Just received this from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the full press release of the nominations for the 34th Annual Sports Emmy Awards.
NBC Sports Group received the most nominations with 58 followed by ESPN with 43 and Turner in third with 27.
Bob Costas was nominated yet again for Outstanding Studio Host along with Dan Patrick, James Brown, Ernie Johnson and Rich Eisen.
There were only four nominees for Outstanding Play-by-play, Mike Breen, Mike Emrick, Al Michaels and Jim Nantz.
Cris Collinsworth received another nomination for Outstanding Event Analyst. He’s joined by Ato Boldon of NBC Olympics, Jon Gruden, Jim Kaat and Mike Mayock.
Studio Analyst was full with Charles Barkley of TNT, Tony Dungy of NBC’s Football Night in America, CBS’ Boomer Esiason, MLB Network’s Harold Reynolds, Bill Ripken also from MLB Network and Kurt Warner of NFL Network.
Let us take a look at the full list. We need a jump break in here as well. Let’s go. Lots of things to read through. Get ready to scroll.
THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES ANNOUNCES THE NOMINEES FOR THE 34th ANNUAL SPORTS EMMY® AWARDS
Winners to be Honored During the May 7th Ceremony At Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
New York, NY – March 20, 2013 – The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 34th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards.
More than 170 nominees were announced in 34 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 Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 in New York City.
“What a world we live in,” said Malachy Wienges, Chair, NATAS. “The Olympics, NASCAR, the Super Bowl, the Final Four, the World Series, The Stanley Cup, The NBA, the US Open, the Masters…it just goes on and on! This is another outstanding year for the sports community and for The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The entries received in this year’s Sports Emmy Awards illustrate the high-water mark of quality each of us gets to enjoy every time we turn on our favorite program. With so much talent vying for the prestigious Emmy Award and with many of the today’s leading sports broadcasters, personalities, and television professionals in attendance, it promises to be an exciting evening.”
The networks of NBC Sports Group (NBC, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel nbcolympics.com, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, nbcsports.com, & Telemundo) lead the nomination totals with 58, ESPN (ESPN, ESPN2, grantland.com, ABC, ESPN3D, ESPNU & ESPNews), garnered 43, and Turner Sports (TNT, TBS, NBA TV, NCAA.com & truTV) garnered 27. A complete list of all Networks and individual show nominations follows below.
A complete list of all nominees is attached and also available at www.emmyonline.tv/sports
34th Annual Sports Emmy Award Nominations by Network Group
Network or Network Group Nominations
NBC Sports Group (NBC, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel, nbcolympics.com, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, nbcsports.com, Telemundo) — 58
ESPN (ESPN, ESPN 2, grantland.com, ABC, ESPN 3D, ESPNU, ESPNews) — 43
Turner Sports (TNT, TBS, NBA TV, truTV, NCAA.com) — 27
FOX Sports Media Group (FOX, SPEED, FOX Soccer Channel) — 17
HBO Sports — 17
NFL Network (NFL Network, NFL Media, NFL.com) — 16
CBS (CBS, Showtime, CBS Sports Network) — 15
MLB Network — 9
DIRECTV — 1
YouTube — 1
34th Annual Sports Emmy Award Nominations by Network
NETWORK — NOMINATIONS
NBC — 36
ESPN — 23
HBO Sports — 17
FOX — 13
NFL Network — 13
TNT — 13
CBS — 10
ESPN2 — 10
MLB Network — 9
NBC Sports Network — 9
TBS — 5
NBA TV — 4
Showtime — 4
truTV — 4
grantland.com — 3
NBCOlympics.com — 3
Speed — 3
ABC — 2
Bravo — 2
ESPN3D — 2
ESPNU — 2
Golf Channel — 2
MSNBC — 2
NFL Media — 2
Telemundo — 2
CBS Sports Network — 1
CNBC — 1
DIRECTV — 1
ESPNews — 1
FOX Soccer Channel — 1
nbcsports.com — 1
NCAA.com — 1
NFL.com — 1
YouTube — 1
BREAKDOWN OF MULTIPLE PROGRAM — SERIES NOMINATIONS
Games of the XXX Olympiad (NBC/Bravo/CNBC/MSNBC/NBC SportsNetwork/NBCOlympics.com/Telemundo) — 14
NBA on TNT (TNT) — 6
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (TNT) — 6
E:60 (ESPN2) — 5
24/7 (HBO) — 4
Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins (HBO) — 4
MLB on FOX (FOX) — 4
Outside the Lines (ESPN) — 4
Sunday Night Football (NBC) — 4
NASCAR on FOX (FOX) — 3
NFL Films Presents (NFL Network) — 3
30 for 30 (ESPN) — 2
A Football Life (NFL Network) — 2
College Gameday (ESPN) — 2
The Dream Team (NBA TV) — 2
Inside the NBA (NBA TV) — 2
Inside the NFL (Showtime) –2
MLB Network Division Series (MLB Network) — 2
MLB Tonight (MLB Network) — 2
Namath (HBO) — 2
NCAA March Madness (TBS) — 2
NFL on FOX (FOX) — 2
SportsCenter (ESPN) — 2
Sport Science (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNews) — 2
UEFA Euro 2012 (ESPN) — 2
The nominations are coming after a jump break.
NCAA.com will stream some 400 hours of live coverage of its Spring Championships starting this weekend. Most of the championships will be in Division II and III, but unlike many Division I Championships which are granted to ESPN’s networks, NCAA.com is the only way to watch the live action.
The Championships will range in sports from volleyball, track & field, golf, tennis, baseball, rowing and so much more.
Streaming begins on Friday, April 27 with the Division III Men’s Volleyball Tournament and will last until Sunday, June 3 with early coverage of the Division I Men’s and Women’s Golf Tournament.
So you can see, there will be a wide range of sports covered by NCAA.com. Here’s the press release.
NCAA.com to Provide More than 400 Hours of Live Streaming Video from 2012 NCAA® Spring Championships
NCAA.com to serve as official online and mobile destination for all 37 NCAA Spring Championships
Turner Sports and the NCAA have announced that fans can enjoy the 2012 NCAA spring championships -– with more than 400 combined hours of live streaming video from more than 200 events – on NCAA.com and the free NCAA Sports iPhone app. Live coverage begins Friday, April 27, with the inaugural Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship from Springfield, Mass., and continues through June 3. A total of 30 championships will be streamed live exclusively on NCAA.com including Division I men’s and women’s golf, Division I men’s and women’s tennis, National Collegiate men’s volleyball, National Collegiate women’s water polo and Division II and III men’s lacrosse.
To prepare fans for the upcoming championships, NCAA.com will also stream 20 selection shows to reveal the championship fields and key matchups.
“We’re thrilled to provide college sports fans with the most live video coverage of spring championships available anywhere,” said Mark Johnson, vice president and general manager, NCAA Digital. “NCAA.com continues to expand its reach within collegiate athletics and truly is the only website where fans can track and follow their schools and student-athletes across all sports.”
