On this 4th of July holiday, let’s do some All-American sports media thoughts. They’re in bullet form as always.
- The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir gave us some food for thought in his latest column this week on the MLB rights negotiations. Richard raised the possibility of MLB awarding the entire broadcast contract to one network, having the company air all five jewels, the All-Star Game, Wild Card Playoffs, League Divisional Playoffs, League Championship Series and the World Series. However, that is highly unlikely. MLB has had one broadcaster in the past to air all of its showcases, NBC from 1965 through 1975 and CBS from 1990 to 1994.
In this current contract, ESPN and Fox share All-Star Game Week, TBS has the Wild Card Playoffs, TBS and MLB Network have the League Division Series, Fox and TBS split the League Championship Series and Fox carries the World Series.
With NBC extremely interested in getting back into baseball needing programming for NBC Sports Network, ESPN hoping to regain a piece of the postseason, TBS and Fox wanting to keep their present packages or even expand them (Fox does have plans to launch its own cable sports network) and MLB looking for more inventory for MLB Network, this negotiation looks to be a big battleground among the networks. Someone is going to leave the bargaining table very disappointed when all is said and done.
No matter what, Major League Baseball is bound to get very rich from the networks. As Sandomir reports, MLB currently receives $711 million per year from ESPN, Fox and TBS. Expect that to possibly reach or even surpass $1 billion when the dust settles.
- On Tuesday, Erin Andrews did what many ex-ESPN’ers do, make her first national appearance as an ex-ESPN’er on the Dan Patrick Show. While Erin didn’t trash her former employer, she did make some news by stating that she’ll be roaming the sidelines for NFL games in addition to hosting Fox’s college football studio and having a role on Fox’s MLB Postseason coverage.
Some have speculated that Erin might replace Pam Oliver on Fox’s NFL “A” team with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. That is not going to happen. Can you imagine what would happen to the Fox executive who had to tell Pam that she was booted from the NFL on Fox? Pam takes crap from no one and is willing to fight anyone at any time. That executive’s limbs would be ripped from his/her joints, so no, Pam Oliver is not going anywhere.
And let’s think about this realistically. Erin will host the College Football studio from Los Angeles. It would not be conducive to have Erin travel cross country especially when the Fox college football game will most likely end after 11:30 p.m. ET Saturday and then be on the sidelines for a potential 1 p.m. game on Sunday. Yes, she’ll work some NFL games, but if she does a back-to-back, it’ll be on the West Coast.
It will be nice to have Erin on the NFL.
- Is there any way for Fox Soccer Plus to sublicense some Australian Rules Football games to ESPN2? It doesn’t seem right not to have some Aussie Footy on basic cable.
- Some of you have asked and there is still no US TV for Canadian Football League games. The 2012 season started last week and the only US outlet was ESPN3 online. NFL Network had picked up CFL games in the past, but never went beyond the regular season and never aired the Grey Cup. Unless a cable network steps up, it appears the only way to see the CFL in the US is ESPN3. If anything changes, I’ll let you know.
Enjoy your 4th.
Ok, maybe you’re not jonesing for the linkage, but at least you can read them at your leisure. Sometimes I think way too long about the title of the post and this is the case today. Anyway, let’s get to the links.
Joel Schectman of the Wall Street Journal reports that NBC and Google are preparing for possible hacking or denial of service attacks of online Olympic streams next month.
Lindsay Rubino at Broadcasting & Cable writes that NBC with U.S. Olympic Trials coverage in Track & Field, Swimming and Gymnastics won primetime on Sunday.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says ESPN and ESPN2 are seeing huge ratings gains from Wimbledon.
Mike writes that NBC Sports Group has expanded its commitment to its Fight Night.
Anthony Crupi at Adweek says Fox Sports has sold out its ad inventory for the MLB All-Star Game.
Crupi says NBC scored with the U.S. Olympic Trials over the last week and a half.
Wayne Friedman of MediaPost says if Sunday is any indication, NBC should do really well with the Olympics later this month.
George Szalai of the Hollywood Reporter notes that BBC’s sports broadcasts of EURO 2012 and Wimbledon are leaving rival ITV in the ratings dust.
Nat Ives from Advertising Age notes that NBC and Sports Illustrated are teaming up for a monthly show.
Sam Marmudi of Marketwatch.com says NBC is getting ready for an Olympic takeover.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! writes that MLB’s antiquated blackout policy is hurting the sport.
Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com says the media could be allowed to see the college football playoff selection process.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans from the Tampa Bay Times writes that Erin Andrews is another example of ESPN losing another big name star.
Ed Sherman at The Sherman Report talks about why it’s important for Fox to have Erin Andrews make her debut next week at the MLB All-Star Game.
Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group says ESPN plans to change its production model of the X Games as it expands globally.
Darren Rovell bids farewell to CNBC.
At the ESPN PR Front Row blog, Mike Humes says the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest brings back memories for college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla.
Timothy Burke of Deadspin notes that Texas Rangers TV voice Dave Barnett who had a strange on-air moment last month, will be taking a medical leave for the rest of the season.
Andy Smith of the Providence Journal writes that almost a million people watched the America’s Cup World Series races on NBC over the weekend.
To Richard Sandomir of the New York Times, who looks at the on-going MLB TV rights negotiations. Some interesting news from Richard in the article.
Newsday’s Neil Best discusses MLB All-Star voting with Commissioner Bud Selig and Fox’s Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.
Bob’s Blitz has video of some of the WFAN gang with CBS Radio bigwigs ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange last week.
The Albany Times-Union’s Pete Dougherty says the PGA’s AT&T National on CBS set a six year ratings high.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record reports that NESN National is available to local Verizon Fios subscribers.
Ken says NBA TV is gearing up for Summer League games.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Bog has ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian predicting good things for the Nationals.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times reviews the weekend in sports television.
Shannon Owens of the Orlando Sentinel recaps Erin Andrews’ appearance on the Dan Patrick Show today.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle says Samantha Steele of the Longhorn Network could be the beneficiary of Erin Andrews’ departure from ESPN.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman talks about Dave Barnett’s decision to take a medical leave from calling the Texas Rangers.
Gregg Tunnicliff of the Flint (MI) Journal talks with a long-time racing commentator.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has MLB Commissioner Bud Selig not having a problem with the sudden surge of fan voting from the Bay Area for the All-Star Game.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune says the Pac-12 Network is set to launch in 40 million homes next month.
Michael Gehiken of the San Diego Union-Tribune says the eased NFL blackout rules probably won’t affect the Chargers this coming season.
Sports Media Watch has some ratings news on the U.S. Olympic Trials and Baseball Night in America.
SMW notes that Wimbledon as an all-cable event is performing on par with last year.
Jason Lisk at The Big Lead is happy to note that ESPN blowhard Skip Bayless is wrong about racial profiling American white players in the NBA Draft.
Matt Yoder has some thoughts on ESPN’s EURO 2012 coverage.
Joe Favorito wonders if brands can make their Olympic sponsorship gambles pay off despite not having a name athlete to cling to.
And we’ll wrap up with Dave Kohl at The Broadcast Booth who looks back at WFAN’s 25 years in operation.
And we’re done.
On Sunday when Fox Sports formally announced it had hired Erin Andrews from ESPN, your humble blogger was told that she would make her Fox debut on September 1 when primetime college football games premiere on the network.
— Dan Bell (@danpbell) July 1, 2012
However, Fox Sports will have Erin make her debut much sooner than that. During a media conference call to discuss the MLB All-Star Game, Fox Sports President Eric Shanks announced that she will be seen covering the American League dugout next Tuesday night when the network airs the Mid-Summer Classic live from Kansas City.
Before she signed her last contract with ESPN, Ms. Andrews covered baseball and was part of the Alleged Worldwide Leader’s team that called the MLB Home Run Derby during All-Star Game weekend.
We have that announcement plus highlights of that aforementioned conference call below. Check it out.
Erin Andrews & New and Improved Diamond Cam Make Debuts in Kansas City at 2012 MLB All-Star Game on FOX * Tuesday, July 10 – 7:30 PM ET
Transcribed Quotes from Today’s 2012 ASG ON FOX Preview Press Call Featuring Selig, McCarver, Buck, Goren & Shanks
MLB ALL-STAR GAME MARKS FOX SPORTS DEBUT FOR ERIN ANDREWS & NEW DIAMOND CAM – During FOX Sports’ MLB All-Star game preview call this afternoon, FOX Sports Media Group Co-President & Executive Producer Eric Shanks announced that newcomer, Erin Andrews, makes her FOX Sports debut during its exclusive presentation of MLB’s 83rd Mid-Summer classic on Tuesday, July 10 (7:30 PM ET). Andrews, one of sports television’s brightest stars, reports from the dugouts and helps tell the story of players and their journey to Kansas City. Additionally, FOX Sports’ coverage of the All-Star extravaganza includes an updated and much improved version of “Diamond Cam,” a miniature camera embedded into different areas of the field. The views offered include: looking up from home plate at the batter & catcher; looking up at the pitcher; view from field to first base. First introduced at the All-Star Game in 2004, these new cameras are high-definition, creating striking images with wireless, radio frequency transmission meaning that no trenching on the field is necessary. The camera and power-source, a long-life lithium ion battery, is set up below ground at the edge of the infield grass and all that appears above ground is a tiny, specially crafted prism no larger than grains of infield soil.
Seven-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Buck serves as the event’s host as well as play-by-play announcer calling the action alongside 2012 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award and analyst Tim McCarver. Buck & McCarver are joined by MLB on FOX insider Ken Rosenthal reporting from the field during the game with an MLB on FOX analyst and the aforementioned Andrews contributing from the dugouts. MLB Network broadcasters Matt Vasgersian, Harold Reynolds & Kevin Millar join analyst Eric Karros during the network’s pregame show from the field at Kauffman Stadium to set the scene for this special night in Kansas City. In addition to bringing fans live interviews and coverage of all the pageantry and celebration of baseball’s best, the special pregame show features a look back at the Negro Leagues through the eyes of some of its greatest living participants, MLB legends Hank Aaron, Willie Mays & Monte Irvin. The Hall of Famers reflect on the importance of the Negro Leagues in history and how they helped mold their Major League legacies. The first successful alliance, the Negro National League, was formed in Kansas City, MO in 1920.
SELIG, GOREN, SHANKS, BUCK & MCCARVER PREVIEW 2012 MIDSUMMER CLASSIC – MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, FOX Sports Vice Chairman Ed Goren, FOX Sports Co-President Eric Shanks, along with MLB on FOX’s Emmy Award-winning broadcast team of Joe Buck and Tim McCarver participated in a press call to preview coverage of Major League Baseball’s 83rd All-Star Game from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10 (7:30 PM ET).
Selig on how home field advantage has changed how the All-Star Game is played: “The fact is that years ago we ran into a period where there were a lot of players that tried to find excuses and didn’t want to play. We haven’t had any of that. There were some people who were critical of ‘this time it counts.’ It’s worked well and it worked well right from the beginning. You see players now that are happy to go. In fact, the only people unhappy now are some people who didn’t make it.”
Buck added: “It has had an impact on the way these guys manage games. They’re looking for specific matchups as opposed to just trying to get everybody in the game. It’s brought a competitive fire back to this game that for a while was lacking. It’s been a great change for this game that is by far the best of all the all-star games of the four major sports.”
McCarver on the story lines in the first half of the 2012 MLB season: “The infusion of young talent has been extraordinary. I am a huge fan of Giancarlo Stanton. I tell Joe about him about every other week and I follow him on a weekly basis. And of course everybody has to be excited about Bryce Harper who’s got a chance to be on the team. Mike Trout, I’ve never seen him play and I am really looking forward to that. That for me is going to really be one of the highlights of the All-Star Game.”
Buck on the challenges of broadcasting an All-Star Game: “There’s so much to talk about in this All-Star Game and that’s always the frustration when you do this game, because everybody’s got an individual story. We’ve got new cameras and we’re trying out new things and we’re promoting and talking about the second half. It’s a serious juggling act and we’ll try to get to as much of it as we can.”
Selig on MLB expanding use of social media in light of players being able to tweet after they leave the All-Star Game: “It’s after players are removed from the game. It’s another contact to our fans which is important to me. It’s a reason this sport is growing as much as it is. One thing I’ve learned in this job is never to say never. I like what we’re doing in the All-Star Game and I think this will contribute to our younger fans having the kind of contact they want to have with players. I’m very comfortable with where we are now.”
Goren added: “This is really an exciting step for the All-Star Game. It’s being handled properly by baseball. The player is out of the game and now here is an opportunity to reach out, through social media, to baseball fans. This is a fun experiment.”
HAMILTON SMASHES SINGLE-SEASON ALL-STAR BALLOTING RECORD AS ROSTERS ARE ANNOUNCED – As we approach the 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game, airing Tuesday, July 10 (7:30 PM ET) on FOX, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has set a new single-year mark for All-Star voting with an astonishing 11,073,744 ballots recorded to his name. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter prevailed in second place in the American League. Coming from behind in the final week of voting, San Francisco Giants’ catcher Buster Posey set a new National League single-season balloting mark to round off the top spot. Posey’s teammate Melky Cabrera followed him in a close second. In record-breaking fashion, this year’s voting entered the books with an overall 40.2 million votes registered; surpassing last year’s balloting by almost 8 million votes.
And that will do it.
Let’s bring out some Monday links today.
Starting with Michael Hiestand of USA Today, he talks with Fox’s Erin Andrews (weird to write that) about her decision to leave ESPN.
A.J. Perez of Fox Sports has Erin’s reaction to joining the network.
Jane Kellogg and Alex Ben Block of the Hollywood Reporter write about Erin Andrews leaving ESPN for Fox.
As for replacing Erin at ESPN, Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead seems to be in Samantha Steele’s corner.
Back to Hiestand at USA Today, he notes that the U.S. Olympic Trials scored for NBC this past weekend.
Michael says the CBS Sports golf crew did as best as they could in a difficult situation when heavy storms ravaged the Washington, DC area and affected the AT&T National PGA Tour stop.
John Ourand at Sports Business Daily talks with NBCUniversal’s CEO on how important the Olympics are important to the company.
Ryan Wilson at CBS Sports notes that the NFL has changed its blackout policy, reducing the requirements for local teams to ensure games will be seen in local markets.
Also at CBS Sports, Dennis Dodd writes that the Big 12′s TV contract has still yet to gain approval from the league’s presidents.
To Ed Sherman at The Sherman Report and he remembers the passing of Jack Buck ten years later.
Ed also looks at Erin Andrews leaving ESPN for Fox.
Scott Roxborough of the Hollywood Reporter notes that the EURO 2012 Final racked up the ratings in Europe.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News writes that Comcast SportsNet Chicago has entered the game show arena.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek says the broadcast networks are looking to sports and reality to attract viewers during the dead summer season.
Bill Cromwell of Media Life notes NBC’s plans for the London Olympics later this month.
Wayne Friedman of MediaPost writes that NBC is mostly sold for the Tour de France.
Kevin Iole at Yahoo’s Boxing Experts Blog writes about NBC Sports expanding its boxing portfolio.
Evan Weiner of Examiner.com says no matter how you look at it, the NFL is a monopoly.
Jason Dachman from Sports Video Group notes the amount of cameras ESPN is using at the X Games.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post goes after college athletics once again.
Ken Schott at the Schenectady Gazette says a local minor league hockey announcer is moving on.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times-Herald Record talks with some area sports radio personalities about WFAN’s 25th anniversary.
The Scranton (PA) Times-Tribune notes that an announcer with local ties will be part of NBC’s Olympic broadcast team.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes that Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic’s Chick Hernandez was hit by a Tiger Woods drive this weekend.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times still yearns for the faulty BCS.
