The last couple of days have been tough to provide links as I was out of the office. Glad to be back linking again, although you never know if I’ll be called away again. I’ll try to do what I can.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today attended the NFL on CBS media day on Tuesday which introduced the network’s announcing teams for this season. Mike got some interesting quotage from NFL Today analyst Boomer Esiason on Denver Broncos third string QB Tim Tebow.
Mike reported earlier this week that ESPN’s Brian Kenny is leaving the network to possibly take a position with MLB Network.
Erik Brady of USA Today writes that the late Al McGuire’s granddaughter, once a basketball player at Virginia, is now an accomplished model.
John Ourand at Sports Business Journal chronicles what NBC Sports Group is doing to position Versus as a major player in sports television.
Jon Lafayette of Broadcasting & Cable says CBS Sports officials were worried about a potential NFL lockout, but continued to sell ads and carried on with its business of getting ready for this season.
Tim Baysinger of B&C has Marv Albert pleasantly surprised to be calling the NFL on TV again.
Over to Multichannel News and Mike Reynolds who writes that the Pac-12 Conference has hired a sports media veteran to run its seven Pac-12 Networks.
Mike says Tennis Channel has signed a new deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative that takes it off sports tiers on member’s cable systems.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel says MTV2 will air some live Lingerie Football League games starting on Friday.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek writes that concerns over the NFL lockout led advertisers to turn to college football for commercial buys.
Crupi adds that NFL Network has signed up another cable provider leaving Cablevision and Time Warner as the last two major holdouts.
Gregg Rosenthal of Pro Football Talk writes that former Patriots, Dolphins and Saints running back Heath Evans will retire and join NFL Network’s large cadre of analysts.
Mike Florio of PFT says NFL owners realize that empty stadiums don’t make for exciting TV.
Marcus Vanderberg at SportsNewser writes that ESPN is hiring another WWE veteran to join its on-air staff.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid notes that ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown crew was dressed in SWAT uniforms for an promo shoot.
Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group says the Baltimore Ravens are successfully producing all home preseason TV games in-house rather than outsource production to a local TV or cable network.
The Big Lead’s Barry Janoff recaps the NFL on CBS Media Day.
Rich Arden at ESPN’s Front Row PR blog says you can now put the Monday Night Football schedule into your Google calendar. Seriously!
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes that if it’s US Open time, then it must mean another battle between Cablevision and Tennis Channel.
Richard says after many repeated offers, MetLife is finally taking the plunge and buying the naming rights to the New Meadowlands Stadium.
Barry Bearak of the Times profiles former play-by-play announcer Dom Valentino who’s currently fighting several life battles.
Richard Huff of the New York Daily News reports that WCBS-TV sports anchor and sometimes CBS Sports reporter Sam Ryan is leaving to take a job with MLB Network.
Newsday’s Neil Best looks at MetLife slapping its name on New Meadowlands Stadium for a rather large fee.
During Tuesday’s NFL on CBS Media Day, Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union asked CBS Sports President Sean McManus about a few non-NFL related issues.
Pete says 18 years later, CBS NFL analyst Steve Tasker is still correcting those who think it was he who prevented Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Leon Lett from scoring at Super Bowl XXVII.
Ken Schott in the Schenectady Gazette says the University of Albany is shifting its football season opener to a different radio station as its flagship has a conflict.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record writes that Time Warner Cable won’t be airing any local high school football games this season.
Matt Murschel of the Orlando Sentinel talks with ESPN College GameDay analyst Desmond Howard about his new book and his usage of social media.
Henry Unger of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution speaks with NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus about replacing the former Emperor Dick Ebersol.
Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says the ESPN College GameDay crew will be in Austin to help launch the Longhorn Network.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says the Longhorn Network’s immediate future looks rather murky right now.
Mel Bracht in the Daily Oklahoman notes that former Sooners safety Roy Williams will be a part of the school’s radio broadcasts this season.
Mel says the NFL preseason topped the local TV ratings.
Mike Baldwin of the Oklahoman says ESPN’s All-Access series on the Sooners is compelling TV.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that the Bengals garnered a huge local rating on Sunday.
John says the new Joe Morgan radio show is being heard locally.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will appear weekly on the local NBC station.
The Provo (UT) Daily Herald notes that ESPN has released the 2011-12 West Coast Conference men’s basketball schedule.
Ryan Casey of the Denver Post tells us that Root Sports Rocky Mountain will air the state high school football and basketball championships this year.
