Thursday’s Sports Media Notebook — June 18, 2015

To the notebook: NEWS The big sports media news from Wednesday came from a feature on HBO in this week’s Hollywood Reporter. In discussing the new era of HBO with its HBO Now over the top service was a line that the network is looking at luring soon-to-be ex-ESPN’er Bill Simmons. On June 21, HBO […]

Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — June 17, 2015

Ok, let’s do this. NEWS The 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final ended up being the second most-watched series on record just below the most-watched 2013 SCF between Boston and Chicago. This year’s series averaged 5.551 million viewers which is just off from 2013 which averaged 5.753 million. For Game 6 on Monday, the series-clincher for […]

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 […]

Sports Media Notebook — June 11, 2015

Let’s do another notebook for you on this Thursday. NEWS The NBA Finals are breaking records. Through three games, the series between the Cleveland Cavs and Golden State Warriors is averaging almost 18.5 million viewers and a 10.8 rating which is slaughtering all programming on broadcast and cable. Game 3 drew an 11.1 rating on […]

2015 Sports Media Predictions

Time for some predictions for 2015. Looking back through the archives, the last predictions post on this site was done in 2012 so it’s time to do one now. I’ll do it a little differently than in previous years. Here goes. January The first-ever College Football National Championship Game on ESPN draws a record cable […]

Fox Adds Brad Faxon and former USGA Executive Director to US Open Coverage

Fox Sports has added two analysts to its USGA Championships roster. Joining the already announced Joe Buck, Greg Norman and Holly Sonders will be former PGA Tour pro Brad Faxon who has worked on Golf Channel and former USGA Executive Director David Fay. Faxon will serve as the main studio analyst and a hole announcer […]

ESPN’s Chris Berman Signs Off From the U.S. Open

It has televised the U.S. Open either with ABC or NBC dating back to 1982. It so happened that 2014 would be ESPN’s final year of televising the first two rounds of the U.S. Open. It began with Jim Simpson as being one of the anchors. It ended with Chris Berman, Sean McDonough and Scott […]

A Quick Thursday Sports Media Notebook

As I get back into sports media mode after spending five days in California for my cousin’s wedding, let’s provide some news that you may have missed over the last couple of days. I’m still a bit on West Coast time and I totally understand what Tony Bennett meant when he sang “I Left My […]

Guest Column: A Tale of Two Relationships

Tom Kohler of King of Prussia, PA (I’ve actually been to King of Prussia, PA) has a look at two different sports properties, both on NBC and how on chose to leave its long-time home and the other chose to remain for the foreseeable future: There have been a plethora of sports media deals over […]

Golf Channel Produces Documentary on the Late Payne Stewart

Golfer Payne Stewart was one of the more dynamic personalities in the sport. He always dressed in plus-fours and tam-o’-shanter caps so you could always identify him on the golf course. In 1999, Stewart won the U.S. at Pinehurst and also sparked the US’ win in the Ryder Cup at The Country Club in Brookline, […]

REPORT: Joe Buck and Greg Norman Are Your New US Open Broadcast Team

Reported by John Ourand at Sports Business Daily reports that Fox will name Joe Buck and Greg Norman as the lead broadcast team for the U.S. Open when the network takes over broadcasting golf’s second major of the season in 2015. Fox signed a 12-year contract, over $1 billion contract with the United States Golf […]

The Big Dozen Sports Media Stories of 2013

It’s time to look back at the Year in Sports Media. Once again, it was a rather busy year in covering sports media. Since beginning this site in 2007, covering sports media has grown to a 24/7 beat. It’s never enough to cull stories to 10. That’s why I have “The Big Dozen.” Why is […]

Did Fox Really Hire Norm MacDonald for the US Open Starting in 2015????

This was reported during Fox Sports Live on Sunday night’s edition. It was more of “a mention and if you blinked, you missed it,” kind of thing. It was mentioned that comedian Norm MacDonald was hired by Fox Sports for the U.S. Open golf tournament starting in 2015. MacDonald is a big golf fan and […]

Some Quick Monday Linkage

I have too many tabs slowing down my browsers, so that means I should do some linkage for you. Here goes. Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has his weekly Monday column which includes a talk with ESPN’s Jay Bilas and a look into NBC’s English Premier League coverage which kicks off in earnest this Saturday. Deitsch […]

Some Thursday Sports Media Thoughts

Whomever thought July and August 2013 would be boring for sports media news certainly underestimated what the Big Three in Sports Television would do. We’ve seen the return of Keith Olbermann to ESPN, NASCAR ousting ESPN and Turner in favor of NBC, and Fox increasing its commitment to the sport, Fox Sports 1 making a […]

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 […]