Gary Brown of the Canton (OH) Repository notes that a Golf Channel crew was in town to do a story on a local golf pro.
At the Denver Post, Dusty Saunders says the U.S. Olympic Trials serve as an appetizer for the main course later this month.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has the sports calendar for this week.
In the Toronto Globe and Mail, Bruce Dowbiggin pays tribute to a colleague who’s retiring this month.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing looks at the free agent frenzy among the TV networks over the last year.
Timothy Burke at Deadspin has the video of gymnast Nastia Liukin doing a horrific faceplant off the uneven bars during last night’s US Gymnastic Olympic Trials.
Paul M. Banks at the Sports Bank says a popular Comcast SportsNet Chicago reporter picked up a lot of Twitter love when she joined the service a few days ago.
MediaRantz notes that WFAN’s Boomer and Carton could be nationally syndicated on CBS Sports Radio in January.
Joe Favorito talks about the growth of American soccer.
And those are all of the links I could squeeze out today.
Time for some quick sports media thoughts. As always, they come in bullet form.
- The free agent frenzy at ESPN is over. Overall, ESPN lost two out of three major free agents, Erin Andrews and Michelle Beadle while keeping Scott Van Pelt. Beadle and Van Pelt were not surprises, but Andrews’ departure can be classified as a mild one. The fact that Erin decided to leave and part ways after ESPN aggressively tried to keep her shows me that the network still valued her, however, Fox stepped up wupith a role she felt comfortable with.
As Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reported on Sunday, one of Erin’s goals was to work on the NFL, an opportunity that she was passed over at ESPN. She’ll now have that chance at Fox plus some postseason MLB work as well.
ESPN tome co-author James Andrew Miller tweeted that one could consider that both Erin and Micelle came out winners.
- Nice to see that NBC pulled tape delayed shenanigans for the U.S. Olympic Trials. The West Coast had to wait three hours to watch the gymnastics, swimming, and track & field trials over the last week. NBC will argue that the trials were available live across the country online, but that’s not good enough in this age.
- Great job by ESPN’s soccer unit on EURO 2012. Great coverage. World Cup 2014 in Rio is next.
- Starting today and going through Wednesday, ESPN and ESPN2 will have simultaneous coverage of Wimbledon with the Mothership focusing on Centre Court and the Deuce airing outer court action. It will be a tennis smorgasbord.
- Is there a more overblown event than The ESPY’s? Who votes on the awards? Does anyone think they make any sense?
- A couple of non-sports media thoughts: Ann Curry got screwed by NBC over the Today show and I like “The Newsroom” on HBO.
- Lastly, can we get Bonnie Bernstein a role on the Olympics? Or at least have her host a major network NFL studio show? Please?
Enjoy your Monday or least try to enjoy it.
This story has had a weird news cycle. About 5 p.m. ET Friday was when we learned through Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated that Fox Sports was a suitor for Erin Andrews. And around an hour and a half later, ESPN’s cadre of public relations people released statements that she was no longer employed at the Alleged Worldwide Leader. Late Friday is usually when companies try to bury news, but this was different.
Now approximately 48 hours later, Fox Sports has announced that Erin Andrews will become their employee. She’ll make her debut on September 1 on the new Fox Sports primetime college football pregame show at 7:30 p.m. ET in advance of Hawaii-USC. In addition to her college football hosting duties, Ms. Andrews will have a role in MLB on Fox and on the NFL on Fox packages. And expect to see her on the any Big Ticket sporting events like the World Series, Super Bowl and perhaps the World Cup when Fox begins its contract with FIFA in 2015.
We all know what Erin did for ESPN over the past few years, so no need to rehash it.
Here’s the Fox Sports press release.
Hosts New Prime Time College Football Pregame Show, Contributes to NFL and MLB on FOX Coverage & Other Marquee Events
New York & Los Angeles – College football on FOX just became must-watch TV this fall as the popular Erin Andrews, one of sports television’s brightest stars, rejoins the FOX Sports family. A versatile broadcaster whose talent bridges sports and entertainment, Andrews’ position includes hosting the new prime time college football pregame show, making significant contributions to the network’s NFL and MLB coverage, along with other marquee sports properties. The announcement of Andrews’ multi-year agreement was made today by Executive Producer, Co-President & COO, FOX Sports Media Group, Eric Shanks.
“Opportunities to add someone of Erin Andrews’ caliber don’t come along often and we’re thrilled to welcome her back to the FOX Sports family,” said Shanks. “Erin is one of the hardest-working, most-respected individuals in sports television and we expect her to have an immediate impact. In addition to having her anchor our new college football show and studio coverage, we expect her to be a big contributor to our MLB and NFL coverage as well as other major events.”
“To have the chance to not only host the primetime college football pregame show, but cover the NFL, MLB and various other incredible FOX Sports properties is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Andrews. “I couldn’t be more excited to get to work.”
FOX Sports’ new 30-minute college football pregame show, which originates live each week from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, leads into FOX Sports’ first-ever regular-season over-the-air college football package. The network’s coverage kicks-off on Saturday, Sept. 1 (7:30 PM ET) as Hawaii visits USC, live from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Andrews, one of the most-followed sports television personalities on Twitter with over 1.3 million followers, returns to FOX Sports after spending eight years at ESPN. Most recently, she hosted the first hour of ESPN’s College GameDay on ESPNU and was a features reporter for the full three-hour program, a role she held since the 2010 season. Andrews also served as a sideline reporter for college football and basketball games.
Prior to ESPN, Andrews worked for Turner Sports from 2002 to 2004 as a studio host and reporter. She covered college football (reporter) and the Atlanta Braves (studio host) for TBS and the Atlanta Thrashers (studio host) and Atlanta Hawks (reporter) for Turner Sports South. From 2001 to 2002, she worked for the Sunshine Network as a Tampa Bay Lightning reporter. She got her start as a sports reporter at FOX Sports Florida in 2000.
Andrews is also known for appearing on the 10th season of Dancing with the Stars. Andrews, who was partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, was one of three contestants to make it to the finals, where they placed third.
Andrews, a native of Lewiston, Maine, graduated from the University of Florida in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in telecommunications. She was a member of the Gators’ basketball dance team from 1997 to 2000.
In addition to broadcasting 13 consecutive weeks of regular-season action, including 12 prime time games and seven doubleheaders, FOX Sports boasts exclusive coverage of college football’s Pac-12 Conference Football Championship Game on Friday, Nov. 30 (8:00 PM ET) followed by the Big Ten Conference Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 1 (8:00 PM ET). FOX Sports wraps up its 2012-13 campaign with an exciting Big 12/SEC match-up in the Cotton Bowl Classic live from Cowboys Stadium on Friday, Jan. 4 (8:00 PM ET).
There you have it.
Usually late Friday afternoon/early evening is reserved for news that needs to be buried, but with some surprising breaking sports media news, it causes your humble blogger to write some rare Saturday sports media thoughts. On the sports media beat, one never knows when news can break and that is certainly the case here.
As usual, they come in bullet form.
- Kudos to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch who broke the story Friday that Fox Sports had emerged as a potential suitor for Erin Andrews’ services. Then shortly afterwards, ESPN’s Army of Public Relations personnel tweeted that Erin had indeed departed the network. And while it was speculated that Erin would stay at ESPN based on little to no offers from other networks, it seems that Fox Sports recently stepped to the plate and brought what she was looking for.
The co-author of “Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside The World of ESPN”, James Andrew Miller put out a series of tweets shortly after the news broke Friday and explained why ESPN chose not to pursue Andrews. According to Miller, talks between ESPN and Erin had broken down even before Fox had made overtures to her.
And Miller tweeted that ESPN’s offer for Andrews to stay was in essence the same duties that she had had since 2010, host of College GameDay’s first hour during football season and sideline reporter for Saturday Night Football and Primetime college basketball.
It was reported that Erin was interested in the Monday Night Football sideline reporter’s position, but she was passed over in favor of Lisa Salters. And ESPN had grown weary of Erin’s star status outside of the network. And the network doesn’t like its employees to grow bigger than the ESPN brand.
— James Andrew Miller (@ESPNBook) June 30, 2012
As far as Fox is concerned, if the reports are true that it’s in line to sign Erin, then it would be a big move. At this point in her career, she wants something other than roaming the sidelines. With Fox Sports airing Big 12/Pac-12 college football games in primetime this fall, I would think the network would look to her to host in the studio or from game sites.
Jim Miller says unlike ESPN, Fox would embrace Erin Andrews as a star and brand.
Fox would value @ErinAndrews as brand more than ESPN. Bristol didn’t place premium on DWTS, GMA gigs, mag photos,or her commercial success.
— James Andrew Miller (@ESPNBook) June 30, 2012
Is it a good move? I believe it is. She’ll get to branch out and possibly wean herself off the sidelines. And if Erin wants to be in entertainment, there are possibilities within the Fox family to do other things than sports.
- This week, NBC finally unveiled its list of announcers and hostsfor the 2012 Olympics in London Olympics. Many are holdovers from past Games like Dan Hicks, Rowdy Gaines, Tom Hammond, Ted Robinson, Tim Ryan, Andrew Catalon, etc. However, in this new era of Comcast ownership of NBCUniversal, there are plenty of new announcers for the Olympics. And talent has been tapped from the Comcast SportsNet regional affiliates.
For instance, Carolyn Manno (Sports Desk Anchor), Mike Gorman (Handball) and Donny Marshall (Basketball) come from CSN New England. Marshall Harris (Sports Desk Anchor) works at Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. Bob Fitzgerald (Basketball play-by-play) and Jim Kozimorare from Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for CSN. I would think we’ll see more Comcast SportsNet talent on future Olympics.
As for other announcers, no longer do we have people loaned from ESPN like Mike Breen who called basketball in 2000, 2004 and 2008. There’s less of a dependence on Turner Sports although Craig Sager returns to the basketball sidelines without his loud wardrobe.
Overall, I don’t have too many issues with the talent selection although I would have liked to have seen Mike Gorman who calls the Boston Celtics to be tapped for basketball.
- Sunday is WFAN’s 25th anniversary and this week, the station has been celebrating its influence as the nation’s first sports radio station. Back when it first launched on July 1, 1987, there were many skeptics. Media observers thought there was no way people could stand listening to sports 24/7. And in the first few months, WFAN’s future was quite shaky. Its first hosts including Greg Gumbel and Jim Lampley had national reputations. But WFAN found its voice by focusing on local sports, hiring talk show hosts with New York ties and realizing fans wanted to talk about their teams and athletes.
There were big moments like WFAN moving its frequency from 1050 to 660 AM where it could be heard clearly at night throughout the Eastern Seaboard. Plus, Don Imus staying on the 660 AM frequency from WNBC gave the station huge credibility. However, the biggest move for New York sports radio was the pairing of Mike Francesa and Chris Russo to form “Mike and the Mad Dog”. The two were Type “A” personalities who wanted to host shows solo, but after they realized fans liked their banter and arguments, the two remained together from 1989 until 2008 when Russo accepted an offer from SiriusXM Radio to create his own station. For 19 years, the two were the show to listen to. And while they had their arguments, there’s no doubting their chemistry. Whenever the two pair up as they did again on Friday for a way too short 20 minute segment, it was as if they had never split.
Once the sports radio format proved viable, other markets followed, Philadelphia, San Diego, Chicago and Boston. Sports radio is so successful that some markets now have as many as four or five stations.
But WFAN started it all and it remains influential. Its format for sports updates every 20 minutes has been copied all over the country. Other stations have multiple hosts for shows sometimes even using as many as three hosts for one program. And CBS and NBC now want to create national sports talk networks of their own.
Happy Anniversary to WFAN. May it last another 25 years.
And that will conclude the thoughts for today.
Here’s another thing that came out of left field. Erin Andrews, the former darling of ESPN is leaving and will most likely join Fox for its college football coverage.
Josh Krulewitz of ESPN public relations confirmed Erin’s departure just a few minutes ago.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reported this afternoon that Fox had entered the picture and was “heavily pursuing” Andrews.
Another ESPN spokesman, Mike Humes tweeted this statement:
Erin Andrews leaving ESPN. She did great work for us & we made aggressive offer to keep her. Wish her best on her next chapter
— Mike Humes (@MikeHumesESPN) June 29, 2012
More on the story as it develops.
And can you believe I’ve been able to do linkage for most of the week? Hasn’t been like that in a long while. Glad I’ve been able to get it done.
Time for your Friday megalinks. As usual, we provide the Weekend Viewing Picks which has plenty of MLB and U.S. Olympic Trials action.
Let’s go to the links.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand looks at ESPN extending its current deal with the Rose Bowl.
Michael looks at Erin Andrews’ departure from ESPN.
Sports Business Journal has a sampling of what some sports business and sports media figures addressed to the graduating Class of 2012 at the nation’s colleges and universities.
At the Sherman Report, Ed Sherman explores the strange dispute between the Arizona Diamondbacks and TV voice Daron Sutton.
Ed also notes some media bashing of Chris Berman a few months in advance of his Monday Night Football debut.
Stuart Kemp of the Hollywood Reporter writes that the BBC has launched a new Facebook app to allow UK users to watch the Olympics online.
John Eggerton from Broadcasting & Cable says the Supreme Court has let stand a lower court ruling throwing out the FCC fine against CBS for the infamous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show. Man, that was a long time ago.
Tim Baysinger of B&C says NASCAR Digital Media has hired five executives in advance of the sport’s takeover of its digital rights from Turner Sports next year.
Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group notes ESPN’s X Games production evolution.
The Nielsen Wire blog ponders the question of whether NBA Draft picks can do well in marketing products.
Deadline reports that ESPN’s ratings for the EURO 2012 semifinals this week are way up from EURO 2008.
One more week of writing, “CNBC’s Darren Rovell”. Today, CNBC’s Darren Rovell writes that with less than a month to go until the Olympics, a major ticket dispute has erupted.
Joe Favorito notes how Delta Airlines’ sponsorship of English Premier League team Chelsea shows that the company wants to go outside of the US to gain awareness.
Sports Media Watch has a look at some of NBC’s Olympic assignments for London.
The Big Lead notes that ESPN and Bill Simmons removed a potential offensive part of his NBA Draft diary that is way too long for anyone to read.
Ryan Yoder of Awful Announcing has the winners and losers from Thursday’s night’s NBA Draft coverage on ESPN.
East and Mid-Atlantic
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe writes about a documentary on an Olympic hopeful who is attempting to gain a spot on the US women’s gymnastics team.
Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette talks with the Voice of the Worcester Tornadoes minor league baseball team.
Jerry Barmash at Fishbowl NY talks with WFAN’s Mike Francesa on whether he’ll return to the station when his contract expires in two years.
Phil Mushnick in the New York Post is not happy about Chris Berman calling Monday Night Football.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette notes that local sports anchor Andrew Catalon gets another Olympics assignment.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union notes that the NBA Draft’s ratings on ESPN were down from the year before.
Pete looks at 25 years of WFAN.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record analyzes the NBC Olympic assignments.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call talks about the later start time for the NFL national Sunday afternoon game.
Keith has some fun facts about WFAN’s 25th anniversary.
Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com says Philadelphia Union voice JP Dellacamera will be calling Olympic soccer games for NBC.
DCRTV’s Dave Hughes in Press Box says the Baltimore Orioles’ ratings on MASN are up.
Dan Steinberg from the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog has the Nationals’ radio ratings.
Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner speaks with NBC’s Phil Liggett about the Tour de France which kicks off this weekend.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald culls media opinions regarding the Heat’s chances to repeat.
Jimmie E. Gates of the Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger says a lawsuit against ESPN over a 30 for 30 documentary can proceed in state court.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle says the Rockets are changing radio stations.
