The last few days, I’ve been sick which limited the number of posts between Friday and Saturday. I’m still not feeling well, but I’ll be providing linkage and posts as long I’m physically able. To the links.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch talks with NFL Network’s Melissa Stark about returning to sports television after leaving in 2008 to become a full-time mom.
Don Banks of SI looks at how NFL teams are adjusting to a full season of Thursday Night Football.
John Ourand & Michael Smith from Sports Business Journal report that ESPN is close to nabbing the college football playoff for many years to come.
John catches up with outgoing Fox Sports Media Group Vice Chairman Ed Goren who helped launch the company in 1994.
Eric Fisher at SBJ notes how MLB Advanced Media kept operating after Hurricane Sandy wiped out power in the company’s headquarters.
Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report looks at an unusual Comcast SportsNet Chicago documentary which went to Cambodia to tell a compelling story.
Kurt Badenhausen from Forbes explains how ESPN is the cash engine that drives Disney.
Joe Levine of SportsGrid tells us that Fox NFL Sunday had some technical issues during one of its halftime updates.
Brian Steinberg at Advertising Age says Century 21 will return to advertising in the Super Bowl in February.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post doesn’t understand the bubble screen.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union has NBC Sports Network’s college basketball announcing teams.
Dave Zoren of the Delaware County Daily Times says Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and The Comcast Network team up for almost 70 college basketball games this season (scroll down).
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks about waking up with NFL AM.
The Charlotte Observer talks with CBS’ Jim Nantz.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times looks back at the weekend in sports television.
Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel says a fourth sports radio station launches in the local market today.
Christine Lee of NBC Dallas says ESPN is teaming up with the Irving Chamber of Commerce to attract businesses to the local area.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle has DirecTV’s CEO complaining about Comcast SportsNet Houston’s subscriber fees.
Mel Bracht at The Oklahoman reviews the TV productions of the Oklahoma and Oklahoma State games from Saturday.
John Vomhof, Jr. of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal says a Fox Sports North reporter is leaving for a similar position at Root Sports Pittsburgh.
Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post feels Dick Vitale is key to any college basketball season.
Patrick Finley of the Arizona Daily Star says the Pac-12 Conference will no longer have exposure issues now that with new TV contracts with ESPN, Fox, CBS and of course, the Pac-12 Network.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has the SoCal sports calendar for this week.
Tom has the five things he learned from watching sports over the weekend.
Barry Petchesky of Deadspin notes that Minnesota Vikings QB Christan Ponder made a tongue-in-cheek comment about his girlfriend, ESPN’s Samantha Steele.
The Classic Sports TV and Media blog has a look at ABC’s Monday Night Football’s halftime highlights as narrated by the late, great Howard Cosell.
And that will do it for now.
Ok, time for some links on this Columbus Day holiday for some of you.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today has a bunch of news and notes in his Monday sports media column including a recap of the NFL Today interview with scab NFL referee Lance Easley.
Tim Baysinger of Broadcasting & Cable says the first-ever MLB Wild Card Games did well for TBS last Friday.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News says Time Warner Cable SportsNet has signed its first affiliate for its Los Angeles Lakers-centric regional sports network.
Over to Ed Sherman at The Sherman Report. He talks with Steve Madden, the man in charge of Sports on Earth, the joint venture between USA Today and MLB Advanced Media. Disclaimer: Fang’s Bites is an independently-owned blog affiliated with USA Today Media Group.
Glenn Davis of SportsGrid has video of San Diego Super Chargers safety Atari Bigby’s creative introduction on Sunday Night Football.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing notes that NBC’s Cris Collinsworth called New Orleans’ game-ending strip sack of San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers just before it occurred.
Brandon Costa at Sports Video Group says MLB Network prepared to air its first postseason games not knowing where they would be.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell tells us that MLB teams don’t keep any of the playoff ticket money the games generate.
Jim Romenesko notes how ESPN edited a blogger’s KKK-Rod headline.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says the Mets are looking for ways to refinance its huge debts through its regional sports network, SNY.
As usual, Phil Mushnick of the New York Post hates everything on television.
Jerry Barmash of FishbowlNY notes that long-time New York Knicks analyst John Andariese is retiring.
David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun says TBS stepped up to the task for the New York Yankees-Orioles game on Sunday.
David says CBS’ Ian Eagle got the job done during yesterday’s Baltimore Ravens-Kansas City Chiefs game while his partner, Dan Fouts did not.
Tom Jones from the Tampa Bay Times reviews the weekend in sports television.
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel reports that Fox Sports Florida will air all 81 Magic games this season instead of splitting them between FS Florida and Sun Sports.
David Barron at the Houston Chronicle says the Astros are considering replacements to its radio team of Dave Raymond and Brett Dolan who were let go last week.
David says ESPN’s Jon Gruden brings his enthusiasm for the NFL to Monday Night Football.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reviews the CBS NFL Today interview of former scab referee Lance Easley.
Missouri Sports Magazine notes that the Kansas City Royals have set a ratings record for the 2012 season.
Dusty Saunders from the Denver Post says Sunday gave sports fans plenty of action to watch.
Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic says there are a number of candidates to replace the Diamondbacks TV team of Daron Sutton and Mark Grace who were let go by the team after the season.
Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times says the Lakers have become the least-viewed team in the NBA thanks to its deal with Time Warner Cable Sports.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has your sports calendar for this week.
Tom has the five things he learned from watching sports over the weekend.
Jon Wilner at the San Jose Mercury News updates us on the Pac-12 Network and its dispute with DirecTV.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says fans are split over which side to support in the NHL lockout.
Ryan Lambert at Yahoo’s Puck Daddy looks at ESPN picking up KHL games in the wake of the NHL lockout.
Ty Duffy at the Big Lead says MLS is doing well at the gate, but not on TV.
Media Rantz informs us that former NFL Network original Kara Henderson left broadcasting to get married. Congrats to Kara.
That’s going to do it.
Can you believe it’s Wednesday already? Holiday on Monday makes the work week go faster.
To the linkage which has been too scarce on the site.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today looks at some of the changes on the NFL’s TV partners this season.
John Ourand of Sports Business Journal talks about the fierce bidding between Fox and Turner for the MLB TV contract.
Mike Ozanian of Forbes has a video interview with MLB Advanced Media’s Bob Bowman about the company’s video technology which is being used all over the internet.
Tim Baysinger of Broadcasting & Cable says CBS Sports is adding an on-air medical consultant to its NFL coverage this season.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News says CBS/CBS Sports Network’s coverage of the US Open this past Labor Day Weekend was on the mark.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek tells us that General Motors is all over the NFL season opening game.
Natalie Zmuda from Advertising Age discusses what Pepsi is doing to maximize its branding in a new 10 year contract with the National Football League.
Michael Bradley at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center says when it comes to the NFL on TV, it’s all about the money.
Ed Sherman at the Sherman Report looks at what’s new on NBC’s Sunday Night Football coverage this season.
ESPN’s Darren Rovell looks at the best of Aramark’s NFL stadium food for this season.
The great people at Awful Announcing have started an offshoot site called Awful Advertisements.
Speaking about Awful Announcing, Brad Gagnon talks about former New York Giant Shaun O’Hara joining NFL Network.
At the New York Times, Richard Sandomir notes that SNY analyst Keith Hernandez’s famous mustache is now turning grey and could actually be shaved off!
Newsday’s Neil Best looks at the new Monday Night Football booth for this season.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union writes that a former New York Giants offensive lineman will be joining NFL Network as an analyst.
Pete says local listeners to last Saturday’s Northwestern-Syracuse game were suddenly left in limbo late in the 4th quarter.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette has your Week 2 college football schedule on TV.
Keith Groller at the Allentown (PA) Morning Call says the NFL is back on TV.
Sheil Kapadia of Philadelphia Magazine reports that former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is headed to television.
Dave Hughes from DCRTV.com writes in Press Box that legendary Voice of the University of Maryland sports, Johnny Holliday will be honored in November.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with NBC’s Al Michaels who’s in his 25th year of calling the National Football League’s premier primetime game.
Adam H. Beasley at the Miami Herald recaps the season finale of HBO’s Hard Knocks.
Steve Svekis of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel notes that Hard Knocks showed all of the Miami Dolphins’ warts.
Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Tribune likes that the NFL on Fox’s Michael Strahan is joining Kelly Ripa on “Live”.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle has CBS’ Jim Nantz and Phil Simms being bullish on the Texans’ chances this season.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman notes that last Saturday’s OU-UTEP game was the lowest rated Sooners game in five years.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that NBC Sports Radio launched around the country last night, but not in the Queen City.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob Wolfley looks at Dwayne Wade’s new autobiography.
Paul M. Banks at Chicago Sports Media Watch notes that Notre Dame football radio analyst Allen Pinkett has been suspended for comments he made about recruiting criminals for the program.
Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post profiles a long-time local sports radio host.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune tells us what we already know, that the NFL is the king of sports television.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail says the NHL’s Canadian TV partners have been notoriously silent about the impending lockout.
Sports Media Watch says ESPN has added a former referee to the Monday Night Football lineup.
Dave Kohl of the Broadcast Booth says Fox Sports almost lost its college football opener when its MLB games went long.
That’s going to do it for now.
Earlier today, I had the opportunity to monitor the ESPN/MLB conference call announcing the new deal that lengthens the relationship between the two entities to 30 years when the contract expires in 2021.
In this new eight year deal, ESPN will return to the MLB Postseason with one Wild Card Playoff game starting in 2014. John Skipper, the President of ESPN, did not rule out that the network could get other MLB Postseason packages, however, it appears that the league is holding the other Wild Card Playoff Game for MLB Network while determining if Turner, Fox and possibly NBC will pay the cash to swallow up the League Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series. I’m thinking that either Turner or NBC Sports Network will get the cable portion of the MLB Postseason contract with Fox continuing its LCS/World Series package on the network side.
MLB Walking, Talking Conflict of Interest Bud Selig mentioned that most likely, there won’t be more of than the existing national packages that have been distributed to ESPN, Fox, MLB Network and TBS. There could be some minor alterations to each as we have seen in the case of ESPN, but there won’t be a new package created. So NBC would have to wrest one away from Fox or TBS if it wants to get back into the Baseball business.
ESPN takes away the regular season tiebreaker games that had previously been on TBS. Before TBS got the cable half of the MLB Postseason in 2007, ESPN had been the home of all regular season tiebreakers.
Also, ESPN increases the amount of regular season games to 90 and brings back the traditional holiday games that had been on the network until 2007. So ESPN/ESPN2 will have games on the Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day, plus extensive coverage of Opening Day.
One of the most important aspects of the deal is the amount of reduced local blackouts. Starting in 2014, ESPN will have increased access to home markets on Monday and Wednesday nights. That means ESPN’s telecasts will be able to be seen in Boston if the Red Sox are playing on Mondays or Wednesdays and NESN will no longer have protection from the national broadcast. According to John Skipper, the local blackouts could be lifted to the point where they may become obsolete. We’ll see what the local regional sports networks will have to say about that. The RSN’s pay a lot of money for local rights and not having exclusivity could become a sore point.
Under the new deal, ESPN gets additional digital rights meaning streaming of its games on ESPN3 and WatchESPN. MLB Advanced Media had to sign off on the deal and MLBAM President & CEO Bob Bowman in the conference call said ESPN was both a partner and a competitor. Plus, Selig said that MLBAM was still in the midst of rapid growth was looking to see where it would be in ten years. MLBAM has been known to play hardball with MLB’s TV partners when it comes to relenting on digital rights. For ESPN to get increased streaming rights is a big deal. I wanted to ask Bowman and Selig if the other TV partners would get the opportunity to get similar deals, but I was not called upon.
Not only does ESPN increase its baseball content with regular season and postseason games plus highlights for Baseball Tonight, it also keeps its current packages and All-Star Game Weekend show so it means we won’t be avoiding Chris Berman’s bloviating calls in the Home Run Derby anytime soon.
The ESPN deal is huge. It keeps the network relevant in the summer and prevents NBC from encroaching on its MLB turf at least for now. Score this one in the Bristol column. While ESPN will tell you this was a deal to keep a tradition on its network, it was a huge pre-emptive strike at competitors who wanted to get one of the network’s major sports properties away from the Worldwide Leader.
Now with NASCAR, the new college football playoff, the Big East, and U.S. Open tennis still in play, the window for other networks to claim victories is getting smaller.
The Olympics get started tomorrow with women’s soccer action and while the Games don’t officially begin until Friday with the Opening Ceremony (live in most countries except the United States), today is really the calm before the Olympic storm. Starting tomorrow and going through August 12, this site will be awash in Olympics sports media coverage as it was in 2008 for Beijing and 2010 in Vancouver. While I’ll be covering other sports media news, I’ll be focusing on NBC’s coverage, the business of the Olympics and other news out of London. I hope you’ll continue to visit.
Ok, let’s do the linkage. It’s time to bring it back. I was doing so well last week, six straight days of links, then last Friday, I got bogged down with family stuff and wasn’t able to do what I wanted to. Sometimes that happens. Time to take life back now.
Starting with the great Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, he has his Media Power List for July.
Ed Sherman of the Sherman Report talks with Big Ten Network’s President about doing an about-face and covering the Penn State story wall-to-wall on Monday.
Ed talks with NBC Olympics Executive Producer Jim Bell who takes the reins from his mentor, former NBC Sports Emperor Dick Ebersol, for London.
Sports Business Journal interviews the President of the Jacksonville Jaguars about stadium technology and the NFL Blackout policy.
Daniel Frankel of paidContent says the next sports network carriage dispute will be between the Pac-12 Networks and the two major satellite TV providers.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today says NBC will provide an Olympics “Red Zone Channel” that will be online-only.
Shira Ovide of the Wall Street Journal says NBC will delay the Olympics Opening Ceremony and it won’t be seen live on cable or online.
The Big Lead says ESPN lured Brett McMurphy away from CBSSports.com to become one of its college football insiders.
Gabriel Beltone of Adweek looks at some of the best Olympic ads thus far.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News says CBS Sports Network will piggyback on CBS’ coverage of the PGA Championship and US Open tennis.
