”
Supported by interviews with Mine That Bird’s owners, Dr. Leonard Blach and Mark Allen; trainer Chip Woolley and jockey Calvin Borel, NBC reached back to the colt’s 2-year-old season, his disappointing Derby preps at Sunland Park, Woolley’s 1,500-mile van ride to the Derby and his “walkover”’ to the Churchill Downs paddock while on crutches, and the jubilation of the connections following the race.
“We edited around the clock for the next 12 days right up until the Preakness, as more parts to the story were unfolding,” Hyland added. Those unfolding events included the sale of Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra to Jess Jackson; Rachel Alexandra’s entry in the Preakness; and Borel’s decision to get off Mine That Bird to ride the filly in racing’s second jewel of the Triple Crown.
“Telling this story is the true essence of horse racing,” said Hyland. “It reminds us that anything can happen on any given day. For me, personally, it’s a true honor to win an Eclipse Award because my wife’s father is a horse trainer.” Hyland is married to Michelle Matz, daughter of Michael Matz, who trained 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.
Honorable mention in the National Television Feature programming category went to HRTV for “Inside Information - Nowhere to Run” about recovery efforts at the Fair Grounds race track in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The program aired on September 6, 2009. Amy Zimmerman was executive producer.
Judges in the National Television - Features category were Howard Sudberry, former sports director of WBBM- TV - Chicago; Peter Lasser of Lasser Productions and G.D. Hieronymus, Director of Broadcast Services for Keeneland Association.
The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and foundation sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies.
The Eclipse Awards are presented by the NTRA, National Turf Writers Association (NTWA) and Daily Racing Form. Eclipse Awards are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements in North America have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. Awards also are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing.
And we’re done for now. We’re back tomorrow.