In addition to the live streaming coverage, NCAA.com will serve as the official online and mobile hub for the NCAA spring championships. During the seven-week period, fans will be able to experience all the action from their favorite sports, athletic programs and student-athletes through the site’s coverage of all 37 NCAA spring championships including the College World Series, Women’s College World Series and Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Championships. Coverage will include:
- Interactive Tournament Brackets:The content hub for each championship, this bracket provides quick links to all relevant content for each matchup.
- Video Highlights/Interviews/Features: Extensive video content, including game highlights from all 37 spring championships, coach and student-athlete interviews and behind-the-scenes video features.
- Live Scores and Statistics: The latest scores and schedules from each championship, as well as box scores and play-by-play
- Comprehensive Editorial Coverage: In-depth analysis from the NCAA.com editorial team including previews, on-site student-athlete and team features, and recaps from all the championship action.
“Providing fans, our membership, our student-athletes and the student-athletes’ families with the convenience of accessing our NCAA championships in real-time and on multiple platforms keeps them engaged and updated on the tournaments,” said Mark Lewis, NCAA executive vice president for championships and alliances. “We also have an opportunity to potentially increase the fan base and viewership of NCAA sports that aren’t normally televised through additional online streaming and mobile device applications, which ultimately puts more eyes on the accomplishments of NCAA student-athletes.”
NCAA.com Live Video Streaming Schedule for NCAA® Spring Championships
(start times TBD)
Friday, April 27 Division III Men’s Volleyball Quarterfinals (Springfield, MA) Saturday, April 28 Division III Men’s Volleyball Semifinals (Springfield, MA) Sunday, April 29 Division III Men’s Volleyball Finals (Springfield, MA) Thursday, May 3 National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Semifinals (Los Angeles, CA) Tuesday, May 8 Division III Women’s Golf First Round (Angola, IN) Wednesday, May 9 Division III Women’s Golf Second Round (Angola, IN) Thursday, May 10 Division III Women’s Golf Third Round (Angola, IN) Friday, May 11 National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo First Round (San Diego, CA) Division III Women’s Golf Fourth Round (Angola, IN) Saturday, May 12 National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Consolation Games (San Diego, CA) National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Semifinals (San Diego, CA) Sunday, May 13 National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo 7th Place Game (San Diego, CA) National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo 5th Place Game (San Diego, CA) National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo 3rd Place Game (San Diego, CA) National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Finals (San Diego, CA) Tuesday, May 15 Division III Men’s Golf First Round (Howey-in-the-Hills, FL) Division II Softball Finals (Louisville, KY) Wednesday, May 16 Division III Men’s Golf Second Round (Howey-in-the-Hills, FL) Division II Women’s Golf First Round (Louisville, KY) Division II Men’s Golf First Round (Louisville, KY) Division II Men’s & Women’s Tennis Team Finals – First Round (Louisville, KY) Division II Softball Finals (Louisville, KY) Thursday, May 17 Division III Men’s Golf Third Round (Howey-in-the-Hills, FL) Division II Women’s Golf Second Round (Louisville, KY) Division II Men’s Golf Second Round (Louisville, KY) Division II Men’s & Women’s Tennis Team Finals – Quarterfinals (Louisville, KY) Division II Softball Finals (Louisville, KY) Friday, May 18 Division III Men’s Golf Fourth Round (Howey-in-the-Hills, FL) Division II Women’s Golf Third Round (Louisville, KY) Division II Men’s Golf Third Round (Louisville, KY) Division II Men’s & Women’s Tennis Team Finals – Semifinals (Louisville, KY) Division II Women’s Lacrosse Semifinals (Louisville, KY) Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis Team First Round (Athens, GA) Division II Softball Finals (Louisville, KY) Division III Softball Finals (Salem, VA) Saturday, May 19 Division II Women’s Golf Fourth Round (Louisville, KY) Division II Men’s Golf Fourth Round (Louisville, KY) Division II Men’s & Women’s Tennis Team Finals – First Round (Louisville, KY) Division III Women’s Lacrosse Semifinals (Louisville, KY) Division II Softball Finals (Louisville, KY) Division III Softball Finals (Salem, VA) Sunday, May 20 Division II Women’s Lacrosse Semifinals (Louisville, KY) Division III Women’s Lacrosse Semifinals (Louisville, KY) Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis Quarterfinals (Athens, GA) Division III Softball Finals (Salem, VA) Monday, May 21 Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis Semifinals (Athens, GA) Division III Softball Finals (Salem, VA) Tuesday, May 22 Division III Men’s & Women’s Tennis Quarterfinals (Cary, NC) Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis Team Finals (Athens, GA) Division III Softball Finals (Salem, VA) Wednesday, May 23 Division III Men’s & Women’s Tennis Semifinals (Cary, NC) Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis First Round (Singles) (Athens, GA) Thursday, May 24 Division II Outdoor Track & Field Finals (Pueblo, CO) Division III Outdoor Track & Field Finals (Claremont, CA) Division III Men’s & Women’s Tennis Team - 3rd Place (Cary, NC) Division III Men’s & Women’s Tennis Team Finals (Cary, NC) Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis Second Round (Singles) (Athens, GA) Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis First Round (Doubles) (Athens, GA) Friday, May 25 Division II Outdoor Track & Field Finals (Pueblo, CO) Division III Men’s & Women’s Tennis Round of 32 (Singles) (Cary, NC) Division III Men’s & Women’s Tennis Round of 16 (Singles) (Cary, NC) Division III Men’s & Women’s Tennis Round of 16 (Doubles) (Cary, NC) Division III Outdoor Track & Field Finals (Claremont, CA) Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis Round of 16 (Singles/Doubles) (Athens, GA) Division III Baseball Finals (Appleton, WI) Division III Baseball Finals (Appleton, WI) Division III Baseball Finals (Appleton, WI) Division I Women’s Rowing Day 1 Heats (West Windsor, NJ) Division II Women’s Rowing Day 1 Heats (West Windsor, NJ) Division III Women’s Rowing Day 1 Heats/Qualifier (West Windsor, NJ) Saturday, May 26 Division II Outdoor Track & Field Finals (Pueblo, CO) Division III Outdoor Track & Field Finals (Claremont, CA) Division III Men’s & Women’s Tennis Quarterfinals (Singles) (Cary, NC) Division III Men’s & Women’s Tennis Quarterfinals (Doubles) (Cary, NC) Division III Men’s & Women’s Tennis Semifinals (Singles) (Cary, NC) Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis Quarterfinals (Singles/Doubles) (Athens, GA) Division II Baseball Finals (Cary, NC) Division III Baseball Finals (Appleton, WI) Division I Women’s Rowing Day 2 Semifinals (West Windsor, NJ) Division II Women’s Rowing Day 2 Repechage (West Windsor, NJ) Division III Women’s Rowing Day 2 Finals (West Windsor, NJ) Sunday, May 27 Division II Men’s Lacrosse Finals (Foxborough MA) Division III Men’s Lacrosse Finals (Foxborough, MA) Division III Men’s & Women’s Tennis Semifinals (Doubles) (Cary, NC) Division III Men’s & Women’s Tennis Singles Final (Cary, NC) Division III Men’s & Women’s Tennis Doubles Final (Cary, NC) Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis Semifinals (Singles/Doubles) (Athens, GA) Division II Baseball Finals (Cary, NC) Division III Baseball Finals (Appleton, WI) Division I Women’s Rowing Day 3 Finals (West Windsor, NJ) Division II Women’s Rowing Day 3 Finals(West Windsor, NJ) Monday, May 28 Division I Men’s & Women’s Tennis Finals (Singles & Doubles) (Athens, GA) Division II Baseball Finals (Cary, NC) Division III Baseball Finals (Appleton, WI) Tuesday, May 29 Division II Baseball Finals (Cary, NC) Division III Baseball Finals (Appleton, WI) Wednesday, May 30 Division II Baseball Finals (Cary, NC) Thursday, May 31 Division I Men’s Golf First Round (Pacific Palisades, CA) Division I Women’s Golf First Round (Franklin, TN) Division II Baseball Finals (Cary, NC) Friday, June 1 Division I Men’s Golf Second Round (Pacific Palisades, CA) Division I Women’s Golf Second Round (Franklin, TN) Division II Baseball Finals (Cary, NC) Saturday, June 2 Division I Men’s Golf Third Round (Pacific Palisades, CA) Division I Women’s Golf Third Round (Franklin, TN) Division II Baseball Finals (Cary, NC) Sunday, June 3 Division I Men’s Golf Fourth Round (Pacific Palisades, CA) Division I Women’s Golf Fourth Round (Franklin, TN)
That will do it.