Rich Thomaselli of Advertising Age writes that the Penn State scandal could hurt the school’s marketability down the road.
David Goetzl at MediaPost says McDonald’s has begun its Olympic marketing campaign.
Steve McClellan at MediaPost writes that the Olympics help brand awareness.
Evan Weiner of Examiner.com says the International Olympic Committee should honor the Israeli athletes who were massacred during the 1972 Munich Games.
Sports Video Group notes that the MLB At Bat mobile and tablet app had its 5 millionth download.
Merrill Knox of TVSpy says a former Washington DC sports anchor returns home to the Bay Area.
Excellent story from Jason Schwartz of Boston Magazine on the hard fall of Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios. Nothing to do with sports media, but very good reporting.
The Boston Bruins announced Monday that it has signed an extension with radio flagship WBZ-FM.
The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir says you’ll be able to see all of NBC’s live Olympics streams, provided you sign up.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks about Sports Illustrated coming to TV.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union says the Open Championship received its highest overnight rating in four years.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record writes that NBC’s Olympic specialty channels will be picked up locally.
Bob Fernandez of the Philadelphia Inquirer says Comcast will be all over the Olympics on its cable platforms.
David Selig of the Baltimore Sun says an Orioles pitching prospect will be featured on tonight’s premiere of Sports Illustrated on NBC Sports Network.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes that the area’s sports radio stations are getting ready for the Robert Griffin III era in DC.
Dan notes that Maryland’s field hockey coach Missy Meharg who will be an Olympics analyst for NBC.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci who will be a part of the magazine’s TV premiere tonight.
KSAT-TV in San Antonio named Jessica Ghawi an honorary member of its sports department. She was one of the 12 victims killed in the Aurora, CO movie theater massacre.
Jerry Garcia of the San Antonio Express-News writes about the KSAT honor for Jessica.
Paul M. Banks of Chicago Sports Media Watch says MLB Advanced Media is bad for baseball.
Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post says NBC’s Olympic coverage begins and ends with the Holy Diminutive One, Bob Costas.
Ben Fong-Torres of the San Francisco Chronicle profiles Ron Barr and his Sports Byline USA network which keeps plugging along from the Bay Area in a world dominated by ESPN Radio.
Joe Lucia at Awful Announcing says Big Ten Network got the job done in covering the Penn State sanctions on Monday.
Sports Media Watch has some various ratings news and notes.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says ESPN should air TSN’s SportsCentre to gain street cred with hockey fans.
Tony Manfred of the Business Insider’s Sports page notes that the Olympics helped to transform one of London’s seedier neighborhoods into a showcase.
And that’s going to do it.
Here’s the Monday linkage wrapped in a nice bow for you.
From Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand and Michael Smith, they report that ESPN will pay an average of $80 million per year to air the Rose Bowl. That more than doubles the current contract which pays $30 million.
Liz Mullen of SBJ says a noted movie studio is forming a sports talent agency further melding Hollywood and athletics.
Also from Sports Business Journal, Chris Botta notes that Brooklyn is ready and waiting if the New York Islanders can’t find a new home on Long Island
Michael Hiestand of USA Today says Bill Walton returns to national TV through ESPN as he’ll become the network’s analyst for Pac-12 basketball games.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News writes that the early sign up numbers for NBC’s Olympic apps are encouraging.
Mike says NBCUniversal is looking to make the 2012 London Games a truly digital experience.
Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report talks with NBC’s Bob Costas about turning 60.
Talkers Magazine, the so-called Bible of Talk Radio, lists its 2012 Heavy 100 of Sports Talk. I agree with Mike Francesa and Dan Patrick in the Top 3, the rest I have issues with including a few in the New England area, plus why is Joe Morgan on the list? And there are only two women.
Lisa O’Carroll of the London (UK) Guardian says Britain’s oldest and largest black newspaper has been denied credentials to the Olympics Stadium for the track & field events.
George Winslow from Broadcasting & Cable notes that it’s expected that social media will be heavily used for the Olympics.
Matt Rudnitsky of SportsGrid notes that ESPN’s Captain Blowhard and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban are engaging in the next Great Twitter feud.
Brian Clapp at Sports TV Jobs wonders how NFL Network’s new morning show can sustain fresh content over a four hour period every day.
Kirk Minihane of WEEI.com tackles the question over whether the Boston Red Sox should fire advisor Bill James over his comments on ESPN Radio about Joe Paterno and the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
If it’s Monday, then it must mean that the New York Post’s Phil Mushnick is in a bad mood about something.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union writes that Syracuse has negotiated an early exit to the ACC from the Big East Conference.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette notes that ESPN is starting its weekday coverage of the Open Championship earlier than previously announced.
DCRTV’s Dave Hughes writing in Press Box talks about the friendship that has developed between MASN’s Washington Nationals studio team of the great Johnny Holliday and Ray Knight.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog noticed that Democratic
gargoyle strategist James Carville wore a Nats t-shirt on MSNBC over the weekend.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times has a look back at the weekend in sports television.
Mike Herndon of the Mobile (AL) Press-Register writes about the SEC releasing its early-season football TV schedule.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle looks back at the ten years since the failed US Olympic bids for the 2012 Games.
David imagines what if Houston had been awarded the 2012 Olympics.
Dusty Saunders from the Denver Post says the Penn State scandal has been the talk of the town.
Matthew T. Hall at the San Diego Union-Tribune wants to organize a fan protest on the lack of movement on getting Padres games on local TV.
Tom Hoffarth from the Los Angeles Daily News has your weekly sports calendar.
Sports Media Watch looks at Bill Walton making his return to ESPN.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media suggests how the NHL Network can stop the inexorable amount of game reruns during the summer.
Cork Gaines from the Business Insider’s Sports Page says MLB Advanced Media gave a hollow apology for a system-wide outage preventing fans from watching MLB.TV online Friday.
Emmett Jones at Sports Business Digest says truTV has given the go to a Shaquille O’Neal-fronted viral video show.
This is where we’ll end the links for today.
This was announced yesterday by MLB, but the official press release just arrived in the Fang’s Bites inbox.
It’s great news for subscribers of SiriusXM Radio who also access the platform through online and mobile. All MLB games will be made available on SiriusXM.com or through the SiriusXM mobile and tablet apps. This means that those who subscribed through Sirius can now listen via the internet. Previously, only those on the XM side could listen to MLB games through their satellite radio receivers and this remains the case.
But Sirius subscribers are no longer shut out of MLB games and they’ll be able to listen to games immediately all the way through the World Series.
We have the official SiriusXM/MLB press release.
SiriusXM signs multi-year deal with MLB Advanced Media to stream all Major League Baseball games on SiriusXM App and online
All SiriusXM subscribers will have access to live radio broadcasts of every MLB game on smartphones, mobile devices and online; Games will continue to air on XM satellite radios
Listeners get all regular season games, the All-Star Game and every Postseason game
NEW YORK – April 5, 2012 – Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) today announced a multi-year agreement with MLB Advanced Media, L.P. (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, to stream live radio broadcasts of every Major League Baseball game on smartphones, mobile devices and online for SiriusXM subscribers nationwide. With this agreement, SiriusXM becomes the Official Internet Radio Partner of MLB.com.
Available immediately, SiriusXM subscribers can listen to live broadcasts of every MLB game through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at siriusxm.com. Listeners get all regular season games, the All-Star Game and every Postseason game. Spring Training games will be available starting next year. Select Spanish-language broadcasts are also available.
MLB games will continue to be available on satellite radios for XM subscribers. Listeners can find channel assignments for games at www.siriusxm.com/mlbschedule.
“We’re thrilled to be able to deliver every MLB game to all of our SiriusXM subscribers,” said Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM’s President and Chief Content Officer. “Throughout the sport’s history, fans have connected with America’s pastime through radio calls. With those broadcasts now available on SiriusXM Internet Radio, coupled with the satellite radio broadcasts on XM, SiriusXM subscribers across the country have the most extensive audio listening experience with which to follow any MLB team from their cars, homes or anywhere.”
“SiriusXM has been a valuable partner in connecting its subscribers with the tradition of baseball on the radio and this agreement adds an important distribution platform, alongside our own products including Gameday Audio and At Bat, for fans to enjoy listening to the radio broadcasts of Major League Baseball games via the Internet,” said Kenny Gersh, Senior Vice President, Business Development, MLBAM.
That is all.
Let’s do some links on this Monday.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today says the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game has become a showcase for upcoming NBA talent.
Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes that NBC Sports Network will get a lion’s share of coverage for the London Summer Olympics.
Brian Stelter of the New York Times reports that no-talent hack Ryan Seacrest has signed a new contract with NBCUniversal that also gives him a role on NBC’s Olympic coverage. I shudder at the thought.
Chris Ariens at TVNewser says NBC is putting former Today Show co-host Meredith Viera on the Olympics Opening Ceremony with Bob Costas and Matt Lauer.
Joe Posnanski talks about leaving Sports Illustrated for a new venture with MLB Advanced Media and the USA Today Sports Group. Disclosure: Fang’s Bites is an independently-owned site affiliated with USA Today Sports Group and had no prior knowledge of Posnanski’s move nor of the joint venture with MLBAM.
ESPN.com’s Kristi Dosh, a.k.a. The Sports Biz Miss handicaps the upcoming MLB TV rights deal negotiations.
King Kaufman at the Bleacher Report explains why the site will never do April Fools’ parodies.
Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing has some readers’ suggestions for CBS’ Jim Nantz to close out tonight’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship including one from yours truly.
The great Maggie Hendricks of Yahoo’s Cagewriter has some suggestions on how FX and the UFC can improve the new Ultimate Fighter reality show.
Today is World Autism Awareness Day. You may know a parent, a friend, a relative or a neighbor who is affected by Autism in one way or another. Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball writes in his SportsBash site on how he has been personally affected.
My good friend (despite her being a Yankees fan) Alison Faye in Tales of a Rocket Scientist also writes about her experience with her son who has Autism.
Brandon Costa of Sports Video Group notes that CBS’ courtside cameras give the network some signature shots for the Men’s Final Four.
Brandon also looks at CBS’ studio set and Super Slo-Mo cameras at the Superdome for the Final Four.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at the new Broadway play focusing on Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post mourns the passing of New York Cosmos great Giorgio Chinaglia.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union notes that the Final Four received its best ratings on CBS in a decade.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette writes that the local cable news network will cover Union in the NCAA Frozen Four this week.
Ken McMillan at the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says a local radio station will cover high school sports.
Jim Wiliams of the Washington Examiner talks with Jim Nantz about his unique double of calling the Final Four and The Masters® in successive weeks.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times reviews the weekend in sports television.
Tom also talks with the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball crew.
Sam Pennington of Suthern Gameday remembers the late Hall of Fame voice of the Kentucky Wildcats, Caewood Ledford.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle notes two personnel moves at one local sports radio station.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explores the average age of those watching various sporting events.
Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post says the first week in April is a literal smorgasbord for the sports fan.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News explores the reasons why MLB clubs are so gung-ho on regional sports network rights fees.
Tom has your sports calendar for this week.
Raju Mudhar of the Toronto Star has what writers outside of Canada are saying about the Blue Jays.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail was amused by a verbal sparring match aired in Canada over the weekend.
Barry Petchesky at Deadspin looks at one April Fools newspaper column that went published without being properly vetted.
Sports Media Watch says ratings for the NBA on ABC saw big increases.
Steve Lepore of Puck The Media says the NHL on NBC also had a good number.
And Joe Favorito says Fenway Park is ready to celebrate its Centennial.
MLB Productions had a busy year producing a reality series for Showtime and a documentary for HBO. Thanks to these efforts, the company received a record five Sports Emmy Award nominations. Combined with the nods for MLB Network, MLB Advanced Media and MLB.com, MLB entities received a total of 15 Sports Emmy Award nominations. That’s quite impressive.
Here is the press release from MLB Productions and Major League Baseball.
MLB PRODUCTIONS EARNS ALL-TIME BEST FIVE SPORTS EMMY NOMINATIONS FOR WORK ON “THE FRANCHISE” AND “DEREK JETER 3K”
MLB Media Entities Earn Combined 15 Nominations
Major League Baseball Productions collected an all-time high of five nominations for the 33rd Annual Sports Emmy Awards, including nominations for its critically acclaimed work on The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants on Showtime and DerekJeter3K on HBO. The Franchise earned three nominations, including Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology, while DerekJeter3K was nominated for Outstanding Edited Sports Special.
Overall, Major League Baseball media entities (MLB Productions, MLB Network and MLB Advanced Media) earned a combined 15 nominations, which were announced earlier today by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
MLB Network earned eight nominations, including two for MLB Tonight, the 2011 winner for the Outstanding Studio Show. MLB Tonight is once again nominated in the category along with a nomination for Outstanding Technical Team Studio. Bob Costas, a 22-time Sports Emmy Award winner, earned a nomination for Outstanding Sports Personality-Studio Host for his work on both MLB Network and NBC. In addition, Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds each earned a Sports Emmy Award nomination in the Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst, and Jim Kaat also received a nomination for Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst.
MLB.com At Bat 11, the mobile phone and tablet application developed by MLB Advanced Media, again earned a nomination in one of the two categories representing digital media, Outstanding New Approaches to Sports Event Coverage. Since its 2008 debut, MLB.com At Bat has been the top grossing sports application and one of only two iOS apps inducted into the Halls of Fame for iPhone, iPad and Macworld.
In addition, MLB Productions, MLB Network and MLBAM were collectively nominated for the prestigious George Wensel Technical Achievement Award for The DIAMOND Platform, a media management tool. DIAMOND is utilized daily to research and produce broadcast quality programming for both MLB Network and MLB Productions, and to archive, search and retrieve video content for use by Major League Baseball. The Baseball Archives, managed by the DIAMOND Platform, contains over 300,000 hours of content, which is easily retrievable within minutes from the data tape robotic library.
