The Nominees for the 35th Annual Sports Emmy Awards

The nominees are out. A few interesting developments for this year’s Emmys. In the play-by-play category, Al Michaels is noticeably absent. Marv Albert, Mike Breen, Joe Buck, Bob Costas (?) and Mike Emrick are nominees. I guess the Academy decided to put Bob in this category in addition to his customary Studio Host nomination. For […]

Golf Channel’s Live Tournaments: 01/22 — 01/26/2014

Golf Channel will be busy starting early this morning through Sunday as it air live golf action from Qatar, the Bahamas and continue the PGA’s West Coast Swing from Southern California. Overall, it will have three live tournaments involving the European PGA Tour, the PGA Tour and the start of the 2014 LPGA Tour. Early […]

Golf Channel’s Tournaments for 01/16 — 01/19/2014

Golf Channel will have coverage of three tournaments this week. The PGA Tour begins the West Coast Swing as it hits Southern California with the Humana Challenge. The European PGA Tour will be in Abu Dhabi for the HSBC Golf Championship. Phil Mickelson is there and will try to win an event in the Middle […]

Golf Channel Back with Live Golf This Week

On Thursday, the PGA Tour resumes with the Tournament of Champions from Maui. It means some primetime golf and that’s always fun to watch. I’m serious. No sarcasm there. Golf Channel will provide live four round coverage with a rare wraparound weekend coverage beginning Friday and ending on Monday night. The event starts with the […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, September 9 — 15, 2013

Well, let’s take a look at what’s ahead in the sports media for the upcoming week. It’s another busy week and we’ll preview it for you right now. TELEVISION NFL Premieres The NFL continues to dominate the week. Monday has the annual Week 1 doubleheader on ESPN with Philadelphia taking on the DC NFL Team […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, August 26 — September 1, 2013

We’ve survived the first full week of Fox Sports One and the premiere of new shows. We have another premiere this week, but this one on ESPN2. In addition, we get the first full week of college football as the new season begins in earnest on Thursday. Not only that, the U.S. Open gets underway […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, August 19 — 25, 2013

Once again, it’s another busy week. Lots of premieres of various studio programs begin this week as Fox Sports 1′s launch continues. In addition, there are plenty of live games as we speed towards the beginning of college football next week and the NFL in September. Let’s get started. TELEVISION We have a lot of […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, August 12 — 18, 2013

This is the week sports media observers have been waiting for. It’s going to be a rather busy seven days and it all culminates on Saturday, August 17 when the English Premier League starts its first season on NBC Sports Group. This is what all of us have been waiting for. No? Oh, you’re expecting […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, July 29 — August 4, 2013

I’ve been meaning to start a regular Monday feature and since Richard Deitsch has a weekly Monday column at and Tom Hoffarth has his Southern California Sports Calendar, I figured I would preview the upcoming week in the sports media. With a little luck, this will be a signature post on Fang’s Bites. Give […]

A Much Too Rare Case of Wednesday Linkage

I’ve been neglecting a couple of things that have been staples of this site, linkage and sports media thoughts. I’m taking care of linkage today. I hope to have a sports media thoughts post this week. It’s all about managing time. Let’s go. Richard Deitsch of Sports lllustrated has his usual weekly media column. He […]

DirecTV and the PGA Tour Announce New Agreement

Just announced today, the PGA Tour and DirecTV have announced a new rights agreement that allows the satellite provider to air extensive in-depth coverage of several tournaments. This is similar to the expanded coverage DirecTV provides for the Masters, U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship where extra channels are provided in addition to the […]

Ken Venturi, 1931-2013

We get word on this Friday night that one of the legends of golf, both on the course and in the broadcast booth, Ken Venturi has died at the age of 82. Just less than two weeks ago, Venturi was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, but was unable to attend due to […]

Golf Channel and NBC See Big Numbers for the Players Championship

Thanks to a Sergio Garcia/Tiger Woods duel down the stretch of The Players Championship, NBC saw its highest numbers for the final round in 20 years. The Peacock saw a 5.0 rating and 7.6 million viewers. For the third round, NBC garnered a 2.6 rating and 3.7 million viewers. Golf Channel saw an average of […]