NBC/Golf Channel’s 1st Open Championship Could Not Have Gone Any Better

The new home of The Open Championship got an early present with American Phil Mickelson leading after 18 and then 36 holes and then match play between Mickelson and eventual champion Henrik Stenson on Saturday and Sunday. And through it all, Golf Channel and NBC stayed on top of the drama providing pictures and replays […]

Mike Tirico’s First Assignments for NBC are Open Championship, Olympics and NFL

Yesterday when NBC announced its record 170 commentators for next month’s Rio Olympics, one name that was noticeably absent was Mike Tirico who officially joined the Peacock at the beginning of this month. Well, NBC has released his first three assignments for its Sports Group and one will be a familiar setting, next week’s Open […]

The Big Dozen Sports Media Stories of 2015

2015 was not your ordinary sports media year. We did have some upheaval in sports properties, record viewership for a new event, record viewership once again for the Super Bowl and some upheaval at ESPN. Overall, it made for an interesting year in covering the sports media beat in 2015. As is our tradition at […]

NBC/Golf Channel Gets the Open Championship a Year Early

Broken early this morning by John Ourand at Sports Business Journal, NBC Sports Group has secured the rights to the Open Championship and its associated tournaments, the Women’s British Open and the Senior Open Championship starting in 2016, a year earlier than planned. Earlier this year, NBC Sports Group signed a 12-year agreement with the […]

Monday’s Sports Media Notebook — June 15, 2015

To the notebook now. Lots of things to get to. NEWS The Women’s World Cup is still scoring for Fox. After the U.S. Women’s team’s debut last week vs. Australia which drew 3.331 million viewers on Fox Sports 1, Friday’s game against Sweden and the US’ former coach Pia Sundhage averaged 4.5 million viewers. That […]

NBC Takes the Open Championship From ESPN

After losing the rights to the U.S. Open two years ago to Fox, NBC had targeted the Open Championship as the major golf tournament to replace its loss. And two years later, the Peacock has come out and wrested the Open away from ESPN. It ends a relationship between ESPN/ABC that dates back to 1962. […]

ESPN to Air 143rd Open Championship; Includes All-Tiger Channel

As we get ready for the fourth major tournament of the men’s professional golf calendar, ESPN has announced its coverage plans for the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England. With Tiger Woods expected to compete in the Open, ESPN will dedicate one complete feed on ESPN3 to the golfer on Thursday, July 17 […]

Various Monday Linkage

Ok, let’s break out some links for the beginning of the workweek. Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch in his Monday column talks with outgoing, but not retiring Fox MLB analyst Tim McCarver and looks at ESPN tinkering with Outside the Lines’ timeslot. Peter King’s MMQB microsite has officially launched today. And Richard Deitsch has a column […]

Some Monday Linkage

Trying to get back into the swing of things after a bad couple of weeks for this site. Been quite busy on the personal front. I hope to provide more original content for you from this point on. Some links for you as a token of appreciation for your patience. Let’s begin with John Ourand […]

ESPN Crows About Open Championship Ratings

This from ESPN, the network is doing handstands, well, network executives are doing handstands over the numbers this weekend from the Open Championship. This being the second year since the network picked up exclusive four round coverage, ESPN saw significant improvement from the year. With Tiger Woods in contention into the Final Round and Ernie […]

The Pre-Olympic Linkage

The Olympics get started tomorrow with women’s soccer action and while the Games don’t officially begin until Friday with the Opening Ceremony (live in most countries except the United States), today is really the calm before the Olympic storm. Starting tomorrow and going through August 12, this site will be awash in Olympics sports media […]

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 […]

ESPN's Weekday Open Championship Coverage To Begin A Half-Hour Earlier

Announced this morning by ESPN, it will hit the air a half-hour earlier on Thursday and Friday morning to provide full coverage of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on both days. Originally, ESPN said it would start at 5 a.m. ET on Thursday and Friday. Now that the tee times for Tiger and Lefty have […]

Some Rare Sunday Linkage

It used to be that I would be able to provide linkage all seven days of the week, but my schedule has been crazy lately especially on the weekends. My apologies for not being able to provide more weekend content. But as I’m free right now, let’s not dilly-dally any longer and here are some […]

ESPN Covers The 152nd Open Championship

While ESPN doesn’t have rights to the PGA Tour anymore, it has quietly gotten the rights to air three of the four major tournaments on the tour. We know about The Masters® and the U.S. Open, but in both cases, ESPN provides just weekday coverage while handing off to CBS and NBC respectively for the […]

Some Thursday Linkage

Being out of the office certainly kills any momentum for blogging and I’ve been out for most of the morning and trying to catch up ever since. Let’s get some linkage in as tonight will be busy for me as I do the Friday morning features the night before. The big story for today, Hall […]

Sunday Was A Big Day On ESPN

Sunday was the type of day ESPN founder Bill Rasmussen had to be dreaming about when he created the all-sports network back in 1979. It started with the final round of the Open Championship from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. Then transitioning to the Women’s World Cup Final between the USA and Japan, […]

A Full Tuesday Linkfest! Finally!

For the last week, I haven’t been able to do a full set of links. Work has been crazy, but I hope to give one today. It’s either going to the other office or heading out with the boss to various work sites or head to meetings, but today should be calmer. I’ve started a […]

Golf Channel Is All Over The Open Championship

Tomorrow begins the oldest major championship in golf, The Open Championship at the fabled Royal St. George’s Golf Club in England and the first outside Scotland to ever host the tournament. This is the 14th time St. George’s will be holding The Open and of course, ESPN is the rightsholder to the event providing four […]