Below is a complete list of Major League Baseball’s Sports Emmy Award Nominations:
Outstanding Edited Sports Special – Derek Jeter 3K (MLB Productions/HBO)
Outstanding Edited Sports Series /Anthology – The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants (MLB Productions/Showtime)
Outstanding Music Composition/ Direction / Lyrics – The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants (MLB Productions/Showtime)
Outstanding Post Produced Audio/Sound – The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants (MLB Productions/Showtime)
Outstanding Studio Show – Daily: MLB Tonight (MLB Network)
Outstanding Technical Team Studio: MLB Tonight (MLB Network)
Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host: Bob Costas (MLB Network/NBC)
Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst: Jim Kaat (MLB Network)
Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst: Al Leiter (MLB Network)
Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst: Harold Reynolds (MLB Network)
Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement – Institutional: All in One Place (MLB Network)
Outstanding New Approaches Sports Event Coverage – MLB Advanced Media
The George Wensel Technical Achievement Award: The DIAMOND Platform (MLB Productions/MLB Network/MLB.com)
And that will conclude the Sports Emmy Award posts. Coming later will be some sports media thoughts.
We have the nominations, all 170 in 33 different categories, for the 33rd Annual Sports Emmy Awards. They just came out today. There are some surprises like massive hockey charlatan Pierre McGuire nominated in the Sports Reporter category and for some really strange reason, Skippy Bayless of ESPN2′s First Take was nominated for Best Studio Analyst. What analysis does he do besides yelling and having massive manlove for Tim Tebow?
There are some of the usual suspects are nominated, Bob Costas for Best Studio Host, Al Michaels in Play-by-Play, Cris Collinsworth for both Studio and Game Analyst.
Some of the nominations I agree with include Mike Mayock for Best Game Analyst, College GameDay and Football Night in America as Best Studio Shows and all of the movies in the Sports Documentary category. Sports documentaries were strong this year and I have trouble picking one although Catching Hell, the ESPN Films effort on Steve Bartman and the Chicago Cubs might be the weakest of the bunch, but the doc was still very good.
Ok, get ready to scroll, the entire list is below. We do need a page break so the list of nominees will after the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences press releases.
THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES ANNOUNCES THE NOMINEES FOR THE 33RD ANNUAL SPORTS EMMY® AWARDS
Winners to be Honored During the April 30th Ceremony At Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jack Whitaker to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
New York, NY – March 20, 2012 – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 33rd Annual Sports Emmy® Awards.
More than 170 nominees were announced in 33 categories including outstanding live sports special, live series, sports documentary, studio show, promotional announcements, play-by-play personality and studio analyst. The Awards will be given out at the prestigious Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center located in the Time Warner Center on April 30th, 2012 in New York City.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports will go to the Sports Commentator and Essayist, Jack Whitaker.
“This is an outstanding year for the sports community and for The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman, NATAS. “The entries received in this year’s Sports Emmys resulted in a record 175 nominees, illustrating the quality of these entries. We are also honoring Jack Whitaker with our Lifetime Achievement Award. I had the pleasure of working with Jack for eighteen years at CBS, and Jack is a sports icon and a class act.”
In addition to Jack Whitaker, many of the today’s leading sports broadcasters, personalities and television professionals will be in attendance as presenters at the event.
The networks of ESPN (ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC, ESPN 3D & espn.com) lead the nomination totals with 55, the NBC Sports Group (NBC, Versus, Golf Channel & nbcsports.com) garnered 32, CBS (CBS, Showtime, CBSSports.com) entries received 26 nominations, while Turner Sports (TNT, TBS, NBA TV, NBA.com & truTV) have 22.
A complete list of all nominees is attached below.
33rd Annual Sports Emmy Award Nominations by Network Group
ESPN (ESPN, ESPN 2, ABC, ESPN 3D, espn.com) – 55
NBC Sports Group (NBC, Versus, Golf Channel, nbcsports.com) – 32
CBS (CBS, Showtime, CBSSports.com) – 26
Turner Sports (TNT, TBS, NBA TV, NBA.com, truTV) – 22
HBO Sports – 19
FOX Sports Media Group (FOX, SPEED) – 16
NFL Network – 12
MLB Network – 8
DIRECTV – 2
MLB Advanced Media (MLB.com, MLBAM) – 2
NFL.com – 2
NCAA.com – 1
PGA.com – 1
33rd Annual Sports Emmy Award Nominations by Network
ESPN – 36
NBC – 22
HBO Sports – 19
CBS – 15
FOX – 15
TNT – 15
ESPN2 – 14
NFL NETWORK – 12
SHOWTIME – 10
MLB NETWORK – 8
VERSUS – 7
TBS – 3
ABC – 2
DIRECTV – 2
ESPN 3D – 2
GOLF CHANNEL – 2
NBA TV – 2
NFL.COM – 2
CBSSPORTS.COM – 1
ESPN.COM – 1
MLB.COM – 1
MLBAM – 1
NBA.COM – 1
NBCSPORTS.COM – 1
NCAA.COM – 1
PGA.COM – 1
SPEED – 1
truTV – 1
BREAKDOWN OF MULTIPLE PROGRAM/SERIES NOMINATIONS
24/7: 8 - HBO
E: 60: 7 – ESPN2
A Game of Honor: 5 – Showtime/CBSSports.com
MLB on FOX: 5 – FOX
NASCAR on FOX: 5 – FOX
NBA on TNT: 4 – TNT
NBC Sunday Night Football: 4 – NBC
FIFA Women’s World Cup: 3 – ESPN/ESPN2
Outside the Lines: 3 – ESPN
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: 3 – HBO
SportsCenter: 3 – ESPN
The Army/Navy Game: 3 – CBS
The Franchise: 3 – Showtime
Winter X Games 15: 3 – ESPN/ESPN3D
2011 Open Championship: 2 – ESPN
2011 Stanley Cup Final: 2 – NBC/Versus
ESPN Monday Night Football: 2 – ESPN
Football Night in America: 2 – NBC
Grand Slam Tennis on ESPN: 2 – ESPN2
Inside the NBA on TNT: 2 – TNT
Joplin: City of Hope: 2 – ESPN2
McEnroe/Borg: Fire & Ice: 2 – HBO
MLB Tonight: 2 – MLB Network
NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament: 2 – CBS/TBS/TNT/truTV
NFL Films Presents: 2 – NFL Network
NFL GameDay Morning: 2 – NFL Network
NFL on FOX: 2 – FOX
Sports Science: 2 – ESPN/ESPN.com
Sunday NFL Countdown: 2 – ESPN
Unguarded: 2 – ESPN
And after the page break, all of the nominees for the 33rd Annual Sports Emmy Awards which will be handed out April 30 in New York City.
Let’s do our linkage for today. It’s going to snow in Southern New England so I’m doing this early in case I have bug out later.
Starting with USA Today’s Michael Hiestand, we learn that ESPN will be streaming its Championship Week games on Facebook, but not everyone will be able to see the games.
Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk through John Ourand of Sports Business Journal writes that former Indianapolis Colts GM Bill Polian will join ESPN in a couple of weeks.
At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Michael Bradley advises NBC Sports Network to stay the course and not panic in the wake of low ratings out of the box.
Eric Fisher at Sports Business Daily has the skinny on MLB Advanced Media’s unveiling of the new At Bat mobile app.
Stephen Galloway at the Hollywood Reporter has a fascinating update on cable television pioneer and Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner.
Eriq Gardner from the Reporter writes that former college athletes suing the NCAA over the use of their likenesses in video games and attempting to get information from TV contracts, have been sanctioned by the judge presiding over the case.
John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable says the National Association of Broadcasters has told the FCC to keep the antiquated NFL blackout rule in place.
Tim Baysinger at B&C notes the NFL has moved its regular season opening game back one day to accommodate the Democratic National Convention.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says after some early momentum, TNT saw rating drops for its NBA All-Star Weekend.
Wendy Davis at MediaPost writes that streaming service Justin.TV and YouTube are being sued for illegally showing a boxing pay-per-view fight.
All Access notes that CBS Radio’s WJFK has signed to remain the DC affiliate for Virginia Tech sports.
Greg Doyel of CBS Sports wants to know why ESPN is allowing Bob Knight to show his clear disdain for Kentucky.
The Mansfield (CT) Patch picks up a story from Kenneth Best who went behind the scenes when ESPN’s College GameDay visited the UConn campus last weekend.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at Twitter’s newest darling, NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski.
The Long Island Tennis Magazine says ESPN2 will air the annual BNP Paribas Showdown on tape delay with an MSG Network replay following a day later.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says the NFL regular season opener has been pushed back one day to accommodate President Obama.
Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes that the Nationals’ Bryce Harper has deleted his Twitter account.
The Winston-Salem (NC) Journal remembers a local sports anchor who passed away this week.
Deven Swartz of WGHP-TV also remembers Rich Brenner who was a beloved member of the community.
WGHP also has a special section devoted to Brenner.
Amanda Kelley at the Myrtle Beach (SC) Sun-Times says ESPN Radio is changing stations.
Luther Campbell, formerly of 2 Live Crew, in the Miami New Times accuses ESPN’s Skippy Bayless of race baiting.
Jon Solomon at the Birmingham (AL) News writes that the SEC’s member schools are reluctant to expand to 9 conference football games, but the league’s TV partners are seeking more inventory.
Bob Wolfley at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the Daytona 500 did well in primetime for Fox, but ratings are down from last year.
Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune says the Padres are wondering why MLB is taking so long to approve its rights deal with Fox Sports.
Brady Green at Awful Announcing has the video of Rich Eisen’s annual 40 yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Andrew Bucholz at AA notes that Captain Blowhard is complaining about something no one cares about.
At the Bleacher Report, Dan Levy looks at the sexism one San Diego sports anchor threw at Danica Patrick and the reaction since.
John Daly of the Daly Planet reviews Fox’s performance at the Daytona 500.
John also explores ESPN’s Brad Daugherty inexplicably coming down hard on driver Brad Keselowski for Tweeting during the Daytona 500.
John Gennaro of the Bolts from the Blue blog looks at how the new Fox Sports San Diego will affect sports fans.
Congratulations to CNBC’s Darren Rovell who now has a baby daughter to take care of. She wasn’t even a day old when Darren signed her up for Twitter.
And then Darren told us that he signed her up for other social networking services and bought her domain name. Darren? Put down the smartphone and walk away slowly.
And we’ll end it there for today.
Think of this as MLB’s online companion similar to NASCAR’s Race Buddy. While it’s not the actual game, it’s an online companion that will compliment the TV coverage on TBS. Like Race Buddy which is also run by Turner Sports, Postseason.TV will have camera angles and be made available for a fee for both the League Division and League Championship Series. They’ll also be seen on MLB.com’s mobile apps for smartphones and tablets. They’re available in the US and Canada only.
We have the joint press release from Turner Sports and MLB.com.
Postseason.TV Returns as TBS and MLBAM Team Up Throughout the 2011 Division Series and National League Championship Series
Online companion product to feature 10 live camera angles to give fans unique perspectives to Division Series and NLCS action
TBS and MLB Advanced Media are collaborating to bring fans additional access to this year’s Division Series (LDS) and National League Championship Series (NLCS) beginning Friday, September 30, with the return of Postseason.TV, a digital product that complements TBS’ exclusive presentation of each series. The subscription-based Postseason.TV package will once again stream alternate camera angles live for every LDS and NLCS game, allowing fans to customize their own online viewing experiences. Postseason.TV will be available on MLB.com and its mobile app platforms.
Postseason.TV will complement TBS’ coverage with up to 10 different camera angles available throughout each game, which viewers can navigate for different vantage points from their computers or handheld devices. Subscribers can watch one camera angle or view up to four different cameras simultaneously through a multi-screen option. Fans also will be granted access to live batting practice coverage from multiple camera angles, in-progress box scores, video highlights and streaming Tweets from MLB, TBS and fans.
“Postseason.TV gives baseball fans the opportunity to enhance their television viewing experience on TBS with extensive interactive live video on their laptops, tablets and smart phones,” said Matthew Hong, Turner Sports senior vice president and general manager of sports operations. “As more and more fans watch baseball using multiple screens at once, TBS and Postseason.TV combine to provide an immersive and all-access experience which is second to none.”
Postseason.TV is live and blackout-free and available to residents in the U.S. and Canada only. Subscriptions to Postseason.TV are available for a one-time fee of $5.99 for the complete package of LDS and NLCS games or individually for the Division Series ($3.99) and NLCS ($2.99). In addition to the web-based product, Postseason.TV also is available on mobile devices via MLB.com At Bat 11 for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android.
“These offerings embody our collective efforts to ensure baseball fans have access across a variety of distribution points to those emotionally-charged moments that define our Postseason,” said Kenny Gersh, senior vice president, business development, MLBAM. “As enhancements to Turner’s broadcasts, these products will continue to deliver October baseball is a unique way, leveraging the power of interactive media to drive fan engagement.”
There you have it.
Time for some linkage on this Wednesday. Can’t believe it’s mid-week already.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship TV ratings may have been down from last year, but there are plenty of silver linings that go with it.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban doesn’t seem to be a fan of bloggers.
Keith Olbermann feels creeped out listening to the late New York Yankees PA announcer Bob Sheppard introducing shortstop Derek Jeter.
Philliana Ng from the Hollywood Reporter says this year’s NCAA Tournament was the most watched since 2005.
Todd Spangler of Multichannel News writes that MLB Advanced Media has signed a deal with an ad provider to insert commercials on its MLB.TV platform.
Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek says the NCAA Championship Game may have been tough to watch, but it still drew a decent-sized audience for CBS.
Toni Fitzgerald from Media Life also talks about the ratings for the NCAA Championship.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell knows it’s tough to pick a side in the NFL labor dispute.
Newsday’s Neil Best is happy to be done talking about NCAA Tournament ratings.
Neil notes that attendance at Yankee Stadium is down for the first five games this season.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union speculates as to why the ratings for the NCAA Championship fell this year. Well, Duke wasn’t in it this season, the game wasn’t pretty, but getting an audience of 20.1 million people is quite impressive and CBS won the night. Can’t kill CBS for the game, it did what it could to keep people watching.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record writes that a long-time local radio station will begin airing a live morning show like it did in the old days.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog says MASN is seeing a huge ratings spike for the Nationals.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner talks with former MASN analyst Rob Dibble.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer wonders what happened to last night’s Fox Sports Ohio telecast of the Astros-Reds game.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at the results of a Sports Illustrated fan poll on the NFL lockout.
