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 […]

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 […]