Patriots/Jets did a 41.4 rating with a 65 share for WBZ-TV. Patriots 7th highest regular season rating all-time for the Boston TV market.
— Bruce Allen (@bruceallen) October 23, 2012
Haven’t been able to provide the Friday megalinks in a while. Let’s do an edition today.
Normally I include a link to the Weekend Viewing Picks, but I’ll be doing that tonight so you can find it on the Fang’s Bites on BSMW site when it’s posted. If you follow me on Twitter or have an RSS feed, you’ll be updated as soon as it posts. If not, you can find it later.
Let’s do the links.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand wonders what effect the gold medal win by the US Women’s Soccer National Team will have on the sport in the long run.
Michael also live blogged Thursday’s Olympic Primetime on NBC.
Jeffrey Martin of USA Today looks at the grand experiment that’s known as the Pac-12 Networks.
At the Sports on Earth blog, Joe Posnanski chronicles his day in covering the Olympics.
Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily says with NFL preseason games airing in many local markets on Thursday, NBC Olympic overnight ratings took a hit.
Bill King of SBD says CBS Sports is forging ahead with a show featuring the professional debut of several US Olympic boxers despite their poor performance in London.
Ryan Baucom of SBD writes that several Olympic athletes are getting a boost in Twitter followers after their success in the London Games.
Tripp Mickle of SBD says Universal Sports broke out an ad on NBC Thursday trying to promote its Olympic sports programming. Good luck with that.
Eric Fisher of SBD says Yahoo is declaring victory over NBCOlympics.com for unique pageviews.
Sohrab Amari of the Wall Street Journal reviews an NBC News documentary fronted by Tom Brokaw which will air on NBC’s Olympic coverage on Saturday.
Sarah Kwak of Sports Illustrated talks with Lolo Jones about the media firestorm that swelled just before she ran her 100 meters hurdles race.
In the Sherman Report, Ed Sherman talks with outgoing Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan about his first job. Ryan will be missed in the pages of the Globe.
Sports Media Journal’s Keith Thibault and I have an Olympic-themed podcast with Richard Sandomir of the New York Times and Bruce Beck of WNBC-TV.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Today Show host Matt Lauer had an icy reunion with former co-host Ann Curry on NBC’s London Olympics set.
John Eggerton at Broadcasting & Cable writes that the FCC has already denied a Comcast request to stay its decision requiring the cable provider to give space to the Tennis Channel.
Christopher Heine of Adweek says Olympic marketers have failed to medal in their social media campaigns.
But Simon Dumenco of Advertising Age looks at the Olympic sponsors that managed to get a boost through social media.
Michael Learmonth of Advertising Age says NBC and the International Olympic Committee have to fix the Olympic business model before it breaks down.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life notes that NBC’s ratings for Wednesday Olympic Primetime show drew better viewership numbers than Atlanta in 1996.
Brandon Costa of Sports Video Group says CBS Sports is preparing for all type of weather conditions for this weekend’s PGA Championship.
Karen Hogan of SVG looks at NBC New York Olympic operations.
Ken Kerschbaumer at SVG says Denmark TV has a floating barge studio for the London Olympics. Now that’s pretty cool.
And Birgit Heidsiek of SVG says Eurosport TV is producing the Olympics in 3-D.
Jason Fry of the Poynter Institute and writing as the ESPN Ombudsman investigates a plagiarism incident at the Alleged Worldwide Leader.
Ronnie Ramos at the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center writes that the Pac-12 Conference is readying an aggressive digital strategy that will go along with its television distribution.
Ty Duffy at The Big Lead goes after former NBC Sports Emperor Dick Ebersol for being out of touch in defending the tape delayed Olympics.
The Big Lead looks at the Pac-12 being in the forefront of digital distribution after being marred for years of being behind the curve.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk says the Miami Dolphins will take advantage of the NFL’s relaxed TV blackout policy this weekend.
Emmett Jones of Sports Business Digest notes that Buffalo Wild Wings has purchased naming rights for a college bowl game. Looks like it will be going to overtime every year.
Sports Media Watch says with NBC committed to the Olympics this year, the NFL Hall of Fame preseason game was aired on NFL Network and naturally suffered a big viewer dropoff.
SMW reports that NBC got another ratings increase for the Olympics.
TVNewsCheck says Gannett is declaring victory saying three of its stations are the top-rated local NBC affiliates in key demographics.
Alex Weprin of TVNewser looks at NBC’s Today Show operations in London.
At TVSpy, Alex tours NBC’s operation center for its local affiliates in London.
East and Mid-Atlantic
Chad Finn of the Globe talks with Celtics TV voice Mike Gorman who’s been calling Olympic handball off a monitor for NBC.