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune notes that American golfers aren’t flocking to Twitter as fast as their European counterparts.
David Brauer of the Minnesota Post reports that the Timberwolves are changing radio stations.
And Brauer says just hours after that news, the Wild announced that they were changing radio flagships.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News reports that the Lakers won’t be bringing Joel Myers back to its TV broadcasts next season.
Broderick Turner of the LA Times says most likely, Lakers radio voice Spero Dedes will replace Myers on the TV side.
Ed Fletcher from the Sacramento Bee says the local radio flagship of the Kings is preparing for the day when the team leaves the market which could be coming very soon.
The Toronto Globe and Mail’s Bruce Dowbiggin says The Masters® appears to be finally hitting the 21st Century in stride.
Sports Media Watch says baseball is getting off to a fast ratings start in several local markets.
SMW notes that the NCAA Championship Game on Monday ranks among the lowest-rated ever.
SMW also has some various ratings news and notes.
SMW says golf’s ratings trends are up this year.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says he’ll be returning to blogging very soon.
Joe Favorito says the MLB Fan Cave is the next Great Social Media and Branding Experiment.
Dave Kohl from the Major League Programs blog has his weekly post.
Wendy Parker who did a great job covering the Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis wonders if women’s college basketball will ever be treated as a sport instead of a novelty.
And I’ll end this set of links here, but if you notice, the South region is not covered here. I’ll see if I can do another set of links later this afternoon.
From MLB.com and MLB Advanced Media, we have the news and MLB At Bat ’11, the mobile app for the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, Android and Blackberry has been updated in time for Opening Day. Plenty of features for you and lots of good stuff for those who have either platform. In addition, MLB.TV will be free for those using MLB At Bat on an Apple device.
Let’s take a look at what’s in store for At Bat users.
AT BAT 11 OPENING DAY RELEASE AVAILABLE NOW
Free MLB.TV trial offers free live games in April on Apple iOS mobile devices
MLB.TV access for watching live regular season games debuts on select Android devices
New York, NY, March 31, 2011 – MLB.com At Bat, the top-selling, award-winning suite of mobile applications developed by MLB Advanced Media, has issued its Opening Day application updates which include a host of new features, offers and functionalities. The highlights of the latest release are a free trial of MLB.TV for the month of April – on Apple iOS mobile devices, a re-designed Gameday experience with realistic ballpark images for iPad and the first live streaming of regular season baseball games on Android with access to MLB.TV.
In addition to these enhancements, MLB.com At Bat 11 will introduce the following capabilities for each respective mobile device, intended to further enrich the fan experience this season:
At Bat 11 for iPad
- Watch every out-of-market game during April with a free MLB.TV trial (NEW)
- Enhanced, re-designed Gameday pitch-by-pitch features, including realistic ballpark renderings from all 30 MLB parks in partnership with MLB® 11: The Show™, available exclusively on PlayStation® (NEW)
- See key plays and pivotal moments from every game with Live Looks-Ins, blackout free (NEW)
- Archived games to watch every game from 2011 on-demand (NEW)
- MLB.TV subscription access to watch live out-of-market games all season
- Home and away radio broadcasts
- In-progress video highlights
- Condensed Games
- Breaking news, standings, schedules, rosters and statistics
At Bat 11 for iPhone, iPod touch
- Watch every out-of-market game during April with a free MLB.TV trial (NEW)
- See key plays and pivotal moments from every game with Live Looks-Ins, blackout free (NEW)
- Archived games to watch every game from 2011 on-demand (NEW)
- At The Ballpark with check-in, interactive venue maps, expanded video highlights, my profile, social media with Twitter and Facebook, exclusive offers and rewards and more (NEW)
- Customizable home screen to feature a designated favorite team (NEW)
- MLB.TV subscription access to watch live out-of-market games all season
- Home and away radio broadcasts
- In-progress video highlights
- Condensed Games and video library archive, searchable by team and player
- Breaking news, standings, schedules, rosters and statistics
- Customizable push notifications for game start and end and video highlight availability
At Bat 11 for Android
- MLB.TV subscription access to watch live out-of-market games (NEW)*
- At Bat.tv Free Game of the Day to watch one live out-of-market game free every day (NEW)*
- See key plays/pivotal moments from every game with Live Look-Ins, blackout free (NEW)*
- At The Ballpark with check-in, expanded video highlights, my profile, social media with Facebook, exclusive offers and rewards and more (NEW)
- Customizable home screen to feature a designated favorite team (NEW)
- Favorite team icon launcher widget for one-click access to a team’s homepage (NEW)
- MLB.com widget for one-click access to a live league-wide scoreboard (NEW)
- In-progress video highlights
- Home and away radio broadcasts
- Gameday pitch-by-pitch tracker
- Video library archive, searchable by team and player
- Breaking news, standings, schedules, rosters and statistics
* Technical requirements for live video on Android: To access live video, the minimum OS is 2.2, supporting Flash with at least an ARMv7 processor. Note that not all 2.2 devices support Flash and users may experience other unexpected device constraints.
At Bat 11 for BlackBerry
- Home and away radio broadcasts
- In-progress video highlights
- Gameday pitch-by-pitch tracker
- Customizable push notifications for game start and end and video highlight availability
- Breaking news, standings, schedules, rosters and statistics
MLB.com At Bat 11 is available to subscribers for a one-time fee of $14.99 for the entire 2011 season. For more information, visit MLB.com.
The $14.99 is quite high and I hope it doesn’t go up to $19.99 because that is where I will draw the line for a mobile app.
I have found a few more links today and instead of shoving them into the earlier edition, I’ll just a whole new set of links.
First, Sports Business Daily says the overnight ratings for the NCAA Tournament Selection Show were down significantly from last year.
Eric Fisher at Sports Business Daily says MLB Advanced Media has signed a contract to webcast the Webby Awards.
SBD notes a new app that can analyze live statistics and can notify a fan through a mobile app when to turn on a game.
Phil Swann at TV Predictions says Verizon FiOS TV customers will see truTV in HD starting this week just in time for the NCAA Tournament.
At the Wall Street Journal, Matthew Futterman says the NFL is well funded in case the lockout goes long.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says two Army spring sports programs will be heard on radio.
At the DC Sports Bog at the Washington Post, Dan Steinberg says the Capitals hit yet another TV ratings milestone.
Matt Murschel from the Orlando Sentinel notes that the Big 12 Conference is about to renew a deal with Fox.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle writes that ESPN went after the NCAA Tournament selection committee.
To the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel where Bob Wolfley talks about former Marquette and current Indiana coach Tom Crean going to truTV this week.
Through Jimmy Traina of Sports Illustrated, Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid has the video of ESPN’s Bob Knight fast asleep as Mike Francesa was about to interview him on WFAN.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says yesterday’s NHL Game of the Week on NBC finished even in the ratings with last week.
Steve wants NBC to pick up Blackhawks-Lightning.
I told you there were a lot of Monday afternoon links. Certainly more than I expected.
We have two announcements from MLB.com. One which many of you know about already, that the MLB At Bat mobile and tablet app for the 2011 season is out. While it carries a very hefty $14.99 price tag, it’s already the number one sports app at the iTunes Stores. I’ve already downloaded it for my iPhone and iPad. It’s one of the best apps bar none especially when you combine it with your MLB.TV subscription and can watch all of the games, with the exception of ones in your home market. The one main problem is the silly MLB blackout restrictions, but to be able to watch out-of-market games has been a plus and since I bought MLB.TV, I’ve canceled my subscription to MLB Extra Innings. So to be able to watch the games on mobile devices is just tremendous and the video is getting better and better every year.
Here’s the announcement on MLB At Bat.
LIVE BASEBALL WHEREVER YOU GO, AVAILABLE EARLIER THAN EVER BEFORE
#1 Grossing App returns with first live mobile streaming for Spring Training games in February
New York, NY, February 24, 2011 – MLB.com At Bat, the top-selling, award-winning suite of mobile applications developed by MLB Advanced Media, is back for the 2011 season today and earlier than ever before will deliver a special free preview of MLB.TV live streaming video for At Bat 11 on Apple devices starting Saturday, February 26. At Bat 11, which is available now for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android and BlackBerry, also introduces a new favorite Club home screen customization functionality for select devices.
With Opening Day just five weeks away, At Bat 11 will deliver additional updates prior to the regular season, including brand new features, offers and functionalities.
Spring Training 2011
MLB.com At Bat 11 across each of these platforms offers the most comprehensive coverage of Grapefruit and Cactus League action with access to live Spring Training games, including every available radio feed and in progress statistical data. Among the At Bat 11 features available for Spring Training are:
- Customize home screen to feature a designated favorite team (iPhone, iPod touch, Android only).
- Watch live streaming of about 150 available Spring Training games with a special mobile free preview of MLB.TV (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad only).
- Listen to available radio broadcasts of Spring Training games
- Follow league-wide scoreboards and batter-by-batter action for every Spring Training game
- Enhanced video library archive, searchable by player or team
- Breaking news, schedules and interactive rosters and players stats for every team
- Full-season schedule calendars
MLB.com At Bat 11 is available to subscribers for a one-time fee of $14.99 for the entire 2011 season. For more information, visit MLB.com.
And to get you into the mood for baseball, MLB.TV will begin streaming live Spring Training games starting on Saturday with three games, two from Florida and one from Arizona. Those who have an MLB.TV subscription will able to watch the games. There are no blackout restrictions with Grapefruit or Cactus League action.
MLB.TV 2011 live streaming schedule begins with three Spring Training matchups:
Phillies-Yankees, Braves-Mets, Rockies-Diamondbacks
NEW YORK, February 25, 2011 – MLB.com will present the first of more than 150 live Spring Training games from Florida and Arizona camps beginning tomorrow with a trio of games, the Philadelphia Phillies-New York Yankees (1:05 p.m. EST), Atlanta Braves-New York Mets (1:10 p.m. EST) and Colorado Rockies-Arizona Diamondbacks (3:10 p.m. EST).
The entire allotment of select Spring Training broadcasts, along with every out-of-market game of the 2011 regular season, is available as part of a MLB.TV subscription. As one of the largest subscription video offerings on the Internet, MLB.TV has served one billion live video streams since its inception, 25% of which were delivered in 2010 alone.
Spring Training 2011
Fans again will be able to watch select live games from Spring Training on their Mac/PC and on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices with a free MLB.TV sneak preview included within the top-selling MLB.com At Bat 11 applications for each. It marks the earliest availability ever for live streaming Spring Training games on mobile devices.
Opening Day 2011
In addition to the accessible devices offered for Spring Training, MLB.TV subscribers will be able to watch every regular season game with support across select Android devices through At Bat 11, Sony PS3 and other connected devices. Additional platform offerings for MLB.TV live streaming will be announced as they become available.
Subscribers will get a host of cutting-edge features in the award-winning MLB.TV media player, including HD quality picture, alternate audio options, in progress highlights and fantasy player tracker alerts, clickable linescores, multi-game viewing options (Premium), home and away feeds (Premium) and DVR functionality (Premium).
MLB.TV and MLB.TV Premium with complete portability are available to subscribers for annual fees of $99.99 and $119.99, respectively, for the entire 2011 season. For more information, visit MLB.com.
That’ s it.
We have the linkage for Wednesday. Let’s do it.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand has details of ESPN Radio hack Colin Cowherd’s sitcom.
George Winslow of Broadcasting & Cable says the Pittsburgh Penguins have purchased new HD cameras for its in-house video system at its new arena.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News reports that Comcast SportsNet and Sporting News are teaming up to deliver regionalized sports news through local websites.
Noah Davis at SportsNewser looks further into the Esquire writer who got banned by the Miami Heat.
Adam Fuseld of the Business Insider’s Sports Page notes that Fox Sports is still peeved at MLB Advanced Media for undermining the network during the Postseason.
Matt Norlander of Yahoo! Sports talks about Charles Barkley becoming a part of the NCAA Tournament coverage.
John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant says ESPN will have a segment on the UConn women’s basketball team’s winning streak.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times says a new voting system at the Baseball Hall of Fame might benefit George Steinbrenner’s chances.
Newsday’s Neil Best goes into some of the details of the CBS/Turner alliance for the NCAA Tournament.
The Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg in the DC Sports Bog reprints Redskins voice Larry Michael’s comments about Donovan McNabb and the “media garbage”.
Gil LeBreton at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says TCU coach Gary Patterson will be all over ESPN’s platforms this Friday.
Mel Bracht in the Daily Oklahoman notes Versus’ record ratings for Oregon-Cal last Saturday.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business gets legendary sportscaster Chet Coppock to discuss when the Bears used to play at Wrigley Field.
Ed says Cubs owner Thomas Ricketts is looking at possible revenue avenues if the State of Illinois doesn’t approve a plan to fund renovations at Wrigley.
Phil Rosenthal of the Chicago Tribune says WGN-AM is making some weekend programming changes including bringing back a beloved sports show that was canceled earlier this year.
St. Louis Cardinals TV voice Dan McLaughlin has been pleaded guilty to DUI charges from last summer.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News writes about the NCAA Tournament on CBS and Turner Sports.
Bruce Dowbiggin from the Toronto Globe and Mail looks at the burgeoning story regarding NHL head of discipline Colin Campbell apparently having an axe to grind against the Bruins’ Marc Savard while trying to protect his own son, Gregory.
Sports Media Watch notes from Turner Sports that there are no definitive plans to use Marv Albert, Kenny Smith or Charles Barkley on the NCAA Tournament.
SMW has the weekend overnight ratings.
SMW notes that as NASCAR’s season comes to an end, its ratings remain down.
And I’ll end it there.
MLB.TV has added two new features to its video player just in time for the pennant race. One feature which I truly welcome is adding the radio calls and overlaying them over the video calls. So, if you’re watching a Yankee game and don’t want to listen to Michael Kay on YES, you can click and listen to John Sterling on WCBS. Well, that’s a bad example. So you’re watching a Dodger game and you want to hear what Charlie Steiner has to say over Vin Scully…. Ok, that’s another bad example, but you get the idea. If you’d rather not hear any announcer, you can choose the natural ambient sound from the park as well. Here’s what the concept would look like if you’re watching on your computer.
