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 […]

Super Bowl XLVIII Numbers Adjusted Upwards; Now Over 112 Million People Watched

After recalculating the numbers, Fox has even more reason to crow about the Super Bowl XLVIII ratings and viewership. The viewership which was reported to be 111.5 million has now been adjusted upward. According to Fox and Nielsen, 112.2 million viewers watched Super Bowl XLVIII which is now the new record for any televised event […]

Super Bowl XLVIII is the Most Viewed Streaming Event in US History

This from Fox Sports, Super Bowl XLVIII was the most-viewed event online. Fox Sports Go’s stream was watched by an average 528,000 people per minute. The peak audience was 1.1 million at 9:11 p.m. ET. This broke the previous record of 508,000 views per minute for Super Bowl XLVII on last year. Here’s the […]

Fang’s Bites Podcast No. 6 — Super Bowl XLVIII Aftermath Edition

This wraps up the coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII with a podcast that reviews the game itself, looks at the ratings, how the ads did for their marketers and a review of the ads themselves. The guests are one veteran of the old Sports Media Weekly podcast and two newcomers. Our first guest is John […]

Fox Stepped Up at the Super Bowl Even Though Big Game Failed

A network broadcasting the Super Bowl depends so heavily on the game being close. Unfortunately after a stretch of ten years of relatively close contests, we were bound to get a stinker and that’s what happened on Sunday when Super Bowl XLVIII started with a safety and went downhill from there, resulting in a dominant […]

Overall Grades for Super Bowl XLVIII Ads

A++++++++++ 24 on Fox [youtube=] A+++ Budweiser: Puppy Love [youtube=] A Bank of America: U2 Invisible Cheerios: Gracie [youtube=] T-Mobile: Tim Tebow, No Contract Wonderful Pistachios: Colbert II Toyota Highlander: Muppets T-Mobile: Tim Tebow, No Contract Budweiser: A Hero’s Welcome [youtube=] NFL: Together We Make Football Microsoft: What is Technology? SodaStream: ScarJo B Ford Fusion […]

Grades for Super Bowl XLVIII Ads, 4th Quarter

Coca-Cola: Adrian — B Butterfinger: Cup Therapy — F Microsoft: What is Technology? — A Hyundai: Elantra — B Jaguar: Good to Be Bad — B Dannon Oikos: Full House — B NFL: NFL Now — C T-Mobile: No Contracts — B SodaStream: ScarJo — A 24 on Fox — A++++++++++ Budweiser: Best Buds– A+++ […]

Grades for Super Bowl XLVIII Ads, 3rd Quarter

Audi: Compromise — B Quick Books: Goldie Blox — C T-Mobile: Tim Tebow, No Contract — A Axe Peace: Make Love, Not War — B Chobani: How Matters — B Kia: K900 — B Sprint: Framily Plan — C Heinz: If You’re Happy — B Honda: Hugfest — B Budweiser: Homecoming — A Chrysler: America’s […]

Grades for Super Bowl XLVIII Ads, 2nd Quarter

Bud Light: Cool Twist — C T-Mobile: Tim Tebow, No Contract — A Weather Tech: Made in America — C Transformers — D Volkswagen: Wings — B Wonderful Pistachios: Colbert I — B H&M: Beckham Bodywear — C Wonderful Pistachios: Colbert II — A Marvel Studios: The Amazing Spiderman 2 — B Carmax: Slowclap — […]

Grades for Super Bowl XLVIII Ads, 1st Quarter

Ford Fusion Hybrid: No Ordinary Commercial — B Bud Light: Epic Night — D Maserati: Strike — F Doritos: Time Machine — B Chevy Trucks: Eligible Bachelor — B minus Need for Speed — C TurboTax: Prom — D Bud Light: Epic Night, Part 2 — D Beats: Beats Music — C Bank of America: […]

NFL Quotage for Super Bowl Sunday 2014

Ok, we end the quotage for the 2013-14 NFL season with NFL Network’s quotage for its 10½ pregame coverage of Super Bowl XLVIII. Here it is. You’re going to scroll for a while. News & Sound Bites From Super Bowl Sunday Editions of NFL Network’s NFL GameDay First & NFL GameDay Morning Quick Quotes from […]

Fox Previews Super Bowl XLVIII

Starting at noon ET, Fox will begin its schedule for Super Bowl XLVIII with the NFL Films-produced Road to the Super Bowl narrated by actor Andre Braugher. Then at 1 p.m., Fox airs Football Stories: Our America which is another NFL Films-produced special. That will be hosted by actor Forest Whitaker. When the clock hits […]

ESPN Previews Super Bowl Edition of Sunday NFL Countdown

ESPN has a four-hour edition of Sunday NFL Countdown starting at 10 a.m. ET. The show will have two sets, one from Herald Square in New York manned by Chris Berman and his band of analysts of Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson. Suzy Kolber hosts the Countdown set at the New […]

NFL Network Previews Super Bowl XLVIII

Starting at 7 a.m., NFL Network begins 10½ hours of pregame coverage for Super Bowl XLVIII. It starts with NFL GameDay First hosted by Sterling Sharpe, Shaun O’Hara and Brian Billick live at Super Bowl Boulevard in New York. Then it will be the massive 8½ hour NFL GameDay Morning which will originate from several […]