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 reports that NBC sold out its Super Bowl ad inventory this week.

Sports Technie notes that there was some good and some bad that came with Microsoft’s sponsorship of the NFL (iPad, iPad, iPad).

Chris Strauss of USA Today’s For the Win visits ESPN’s massive Super Bowl headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ.

Also from USA Today, Nicole Auerbach writes that Friend of Fang’s Bites Amy Van Dyken who was paralyzed last year, is getting back into broadcasting with the Pac-12 Networks this weekend.

E.J. Schultz of Advertising Age says the NFL has donated Super Bowl advertising time to No More which has conducted a season-long anti-domestic violence campaign during games.

To the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center where Ed Sherman called for a boycott of Skittles due to Marshawn Lynch’s refusal to open up to the media during Super Bowl week. Ed’s my friend, but I disagree with him on this. The media is overblowing his refusal to talk and fans really don’t care whether he talks or not.

Ed notes that not everyone agreed with his column.

At Sports Business Journal, John Ourand talks with ESPN Monday Night Football producer Jay Rothman who almost took a promotion and came close to leaving the series.

Also at SBJ, John Ourand and Michael Smith report that both ESPN and the NFL are lobbying the College Football Playoff led by the extremely stubborn Bill Hancock, to change its schedule.

David Pierce of The Verge goes inside ESPN’s plans to take over the world to stay on top the sports television.

Kevin Causey at Awful Announcing’s sister site Awful Advertisements looks at some Super Bowl ads that have already been released.

Awful Announcing has the strange audio that spewed into last night’s Nashville Predators broadcast.

My friend, Sunny Cadwaller at CadChica Sports (I love that site’s name) tells us what Twitter’s new video feature means for the sports media.

CNN’s Brian Stelter notes that several major companies including ESPN are joining Snapchat’s new Discovery service. Insert joke about stories disappearing within seconds.

At the Cauldron, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon responds to TNT’s Charles Barkley and other critics in the media of his behavior.

The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn notes that a bunch of former New England Patriots have found new careers as either local or national TV analysts.

Mike Puma at the New York Post writes that after SNY denied him a raise, Mets studio analyst Bob Ojeda has left the network.

Newsday’s Neil Best has NBC’s Rodney Harrison blasting Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch for not talking to the media.

Scott Allen of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog writes about a documentary being produced about the 2006 George Mason team that went to the NCAA Final Four.

To Sports Talk Florida and Jim Williams who has a preview of the Super Bowl ads.

At the Los Angeles Daily News, Tom Hoffarth has a preview of his media column.

We have the first of two stories from Canada, David Shoalts of the Toronto Globe and Mail reports that Rogers has won the rights to the World Cup of Hockey, announced earlier this week by the NHL, over rival Bell Media.

The Canadian Press reports that Canadians may finally be able to see the American Super Bowl ads as early as 2017. CTV has been inserting its own commercials for the Super Bowl preventing Canadians from seeing what the big fuss has been all about.

NEWS YOU CAN USE

This week, CBS announced that long-time golf analyst Peter Oosterhuis was retiring after a twenty year broadcasting career and replacing him would be Golf Channel personality Frank Nobilo on selected tournaments. In addition, CBS announced its 2015 PGA Tour schedule, 19 events as well as The Masters and the PGA Championship. CBS’ year kicks off Saturday with the Phoenix Open at the TPC Scottsdale. I was going to post the table and the schedule, but because it would take me several years to edit and have it fit in my format, I’ll link you to CBS’ site instead where you can bookmark the page if you wish.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports will combine for 28 hours of live coverage from the 2015 FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships from Vail, CO starting next Tuesday. Past Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety will be on hand to take part in their respective events. Dan Hicks will be the lead announcer and he’ll be joined by Todd Brooker, Steve Porino, Christin Cooper and Carolyn Manno. NBC/NBCSN will carry 14 hours on their networks while Universal will air another 14. Each discipline will be aired, most live and that’s a first for the event.

After all of the day’s coverage, Universal Sports will have a live post-race show and Steve Schlanger will be the host.

Here’s the breakdown of coverage.

NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports Broadcast Schedule:
2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