Just announced by Turner Sports, a new NCAA Sports mobile app that will be made available for the iPhone and Android platforms. This will give mobile phone users the opportunity to see over 60 NCAA Championships.
The live game streaming will begin with finals coverage of Divisions I-III field hockey and Division II and III soccer.
Turner has also optimized the NCAA.com site for mobile users. Here’s the press release from Turner Sports on the new NCAA Sports app.
NCAA Digital Launches NCAA® Sports, a Year-round College Sports iPhone App to Feature Exclusive Live Video Streaming of More Than 60 NCAA Championship Events
NCAA.com also launches new mobile website for touchscreen mobile devices
Turner Sports and the NCAA announced today the launch of NCAA Sports, a new iPhone app that provides in-depth regular season coverage of college football and basketball, as well as NCAA championship coverage of all NCAA sports. In addition, NCAA Sports offers fans exclusive live video streaming of more than 60 NCAA championship events including Division II football, Divisions II and III wrestling, Divisions I, II and III field hockey, Divisions II and III men’s and women’s soccer, and Divisions II and III women’s volleyball. Turner-hosted NCAA.com is also unveiling a new mobile website for touchscreen phones (iPhone, Android, etc.), accessible via your mobile browser. The new mobile website will allow fans to get live scores, schedules, news, rankings and video recaps suitable for the mobile screen.
For fans on the go, NCAA Sports provides college sports news and scores throughout the year, with live and on-demand video coverage of NCAA championships. Users also will be able to virtually check into games and chat with friends via Facebook and Twitter. NCAA Sports is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod Touch.
“With the launch of the NCAA Sports iPhone app and the new NCAA.com mobile website, we’re giving college sports fans greater access to NCAA championship and regular season content than ever before,” said Mark Johnson, vice-president of Turner Sports’ NCAA Digital group. “College sports content is underserved in the mobile space right now and we’re excited to offer fans mobile products that are 100% dedicated to college sports.”
“NCAA Sports is the next step in providing fans with more convenient digital access to many NCAA championships. We’ve seen the success with March Madness on Demand and other NCAA.com initiatives over the years and are excited to launch these new features for fans of our other NCAA championships,” said Greg Shaheen, NCAA interim executive vice president for championships and alliances.
“The NCAA Sports mobile app will provide live game streaming, interactive opportunities and access to more championship information,” Shaheen added. “This new mobile capability also will broaden the NCAA audience and overall reach with messaging whether fans are at the championship or viewing from another location.”
To kick-off the live game streaming, NCAA Sports will feature live finals coverage of: Divisions I, II and III women’s field hockey, Divisions II and III men’s and women’s soccer, National Collegiate men’s water polo and Divisions II and III women’s volleyball. The live video streaming coverage also will include Division II football quarterfinal games on December 3.
Additionally, the NCAA.com mobile website is now available for touchscreen devices by typing ncaa.com in your address bar. Fans have the opportunity to follow their favorite NCAA sports and receive live scores, schedules, video recaps and interviews with the same feel as the home site – NCAA.com.
After not being able to provide linkage for a few days, let’s get back to it. I probably won’t be able to do the links as I have to undergo a medical procedure. Nothing serious. I should be back on Wednesday.
Let’s do your links.
Sports Business Daily looks over the reviews of ESPN’s handling of Penn State’s first game since the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke.
Tripp Mickle and John Ourand at Sports Business Journal say YouTube is now entering the sports media rights landscape.
Tripp says Versus will air over 30 hours of action sports programming as NBC Sports retakes ownership of the Dew Tour
Jason Belzer and Darren Heitner of Collegiate Sports Advisors write in Sports Business Journal that colleges and universities should not force a social media blackout on their student-athletes.
USA Today’s Mike McCarthy says the NFL pregame show analysts either praised or criticized Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson depending on their former positions.
Mike writes Saturday’s Nebraska-Penn State game got higher ratings for ESPN.
Ben Grossman at Broadcasting & Cable says a quick knockout in Fox’s airing of its first UFC bout wasn’t as bad as originally thought.
At Yahoo! Sports, Maggie Hendricks reviews Fox’s first production of a UFC card.
Dave Meltzer of Yahoo says UFC on Fox delivered a ratings punch.
At Yahoo’s Puck Daddy, Greg Wyshynski tells us what the NHL’s hiring of Ross Greenburg, formerly of HBO Sports, will mean for the league.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News writes that Saturday’s Manny Pacquaio-Juan Manuel Marquez might have set up a big payday for the Pacman to fight Floyd Mayweather on pay per view next year.
Mike says NFL Network received the most viewers ever for a Thursday Night Football season opener.
Michael O’Connell of the Hollywood Reporter says Sunday Night Football won the ratings for NBC.
The Reporter notes that several advertisers have pulled their ads from upcoming Penn State football games on ESPN’s networks.
Toni Fitzgerald at Media Life says sports continues to draw viewers on what normally are dead Saturday nights.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid says Gus Johnson was being Gus when USC pulled off a fake punt during its game against Washington on Saturday.
