REPORT: Tim McCarver Expected to Call 30 St. Louis Cardinals Games

This from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Dan Caesar, Tim McCarver has reached an agreement with Fox Sports Midwest to be on 30 Cardinals games this season. Nothing is final yet, but McCarver tells Caesar he expects his contract with Fox Sports Midwest to be ironed out soon. Last season, Fox Sports gave McCarver a […]

MLB Clubs Vote to Expand Instant Replay; MLB to Establish Replay Command Center

Major League Baseball has just announced that all 30 clubs have approved the instant replay system. And it went from being the most archaic to one of the better systems along with the National Hockey League’s War Room. First, MLB will establish a Replay Command Center in New York and staff them with MLB umpires. […]

MLB Announces Game Times for the 2014 Regular Season

One of the few sports that begins and ends in the same calendar year, Major League Baseball has announced the game times for all of the games in the 2014 regular season. The season begins with two games in Sydney, Australia between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, March 22 at […]

Early Season 2014 ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Schedule Released

ESPN has released 10 games of its 2014 Sunday Night Baseball schedule. The Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals are slated to appear three times in that span. The Baltimore Orioles have two appearances. For the fourth straight year, Sunday Night Baseball has a change in its announcing […]

A Quick Monday Sports Media Notebook

Here are a couple of notes that you may have missed from the last couple of weeks: Right at the start of the new year, the Philadelphia Phillies and Comcast SportsNet announced a new 25-year agreement that keeps the team on the RSN well past the current agreement that expires in 2015. Sports Business Daily […]

MLB Network to Air 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Announcement

Unlike last year when the Baseball Writers Association of America chose not to vote anyone into the Baseball Hall of Fame, it’s expected at least one player will make it to Cooperstown, NY later this year. Greg Maddux, Jack Morris, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Craig Biggio are among the candidates hoping they’ll get the […]

REPORT: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia to Keep the Phillies

One of the local media rights stories that looked to be interesting has been resolved. Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia has finalized a long-term contract that will keep the Phillies with the regional sports network past 2015 when its current deal expires. David Murphy at the Philadelphia Daily News reports that the two sides had been close […]

Ultimate Bloviator Curt Schilling Joins ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball

In the wake of Orel Hershiser leaving the Alleged Worldwide Leader for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ new regional sports network that launches in 2014, ESPN has adjusted and hired from within. It’s chosen former pitcher Curt Schilling to replace Hershiser to join Dan Shulman and John Kru in the booth. There’s no doubting of Schilling’s […]

A Few Tuesday Links

After a whirlwind in the sports media world, things have been slowing down and maybe that’s a good thing. So in lieu of constantly posting press releases, I provide some linkage on this Tuesday. Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch looks at NBC’s approach for the Sunday night game between Denver and New England. In Sports Business […]

Quick Thursday Linkage

Here’s some quick linkage on this Thursday. Rick Kissell of Variety notes that Fox Deportes is holding off its rivals from ESPN and Univision. Mike McCarthy at Advertising Age says Jaguar is going to air its first Super Bowl ad in February. Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing looks at the TV ratings juggernaut that is […]

Return of Some Long-Lost Linkage

My apologies for not doing what was the bread-and-butter of this site and that has been the linkage. A change of schedules in the morning have prevented me from gathering links and they have hurt the content. I hope to get back to a normal publishing schedule. Here is what we have today. Tripp Mickle […]

2013 World Series Game 6 Draws Highest Ratings Since 2011 Fall Classic

Fox finally saw a double digit rating in the 2013 World Series. The series-clinching Game 6 delivered an 11.3 rating with an 18 share. That’s the highest ratings for a Fall Classic game dating back to Game 7 of the 2011 St. Louis-Texas World Series which drew an 11.2/18. The viewership for Game 6 drew […]

Tim McCarver’s Farewell on Fox

As much as I’ve criticized Tim McCarver on this site, there is no doubt of his contributions to baseball and to the broadcast booth. And while 2013 marked his final year on Fox and his final World Series, there’s no doubt in my mind that we’ll see him back on TV in 2014 whether it’s […]

World Series Game 5 on Fox Draws Under 14.5 Million Viewers

In a game that drew another surprise ending, it finished under three hours, the first contest of the World Series to do so, Fox garnered an 8.9 rating with a 14 share. That’s up just one percent from the last Game 5 back in 2011 (8.8/14). This year’s Game 5 averaged 14.4 million viewers, just […]