A few sports media thoughts on this Monday. Yes, they’re in bullet form.
- I finally had an opportunity to see Fox’s college football production on Saturday. While Gus Johnson and Charles Davis were on top of their form for Nebraska-UCLA, the same cannot be said about the studio. I missed the Pregame, but watched halftime and the postgame with Erin Andrews, Eddie George and Joey Harrington. The chemistry isn’t quite there. Plus, both George and Harrington were quite shaky doing highlights.
I can’t fault Fox for attempting its tried and true formula from the NFL studio, but it doesn’t quite work with college football yet. I’ll give it a few more weeks before writing a full review.
I thought Erin did better with the Game Breaks and her chemistry going back and forth with Gus flowed better than with George and Harrington. Still, it’s early. It’s a work in progress.
- Kara Henderson has informed us where she went after leaving the NFL Network earlier this year. She left NFL Network over the summer and some had speculated why she departed. In this tweet from Sunday, she explains.
Happy football season everyone!For all those who have been kind enough to ask.. left TV to get married and raise my boy- there’s a catch..
— Kara Henderson (@KaraHenderson) September 9, 2012
Congrats to Kara on her nuptials and glad to see she left on her own terms.
- Noticed that the Comcast SportsNets around the country have incorporated the iconic NBC peacock into their logos. I flipped to the CSN channels I receive on DirecTV and saw the peacock either through bugs on the screen or through top of the hour ID’s on affiliates in New England, DC, Chicago and San Francisco. I have to assume this is also the case for CSN Philadelphia and CSN Northwest, neither of which are available on the satellite provider.
This is all part to weave Comcast SportsNet into the NBC Sports Group. I would expect that various NBC Sports programming will be syndicated on the CSN’s including simulcasts of NBC Sports Radio and some documentaries.
- In a related note, it appears that Fox Sports Net has moved on from Comcast SportsNet and has made deals in three local markets to air its national college football games. Fox has signed WLVI in Boston, WDCA in DC and KICU in Oakland, all are markets which have Comcast SportsNet affiliates. Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic is carrying Fox SportsNet’s regional ACC games, but that deal was made through the conference and was not affected by the CSN’s dropping en masse of Fox Sports Net programming.
That will do it.