David writes the person who helped launch Houston’s original regional sports network will be part of the team that launches the city’s newest RSN.
Mel Bracht in The Oklahoman says a local sports radio network will be slightly affiliated with the new CBS Sports Radio.
More links later.
UPDATE, 9:20 p.m.: Time for more linkage.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob Wolfley says Fox has replaced Daron Sutton from this Saturday’s Arizona-Brewers game.
Robert Channick of the Chicago Tribune says WMAQ sports anchor Mike Adamle who’s been on leave from the station is expected to return soon.
Paul Christian in the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin goes over the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2012 series.
John Maffei of the North County Times talks with TBS’ Cal Ripken about the MLB All-Star Game.
Jim Carlisle in the Ventura County Star rails against the current format of the All-Star Game.
Jim reviews some of this week’s sports media news in his notebook.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times says the NFL has laid down guidelines for the league to return to the nation’s second biggest market.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News isn’t thrilled about NBC pulling tape delayed shenanigans for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Tom has more notes in his blog.
And we are finally done.
Time for some sports media thoughts. These have been percolating in my head all day Monday. It’s fine time to pour them out and have you peruse through them. As always, they’re in bullet form.
- Monday’s announcement from NFL Network regarding its new morning show could be a game changer for sports television. If “NFL AM” is successful, it could lead other sports networks to follow NFL Network’s lead. But if the show fails to catch on, then it will be back to the status quo with repeats of the previous night’s highlights program. With “NFL AM” set to launch on July 30 from 6-10 a.m. ET, one wonders if there will be enough content to fill the time, but as a director once told me when I was working at a Providence TV station, “Have no fear. We’ll find a way to fill the show. I’ve never had a half-hour of black,” meaning he never had to show a blank screen. That will have to be the philosophy of NFL Network for “NFL AM”. Plus with people going to work and school, not everyone will see the entire four hours.
If the show works, I can see other league-owned channels attempting similar ventures. MLB Network’s Quick Pitch airs on a loop on most days from 1 a.m. – noon ET. That’s too long. An MLB Network morning show could work as would a morning NBA program.
But before we get to the point of multiple live morning sports programs, “NFL AM” has to get off the ground successfully. By this time next year, we’ll have an idea whether NFL Network’s “NFL AM” is a success or a failure.
- When I began this site five years ago, Erin Andrews was the darling of the sports blogosphere. Any picture or even a slight mention of her would increase a site’s traffic. There was a reason why she was nicknamed “Erin Pageviews”. Before she re-signed with ESPN in 2010, Erin seemed to be in demand. Her star never shone brighter and it appeared that she could have the pick of any job.
Now cut to 2012 and it appears Erin is no longer the darling of sports bloggers. Others like Michelle Beadle, Jenn Brown, Charissa Thompson and Molly Qerim et.al. have become favorites as well. This isn’t to say that the Internet is ignoring her, TMZ still pays attention even speculating that she had a boob job. And she was referenced twice in the premiere of the new HBO series, “The Newsroom”.
Deadspin which once championed her (and was the first to link to the infamous hotel room video in 2009) came out with an article this month pointing out that Ms. Andrews seemingly has no place to go other than ESPN.
Deadspin reported that Erin is no longer working for Good Morning America and she’s removed the reference to GMA from her Twitter bio.
Does this necessarily mean that Erin has no other place to go than ESPN? If you believe the speculation from Deadspin and The Big Lead, the answer is yes. But does it mean that she hasn’t had any other offers or couldn’t get work if she decided to walk away from Bristol, CT?
She can still attract viewers and page views. The NHL thought Erin had enough star power to invite her to its annual awards show last week and present two trophies. Could a league-owned channel like NHL Network find room for Erin? I’m sure it could if the opportunity was presented. But we have not heard of any offers asides from her present employer.
Overall, I still think Erin can move the meter on the Internet and she’ll continue to so for a while. Just for how long she’ll be at ESPN is anyone’s guess.
- Without any EURO 2012 action until Wednesday’s semifinal game between Spain and Portugal, I went into soccer withdrawals. International soccer is a sport that ESPN continues to excel. Understated coverage with Bob Ley heading the studio and Ian Darke the main play-by-play man, I can easily say this is a Golden Age for soccer on American television. Couple this with having Martin Tyler calling English Premier League games on Fox Soccer and fans have been hearing some of the best announcing of the sport.
Granted, we get hiccups like Fox’s silly dumbing down of the Champions League Final last year, but overall, the coverage on ESPN, Fox Soccer and Gol TV has been good.
With ESPN having just the FIFA World Cup in Brazil left to broadcast, it is setting the bar very high. Fox will have a long ways to go to match ESPN’s coverage and while this year’s Champions League Final was an improvement over 2010, the network will have a big hill to climb to equal or surpass the Alleged Worldwide Leader on soccer.
- Count me as one who loved the premiere of “The Newsroom” on Sunday. I enjoyed Jeff Daniels as the erascible anchor Will McAvoy and Emily Mortimer as his idealistic Executive Producer MacKenzie McHale. Yes, in typical Aaron Sorkin fashion, some of the dialogue was overwritten, but I enjoyed the show and I hope it has a long life on HBO. As long as Sorkin doesn’t go overboard on preaching, I think the show will do just fine.
I went longer than I expected on the thoughts. That’s to your benefit.
After an outage that ruined things from Sunday through Tuesday and being busy yesterday, my goal to have links every day this week has gone out the window. However, I can get a few links out to you today.
Let’s get to them.
Starting with Ed Sherman from the Sherman Report who talks with ESPN resident Prince of Darkness Vince Doria who not only hates Twitter, but is concerned that the social media site could bring “diminished standards.” No, hiring Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith brings “diminished standards.”
Ed feels ESPN’s hiring of Darren Rovell away from CNBC is a good move for all sides.
Christopher Botta and John Ourand from Sports Business Journal write that despite having ratings downturns for the NHL Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final, NBC and its sponsors are happy with the results.
Christopher notes that a budding Northwest US MLS rivalry is bringing excellent sponsor activation in the region.
At the Bleacher Report, Dan Levy asks ESPN to respond to the heavy viewer criticism brought forth to the network every time Chris Berman does the U.S. Open.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News says the ESPN Family is doing well with EURO 2012.
Peter Kafka at All Things Digital writes that the on-again/off-again Turner purchase of the Bleacher Report seems to be on again. I promise my friends over at Bleacher Report that I won’t publish the Tsunami screengrab like Deadspin does.
Speaking of Deadspin, John Koblin tells us that CNBC’s Darren Rovell, will be getting $500,000 from Disney to work at ESPN and ABC News.
The Big Lead notes that Jalen Rose will be heading to the basketball version of ESPN’s College Gameday.
Simon Dumenico of Advertising Age notes the high amount of Tweets devoted to Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Media Life Magazine notes NBC’s ratings for last weekend’s US Open.
Evan Weiner at Examiner.com says while Roger Clemens was acquitted by a jury of his peers, he still has to get by the Hall of Fame jury known as the Baseball Writers of America.
Lance Venta at Radio Insight reports that with CBS Radio starting a new sports network, ESPN Radio will lose two affiliates in Florida.
To espnW where Amanda Rykoff went to an event which honored women in sports business including Kim Williams, the Chief Operating Officer of NFL Network.
Matt Rudnitsky at SportsGrid says today is D-Day for many Sports Illustrated employees. Godspeed to them.
Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group looks at how TNT tries to expand the fan experience during its six NASCAR Sprint Cup productions.
Jerry Barmash of FishbowlNY talks with MSG Network’s Walt “Clyde” Frazier about his popularity among Knicks fans.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says SNY’s Gary Cohen will be taking two rare days off this week.
Ken says WFAN will be airing Team USA Olympic basketball games.
And Ken talks about the launch of CBS Sports Radio.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call says the Philadelphia Phillies’ troubles have become fodder for the local talk shows.
David Barron at the Houston Chronicle notes that the city is about to get its 5th sports radio station thanks to the new CBS Sports Radio.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman says Game 4 of the NBA Finals set another local ratings record.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that the Reds’ ratings are up and they’re being noticed by Fox Sports.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Brewers analyst Bill Schroeder will work Saturday’s game against the White Sox for a different audience.
Paul M. Banks of Chicago Sports Media Watch says Sun-Times columnist Richard Roeper guest tweeted on the White Sox official account this week.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily has begun a list of the top sports media voices of the landmark Title IX that gave women the opportunity to play sports. His first honoree is sports broadcasting pioneer Donna de Varona. Next is Mary Carillo. She’s followed by Ann Ligouri. Pam Ward is next. Basketball Hall of Famer Ann Meyers Drysdale follows. Read about Jeannine Edwards. Then look at the bio of Christine Brennan. Then there’s Michele Tafoya. Then Jamie Little. Next is Suzy Kolber. And she’s followed by Sally Jenkins. Great stuff by Tom.
Bruce Dowbiggin from the Toronto Globe and Mail reports that the NHL doesn’t want Maple Leafs rightsholders Rogers and Bell to form a consortium to bid for CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and they’ve been told to provide separate bids.
Michael Hill from Dolce Vita magazine profiles CTV Olympic host Brian Williams (not to be confused with NBC’s Brian Williams) about the many Games he has hosted over the years for either CBC or CTV.
Sports Media Watch speculates that NBC could be moving its NHL Game of the Week to Saturday afternoons for the 2012-13 season.
Tony Manfred at the Business Insider Sports Page has a slideshow on ESPN’s Erin Andrews who remains a free agent at this time.
Joe Favorito looks at the NBA possibly shutting the door on its players participating in the Olympics.
And that will do it for us today for the links.
Ok, linkage has been really scarce over the last month and a half and I apologize for that. My schedules have been quite busy and it’s been tough to sit down for the time it takes to gather the links. I hope that changes over the next month or so.
I have some National links for you right now. I’ll follow up with more stuff later.
Here are the Weekend Viewing Picks for you.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch speaks with the people at the Poynter Institute who are the ESPN Ombudsman.
Nate Davis at USA Today’s The Huddle has the Miami Dolphins not so enthusiastic about being on Hard Knocks this season.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today talks with ESPN’s Sean McDonough who will undergo brain surgery later this year.
Ira Boudwell of Bloomberg Businessweek says ESPN is getting out of the high school sports business saying it’s not broad enough.
Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski says this week’s blowout between David Stern and Jim Rome proves that the NBA Commissioner needs to go.
John Ourand of Sports Business Daily says Fox Sports San Diego is launching an ad campaign against Time Warner Cable which has still not picked up the regional sports network.
Good Morning America’s and former ESPN SportsCenter host Robin Roberts says she will beat the rare blood disorder that will require a bone marrow transplant.
Michael O’Connell of the Hollywood Reporter notes that the NBA Finals are pacing ABC to good ratings this week.
At Broadcasting & Cable, Tim Baysinger writes that this week’s Dream Team documentary gave NBA TV its best viewership ever.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News says GolTV scored with this week’s soccer international friendly match between Brazil and Argentina.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life reports that NBC will debut two new sitcoms right smack dab in the middle of the Olympics.
Ed Sherman at the Sherman Report looks at the geriatric broadcasting team calling the NBA Finals for ESPN Radio.
Glenn Davis at SportsGrid notes that even after the winning the Stanley Cup this week, the Los Angeles Kings still aren’t getting respect from the local media.
Former Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio returns to his former stomping grounds to do a massive takedown of Jay “The Rat” Mariotti.
Also from Deadspin, John Koblin writes that there doesn’t seem to be a clamoring for Erin Andrews beyond ESPN.
Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group says NBA TV and NBA Entertainment are appealing to the hardcore basketball fan for their Finals coverage.
Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead says Sports Illustrated could be laying off part of its staff.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing has tweets from people who hated Chris Berman on the U.S. Open yesterday.
Sports Media Watch notes that this year’s Stanley Cup Final did not resonate with viewers.
SMW also has some various ratings news and notes.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell writes that Brooklyn Nets gear is selling very well.
MediaRantz tells us that Sean Salisbury will be getting a new internet radio gig.
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Time for more linkage here.
East and Mid-Atlantic
Chad Finn of the Boston Globe reports that May was a very good month for sports radio station WEEI as it finished ahead of 98.5 The Sports Hub.
At SB Nation, Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch writes about golfer David Duval taking a turn in the broadcast tower at the U.S. Open.
Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette discusses Johnny Miller holding court for NBC at the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco this week.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks with ESPN college baseball analyst Kyle Petersen who will be introducing many Long Islanders to the College World Series today.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post goes after the Yankees for pricing out fans from the “Beautiful People” seats at Yankee Stadium.
Jerry Barmash at Fishbowl NY notes that SNY will unveil the all-time Mets team at a gala event on Sunday.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says the US Women’s National Soccer Team will be on TV and the web this weekend.
Ken says local Time Warner Cable subscribers will have access to the new Pac-12 Networks this summer.
Ken Schott at the Schenectady Gazette says NBC Sports Group has announced the 2012 Summer at Saratoga schedule.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union talks with Jim Rome who marks his 16th year in New York’s Capital Region.
Pete says one of harness racing’s famous races changes networks this year.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call profiles a local cable TV sports reporter who is filling a double role this summer.
Keith has more on her in his blog.
Barry Jackson from the Miami Herald has some NBA Finals Game 2 postgame reaction as well as Jon Barry saying he’s not a Miami Heat Hater.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says Fox Sports Houston was well-prepared and staffed for Wednesday’s perfect game thrown against the Astros by Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants.
Mel Bracht at The Oklahoman writes that ESPN on ABC was all over the non-foul call against the Thunder’s Kevin Durant during Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
The Oklahoman rounds up what sports reporters are saying on Twitter about the NBA Finals.
John Kiesewetter at the Cincinnati Enquirer says an all-star high school football game will be shown locally this weekend.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that ESPN is dropping its high school sports operation.
Bob criticizes Jim Rome for his questioning of NBA Communist China Sympathizer David Stern.
Paul M. Banks at Chicago Sports Media Watch says Cubs announcers Len Kasper and Bob Brenly were silent when comedian Jeff Garlin brought up trading Alfonso Soriano.
Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin notes the rare occurrence of the U.S. Open and the NBA Finals going head-to-head on TV this Father’s Day.
Dan Caesar from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that viewers of Fox Sports Midwest may need a scorecard to tell who’s in the Cardinals TV booth over the next few days.
Dan notes that next week will mark a decade since the passing of Jack Buck and Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile.
Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman says this fall’s Boise State-Southern Mississippi game will get the Fox treatment.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune says Utahans are nervous about getting the Pac-12 Networkcomparing it to their experience with the ill-fated the mtn.
John Maffei of the North County Times writes that Fox Sports San Diego has set its sights squarely on Time Warner Cable.
Jim Carlisle at the Ventura County Star says ESPN’s NBA Countdown show seems to work fine without a host.
Jim talks with NBC’s Johnny Miller about the U.S. Open.
Jim has his weekend viewing picks.
Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times says Game 2 of the NBA Finals drew a good overnight number for ABC.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News talks with former Kings voices about the Stanley Cup victory.
Tom has some more in his blog.
The Toronto Globe and Mail’s Bruce Dowbiggin blames both Jim Rome and David Stern for their ugly exchange this week.
The Toronto Sports Media Blog says the NBA and NHL Commissioners are taking it on their chins this week.
And that’s going to do it.
We continue with the guest columns. This one comes from reader Corneilus Green. Three columns in one for you.
Sports Broadcasting Talent Moves
The summer is definitely heating up with the speculation of who is staying or who is going to new networks.
Michelle Beadle is the most high profile talent to leave ESPN (which was mostly expected) and she gets to do more at NBC. It was definitely a shocker that Michelle Bonner left ESPN and the same for Dana Jacobson.
