Monthly Archives: September 2012

Hannah Storm & John Anderson Lead ESPN's New York City Marathon Team

In November, ESPN will air live coverage of the annual New York City Marathon that goes through all five boroughs of the Big Apple. It marks the first time the marathon will be aired live across the country. NBC had the rights, but chose to shovel live coverage of the race to its local WNBC-TV […]

NFL Agreement with the NFL Referees Association

After marathon bargaining sessions that started Saturday and culminated late on Wednesday night, the National Football League and its Referee Association finally came together on a new eight year agreement. After the disaster on Monday night that gave Seattle a totally undeserved win over the Green Bay Packers, calls to get a new contract for […]

Primetime & Late Night Viewing Picks

College Football Morgan State at North Carolina A&T — ESPNU, 7:30 p.m. Wingate at Carson Newman — CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. Stanford at Washington — ESPN, 9 p.m. CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 3:30 p.m. Inside College Football — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. College Football Live — […]

Sports Media Weekly No. 120 — Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times

Another edition of Sports Media Weekly. Keith Thibault of Sports Media Journal and I are back talking about the news of the week and we focus on what else? The replacement refs and the impact on the NFL’s ratings which is none. However, Keith and I talk about how the story of the replacements have […]

NFL Ratings Are Once Again Top of the Heap

The NFL could have grown naked men as replacement refs and the league would still garner the ratings it generated this past week. Once again, CBS’ 4:25 p.m. ET national window and NBC’s Sunday Night Football were 1-2 respectively in the overall finish of all TV programs last week. Last week it was NBC then […]

Cari Champion Joins ESPN As Host of First Take

After First Take did a reboot from being the Today Show of sports television to All Debates, All the Time, the show has been in need of a host after anchors Dana Jacobsen and Jay Crawford either left or were reassigned. There were reports that former NESN Red Sox on-field reporter Heidi Watney was a […]

Primetime & Late Night Viewing Picks

College Football CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 3:30 p.m. Lemming Report — CBS Sports Network, 7:30 p.m. Tackling the Trends — CBS Sports Network, 8 p.m. College Volleyball Clemson at North Carolina — ESPNU, 6 p.m. Michigan State at Nebraska — Big Ten Network, 8 p.m. Tennessee at Kentucky […]

Hey NFL Replacement Refs! Call It Maybe!

I thought I was tired of the “Call Me Maybe” parodies and covers, but this one from sports radio station KFAN in the Twin Cities in Minnesota may be the best to finally put a rest to all of them. This song and subsequent video done by a producer for The Common Man show is […]

NBC Scores Ratings Win For Sunday Night Football in Week 3

Let’s go away from the replacement officials for this post and focus on the ratings for NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens saw a rating of 12.9 with a 21 share. That’s up 6% from last year. Average viewership was 21.3 million and that’s an increase of […]

NFL Statement on the Final Play in the Green Bay-Seattle Game

As expected, the NFL released a statement on the controversial final play in the Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks game on Monday night. As expected, the NFL held steadfast to the position that the call was correct and the result is final. There’s nothing else to write. You can read the statement. NFL STATEMENT ON FINAL […]

ESPN's Trent Dilfer & Steve Young Take on the NFL Replacement Refs

After the controversial ending of last night’s Monday Night Football game on ESPN, you may have switched the channel or have gone to bed angry. Judging from the overnight ratings, a good chunk of the audience stayed to see the postgame coverage on SportsCenter. But in case you went to bed and missed the discussion, […]

Packers-Seahawks Pulled Big Overnight Number, But Still Down From Last Season

Received the overnight numbers from last night’s extremely controversial Green Bay-Seattle Monday Night Football game on ESPN. Nielsen says the game pulled an 11.5 rating. ESPN public relations maven Bill Hofheimer notes that people stayed to watch SportsCenter immediately afterwards to get perspective on the highly discussed last play that as Inside Edition would say […]

Primetime & Late Night Viewing Picks

College Football CFB Daily — ESPNU, 1 p.m. College Football Live — ESPN, 3:30 p.m. Inside College Football — CBS Sports Network, 7 p.m. The Tony Barnhart Show — CBS Sports Network, 9 p.m. College Volleyball Women’s Texas at Baylor — ESPNU, 8 p.m. CONCACAF Champions League Group Play Aguila vs. Toronto — Fox Soccer, […]

Packers Radio Call of Controversial Last Play in Green Bay-Seattle Game

If you watched ESPN’s Monday Night Football to the end, then you’re probably buzzing about the last play which looked to be ruled incorrectly. On the last play of the game, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary pass to the end zone which appeared to be intercepted by the Packers’ M.D. Jennings, […]

Thusday Night Football Goes to Baltimore

So the Baltimore Ravens get another primetime game? They were on Sunday Night Football hosting the New England Patriots on NBC. They opened the season on ESPN’s Monday Night Football in Week 1. And to open Week 4, they host the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football. So three primetime games in four weeks and […]

ESPN's 30 for 30, Volume 2 Begins in October

ESPN’s award-winning 30 for 30 documentary series returns next month with six films shown over a period of six weeks beginning on Tuesday, October 2. The first in the series is “Broke” which focuses on athletes who begin to lose their money after playing days through bad investments, deficit spending, hangers on and medical issues. […]

Fox Sports Announces College Football Games For October 6

We have the college football games that Fox Sports Media Group will air over the next couple of weeks. Next Saturday, Fox Sports will have its first ever doubleheader as MLB takes the week off. At 3:30 p.m. on October 6, Fox will be in the Pac-12 with Arizona at Stanford and that will be […]

Some Monday Linkage

I’ll do some quick linkage on this Monday. In USA Today, Michael Hiestand talks with NFL on Fox rules analyst Mike Pereira. In his extensive Monday Morning Quarterback column, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King remembers NFL Films’ Steve Sabol. John Ourand at Sports Business Journal notes that MLB will be increasing its haul from ESPN, Fox […]