The Reno (NV) Gazette-Journal reports NFL Network will be seen on the local cable provider this season.
Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes that CBC is shooting down claims that it’s biased against Western Canadian NHL teams in its new Hockey Night in Canada schedule.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog says TSN and CBC are teaming up for coverage of this weekend’s LPGA Canadian Women’s Open.
Sports Media Watch says the PGA Championship’s ratings fell to a three year low.
SMW also has some various ratings news and notes.
Daniel Feuerstein of MLS Talk feels NBC will be a big boost for Major League Soccer.
Joe Favorito writes that Fordham University has been a fertile training ground for several of NYC’s sports voices.
Last night, I had the privilege to be a guest on
The only Steeler fan I really like, Steelergurl, explains why she hasn’t been blogging lately. Get well soon, Lahne.
Dave Kohl at the Broadcast Booth looks at what NBC Sports Group is doing to improve Versus.
And that is going to finish out the links today.
Last season, MTV2 aired weekly 30 minute highlights of Lingerie Football League games. Well, after showing the semifinals live in January, MTV has decided to go live with the entire season! This follows MTV’s decision to have live mixed martial arts on MTV2 throughout the spring. Now Lingerie Football will live on Friday nights on MTV2 starting in August. It will be a 20 game regular season schedule that go until January. Then MTV2 will also have the rights to the Conference Championships as well as the Lingerie Bowl that will take place during halftime of the Super Bowl. Well, we are now spared from having to pay for the Lingerie Bowl. At least I hope you haven’t been paying for the Lingerie Bowl.
Anyway, we have the press release from MTV2.
LINGERIE FOOTBALL LEAGUE RETURNS TO THE GRIDIRON LIVE THIS FALL ON MTV2
MTV2 RENEWS LFL PRESENTS: FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL AIRING GAMES LIVE ON FRIDAY NIGHTS BEGINNING AUGUST 26TH
(LAS VEGAS, Nev. and NEW YORK, N.Y. – March 22, 2011) – Lingerie Football League, LLC (LFL) and MTV2 are excited to announce the return of LFL Presents: Friday Night Football to MTV2 premiering LIVE Friday, August 26, 2011 kicking off from ‘Titletown’, Green Bay, Wisconsin at 9 PM ET. MTV2 has committed to broadcast the entire upcoming LFL 2011 / 2012 season LIVE and in full-length form for the first time ever.
“We are truly excited to bring LFL back to MTV2 to continue our great partnership and see the continued evolution and growth of the league on the network,” said Mitchell S. Mortaza, Founder & Chairman, Lingerie Football League, LLC. “With the incredible viewer interest in 2010, the move to airing LIVE full-length games on MTV2 in 2011 will only add to our viewership and explosive buzz for the LFL.”
“We are thrilled to broadcast LFL Presents: Friday Night Football LIVE this year on MTV2 as we bring back the exciting, signature style of football that only the LFL can deliver, ” said Eric Conte, SVP, Programming Development and Production, MTV2. “Although there’s a possibility that pro football may be sidelined this season, the LFL on MTV2 will continue to bring football fans the action and intense gameplay they crave.”
Throughout the 2010-11 LFL season last year, MTV2 aired weekly hard-hitting recaps of regular season games. However, the new season of LFL Presents: Friday Night Football on MTV2 will comprise of 20 live regular season games, two conference playoff games, as well as the LFL’s championship game - one of television’s biggest specials, the annual Lingerie Bowl on Sunday, February 4, 2012 (Super Bowl Sunday) to compete with halftime of Super Bowl XLVI. The inaugural season on MTV2 drew strong ratings, significant national media coverage and created a frenzy across social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter – where LFL Football was a trending topic on Twitter on multiple Friday nights during last season.
LFL Presents: Friday Night Football is Executive Produced by Mitchell S. Mortaza for Lingerie Football League. Eric Conte serves as Executive Producer for MTV2. Joe Buoye is Executive In Charge for MTV2.
And that will end our night.
MTV2 continues to add to its sports portfolio. It just completed airing the Lingerie Football League and will apparently do so again next season. Now we get word that the music channel will pick up some Mixed Martial Arts starting in March. The Bellator Fighting Championships will air Saturday nights over a 12 week period on MTV2. It’ll be full cards and involve all weight classes. We have the details from MTV2.