Sports Video Group says NBC will air the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials later this year.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell has what former Penn State coach Joe Paterno should have said last week.
Richard Sandomir of the New York Times looks at UFC on Fox’s preliminary ratings.
Phil Mushnick at the New York Post feels it’s hard to love college football.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union has the Week 11 NFL TV schedule for the Capital Region.
Pete says Time Warner Cable will carry all local high school football regional playoff games.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record writes that Versus and HDNet will combine for a Thanksgiving holiday college basketball tournament.
Deborah Ann Tripoldi of the Nutley (NJ) Sun writes that Friend of Fang’s Bites Tina Cervasio was inducted into a local Hall of Fame.
Laura Nachman says a Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia reporter is now engaged.
The Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News has the remarks of ESPN’s Jon Ritchie about accused child molester Jerry Sandusky. Ritchie grew up near Penn State.
David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun is still not a fan of CBS’ Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf especially when they call Ravens games.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with an official with NCAA.com about the streaming of over 20 championships.
Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times says ESPN got the job done for Nebraska-Penn State on Saturday.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle says Texans fans wanting to watch yesterday’s game against the Bucs in the Rio Grande Valley of the Lone Star State were SOL.
Fang’s Bites welcomes back Jerry Garcia of the San Antonio Express-News as we have not linked to him in a very long time. Jerry reports on a sudden switch on the local CBS affiliate that left Cowboys fans angry.
Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman notes that the ESPN on ABC crew assigned to Texas Tech-Oklahoma State had plenty of time to fill.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that ESPN’s Monday Night Football open for tonight’s Packers-Vikings game will honor the military.
Ed Sherman from Crain’s Chicago Business writes that the Big Ten Conference has removed Joe Paterno’s name from its championship trophy.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a lengthy conversation with embattled Cardinals TV voice Dan McLaughlin about his two drunken driving arrests.
Dusty Saunders of the Denver Post talks with a local news anchor who would like to return to his old sports roots.
Sad story out of Reno, NV as KTVN sports anchor JK Metzker died Sunday after being hit by a car. He leaves behind a wife and three sons.
Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal rememebers Metzker as a friend outside of the newsroom.
Lenita Powers of the Gazette-Journal says Metzker was loved in the local market.
Powers writes that KTVN canceled its newscasts on Sunday to grieve over Metzker’s death.
KTVN meteorologist Mike Alger says Metzker was a true friend.
Tom Hoffarth at the Los Angeles Daily News has the sports calendar for this week.
Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail says UFC isn’t leaving the sports landscape anytime soon.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says it’s time for the NHL to have a Red Zone Channel. I agree.
Sports Media Watch says NBA TV will premiere a new roundtable discussion program as the 2011-12 season looks more in doubt.
SMW says ABC’s Saturday Night Football received a record ratings low opposite LSU-Alabama on CBS.
The Big Lead has NBC’s Al Michaels talking the Penn State story with Sirius XM’s Howard Stern.
And we’ll leave it there. Lots of links for you to digest today.
I’ll be heading out later today, but before I do, I’ll provide a few links here.
Don’t forget your College Football Viewing Picks are here.
The always lovely Rachel Cohen of the Associated Press says the NFL is getting ready to negotiate new contracts with its TV partners.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News writes about John McEnroe joining Tennis Channel for its weekend primetime coverage of the U.S. Open.
Tim Baysinger of Multichannel notes that MLB Network has been picked up by Dish Network.
Anthony Crupi of Adweek says Nissan will unveil its sponsorship of the Heisman Trophy tonight on ABC.
Timothy Burke at SportsGrid has the classic video of a penalty description during last night’s insane TCU-Baylor game.
Karen Hogan at Sports Video Group says NCAA.com will be unveiling a whole host of exclusive content for college football season.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell writes that the New York Islanders now have an official tattoo shop.
Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports has details of the first UFC on Fox bill coming up in November.
Eric Adelson of Yahoo’s The PostGame says FoxSports.com produced a racially insensitive feature about Asians and football.
MediaMatters is on top of the story as well.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union has a poll asking you about the best NFL announcing teams.
Ken Schott of the Schenectady Gazette writes that a local radio station will air a rescheduled high school football game on Monday.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes that ESPN mislabeled the DC NFL Team’s quarterback controversy.
Dan also talks with NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson about his mission to feed the poor before he joined NFL Network.
The Augusta (GA) Chronicle picks up a story from Gracie Shepard and Gary Smits about the Gator Bowl getting a new sponsor.
Greg Sullivan at The Tennessean talks with a more relaxed Kirk Herbstreit who moved to the Volunteer State from his native Columbus, OH.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News feels ESPN’s Lee Corso is still on top of his game on College GameDay, although some Twitter comments feel otherwise.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle writes about the Longhorn Network getting a big pickup in Texas and it picking up one Big 12 Conference game.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that the Packers beat the Badgers in the ratings in a rare head-to-head matchup.
Bob says ESPN’s Jon Gruden feels New Orleans Saints head guy Sean Payton could coach for him.
Bob writes that Milwaukee has moved up a notch in the Nielsen TV market rankings.
Dave Newhouse of the Oakland Tribune profiles legendary announcer Barry Tompkins.
Sports Media Watch says ESPN got off to a bad ratings start for college football.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media notes that despite losing the Thrashers, Atlanta will continue to get hockey games on TV.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing loves that paralyzed football player Eric LeGrand is going to be on Rutgers radio this season.
And I’ll end the linkage there for today.
I’m going to try to do some Wednesday linkage here. Also have a lot of end of the month/beginning of the month crap to do at work some I’m balancing the two off.
Here are the links that I have for now.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand looks at NBC’s plans to provide live online coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.
At MediaPost, Erik Sass looks at the New York Giants integrating Twitter into its NFL preseason broadcasts.
David Goetzl at MediaPost notes that Fox has had a 51% majority stake in Big Ten Network since last year.
The Associated Press reports that Versus is adding a whole host of original programming to its weeknight lineup.
Georg Szalai of the Hollywood Reporter also writes about Versus’ new original programming.
Lacey Rose and Lesley Goldberg at the Reporter report that HBO has given the green light for a drama based on boxer Mike Tyson.
George Winslow at Broadcasting & Cable writes that Turner Sports is expanding the exclusive content offerings at NCAA.com.
R. Thomas Umstead of Multichannel News says CBS Sports Network will air a documentary on the first black college football game played in New York.
To Adweek where Anthony Crupi chronicles how NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus lured former NBC Sports Emperor Dick Ebersol back to the company just mere months after he left.
Bill Cromwell at Media Life Magazine discusses how NBC is going to provide everything from track & field to archery live at 2012 London Olympics.
Glenn Davis of SportsGrid looks at the sad tenure of Fred Hickman’s days at ESPN.