And there’s another feature that allows you check highlights of a certain batter.
Let’s get the details from MLB.com.
MLB.TV DELIVERS NEW FEATURES, LOWER PRICES AS PENNANT RACES INTENSIFY
NEW YORK, AUGUST 2, 2010 – As the 2010 Major League Baseball regular season enters the pennant race push, MLB.com is debuting a pair of new interactive features to its MLB.TV media player, natural sound audio selection and batter-by-batter highlight navigation, while lowering the prices for new subscribers.
Within the award-winning MLB.TV media player, subscribers can utilize the current clickable linescore functionality to jump to any half inning of a live or on-demand game. This latest enhancement to the MLB.TV player allows users to navigate directly to any key at-bat in an easy-to-use scrollable batter-by-batter interface. In addition, subscribers now can choose to overlay alternate audio feeds over the live video, including only the ballpark’s natural sounds with the “Park” option.
Over the final two months of the regular season, MLB.TV Premium subscribers can watch live HD broadcasts of every game, subject to blackout restrictions, with access to home and away broadcast feeds, DVR functionality to pause or rewind live action and multi-game viewing options (quad view, p-i-p and split screen) as well as the standard set of MLB.TV features for a one-time fee of $44.95. MLB.TV, which is now $39.95, delivers up-to-the-minute statistical information, Twitter integration, in-game highlights, fantasy player tracker, full game archives, and portability to access their accounts through a variety of interactive media platforms, including Apple’s iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, Sony PS3, Roku and Boxee.
Plenty of stuff to absorb there.
Let’s provide some linkage today. Plenty of stuff to get to.
We begin with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk who writes that the NFL Network has been approached by the Atlantic Coast Conference on carrying a package of football games.
Portfolio picks up a story from Eric Fisher of the Sports Business Journal regarding the NFL expanding its online content to Hulu and Yahoo.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand writes that ESPN college basketball “bracketologist” Joe Lunardi will be getting a lot of facetime this week.
Writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Jason Fry says sportswriters need to look beyond breaking news to get noticed and read in the new journalism.
Glen Dickson of Broadcasting & Cable writes that ESPN has deemed one of its 3D-TV tests a success.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life writes that NBC won the February sweeps thanks to the Olympics, something it couldn’t do four years ago.
BusinessWeek picks up a Bloomberg News story from Tariq Panja on ESPN’s UK unit which will not reduce its subscription price next year when its slate of English Premier League games shrinks from 46 to 23 games.
John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant says ESPN may pick up the last 30 seconds of tonight’s UConn-Notre Dame women’s Big East semifinal to show the Huskies’ record setting 71st consecutive win.
Brad Stone of the New York Times looks at MLB Advanced Media taking over the streaming of live events for ESPN3.com starting next month.
The New York Post’s Phil Mushnick now shifts his hate to golf announcers.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette says Time Warner Cable will air the first two games of an ECAC college hockey postseason series this weekend.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner says four local CBS Radio sports stations will be banded together as listeners can hear their content through HD sets.
Jim says Notre Dame will play one of its 2011 “home” games at the DC’s NFL team’s stadium in primetime on NBC.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times talks about the HBO “Bird/Magic” documentary, bad NHL marketing and the possible expansion of the NCAA Tournament in his review of the weekend in TV sports.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer wonders why a public TV documentary on thoroughbred racing did not include shots of one local horsetrack.
Douglas Fink in the Zanesville (OH) Times Recorder feels NBC did a decent job during the Winter Olympics, but could have done better in certain areas.
Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that Cubs players are split down the middle over the possible installation of a Jumbotron at Wrigley Field.
Phil Rosenthal of the Tribune says Comcast SportsNet Chicago will stream the rest of the Bulls regular season games for no extra cost, provided a subscriber already has access to CSN on cable or satellite.
In the Denver Post, Dusty Saunders reviews the latest ESPN “30 for 30″ documentary on Reggie Miller’s rivalry with the New York Knicks.
Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times says Kings Hall of Fame TV voice Bob Miller will miss the team’s next two games due to an illness. He already missed Saturday’s game against Montreal.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has the SoCal sports calendar for this week.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star is looking forward to hearing more baseball this spring.
William Houston in Truth & Rumours says CBC Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean singled out CTV Olympics host James Duthie for some praise on Saturday.
Sports Media Watch says despite the suspension of Tony Kornheiser, ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption rolls on.
SMW says NBC’s first NHL game after the Olympics put up decent ratings.
Steve Lepore of Puck The Media feels NBC is getting consistent numbers for the NHL this season.
Deadspin notes while ESPN’s Erin Andrews will be on Dancing with the Stars this season, she won’t be at the NFL Draft as in past years.
The Big Lead says the Miami Herald’s Dan Lebatard knows where sports journalism is heading.
Len Berman gives you his Top 5 Sports Stories.
That will do it for today.
As a virus and a worm get spread on Twitter, I’ll give you a post where I feel it’s at least somewhat safe.
One press release from MLB Network and another from MLB.com.
MLB Network says it will devote all day Friday to the Trading Deadline.
MLB NETWORK TO AIR 15 HOURS OF LIVE TRADE DEADLINE COVERAGE FRIDAY, JULY 31
Coverage to include historical features narrated by MLB Network’s Bob Costas
July 28, 2009 – MLB Network today announced its coverage plans for the Major League trade deadline on Friday, July 31 with MLB Tonight: Trade Deadline Special. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET on Friday, MLB Network will go live from Studio 3 in its
headquarters and remain on-air until MLB Tonight is off the air, totaling approximately 15 hours of live coverage. Secaucus, New Jersey
MLB Network hosts Greg Amsinger, Victor Rojas and Matt Vasgersian will alternate hosting duties with analysis from MLB Network’s John Hart, Jon Heyman, Joe Magrane, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci and Mitch Williams. MLB Scouting Bureau Director Frank Marcos and MLB.com senior writer Jonathan Mayo will also join to discuss projected club line-ups and starting rotations, free agents in 2009 and 2010, and what Minor Leaguers may soon become household names. MLB Network reporter Hazel Mae, who is traveling with the Toronto Blue Jays tracking updates on pitcher Roy Halladay through Friday, and MLB Network Baseball Insider Ken Rosenthal will check in throughout the day offering updates and predictions.
MLB Network’s Bob Costas will narrate six editions of “MLB Network Remembers,” looking back at significant trades in Major League Baseball history, including Hall of Famer Lou Brock’s trade to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1964. Other editions highlight David Cone’s trade to the New York Yankees, Mark McGwire’s trade to the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Boston Red Sox trading for Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek in 1997.
“The Major League trade deadline generates tremendous interest from baseball fans and we knew it would be important to provide expanded coverage on Friday and throughout this week,” said Tony Petitti, President and CEO of MLB Network. “We’re looking forward to using all of our resources to give fans the latest updates on each club’s trade activity and predict how these trades can affect the second half of the season.”
Friday’s coverage will also include live streaming on MLB.com from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET, use of MLB Network Ballpark Cameras at U.S. Cellular Field,
and Busch Stadium for interviews with club managers and players, and graphics with a trade-specific ticker highlighting information about clubs’ trade deadline history. PETCO Park
And the New York Yankees became the first team in MLB to have one million registered users.
NEW YORK, July 28, 2009 – MLB Advanced Media, LP (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, announced today that the New York Yankees this month became the first of the 30 Major League Clubs to surpass one million registered users for free newsletters and alerts, including exclusive ticketing opportunities, via its official Web site, www.Yankees.com.
“We are proud to reach a milestone that is representative of the passion and commitment Yankees fans have demonstrated for generations,” said Yankees Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost. “Yankees fans from every corner of the globe, including fans from each of the 50 United States, have embraced the exclusive online benefits delivered to their inbox.”
With free registration of a valid email address, Yankees fans can personalize their subscriptions to any of a number of direct communications to stay connected with the Club, including the Yankees Insider newsletter, a weekly source for exclusive inside-the-clubhouse stories, the latest ticketing opportunities, prospect scouting reports, discounts on authentic Yankees merchandise, photo galleries, video highlights and Yankees trivia.
Some of the other free newsletter and alert subscription options for Yankees fans to have delivered directly to their inbox include breaking news alerts, postgame alerts, ticket alerts and shop and memorabilia auction information. In addition, the Yankees offer a Spanish-language weekly newsletter. All newsletters are available in an HTML format with photos, graphics and features unavailable in the plain text format.
There you go.
We have quite a few releases for you. Let’s give you stuff from CBS Sports first.
It says ratings for the AT&T National won by Tiger Woods jumped by over 200% from last year when Tiger was out due to knee surgery.
RATINGS ROAR AGAIN FOR CBS SPORTS’ COVERAGE OF PGA TOUR’S “AT&T NATIONAL” FINAL ROUND WITH 207% INCREASE
CBS Sports’ final-round coverage of the PGA TOUR’s AT&T NATIONAL, which saw host Tiger Woods win his tournament with a birdie at the 16th hole and pars at 17 and 18 to beat Hunter Mahan by a stroke, on Sunday, July 5 (3:00-6:30 PM, ET) scored an overnight household rating/share of 4.6/11, up +207% from last year’s 1.5/3 in the metered markets.
Sunday’s 4.6/11 was the highest rating for a PGA TOUR event (non-major) on CBS Sports since a 4.6/9 for the final round of the BUICK INVITATIONAL (1/27/08) and the highest rating for the final round of the AT&T NATIONAL since the inaugural event in 2007.
Sunday’s final-round rating peaked at a 6.3/14 from 6:00-6:30 PM, ET.
CBS Sports’ third-round coverage of the AT&T NATIONAL on Saturday, July 4 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET) earned an overnight household rating/share of 2.6/7, up +100% from last year’s third round 1.3/3 in the metered markets.
Saturday’s 2.6/7 was the highest-rated third round for this event.
The Late Show with David Letterman will have Wimbledon Ladies Champion Serena Williams as guest tonight.
WOMEN’S SINGLES AND DOUBLES TENNIS CHAMPION SERENA WILLIAMS TO VISIT CBS’ “LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN,” MONDAY, JULY 6 WIMBLEDON
NEW YORK, July 6 — 2009 Wimbledon women’s singles and doubles tennis champion Serena Williams talks about her victories when she visits the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Monday, July 6 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. On Saturday, Serena defeated her sister, Venus, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the women’s singles final to capture her third
title and 11th major championship. Later that afternoon, Serena and Venus teamed up to win their fourth Wimbledon women’s doubles title and ninth Grand Slam doubles title as a duo, defeating Rennae Stubbs and Samantha Stosur 7-6 (4), 6-4. Wimbledon
Also featured on tonight’s LATE SHOW will be an interview with actress Hayden Panettiere, a special Top Ten List presented by Optimus Prime from “Transformers,” and a performance by musical guests Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band. The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Maria Pope, Jude Brennan and
are the executive producers. Rob Burnett
Official CBS Web site: http://www.cbs.com/latenight/lateshow/
And here’s what Serena told Dave about grunting and other things.
2009 WIMBLEDON WOMEN’S SINGLES AND DOUBLES CHAMPION SERENA WILLIAMS TALKS TOURNAMENTS AND GRUNTING AND INDULGES IN AN IMPROMPTU TENNIS PRACTICE WITH LETTERMAN WHEN SHE VISITS CBS’ “LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN,” MONDAY, JULY 6
Serena Williams talks about tournaments and grunting and indulges in some tennis practice with Letterman, when she visited the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Monday, July 6 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Letterman asked Williams, who defeated her sister, Venus, in the women’s singles final and then teamed up with her to take the doubles title that after her victory in the women’s singles final, beating her sister, Venus, “Do you really want to go play doubles after you win the singles?” Williams said, “Absolutely, because, I mean, when I won the singles, I had to beat Venus in the finals in order to win. So last year, she actually beat me in the final and she won, so last year, I was so excited to get on the doubles court because I wanted to win a title. I didn’t want to go home without anything. And so this year when I won, I was actually more excited to go out and play doubles because, more than anything, I wanted Venus to win, to leave with something.”
After a torn quad muscle in Williams’ knee kept her from playing for a year, Letterman wondered, “Were there times when you thought, ‘you know what, this may be – this may be it?’” Williams confessed, “Of course – I mean, when you’re down and out after surgery, it’s like you feel like there is no comeback and there is no way back, but it’s always very important to never give up, guys.”
Letterman asked Williams if she’s looking forward to playing the U.S. Open, and Williams said, “Yeah, I do. I was just coming in today over the bridge and saw the stadium over there and had so many wonderful memories, and I automatically thought, I thought, ‘Wow, I want to get out of this car and just go over there and start training,’ so that’s my next goal is to win the Open ‘cause that’s like what I really want to do.”
Letterman asked Williams about the grunting noises she makes while playing, and “is it mostly younger women who make noise when they hit the tennis ball or is it men and women now? She thinks “it’s definitely more the ladies thing.” Letterman wondered, “Now why is that? Is that something they are taught when they’re learning to play the game?” Williams revealed, “When I was younger growing up, I used to watch Monica Seles and she’s like the first person that I know that really used to grunt really loud and really hard, so that’s kind of how I modeled my grunt after? Yeah, because you have to have role models when it comes to grunting…” Letterman asked, “Can it be distracting to somebody who doesn’t typically make much noise to have an opponent who is making noise?” Williams laughed, “I often wonder that, I often wonder…I’m thinking like we were playing just recently in the finals and Venus and I were grunting really loud in the doubles and the other girls weren’t doing anything, and after the point, I was thinking, ‘Wow, that was pretty loud, was that distracting for them?’ So, like I said, I’ll often wonder.” Williams also revealed that grunting “advanced in everything, like if I play golf, I grunt, if I’m playing soccer and I kick the ball, I grunt…” Letterman had Williams laughing when he joked, “What about at breakfast? ‘…Need some coffee here – ugh! How about some more eggs – ugh!” After the interview, Letterman and Williams indulged in an impromptu tennis practice, taking turns hitting tennis balls into the balcony of the Ed Sullivan Theater.
CBS will re-air a 1963 Wonderful World of Golf segment between Jack Nicklaus and Sam Snead this Sunday.
