The Nominees for the 35th Annual Sports Emmy Awards

The nominees are out. A few interesting developments for this year’s Emmys. In the play-by-play category, Al Michaels is noticeably absent. Marv Albert, Mike Breen, Joe Buck, Bob Costas (?) and Mike Emrick are nominees. I guess the Academy decided to put Bob in this category in addition to his customary Studio Host nomination. For […]

Going For Some More Overdue Sports Media Thoughts

Thursday turned out to be quite the crazy day for those of us who follow the sports media beat. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. On any given day, you just don’t know when sports media news will break. We had two stories throw us for a loop. I’ll do the thoughts […]

Let’s Do Some Linkage, Shall We?

I was in between offices yesterday and could not do the links as I had wanted. Let’s provide some now while I can. Nate Davis at USA Today writes about ESPN extending the rights to air Monday Night Football and keep the series on cable through 2021. The Hollywood Reporter notes that tonight’s Presidential jobs […]

Fox Soccer Channel Rebrands and Unveils New Logo

Yes, Fox Soccer Channel is removing the “Channel” from its name and rebranding as “Fox Soccer”. According to the press release, it’s to show the multiple platforms soccer fans are watching content, through television, internet and mobile devices so Fox feels “Channel” is obsolete. It will also change its logo to reflect this so from […]

Handing Out The Wednesday Links

Time for the mid-week links. Lots of stuff to get to. Michael Hiestand of USA Today looks at the ratings from some of the events held this past weekend. Michael says networks may have to scramble to fill holes if the NFL lockout extends into October and November. Brian Lowry at Fox Sports wonders if […]

UEFA Champions League Final Announcing Crews

I had this in a press release post on the UEFA Champions League Final, but in case you didn’t see it, I’ll provide the studio and game announcing crews for Fox for this Saturday’s game between Barcelona and Manchester United. It will go on the air at 2 p.m. on Fox. Pregame, Halftime and Postgame […]

Fox Soccer Channel Begins Champions Week

Starting tonight, Fox Soccer Channel kicks off Champions Week with matches from the two finalists, Barcelona and Manchester United. Here’s the press release. FOX SOCCER’S “CHAMPIONS WEEK” BRINGS THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL TO A FEVER PITCH Relive the Road to the Final Through Key Matches and Highlights of the 2010-11 Champions League Campaign Los […]

Quick Sunday Linkage

The last couple of days have killed me going to New York on Friday for business then having to go to work on Saturday preventing me from really reacting to the Dick Ebersol resignation. I will do a Sunday thoughts column today and also start answering the mailbag. Good questions from all of you. If […]

A Very Busy Set of Monday Links

I spent the morning away from the office and after lunch, I’ve been dealing with crazy shit so I’m just getting to the links late this afternoon. I’ll put in as many as I can. This week is shaping up to be very busy so just bear with me as you may not see links […]

Fox Sports & Fox Soccer Channel Combine For UEFA Champions League Final

On Saturday, May 28, Fox Sports will air the final of the UEFA Champions League for the 2nd consecutive year. This year, the final will be held in London at the great venue, Wembley Stadium. At that location, Manchester United from the English Premier League will take on Barcelona of La Liga in Spain. And […]

Fox Soccer Channel Airs Movie on Manchester City Soccer Team

Fox Soccer Channel will air a movie tonight and Friday on English Premier League team Manchester City. It’ll lead into the team’s playing in the FA Cup Championship on Saturday which also airs on Fox Soccer Channel. Here’s the press release. FOX SOCCER AIRS MANCHESTER CITY’S BLUE MOON RISING IN LEAD-UP TO FA CUP FINAL […]

Bringing Out The Monday Linkage

This weekend was a very lost weekend for me and for you on the blog as I was unable to do anything either Saturday and Sunday. I attended a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday in Massachusetts and that took most of the day, then I went to a sports bar that night to see the Manny […]

Bringing Out The Tuesday Linkage

Again, I’ve been all over the place and can’t really blog like I want to, but I do what I can. Some links while I’m free and not committed to anything. The Pac 12 media deals with ESPN and Fox will be made official later this week, but we do know some details. First, it’s […]

Fox Soccer Channel To Debut Soccer Night in America

We have Hockey Night in Canada, Football Night in America, so why not a Soccer Night too? Starting this Friday, Fox Soccer Channel will repackage and rebrand its MLS games on Friday and Saturday nights as part of “Soccer Night in America”. There will be new graphics as well as a whole new video introduction. […]

Fox Soccer Channel & FX To Air UEFA Champions League Semifinals

Over the next two weeks, Fox Sports platforms will have exclusive coverage of the UEFA Champions League semifinals. Fox Soccer Channel will air one semifinal leg while FX joins in to cover the other. The two channels will alternate matchups. Coverage begins April 26 and continues the following week. It marks the first time that […]

Fox Soccer Channel All Over Quarterfinal Matches of UEFA Champions League

The second leg quarterfinal matches in the UEFA Champions League will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday. Over the next two days, Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Sports Net will have the games including the return match between English Premier League blood rivals Manchester United and Chelsea. Last week, Manchester United defeated […]

Two MLS-Related Press Releases

I’m going to post two MLS press releases that I received last week, but did not have the time to post. Catching up now. One is from Fox and the other from Comcast SportsNet Philly. We have this official announcement from Fox Soccer Channel regarding the announcers for Major League Soccer which includes the addition […]

Fox Soccer Channel & Fox Soccer Plus Air FA Cup Action

This weekend, the FA Cup kicks into the knockout round with quarterfinal action headlined by Manchester United taking on English Premier League rival Arsenal on Saturday. The only non-EPL team that remains in the competition is Reading and that team is in action against Manchester City on Sunday. We have your schedule of live FA […]

Let’s Do Some Tuesday Links

Time for linkage now. Jun Yang at Bloomberg Businessweek reports that YouTube is in talks with the NBA and NHL to stream live games. Now that would be cool if it happens, but I’m skeptical that it will. At MediaPost, Barry Janoff looks at some of the particulars of CBS/Turner’s NCAA Tournament programming and marketing […]

Doing Some Monday Linkage

Let’s provide some links on this holiday for some of you. For others like me, I’m at work. But instead of reading my complaints about working on a holiday, I’ll put my energy into finding links for you. Starting with the Sports Business Journal, Terry Lefton looks at how TNT’s Charles Barkley has become a […]