All Times Eastern –Subject to Change

Date Live Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., February 3 Women’s Super G NBCSN 1 p.m.
Post-Race Show Universal Sports 3 p.m.
Wed., February 4 Men’s Super G NBCSN 1 p.m.
Post-Race Show Universal Sports 3 p.m.
Fri., February 6 Women’s Downhill NBCSN 1 p.m.
Post-Race Show Universal Sports 3 p.m.
Sat., February 7 Men’s Downhill* NBC 2:30 p.m.
Post-Race Show Universal Sports 4:30 p.m.
Sun., February 8 Men’s Super Combined – Downhill Universal Sports Noon
Men’s Super Combined – Slalom* NBC 5 p.m.
Post-Race Show Universal Sports 6 p.m.
Mon., February 9 Women’s Super Combined – Downhill Universal Sports Noon
Women’s Super Combined – Slalom NBCSN 4 p.m.
Post-Race Show Universal Sports 5:30 p.m.
Tues., February 10 Nations Team Event Universal Sports 4 p.m.
Thurs., February 12 Women’s Giant Slalom – First Run Universal Sports Noon
Women’s Giant Slalom – Finals NBCSN 4 p.m.
Post-Race Show Universal Sports 5:30 p.m.
Fri., February 13 Men’s Giant Slalom – First Run Universal Sports Noon
Men’s Giant Slalom – Finals NBCSN 4 p.m.
Post-Race Show Universal Sports 5:30 p.m.
Nations Team Event (Encore) NBCSN 10 p.m.
Sat., February 14 Women’s Slalom – First Run Universal Sports Noon
Women’s Slalom – Finals* NBC 4:30 p.m.
Post-Race Show Universal Sports 6:30 p.m.
Sun., February 15 Men’s Slalom – First Run Universal Sports Noon
Men’s Slalom – Finals* NBC 4:30 p.m.
Post-Race Show Universal Sports 6:30 p.m.
Best of World Championships NBCSN 11:30 p.m.

*denotes same-day delay

Fox, NBC and NASCAR released the schedule for the 2015 Sprint Cup, Xfinity Series (formerly Nationwide) and Camping World Truck Series.

Breaking it down, Fox/Fox Sports 1 will air the first half of both the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series and the entire Camping World Truck Series. Fox/FS1 has 16 Sprint Cup races (10 on Fox, 6 on FS1) and 14 Xfinity Series events (12 on FS1, 2 on Fox).

As for NBC Sports Group’s re-entry into NASCAR, the Peacock carries 20 Sprint Cup races (7 on NBC, 13 on NBCSN) and 19 Xfinity races (4 on NBC, 15 on NBCSN).

Here’s how the races will air on each of the networks this season:

