Reporter's Notebook

Friday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/30/2015, Part II

We did the news segment in the first part. Let’s do the linkage and News You Can Use here. LINKAGE Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch talks with Phil and Chris Simms about being television analysts after their playing careers. Deitsch has a preview of what NBC has in store for its Super Bowl XLIX production. Reuters […]

Reporter's Notebook

Friday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/30/2015, Part I

Ok, you’re owed a notebook. It’s been too long so let’s provide a full set of features for you. We have to do it in two parts. NEWS With Super Bowl Sunday just mere days away, NBC has released its plans for pregame programming. NBC will provide a full six hours of pregame programming beginning […]

Thursday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/15/2015

Let’s do a notebook for this Thursday. NEWS NBC held a big press conference on Wednesday at its World Headquarters in Rockefeller Plaza in New York. It announced a multi-year agreement with Haymon Boxing to air the Premier Boxing Champions series starting with 20 events this year, 14 of which will be in primetime on […]

Reporter's Notebook

Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/14/2015

We have quite a few things for you today. Let’s get to things without further delay. NEWS The National Football League has reason to smile after seeing the numbers for Divisional Weekend. After seeing lower ratings and viewership for Wild Card Weekend, the NFL saw significantly higher numbers this past weekend thanks to having glamor […]

Reporter's Notebook

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 […]

NFL Divisional Playoffs

NFL Viewing Picks for 2015 Divisional Playoffs Weekend

All Times Eastern Saturday, January 10 Studio and Pregame Shows NFL Matchup — ESPN, 8:30 p.m. Postseason NFL Countdown — ESPN, 10 a.m. NFL GameDay First — NFL Network, 10 a.m. NFL GameDay Morning — NFL Network, noon Football Night in America: Special Edition live from Foxborough, MA — NBC, 3:30 p.m. Fox NFL Sunday […]


Thursday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/08/2015

Let’s do a notebook on this Thursday morning. SHAMELESS PLUG Your humble blogger was interviewed by BBC Sportshour which is aired Saturdays on the BBC World Service. Host Caroline Barker talked with yours truly about ESPN’s Stuart Scott and his legacy. The program will be heard at 10 a.m. in the UK which means 5 […]

NFL Divisional Playoffs

Ravens Vs. Patriots The Only NBC Game Of NFL Divisional Round

The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens are familiar foes, having met three times in the postseason since 2009. Baltimore has won two of those games, though the Patriots have the home field advantage and are also a seven point favorite. Nonetheless, it’s clear this game could be a battle down to the wire and […]

Reporter's Notebook

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 […]

Reporter's Notebook

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 […]

NFL Wild Card

Wild Card Saturday’s Ratings Down from 2014

With ESPN televising its first-ever NFL playoff game and NBC relegated to just a single primetime contest on Wild Card Saturday, ratings for the playoff doubleheader were down from last year. And compared to 2014 when both games were thrillers including a massive comeback for the Indianapolis Cots, this year’s games were far from that […]

Reporter's Notebook

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 […]


2015 Sports Media Predictions

Time for some predictions for 2015. Looking back through the archives, the last predictions post on this site was done in 2012 so it’s time to do one now. I’ll do it a little differently than in previous years. Here goes. January The first-ever College Football National Championship Game on ESPN draws a record cable […]

Goodbye 2014

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 […]

Inside the NFL on Showtime 3

The 8th Annual Fang’s Bites NFL TV Awards

Hard to believe that this is the 8th year of the awards. While some announcers and networks are constants in the NFL, other announcers just come and go. It’s here where we recognize the Best and Worst in NFL announcing and production. There are some new winners and here which is a good thing. Unlike […]