Scott Van Pelt whom I would have preferred leave for NBC/Comcast, remained at ESPN which is good for him, however, his radio partner, Ryen Russillo is near the end of this contract and who knows where he might go.
Doug Gottlieb, whose contract is up in September, could have a contract offer from CBS Sports according to SportsbyBrooks. Whatever CBS offers to Gottlieb has to be astronomical for him to leave the Worldwide Leader, though I think he should go if the opportunity was presented.
I feel Erin Andrews will stay at ESPN. Her stock has fallen since a few years ago and thus does not have value to another network should she still want to cover sports.
The lowest profile re-signing was John Buccigross. Buccigross stayed at ESPN mainly because he would the #1 voice for NCAA Frozen Four replacing Gary Thorne. Buccigross is one of the few at ESPN along with Linda Cohn and Steve Levy who trumpet hockey, which is amazing because as we know, it gives little to no coverage to the sport.
Had Buccigross not stayed with ESPN, it was expected that NHL Network would have offered him the chance to be its main anchor and be the face of the network. It will be interesting to see where all the sports talent lands.
NBA TV and MLB Network should utilize field reporters who can report from the various team’s headquarters instead relying on the insiders and the writers on the dot-com side.
I will be watching to see who the Pac-12 Network hires in addition to Summer Sanders, Ronnie Lott, and Rick Neuheisel. I would like for the Pac-12 Network to hire Tom Ramsey. I miss hearing him call college football. I fully expect Fox to elevate Craig Bolerjack, Joel Klatt, and Petros Papadakis as the main team for college football on FX, also make Gus Johnson its main voice for the Pac-12 on Fox and move Steve Physioc to part-time on Pac-12 football and become the main voice for college basketball for the Big Ten Network.
Fox should replace Kevin Frazier with Fran Charles on as college football studio host and also add another analyst to Marcus Allen.
Never has there been more interest in sports media and who’s staying or who’s going. This year has unofficially been the year of the media rights deals and sports talent moves. Do not expect that to change during the summer.
An SEC Network could become reality in 2014. The SEC has called this Project X. It’s one of a number of things that has come up during the renegotiation the conference’s media rights deals with CBS and ESPN. With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M to the SEC, it opened the league to an increase of its media rights fees.
An SEC Network was close to starting in 2009 but ESPN threw a boatload of money at the conference not to start one. It appears that the SEC added two schools just for the sake of addition. The conference was already recruiting Texas and Missouri which wanted more money though they should have gone to the Big Ten had an offer been extended to both, but they were wishy-washy while Nebraska was jumping to the Big Ten without any hesitation. Texas A&M kicked and screamed its way to the SEC, but I’ll save that for another day.
The SEC is close to agreeing to an increase its TV rights fees, but the holdup has been CBS. The Tiffany Network has balked at paying more because its game inventory will not change. CBS is justified in balking. Mizzou and Texas A&M do not have the same attraction as Nebraska.
ESPN, which has been trying to establish a monopoly on televised college athletics, will most likely try to buy CBS’ slate of SEC games if CBS does not change its stance. CBS should hold out to the very end and get more doubleheaders and more night games to justify paying more for SEC games.
It’s being speculated that ESPN will partner with the SEC to establish an SEC Network. This would be likely picked up within a year on all the cable, digital cable, and satellite companies in the conference’s footprint because of the league’s popularity. The SEC has a bigger footprint than all of the conferences and the most rabid fan bases.
An SEC Network would most likely be modeled after the Big Ten Network. Many observers thought the SEC should have started its own network instead of allowing ESPN to talk them out of it by dangling more money. This makes Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany look a lot smarter than SEC head honcho Mike Slive in that perspective.
If the conference agrees to establish a TV network, this would put more cash in the SEC membership’s coffers, surpassing the Big Ten in revenue. The conference has enjoyed six consecutive years of a school wining the BCS National Championship Game.
It’s high time the SEC gets its own network. In my opinion, NBC/Comcast would be a better equity partner for the league in establishing an SEC Network than ESPN.
The Pac-12 Network was the crown jewel when it came to the historic media rights deal between the conference and ESPN/Fox. Even more historic was the creation of seven networks, the main Pac-12 Network and seven regional channels.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has proved himself to be a power broker in college athletics and he has grown the conference into a financial power. In addition, his experience in negotiating TV contracts brought four digital cable companies as partners to carry the networks when he announced their formation.
While this all sounds good in theory, the hard part will be trying to convince all of the cable and satellite companies to carry all seven networks. Most likely all will carry the main Pac-12 network, but not the other six. Thus, the challenge of starting a sports channel and ensuring most of the country can watch it.
The Mtn. went dark on May 31 because it could not get distribution beyond DirecTV and various smaller cable providers in the West. Longhorn Network is having difficulty gaining carriage in Texas.
Time Warner Cable will have a tough time convincing cable and satellite companies to pick up its two new regional networks it is starting with the Los Angeles Lakers. As reported by John Ourand from the Sports Business Journal, Time Warner is charging companies $3.95/subscriber fee. That’s insane.
DirecTV President and CEO Mike White said that the satellite provider will not carry the Longhorn Network. Another statement could potentially spell bad news for the Pac-12 Network. White said DirecTV will most likely not carry all seven Pac-12 Networks. If you’re Larry Scott, you should be concerned. It appears DirecTV will only carry the main network and not the regional channels. Dish Network and AT&T U-Verse are probably thinking the same thing.
While Larry Scott’s thinking was out of the box, it could be a bad move for now. The Big Ten Network has been largely successful, but it was just one network. The Pac-12 Networks will have major challenges in gaining carriage. As a U-verse customer, I would like to be able to watch all of the networks from their inception. The question is: Can the Pac-12 convince every digital and satellite company to carry all seven networks? Good luck, Larry Scott.
Corneilus Green resides in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Currently unemployed, but Corneilus is a sports enthusiast who once had a dream of being a sports broadcaster and commentator. He still might do it.
Thanks to Corneilus for the column. More guest columns will published throughout the week.
I’ve accumulated a lot of links. They’re slowing down my browser so let’s clear them so I can let my computer get back some memory. Lots of stuff going on.
Let’s start with ESPN stuff as it dominated the news today with its network upfront presentation to advertisers and also confirmed personnel moves.
First, Sports Media Watch talks about Scott Van Pelt reupping with ESPN.
The ESPN Front Row blog has a Q&A podcast with Van Pelt in which he explains why he decided to remain with the Bristolians.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today recaps today’s ESPN upfront presentation in New York.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today notes that with Michelle Beadle leaving ESPN, the network is now focusing on keeping Erin Andrews in the fold.
The Hollywood Reporter goes over some ESPN upfront news including its plans to bring back the 30 for 30 documentary series.
Stuart Levin from Variety also has a story on the new set of 30 for 30 docs.
Jeannie Poggi of Advertising Age also reviews ESPN’s upfronts.
Alex Weprin from TVNewser says ESPN and ABC News will co-produce an interview series to be fronted by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts.
Mike Shields from Adweek says ESPN.com will now partner to sell ads.
Chad Scott at ChuckOliver.net explains how third tier media rights work in college sports.
Andy Fixmer and Alex Sherman at Bloomberg report on how ESPN may expand its WatchESPN app to Apple TV platforms.
Andy Fixmer of Bloomberg says CBS is ready to take the coveted 18-49 ratings title from perennial winner Fox with the airing of Super Bowl XLVII next season.
The great SportsbyBrooks tweets that Erik Kuselias’ move to NBC Sports Network from Golf Channel’s Morning Drive is being considered a demotion by network higher-ups. I had a feeling this was the case. Do you consider this tweet inane, Mike Francesa?
Ed Sherman from The Sherman Report enjoyed watching Survival Sunday on the Fox Sports platforms, but wondered why the most important English Premier League game was on another network.
Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing has four different calls of the same moment when Manchester City won the EPL title on Sunday.
John Ourand from Sports Business Journal writes about a now-defunct Twitter account that got under the skin of several sports network executives.
Earlier today, WFAN’s Mike Francesa
If you want to see Mike’s veins popping out during this rant, you can see it here on the YES Network website.
And while Francesa seemingly hates Twitter, Media Rantz points out that Francesa has an app where he does something similar to Twitter.
Bruce Jenkins from Sports Illustrated says Tennis Channel failed to serve the WTA Tour’s Madrid Open like it did with the ATP’s side of the same tournament.
Phil Allaway at Front Stretch looks at ESPN’s coverage of this past weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Race.
BBC Sport has announced it will have 24 live HD streams dedicated to the Olympics this summer.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says NBCUniversal has set the Olympics programming lineup for Bravo, CNBC and MSNBC.
John Eggerton at Multichannel News notes that a Federal Appeals Court has upheld an FCC ruling that Time Warner Cable did not discriminate against MASN when it refused to put the regional sports network on its North Carolina systems.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says the college conference realignment game won’t be settled for at least another decade.
NESN goes behind the scenes with Jenny Dell and the network’s production team on what goes on during a typical Red Sox gameday.
Rich Elliot of the Connecticut Post has SNY’s president talking about the regional sports network’s plans to air UConn Women’s basketball next season.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks with NBC Sports’ Mike Emrick about calling his old team, the New Jersey Devils in the NHL Eastern Conference Final.
In the New York Times, Jay Schreiber talks about the last time the Devils and the New York Rangers met in the Eastern Conference Final and how he had to monitor the series without smartphones back then.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports on ESPN’s plans to bring back 30 for 30.
Jerry Barmash from Fishbowl NY writes that MSG Network will provide of wraparound coverage of the NHL Eastern Conference Final.
Ken Schott at the Schenectady Gazette says YES Network will air a Yankeeography on David Wells this week.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record notes that MSG Network will begin airing the WNBA’s New York Liberty starting this weekend.
Bob Fernandez of the Philadelphia Inquirer says two local global conglomerates including Comcast expect to make some big money from the London Olympics.
Jonathan Tannenwald of Philly.com Sports goes behind-the-scenes with ESPN’s MLS production.
Jeff Barker from the Baltimore Sun says the Orioles and the Washington Nationals are waiting word from MLB on a decision on how much MASN should pay the Nats.
Over to Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog who writes that Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic is making a change in its DC NFL team beat reporter.
Dan talks about former Post columnist Howard Bryant ranting against Washington Nationals ownership.
Mike Finger at the Houston Chronicle says the Longhorn Network may offer more Texas football games in another attempt to get carriage from state cable providers.
Mel Bracht in The Oklahoman writes that the Oklahoma City Thunder on TNT set another local ratings record.
In Chicago Sports Media Watch, Paul M. Banks goes over some hate mail.
Scott D. Pierce at the Salt Lake Tribune writes that Utahans should be able to see the Running Utes thanks to wider distribution of the Pac-12 Networks than the soon-to-be defunct the mtn.
Tuesday night, KNBC-TV did a story on the busy postseason in Los Angeles, but aired the wrong graphic for the Kings and showed the Sacramento Kings instead of the LA Kings. C’mon, man!
Martin Miller of the Los Angeles Times says ESPN upfront presentation showed the network was ready for some football.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media is telling everyone that a New York Rangers-Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Final might not mean boffo ratings as some NHL observers are saying.
Jay Koot of Busted Coverage is disgusted by Erik Kuselias’ engagement to Morning Drive news reader Holly Sonders.
And that’s where we’ll end the links tonight.
I have accumulated a lot of links today, but unfortunately, I won’t be able to get to them right now. I’ll save them for Tuesday, but I can get to a couple of sports media personnel moves. Lots of stuff to get to. This will be done in bullet form.
- It was broken earlier tonight by Jim Miller, the co-author of “Those Guys Have All The Fun: Inside the World of ESPN“:
Staying. @notthefakeSVP has just finished telling colleagues he has renewed his deal with ESPN.
— James Andrew Miller (@ESPNBook) May 14, 2012
And it was later confirmed by Scott Van Pelt himself:
Appreciate the interest and support here.Feel very fortunate to have gone through process but glad it’s over. Ultimately, ESPN is my home
— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) May 15, 2012
It’s a good move. SVP had a couple of suitors, NBC and Fox, but chose to stay where he’s most comfortable. Van Pelt has his radio show which he has enjoyed doing plus the early SportsCenters. While he could have left to go to NBC and return to his old stomping grounds of Golf Channel, ESPN is the best place for him. I told you throughout that I thought he would stay in Bristol and he did.
- Speaking of Golf Channel, the co-host of Morning Drive, Erik Kuselias is leaving the show and heading up the East Coast to become a host of NBC SportsTalk on sister network, NBC Sports Network. Stephanie Wei of the Wei Under Par golf blog had the story and some interesting gossip that I was not aware of. I’m not enamored with this move as I’m not enamored with Kuselias. He comes off as smug and pompous and I’m sure he’ll come off as smug and pompous on NBC Sports Talk. I’m not sure what anyone sees in him as he’s worked at ESPN on both radio and television, then moved to Golf Channel to launch its morning show with Gary Williams and Holly Sonders.
Kuselias was one of the subjects of A.J. Daulerio’s Scorched Earth Policy on ESPN in 2009 after he felt the network deliberately misled Deadspin on a couple of stories.
Anyway, it seems Kuselias will move back up north and make guest appearances on NBC Sports Talk. I don’t think NBC will use Kuselias to replace regular host Russ Thaler. At least I hope not.
- A couple of other ESPN notes, Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated reports that SportsCenter anchor and celebrated puckhead John Buccigross has reupped with ESPN:
Source tells me @Buccigross has also re-upped with ESPN. No doubt he’ll be fighting the good fight for NHL love at the Empire.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 15, 2012
I’ve followed Buccigross since he was in Providence and felt he was very solid. He remains so to this day and along with Linda Cohn, continues to hold the torch for hockey at ESPN. Here’s hoping he’ll be back hosting the sport one day.
Richard also reported yesterday that Michelle Bonner is leaving.
Longtime ESPNNews/SportsCenter anchor Michelle Bonner and ESPN have parted ways. Another work-a-day, no-shtick anchor. Wish her well.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 13, 2012
I liked Michelle. Too bad about her departure.
- Now that ESPN has decisions on Dana Jacobsen, Michelle Beadle and Scott Van Pelt, the network can now focus on its last major free agent, Erin Andrews. Look for her to remain with the network and keep her hosting position on College GameDay during college football season.
That is it for tonight.
I’m going to be away from a computer for most of the day so I’ll provide a few links for you now. If I can, I’ll provide more later when I’m back.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today writes that Floyd Mayweather vs. Larry Merchant II did not materialize after Saturday’s Mayweather-Cotto fight on pay per view.
Mike says TNT is denying that Charles Barkley used a gay slur during its NBA pregame show on Sunday.
Ed Sherman at the Sherman Report notes that Phil Mushnick’s Sunday column was not A) posted on the New York Post’s main sports webpage, and B) did not reference the brouhaha over his Friday piece.
Sophie A. Schillaci of the Hollywood Reporter talks about Hollywood’s love affair with hockey.
Jon Lafayette of Broadcasting & Cable says CBS is receiving increased ad revenues for its SEC college football package due to a price increase.
R. Thomas Umstead writes that a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquaio pay per view fight could reap millions of dollars for both fighters when it finally becomes reality.
Noreen O’Leary of Adweek says a new Olympic ad is causing a firestorm in the UK for renewing old wounds from the 1982 Falklands War between the UK and Argentina.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing notes that ESPN’s Karl Ravech got his DC monuments mixed up during last night’s edition of Baseball Tonight.
Do you want to see ESPN Erin Andrews in her Kentucky Derby hat from Saturday? I think you do. It’s at The Big Lead.