Dan Fogarty of SportsGrid has the video preview of NFL Films’ documentary on Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
On this final day for SportsNewser, let me link to a few stories. Marcus Vanderberg writes that former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand will be joining the school’s football broadcasts on radio. You may recall LeGrand was paralyzed last year and hopes to make a full recovery.
Cam Martin of SportsNewser says fans will vote on the next nominee for the Baseball Hall of Fame Ford C. Frick Broadcaster Award.
Back to Marcus, he writes that Southwest Airlines will stream live MLB games to its passengers thanks to its in-flight internet provider. Now back to me.
Now back to SportsNewser where Marcus looks at Sports Illustrated’s Super Bowl picks.
Ok, that’s it for the SportsNewer links. The site will be missed.
Nat Ives of Advertising Age notes that a month-long sponsorship starting tomorrow, will allow the New York Times to open up five sections (including sports) in its iPad app from behind the dreaded paywall.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell couldn’t be more thrilled to be getting his own weekly show on Versus.
Ken Schott from the Schenectady Gazette talks about ESPN releasing its Big East and Big Monday basketball schedules.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog talks with former Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic original Russ Thaler about his new gig with Versus/NBC Sports Network.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner notes that the U.S. Open will be well covered on TV and online.
Josh Robbins from the Orlando Sentinel says the Magic’s Gilbert Arenas has shut down his Twitter account.
Mel Bracht at the Daily Oklahoman notes that a pair of Eastern transplants top the local sports radio ratings.
Mel says NFL preseason again led the local TV ratings.
John Kiesewetter at the Cincinnati Enquirer has a preview of tonight’s HBO/NFL Films 10 year retrospective on Hard Knocks.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that ESPN’s Jon Gruden isn’t a fan of the new NFL replay rule.
Bob says the digital Sporting News Today has ceased publication.
Ed Sherman of Crain’s Chicago Business says the city’s high school football and basketball championships are moving to a new TV home.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says all of the Dodgers’ announcers are coming back for 2012.
Ed Tait and John White of the Winnipeg Free Press says the new Jets have signed a 10 year deal with TSN for both TV and radio.
Sports Media Watch says Hurricane Irene coverage on many local ABC stations cut into NASCAR’s ratings on Saturday.
Deadspin shows a picture of HBO’s Bryant Gumbel being “beaten up” by UFC’s Chuck Liddell and Fox’s Jay Glazer.
Joe Favorito says the hiring of former Tennessee men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl by a grocery company is a good marketing move.
And we’ll end it there for today.
This in from our friends at Turner Sports, former CNN Sports Tonight anchor Vince Cellini returns to Turner Sports to be a multiplatform host. For traditional media, he’ll join NBA TV and host NBA GameTime. For new media, Vince will host a college football show for NCAA.com as well as continuing as a host for NASCAR.com.
Vince joined Turner back in 1989 and became one of CNN Sports Tonight’s most popular anchors. He was given his own show on CNN, Calling All Sports in 1994 where he was notorious for cutting off callers and refusing to talk about certain subjects (“It’s my show”).
From 2003 through 2009, Vince was a host on Golf Channel including being co-hosting “Big Break” with the lovely Stephanie Sparks. Since leaving Golf Channel, Vince has been doing various hosting stints for Turner and now is back full-time. Here’s the press release from Turner Sports announcing Cellini’s return.
Long-time sports broadcaster Vince Cellini will return to Turner Sports as a full-time host for NBA TV and serve in a similar capacity for a collection of online programs across Turner Sports’ digital properties, including a new college football preview show on NCAA.com. Beginning September 1, Cellini will serve as the host of NBA TV’s live studio show, GameTime. In addition to his work on NBA TV, Cellini will host the new NCAA.com College Football Preview Show with analyst Dave Archer, as well as continue his role as host for the NASCAR Preview Show delivered by FedEx Racing and Fantasy Showdown on NASCAR.COM.
“The addition of Vince brings added depth, experience and knowledge about the NBA to our already strong lineup on NBA TV,” said Albert “Scooter” Vertino, vice president of content, NBA Digital. “We are excited to have Vince back with the Turner family.”
Cellini is a veteran of the Turner Sports team. In 1989, he worked for CNN Sports. During his tenure, he co-hosted CNN Sports Tonight, hosted a late night program Calling All Sports from 1994-95 and NBA on TBS in 1995. In 1996, Cellini received a Cable ACE Award for hosting CNN Sports Tonight. He also worked on CNN and was alongside news anchor Carol Lin at the CNN Center during the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Cellini will join Turner’s roster of hosts including Ernie Johnson, Matt Winer and Rick Kamla on the league’s 24-hour network. He joined NBA TV in 2010 as a guest host on GameTime. In addition to his guest host duties for NBA-TV, Cellini also co-hosted Sports South’s Hawks Live, the pre-and post-game show for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2010-11 season. In 2003-09, Cellini also was a host for The Golf Channel.
Cellini began his career as a sports anchor and reporter at Cleveland’s WJW-TV and hosted a sports talk radio show on WWWE Radio in Cleveland. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.
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The March Madness on Demand app and website saw plenty of visits during the first real day of action during the NCAA Tournament. Some 7.6 million visits were counted through the multiple platforms. That’s a 22% increase from last year. Of course, March Madness on Demand was powered by CBS last year and now run by Turner Sports exclusively for the NCAA.
We have this press release.
NCAA March Madness on Demand Sees 22-Percent Increase in Total Visits across Multiple Platforms for the First Day of Round Two of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship
MMOD delivers 7.6 million total visits across online and mobile app live products
Turner Sports, CBS Sports and the NCAA announced today that NCAA March Madness on Demand delivered a 22-percent increase in total visits across online and mobile apps for the first day of its second round coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. In total, there were 7.6 million visits across platforms and there were 3.3 million total hours of live streaming video consumed across broadband and mobile apps.
In addition, NCAA.com and MMOD combined, delivered 4.1 million daily unique visitors online and 774,000 unique users on the mobile apps.
NCAA March Madness on Demand provides live streaming video of every game of the new 68-team tournament as they are broadcast for the first time this year nationally in their entirety on four networks: TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.
On Thursday, the NCAA March Madness on Demand app which is free to users across all platforms, including on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch (over Wi-fi and 3G) quickly rose to the #1 spot in the App store. For 2011, the MMOD app offers new features for fans to view the games including improved live viewing with richer quality and larger format streams, a personalizable channel lineup feature, and live stats and social companion views.
2011 sources – Omniture (online traffic – uniques/streaming/duration), Conviva (mobile streaming/duration), Bango (mobile visits/uniques)
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With the NCAA Tournament having started in earnest, I’ll do my best to give you links now. Let’s get cracking.
Mike McCarthy of USA Today has ESPN’s Erin Andrews denying that she’s interested in being on ABC’s “The Bachelorette”. This whole thing started when Erin, appearing on KNBR in San Francisco, said she wanted to be on the show. However, Erin is now saying she was joking.