From the archives of Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf comes a classic 1963 match-up between 23-year-old Jack Nicklaus and legendary Sam Snead, then 50 years old and the owner of a PGA TOUR-record 81 wins. Filmed at Pebble Beach Golf Links in
, the 18-hole stroke play competition pitted current and future greatness in Snead and Nicklaus, who was the reigning U.S. Open champion. Monterey, CA
The match was filmed on February 24 and came down to the final hole. It hasn’t been rebroadcast in any manner since 1963, until now. NICKLAUS VS. SNEAD REVISITED will be aired by CBS Sports on Sunday, July 12, at 2 p.m. ET.
Produced by PGA TOUR Productions and digitally re-mastered to high definition, the one-hour special will feature an exclusive interview with Nicklaus regarding the match and his fondness for Pebble Beach, swing tips from both Nicklaus and Snead, mini-features on the two contestants as well as the golf course, and interviews with writers, television producers and fans who were in attendance.
The airing of NICKLAUS VS. SNEAD REVISITED leads into CBS Sports’ final-round telecast of the John Deere Classic, Sunday, July 12, 2009 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
The following day, Golf Channel will run a documentary on the famous 1977 duel between Nicklaus and Tom Watson in the Open Championship.
Re-Live the Nicklaus-Watson
at Turnberry in GOLF CHANNEL Special Battle , July 6, 2009 – One of the most memorable showdowns in major championship history took place at the 1977 Open Championship at Turnberry, when Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson engaged in a historic 36-hole battle for the Claret Jug that became known as “The Duel in the Sun.” ORLANDO, Fla.
When the 2009 Open Championship returns to Turnberry,
, next week, GOLF CHANNEL will chronicle the story of the duo’s epic battle in a special presentation, Duel in the Sun, airing Monday, July 13 at 9 p.m. ET. The half-hour special includes tournament footage from the original broadcast and features recent interviews with Nicklaus and Watson, third-round leader Roger Maltbie, 1977 U.S. Open Champion and third-place finisher Hubert Green, and several award-winning journalists. Ayrshire, Scotland
Duel in the Sun will document the Nicklaus-Watson pairing in the final round at the 1977 Open Championship, where they separated themselves from the field. Watson, going for his second major of the year, birdied the 71st hole on Sunday to take the lead for the first time, ultimately finishing one shot ahead of Nicklaus at 12-under-par. Green, who finished 11 strokes back of Watson at 1-under-par, was the only other player to break par for the tournament.
Duel in the Sun will re-air Monday, July 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET and Tuesday, July 14 (Monday night) at midnight ET.
We get an update from MLB.com on the voting for the last roster spots for the 80th All-Star Game.
Races start with Sandoval and Kinsler narrowly leading as voting enters second day
NEW YORK, July 6, 2009 –Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants and Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers are the clubhouse leaders after the opening 24 hours of online fan voting in the 2009 All-Star Game Final Vote, held exclusively on MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball, and the individual Club sites.
Sandoval currently owns a very small lead over the other four players on the ballot for the final roster spot on the 2009 National League All-Star Team, followed closely by Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies; Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Mark Reynolds of the Arizona Diamondbacks; and Cristian Guzman of the Washington Nationals.
On the American League side, Kinsler leads the very close race among the five candidates for the final roster spot, followed by Brandon Inge of the Detroit Tigers; Chone Figgins of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; Adam Lind of the Toronto Blue Jays; and Carlos Pena of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The eighth annual All-Star Game Final Vote ballot commenced exclusively on MLB.com and the individual Club sites at 2 p.m. (EDT) yesterday and will continue until the voting concludes at 4 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, July 9, 2009.
Mobile voting is available exclusively on Sprint capable mobile phones and fans can send the word “Vote” to 1122 to receive the 2009 All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote ballot. Standard text rates apply. In Canada, fans should text the word “Vote” to 88555.
The All-Star Game Final Vote program has seen nearly 140 million votes cast since its inception in 2002, including last year’s record-setting total when fans chose Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays and Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers. Previous winners of the All-Star Game Sprint Final Vote are: Hideki Okajima (AL, 2007); Chris Young (NL, 2007); A.J. Pierzynski (AL, 2006); Nomar Garciaparra (NL, 2006); Scott Podsednik (AL, 2005); Roy Oswalt (NL, 2005); Hideki Matsui (AL, 2004); Bobby Abreu (NL, 2004); Jason Varitek (AL, 2003); Geoff Jenkins (NL, 2003); Johnny Damon (AL, 2002); and Andruw Jones (NL, 2002).
Fox Sports and MLB Advanced Media team up for an online pregame show from the All-Star Game on Tuesday.
FOXSPORTS.COM ON MSN & MLBAM REPRISE
MLB ALL-STAR BATTING PRACTICE SHOW
Live Show from
Begins All-Star Coverage at 4:30 ET St. Louis
Digital ASG Plans Include Second Screen In-Game Camera Experience
New York& – So, it’s All-Star Tuesday and you can’t wait to get home from work to watch the Midsummer Classic. You find yourself daydreaming about being in Los Angeles St. Louis, watching the game’s best hitters take batting practice, launching ball after ball into the sky. Well, once again, with a click of your mouse, FOXSports.com on MSN and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) can transport you there. Missouri
FOXSports.com on MSN and MLBAM, for the third consecutive year, partner to co-produce the MLB ALL-STAR BATTING PRACTICE SHOW, live on Tuesday, July 14 at 4:30 PM ET from Busch Stadium in downtown
, home of the 80th MLB All-Star Game. FOX Sports’ St. Louis Chris Rosehosts, while MLB Network’s Royce Clayton provides analysis. FOX’ Ken Rosenthal reports and conducts interviews from the batting cage. Fans can access the show by logging onto www.mlb.com or www.foxsports.com.
Once the hour-long program concludes at 5:30 PM ET, the show’s multiple cameras remain live in fixed positions, providing ambient background audio and video as preparations for the pre-game ceremonies and game continue. At 8:00 PM ET, when FOX Sports begins its live national coverage of the MLB ALL-STAR GAME PREGAME SHOW, the same cameras that were used during the batting practice show are once again manned and provide a second-screen, viewer-pick-the-angle, online experience. As many as five camera angles are expected to be available.
The show’s production infrastructure is supported by MLBAM’s Mediaplayer ’09, with cameras provided by FOX Sports. Pre-produced features and packages, including game highlights, are planned, but are only viewable via the set’s camera stream.
And here’s what ESPN will cover for Motorsports this week.
Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC
The NASCAR Nationwide Series races in prime time on Friday night as it makes its only appearance of the season at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. ESPN will have a live, high definition telecast of the race on Friday, July 10, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET with NASCAR Countdown. ESPN2 is the home of the NASCAR Nationwide Series all season, with selected races on ESPN and ABC. The race re-airs Saturday, July 11, at 2:30 a.m. on ESPN2 and again at 1 p.m. on ESPN Classic.
Also this weekend, live coverage of NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying airs Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN2, while coverage of final practice airs Thursday, July 9, at 7 p.m.
Dr. Jerry Punch will be lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN’s coverage, with analysis by 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace and two-time NASCAR champion crew chief Andy Petree. Reporting from the pits will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro and Shannon Spake, with two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion crew chief Tim Brewer in the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage.
Craven, Said, Blount on NASCAR Now Roundtable
ESPN NASCAR analysts Ricky Craven and Boris Said and ESPN.com reporter Terry Blount will be panelists on NASCAR Now’s weekly roundtable discussion program airing Monday, July 13, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Allen Bestwick will host the edition of ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program.
Nicole Manske hosts half-hour episode of NASCAR Now airing Tuesday and Wednesday of this week at 5 p.m. and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Manske also hosts the one-hour weekend edition that airs Saturday, July 11, at 10 a.m. with a preview of that night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Chicagoland Speedway. Said will join Manske on the set, while Mike Massaro and Marty Smith will report from the track.
NASCAR Now originates from ESPN’s high definition studios in Bristol, Conn. Contributors include NASCAR Insiders Marty Smith and Angelique Chengelis, analysts Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Boris Said, Ricky Craven and Randy LaJoie, and ESPN.com reporters Ed Hinton, Terry Blount and David Newton. The NASCAR on ESPN team event coverage team of Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett, Dr. Jerry Punch, Andy Petree, Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Spake and Vince Welch also make frequent contributions to NASCAR Now.
NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing from
on ESPN2 Denver
The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series travels to Bandimere Speedway near
this weekend, and ESPN2 will air qualifying and eliminations action on a same-day basis. Qualifying from the Mile-High NHRA Nationals airs Saturday, July 11, at 8 p.m. ET, with eliminations airing Sunday at 7 p.m. Finals coverage re-airs Monday, July 13, at 2 p.m. on ESPN Classic. Denver
The second half of the season kicks off with the first of three consecutive weekends of racing and one of its greatest challenges. Teams travel high and deep into the
Rocky Mountainsto more than 5,800 feet, where the altitude affects everything from engine tune-ups to aerodynamics. Crews must make changes to established power-making combinations and battle lack of downforce to tackle the environs. The event is testament to the skill and adaptability of the racers.
Paul Page anchors ESPN2’s coverage with analysis by 22-time NHRA winner Mike Dunn. Gary Gerould and Dave Rieff report from the pits. Rieff and Dunn host NHRA RaceDay on Sunday at 11 a.m. to set the stage for that day’s eliminations action.
Other NHRA programming airing on ESPN Networks this week includes the 2003 NHRA Nationals from
, airing Monday, July 13, at noon on ESPN Classic. Following at 1 p.m. is an hour of NHRA Sportsman Series action from Atlanta Dragway. Brainerd, Minn.
IndyCar Series Races at
Live on ABC Toronto
After a one-year absence, one of North America’s famous racing venues returns to action this weekend as the IndyCar Series races in
on the famed Toronto Exhibition Placestreet circuit. ABC will have live coverage of the event on Sunday, July 12, at 1 p.m. ET.
The CART/Champ Car Series raced at
for 22 years, starting in 1986, before the event took a year off last year when open wheel racing unified. Toronto
Pro Pulling League Action Airs Sunday on ESPN2
The Pro Pulling League, which features modified trucks, tractors and other vehicles, will be in action for more than two hours on Sunday, July 12, in five half-hour program beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2.
The programs will feature highlights from events held in
Wheatland, Mo., and The league is sanctioned by the American Tractor Pulling Association. Henry, Ill.
And those are the releases for tonight.
This has become an MLB-centric day thus far. Here’s a release from MLB Advanced Media, the San Diego Padres and Cox Communications officially announcing the move to stream games online in the local market. I note the price is the same as the Yankees for online streaming. Look at the release.
COX COMMUNICATIONS, SAN DIEGO PADRES AND MLB ADVANCED MEDIA REACH AGREEMENT ENABLING CUSTOMERS TO PURCHASE AND WATCH PADRES TELECASTS LIVE OVER BROADBAND
Product Scheduled To Launch For Rockies-Padres Game On July 16, 2009
SAN DIEGO AND NEW YORK, June 29, 2009 – Cox Communications, the San Diego Padres and MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, today announced an agreement that will allow customers who subscribe to Cox’s High Speed Internet service to purchase a package of San Diego Padres game telecasts for live in-market online viewing. This landmark agreement signifies an innovation in the way viewers can watch live professional sports, by offering a live in-market streaming product that includes games with local television rights.
Using an authentication process that will be enabled and managed by MLBAM and Cox, Cox High Speed Internet customers can watch Padres games live on their computer anywhere in the Padres television market, including at work or at home.
Padres fans can learn more about the product and purchase the package on web pages accessible from Padres.com and Cox.com. The Padres.TV product, available for a one-time fee of $49.95 for the remainder of the season or $19.95 for any 30-day period, is scheduled to launch on Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 p.m. (PT) with Channel 4 San Diego’s Rockies-Padres broadcast. Where available, games will be delivered with high definition quality picture, using the highest quality live streaming pioneered by MLBAM this year in its MLB.TV Premium package.
“We are very pleased to partner in this important joint effort to deliver greater access to Padres fans within their local market,” said Bob DuPuy, President and COO, Major League Baseball. “The agreement presents additional opportunities for fans to stay connected to the Padres while providing them the flexibility and convenience to do so when they cannot be at Petco Park. San Diego also marks the second franchise to take this significant step by offering in-market streaming and I expect additional Clubs to follow in the near future.”
“We’re proud to be at the forefront and breaking new ground among professional sports franchises by offering live in-market online viewing to our fans,” said Tom Garfinkel, President and COO of the San Diego Padres. “We’re committed to creating more choices for how our fans experience Padres baseball here at Petco Park and beyond.”
“Now Cox customers have another convenient way to enjoy Channel 4 San Diego’s award-winning coverage of Padres baseball,” said Craig Nichols, Vice President and General Manager of Channel 4 San Diego.
Thus far, the Yankees and the Padres are the only teams to announce a deal for online streaming. According to MLB, other agreements will most likely take place next season.
I’ve finished some unpacking, sent some reports and invoices out. Now I can do some links before I leave and enjoy the rest of the day.
Breaking news from the Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand and Eric Fisher… They report that the Yankees will become the first team to stream its games into its home market thanks to a deal with Cablevision, MLB and MLB Advanced Media. Other teams will be watching to see how successful this test will be. Expect many fans to sign up. And thanks to the SBJ for opening this page for public consumption today. Much appreciated. It pays to be on Twitter at 4:15 p.m. If you follow John on Twitter, you were tipped off to this big story.
For some reason, Neil Best was up early on a Saturday and caught the Jonas Brothers doing something on the late West Coast SportsCenter. You’re a better man than me to get up early, Neil.
On this Belmont Stakes day, Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at the interesting strategy of The Daily Racing Form which still survives as a newspaper and an online publication.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette feels there’s no way the NBA and NHL Finals should be on head-to-head against each other.
Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News enjoyed Jeff Van Gundy’s commentary in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Jack Ireland of the Delaware News-Journal talks with ESPN’s Jeannine Edwards about her covering the Belmont Stakes today.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner writes that Calvin Borel will be the story of this year’s Belmont Stakes.