Phil Mushnick at the New York Post still doesn’t address his controversial Friday column today, but has time to criticize SNY for one of its graphics.
Jerry Barmash of Fishbowl NY says Mushie is still feeling the heat today.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times pays tribute to former CBS and ABC wordsmith Jack Whitaker who received a Lifetime Achievement Sports Emmy Award last week.
To David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun who reports that WJZ-TV actually cut away from yesterday’s marathon Red Sox-Orioles game in favor of 60 Minutes and a feature on local Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.
John-John Williams IV of the Sun says O’s fans took to Twitter to express their anger at the move. The game was also shown on MASN in the local area, however, there are still parts of Baltimore that are still not wired for cable so you can imagine the anger.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times enjoyed NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby.
However, Sports Media Watch says the overnight ratings for the Derby dropped 7% from last year and hit a six year low.
Paul M. Banks at Chicago Sports Media Watch can’t believe White Sox TV voice Hawk Harrelson remained silent for over a minute apparently despondent over a loss on Friday.
Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post feels ESPN’s Doris Burke gets the job done on NBA games.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has the sports calendar for this week.
Bruce Dowbiggin from the Toronto Globe and Mail says CBC’s Bob Cole remains a polarizing figure among hockey fans.
Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star writes that the sale of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment to Canadian media giants Rogers and Bell is a home run.
And that’s it for now. I’ll try to do more when I return.
Let’s do some megalinks on this Friday. My apologies for the lack of posts yesterday. The site was swamped with people linking to my post on How to Avoid Paying the $3.99 Fee For March Madness Live and it was down for most of the day. We seem to be ok today, although the site was down for a short stretch in the morning. But we’re back up now and time for some megalinks on this Friday.
The Weekend Viewing Picks are up and running. Lots of sports as the winter NCAA Championships including the basketball tournaments are underway.
Let’s get to your links.
Michael Hiestand from USA Today praises CBS/Turner for bringing the NCAA head of men’s basketball officiating back to explain controversial calls.
Reid Cherner of USA Today’s Game On blog remembers a great NCAA Tournmament buzzer beater from 1981 as called by NBC’s Marv Albert.
Sports Business Daily notes the overnight ratings for Thursday’s games from the NCAA Tournament were down, but still considered a win for CBS/Turner.
Matt Carmichael from Advertising Age tells us which two schools were Googled the most during yesterday’s NCAA Tournament action.
Dan Fogarty at SportsGrid has the absolutely hilarious video of a WGN morning news anchor trying to amp up the volume at ESPN’s Dick Vitale while technical difficulties arise.
Karen Hogan from Sports Video Group writes that the National Invitation Tournament may be the NCAA Tournament’s ugly sister, but it still gets major treatment from ESPN.
To Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing who notes another Twitter feud involving CNBC’s Darren Rovell, this one with Bomani Jones.
Sports Media Watch says Thursday’s 2nd round NCAA Tournament games received slightly lower overnight ratings from the year before.
Dave Kohl of The Broadcast Booth wants to know why name calling in sports radio is a more punishable offense than inaccurate reporting.
Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy asks if the NHL’s new Stanley Cup ad campaign to replace the great “History Will Be Made” promos can be as successful.
Laura Northrup of the Consumerist wonders why NBA League Pass hasn’t adjusted to Daylight Savings Time?
All Access says ESPN Deportes Radio in Chicago has picked up the Spanish rights to the White Sox.
La Liga Talk has learned that Al Jazeera has obtained the US TV rights to Spain’s La Liga from Gol TV.
East and Mid-Atlantic
The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn talks with ESPN’s Dick Vitale.
At SB Nation Boston, Boston Sports Media Watch’s Bruce Allen says social networking may have created spoiled fans.
Tazina Vega from the New York Times says the NHL is hoping to lure viewers by airing all of its Stanley Cup Playoff games on various NBC Sports platforms.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post feels the CBS/Turner NCAA Tournament collaboration has become the Home Shopping Network. Whatever.
The Post’s Justin Terranova talks with CBS/Turner analyst Clark Kellogg.
Justin has 5 questions for MSG Network NBA analyst Kelly Tripucka.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes that the Onion has skewered the DC NFL Team.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with a Turner Sports Interactive executive on how Twitter is incorporated into this year’s NCAA Tournament coverage.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says NBC will air this fall’s Miami-Notre Dame football game in primetime.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle notes that CBS/Turner’s Charles Barkley criticized Baylor’s ugly neon yellow uniforms.
David has the CBS/Turner announcing assignments for Saturday’s NCAA Tournament action.
Mel Bracht from The Oklahoman notes that Cox Cable subscribers can access the NCAA March Madness Live app for free provided they authenticate.
John E. Hoover from the Tulsa World says the Big 12′s new TV deals will ensure the survival of the conference.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that Reds voice Marty Brennaman can be heard in a new UPS March Madness ad.
While Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel enjoys the NCAA Tounament, there are some things he can do without.
Ed Sherman at Crain’s Chicago Business announces he’ll no longer be writing his sports business and media blog for the publication.
Ed says he will be launching a new site on the sports media and I look forward to seeing it when it finally comes to fruition.
Brigid Sweeney of Crain’s Chicago Business notes that Bulls TV analyst Stacey King now has a new fashion line.
Paul Christian at the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin says the national Junior College championships can be seen online.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the local CBS affiliate didn’t help matters by taking up a large portion of the screen during NCAA Tournament action for weather updates.
Bill Center at the San Diego Union-Tribune says maybe, maybe Fox Sports San Diego will launch on Saturday provided MLB approval comes that quickly.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star looks at the Erin Andrews network sweepstakes.
Jim says the NCAA Tournament has become predictable.
Jim has his weekend viewing picks.
Richard Horgan of Fishbowl LA says ESPN will not discipline its SoCal reporters for getting a big story wrong on the Dodgers ownership bid process.
We are going to end the links there. Not as many as in past weeks, but still a hefty amount. Enjoy your weekend.
Time for some linkage on this Wednesday.
In case you missed it from early this morning, I wrote a post on how you can avoid paying the $3.99 fee to watch the March Madness Live app on your mobile, iPad or online.
And Maine Sports Media has a legal promo code which you can use to avoid paying the fee while supplies are still available.
Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated has a great story on when the NCAA Tournament truly became March Madness back in 1981 when NBC switched from buzzer beater to buzzer beater. I remember every one of these moments that Layden describes. Yes, I’m old.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand handicaps where ESPN’s Erin Andrews could be headed once her contract is up.
Joe Lucia at Awful Announcing says Erin Andrews isn’t the only free agent at ESPN.
Michael Bradley at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center writes having March Madness online is a good thing for everyone.
Michael Smith and John Ourand at Sports Business Daily report that the Big 12 is close to signing a rights extension with current TV partners ESPN and Fox Sports Net.
Tom Lorenzo of SportsGrid has video of President Obama making his Final Four picks on ESPN.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News says FX had strong ratings for the premiere “The Ultimate Fighter”.
Emma Bazilian of Adweek writes that Time.com is launching a sports blog.
Brian Lowry of Fox Sports says CBS/Turner is not worried about losing viewers to the March Madness Live online app.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell suggests if Tim Tebow gets traded to Jacksonville, it would be huge for the franchise.
At Fishbowl NY, Jerry Barmash notes that WFAN’s Boomer & Carton will be skating for charity next week.
To the Schenectady Gazette where Ken Schott says ESPN has named its announcing teams for the NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championships.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says the overnight ratings for the NCAA Tournament’s FIRST FOUR™ games were down from last year.
Pete says NBA TV will be all over the NBA Trade Deadline.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record writes that Time Warner Cable will air the New York State high school basketball championships.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call says Drexel got plenty of sympathy from the TV analysts during NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times reports that a local sports radio talk show host who used a racial slur earlier this week has left the station.
Eric Deggans of the Times also has a story on the controversy.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman says the NBA’s Thunder topped the local ratings last week.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that Fox Sports Ohio is now airing “Reds Live” nightly.
In Crain’s Chicago Business, Ed Sherman notes that Bulls and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf grants a rare interview tonight.
Ed says a new Chicago sports news website is preparing to launch next month joining an already crowded marketplace.
Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times talks with ESPN’s Dick Vitale.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says CBC will shift focus from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the playoff-bound Ottawa Senators.
Sports Media Watch looks at the overnight ratings for the opening night doubleheader of the NCAA Tournament.
SMW tells us that the Knicks and Rangers are performing well in the ratings for MSG Network.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media learns that NBC will air its first-ever NHL playoff doubleheader in April.
Steve says NBC Sports Network will carry Thursday’s Pittsburgh Penguins-New York Rangers game marking the return (again) of Sidney Crosby to the ice.
Steve also provides the coverage plans for NBC Sports Network and TSN for Crosby’s return.
Joe Favorito says horse racing is trying to make some inroads into the March sports calendar.
Ty Duffy of The Big Lead wonders if an ESPN anchor attempted to recruit a high school basketball player for his alma mater.
And that is where the links will end for today.
More posts are on the way. Keep your feeds updated.
I know not many of you will feel it necessary to watch tonight’s FIRST FOUR™ doubleheader of the NCAA Tournament, but I will. Yes, the Tournament doesn’t start in earnest until Thursday, but seeing some postseason college basketball one day after Selection Sunday is always welcome.
Let’s do some links for you.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today talks the fanboys off the ledge, debunking the rumor that Erin Andrews is leaving ESPN.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has a viewer’s primer for the NCAA Tournament.
Brian Lowry of Variety says longer postseasons help the networks to offset rising fees to sports leagues.
In Baseball Prospectus, the Biz of Baseball’s Maury Brown gives us the real reason why Jeff Moorad pulled his offer to take control of the San Diego Padres and it wasn’t because of the team’s new contract with Fox Sports.
Tim Baysinger of Fox Sports Detroit says the regional sports network’s long-time VP of communications died suddenly over the weekend.
Mike Farrell at Multichannel News writes that sports networks carry the most expensive price tag for cable and satellite providers.
R. Thomas Umstead and Mike Reynolds of Multichannel sit down with YES Network officials to talk about the regional sports network’s 10th anniversary.
Emma Bazilian of Adweek says golf and sports magazines are preparing to cover The Masters®.
Bill Imada at Advertising Age says the frenzy over Linsanity may be fading, but the lessons from that period are still being learned.
Simon Dumenco of AdAge writes that social TV data helped to save a Fox Sports Detroit marketing campaign that seemed doomed from the start.
Diego Vasquez of Media Life speaks with a media researcher about the increased ad inventory for the NCAA Tournament thanks to all the games being made available on TV.
Dan Fogarty of Sports Grid has the video of the national anthem being sung by fans led by the celebrated Timbers Army before last night’s MLS game between the Philadelphia Union and the Portland Timbers. It’s an awesome sight to say the least.
All Access reports that DC sports radio personality Doc Walker is staying with ESPN Radio Washington.
Jack Messmer of the Radio Business Report tells us that a new union contract with NBC gives the rank and file access to NBC Sports Network assignments.
Jerry Barmash of Fishbowl NY writes that a veteran New York sportscaster is retiring after four decades.
Newsday’s Neil Best says ESPN will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark Title IX which brought women’s sports into equal footing with men’s on the collegiate level.
Jonathan Tannenwald of the Philadelphia Inquirer has comments from MLS Commissioner Don Garber and NBC Sports VP Jon Miller about their new partnership.
Tom Jones at the Tampa Bay Times says a local sports radio morning show host called three African American NFL free agents “monkeys”.
A rare Barry Horn sighting for us. In the Dallas Morning News, Barry says the viewership for MLS on NBC Sports Network wasn’t great, but it was up from last year.
Mel Bracht at the Oklahoman notes that Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish is fast becoming a TV darling.
John Keating of Fox Sports Detroit remembers the regional sports network’s PR man who passed away last weekend.
Scott D. Pierce at the Salt Lake Tribune reviews the local TV broadcast of Real Salt Lake’s MLS season opener.
Jeff Pearlman talks with former ESPN’er Sean Salisbury
Jeremiah Oshan of SB Nation says MLS’ debut on NBC Sports Network didn’t do well in the ratings, but was better than on its previous home.
And that will wrap it up for today.
Since we did our linkage this morning, there have been several stories worthy of links and they really should not wait until Tuesday. So I’ll do a set of links right now.
We start with Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead who reports on a fake tweet about ESPN’s Erin Andrews leaving the network (her contract is expiring) and the personalities at the Alleged Worldwide Leader who are negotiating new deals.
MediaRantz recaps how this tweet got circulated and had to be quickly debunked by ESPN.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing goes over an interesting Twitter feud between comedian Norm Macdonald and ESPN’s Rick Reilly.
Matt says Digger Phelps wasn’t on his “A” game during Sunday night’s Bracketology show on ESPN.
John Ourand and Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal has CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus talking about the new authentication and pay system for the March Madness mobile app.
Daniel B. Wood of the Christian Science Monitor notes that the ESPN Films documentary on Magic Johnson’s HIV-positive announcement 20 years ago shows how far we have come in our attitude on the disease.
Conor Nagle at Wei Under Par writes that NBC went into bizzaro world in attempting to cover Tiger Woods’ leg injury at the WGC Cadillac Championships.
At Puck The Media, Steve Lepore notes that the NHL on NBC hit a season low overnight rating on Sunday.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell goes inside the numbers with March Madness.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette writes that fans hoping to watch this weekend’s ECAC Hockey Championships will have to do so online (scroll down).
Katie Kramer of the Syracuse Post-Standard has ESPN’s Joe Lunardi saying that local fans give him the hardest time when it comes to his brackets.
The Washington Examiner’s Jim Williams has CBS/Turner’s Jim Nantz and Marv Albert both talking about the NCAA Tournament.
Dave Walker at the New Orleans Times-Picayune says social media has helped to popularize March Madness.
David Barron at the Houston Chronicle says the departure of Texans’ offensive lineman Eric Winston will leave a big hole at a local sports radio station.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer has the networks, announcing assignments and tip times for games of local interest from the NCAA Tournament.
Writing in OnMilwaukee, departing local sports radio host Doug Russell has one wish for the market as he leaves town.
Aaron Morton of the Deseret (UT) News explains to BYU fans where they can find truTV.
Sports Media Watch says the NCAA Tournament Selection Show had its lowest overnight ratings since 1989!!!!
Carol Einarssen at Race Journal Online has Cheers and Jeers for Fox’s NASCAR coverage.
Sox & Dawgs has video of Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine speaking with former ESPN colleagues Karl Ravech and John Kruk during Monday’s exhibition game against Miami.
And that will complete the posts for Monday
Let’s do your media megalinks since last week you did not get any.
Hard to believe that college baseball, college lacrosse and NASCAR seasons are starting up, but they are and they’re included in the Weekend Viewing Picks along with the regular Golf, NBA, NHL, Skiing, Soccer, Tennis and Entertainment recommendations.
To your links now.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today says Jeremy Lin will make his nationwide broadcast network debut this weekend.
Tim Baysinger from Broadcasting & Cable notes that Floyd Mayweather’s next pay per view fight has been set by HBO for the spring.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News writes that Jeremy Lin continues to drive the MSG Network ratings engine.
Mike Shields of Adweek looks at CBS/Turner Sports’ plans to charge to view the NCAA Tournament online.
Ted Johnson of Variety talks with Ken Solomon of Tennis Channel on his ongoing battle to get a better footing with Comcast.
Michael Bradley at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center says the Jeremy Lin media coverage is over the top.
Sports Media Watch notes the increased viewership for the NHL on NBC Sports Network.
SMW says Pardon the Interruption’s Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon have lent their voices to a Disney XD cartoon series.
Andy Hall at ESPN Front Row PR blog celebrates the 5th anniversary of NASCAR’s return to the network.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell speaks with Jeremy Lin’s agent.