At SportsNewser, Marcus Vanderberg says this would not have become a story had Erin not put it out there.
David Ubben of ESPN.com says the Big 12/Fox deal could be richer than originally thought.
George Winslow at Broadcasting & Cable says Sports Illustrated is launching new mobile apps called “Front Row”. These should not be confused with ESPN’s new public relations blog also to be called, “Front Row“.
Keach Hagey of Politico notes that the Washington Times will be relaunching its sports section come this Monday.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News notes that March Madness has officially begun today.
Bill Cromwell of Media Life says the New York Times has finally set the date for putting up its dreaded paywall.
Toni Fitzgerald from Media Life Magazine gives media buyers what they need to know about March Madness.
Steve Smith of MediaPost looks at the new NCAA Vault unveiled this week that has archived NCAA Tournament games dating back to 1982.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell talks with CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus and Turner Sports president David Levy about their new 14 year partnership for the NCAA Tournament.
Darren feels ESPN should up the ante for its NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge.
Darren wonders if we’ve reached our Bracket limits.
Robert Andrews at paidContent says ESPN plans to unveil a new web-only post soccer match show for the UK as well as develop new apps for the iPad.
Andrew Brady of Connecticut Magazine notes that while ESPN is encouraging millions of people to participate in its Tournament Bracket Challenge, it doesn’t allow its own employees to fill out their own brackets for any office pools. Seriously.
Speaking of that dreaded New York Times paywall, publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. explains why the paywall is going up.
Until it goes up on March 28, we’ll try to link to as many Times articles as we can. Note that we can still have access to 20 stories a month, so I’ll do my best to keep our limit to that every month.
Bob Tedeschi of the Times says the March Madness on Demand mobile apps provide you with opportunities to watch the NCAA Tournament without a TV.
Richard Sandomir of the Times looks at NFL Network’s coverage of the lockout, but does not mention reporter extraordinaire Albert Breer who’s been keeping vigil at the negotiations and has been covering the story extremely well for the channel.
Newsday’s Neil Best explains why Monday’s Yankees-Red Sox game on ESPN2 was blacked out in New York despite YES not airing the game locally.
Amy Anderson at Manhattan Blockshopper notes that ESPN’s Rachel Nichols and her husband have bought a really nice townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Jim Williams from the Washington Examiner says the ESPN family of networks will be all over the NCAA Women’s Tournament starting on Saturday.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that people did manage to find truTV in time for the NCAA Tournament.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business says the college basketball scene in the Windy City is a rather sorry state.
Ferd Lewis of the Honolulu Advertiser notes that ESPN’s new Hawaiian soccer event will have an international flavor to it.
Chris Byrne of the Eye on Sports Media has some thoughts on truTV’s coverage of the NCAA FIRST FOUR®.
Steve Lepore of Puck The Media looks at the local NHL on NBC ratings from last Sunday.
I’ll end it there for now. I might add a few more links here so check back while you can.
This just in from the CBS/Turner consortium for the NCAA Tournament. Turner Sports which has the digital rights for the Tournament has unveiled new features for March Madness on Demand which has been run by CBS for seven years. Lots of new stuff. Take a look.
Turner Sports, CBS Sports and the NCAA® Announce a Newly Enhanced NCAA MARCH MADNESS® on DEMAND for the 2011 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship
NCAA March Madness on Demand to Now Provide Live Video via Online, Tablets and Mobile Devices
Features to include larger format video player, TV companion views, and integrated social tools
Turner Sports, CBS Sports and the NCAA announced today the newly enhanced NCAA March Madness on Demand (MMOD) live products to be launched for the upcoming 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. NCAA March Madness on Demand, produced by Turner Sports Interactive, will be available across multiple digital platforms, including online (http://mmod.ncaa.com), as an iPhone and iPod Touch app, and for the first time, as an iPad app. Among the new features, MMOD will offer improved live viewing with richer quality and larger format streams, a personalizable channel lineup feature, and live stats and social companion views.
NCAA March Madness on Demand will provide live streaming video of every game of the new 68-team tournament as they are broadcast by CBS Sports and Turner Sports, starting with the First Four™ from Dayton, OH on March 15, and continuing through the Men’s Final Four® semifinals and national championship game from Houston, TX on April 2 and April 4.
The 2011 NCAA March Madness on Demand will be free to users across all platforms, including the full versions of the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch apps over Wi-fi and 3G, continuing its run as the largest annual digital sports event. The NCAA March Madness on Demand mobile applications will be available for free starting March 10 from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch located at www.itunes.com/appstore/.
“At Turner Sports we pride ourselves on being a leader in digital innovation and are thrilled to partner with CBS Sports and the NCAA to enhance one of the most popular online properties in sports,” said Lenny Daniels, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Turner Sports. “We believe the new components we are offering will give the fan a fully immersive experience through online, mobile and on tablets from the start of the First Four through the final buzzer of the National Championship.”
“Since CBSSports.com, CBS Sports, and the NCAA first partnered to produce this service in 2003, NCAA March Madness on Demand has seen explosive growth and is now the unquestioned digital sports event of the year,” said Jason Kint, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CBSSports.com. “As MMOD continues to be enhanced and distributed on multiple platforms as part of our new partnership with Turner, the ultimate winners are the millions of college basketball fans around the world who now have more ways than ever to follow this great tournament.”
“MMOD is the primary online destination for fans of NCAA March Madness,” said Greg Shaheen, Interim Executive Vice President of Championships and Alliances, NCAA. “The NCAA enters a new dimension with Turner Sports and CBS Sports that provides men’s basketball fans with enhanced features that will further enrich their online and mobile viewing experience. With cutting-edge enhancements, MMOD is certain to provide our fans with an incredible online experience during this year’s men’s basketball championship.”
Additional Features Include:
- My Channels makes it easy for fans to find games on TV. The online, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad apps list all four TV networks: TBS, TNT, truTV and CBS by default. Through My Channels, fans can plug in their zip code, select their TV provider and see their channel lineup for every game.
- The Game Center View is a true companion experience with live in-game stats. Fans can follow key stats of every team while watching games on TV. A full range of team stats include box score stats, team leaders, scoring streaks, biggest lead, and foul trouble.
- The NCAA March Madness Social Arena will provide a gathering point for the March Madness conversation that will be displayed as a Social commentary. Complete with live social hosts, fan comments, and TBS and CBS courtside reporters, it will capture news, trends, and sentiment of fans throughout the tournament. The March Madness Social Arena will extend onto Facebook and NCAA.com with a way for fans to LIKE teams in each round and build their social score in a innovative view of the traditional bracket, as well as comment on games, interact with the social hosts, and rate highlights.
