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Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are riding solo for this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly.
We begin the show looking at the announcement this week by CBS Sports and Turner Sports on the telecast responsibilities of each for the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament through the year 2024. TBS will be televising games deeper in the tournament beginning next year while CBS has the national championship games in 2014 and 2015.
We then look at the move by Fox Sports to hire TSN Sportscentre star anchors Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole as its anchors for its nightly highlight show Fox Sports Live which will debut on Fox Sports 1 when it launches on August 17th.
We discuss the solid viewership numbers posted by NBC for this past week’s Kentucky Derby and the news that Carrie Underwood will take over for Faith Hill as the musical lead-in to NBC’s Sunday Night Football beginning this fall.
Ken and I wrap-up the show by comparing our Sports Emmy picks with the results from last night’s award ceremony in New York.
PROGRAM NOTE- Ken and I will not be producing a program next week. The show will return on Wednesday, May 22nd.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back with a new edition of Sports Media weekly.
We begin the show looking at the reaction of the announcement earlier this week by NBA forward Jason Collins that he is gay. We discuss how such an announcement has become more accepted in our society while also touching upon the reactions of ESPN’s Chris Broussard and CBS Sports announcer Tim Brando.
As the Collins story was unfolding Monday morning ESPN was still infatuated with the release by the Jets of quarterback Tim Tebow.
We then put a wrap of last week’s NFL Draft examining the ratings boost for ESPN and the NFL Network. Ken and I still do not agree with the networks’ ban of no tipping picks via Twitter. Both networks say they will do so again next year.
We wrap-up the news segment looking at NBC’s plans to again televise all NHL Playoff games nationally and recapping an awkward moment last night by Fox Sports Prime Ticket which had the dilemma of giving fans double box coverage of both the NHL Playoff overtime game between the Kings and Blues and the start of the NBA Playoff game featuring the Clippers and Grizzlies.
We end the show with Ken and I making a few predictions on who we feel will win Sports Emmys when the awards are handed out next Tuesday in New York.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for another Sports Media Weekly program.
Joining us for our news segment this week is Ed Sherman of the Sherman Report.
We begin the show previewing tomorrow’s NFL Draft and the plans being put forth by NFL broadcast partners ESPN and NFL Network. Our discussions lead to reports that the NFL insiders at the networks will be more restrained in using Twitter to give away team picks before they are announced by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Ed has written some great pieces on how two insiders will handle tweeting during the draft. The topic has definitely struck a nerve with some fans.
We then look at the prospects of the job new ESPN Omdudsman Robert Lipsyte will do when he assumes his role in June.
We finish our news segment by issuing our early thoughts on ESPN and TNT’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs.
Our second guest this week is Dale Arnold, studio host for Bruins telecasts on NESN and sports radio host at Boston’s WEEI. Ken speaks with Dale about last week’s bombing at the Boston Marathon and how the sports media took a break from sports and provided fans with an outlet to discuss the events of the week.
It’s a very busy sports media week and we have it covered on this edition of Sports Media Weekly.
We begin the program looking at the local media response in Boston to Monday’s tragic bombing at the Boston Marathon. Ken and I discuss the local coverage, which led to the two local sports radio stations, WEEI and 98.5 The Sports Hub, suspending their regular programming to allow sports fans the opportunity to share their thoughts on the tragedy.
We then shift to the passing yesterday of legendary announcer Pat Summerall. Barry had the opportunity to speak to Summerall on many occasions and had the same good things to say about the former CBS and Fox announcer as others regarding Summerall’s generosity and professional demeanor.
We move on to the announcement yesterday that Dan Hicks will replace Tom Hammond as the voice of Notre Dame football. Barry predicts the move signals Hicks is being groomed to be the network’s lead play-by-play voice when Al Michaels decides to retire.
We finish the segment by looking at NBC’s plans for the English Premier League season later this summer and the viewership gains for CBS and ESPN from last week’s Masters.
Ken and I wrap the show by looking at a new policy announced at ESPN on how the network will attribute stories not broken by its reporters.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I are back for another edition of Sports Media Weekly.
We begin the show by talking about the final ratings for CBS and Turner for the recently-completed NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament. We look back at what was the best and worst of the coverage by both networks.
We wrap-up the segment by looking at plans by TNT to cover tomorrow night’s Thunder/Warriors NBA telecast without a play-by-play announcer, only analysts Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller and Chris Webber.
Our second guest this week is Dan Levy, national lead writer for the Bleacher Report. Dan fills us in on how his role has evolved at the Bleacher Report and the impact Turner has had on the operation after it purchased the site.
Dan also used his appearance to announce a new project, the creation of a graphic novel entitled The Rise of the Umpire Robots. Dan will enlist a star-studded roster of sports writers to help with the project, which will be funded via Kickstarter very soon.