Andrew Bucholtz writing his first article for Awful Announcing looks at the reaction to Jeremy Lin in Canada.
Mat Yoder at AA says the ratings for last weekend’s Pebble Beach National Pro-Am show fans are still interested in Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
Joe Favorito explores the steady growth of college lacrosse.
Mark J. Miller of Brandchannel says NASCAR fans don’t like it when drivers juggle sponsor logos throughout the Sprint Cup season.
The Big Lead has ESPN’s Erin Andrews out and about during New York’s Fashion Week.
Chris Chase at Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner notes that ESPN has been coaching Jon Gruden to use his words judiciously.
Harrison Mooney of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy says Jeremy Lin’s drawing power might indirectly benefit the New York Rangers, Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and New Jersey Devils which have been missing from Time Warner Cable systems in addition to the Knicks.
David B. Wilkerson at MarketWatch wonders if the MSG/Time Warner Cable feud will eventually push sports into a premium tier.
East and Mid-Atlantic
The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn gets some advice for new NESN Red Sox field reporter Jenny Dell from MSG’s Tina Cervasio.
At SB Nation Boston, Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch pays tribute to Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan who announced he’s retiring after the London Olympics.
Surviving Grady has a podcast with Jen Royle.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at the new charge for viewing the NCAA Tournament online.
Richard writes about the increased ratings for Knicks games since Jeremy Lin arrived on the scene.
Phil Mushnick at the New York Post is in rare form today even for him.
Brett Cyrgalis of the Post has five questions for CBS college basketball analyst Bill Raftery.
The Post’s David Seifman reports that the New York City Council is pressuring MSG Network and Time Warner Cable to work out a deal.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News writes that ESPN bumped tonight’s Hornets-Knicks game not realizing it would be another opportunity to showcase Jeremy Lin.
Jerry Barmash from Fishbowl NY has reaction from various NYC sports anchors to the death of former Mets catcher Gary Carter.
Mike Silva at the Sports Media Watchdog feels hockey coverage in New York is woefully inadequate.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union writes that a local sports TV reporter received a New York Emmy nomination.
Pete lists his top studio analysts.
DCRTV’s Dave Hughes has the latest in Baltimore-Washington DC sports media news in Press Box.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog has a clip of Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon as cartoon characters.
Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner says talks with sports business writer Evan Weiner about the NFL’s antiquated blackout rules.
Barry Jackson at the Miami Herald has some thoughts on Shaquille O’Neal’s rookie season at TNT and ESPN’s decision to remove Ron Jaworski from Monday Night Football.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says the Astros plan to bring in former players to their radio booth to celebrate the team’s 50th season.
Mel Bracht at the Daily Oklahoman notes the first network appearance of Jeremy Lin is this Sunday.
The Detroit Free Press notes that all of the Tigers games will be on TV this season.
Bob Wolfey of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Dick Enberg told a captive audience at Marquette University about the art of the pause and when to use it in broadcasting.
Ed Sherman at Crain’s Chicago Business has his weekly winners and losers in sports business and media.
To the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin where Paul Christian writes that Fox Sports North will be all over the Minnesota Twins this season.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Cardinals have mostly put the kybosh on late afternoon games at Busch Stadium this season.
Dan says a local sports radio host is recovering after undergoing heart bypass surgery.
Jay Posner at the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the new Fox Sports San Diego is set to launch next month.
Jay writes the San Diego Padres stand to double their rights fees from Fox as compared to Cox a year ago.
John Maffei at the North County Times says the official announcement between Fox Sports San Diego carrying the Padres is due any time now.
At the Ventura County Star, Jim Carlisle says NBC and the NHL have become very good partners.
Jim feels ESPN should not have jettisoned Ron Jaworski from Monday Night Football.
Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times notes that ESPN college football analyst Ed Cunningham is up for a Best Documentary Oscar.
Bill Shakin of the Times says Frank McCourt’s legal problems are holding up Fox’s announcement with the Padres.
Tom Hoffarth from the Los Angeles Daily News recaps a lecture from three noted network broadcasters discussing TV coverage of the Olympics.
And that’s going to conclude the megalinks for today.
Been battling the stomach flu over the last 24 hours which is why you haven’t seen new posts since the Weekend Viewing Picks. My apologies for that. Still feeling a bit blue over the flu and running to the bathroom every 15 minutes, but I’m getting better now. Been a tough winter for me getting sick, but hopefully, the spring will bring better health.
Let’s bring you some overdue linkage.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today says lucrative TV deals have emboldened the Anaheim Angels and Texas Rangers in the free agent market.
Brian Lowry at FoxSports.com rates the Super Bowl ads.
The Nielsen Wire blog says one particular Doritos Super Bowl ad is the Most-Liked.
Fred Frommer of the Associated Press has a feature story on how President Richard Nixon offered to keep the old NFL blackout rule in place if it lifted the local blackout on a home DC NFL team.
Alec Banks of Complex has the “20 Hottest Women in the History of ESPN” and I totally disagree with the list. If you’re going history, no Karie Ross? No Melissa Stark? This list is faulty.
The new radio voice of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Aaron Goldsmith goes behind-the-scenes of taping a new radio spot.
Multichannel News says NBC Sports Network has hired an ESPN executive to head up its original programming department.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Michael Bradley feels the media coverage of Gisele Bündchen’s comments after the Super Bowl were much ado about nothing, but he feels it could be the future of sports media.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid has video of Jeremy Lin’s insane spin move on Derek Fisher during last night’s Lakers-Knicks game.
Dan notes that Fox Sports Jason Whitlock made a racist penis joke about Jeremy Lin and Twitter responded.
Boston Sports Media Watch’s Bruce Allen writes in SB Nation Boston that sports can be fun, except with the Boston Sports Media.
The Connecticut Post reports that YES Network Nets and Yankees studio host Bob Lorenz was arrested this week on DUI charges.
The New York Times’ Melissa Hoppert spends 30 seconds with NHL Network host Kathryn Tappen.
Richard Sandomir of the Times says not even Linsanity can get the Knicks back on Time Warner Cable.
Richard says the Mets have hired a replacement for radio announcer Wayne Hagin.
Pete Dougherty from the Albany Times Union talks with CBS college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times writes that Nanci Donnellan, a.k.a. The Fabulous Sports Babe, is in very bad health.
Brent Schrotenboer of the San Diego Union-Tribune talks with a former local sports talk show host who was fired from his job for making several derogatory remarks about a women’s college basketball analyst.
NBC San Diego also has an interview with the host who originally did not apologize for his remarks.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News laments the shrinking number of sports media reporters in Southern California.
Tom has a couple of notes that didn’t make his column.
Ben Koo at Awful Announcing is fascinated by ESPN’s extensive film library.
Sports Media Watch says the audience for Fox’s second live English Premier League broadcast grew slightly, but had the same rating.
SMW says this week’s Duke-North Carolina game had higher ratings from last year.
Lorenzo Arguello has video of ESPN’s Erin Andrews getting chatty with Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model Brooklyn Decker at last week’s GQ Super Bowl party.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says NBCSports.com will stream all of the out-of-market early games from next weekend’s Hockey Day in America.
Dave Kohl of The Broadcast Booth says sports radio hosts getting personal is when they cross over the line.
We’ll end the linkage there.
I was hoping to do links on Monday featuring reviews of the Super Bowl and the ads, but real life got in the way. Plus, a link from SI.com to my Biff Henderson post temporarily knocked my site down. Much appreciated to Jimmy Traina and Hot Clicks for the link.
The links begin with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch who doles out his grades for the Super Bowl production.
Michael Hiestand from USA Today says Al Michaels was on top of his game on Sunday.
Bruce Horovitz of USA Today has the results of the paper’s Super Bowl Ad Meter. The results may or may not surprise you.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek notes that Super Bowl XLVI on NBC set a viewership record.
Tim Nudd of Adweek lists the five best Super Bowl commercials according to the publication.
Adweek’s David Griner has the five most debated Super Bowl adverts.
Todd Cunningham at The Wrap says NBC has apologized for the now-infamous middle finger from M.I.A. during the Madonna halftime performance.
Kristi Dosh at ESPN.com has some off-the-field winners for Super Bowl XLVI.
Sports Business Daily notes that dogs were a favorite of the Super Bowl ads.
SBD notes that NBC’s Super Bowl pregame show was mostly praised.
Michael Smith and John Ourand of Sports Business Journal say the ACC is looking for a big payday from ESPN with two new members entering the conference.
Eriq Gardner of the Hollywood Reporter says the FCC likely won’t fine NBC for M.I.A’s middle appendage.
The Hollywood Reporter says Super Bowl XLVI set a Twitter record.
George Winslow of Broadcasting & Cable says the Super Bowl was the biggest event ever on social media.
John Eggerton of B&C writes that the FCC has ruled a Chicago NBC affiliate was within its rights to reject an anti-abortion Super Bowl ad.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes about the ratings and viewership standards set by Super Bowl XLVI.
Mike writes that MSG Network will air the February 11 Buffalo Sabres-Tampa Bay Lightning game on NBC affiliates in Buffalo and Rochester as an end run around Time Warner Cable.
Simon Dumenco of Advertising Age has the 10 Super Bowl ads that set social media afire.
Ad Age’s Rich Thomaselli notes that Giants Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning is now expected to equal or surpass his brother Peyton as a commercial endorser.
Ad Age’s experts break down the Super Bowl ads.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid has video of ESPN’s Rick Reilly making a preposterous statement following Super Bowl XLVI.
Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group says Super Bowl XLVI lived up to the ratings hype.
SVG notes that Super Bowl XLVI garnered its highest audience ever in Canada even beating the CFL Grey Cup.
The With Leather blog has some pictures from the infamous Playboy Super Bowl party where CNBC’s Darren Rovell got into trouble with women.
Stephen Douglas at The Big Lead notes that Extra host and Massachusetts Maria Menounos native paid up on a Super Bowl bet and hosted yesterday’s show in a Giants bikini in the middle of Times Square.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says NBC’s Cris Collinsworth stepped up in the biggest moment of the Super Bowl.
The Times’ Brian Stelter has NBC calling its online stream of Super Bowl XLVI a success.
Stuart Elliot of the Times says the Super Bowl ads were meh.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post feels NBC covered up Rob Gronkowski’s ankle injury when the game began. You’re reaching, Phil.
Jerry Barmash of Fishbowl NY says WCBS-TV scored impressive numbers for its post-Super Bowl coverage.
Howard Megdal of the Journal News’ LoHud Mets Blog says the team, invoking memories of the Soviet Union, has revoked his media credential for the 2012 season.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union feels Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth weren’t up to par on Sunday.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call notes that the Philadelphia Phillies will be heard on the FM dial starting this season.
Laura Nachman has her Super Bowl XLVI highlights.
David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun says NBC’s Super Bowl telecast rose above the ads and the halftime show.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog says a local sports radio producer is getting out of the business to become a restauranteur.
Barry Jackson from the Miami Herald praises NBC for its coverage of the Big Game.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times feels NBC got the job done on Super Bowl Sunday.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says the Super Bowl got another huge rating.
David provides his thoughts on the NBC Super Bowl production.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer lists his best and worst Super Bowl ads.
Robert King of the Indianapolis Star has the national media heaping praise on the city for hosting the Super Bowl.
King writes that the earliest Indy could host the Super Bowl again would be in 2017.
Lou Harry and Anthony Schoette of the Indianapolis Business Journal review Madonna’s Super Bowl halftime performance.
Anthony and Cory Schouten say Lucas Oil Stadium passed the test of holding its first Super Bowl.
Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel feels Aaron Rodgers did well in his guest stint on NBC.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business has his wrap of the Super Bowl.
Dan Caesar from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Gateway City lagged behind the national average ratings for the Super Bowl.
Dusty Saunders at the Denver Post writes NBC did yeoman’s work and then some on Super Bowl Sunday.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune lists his favorite Super Bowls XLVI ads.
Jay Posner in the San Diego Union-Tribune feels NBC was good, but not Super on Sunday.
John Maffei of the North County Times for the most part enjoyed NBC’s Super Bowl coverage.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News also liked NBC’s broadcast.
Tom has a longer review on his blog.
Bruce Dowbiggin in the Toronto Globe and Mail wonders why the Super Bowl has so many prop bets.
Slate’s Matthew Black was stuck watching the lackluster Canadian Super Bowl ads.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog notes the Super Bowl did really well in Canada.
Leah Goldman at the Business Insider Sports Page keeps an eye out for ESPN’s Erin Andrews and Fox’s Troy Aikman as a potential sports media power couple.
Sports Media Watch has some other Super Bowl ratings news.
Mike Silva of the Sports Media Watchdog has suggestions on how to handle fan taunts unlike Gisele Bündchen.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes that NBC Sports Network will have a hockey doubleheader on Wednesday.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing gives his bests and worsts of Super Bowl XLVI.
Matt also looks at the running feud between ESPN Radio’s Ryen Russillo and WEEI’s John Dennis.
Surviving Grady speaks with Friend of Fang’s Bites Jen Royle.
And those are your links. Got them done before noon. I’m happy.
Since late last night, I’ve been culling linkage for today. Let’s get to them.
Terry Lefton and Daniel Kaplan at Sports Business Journal discuss how Indianapolis hotels are gouging customers for Super Bowl Week.
Anick Jesdanun of the Associated Press reviews NBC’s online presentation of the Super Bowl for this Sunday.
Sergio Non of USA Today looks at the UFC on Fox rating from Saturday.
Michael Learmonth of Advertising Age says USA Today’s Super Bowl Ad Meter wrecked Super Bowl ads for good.
Tim Goodman of the Hollywood Reporter has an appreciation for The Beautiful Game.
Tim Nudd of Adweek looks at the highly successful “This is SportsCenter” ad campaign.
Wayne Friedman of MediaPost says NBC is copping $4 million per Super Bowl ad.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine writes that a survey shows that a majority of readers feel Super Bowl XLVI will set a viewership record.
Toni gives us a media buyer’s primer on the Super Bowl.
Diego Vasquez of Media Life says advertisers want to get buzz about Super Bowl commercials weeks before the Big Game.
The Daily says it appears Madonna’s set list for the Super Bowl halftime show has been leaked.
Peter Schrager of Esquire lists 10 current NFL players who could make a second career on TV.
Glenn Davis of SportsGrid notes that Jerry Seinfeld and the Soup Nazi will appear in a Super Bowl ad.
Frances Martel of Mediaite reviews the ESPN2 show, “Dan Le Batard is
Extremely Crazy Highly Questionable.”
Robert Littal of Black Sports Online has details of the Mexican TV reporter who made an impression during Super Bowl Media Day.
Ken Kerschbaumer of Sports Video Group looks at ESPN taking over Pan Am Plaza in downtown Indianapolis for the Super Bowl.
Karen Hogan of SVG writes that sports has entered into reality TV in a big way.
Summer Harlow of the University of Texas Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas writes about CBSSports.com’s firing of Adam Jacobi over his premature report on Joe Paterno’s death.
Karen Rosen of TV Guide talks with ESPN’s Hannah Storm about her NFL special tonight.
All Access says a new ESPN Deportes Radio affiliate will launch tomorrow in Chicago.
Mark Miller of Examiner.com says Gary Thorne makes his Pro Bowling announcing debut this Sunday on ESPN.
Larry Mahoney of the Bangor (ME) Daily News speaks with former MLB’er Matt Stairs who joins NESN as a studio analyst for the 2012 season.
Michael Hayes of the Clinton (CT) Patch says ESPN will report from the geological center in between Gillette and Met Life Stadiums on Sunday.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times has an interesting story on a small Connecticut NPR station which has a sports talk show that is not your typical run-of-the-mill program.