Previously produced and managed by CBSSports.com, NCAA March Madness on Demand is the Emmy award-winning video player that since its inception in 2003 has provided millions of fans around the world access to live video of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, in the process becoming one of the largest annual events on the Internet. As part of the new 14-year multi-platform partnership between Turner, CBS and the NCAA, Turner Sports Interactive now produces NCAA March Madness on Demand while both Turner Sports and CBS Sports partner for the sales, marketing and presentation of MMOD. NCAA March Madness on Demand will continue to be launched from NCAA.com, CBSSports.com and SI.com as well as multiple Turner and Time Warner platforms.
As part of the agreement, CBS Sports and Turner Sports will broadcast live and in their entirety every game from the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four national television networks: TBS, TNT, truTV and CBS – a first for the 73-year old championship. The tournament field will be announced on Selection Sunday on March 13 on CBS and the tournament will begin with the First Four airing in primetime on Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16 on truTV.
As part of its new partnership with the NCAA, Turner Sports is hoping to fill the void with the day in between NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday on March 13 and the FIRST FOUR® games which begin on March 15 (Tax Deadline Day©, by the way), by declaring Monday, March 14 as “National Bracket Day™”. Notice how I can now add symbols like ®, © and ™ into my posts, something I couldn’t do when I was at Blogger? Anyway, let’s see what Turner Sports© has in store for National Bracket Day as there will be events both online and on campuses all over the country. Check it out.
TURNER SPORTS AND NCAA MARCH MADNESS® SWEEP THE COUNTRY TO CELEBRATE FIRST EVER NATIONAL BRACKET DAY™ ON MONDAY, MARCH 14 WITH INTEGRATIONS PLANNED ON CAMPUSES AND IN MAJOR MARKETS
New NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Format Gives Fans Only One Day to Fill Out Their Brackets before Round One Tips-Off
Turner Sports, in conjunction with the NCAA, announced today the launch of a series of interactive initiatives to promote the first-ever National Bracket Day™ on Monday, March 14. The day is designated to celebrate the upcoming NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and urge fans to fill out their brackets before the first round of the tournament begins on Tuesday, March 15 on truTV.
The nationwide National Bracket Day™ outreach will feature a deployment of street teams distributing brackets in major markets and on key college basketball campuses around the country, expert tips on a live one-hour bracket special on March Madness on Demand (MMOD) on NCAA.com and a larger-than-life Bracket Lounge inside New York’s Time Warner Center that will serve as the epicenter for National Bracket Day™. Brackets and expert breakdowns of each region will also be available online via NCAA.com, SI.com and CBSSports.com.
“National Bracket Day™ is a rallying cry to fans of one of the most exciting and participatory sporting events of the year to use their time on March 14 wisely before the celebration of March Madness® tips off the following day,” said Christina Miller, senior vice president of Turner Sports strategy, marketing and programming.
“Creating a day where fans can debate the fate of their teams as they complete their brackets and celebrate the 68 schools and student-athletes who made it into the tournament is a great way to kick off March Madness,” said Greg Shaheen, interim executive vice president for championships and alliances.
National Bracket Day™ Activities include:
- Major Market/College Campus Street Teams: Street teams will be dispatched in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and on college campuses including Duke University, University of Kansas, San Diego State University and The Ohio State University.
- MMOD Live Show on NCAA.com: A live one-hour show (Noon – 1 p.m. ET) with host Jason Horowitz, analyst Marques Johnson and social media correspondent Kaylee Hartung previewing the tournament and its match ups with special guest analysts to join.
- Bracket Lounge at Time Warner Center in NYC: Opening on Monday, March 14 – and continuing until the conclusion of the Sweet 16 on Friday, March 25– the Bracket Lounge will serve as a hub for fans to follow the tournament. The lounge will feature four large screen TVs showing the tournament, eight computer kiosks for access to NCAA.com, March Madness On Demand and bracket games, updated brackets, interactive basketball shooting games and photo opportunities with virtual images of CBS Sports and Turner announcers.
Also on National Bracket Day™, the Bracket Lounge will host a special celebrity panel featuring a cross-section of people with college basketball interests including HLN’s Jane Valez-Mitchell, who will serve as the host, along with Turner Sports and CBS Sports studio analyst Charles Barkley, among others. This group will converge to discuss their thoughts on the tournament and tips for fans in attendance on filling out brackets.
Through a new 14-year agreement with the NCAA, beginning in 2011 Turner Sports and CBS Sports will make available live in their entirety every game from the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four national television networks: CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. The tournament field will be announced exclusively on CBS’s NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show on March 13 at 6 p.m. (ET) and the tournament will begin with the FIRST FOUR airing in primetime on Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16 on truTV.
The NCAA strongly believes college sports should be appreciated for the benefits related to the participation of student-athletes, coaches and institutions in fair contests, and not the amount of money wagered on the outcome of the competition.
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This just in from the great people at Turner Sports, we find that Turner has relaunched NCAA.com, the site for the NCAA Tournament and other championships that fall under the organizations umbrella. This is an extension of the deal Turner signed with CBS and the NCAA to manage the digital portion of the organization’s website and multimedia.
If you’re not aware, Turner Sports is already managing NASCAR.com, NBA.com, PGATour.com, PGA.com so this is nothing new. Turner has an outstanding digital portfolio and NCAA.com is a huge feather in its cap.
Here’s the release.
Turner Sports Relaunches NCAA.com with Plans to Make it a Year-Round Destination Site for College Sports FansProperty will serve as year-round destination for college sports fans and provide coverage for all 88 NCAA® championships, including live video of more than 60 championshipsTurner Sports and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced today the relaunch of NCAA.com, the premier destination for college sports news, information and video. The relaunched site, managed by Turner, will offer a cutting-edge design and layout and one-click access to every NCAA sport across all three divisions. The new NCAA.com will provide fans comprehensive editorial coverage of all men’s and women’s NCAA sports during the regular season and championships, with school-specific content for more than 1,000 NCAA institutions. Exclusive live video streaming will be featured on the site from more than 60 NCAA championships as well as video highlights from all 88 championships. The site, while still providing schedules, scores and stats, will have a greater focus on feature content for the more than 430,000 NCAA student-athletes participating each year. In addition, Turner will upgrade NCAA.com with powerful technology and a new video player experience for live video streaming, additional interactive features and multiple touch points for social media to transition the site into a college sports destination throughout the year.The first major championship the new site will feature is the NCAA Division I Football Championship Game on Jan. 7, 2011. Online coverage of this event will include video highlights, editorial features, behind the scenes interviews, reports and stats from the championship in Frisco, Texas.Additional features of the new NCAA.com include:
- Live Video and Highlights: Fans will be able to experience intense action from more than 60 championships by watching live video content on NCAA.com and video highlights from all 88 NCAA championships.
- Original content focused on student-athletes: The site will include weekly pieces that focus on the student-athletes off the field; video interviews with coaches, administrators and student-athletes; features on school spirit; in-depth analysis of the top must-see matchups from each of the fall, winter and spring sports across all three divisions and much more.