Jim wonders if Pittsburgh is the new Hockeytown.
And Jim says while NBC is poised to broadcast tennis history on Sunday, the French Open truly belonged to the Tennis Channel and ESPN2 for the last two weeks.
The Sports Media Journal’s Ray Frager doesn’t think it’s a bad thing for the media to be involved in college football polls.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News chronicles Texas Rangers radio voice Eric Nadel’s quick diagnosis of floaters in his eye. In his blog, Barry is attempting to blackmail Rangers president Nolan Ryan for a Texas-sized suite at the Ballpark at Arlington.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News says the NBA Playoffs were ratings magic for the league’s cable partners.
Greg Wyshynski of the Puck Daddy blog on Yahoo! Sports wonders if the NHL can do better than its no-rights deal with NBC.
That will do it for now. I’ll see you Sunday morning.
Ok, I’m at the home office and I’ve been waiting to do a couple of things. I’ll try to sneak in a couple of links here.
I’m also going to sneak in two more links from the Sports Business Journal.
John Ourand writes about ESPN’s construction of their new Los Angeles headquarters.
And John joins Tripp Mickle to write a story about the US Olympic Committee’s continued attempts to get a devoted amateur sports channel on cable.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media has part one of an excellent interview with NESN’s Jack Edwards. You may be surprised at what Jack has to say about ESPN. Steve mentions that the NHL on NBC fell below a 1.0 rating for the first time this season.
The fearless leader of Boston Sports Media Watch, the great Bruce Allen, has an update on the voting for Worst Boston Sports Column.
Adam Rose of the Los Angeles Times says several of the paper’s sportswriters were honored by the Associated Press.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell looks at the official sponsors for both the Yankees and Mets for stadium signage.
Ryan Saghir of the Orbitcast satellite radio blog explains why XM listeners will hear MLB games and why Sirius listeners will not.
Greg Sandoval of CNET talks with MLB Advanced Media CEO Bob Bowman on the reason why MLBAM dumped Microsoft’s Silverlight technology for online steaming of live games after just one season.
Sox & Dawgs has a clip of ESPN hot chick Amy K. Nelson talking with your 2008 American League MVP Dustin Pedroia.
Christopher Bryne of the Eye on Sports Media blog says Michigan State winning tonight’s NCAA Championship game against North Carolina is not going to make anyone who’s lost their job feel any better.
Laura Nachman says Philadelphia native Jayson Stark of ESPN is a best selling Amazon author.
That’s it for now. I’ll be back later with your grade of tonight’s 24 episode.
As you go to vote today, remember how lucky we are to live in a place where we have the freedom to select a President. No matter whom you’re voting for, just make sure you go out to your local polling place today. And around 8 p.m. ET, I’ll start blogging the election. There are rumors that CBS News plans to make a call around that time if they feel confident and I hope that is not the case. To me, that sounds like a desperate network trying to make a splash.
Remember the last time a network tried to call an election early it turned out to be a huge mess and it led to new exit polling methods. Of course, if someone happens to leak election exit polling data early, I’ll try to get it over here. I do remember the last time I got leaked data, that turned out to be a disaster. I was a news reporter in Providence in 2004 and got information from various places (ahem… Wonkette) that leaked the early data. We all know how that ended up.
So, let’s do your regular linkage here in anticipation of what could be a very long night.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times wonders why it took Monday Night Football so long to interview the two presidential candidates on the eve of the election.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News feels Fox Sports’ Troy Aikman praise of the Giants offensive line came too late. What?
Tim Lemke in the Washington Times spends a few minutes with NFL Commish Roger Goodell on the NFL Network.
Greg Johnson of the Los Angeles Times says it’s time for the annual Big Cable vs. NFL Network battle.
Pete Dougherty in the Albany Times Union writes that Jets fans in the Capital Region won’t be able to see next Thursday’s Patriots-Jets game as it will be carried on the NFL Network.
Melissa Holmes of WIVB-TV in Buffalo goes behind the scenes with Voice of the Bills, John Murphy.
The Sports Media Watch writes that college football did well for ABC last Saturday night. And the SMW says Cowboys-Giants was the highest rated NFL game of the season to date.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News says the Monday Night Football crew rubbed it into the Cowboys when Pittsburgh backup QB Byron Leftwich helped steer the Steelers to a win.
Barry posted this video and it’s quite funny. Someone mashed up the Chris Berman videos from earlier this year and put it together with an archived Barack Obama interview. Total credit goes to the creator of this clip.
Steve Lepore in his Puck the Media blog has a great video of NESN’s Jack Edwards pulling out his best Johnny Most impression attacking the Dallas Stars last Saturday after notorious cheap shot artist Steve Ott and huge asshole Sean Avery forced the Bruins to return to some ol’ time hockey to beat the living shit out of Avery. Marc Savard making Avery turtle at the end was great stuff.
The all-time turtle? Claude Lemieux when Cam Neely tried to rearrange his face in 1995. This brings a tear to my eye.
Maury Brown in the Biz of Baseball names his MLB Organization of the Year.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell tries to determine if the economy will prevent baseball free agents from getting big money. And Darren says five major marathons tried to get together to give away prizes after the New York Marathon, but it didn’t work well.
Jim Williams of the DC Examiner talks with WJZ-FM’s Mark Viviano about the station’s move from AM to FM.
The Baltimore Sun’s Ray Frager says Scott Garceau is already paying dividends after being added to Anita Marks’ show yesterday.
Chris Kaltenbach of the Sun reviews the changes in the Baltimore sports radio scene yesterday.
Sun media critic David Zurawik feels Chris Berman’s questions to both presidential candidates on Monday Night Football weren’t softball, but certainly weren’t hard hitting.
Don Walker in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says FSN Wisconsin’s NBA Fox Box is too small for fans to see.
Greg Sandoval of CNET says the man who oversaw NBC’s online Olympics coverage is leaving to go to MLB Advanced Media.
Remember, I’ll be in around 8 p.m. ET to talk about the presidential election.
I’m blogging from home as I await the DirecTV serviceman to arrive to fix my dish. In the meantime, I’ll provide some links as I catch up on last night’s Mad Men episode. The Red Sox have to learn to play games in a 3 hour window. Can you imagine if the Dodgers-Cubs series extended to four games? TNT would most likely have aired the entire Game 4 of that series as TBS stayed with Angels-Red Sox as it went well into the early morning hours. I’m not one who gets frustrated about games that go into the late night hours, but it was getting out of hand last night.
Let’s go into the linkage for today.
Starting with USA Today’s Michael Hiestand, he mentions that TBS needs a stronger personality in the studio for its MLB postseason coverage.
From the Sports Business Journal, we have a few stories for you today. John Ourand and John Lombardo team up for a story on the NBA starting a campaign to promote its digital properties.
John Ourand writes that Versus is looking to get younger.
Steve Bilafer says sports needs to catch up in the blogosphere.
Terry Lefton says the NHL has some new corporate sponsors to crow about this season.
And Jon Show writes the financial crunch is taking a bite out of golf endorsements.
Newsday’s Neil Best says the all-imporant Rock, Paper, Scissors Championship will be aired on your local FSN affiliate tonight.
A few things from Pete Dougherty from the Albany Times Union. Pete feels TBS mistreated the National League in the Division Series. Next, Pete has the college football TV schedule for the New York Capital Region. Pete says no one should complain that the Bills aren’t on TV this week because they have the bye. And Pete says next week, all four regional NFL Teams will be on TV.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News writes that College Gameday will be in Big D for the Texas-Oklahoma game. Barry says with the Cubs out of the MLB postseason, the next best thing for Fox would be a Red Sox-Dodgers World Series. Barry also has some thoughts from yesterday’s Bengals-Cowboys game.
From the Kansas City Star, Jeffrey Flanagan has quotes from the TV and radio calls of the Chiefs-Carolina game. Also from the KC Star, the great Aaron Barnhart writes that Metro Sports grabbed quite a few local Emmy Awards Saturday night.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says TBS’ John Smoltz was mostly on target during yesterday’s Game 4 of the Phillies-Brewers League Division Series.
Christopher Byrne’s Eye on Sports Media blog looks at the dispute between LIN TV and Time Warner Cable that is leaving CBS TV affiliates off of several cable systems and NFL fans in the dark. And Chris says ESPN missed the memo on Lehigh University’s name change …. 13 years ago!!!!!!
Dusty Saunders in the Rocky Mountain News says despite losing the Cubs in a sweep, TBS’ coverage of the MLB postseason has been more than adequate.
Over to Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star who writes that Rogers Sportsnet has made a big dent in the Canadian TV landscape despite lots of skepticism when it launched 10 years ago.
We have two things from Maury Brown and the Biz of Baseball. First, Maury has a story on the MLB Network hiring five new executives. And Maury says MLB Advanced Media has signed a new licensing agreement for MLB-branded pictures.
John Ryan of the San Jose Mercury News says the Raiders circus last week made the top of the Sunday NFL pregame shows.
A press release says Vin Scully and Curt Gowdy head the Class of 2008 for the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
That will do it for now.
Well, I just finished watching Sarah Palin speak at the Republican National Convention. Since this is not a political blog, I won’t give my opinion here, but it was quite fascinating to hear her speak. That’s all I’ll say. Just to let you know, I gave Barack Obama my undivided attention as well so don’t think I’m one-sided here. I’m Switzerland.
Anyway, let’s give you some links now.
Newsday’s Neil Best who never stops covering the Mike & the Mad Dog beat even though they’ve splitten up, says both Mike Francesa and Chris Russo will previewing the NFL season for their respective companies on Thursday. And Neil writes about the Tennis Channel’s attempts to gain wider distribution.
And Tom who is against the use of maple bats because of the danger they pose, looks at one particular bat that shattered during the Dodgers-D’Backs game on Sunday.
Maury Brown from the Biz of Baseball says MLB Advanced Media is putting its MLB.TV up for purchase on a per day basis for the rest of the season.
Matthew Futterman of the Wall Street Journal talks with NFL Commish Roger Goodell about a host of issues including TV coverage and live internet streaming.
The San Francisco Chronicle looks at the state of NFL TV coverage this season.
One complaint about CBS’ NFL coverage was that all games were not shown in HD. Over the last three seasons, CBS would air two to three games a week in crystal clear high definition. Well, Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media blog tells us that CBS Sports will produce all of its games this season in HD, but you won’t necessarily see them in high def. Hoo boy.
Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post likes the back-to-basics approach ESPN is taking with Monday Night Football.
Rick Bentley of the Fresno Bee notes that NBC Sports will have the first game of the NFL regular season and the very last game of the NFL postseason.
And Paul Farhi of the Post writes that the Republicans are fearful that Thursday night’s NFL season opener between the Washington Redskins and the New York Football Giants could cut into John McCain’s acceptance speech.
It’s not as earthshattering as its 15 year deal with the SEC, but on Wednesday, ESPN signed a long-term deal with the WAC to show football, basketball and women’s sports. That is a big blow to the Mountain West Conference which has been struggling for exposure since starting up the mtn. I’ll have details of the contract in a separate post.
Mark Harden of the Denver Business Journal says FSN Rocky Mountain received great ratings for the annual Colorado-Colorado State game last Sunday.
Kim Shugart of the Mobile (AL) Press-Register reports that the Senior Bowl, currently shown by the NFL Network, will be played at night for the first time coming in January.
We may be into Week 2 of the college football season, but it’s never too early to think about college basketball. The Big Ten has announced its conference TV schedule.
Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says now that it has signed the major cable companies to deals, the Big Ten Network can now focus on improving its programming.
The Sports Media Watch brings us the final wekend ratings, a bit later than usual. And the SMW says the US Open is not doing any favors for USA Network.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette writes that a local sports anchor has given his notice.
After losing Fang’s Bites favs Tina Cervasio and Hazel Mae, NESN has done the right thing and signed Bruins studio host Kathryn Tappen to a contract extension.
Friend of Fang’s Bites, Steve Michaels over at the the Sox & Dawgs blog feels WEEI’s “contest” to find the next great blogger is bogus and so do I. This smells of similar stunts like the “audition” that led to Bob Neumeier’s hiring to co-host middays with Dale Arnold and the “sit-in” that gave us Mike Adams. I’m not endorsing this contest, but if you feel so motivated to enter, you can go here. Don’t worry, I’m not going to Rick Roll you.
Daisy Whitney of TV Week writes that despite Yahoo winning the internet wars over the Olympics, a new study shows that Olympic viewers flocked to NBCOlympics.com.
The Orbitcast satellite radio blog says former tennis star Monica Seles will host a five week show on Sirius starting Thursday on Sirius Stars, channel 102.
Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun answers the question of WBAL radio’s affiliation with Fox Sports Radio now that newcomer WVIE becomes a full-time FSR affiliate.
The Phoenix Coyotes have announced their TV schedule.
The Detroit Red Wings have announced their TV schedule as well.
The lovely Tracey Myers of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says the Dallas Stars will have most of their games carried on FSN Southwest.
The Detroit Free Press says all of the Detroit Pistons’ games will be shown on TV, but just three on over the air television.
A lot of links. That will do it for now.
As I’m trying to watch the USA-Brazil gold medal women’s soccer game through NBCOlympics.com, but the video keeps buffering and it’s quite annoying. This is due to the speed of my DSL here at work. Not very fast compared to my Verizon Fios at home which is very fast. Just did it again. I just may to have to depend on a backdoor site. I found one so I’m happy, but I would have preferred the HD-like quality of NBCOlympics.com. Oh well.
UPDATE – The IOC came in and knocked out the backdoor site again so I was able to get back on NBCOlympics.com and watch the game in clear HD-like quality. And despite being outplayed, the USA won the gold, making up for the loss in softball earlier today.
Let’s get to some linkage now.
Let’s start with an agreement between ESPN and Major League Baseball Advanced Media which allows ESPN360 to simulcast Sunday Night Baseball, Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball. The agreement runs through 2013.
The Associated Press says the deal between ESPN and MLBAM includes selling games on iTunes.
Staci Kramer of paidContent.org says the new deal also includes international rights.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell says Usain Bolt is one of the best names for marketing ever. As Michael Phelps graces the cover of Sports Illustated for the 4th time this week, Darren looks at other SI cover subjects. And Darren says thanks to Kerri Walsh and other beach volleyball players, Kinesio tape has found a way to get its name into the public.
