Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/13/2015

We’re back with the notebook after a few days absence. Got busy with a few things so happy to have this back. I’ve plenty of linkage for you. NEWS Ratings from the weekend were delayed due to some problem at the Nielsen headquarters. This happens every so often. NBC said its first Divisional Playoff game […]

Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/07/2015

Let’s do our notebook for this hump day. We begin with some late news that came out on Tuesday. NEWS It appears that new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will be involved in ESPN’s coverage of next Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press has the story. Fox Sports […]

Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/06/2015

On this first Tuesday of the New Year, let’s open the notebook once again to provide you with some linkage and some news you can use. First, some thoughts which will take the place of the breaking news or news segment. OPINION As we’re over 48 hours from the time we learned of Stuart Scott’s […]

Weekend Sports Media Notebook — 01/03-04/2015

Let’s give you some news, linkage and maybe some news you can use. Figured you could use some Sunday reading today. NEWS You’ve probably heard it already, but the College Football Playoff semifinals, the Rose and the Sugar Bowls on New Year’s Day set cable viewing records. Both games broke the previous record for cable […]

The Big Dozen Sports Media Stories of 2014, Part II

Yesterday, we listed the bottom half of the Big Dozen Sports Media Stories of 2014. Now on this New Year’s Day 2015, we list the top half of the Big Dozen. If you need a reminder, Part I of the Big Dozen went as follows: 7. CBS Gets Thursday Night Football 8. ESPN, Fox and […]

Root Sports Southwest Debuts Today

After a prolonged legal fight in the courts, Houston viewers who had been without the Astros and Rockets for the last two years will have them back starting today. Comcast SportsNet Houston was dissolved earlier this year and that means a new regional sports network co-owned by AT&T and DirecTV will take its place. Root […]

ESPN Announces New Deal With the NBA

ESPN may have lost the World Cup and chose not to go after the NCAA Tournament, but it did get what it has coveted since 2002, and that is continued rights to the National Basketball Association. In a nine year deal that covers the period between the 2016-17 and 2024-25 seasons, ESPN and ABC will […]

Turner Sports Announces New Deal With the NBA

Ok, the new media rights deals for the National Basketball Association have been announced. Let’s first start with Turner Sports which has maintained a relationship with the Association dating back to 1984. With this being its 30th year of the marriage, this new agreement will ensure that the NBA and Turner will stay together through […]

The 2014-15 NBA TV Schedule

NBA TV will air the most of any of the national television partners, some 97 games this season. Both the Cleveland Cavaliers, the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls, both Los Angeles teams, the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and Golden State will get the maximum 9 appearances on the network. Its season begins […]

The 2014-15 NBA on TNT Schedule

There are 53 games in the NBA on TNT lineup for this season. That includes 19 Thursday night doubleheaders. The schedule includes the opening night doubleheader and NBA All-Star Weekend in New York. This year’s Opening Night doubleheader will involve the Texas Triangle teams, Dallas at San Antonio with the ring ceremony for the Spurs […]

The 2014-15 ESPN/ABC NBA TV Schedule

On the networks that combine for a total of 90 games this season, ESPN/ABC will once again take viewers all the way to the end of the season with plenty of appearances by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bull, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. […]

Bill Simmons Stomps His Feet Hard Enough to Get His Own TV Show

Well, this came over yesterday. ESPN has announced that the smarmy Bill Simmons, a.k.a. Captain Blowhard, will host his own NBA-themed show called “The Bill Simmons Ego Trip” “The Grantland Basketball Show.” This means that Simmons who never liked being on NBA Countdown and pouted over air time during the NBA Finals back in June, […]

Guest Column: Which sports are best on cable?

While I’m in California attending a wedding, Fang’s Bites will present various guest columns from contributors all over the country. We begin with Nathan Brice of Birmingham, AL who presents the question, which sports work best being televised on cable and which work best on broadcast TV? It’s an interesting question and one Nathan tries […]

Former Golden State Coach Mark Jackson Returns to ESPN

He was recently let go by the Golden State Warriors, but Mark Jackson wasn’t out of a job for long. ESPN has announced that he’s returning to the network via a multi-year contract and rejoining his friends, Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy at the courtside broadcast table in time for the NBA Eastern Conference […]

TNT Airs the Entire NBA Western Conference Finals

Starting Monday, TNT will be the exclusive home of the 2014 NBA Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs. TNT’s studio and game crews will be live from Oklahoma City and San Antonio throughout the series. TNT will air a one-hour NBA Tip-Off show before each game at 8 p.m. […]

TNT Airs a Bunch of NBA Second Round Doubleheaders

As we move into the NBA Playoffs Conference Semifinal Round, TNT began things with a doubleheader on Monday. It will continue with twinbills on Tuesday and Wednesday and then again with a single game on Sunday Sunday and another doubleheader on Monday. It’ll give way to ESPN/ESPN2/ABC on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon. You’ll […]

ABC Has a Game 7 NBA Doubleheader Today

And the Games 7 keep on coming in the NBA. Falling one series short of a record for Games 7 in the first round, we have two added to the three we had on Saturday. Today, ABC has an afternoon twinbill of Games 7 starting with Brooklyn at Toronto at 1 p.m. with Mike Tirico, […]

24: Live Another Day on Fox Sports

When 24 was airing regularly on Fox, Fox Sports would be a big supporter of the show with promos during the World Series, countdown clocks during “The O.T.” before season premieres and plenty of in-game mentions during the NFL and NASCAR. As 24: Live Another Day is about to premiere on Monday, Fox Sports is […]