2015 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES SCHEDULE
Date Race/Facility Network Race Start Radio
Sat, Feb 14 Sprint Unlimited FOX 8:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
Sun, Feb 15 Daytona 500 Qualifying FOX 1:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
Thu, Feb 19 Budweiser Duel FOX Sports 1 7:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
Sun, Feb 22 DAYTONA 500 FOX 1:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
Sun, Mar 1 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 FOX 1:00 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA
Sun, Mar 8 Kobalt 400 FOX 3:30 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
Sun, Mar 15 CampingWorld.com 500 FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, AZ
Sun, Mar 22 Auto Club 400 FOX 3:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA
Sun, Mar 29 STP 500 FOX 1:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA
Sat, Apr 11 Duck Commander 500 FOX 7:30 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
Sun, Apr 19 Food City 500 FOX 1:00 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN
Sat, Apr 25 Toyota Owners 400 FOX Sports 1 7:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA
Sun, May 3 Talladega 500 FOX 1:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL
Sat, May 9 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas FOX Sports 1 7:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS
Fri, May 15 Sprint Showdown FOX Sports 1 7:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC
Sat, May 16 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race FOX Sports 1 7:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC
Sun, May 24 Coca-Cola 600 FOX 6:00 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC
Sun, May 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Dover FOX Sports 1 1:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE
Sun, Jun 7 Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 FOX Sports 1 1:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Pocono Raceway, Pocono, PA
Sun, Jun 14 Quicken Loans 400 FOX Sports 1 1:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Michigan International Raceway, Brooklyn, MI
Sun, Jun 28 Toyota/SaveMart 350 FOX Sports 1 3:00 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA
Sun, Jul 5 Coke Zero 400 NBC 7:45 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
Sat, Jul 11 Quaker State 400 NBCSN 7:30 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KY
Sun, Jul 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at New Hampshire NBCSN 1:30 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH
Sun, Jul 26 Brickyard 400 NBCSN 3:30 p.m. IMS/SIRIUSXM
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN
Sun, Aug 2 Pennsylvania 400 NBCSN 1:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Pocono Raceway, Pocono, PA
Sun, Aug 9 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen NBCSN 2:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY
Sun, Aug 16 Michigan 400 NBCSN 2:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Michigan International Raceway, Brooklyn, MI
Sat, Aug 22 IRWIN Tools Night Race NBCSN 7:30 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN
Sun, Sep 6 Southern 500 NBC 7:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Darlington Raceway, Darlington, SC
Sat, Sep 12 Federated Auto Parts 400 NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA
Sun, Sep 20 MyAFibStory.com 400 NBCSN 3:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL
Sun, Sep 27 Sylvania 300 NBCSN 2:00 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH
Sun, Oct 4 AAA 400 NBCSN 2:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE
Sat, Oct 10 Bank of America 500 NBC 7:00 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C.
Sun, Oct 18 Hollywood Casino 400 NBC 2:15 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS
Sun, Oct 25 GEICO 500 NBCSN 2:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL
Sun, Nov 1 Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 NBCSN 1:15 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA
Sun, Nov 8 Texas 500 NBC 2:00 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
Sun, Nov 15 Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 NBC 2:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, AZ
Sun, Nov 22 Ford EcoBoost 400 NBC 3:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL
***
2015 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES SCHEDULE
Date Race/Facility Network Race Start Radio
Sat, Feb 21 Florida 300 FOX Sports 1 3:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
Sat, Feb 28 Hisense 250 FOX Sports 1 2:00 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA
Sat, Mar 7 Boyd Gaming 300 FOX Sports 1 4:00 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
Sat, Mar 14 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Phoenix FOX 4:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, AZ
Sat, Mar 21 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Auto Club FOX Sports 1 4:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA
Fri, Apr 10 O’Reilly Auto Parts 350 FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
Sat, Apr 18 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Bristol FOX Sports 1 1:30 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN
Fri, Apr 24 ToyotaCare 250 FOX Sports 1 7:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA
Sat, May 2 Winn-Dixie 300 FOX 3:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL
Sun, May 17 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Iowa FOX Sports 1 2:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Iowa Speedway, Newton, IA
Sat, May 23 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Charlotte FOX 2:30 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC
Sat, May 30 Buckle Up 200 FOX 2:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE
Sat, Jun 13 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Michigan FOX Sports 1 1:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Michigan International Raceway, Brooklyn, MI
Sat, Jun 20 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Chicagoland FOX Sports 1 9:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL
Sat, Jul 4 Firecracker 250 NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
Fri, Jul 10 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Kentucky NBCSN 7:30 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KY
Sat, Jul 18 Sta-Green 200 NBCSN 4:00 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH
Sat, Jul 25 Lilly Diabetes 250 NBC 3:30 p.m. IMS/SIRIUSXM
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN
Sat, Aug 1 US Cellular 250 NBCSN 8:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Iowa Speedway, Newton, IA
Sat, Aug 8 Zippo 200 at The Glen NBCSN 3:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, NY
Sat, Aug 15 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Mid-Ohio NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH
Fri, Aug 21 Food City 300 NBCSN 7:30 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN
Sat, Aug 29 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Road America NBCSN 3:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
Sat, Sep 5 VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 NBC 3:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Darlington Raceway, Darlington, .
Fri, Sep 11 The Virginia529 College Savings 250 NBCSN 7:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, VA
Sat, Sep 19 Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 NBCSN 6:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL
Sat, Sep 26 VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 NBCSN 8:00 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KY
Sat, Oct 3 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Dover NBCSN 3:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE
Fri, Oct 9 Drive for the Cure 300 NBCSN 8:00 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC
Sat, Oct 17 Kansas Lottery 300 NBCSN 4:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS
Sat, Nov 7 O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge NBC 3:30 p.m. PRN/SIRIUSXM
Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
Sat, Nov 14 NASCAR XFINITY Series at Phoenix NBCSN 4:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, AZ
Sat, Nov 21 Ford EcoBoost 300 NBC 2:45 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL
***
2015 NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES SCHEDULE
Date Race/Facility Network Race Start Radio
Fri, Feb 20 NextEra Energy Resources 250 FOX Sports 1 7:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL
Sat, Feb 28 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Atlanta FOX Sports 1 5:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA
Sat, Mar 28 Kroger 250 FOX Sports 1 2:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA
Fri, May 8 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Kansas FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, KS
Fri, May 15 NC Education Lottery 200 FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, NC
Fri, May 29 Lucas Oil 200 FOX Sports 1 5:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Dover International Speedway, Dover, DE
Fri, June 5 WinStar World Casino 400 FOX Sports 1 9:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
Sat, June 13 American Ethanol presents the Drivin for Linemen 200 FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, IL
Fri, June 19 American Ethanol 200 FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Iowa Speedway, Newton, IA
Thu, July 9 UNOH 225 FOX Sports 1 7:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, KY
Wed, July 22 1-800-CarCash Mud Summer Classic FOX Sports 1 9:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Eldora Speedway, Rossburg, OH
Sat, Aug 1 Pocono Mountains 150 FOX Sports 1 1:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Pocono Raceway, Pocono, PA
Sat, Aug 15 Careers for Veterans 200 FOX Sports 1 1:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation
Michigan International Raceway, Brooklyn, MI
Wed, Aug 19 UNOH 200 FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN
Sun, Aug 30 Chevrolet Silverado 250 FOX Sports 1 1:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Bowmanville, Ont., Canada
Fri, Sep 18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Chicagoland FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, IL
Sat, Sep 26 UNOH 175 FOX Sports 1 1:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Loudon, NH
Sat, Oct 3 Rhino Linings 350 FOX Sports 1 10:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV
Sat, Oct 24 fred’s 250 FOX 1:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL
Sat, Oct 31 Kroger 200 FOX Sports 1 1:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Martinsville Speedway, Martinsville, VA
Fri, Nov 6 WinStar World Casino 350 FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX
Fri, Nov 13 Lucas Oil 150 FOX Sports 1 8:30 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, AZ
Fri, Nov 20 Ford EcoBoost 200 FOX Sports 1 8:00 p.m. MRN/SIRIUSXM
Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL
*ALL INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE – ALL TIMES EASTERN

And with that, we’ll close the notebook.

Ken Fang

About Ken Fang

Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013. He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television. Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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