MLB Network Strike Zone
Why not do some links while I can?
We begin with USA Today and the national NFL TV schedule for this upcoming season.
Carolyn Giardana with the Hollywood Reporter writes that NBC will utilize Avid Technology systems to develop video feeds for the London Summer Olympics.
George Winslow at Broadcasting & Cable says NESN has selected Sony to manage its video content.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News writes that NBC is utilizing the “TV Everywhere” initiative to stream the Olympics live to mobiles, tablets and computers.
Mike talks with MLB Network President and CEO Tony Petitti about the new “Strike Zone” feature and what the network has in store for the next 12 months.
MediaRantz looks at the reaction from sports broadcasters upon learning that American Bandstand and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve host Dick Clark had died.
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that a baseball panel will settle a dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals over how much MASN should pay the Nats for their media rights. The Nats’ rights are undervalued compared to what other teams are currently being paid.
A.J. Perez of Fox Sports talks with sports documentarian Sean Pamphilon whose audio of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is front-and-center of the New Orleans Saints Bountygate scandal.
Ed Sherman at the Sherman Report feels sportswriters are unappreciated by the Pulitzer Prize committee. I agree.
Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing gets together with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand, Dan Patrick Show Executive Producer Paul Pabst to hold the first ever NFL Media Fantasy Draft. Great stuff from AA.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid says the NFL wants ESPN and the NFL Network to stop spoiling draft picks.
Andrew Gauthier of TVSpy notes that a long-time sports anchor in Sioux City, IA is moving a seat to the right to become his TV station’s news anchor.
Gavin O’Malley at MediaPost says even though it’s not an Olympics rightsholder, Fox is making a commitment to cover the Olympics online.
David Goetzl of MediaPost writes that in this increasingly DVR timeshifting world, viewers still want to see their sports live and not delayed.
Timothy Burke at Deadspin noticed that a Miami TV station showed the wrong logo when reporting on the Florida Panthers win over the New Jersey Devils the other night.
Greg Wyshynski at Yahoo’s Puck Daddy finds that Hockey Night in Canada’s PJ Stock is endorsing Depends adult diapers in Canada????
The great Judy Battista of the New York Times talks with the NFL schedule maker Howard Katz who can’t please everyone.
Steven Silver at Philadelphia Magazine’s Philly Post blog wonders if national announcers are biased against the city as some fans perceive.
In Press Box, Dave Hughes of DCRTV.com profiles one Baltimore sports radio host who has changed stations, but vows to continue doing what he’s been doing.
Chris Korman of the Baltimore Sun says the Washington Nationals are looking to get more money from the Baltimore Orioles majority-owned MASN.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with Capitals TV voice Joe Beninati about the team’s series with the Boston Bruins.
Chuck Carroll at CBS Washington looks at Britt McHenry’s decision to stay at WJLA-TV instead of taking a job with Fox Sports San Diego. Britt was also a candidate to replace Heidi Watney on NESN and Kim Jones on YES.
Tom Jones in the Tampa Bay Times talks with hockey charlatan Pierre McGuire about the perceived increased disrespect in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman says ESPN’s Skippy Bayless was ripping the Oklahoma City Thunder this week.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that NFL Network has another Top 100 show.
Howard Sinker of the Minneapolis Star Tribune gave ESPN a try to get a different perspective on the Minnesota Twins.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune says Utah Jazz broadcasters Craig Bolerjack and Matt Harpring make no bones about rooting for their team, but don’t call them homers.
Rob Katowski of the Las Vegas Review-Journal says a proposed merger between the Mountain West and Conference USA could still happen as long as the two leagues agree on sharing TV rights.
Tim Sullivan with the San Diego Union-Tribune writes that the impasse between Fox Sports San Diego and Time Warner Cable is preventing Padres fans from seeing their team.
Sports Media Watch says ESPN has a tapped a man no one has ever heard of to host The ESPY’s.
SMW notes that former Portland Trail Blazer and NBA analyst Steve “Snapper” Jones has been plagued by massive health issues.
SMW has some ratings news and notes.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says Game 2 of the Florida Panthers-New Jersey Devils series did very well for NBC Sports Network last Sunday.
Steven Morocco and John Morgan of MMA Junkie write that UFC wants a similar TV deal in the UK as it has with Fox in the States.
EPL Talk looks at Fox going all out for the English Premier League’s final day of the season next month.
Guyism notes that twice this week, MASN Nationals reporter Kristina Akra got soaked with Gatorade.
And that’s going to do it. Found more links than I thought I would and that’s very good for you.
Let’s do linkage again. Trying to get this done as I have several errands to run in the afternoon.
At Multichannel News, Mike Reynolds says Fox Sports is eying several sports properties which are coming up for grabs as potential programming for a cable channel which would challenge ESPN.
Mike talks with the President of New York regional sports network SNY about what he’s looking for in 2012.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today discusses the lower ratings for The Masters®.