Bellator Fighting Championships to Air New Season Live Saturday Nights on MTV2
2011 Events Kick Off On March 5 At Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino
CHICAGO, Ill. and NEW YORK, NY (February 2, 2011) – Bellator Fighting Championships’ highly anticipated fourth season will premiere Saturday, March 5, at 9:00pm ET/PT and air weekly on MTV2 featuring live fights from venues around the country with many of the top mixed martial arts fighters in the world. This season will feature a welterweight, lightweight, light heavyweight and featherweight tournament with bouts airing live every Saturday night for 12 weeks on MTV2. The first Bellator event will originate from the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, CA on Saturday, March 5. Tickets will be available at www.tachipalace.com and the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino box office as the date approaches.
“With our spectacular partnership with MTV2, MMA fans now have a place to watch Bellator live every Saturday night,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Our fourth season is absolutely loaded with talent, and I can’t wait to get the action started at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino when we return to California on March 5.”
Bellator showcases a unique format of world-class fighting with 12-week, eight-man tournaments featuring some of the most dynamic fighters in the world, including lightweight world champion Eddie Alvarez, middleweight champion Hector Lombard, featherweight champion Joe Warren, welterweight champion Ben Askren, bantamweight champion Zack Makovsky, heavyweight champion Cole Konrad and Women’s 115-pound champion Zoila Frausto. The Season 4 debut in Lemoore will mark Bellator’s 35th televised event in less than two years.
The first Bellator light heavyweight champion will be decided during Season 4 live on MTV2. The first fighter made official for the Bellator Season 4 light heavyweight tournament is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and member of the legendary Gracie family, Daniel Gracie.
Bellator’s third welterweight tournament is one of the most talent-filled in mixed martial arts to date. Fighters confirmed for the upcoming 170-pound tournament include former Bellator welterweight world champion Lyman Good; MMA veteran Jay “The Thoroughbred” Hieron; Season 2 finalist Dan “The Handler” Hornbuckle; undefeated Judo Olympian Rick Hawn; fast rising Brent Weedman, undefeated knockout artist Chris “The Assassin” Lozano; British standout “Judo” Jim Wallhead, and hard-hitting Iraq War veteran Steve Carl. The tournament winner will challenge Olympian and Bellator world champion Ben Askren for the welterweight world championship later this year.
The featherweight tournament includes Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, Eric Larkin, Georgi “Insane” Karakhanyan, Daniel Straus, Wilson Reis, Kenny “Tooth Fairy” Foster, and Zac George.
That will do it.
Yes, MTV2 which had been airing half-hour weekly highlight shows of games actually gets into the live game arena by showing the Lingerie Football League Conference Championships on Saturday. They begin at 6 p.m. Eastern time and will be preceded on Friday with a recap of the regular season. It all leads to the Lingerie Bowl on February 6, which is the same day as Super Bowl XLV.
Anyway, here’s the press release from MTV2.
LINGERIE FOOTBALL LEAGUE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS TO BE DECIDED LIVE ON MTV2 ON SAT., JAN. 29, BEGINNING AT 6 P.M. ET
MTV2 Re-Caps the Road to the Playoffs and Offers an Advance Look at the Games with “Leather and Lace: LFL Conference Finals Preview” on Friday, Jan. 28, at 11 p.m. ET
Worrying about how to handle those football withdrawal symptoms this weekend? MTV2 has the remedy – live coverage of the Lingerie Football League’s Eastern and Western Conference Finals on Saturday, January 29, beginning at 6 p.m. ET. “Super Saturday Night” on MTV2 night is sure to be the perfect dose fans need with 90 minutes of back-to-back live gridiron action featuring the hottest female athletes playing full-contact football.
The night kicks off with the Los Angeles Temptation (4-0) and Chicago Bliss (3-1) taking to the field to battle for the Western Conference title and will be followed by the Philadelphia Passion (3-0) and Tampa Breeze (3-0) in their quest to clinch the Eastern Conference win. All of the on-field action will take place at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. and the winners of each game will advance to the Lingerie Bowl in Las Vegas on February 6.
MTV2 will also give fans a sneak peak of what to expect during the playoff games with “Leather and Lace: LFL Conference Finals Preview,” a 30-minute special airing on Friday, January 28, at 11 p.m. ET.
Throughout the 2010-11 LFL season, MTV2 aired weekly recaps which featured all the game’s hard-hitting moments and the January 29 live playoff games are the culmination of this season of LFL Friday Night Football on MTV2.
That will do it.