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 […]

Friday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/02/2015

Time for the first Sports Media Notebook of 2015. Let’s see what news we can squeeze for this edition. NEWS First, ESPN saw some good news for the first half of its so-called “New Year’s Six.” The ratings were good for the Peach, Orange and Fiesta Bowls. College Football: First Half of “New Year’s Six” […]

College Football Viewing Picks for 01/01/2015

All Times Eastern Studio and Pregame Shows College GameDay on ESPN Radio — ESPN2, 6 a.m. College GameDay live from the Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA — ESPN, 10 a.m. SEC Nation live from the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA — SEC Network, 10 a.m. BTN Football Pregame 2014: Bowl Edition — Big Ten Network, 11 […]

ESPN Unveils Announcers for All of its 38 College Football Postseason Games

Well, Brent Musburger may not be involved in the College Football Playoff, but he will be calling one of the bowls involved in the CFP rotation. And interestingly enough, Brent will be headed to the Las Vegas Bowl. Brent in Vegas? This is where legends are made. For the College Football Playoff Semifinals and National […]

SiriusXM to Air 33 College Football Bowl Games

Beginning this Saturday with the New Mexico Bowl and running until January 6 with the BCS National Championship Game, SiriusXM will provide satellite radio subscribers with 33 bowl games. Many of the games will be produced by ESPN Radio while others will be syndicated through other radio entities. Details from SiriusXM. SiriusXM to Air 33 […]

ESPN Notes Rose & Orange Bowls Combined Overnights Go Up

The New Year’s Day combination of the Rose Bowl and the Orange Bowl on ESPN finished higher in the overnight ratings than last year. According to ESPN, the combined overnight rating was an 8.0 which is 11% higher than last year’s 7.2 combined overnight for the two games. Individually, the Rose Bowl featuring Wisconsin and […]

ESPN Prepares To Cover The Next-to-Last BCS

As we approach the long-awaited college football playoff in 2015, the BCS is still in effect and ESPN will air the entire five game sequence which includes the National Championship Game on January 7. The BCS begins on Tuesday with the Rose Bowl and the Orange Bowl. It then proceeds to the Sugar Bowl on […]

ESPN College GameDay Prepares For The BCS National Championship

Starting on January 1, ESPN’s College GameDay will be live from four of the five BCS games including the Big One, the BCS National Championship game in South Florida on January 7. College GameDay will begin its cross-country odyssey in Pasadena, CA by doing two shows on New Year’s Day live from the Rose Bowl. […]

ESPN Airs 34 College Bowl Games Including The Next-to-Last BCS

ESPN has sent its schedule for the college football bowls as well as the Bowl Championship Series. In addition, we have the announcing assignments for all of the games on the ESPN platforms. Most of the games will air on ESPN, some on ESPN2. ESPN Radio also carries a series of games including the entire […]

Let's Do Some Wednesday Linkage

Time for the links on this Wednesday. Let’s check out what we have. Marisa Guthrie of the Hollywood Reporter talks with NBC’s Bob Costas about the Olympics, Jerry Sandusky and being short. That’s right. Daniel Kaplan from the Sports Business Journal writes that the NFL will not sign a telecommunications partner this season and will […]

Let's Break Out Some Monday Linkage

Here’s the Monday linkage wrapped in a nice bow for you. From Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand and Michael Smith, they report that ESPN will pay an average of $80 million per year to air the Rose Bowl. That more than doubles the current contract which pays $30 million. Liz Mullen of SBJ says a […]

It's A Friday Megalink Day

And can you believe I’ve been able to do linkage for most of the week? Hasn’t been like that in a long while. Glad I’ve been able to get it done. Time for your Friday megalinks. As usual, we provide the Weekend Viewing Picks which has plenty of MLB and U.S. Olympic Trials action. Let’s […]

ESPN Keeps The Rose Bowl Through 2026

This is our other big news of the day. ESPN announcing it has signed a 12 year extension to keep the Rose Bowl under the Disney wing until 2026. This new extension will take effect in 2015. ABC started airing the Rose Bowl, aka The Granddaddy of Them All, in 1989. It became an all-cable […]

Some Back To Work Tuesday Links

On this day when many of you head back to work after the lazy holiday season, let’s provide some links as we get into the New Year. I’m still saddened today by the passing of Turner Sports and essayist Jim Huber. Reading the tributes on Twitter from those who knew him and those who […]

Some End of the Year Links

Time to provide you some links to close out 2011. Thanks for visiting the blog this year. I moved from my old Blogger site to a new server, only to get kicked off the new place because it couldn’t handle the traffic from you. But then I was able to find HostMonster in a pinch […]

ESPN Sends College GameDay, College Football Live & SportsCenter to the BCS

As we approach the beginning of the Bowl Championship Series on Monday, ESPN will have three of its signature studio programs covering the five games. College GameDay, College Football Live and SportsCenter will all have a presence leading up to the BCS National Championship Game on January 9. The usual studio casts including Chris Fowler, […]

2011-12 College Bowl Schedule With TV Networks

With all of the bowl matchups announced, let’s provide you with the TV schedule and network. Let’s be honest, the ESPN Family of Networks airs all but two of the games. CBS has the Sun Bowl while Fox continues to air the Cotton Bowl. There was a time when the bowls were aired on all […]

Thursday’s Linkage

I just keep accumulating tabs on my browser of sports media stories and I realized if I keep doing this, my computer will slow down and I’ll have to start rebooting Firefox. It’s a memory whore as it is, but keeping as many as 15 tabs open is not a good idea, so let’s do […]

Breaking Out the Tuesday Linkage

I hope to get these links done without interruption. I hate working from the RI main office because I get bogged down, but that’s what happens when you don’t have a car like I do. I have to depend on others to get me where I’m going and I can’t get to my MA office […]

Rose Bowl Gets ESPN’s Biggest Ratings ‘Cept For NFL

The ratings may have been down from ABC in 2010, but for cable, these are stellar numbers and they are the biggest for a college football game on ESPN. The Alleged Worldwide Leader says the viewership numbers are the same from 2009. On Saturday, the Rose Bowl garnered a 13.1 rating with just over 20.5 […]