Some Quick Sunday Links

I’m going to provide a few links for you since they’ve been lacking here over the last few days. We begin with Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deistch who talked with ESPN’s Brent Musburger who will call Monday’s BCS National Championship Game. Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News talks with ESPN’s Chris Fowler about the BCS National Championship […]

Universal Sports To Air Full Slate of Skiing

Universal Sports has already started to air the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup season and it will continue all the way to the end at the World Cup Finals in Schladming, Austria in March. The World Cup season took a break for Christmas and resumes today in Lienz, Austria with the Women’s Giant Slalom. You’ll […]

Some Sunday Morning Sports Media Thoughts & One Musical Comment

As we get into the home stretch and the Christmas holiday is now just a week away, let me offer a few thoughts on sports media this morning. As usual, they’ll go in bullet form. So we have a couple of cable carriage disputes looming large as we end 2011. Looks like MSG Network and […]

NBC Sports & Universal Sports Combine To Cover NYC Marathon

This Sunday, one of the most popular marathons takes place, the New York City Marathon. Universal Sports will have live coverage of the event both on its authenticated channel and online Sunday morning at 9 Eastern time. NBC Sports will air the event on tape delay in a two hour program at 4 p.m. East. […]

A Quickie Thursday Linkage

I’m going to post as many links as I can. It’s part of the day where I could be leaving at any time. Let’s do this. From USA Today, Tom Weir writes that the National Hockey League has issued a new social media policy to take effect immediately. Michael Malone of Broadcasting & Cable looks […]

The Tuesday Evening Linkage

Because I was a jobsite for most of the morning and into the early afternoon, I wasn’t able to supply links today. I’ll get to them now. Austin Karp leads the Sports Business Daily team in looking at the overnight ratings for the Monday Night Football doubleheader on ESPN. Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal […]

Let’s Do Some Monday Links

Time for some links. I expect press releases galore today announcing NFL ratings news so before they come fast and furious, I’ll do some linkage. USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says the NFL and its TV partners handled their 9/11 tributes yesterday as best as they could. Scott Woolley at writes that cable operators are […]

Some Sunday Linkage

I wasn’t able to link yesterday due to some personal commitments. I’ll be doing some today. Mike McCarthy of USA Today says ESPN yanked teams with anti-Semitic names from its fantasy football leagues. Daniel Riley of GQ speaks with the best baseball announcer of all-time, Vin Scully about his greatest calls. John Eggerton of Broadcasting […]

NBC & Universal Sports Team Up For Live Gymnastics

This week, both Universal and NBC Sports will air live coverage from the Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics national championships starting on Thursday and lasting until Saturday. NBC’s Olympic gymnastics announcing team of Al Trautwig, Elfi Schlegel and Tim Dagget will call the action on both networks. It culminates with NBC airing the women’s competition in […]

Unveiling The Wednesday Links For You

On Tuesday, I did the links in the evening, but today, the linkage is coming out early. Let’s get to them. Michael Hiestand of USA Today writes that Fox plans to use its college football sideline reporter more as an analyst on the field, rather than give injury updates. To the Wall Street Journal where […]

Universal Sports Debuts Full-Time on DirecTV Today!

After being teased with a one month trial back in September of 2009 when Versus was pulled from DirecTV, Universal Sports is now on the satellite provider full-time as of today. The channel will be in the provider’s Sports Pack on channel 625. Universal has been in the midst of providing coverage of the World […]

Universal Sports Brings A Whole Slew of Skiing Events Into The Fold

Announced today by NBC Sports Group’s Universal Sports arm, the Olympic sports channel has signed a five year deal to air a whole slew of skiing events including Alpine Skiing, Ski Jumping, Cross Country, Nordic Combined and Snowboarding. Universal Sports will get to show events from the International Ski Federation starting this year and run […]

Bringing Back The Linkage

Even though I didn’t links on Wednesday, it feels I haven’t done them in ages. You’re owed a chunk of them. Here goes. Nathan Vardi of Forbes reports that ESPN basketball writer Chris Sheridan is suing New York Post basketball chameleon Peter Vecsey for libel. Interesting. Thanks to The Big Lead for the link. David […]

Universal Sports Gets A Full-Time Pickup From DirecTV

After being on for a very short month in September 2009 during a dispute with Versus, then being dropped, Universal Sports will finally get full-time carriage on DirecTV. Starting in August, Universal will get a free preview for all subscribers, then move to its Sports tier and eventually going to other packages in October. Universal […]

NBC Sports Group Airs Rugby This Weekend

With Rugby Sevens an Olympic sport starting in 2016, the NBC Sports Group is introducing the American audience to the game. This weekend, we have the Collegiate Rugby Championships in Philadelphia and The Group will be all over it. Starting at noon today, three of The Group’s networks will be airing the event. If you […]

Usain Bolt’s First Race of 2011

You probably didn’t see this since you were probably at work or if you were at home, may not have access to Universal Sports. Well, Usain Bolt was on the track in Rome on Thursday for the IAAF Diamond League Golden Gala. It was Bolt’s first 100 meters race of the year and the first […]

Universal Sports Airs Last Major Cycling Race Before Tour de France

Starting Saturday, NBC’s Olympic sports channel, Universal Sports, will begin coverage of the Giro d’Italia. Universal will have multi-platform coverage of the 23 day event that roams all over Italy. In addition to live daily coverage, Universal will provide nightly one-hour recaps of the event. And of course, you can watch the coverage on […]

How A Couple of Networks Can Improve & Other Sunday Thoughts

On this first day in May, it is time to take a look at how a couple of networks could improve their presentations during postseason time. As teams raise their game, so should the networks as more people watch and focus on the action on the court or the ice. This is not where networks […]

Universal Sports Airs World Figure Skating Championships

This event was to be held in Tokyo last month, but the earthquake in Japan forced the International Skating Union to delay the World Figure Skating Championships and eventually move it to Moscow after receiving assurances and hotel rooms in Russia. So a month later, the event will be held this week. Universal Sports will […]