Monthly Archives: November 2011

NBC Sports Group Taps Arlo White To Call MLS Games

The NBC Sports Group which will air MLS starting next season will bring in another British ex-pat to call soccer games. Arlo White, the voice of the Seattle Sounders will be the main play-by-play man for NBC Sports Group’s MLS games as well as 7 US Men’s National Team games. For the last two seasons, […]

ESPN Assigns Announcers For All of Its College Bowl Games

The ESPN family of networks will air a total of 33 college bowl games including those that comprise the Bowl Championship Series. Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit will call the BCS National Championship Game which will be held January 9 from New Orleans. They’ll also call the Rose Bowl on January 2. Brad Nessler and […]

ESPN3 & ESPN GamePlan To Air NCAA Division I Football Playoff Games

This Saturday, it’s the second round of the NCAA Division I Football Championship. The non-BCS schools comprise the Football Championship Subdivision and there will be eight second round games played on Saturday. ESPN has the rights to all of the games. They will be streamed online on the platform. In addition, they’ll be made […]

Thursday Night Football Heads To The Great Northwest

To kick off Week 13 in the National Football League, Thursday Night Football heads to the upper Northwest corner of the United States and Seattle. There, NFL Network will air what could be the last gasp for the Philadelphia Eagles as they attempt to keep their extremely slim playoff hopes alive against the Seattle Seahawks. […]

ESPN Sports Saturday Returns

The ESPN-produced block for Saturday will return on December 10 with a mix of ESPN Films documentaries, E:60 segments, sports news updates and debate from personalities from the various studio shows that are aired during the week on ESPN and ESPN2. ESPN Sports Saturday will air as it did during the summer from 4 — […]

NFL Was On Top of Ratings During Thanksgiving Weekend

I don’t have to read this National Football League press release to know that it’s crowing about viewership and rating. I don’t have to tell you that the NFL continues to rake in the ratings. And I certainly don’t have to inform you that with people in front of the TV during the holiday weekend, […]

Primetime & Late Night Viewing Picks

Carling Cup 5th Round Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace — Fox Soccer Plus, 2:40 p.m. College Basketball Men’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge Indiana at NC State — ESPN2, 7:15 p.m. Penn State at Boston College — ESPNU, 7:15 p.m. Florida State at Michigan State — ESPN, 7:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at Minnesota — ESPN2, 9:15 p.m. […]

A Few Late Tuesday Night/Wednesday Morning Sports Media Thoughts

Since the posts were sparse on Tuesday, I’ll give you some sports media thoughts here. All in bullet form as usual. I haven’t said much about ESPN’s handling of the Bernie Fine Syracuse story. I wanted to get some facts before commenting. I’m really distressed that ESPN held onto the tape of what was reportedly […]

Fox Sports College Football Games For Week 14

Fox has two conference championship games on consecutive nights, the Pac-12 Championship and Big Ten Championship, Friday and Saturday. Fox Sports Net also has one game and that will end Fox’s college football coverage for the season. Overall, it’s been great having Gus Johnson calling college football, although the quality of games weren’t great, quite […]

College Basketball Games on Fox Sports’ Various Networks

We have the games on the Fox Sports cable networks including Big Ten Network, Fox College Sports and Fox Sports Net. These include both men’s and women’s games from tonight all the way through December 11. Lots of games. College Basketball on FOX Advance Programming November 29 – December 11 All times Eastern unless otherwise […]

Some Quickie Tuesday Links

I’ve been away from the computer again today so it led to minimal blogging. Let’s provide some links now. We begin with some breaking news from the New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman who reports that TNT will air the NBA season opening game on Christmas Day between the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. […]

Monday Night Football Really Scores For ESPN Especially in The Big Easy

I noticed a tweet from ESPN public relations maven Bill Hofheimer. He talks about the overnight ratings for Monday Night Football which ended up being a New Orleans Saints blowout of the New York Football Giants. The national rating was very good. The local rating in New Orleans was even better. Six times better as […]

Primetime & Late Night Viewing Picks

Carling Cup 5th Round Arsenal vs. Manchester City — Fox Soccer Plus, 2:55 p.m. Chelsea vs. Liverpool — Fox Soccer Plus, 5 p.m. (same day coverage) College Basketball Big Ten/ACC Challenge Michigan at Virginia — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Northwestern at Georgia Tech — ESPNU, 7:15 p.m. Illinois at Maryland — ESPN, 7:30 p.m. Miami at […]

ESPN Family of Networks College Basketball Games For Week 4

ESPN’s college basketball schedule is ramping up and this week, it’ll have two interconference challenges, the Big Ten/ACC Challenge in the early part of this week and then the Big East/SEC Challenge in the second half. You want the skinny on the college basketball games for this week? Of course you do. Let’s take a […]

ESPN’s Family of Networks College Football Games For Week 14

This Saturday for all intents and purposes ends college football before we head to the inexorable bowl season leading to the BCS and the debates whether it’s a viable system. But before we get to all that, there’s the Conference Championship Games. The ESPN Fam will air the MAC, Conference USA and ACC Championships. ABC […]

NFL Does Some Minor Flexing In Week 14

As we approach the final weeks of the regular season (much too soon, I might add), we get this announcement from the National Football League about the Week 14 schedule. The only move for this week is the Oakland-Green Bay, originally a 1 p.m. East game which will be a 4:15 p.m. contest remaining on […]

Sunday Night Football Earns 12.5 Overnight Rtg. Down From 2010

I’m still away from my computer, but in this digital age we live in, as long as my iPhone is charged and has a decent signal, I can provide the latest news to you. Last night’s Sunday Night Football game between Pittsburgh and Kansas City on NBC received a 12.5 rating and a 19 share. […]

Some Monday Morning Sports Media Thoughts

While I’m away from a computer this morning, I provide these thoughts to you so you have some fresh material here. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving weekend. As usual, I’ll go in bullet form. We’re three games into NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football schedule and the duo of Brad Nessler and Mike Mayock […]

Primetime & Late Night Viewing Picks

College Basketball men’s Akron at West Virginia — Big East Network, 7 p.m. IUPUI at Georgetown — Big East Network, 7 p.m. Xavier at Vanderbilt — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Long Beach Street at Louisville — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Stetson vs. Florida at Orlando, FL — Sun Sports, 7 p.m. Jacksonville at Marquette — Big East […]

Bob Costas’ Halftime Commentary on Touchdown Celebrations

If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you’ll know that I will rail on Bob Costas most of the time for his halftime commentaries on Sunday Night Football. Some of you will agree with what he said tonight. Others will disagree. Count me as one who thought he sounded pompous this evening. While I […]