NBC’s Statement on Losing the US Open

NBC Sports has issued a statement on losing the U.S. Open to Fox. Its last telecast of the nation’s golf championship will take place at the Pinehurst No. 2 Course in North Carolina from June 12-15 in 2014. In fact, Pinehurst will also host the U.S. Women’s Open a week later marking the first time […]

Fox Snares U.S. Open Golf for 12 Years Starting in 2015

I’m still shocked by this. But the United States Golf Association is known for pulling moves like this. Back in 1993, the USGA decided to move its golf events from long-time broadcast partner ABC to NBC. ESPN kept the cable contract as there really wasn’t any competition on cable. But at the time, ABC was […]

BREAKING NEWS: Fox Takes U.S. Open Away From NBC/ESPN

Huge news. Fox becomes a player in golf as it has wrested the USGA contract from ESPN and NBC. Michael Smith of Sports Business Daily breaks the news. The contract begins in 2015 which is also the same year Fox starts its World Cup contract. Fox wins the entire enchilada meaning Fox Sports 1 will […]

NBC’s U.S. Open Final Round Coverage Down From Last Year; Still Respectable

NBC Sports Group has reason to smile over its U.S. Open coverage, in particular the final round in which Justin Rose overtook Phil Mickelson. An average 8.4 million viewers watched the final round of the U.S. Open from Merion Golf Club outside Philadelphia making it the most-watched East Coast final round of the tournament in […]

Some Tuesday Linkage

Let’s do some links today. Brian Steinberg of Variety reports that Fox Sports is bundling Fox Sports 1 to potential Super Bowl XLVIII advertisers. That’s one way to get ads on the new network. Brian Lowry of Variety says Tennis Channel is crying foul at Comcast in trying to gain carriage on the cable provider’s […]

Some Quick Monday Linkage

Lots of stuff to get to and so little time. Here’s the linkage. Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has his regular Monday sports media column in which he discusses a new hire for NBC’s Football Night in America, ESPN’s World Cup plans and Bill Simmons’ future in the NBA studio. USA Today reports that former Kansas […]

Some Weekend Linkage

Ok, I wasn’t able to get to do linkage during the day so in lieu of a Friday post, I’ll make this a weekend post so you can go through these at your leisure. So while I watch some Australian Rules Football, I’ll do a nice links post for you. Let’s begin with John Ourand […]

Grinding Out Some Tuesday Links For You

Let’s do some links. Couldn’t get to them yesterday. Time to grind some out today. Michael Hiestand of USA Today says ESPN won’t be an oasis away from political advertising this fall. Michael also has the ratings on Wimbledon and NASCAR. Bill King of Sports Business Journal looks at NBC bringing back boxing to network […]

NBC Airs The U.S. Women's Open This Weekend

This from the NBC Sports Group. The U.S. Women’s Open has begun and both ESPN2 and NBC will share coverage under their contracts with the US Golf Association. NBC will have weekend coverage from Blackwolf Run in Kohler, WI. Dan Hicks will be at the tower on the 18th green with Dottie Pepper. Joining them […]

The Thursday Linkage

So weird to have the 4th of July in the middle of the week. You get the holiday after two work days and then have two work days afterwards. Some of you have the entire week off which is good, but for me, there’s no such thing as a vacation. In fact, I haven’t had […]

Our Monday Linkage

Let’s do some links on a rainy Monday in Southern New England. Michael Hiestand of USA Today looks at NFL Network’s new morning show. Michael says ESPN has not confirmed whether Chris Berman will call a Monday Night Football game on the opening weekend of the season. John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reports that […]

Some Thursday Links

After an outage that ruined things from Sunday through Tuesday and being busy yesterday, my goal to have links every day this week has gone out the window. However, I can get a few links out to you today. Let’s get to them. Starting with Ed Sherman from the Sherman Report who talks with ESPN […]

NBC Crows About US Open Ratings

With Tiger Woods in contention for most of the tournament, NBC reaped the benefits in the third and final round on Fathers Day weekend. According to NBC, the network saw an increase of 65% in its third round ratings on Saturday and a spike of 43% on Sunday from the year before. And while Tiger […]

Guy Interrupts Bob Costas Interview of U.S. Open Winner Webb Simpson

We’ve had videobombs before, but nothing quite like this. As NBC’s Bob Costas was getting ready to interview U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, some alien dressed in British colors blocks the camera and does a strange bird call. Luckily, Simpson had a good answer and took it in […]

Cranking Out Some Friday Megalinks

Ok, linkage has been really scarce over the last month and a half and I apologize for that. My schedules have been quite busy and it’s been tough to sit down for the time it takes to gather the links. I hope that changes over the next month or so. I have some National links […]