The Sports Business Daily/Journal’s Olympic website says Tuesday’s ratings for the Olympics went back over the magic 16 threshhold.
David Bauder of the Associated Press reports that NBC hopes to ride the Michael Phelps gravy train as it has signed to televise the World Swimming Championships next year as well as other swimming events leading up to the 2012 Olympics.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand talks about NBC’s “LIVE” graphic which has caused consternation on the West Coast.
Newsday’s Neil Best laments the loss of indoor volleyball coverage at the expense of beach volleyball.
Michael Ozanian of Forbes magazine says NBC force fed beach volleyball to viewers.
Richard Sandomir talks with NBC’s Bob Costas and Bela Karolyi about the colorful commentary Bela has been providing during the gymnastics competition.
The Los Angeles Daily News’ wishes NBC would focus some time on US gold medal winning wrestler Henry Cejudo. And Tom has NBC’s Cris Collinworth and Mary Carillo defending their sugar-coated stories while not doing any hard news stories from Communist China.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer has Collinsworth having fun in Communist China.
Ron Judd of the Seattle Times says NBC has to be considered a big winner for these Olympics.
As the US women’s soccer team is playing for the gold medal this morning, Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media blog remembers what it was like in 1996 when the women’s soccer team won the gold medal in Athens, GA.
Jerry Greene of the Orlando Sentinel lists his favorite Olympic human interest stories.
The Canadian Press reports that CBC Olympics primetime host Ron McLean has left Beijing after learning that his mother had died. Our sympathies go to Ron.
The Toronto Star’s Chris Zelkovich says CBC has been working extra hard to tug at viewers’ heartstrings.
William Houston of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes that CBC has earned a license to launch an all-sports cable channel.
Bill Virgin of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is speculating that the Northwest’s news power, KIRO-AM could switch to all-sports after putting its news and talk programming on an FM station.
The Big Ten Network has picked up another cable company, this time U.S. Cable which has subscribers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
On the other hand, Jeff Bell of Business First of Columbus (OH) writes that Ohio State University Athletics Director Jeff Smith feels an agreement between BTN and Time Warner Cable is unlikely before the beginning of college football season. George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal says Smith is urging OSU fans to switch video providers so they can watch Buckeye football.
Scott Dochterman of the Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette profiles NFL Network host Paul Burmeister.
CBS Sports has two NFL exhibition games this weekend. CBS Sports previews its coverage of the first leg of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup, the Barclays. And CBS has coverage of the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament this weekend.
And that will do it for now.
Time for your megalinks on this Friday. With the Olympics in full swing, the Games will be a major theme for the links and in the Weekend Viewing Picks. Without further delay, let’s get to your viewing picks.
Weekend Viewing Picks
The Olympics head into its second weekend of action with Michael Phelps going for a potential record of gold medals. On Friday in primetime on NBC, he’ll swim in the 200 meter individual medley for his 7th gold medal in these games. And if he wins tonight, all Phelps will have to do is help his USA teammates swim for the 4 x 100 meter medley relay for his 8th gold medal. NBC’s primetime coverage on Friday begins at 8 p.m. On Saturday night, coverage starts at 7:30 and Sunday, it begins at 7 p.m. You can see the entire TV and online listings over at NBCOlympics.com.
Baseball continues as the pennant races kick into high gear. Fox will have three American League games on Saturday, the Angels at Cleveland, Chicago White Sox at Oakland and Seattle at Minnesota, all starting at 3:55 p.m. The regional splits and announcing assignments can be see over here. WGN has the Cubs at Florida both on Saturday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.). TBS’ Sunday baseball game has the Milwaukee Brewers taking on the Dodgers at 4 p.m. And ESPN’s Sunday night game pits the Phillies at San Diego at 8 p.m.
Exhibition football continues this weekend. Fox has the Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans tonight at 8. NFL Network carries Brett Favre’s first game as a Jet live as his new team takes on Washington at 7 p.m. Saturday. NFL Network also picks up the Patriots visiting Tampa Bay, Sunday night at 8.
The PGA Tour’s final regular season stop before the exciting FedEx Cup playoffs (sarcasm dripping here) is the Wyndham Championship. CBS has weekend coverage beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday.
The LPGA heads north for the Canadian Open. Golf Channel has tape delayed coverage at 9 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
NASCAR is in Michigan for both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series. ESPN2 has the Carfax 250 race, Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ESPN has the 3M Performance 400, Sunday at 2.
And the US Open Series continues with the ATP Tour’s Legg Mason Classic championship match on ESPN2 this Sunday at 5 p.m.
The full listings can be seen at USA Today.
Let’s get to your links.
Starting with Michael Hiestand of USA Today, he says NBC finally has gotten its primetime coverage of the Olympics right with plenty of live coverage.
Tripp Mickle of Sports Business Daily/Journal talks with NBC Olympics producer David Neal about his impressions of the Games to date.
The Sports Media Watch blog finds the reviews for the Tiki Barber and Jenna Wolfe-led Olympic Update on MSNBC are not very kind. And the SMW says NBC will not air Michael Phelps’ quest for a possible 8th gold medal live on the West Coast despite rumors to the contrary.
Joseph De Avila of the Wall Street Journal talks with the President and CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media which is the most successful of all of the four major sports leagues new media ventures.
It may be summertime, but it’s never too early to think about hockey. Maury Brown in the Biz of Hockey looks at the release of the NHL national TV schedules in the US and Canada.
Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media blog catches up with Bill Pidto who left ESPN in June after 15 years at the network.
East and Mid-Atlantic
I’ll start this region with Bruce Allen of Boston Sports Media Watch who has his thoughts on noted plagiarist Ron Borges joining WEEI.com. The move is one of the strangest I’ve ever seen.
David Scott of the BSMW goes more in-depth into this crazy move and he has inexplicable reaction from WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan. David first explores the decision by Tony Massarotti to leave the Boston Herald for a role at the Boston Globe’s website.
Joanna Weiss of the Boston Globe says a budding US vs. China rivalry is helping NBC’s Olympic ratings.
Marc Blaudschun of the Globe talks with NBC’s Bob Neumeier who’s in Communist China for the Olympics and he also takes a shot at former employer WEEI.
Now to Neil Best of Newsday who is most likely basking in the glow of seeing a story he broke back in June come to fruition. In today’s newspaper, Neil writes about the end of WFAN’s two decade pairing of Mike & the Mad Dog, with Chris Russo leaving the station yesterday. Neil goes over the history of the show which began in 1989. And here are some memorable moments from the show. Jim Baumbach of Newsday says WFAN will not be the same without Russo. Also from Newsday, Katie Strang says Russo’s departure has polarized listeners.
And Neil has a story totally unrelated to Mike & the Mad Dog. He says the Olympics are an event that has esssentially become group viewing.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes that it’s now Mike without the Mad Dog on WFAN.
Over to the New York Post where Phil Mushnick says for better or worse, Mike & the Mad Dog made radio history. Eric Lenkowitz says WFAN and Chris Russo decided to part ways even though he had a year left on his contract. Mushnick feels sponsors are wearing the viewers out.
Justin Terranova from the Post talks with ESPN’s Ron Jaworski about Brett Favre’s adjustment with the Jets. And Justin has five questions for ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla about the US men’s Olympic basketball team.
The New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman looks into the breakup of Mike & the Mad Dog. Raissman also talks about the rumored move by Chris Russo to Sirius Satellite Radio.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette also discusses Russo’s leaving WFAN and Ken also gives props to Neil Best.
Ken McMillan of the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says the split of Mike & the Mad Dog will draw attention from all over. And Ken talks with ESPN Radio’s Freddie Coleman who was a big fan of Mike & the Mad Dog.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer says the Philly-based Comcast is kicking off Big Ten Network programming as of today.
Ray Frager of the Baltimore Sun says NBC is keeping things moving during its primetime coverage of the Olympics.
Doug Nye of The State in South Carolina talks about high school football getting more exposure on TV and radio.
One of the bigger stories to break yesterday along with Mike & the Mad Dog splitting up, the moves at the Boston Globe’s sports department and Ron Borges signing with WEEI.com, was CBS signing the longest college sports agreement in history, by agreeing to pick up SEC football and basketball for 15 years beginning next season. Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tells us what this new deal means for college football fans and college sports in general.
Alan Schmadtke of the Orlando Sentinel says the SEC stands to make a lot of money from this new deal with CBS. Jeremy Fowler of the Sentinel says the SEC also wants to finish deals with ESPN and Raycom within the next two weeks.
Jon Solomon of the Birmingham (AL) News says the CBS/SEC deal runs through 2023.
David Brandt of the Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger says both CBS and the SEC have reasons to crow.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald says the Olympics are striking gold with viewers.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman says Oklahoma City is ranked 7th of all markets watching the Olympics. Mel lists the top ten markets watching the Olympics. Mel says these Olympics have become the multimedia Games. Among Mel’s sports media notes is CBS’ Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman calling Oklahoma University’s football season opener on pay per view. And Mel has his weekend viewing picks.
George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal says compelling stories are helping to drive the ratings for the Olympics.
Bob Wolfley from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Michael Phelps’ drive for 8 gold medals has become must see TV.
Shannon Shelton of the Detroit Free Press feels it’s about time that Comcast has brought the Big Ten Network into the fold.
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune writes about Michael Wilbon’s singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Wrigley Field this week and the issues it has raised. Teddy lists his five weekend viewing picks.
Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily News talks with sports radio talk show host Dan McNeil.
Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin says college football fans in Minnesota won’t be able to see the Golden Gophers as the Big Ten Network remains off Charter Communications.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says a former sports radio host will continue his wrongful termination suit despite having a judge rule against him this week.
Moving to the Western part of the country where many are angry over the fact that NBC is delaying the Olympics in the Mountain and Pacific time zones.
Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) Morning News says NBC should stop using the “live” graphic during the Olympics when airing its primetime coverage in the West.
Jay Posner of the San Diego Union-Tribune says despite the tape delay, San Diegans are watching the Olympics.
John Maffei in the North County Times writes that West Coast viewers are being cheated by the taped delayed airings of the Olympics.
The Ventura County’s Jim Carlisle says no matter if the Olympics are live or on tape, West Coast viewers are watching.
Steve Springer of the Los Angeles Times writes that NBC is restricting its primetime Olympics coverage to beach volleyball, gymnastics and swimming with some diving thrown in.
Tom Hoffarth in the Los Angeles Daily News talks with NBC Olympics volleyball announcer Paul Sunderland. Tom has a bunch of media notes on the Olympics, baseball and other sports. And Tom says NBC will recap the women’s gymnastics all-around competition in the 8:00 hour of tonight’s primetime coverage as it ended at 1 a.m. today while many of you were asleep.
There you have it, your supersized Friday megalinks. Have a good day.
Friday will be the one year anniversary of the re-launch of this blog and I will give you the megalinks as usual, but I’ll also compile my list of the biggest media stories of the last 12 months. I look forward to sharing that with you.
Let me give you some links as I’m watching the final part of Carrier on PBS. If you haven’t seen it yet, by all means, catch the replays either your local PBS station or your local cable provider. Or even better, catch all of the episodes at PBS.org. This is one of the best series I’ve seen and being able to watch life on the USS Nimitz during its 2005 deployment is just amazing. Great stuff.
Here are your links.
The Sports Media Watch has the blog reaction roundup to the Costas Now/Buzz Bissinger blast.
Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas Star writing in his TV Barn blog has Bob Costas talking about Bissinger doing a disservice to himself and his arguments.
There’s a bunch of posts from Newsday’s Neil Best. He has Charles Barkley’s reaction to the Dallas Mavericks’ firing of Avery Johnson. Neil says the MLB Network plans to show vintage games when the channel launches in January 2009. Neil writes that WFAN’s Mike & the Mad Dog apologized for saying the Yankees faked Phillip Hughes’ injury. Neil reports that Bobby Murcer returns to Yankee Stadium this Friday. Neil publishes highlights of an NBC Sports media conference call on the Kentucky Derby. And Neil tells us that the YES Network will have a new season of its kids show this summer. Neil says MLB believes strongly in charging for live content. Neil has reaction from Jason Whitlock on the whole Costas Now/Bissinger thing. And finally, Neil tells Rangers fans their next three games will be on either NBC or MSG Network.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell feels an NFL rookie jersey slump coming on.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette has been busy today. Not as busy as Neil, but busy nonetheless. He says the local ESPN Radio affiliate will pick up the Kentucky Derby this Saturday. Ken says a local college diver will be featured by CBS Sports this weekend.
Pete Dougherty from the Albany Times Union has a couple of posts for us as well. He writes that the World Series of Poker will have its final table main event in November and aired on ESPN right after that. Pete asks a local sports radio show to stop the commercial plugs.
Bob Fernandez of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that Comcast SportsNet is racking up the ratings wins in Boston, Washington and Philadelphia thanks to NBA and NHL playoff action.
Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News says ratings for Game 4 of the San Jose-Dallas series garnered the highest ratings of the season for the Stars on FSN.
Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily Herald looks at the ratings of the two sports radio stations in the market from the winter period.
Christopher Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media blog picks up a story that’s being reported across the country, the excellent sportsmanship on the part of Central Washington University’s softball team to help an injured Western Oregon player round the bases after she hit a home run.
John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable writes that the major sports leagues including MLB, NFL, NBA, PGA, NHL, NCAA and ESPN are all against a proposal to try to get a part of the digital spectrum that could interfere with wireless microphones that operate in the “white spaces” in between TV channels.
John Consoli of Mediaweek says ESPN Regional TV is creating the St. Petersburg Bowl.
The Denver Post reports that the annual Colorado-Colorado State football game is being moved to a Sunday to accomodate FSN and the Democratic National Convention.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News writes that MLB Advanced Media is extending its partnership to keep the Mosaic feature for its internet-based MLB.TV program.
Elliot Pap of the Vancouver Sun writes about the CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada being called in Mandarin Chinese.
John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant reports that the UConn women’s basketball team will have at least three nationally televised games next season.
That will do it for tonight.