Lacey Rose at the Hollywood Reporter goes in-depth on Fox Sports taking over Saturday nights in 2012.
Tim Nudd of Adweek looks at New Era’s sequel to last year’s funny Yankees-Red Sox ads with a new batch for the Cubs-White Sox rivalry.
Mike Shields from Adweek explores how ESPN tries to get fans use its sites as “second screens” while they watch sports on other networks in real time.
David Goetzl at MediaPost notes that ESPN’s public relations blog has now added podcasts.
Also from MediaPost, Wayne Friedman talks about the NCAA Tournament being one of TV’s biggest social media activities.
Bill Cromwell at Media Life says while Bubba Watson brought excitement to The Masters®, it didn’t translate in the ratings.
To Forbes where Trefis Team analyzes what a Fox Sports cable network would mean for parent company News Corp’s stock price.
Also from Forbes, Tom Van Riper looks at the commitment NBC Sports Group is assembling for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Fox Sports reports that NFL Network is unlikely to bring back Warren Sapp. He just recently filed for bankruptcy.
SportsbyBrooks notes that ESPN’s Skippy Bayless lied about his high school basketball career.
The Lost Ogle which looked into Bayless’ claims about his high school basketball career has an extensive post unearthing Daily Oklahoman stories and box scores. Great stuff.
Sports Video Group looks at one company that will stream the Olympics all over the world.
Evan Silva from Pro Football Talk says based on the success of Super Bowl XLVI, Indianapolis plans to make another run at hosting another Big Game.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell has Magic Johnson talking about the exorbitant sales price for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Darren notes that incoming NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III has signed an endorsement deal with Castrol?
Alex Weprin of TV Newser has a video tour of MLB Network’s New Jersey studios.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says MLB will unveil its version of the Red Zone Channel tonight on three satellite and cable providers.
Laura Nachman notes that a former Philadelphia Phillie joins a local sports radio station for the 2012 season.
At the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg says a local sports radio host continues to fan the Crosby vs. Ovechkin flames.
Lisa De Moraes says “Cops” is the victim of Fox giving Saturday primetime to its sports division.
The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson says embattled sports radio host Sid Rosenberg has been suspended. Again.
David Barron at the Houston Chronicle notes that Time Warner Cable subscribers won’t have access to three Astros games on Fox Sports Net.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer says Wednesday’s Reds game will be picked up by MLB Network.
Robert Feder at Time Out Chicago reports that a local sports radio host returned to work this week after being out due to health issues.
Sports Media Watch says Fox is reaching back to the old Baseball Network for “Baseball Night in America.”
At Awful Announcing, Ben Koo wishes there would be more synergy between NBC and the Comcast SportsNet regional networks.
To the Bleacher Report where Jim Williams asks which network offers the best MLB announcers?
That’s going to do it.
Starting tonight on four cable and satellite providers, MLB Network debuts a commercial-free NFL RedZone-like channel that will bring viewers to wherever the action is. During nights when MLB Network has live game action, the new MLB Network Strike Zone will whiparound from game-to-game showing live game cut-ins.
MLB Network will produce Strike Zone and it will be either offered on sports tiers or to the existing MLB Extra Innings package depending on the cable or satellite provider. In DirecTV’s case, Strike Zone joins the Extra Innings pay per view package on channel 719.
We have the official MLB Network press release outlining what Strike Zone will entail.
New Channel to Provide Viewers with Live Look-Ins, Highlights & Updates from Every MLB Regular Season Game on Tuesday & Friday Nights
Bright House Networks, DIRECTV, DISH Network & Time Warner Cable to Carry MLB Network Strike Zone
Secaucus, N.J., April 10, 2012 – MLB Network today announced the launch of MLB Network Strike Zone, a new channel that will take viewers on a high-speed trip around Major League Baseball on Tuesday and Friday nights during the regular season. When live game telecasts air on MLB Network, MLB Network Strike Zone will bring fans to every game across the league, with up-to-the-minute highlights, live look-ins and updates, all commercial-free.
MLB Network Strike Zone will launch on Bright House Networks, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Time Warner Cable today, April 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
“MLB Network Strike Zone will provide baseball fans with the award-winning coverage of all 30 clubs they’ve come to rely on from MLB Network,” said Tony Petitti, President and CEO of MLB Network. “We’re excited to continue to expand the reach and scope of MLB Network’s programming.”
MLB Network Strike Zone will be available on the following offerings:
- Bright House Networks: Bakersfield, Calif. – Channel 1124; Birmingham, Ala. – Channel 464; Detroit – Channel 698; Indianapolis – Channel 425; Orlando and Tampa – Channel 1143
- DIRECTV® SPORTS PACK and MLB EXTRA INNINGS® package: Channel 719
- DISH Network, Multi-Sport Pack: Channel 153
- Time Warner Cable: Albany, Austin, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Milwaukee/Green Bay, New York City, Palm Springs, Portland, Raleigh, Rochester, San Antonio, San Diego, Syracuse and Waco.