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After a week taking care of business we are back with another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.
My co-host, Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites, and I start off the show by talking about the good ratings numbers turned in by NBC/Versus for the Stanley Cup Finals and ABC/ESPN for the NBA Finals. There is little doubt that this trend will continue.
We also look into the ability of the MLB Network to telecast games of importance on short notice, specifically the Major League debut yesterday of Nationals phenom Steven Strasburg.
We also look into the media implications of a growing Big 10 and Pac 10 Conference if each are able to lure new members.
Coverage of the World Cup is our focus this week. We are joined on the show by Dermot McQuarrie, Assistant General Manager, Senior Vice President of Production and Programming at Fox Sports International. McQuarrie oversees Fox Soccer Channel, which will provide comprehensive coverage of the events in South Africa beginning tomorrow.
We’re back with another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.
On this week’s show we talk about what it will mean for the media to have Super Bowl XLVII held in New York. Specifically we look at how fortuitous it may be for Fox to be the network slated to telecast that game.
Other topics on the agenda…critiques on the work done thus far by ESPN and TNT in covering the NBA conference finals…we look at how ESPN is pulling out all the stops in preparation for next month’s World Cup…and the three of us speculate on the future for Erin Andrews, whose contract with ESPN is up in the near future.
After a welcomed week off on vacation we are back with another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I talk about the growing ratings for Versus during this year’s NHL Playoffs, rumblings that Fox may move some of its Saturday MLB games to prime time, ESPN’s new 12-year deal with the Atlantic Coast Conference, and what ESPN has in the pipeline as unveiled to advertisers and the media this week in New York.
Speaking of ESPN, our guest this week is Rob King, Vice President and Editor-in Chief of ESPN Digital Media. We talk to Rob about the evolution of ESPN online, specifically it’s expansion to the local media markets in Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York. We also ask Rob about whether Bill Simmons will be staying with ESPN.com and the controversy last year over the WWL’s Twitter and social media policy.
We are back with another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.
Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites joins me as we discuss the impressive ratings for NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby, the passing of Tigers broadcast legend Ernie Harwell, Ken’s experience at the Boston Blogapalooza, and the growing ratings for the NHL and NBA Playoffs.
Speaking of the NHL Playoffs, our guest this week is Leon Schweir, Senior Vice President of Production and Executive Producer at Versus. We talk with Leon about how the network has seen an increase in viewers for their NHL product, his background in sports television, his opinion of play-by-play voice Mike Emrick, and plans for some of Versus’ other sports properties for 2010.
Welcome to the latest edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.
On this week’s show Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I delve into the make-up of the prime time NFL schedule and what it means for the major media partners of the NFL. We also touch upon whether the NFL is making a good move in shifting this year’s draft to prime time.
Also on the docket, the re-signing of Chris Berman with ESPN, The apparent victory for CBS in a potential bidding war for the rights to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, and the impact on sports media of the late International Olympic Committee President Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Our guest this week is Rich Waltz, television play-by-play voice for the Florida Marlins. We discuss with Rich his career in the business, what it’s like covering the Marlins when attendance at the ballpark is low, and his love of the Beatles…