Judy Battista of the Times notes that the NFL will address head safety in one its in-house ads during the Super Bowl.
David Hinckley of the New York Daily News says rivals WFAN and ESPN Radio New York are squaring off in their Giants Super Bowl coverage.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union notes the release of ESPN’s Bracketbusters schedule.
Stacy Jones of the Newark (NJ) Star-Ledger says Super Bowl advertisers are hoping to hook viewers from their computers and mobile devices as well as through their TV’s.
Neal Zoren of the Delaware County Daily Times notes Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s countdown of the worst sports villains of all-time.
Long-time New Orleans sports anchor Jim Henderson is retiring from WWL-TV, however, he’ll remain as Voice of the Saints.
Dave Walker of the New Orleans Times-Picayune gets reaction Henderson on his retirement.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle discusses the busy Super Bowl week and the ads.
Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer speaks with ESPN’s Erin Andrews about sports, life and her hosting the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Annual Awards Banquet this week.
Tim Evans of the Indianapolis Star says Radio Row at the Super Bowl is the perfect place for star gazing this week.
Emily Hatton of the Indy Star gives us an inside look at ESPN’s Pan Am Plaza set.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has NBC’s Bob Costas calling for a revote if National League MVP Ryan Braun of the Brewers loses his appeal for testing positive for steroids last year.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says ESPN College GameDay visits the Missouri campus this weekend.
Brian Gomez of the Colorado Springs Gazette says ESPN may pull the Winter X Games out of Aspen after an 11 year relationship.
Jason Blevins of the Denver Post writes that ESPN has been airing this year’s Winter X in 3-D.
Jill Painter of the Los Angeles Daily News says longtime UCLA voice Chris Roberts was honored by his peers as was Daily News sports media writer Tom Hoffarth.
And Tom writes an appreciation for being honored last night.
Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing has videos of the Big Ten Network going behind the scenes with Gus Johnson.
Josh Tinley of Midwest Sports Fans explains how the Super Bowl got its name and why every game has Roman numerals.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog notes the NHL All-Star Game did really well for CBC.
And that will do it for now.
Been busy again today, but I’ll try to post as many links here as possible. Don’t know if I can do a complete set, but I’ll see what I can do.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand hears from ESPN’s Brent Musburger who calls tonight’s BCS National Championship Game.
Tom Weir of USA Today says Tim Tebow mentions broke a Twitter record last night.
Michael Smith of Sports Business Journal says the winner of tonight’s BCS National Championship Game stands to cash in through licensing of its gear.
Eric Fisher and John Ourand of SBJ report that MLB has to make a decision very soon on an extra round of Wild Card playoff games and the TV network that would air them.
Sports Business Daily recaps the mixed reviews for Charles Barkley’s hosting of NBC’s Saturday Night Live this past weekend.
Eriq Gardner of the Hollywood Reporter says a lawsuit brought forth by basketball legends Bill Russell and Oscar Robertson over their likenesses used in video games now has the TV networks getting involved.
George Winslow at Broadcasting & Cable says LG Smartphone users will gain access to a new ESPN ScoreCenter app that will include exclusive HD video.
John Eggerton at Multichannel News has a quick blurb on ESPN gaining rights for the NYC Marathon.
At Adweek, Anthony Crupi looks at the NFL’s final regular season ratings for 2011.
Glen Davis of SportsGrid cannot believe the religious connotations behind last night’s ratings for Pittsburgh-Denver.
Dom Consentino of Deadspin says the NBC reporter arrested last month on DUI charges after a party thrown by alleged child molester Jerry Sandusky’s attorney, tried to talk his way out of the arrest.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post goes after Fox’s Charles Davis and NBC’s Mike Mayock for talking too much.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette writes that Saturday’s NFL Divisional playoff action will be split among two local radio stations.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union says MSG Network will be throwing a local viewing party to drum up support in its dispute with Time Warner Cable.
Ken McMillan with the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record writes about the NYC Marathon running to ESPN from NBC.
At the DC Sports Bog, the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg notes that Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will begin airing a new live show modeled after NBC Sports Talk.
Tom Jones from the Tampa Bay Times reviews the weekend in sports TV.
David Barron at the Houston Chronicle notes that the Texans had their best local ratings since their inaugural game back in 2002.
John Kiesewetter at the Cincinnati Enquirer says on Saturday, the Bengals did not do as well locally as its regular season games.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that NFL Network will re-air two Giants-Packers games.
Dusty Saunders at the Denver Post writes that CBS stepped up for last night’s Pittsburgh-Denver game.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has your sports calendar for this week.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail continues to go after CBC’s Don Cherry.
Raju Mudhar from the Toronto Star says Toronto is not the only hockey hotbed around.
I’ll try to add more stuff later.
UPDATE, 5:50 p.m.: I’ll add some more links now.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell notes that the top selling sports book of last year was not the ESPN book, but Tim Tebow’s autobiography.
Dave Zoren of the Delaware County Times notes that the NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game did well on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
Scott Sloan from the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader says a Kentucky-based high school sports TV and online provider has filed for bankruptcy.
At the Austin American-Statesman, Kirk Bohls says despite a lack of carriage agreements and viewers, ESPN remains committed to the Longhorn Network.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News writes that legendary Dodgers voice Vin Scully finally gets his own bobblehead this season.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog says theScore has signed a deal to pick up a whole host of college sports.
Sports Media Watch tells us that the Sugar Bowl had its worst ratings in 18 years.
Sports Media Watch says the Orange Bowl had its worst ratings in the BCS era.
The Waiting for Next Year blog notes that ESPN’s Erin Andrews will replace Scott Van Pelt as host of the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. That’s a huge upgrade.
Awful Announcing has the Broncos radio call of last night’s overtime win over the Steelers.
Joe Favorito wonders if MMA fighter Gina Carano is about to crossover to become a mainstream star.
The Sports Business Digest notes that the Lingerie Bowl will be played in Las Vegas.
NBC will partner with Panasonic to air the London Olympics in 3-D which only 145 people across the country can watch.
And that will do it for the links today.
I’m going to provide a few links for you since they’ve been lacking here over the last few days.
We begin with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deistch who talked with ESPN’s Brent Musburger who will call Monday’s BCS National Championship Game.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News talks with ESPN’s Chris Fowler about the BCS National Championship Game.
Lang Whitaker from GQ talks with ESPN’s Erin Andrews in advance of Monday’s BCS National Championship.
Brian Lowry at Variety writes that as sports rights fees become more expensive, expect cable to take over for network TV and pass on the cost to consumers.
Mike Ozanian at Forbes reports that Fox Sports is giving individual teams equity stakes in its regional sports networks to prevent them from taking offers from competitors.
Andy Fixmer of Bloomberg says this season’s NFL’s TV ratings were off slightly from last year.
USA Today’s Mike McCarthy notes that Pittsburgh Steelers QB Roethlisburger is blaming ESPN for overhyping Denver QB Tim Tebow.
Michael Hiestand from USA Today says the Orange Bowl on ESPN drew its lowest BCS TV ratings ever.
CJ Fogler of SportsGrid has videos of TNT paying tribute to the late Jim Huber this week.
Tom Lorenzo from SportsGrid has the video from last night’s Saturday Night Live’s Charles Barkley Post Game Translation App. Sharp-eyed viewers may notice Hazel Mae making an appearance.
Charles Apple of The American Copy Editors Society feels ESPN should be more careful in its on-screen graphics.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek notes that CBS/Turner has signed Northwestern Mutual to be the exclusive insurance sponsor of the NCAA Tournament.
Timothy Burke at Deadspin did some investigating and found that salsa music played during last week’s Sunday Night Football game came directly from the NBC truck.
Dave Kindred at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center laments the death of the newspaper sports column.
Eric Deggans from the Tampa Bay Times provides his 2012 sports media predictions in the National Sports Journalism Center.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says LSU coach Les Miles stands to get millions if he wins the BCS National Championship.
Ken Belson of the New York Times says ESPN has obtained the rights to the New York City Marathon and pledges to show it live across the country, something NBC’s Universal Sports could not do.
Phil Mushnick at the New York Post feels the New York Jets coaching staff is just plain insensitive.
Ken Schott at the Schenectady Gazette informs readers what MSG Network is airing today as its dispute with Time Warner Cable continues.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times-Union says what a lot of people tweeted yesterday, that Mike Mayock talked too much during yesterday’s Cincinnati-Houston game.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says YES will air a handful of Fordham basketball games.
Greg Connors of the Buffalo News says the Bills will have a new flagship radio station for next season.
T.J. Pignataro of the News says the Sabres TV ratings have suffered since Time Warner Cable removed MSG Buffalo from its lineup.
In the New Jersey Newsroom, Evan Weiner warns you that your cable bill will go up this year and sports will be to blame.
Bob Fernandez of the Philadelphia Inquirer notes that Comcast’s distribution deal with Disney, ESPN in particular, shows that the company is thinking about the long-term.
Mike McGovern of the Reading (PA) Eagle pays tribute to the late Jim Huber.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post says Nationals TV voice Bob Carpenter will return in 2012.
The Huntington (WV) Dispatch feels ESPN needs a geography and history lesson about West Virginia.
David Knox from the Birmingham (AL) News talks with ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit about the BCS National Championship Game.
Dave Walker at the New Orleans Times-Picayune profiles LSU radio voice Jim Hawthorne.
Nakia Hogan of the Times-Picayune talks with an ESPN executive who denies the network has undue influence over college sports.
Berry Tramel of the Daily Oklahoman delves into Oklahoma University’s deal with Fox Sports to air sports on two of its regional sports networks.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that the Packers increased their TV ratings this season.
Bob says Milwaukee did not necessarily rate well for Monday Night Football.
The Chicago Tribune picks up a Variety story that Fox Sports wants to develop original programming that would air after live events.
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times says the Disney family is interested in buying the Dodgers.
Joshua Myers of the Seattle Times says the MLS’ Sounders have found an analyst for its games, but is still missing a play-by-play man.
Lehia Apana from the Maui (HI) News says Golf Channel’s coverage of this year’s Tournament of Champions has a few new wrinkles.
Sports Media Watch says despite strong numbers, last night’s Detroit-New Orleans drew the NFL’s lowest ratings for a Wild Card Playoff in three years.
SMW says Cincinnati-Houston suffered a precipitous ratings drop from last year’s Saints-Seahawks game.
Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing reviews Gus Johnson’s first year as top college football man for Fox.
In the Sports Media Watchdog, Mike Silva speculates on who should replace WFAN’s Mike Francesa if he leaves in 2014.
And that will conclude the links for today.
As we approach the beginning of the Bowl Championship Series on Monday, ESPN will have three of its signature studio programs covering the five games. College GameDay, College Football Live and SportsCenter will all have a presence leading up to the BCS National Championship Game on January 9.
The usual studio casts including Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard, Rece Davis, Mark May, Lou Holtz, John Saunders, Jesse Palmer, Erin Andrews, Tom Rinaldi and many others will be part of ESPN’s coverage of the BCS bowls throughout the week from January 2 through January 9.
Auburn coach Gene Chizik, Oregon coach Chip Kelly and USC coach Lane Kiffin will be among the guest analysts throughout the coverage.
Here’s the ESPN press release.
Joined by Special Guest Analysts Gene Chizik, Chip Kelly, Bret Bielema & Lane Kiffin; GameDay to Originate from All Four Locations
In addition to televising all five of the Bowl Championship Series matchups for the second straight year, ESPN will provide extensive on-site studio reports and analysis across multiple shows and platforms for each of the five bowls. Coverage will be highlighted by four special editions of the popular College GameDay: a two-hour show on January 2 at 10 a.m. ET to preview the Rose Bowl and Fiesta Bowl; one-hour shows on January 3 and January 4 at 7 p.m. to preview the Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl, respectively; and a two-hour preview of the BCS National Championship on January 9 at 6 p.m.
In addition to College GameDay, one-hour editions of ESPN’s weekday College Football Live at the BCS (daily from 3 to 4 p.m.) will air from New Orleans, site of the BCS National Championship, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3 through Monday, Jan. 9, the day of the title game (No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Alabama at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN3, ESPN 3D and ESPN Radio).
Chizik and Kelly Join ESPN as Guest Analysts
Auburn coach Gene Chizik and Oregon coach Chip Kelly – the two participants in last year’s BCS National Championship – will join ESPN as on-site studio analysts from New Orleans leading up to and through the BCS National Championship game. They will provide analysis across College GameDay, SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, College Football Live at the BCS, and pre, half-time and post-game coverage.
Special College GameDay from the Rose Bowl
College GameDay will originate from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. beginning at 10 a.m. ET on ESPNU and continuing at 11 a.m. on ESPN. Commentators include hosts Chris Fowler and Erin Andrews, and analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack.
On-set interviews and guest analysts:
- Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and Oregon coach Chip Kelly will appear on set together for a live interview as they prepare to lead their teams in the Rose Bowl (Jan. 2 at 5 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPN Radio).
- USC head coach Lane Kiffin will serve as a guest analyst.
- Big, Bad Badger Offensive Line: Erin Andrews takes a trip to Madison to visit with the Wisconsin players who make up one of the biggest offensive lines in college football history.
- Gruden’s Film Room: ESPN football analyst Jon Gruden breaks down film of the quarterbacks leading their teams in the Outback Bowl (January 2 at 1 p.m. on ABC), Georgia’s Aaron Murray and Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins.
- Andrew Luck Conversation: Tom Rinaldi will sit down with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck as he prepares for his final game with the Cardinal (against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl January 2 at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPN Radio).
- Images of the Year: A look at the images that made up the 2011 season.
ESPN daily on-site studio coverage:
Date Time (ET) Show Network Mon, Jan 2 10 a.m. & 11 a.m. College GameDay (Pasadena)
Hosts Chris Fowler and Erin Andrews; analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, David Pollack and Todd McShay; and reporter Tom Rinaldi
Special Guests: Bret Bielema (Wisconsin), Chip Kelly (Oregon) and Lane Kiffin (USC)
ESPNU (10 a.m.)
ESPN (11 a.m.)