- Facebook and Twitter: The site will offer social media functionality from Facebook and Twitter, including a collection of the best tweets of the week from student-athletes, coaches and fans and uploaded content from Facebook pages.
- Online merchandise, photo store and tickets: Fans can purchase their officially licensed team and championship merchandise from the official NCAA online store (NCAA.com/store). NCAA championship photos and DVDs will be available for purchase via the site immediately following championship games. Fans will also be able to go online to purchase tickets for NCAA championships.“We look forward to leveraging our experiences in managing some of the most popular sports sites on the Internet toward growing NCAA.com into the top digital college sports destination,” said Matthew Hong, senior vice president & general manager, sports operations at Turner Sports. “With a deeper commitment to college sports throughout the year, enhanced editorial and multi-media content, and a cutting-edge user experience, we are excited to provide a truly exceptional online experience for fans on NCAA.com.”To see screenshots of the new NCAA.com, please click the link below:“Our partnership with Turner Sports and the relaunch of NCAA.com enables the NCAA to feature the tremendous stories of the student-athletes competing in collegiate athletics on a robust, digital platform that reaches a mass audience,” said Greg Shaheen, interim executive vice president of championship and alliances at the NCAA. “NCAA.com will be synonymous with college sports and will be the destination where millions of college sports fans will go for the most comprehensive and in-depth coverage of 88 NCAA championships.”The new NCAA.com falls under the 14-year agreement between Turner and the NCAA for the formation of NCAA Digital which encompasses NCAA.com and additional NCAA digital platforms including mobile web and applications, as well as other connected devices. Turner also will manage ad sales for NCAA digital platforms.In addition, as part of the 14-year multimedia agreement between Turner, CBS and the NCAA, Turner will assume operational oversight of NCAA March Madness® on Demand (MMOD) on broadband, as well as March Madness mobile assets. Turner and CBS will jointly share sponsorship sales responsibilities for MMOD and its mobile assets.The relaunch of NCAA.com does not include NCAA.org, the Association’s public and administrative websites, or any aspects of the NCAA’s digital archival video rights.
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In a related move to its new contract with the NCAA to air part of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Turner Sports has signed a separate 14 year deal to operate the NCAA’s Digital Properties and include sites encompassing all 88 collegiate championships. This deal is separate from the NCAA Tournament which allows Turner Sports to take over the March Madness On Demand next season.
Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal says Turner expects to take over operation of NCAA.com starting early in 2011.
Here’s the press release from Turner and the NCAA.
Turner Sports and NCAA® Announce the Formation of NCAA DigitalAgreement to include broadband, mobile web and apps, connected devices, social media and more for all 88 NCAA championshipsTurner Sports and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) jointly announced today the formation of NCAA Digital, a 14-year agreement in which Turner will manage and operate the NCAA’s digital portfolio and strengthen coverage of all 88 NCAA championships. NCAA Digital encompasses NCAA.com and additional NCAA digital platforms including mobile web and applications, as well as other connected devices. Turner will enhance editorial coverage and the technology behind live video streaming, stats, highlights and social media interactivity, as well as manage ad sales for NCAA digital platforms.Turner will focus its efforts for NCAA Digital on all 88 NCAA Championship tournaments across 23 sports (men’s and women’s) in all three divisions, with a commitment to increased original programming, studio shows, enhanced selection shows, live video for those events and related features. Turner Sports plans to re-launch NCAA.com during the first quarter of 2011.The length of the deal coincides with the NCAA’s announcement earlier this year with Turner and CBS for a new 14-year television, internet and wireless rights agreement to present the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship beginning in 2011. As part of the agreement, the tournament will air across Turner’s television networks, TBS, TNT and truTV and CBS. The joint agreement also includes Turner’s operational oversight of NCAA March Madness® on Demand (MMOD) on broadband, as well as March Madness mobile assets. Turner and CBS will also jointly share sponsorship sales responsibilities for MMOD and its mobile assets.“Turner Sports is a perfect fit to manage the NCAA’s digital assets,” said Greg Shaheen, NCAA interim executive vice president for championships and business strategies. “The agreement will enable Turner and the NCAA to enhance the coverage of all 88 NCAA championships across multiple digital platforms. NCAA Digital will provide fans, student-athletes and their families with reliable, in-depth resources to engage with NCAA championship events both live and on demand. In addition, NCAA.com will showcase the tremendous, everyday accomplishments of NCAA student-athletes on the court, in the classroom and in the community.”“We are pleased to further extend our relationship with the NCAA to manage their digital portfolio of assets,” said Lenny Daniels, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Turner Sports. “Turner’s aggressive digital strategy has established a leadership position for the company in branded sports content on emerging platforms. We look forward to working with the NCAA, and using the knowledge, resources and digital expertise we’ve gained by managing some of the most popular league sites on the internet, to create a truly exceptional online fan experience on NCAA.com and its companion digital extensions.”The new agreement does not include NCAA.org, the Association’s public and administrative website, or all aspects of the NCAA’s digital archival video rights. Turner Sports currently manages an impressive portfolio of digital assets including official league sites NASCAR.COM, PGATOUR.COM and PGA.com, and jointly manages NBA Digital, which includes NBA TV, NBA.com, NBA LEAGUE PASS, NBA LEAGUE PASS Broadband, NBA Mobile, NBADLEAGUE.com, and WNBA.com. Additionally, Turner Sports oversees the operation of SI.com, and provides live video to and exclusively sells the Yahoo! Sports NASCAR, NBA, professional golf and MLB sections.
This gives Turner Sports another feather in its digital cap. As you see from above, Turner has many league sites under its portfolio and having NCAA March Madness as well as NCAA.com gives it a pretty big arsenal.
As I logged into March Madness on Demand at NCAA.com, there were a few technical problems. First, there was audio for the Georgia-Xavier game, but no announcers. A note did appear underneath the video player saying the techies were aware of the problem. Then when we finally heard Craig Bolerjack and Bob Wenzel, their voices were garbled.
Then as many people got into the viewing room, the video was constantly jumpy and had to constantly buffer. Thank goodness NCAA.com provided the audio from Westwood One so I could keep track of the game. However, some glitches for CBS and NCAA.com at the beginning.
In addition, the same audio problems occurred at the beginning of the Michigan State-Temple game and I could not enjoy Screamin’ Gus Johnson.
I am glad to see CBS provide its HD picture so we can enjoy the game in its full glory.
However, I do wish we can see the CBS halftime show with Greg Gumbel, Clark Kellogg and instead of having Jason Horowitz just talk about what we just saw. I’m sure Jason is a nice guy, but I’d rather not see him at the half. I’m used to having switches to other games at the half.
Anyway, I’m hoping CBSSports.com and NCAA.com will have these glitches worked out for the second window at 2:30 p.m. ET.