Monthly Archives: February 2013

Another Viewership Record For The NFL Scouting Combine

Last year, the NFL Scouting Combine attracted 6.51 million viewers. Now with all of the major cable and satellite providers on board, NFL Network saw a total viewership of 7.25 million, up 11% from last year. Does having Cablevision and Time Warner Cable in the fold this year help the numbers in 2013? Absolutely, but […]

World Baseball Classic To Air Exclusively on MLB Network

All 39 games of the World Baseball Classic, the sport’s answer to soccer’s World Cup, basketball’s FIBA World Championships and Hockey’s IIHF World Championships, will air on MLB Network. Four years ago, the games were split between MLB Network which was brand spanking new at the time and ESPN. Now MLB Network will air the […]

NHL Network To Air Eight Games Over The Next Five Days

Starting tonight, NHL Network gets busy and airs a host of games through Monday. NHL Network has single games tonight, Friday, Sunday and Monday. And then on Saturday, the first time it’s ever aired four games including simulcasting three from CBC. This marks the first time in a while that NHL Network has decided to […]

Thursday’s Viewing Picks

College Basketball Men’s North Carolina at Clemson — ESPN, 7 p.m. Ohio State at Northwestern — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Morehead State at Tennessee State — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Drexel at Old Dominion — NBC Sports Network, 7 p.m. Idaho State at Northern Arizona — Fox Sports Arizona/Fox College Sports Pacific, 8:30 p.m. Duke at Virginia […]

Some Wednesday Linkage

Let’s do some linkage while I have some time. USA Today’s Michael Hiestand notes NBC’s hiring of Tiger Woods pal Notah Begay to its golf team. He replaces Dottie Pepper who went to the PGA of America. Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand profiles ESPN PR pioneer Rosa Gatti who is retiring from the network after […]

Bloomberg’s Sportfolio Looks At The Business of Baseball

Sportfolio, Bloomberg’s show on sports business, host Rick Horrow looks at the business of baseball as he talks with Major League Baseball Executive Vice President for Business Tim Brosnan about the World Baseball Classic. Plus Bloomberg’s Deidre Bolton interviews defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer. And Rick also veers onto the […]

Another Rich Eisen Special on NFL Network Tonight

In what has become similar to when ABC aired the old Barbara Walters Specials, we have another hour-long Rich Eisen Special on NFL Network. And why not? In the offseason, why not tap into the face of your network to do specials around one of the more popular sports podcasts? Tonight NFL Network will air […]

Wednesday’s Viewing Picks

College Basketball Men’s Michigan at Penn State — Big Ten Network, 6:30 p.m. South Florida at Pittsburgh — Big East Network, 7 p.m. Georgetown at UConn — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Oklahoma State at TCU — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Virginia Tech at Miami (FL) — Fox Sports Net-regional (Arizona Plus/Carolinas/Detroit Plus/North/South/Southwest Plus/Tennessee/Sun Sports/Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Plus), […]

A Quick Early Wednesday Sports Media Notebook

Time to open up the Fang’s Bites Sports Media notebook as we hit midweek. Lets go over some of the stories that are circulating about the sports media. They’re in bullet form. How much is too much? The sports rights fee ceiling keeps going higher and higher. As fees for sports programming go up, so […]

Fox Takes The Checkered Flag For The Daytona 500 and Wins

I’m talking ratings here. And the numbers for Fox Sports for Sunday’s running of The Great American Race are good. Thanks to a race that started and ended pretty much on time. Thanks to increased interest to Danica Patrick. Thanks to increased interest from the crash from the day before during the Nationwide race, Fox […]

Mike Francesa is a Bitter Old Coot … and Vain!

During today’s Mike Francesa show in Tampa, FL, the Pope decided that he doesn’t like being shot from the side. As he was coming back from break on both WFAN and YES, Francesa saw a camera shot of him from his right side and he immediately went off on the production crew. It reminds me […]

Tuesday’s Viewing Picks

College Basketball Men’s Towson at George Mason — Comcast SportsNet (California/Mid-Atlantic Plus/New England)/CSS/The Comcast Network, 7 p.m. Indiana at Minnesota — ESPN, 7 p.m. Memphis at Xavier — ESPN2, 7 p.m. Auburn at Alabama — ESPNU, 7 p.m. Loyola (Chicago) at Detroit — Fox Sports Detroit/Fox College Sports Atlantic, 7:30 p.m. Nebraska at Wisconsin — […]