Beginning at 5 p.m. Rose Bowl (Pasadena)
Pregame: Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard & David Pollack
Halftime: Chris Fowler, Lee Corso & Desmond Howard
Postgame: Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit & Desmond Howard
ESPN Fiesta Bowl (Glendale)
Halftime & postgame: John Saunders & Jesse Palmer
ESPN Tue, Jan 3 3 p.m. College Football Live at the BCS (New Orleans) Wendi Nix, David Pollack & Todd McShay ESPN 7 p.m. College GameDay (New Orleans)
Host Chris Fowler and analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack
ESPN Sugar Bowl
Halftime: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit & Desmond Howard
Postgame: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit & David Pollack
ESPN 9 a.m. to noon SportsCenter (morning segments)
Wendi Nix, David Pollack & Todd McShay
ESPN 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. SportsCenter (evening segments)
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard & David Pollack
ESPN Wed, Jan 4 3 p.m. College Football Live at the BCS (Miami & New Orleans)
Miami: Rece Davis, Mark May & Lou Holtz
New Orleans: John Saunders, Jesse Palmer & Desmond Howard
ESPN 7 p.m. College GameDay (Miami and New Orleans)
Miami: Rece Davis, Mark May & Lou Holtz
New Orleans: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit & Jesse Palmer
ESPN Orange Bowl
Halftime & postgame: Rece Davis, Lou Holtz & Mark May
ESPN 9 a.m. to noon SportsCenter (morning segments)
Wendi Nix, Desmond Howard & Todd McShay
ESPN 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. SportsCenter (evening segments)
Chris Fowler & Kirk Herbstreit
ESPN Thu, Jan 5 3 p.m. College Football Live at the BCS (New Orleans) John Saunders, Desmond Howard & Todd McShay ESPN 9 a.m. to noon SportsCenter (morning segments)
Erin Andrews, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Jesse Palmer & David Pollack
ESPN 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. SportsCenter (evening segments)
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit & David Pollack
ESPN Fri, Jan 6 3 p.m. College Football Live at the BCS (New Orleans) Chris Fowler, Jesse Palmer & Todd McShay ESPN 9 a.m. to noon SportsCenter (morning segments)
John Saunders, Desmond Howard, Jesse Palmer, Lou Holtz, Mark May & Todd McShay
ESPN 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. SportsCenter (evening segments)
Rece Davis, Lee Corso & Kirk Herbstreit
ESPN Sat, Jan 7 9 a.m. to noon SportsCenter (morning segments)
Multiple hosts, analysts & guests
ESPN 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. SportsCenter (evening segments)
Multiple hosts, analysts & guests
ESPN Sun, Jan 8 9 a.m. to noon SportsCenter (morning segments)
Rece Davis, Lou Holtz & Mark May
ESPN 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. SportsCenter (evening segments)
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Gene Chizik & Chip Kelly
ESPN Mon, Jan 9 3 p.m. College Football Live at the BCS (New Orleans)
Set 1: Rece Davis, Lou Holtz & May Mark
Set 2: John Saunders & Todd McShay
ESPN 6 p.m. College GameDay (New Orleans)
Set 1: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Gene Chizik & Chip Kelly
Set 2: Rece Davis, Lou Holtz & Mark May
Field reporters: Erin Andrews, Wendi Nix & Tom Rinaldi
Field analysis: David Pollack & Todd McShay
ESPN 7 p.m. College GameDay (New Orleans)
Set 1: Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit & Desmond Howard
Set 2: Rece Davis, Lou Holtz, Mark May Gene Chizik & Chip Kelly
Field reporters: Erin Andrews, Wendi Nix & Tom Rinaldi
Field analysis: David Pollack & Todd McShay
ESPN Beginning at 8 p.m. BCS National Championship
Pregame: Chris Fowler, Desmond Howard, Gene Chizik & Chip Kelly
Halftime: Chris Fowler, Gene Chizik & Chip Kelly
ESPN Conclusion of game Postgame and SportsCenter
Set 1: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Gene Chizik & Chip Kelly
Set 2: Rece Davis, Lou Holtz & Mark May
On field: Erin Andrews, Wendi Nix & Tom Rinaldi
ESPN 9 a.m. to noon SportsCenter (morning segments)
Rece Davis, Lou Holtz, Mark May, Jess Palmer, David Pollack & Todd McShay
ESPN 6 p.m. SportsCenter (evening segments)
Rece Davis, Lou Holtz & Mark May
And that’s going to do it.
It’s the early evening on the East Coast, but I do have time to bring you some linkage. Lots of stuff to get to.
We’ll begin with John Ourand of Sports Business Journal who reviews ESPN’s new NFL studio shows which came as a result of its new Monday Night Football $2 billion rights fee.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today notes that the NFL has put the Detroit Lions in the Week 13 Sunday night window in place of the lowly Indianapolis Colts.
Michael talks with ESPN College GameDay’s Lee Corso who threw an “F” bomb on Saturday’s show.
Sports Illustrated’s Grand Wahl says ESPN is removing John Harkes as its main soccer analyst and also looks at the moves NBC and Fox Soccer will make for next year.
Michael O’Connor at the Hollywood Reporter notes that Sunday Night Football on NBC drew modest ratings over the American Music Awards on ABC.
Dan Hirschhorn of Advertising Age says Spike TV is looking to stay in the mixed martial arts arena despite losing UFC to Fox.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk writes that NFL Commish Roger Goodell is considering starting the Sunday Night flex earlier in the season.
Dave Scott from ESPN’s Front Row has a recap of the best tweets from the weekend regarding some ESPN broadcasts.
Barry Janoff at The Big Lead speaks with officials from NBC Sports and the NHL about the new Black Friday game that both companies hope will become a tradition like the NHL Winter Classic.
CNN’s Howard Kurtz speaks with Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News reporter Sarah Ganim about breaking stories on the Penn State scandal.
Glenn Davis of SportsGrid has video of Cris Collinsworth saying what we were all thinking when a promo for the new edition of Fear Factor popped up during Sunday Night Football.
Sports Video Group looks at the numbers for NASCAR.com’s RaceBuddy feature for the Sprint Cup.
In SBNation Boston, Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch looks back at a busy week in local sports media.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post wants ESPN to stop with the crowd cutaways on its college football broadcasts.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call notes that WFAN’s Mike Francesa wasn’t happy with Philadelphia Eagles’ running back Desean Jackson.
The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik could no longer stand listening to CBS’ Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf and decided to listen to the Ravens Radio Network.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog has some amusing exchanges between DC NFL team radio announcers Larry Michael, Sam Huff and Sonny Jorgensen during yesterday’s Dallas-Washington game.
Pat Dooley of the Gainesville (FL) Sun has ESPN college football analyst Urban Meyer denying reports that he interviewed for the Ohio State coaching job.
Sad news from Georgia as legendary Georgia Bulldogs football announcer Larry Munson died Sunday at the age of 89. Munson had retired a couple of years ago after numerous health problems, but is still revered by UGA fans. Munson had began as Voice of the Bulldogs in 1966 and remained until 2008. To many, he typified the love for college football in the South. Some of his calls were homerish, but Munson truly bled Georgia football. Fans loved him for it. But he could be fair as well.
Munson not only called the Bulldogs football team, he called the Atlanta Braves, the Falcons, and the Georgia basketball program.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an obituary written mainly by former staffer Tony Barnhart and Chip Towers.
Towers says Munson’s calls are forever linked with the players.
The AJC’s Mark Bradley says Munson will never be forgotten among Bulldog fans.
The AJC has reaction from fellow broadcasters to Munson’s passing.
Atlanta TV station WSB has a special section devoted to Munson.
In the Athens (GA) Banner-Herald, Marc Weiszer says Munson’s voice has finally been silenced.
The Banner-Herald’s Andrea Griffth conducted a video interview with Munson about his career.
And here are the raw unedited interviews between Ms. Griffith and Munson.
If you’re not from the South and don’t understand the love for college football, try to think about the love for your local team and multiply it by 1,000,000 and you’ll see the passion for the sport. Munson was part of that passion that remains today.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle has some local overnight ratings from college football and the MLS Cup.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown crew wondered if Green Bay could go perfect this season.
Bob notes that NBC’s Tony Dungy feels the Packers are vulnerable.
Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post talks about Bob Costas’ interview with Jerry Sandusky.
Rob Davis from the Voice of San Diego writes about some interesting changes coming to the San Diego Union-Tribune sports section.
Tom Hoffarth at the Los Angeles Daily News has the sports calendar for this week.
Bob’s Blitz has video of ESPN’s Erin Andrews getting the Gatorade bath after the Oklahoma-Baylor game and her reaction afterwards.
Tony Manfred at the Business Insider Sports Page has the programming ESPN is using to replace NBA games in December.
And that will do it for us.
Let’s do some links on this Sunday.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says Golf Channel scored a couple of rating records for Day One of the Presidents Cup.
Mike writes that Time Warner Cable has signed a long-term deal to air Los Angeles Galaxy games starting next season.
Mike says Facebook is offering a live stream today of Tony Stewart’s car during the NASCAR finale in Miami.
Steve Coogan of USA Today’s Game On! blog writes that ESPN’s Lee Corso had to apologize after firing off an F bomb during his picks segment on yesterday’s College GameDay.
Writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans of the St. Petersburg Times says TV is playing catchup to print journalists on the Penn State story.
Andrew Gauthier of TVSpy says Miami TV station WFOR prevented a Dolphins blackout for today.
Ben Koo at Awful Announcing notes that ESPN’s Erin Andrews was in good humor after being given the Gatorade drenching following the massive Baylor upset of Oklahoma.
Cork Gaines from the Business Insider Sports Page says ESPN’s reign over sports television will be threatened starting January 2.
Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe leaves his usual NHL post to tell us that he enjoys watching the dogs on NBC on Thanksgiving Day over football.
Jack Bell of the New York Times says Fox Sports continues to show a commitment to soccer with another football-football doubleheader today.
Phil Mushnick at the New York Post warns the NBA not to cancel the season.
New York Real Estate’s City Biz notes the role one broker had in helping NBC Sports find a new home in Connecticut.
Steven Goff of the Washington Post isn’t a fan of having the MLS Cup starting past 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with NFL on Fox sideline analyst Tony Siragusa.
Jon Solomon from the Birmingham (AL ) News wonders if college basketball will gain popularity in the wake of the NBA Lockout.
David Morrison of the Opelika Auburn (AL) News says College GameDay heads to the Iron Bowl on Saturday.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle looks at the Lee Corso swearing incident.
Gilbert Requena of the Chronicle writes about College GameDay’s first visit to the University of Houston campus.
Chris Baldwin from CultureMap Houston chronicles GameDay’s visit to the area and the catcalls Erin Andrews had to endure during the broadcast.
At the Daily Oklahoman, Mel Bracht notes that ESPN’s Joe Tessitore got to call a lost weekend for Oklahoma football teams on successive nights.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Packers fans will hear plenty from Fox’s Joe Buck and Troy Aikman over the next three weeks.
Dan Caesar from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams may have a horrible on-field record, but they are pulling viewers to the TV set.
Marsha Hoffman of the Council Bluffs (IA) Daily Nonpareil writes that a local native is producing motorsports for ESPN.
And we’ll end the linkage here.
Ok, let’s get this done. Lots of linkage from yesterday and today. I need to catch up. Let’s go.
Check out your Weekend Viewing Picks for the sports and entertainment programming for Saturday and Sunday.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today wonders if there’s a glass ceiling for women in sports television.
Former Comcast SportsNet New England anchor Jackie Pepper has her take about being a woman in sports television.
Back to USA Today, Michael Hiestand looks at the casting call for the new Broadway play focusing on the Magic Johnson-Larry Bird rivalry and friendship, produced by the same people who did Lombardi on Broadway.
Hiestand writes that Fox Sports will be using some of its own talent for its UFC debut next week.
Paul Thomasch of Reuters talks with CBS head honcho Les Moonves about the network’s SEC deal.
Emma Bazilian at Adweek notes that DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket promotion over the summer paid off in droves in the third quarter of this year.
Phil Swann of TV Predictions has his take on DirecTV’s subscriber spike.
The talk of the sports blogosphere the last couple of days has been the Deadspin story by A.J. Daulerio on a former ESPN executive who’s filed a lawsuit against an employee denying several displays of odd behavior including masturbating in Erin Andrews’ presence.
Congratulations to former ESPN reporter Amy K. Nelson who leaves the Alleged Worldwide Leader for SBNation. Deadspin has that story as well.
Aaron Kuniloff and David Mildenberg from Bloomberg Businessweek co-author a story on ESPN’s Longhorn Network and its ramifications on college sports.
Rick Horrow and Karla Swatek of Businessweek talk about the alternatives to the NBA and how the league’s TV partners have lost money airing the games.
Rick Chandler of NBC’s Off the Bench explains how an ESPN.com story mushroomed into the Occupy Tebow movement.
At ESPN Front Row, network spokesman Mike Soltys notes that the Alleged Worldwide Leader has new policy on employees writing books, something that got Bruce Feldman into trouble earlier this year.
Jason Dachman from Sports Video Group looks at a new MSG Network mobile app that brings live high school sports to your cell phone.
Ariel Sandler at the Business Insider Sports Page has video of two Canadian news anchors going crazy when their sports anchor is named the winner of a $2.5 million lottery on live TV.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell reviews the results of having two In-N-Out Burgers shipped frozen across country.
Sports Media Watch says TNT’s replacement programming for the NBA’s canceled games on what would have been Opening Night of the season failed miserably in the ratings.
Joe Favorito wonders if the Bellator Fighting Championships can co-exist with UFC in Mixed Martial Arts.
Ben Koo of Awful Announcing says Brent Musburger got the job done in his cameo on an ABC sitcom.
Dave Kohl at The Broadcast Booth says it’s the subject matter, not the personalities that drive ratings for sports radio stations.
SportsbyBrooks notes that ESPN Radio hack Colin Cowherd sat with the beautiful people at last week’s Stanford-USC game.
Marisa Ingemi of In Lax We Trust reports that the National Lacrosse League has a deal in place with CBS Sports Network to air games in 2012-13.
East and Mid-Atlantic
Chad Finn from the Boston Globe speaks with former ESPN MMA Live host Jon Anik who will work straight for UFC now.
The Worcester Telegram & Gazette’s Bill Doyle talks with Comcast SportsNet New England Celtics analyst Tommy Heinsohn who’s cooling his heels during the NBA lockout.
Newsday’s Neil Best notes that WFAN’s Boomer & Carton show has really taken off in the ratings.
Neil has more with Boomer and Carton that he could not provide in his feature story.
Scott Shifrel and Bill Hutchinson of the New York Daily News write that former ESPN executive Keith Clinkscales is claiming that he is the victim of a smear campaign.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post wonders where’s the outrage on the Detroit Lions for what he feels was mocking Tim Tebow’s religion.
Justin Terranova of the Post has five questions for Cleveland Browns franchise assassin and ESPN analyst Eric Mangini. No, I’m not bitter about his tenure as Browns coach.
Justin previews MLB Network’s special on the 1986 Postseason.
Pete Dougherty in the Albany Times Union hears from SEC on CBS analyst Gary Danielson on LSU-Alabama.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call also has quotes from Danielson regarding this year’s Game of the Century.
In the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg looks at a failed lobbyist’s efforts to get DC NFL team owner Dan Snyder to change the brand name.
And Dan has Joe Theismann’s thoughts on the whole John Beck/Rex Grossman QB controversy in Washington.
Monica Hesse of the Post says some of the items from the now-defunct ESPN Zone in DC are being sold at auction.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner finds out ESPN’s plans for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup.
Sean Cartell of SEC.com has Verne Lundquist’s thoughts on LSU-Alabama.
Brian Reynolds in the Tuscaloosa News says ESPN is giving LSU-Alabama the Super Bowl treatment.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle says both CBS and ESPN are pulling out all of the stops for LSU-Alabama.
John Kiesewetter in the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that former Bengals QB Carson Palmer will be profiled on Sunday’s edition of The NFL Today.
Michael Zuidema of the Grand Rapids (MI) Press says ratings for the World Series were good, but the games showed that instant replay was greatly needed.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that former Brewers radio voice Corey Provus now has a new gig with the Twins.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business has his winners and losers in sports business and media.
Ted Gruber in Chicago Now feels ESPN gets a big fail in covering Mixed Martial Arts.
Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune says Corey Provus takes over for former Minnesota Twins voice John Gordon who retired this year.
Paul Christian in the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin talks about Provus’ hiring by the Twins.
Dan Caesar from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch feels the national media undersold Albert Pujols’ achievement in Game 3 of the World Series.
Jeff Call of the Deseret (UT) News says ESPN’s partnership with BYU has been beneficial for both parties.
John Maffei in the North County Times notes how CBS obtained LSU-Alabama for primetime.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star says it’s rare to get a #1 vs. #2 matchup in the regular season.
Jim says Brad Nessler is ready for primetime when Thursday Night Football begins next week.
Jim has his weekend viewing picks.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says we’re in a Golden Age of sports documentaries.
Tom has more in his blog.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says Hazel Mae is officially back with Rogers Sportsnet.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog which broke the news of Hazel’s return discusses what her duties will be.
That’s going to do it for the megalinks today.