NBC Sports Group to Take Over Universal Sports’ Portfolio

Last month, Sports Business Journal reported about the demise of Universal Sports, the Olympic sports channel that had difficulty gaining traction in the cable/satellite universe. While it was on DirecTV’s sports tier, it was aired in old school standard definition. It was a channel that was hardly a destination for sports fans despite having a […]

Sports Media Notebook — June 10, 2015

Oh, bloody hell, it’s been a while since I’ve done a sports media notebook. We have quite a few things to provide so in lieu of me explaining why you haven’t seen one in months, let’s just get to the news, linkage and other stuff. NEWS A couple of things to lead with this morning. […]

Friday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/30/2015, Part II

We did the news segment in the first part. Let’s do the linkage and News You Can Use here. LINKAGE Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch talks with Phil and Chris Simms about being television analysts after their playing careers. Deitsch has a preview of what NBC has in store for its Super Bowl XLIX production. Reuters […]

Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/06/2015

On this first Tuesday of the New Year, let’s open the notebook once again to provide you with some linkage and some news you can use. First, some thoughts which will take the place of the breaking news or news segment. OPINION As we’re over 48 hours from the time we learned of Stuart Scott’s […]

NBCUniversal and Universal Sports to Air Coverage of Youth Olympic Games

As part of the current deal that has NBCUniversal airing the Olympics through 2020, the NBC Sports Group and Universal Sports will cover the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Communist China this month. NBC, NBCSN and Universal will combine for 54.5 hours of coverage. And to show it’s committed to this set of games, Josh […]

Universal Sports to Air 2014 Boston Marathon

For the first Boston Marathon since the bombing that took two lives and injured scores of others, Universal Sports will carry comprehensive coverage of the race. The network will stream a tribute that is scheduled on Tuesday, April 15 at, then air a one-hour highlights show at 6 p.m. ET and an encore immediately […]

NBCSN and Universal Sports Combine to Air Four USA-Canada Women’s Hockey Games

In the run up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, NBCSN and Universal Sports will air four USA vs. Canada exhibition women’s hockey games between tonight and the end of the year. Universal Sports begins the whole series with a telecast tonight from Calgary. NBCSN will carry a game on Friday, December 20 from […]

Universal Sports Announces The Launch of “Countdown to Sochi”

Premiering this week, Universal Sports begins “Countdown to Sochi,” a weekly show that will introduce viewers to some of the athletes competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics. The show will run 15 weeks and air on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET and end on February 5, 2014. Craig Hummer and Jenny Cavnar will co-host the […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, September 9 — 15, 2013

Well, let’s take a look at what’s ahead in the sports media for the upcoming week. It’s another busy week and we’ll preview it for you right now. TELEVISION NFL Premieres The NFL continues to dominate the week. Monday has the annual Week 1 doubleheader on ESPN with Philadelphia taking on the DC NFL Team […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, September 2 — 8, 2013

Lots of things happening in sports media this week. The NFL returns in the next seven days. College Football goes into its second week. Baseball heads into its final month of the regular season. Soccer goes into World Cup qualifying. The PGA Tour takes the week off and we bid adieu to Fox Soccer. TELEVISION […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, August 12 — 18, 2013

This is the week sports media observers have been waiting for. It’s going to be a rather busy seven days and it all culminates on Saturday, August 17 when the English Premier League starts its first season on NBC Sports Group. This is what all of us have been waiting for. No? Oh, you’re expecting […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, August 5 — 11, 2013

Time for your look ahead in the week in sports media. It’s going to be a busy seven days. GOLF The final Major of the year in the PGA Tour takes place at the Oak Hill Country Hill East Course in Rochester, NY. TNT and CBS will team up for coverage. Here’s how it will […]

Universal Sports To Air Monthly Highlight Show

Starting this month, Universal Sports will have a regularly scheduled highlight show that will focus on Olympic sports and the athletes in their quest to reach the podium. The show called “Podium 360” will be a monthly half-hour program that premieres on Thursday, August 8 at 7:30 p.m. with multiple re-airs until the next edition […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, July 29 — August 4, 2013

I’ve been meaning to start a regular Monday feature and since Richard Deitsch has a weekly Monday column at and Tom Hoffarth has his Southern California Sports Calendar, I figured I would preview the upcoming week in the sports media. With a little luck, this will be a signature post on Fang’s Bites. Give […]

Time For Some Tuesday Links

Let’s do some Tuesday links. Lots of stuff to get to. Michael Hiestand of USA Today writes that Bob Costas is receiving his share of criticism for his anti-gun commentary during halftime of Sunday Night Football. Busted Coverage has video of Bob Costas telling Dan Patrick that he’s not backing off on his anti-gun comments. […]

A Few Wednesday Sports Media Thoughts

I’ll provide a few thoughts as we hit midweek. They’ll be in bullet form, of course. First, here’s hoping the people of New Orleans will be ok in the midst of Hurricane Isaac. They’ve put up with way too much from Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Gustav and the BP oil spill, I pray they endure […]

Universal Sports Previews The Olympics With "Countdown to London"

To mark the 100 days countdown to the XXX Olympic Summer Games in London, Universal Sports began a “Countdown to London” show that airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET. Each week, the series will profile athletes who we’ll watch in late July/early August in London on the networks of NBC. This Wednesday, the show […]

Doing Some Monday Linkage For You

Let’s do some long overdue linkage for you. It’s been owed big time. We begin with Mike McCarthy of USA Today who writes that a San Diego sports anchor is in trouble for referring to NASCAR driver Danica Patrick as a “B.” Michael Hiestand from USA Today says the NBA All-Star Game’s overnight ratings are […]

Universal Sports To Air and Stream Coverage of Women's Olympic Soccer Qualifying Tournament

Starting on Friday, Universal Sports will air the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. This will be the first international soccer tournament for the U.S. Women’s National Team since the World Cup in Germany last summer. This tournament will take place in Vancouver and involve teams from the Western Hemisphere including Mexico, Guatemala and the Dominican […]