At SB Nation Boston, BSMW Fearless Leader Bruce Allen discusses Golf Channel’s meteoric rise and its plans to cover the PGA Championship this weekend.
Verne Gay at Newsday notes that a long-time NBC Sports director is retiring after the Olympics.
Newsday’s Chris Serico wonders if NBC’s Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera will be a bit more subdued during the Olympic Closing Ceremony on Sunday than their talkative performance during the Opening Ceremony two Fridays ago.
Neil Best of Newsday catches up with ESPN’s Ron Jaworski who’s filling a new role at the network after being in the Monday Night Football both.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post is in another one of his moods today.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union notes a local radio station’s high school football schedule.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says Pac-12 Networks will be seen on Time Warner Cable locally.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call says despite a lost season, the Philadelphia Phillies TV crew still has plenty to talk about during games.
Tim Richardson in Press Box looks at the business of fantasy football as leagues get ready to hold their drafts soon, if not already.
Sarah Kogod of the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog notes that more people were watching the DC NFL Team in area sports bars last night as compared to the Nationals.
Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog says the Nationals radio team tried to explain the term “ball bag”.
Greg Cote of the Miami Herald reviews HBO’s Hard Knocks on the Dolphins.
Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel says the Dolphins have announced their TV blackout policy today.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman says a local high school sports TV show expands to a new market.
The Cincinnati Enquirer says ESPN’s College GameDay could be visiting the Queen City in February.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks at Dick Ebersol’s latest comments on tape delaying Olympic events.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks with a local sports radio host who’s perturbed at a former employer.
Dan notes that the Olympics and the St. Louis Cardinals ratings have been hurt by each other.
John Maffei of the North County Times talks with a former NBC Olympics analyst who was fired on the spot after calling a race.
To the Ventura County Star where Jim Carlisle talks about the increased spotlight on the Pac-12 through its new TV networks.
Jim says Twitter has become an Olympic event.
Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times has the Irish radio call of boxer Katie Taylor’s victory giving the country its first gold medal of the Olympics.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News says this is a critical time for beach volleyball as the sport is in transition now.
Tom has some Olympic TV notes in his blog.
And those are your supersized megalinks for today.
The Red Sox get back to work tonight as they begin a series in Tampa with the Rays. What will the second half of the season bring for the Red Sox? Can they pull it together and grab a playoff spot, or is a complete meltdown right around the corner?
Mismatched Sox wearing on Bobby? – Gordon Edes has today’s must-read column, with plenty of griping and back-biting going around the Red Sox clubhouse, most of it centered around manager Bobby Valentine.
Sox need to make a statement – Jon Couture tries to be optimistic about this team, but finds it increasingly hard to do so.
Adrian Gonzalez continues his quest to find the old Adrian Gonzalez – Rob Bradford has the first baseman trying hard to regain his power stroke.
Ciriaco takes chance and runs with it – Peter Abraham has the well-traveled 27-year-old giving the Red Sox a jolt of energy.
Mediocre Red Sox not hurting NESN’s ratings – Chad Finn looks at NESN’s strong ratings numbers, has more on WEEI, and weighs in on Matt Millen’s torturous ESPN appearance yesterday.
McDonough talks and plays a great game – John Molori talks to Sean McDonough about his work at ESPN and his love of golf.
Examining Gary Tanguay’s New Confrontational Style – What in the world is going on with Gary Tanguay? That’s the subject of my SB Nation Boston column this week.
In an email to BSMW, Entercom’s Jason Wolfe disputed the numbers from yesterday’s post, (A sure sign WEEI is doing better, Wolfe has emerged from his bunker.) discarding the standard Arbitron numbers that run from 3-7pm and sending over what he claims are the 2-6pm numbers for the month of June.
He also zinged me with this line:
I know you’re a 98.5 fan and not an EEI fan, that’s fine, you’re entitled to your opinion, but you’re numbers are wrong.
OK. Has he paid attention at all to what I’ve said about Felger and Mazz, either here or on Twitter? A 98.5 fan? Someone over at CBS Boston is getting a good chuckle out of that.
Someone from 98.5 emailed me recently and said:
Maybe we suck. Maybe we’re too negative. Or too loud. Or too whatever. You are entitled to whatever opinion you have.
I sure am glad all the radio people are allowing me to be entitled to my own opinion on things.
Anyway, here is what Wolfe sent me regarding the afternoon drive numbers:
Men 25-54, Mon-Fri 2-6 pm.
Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four
6.9 8.4 7.0 6.3 WEEI
5.7 7.6 6.4 5.7 98.5
Men 18-34, Mon-Fri, 2-6 pm.
Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four
3.3 2.7 3.1 2.6 WEEI
7.7 9.8 9.6 9.6 98.5
Men 18-49, Mon-Fri, 2-6 pm.
Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four
6.1 6.6 5.8 5.0 WEEI
6.0 8.8 7.5 7.0 98.5
He also included the 35-54 age bracket, which really solidifies that older listeners prefer the Big Show, while the younger ones prefer Felger and Mazz.
Men 35-54, Mon-Fri, 2-6pm
Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four
7.5 9.0 7.5 7.4 WEEI
4.6 6.9 5.5 4.7 98.5
The numbers from yesterday were taken directly off sheets with the Arbitron copyright on them. These numbers provided by Wolfe may well be accurate, but he’s also had a history of being, um, creative with how he comes up with ratings figures.
Yesterday, WEEI also sent over these figures, interestingly, the release contained the line “WEEI saw benefits of carrying both the Celtics and Red Sox game broadcasts.” Um, yeah. :
WEEI 93.7 Arbitron Ratings (rival station The Sport Hub compared in red):
M25-54 June Spring 12 Winter 12
6a-mid 6.8 #3 (BZ 5.5 #4) 7.1 #2 (BZ 6.0 #4) 5.7 #4 (BZ 8.5 #2)
6a-10a 6.8 #4 (BZ 7.6 #2) 7.3 #3 (BZ 8.0 #2) 7.6 #3 (BZ 9.8 #2)
10a-2p 5.5 #3T (BZ 5.9 #2) 6.7 #3 (BZ 6.8 #2) 5.5 #4 (BZ 10.0 #2)
2p-6p 7.1 #3 (BZ 6.3 #4) 7.9 #2 (BZ 6.9 #3) 6.2 #3 (BZ 9.8 #1)
6a-7p 6.5 #3 (BZ 6.6 #2) 7.3 #2 (BZ 7.2 #3) 6.5 #3 (BZ 9.6 #2)
7p-mid 11.0 #1 (BZ 4.6 #6) 9.5 #1 (BZ 5.5 #5) 4.0 #11 (BZ 6.5 #2)
Wknds 5.8 #3 (BZ 2.6 #11) 5.6 #4 (BZ 3.2 #10) 3.7 #10 (BZ 5.6 #6)
Is your head spinning yet?
Michael Felger trashed the Celtics all spring, and he then lost the ratings book for his entire station.
Fact, not opinion.
Well, it IS a fact, in the same way that Mike Felger states “facts” about the Celtics, Patriots, or whatever team/athlete/coach is in his crosshairs at the moment.
A statement that may be factually true, but actually inaccurate when you look deeper into it.
What about the opening statement of this post? Yes, it’s true that Felger did trash the Celtics all spring, and that yes, his ratings went down during this time period, actually so much so that while the morning and mid-day shows at 98.5 won their time slots, Felger and Massarotti dipped so far as to tip the entire scales in WEEI’s favor for the spring book.
But was it Felger’s trashing of the Celtics that caused this dip, or something else?
Let’s look at the month of June, week by week.
Keep in mind, that with the ratings periods, week four of June ended on June 20th. Even though the ratings show Mon-Fri, in reality they’re Thursday to Wednesday in this case. The spring book began on Thursday, March 29th.
So the ratings “Month of June” is actually this:
Week 1 May 24 to May 30
Week 2 June May 31 – June 6
Week 3 June 7-13
Week 4 June 14-20
So here is the breakdown:
Men 25-54, Mon-Fri 3-7 pm.
Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four
6.6 8.4 6.7 6.6 WEEI
5.7 8.4 7.4 5.9 98.5
Men 18-34, Mon-Fri, 3-7 pm.
Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four
3.1 3.6 4.2 4.4 WEEI
7.9 10.5 10.7 10.0 98.5
Men 18-49, Mon-Fri, 3-7 pm.
Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four
5.6 7.0 6.0 5.7 WEEI
5.9 9.1 8.5 7.0 98.5
So what do we see from these? It seems pretty clear that the younger audience was listening to Felger and Mazz. It’s not even close in the 18-34 demo.
We’ll concede the younger audience to 98.5 across the month. Let’s focus on 25-54 and why WEEI won this month, and this ratings period for the time slot of 3-7 pm.
WEEI won the month of June in the 25-54 demo 7.1 to 6.8.
You also see that in weeks 2 and 3 of that same demo, 98.5 tied and beat WEEI for the time period of May31st to June 13th. The Celtics/Heat series went on from May 28th to June 9th, and so Celtics discussion was at an all-time high during those two weeks.
But Felger and Mazz beat and tied The Big Show during the biggest two weeks of basketball talk. WEEI won the month by winning weeks one and four. So was Felger’s Celtics-bashing as big a turn-off as it might appear by looking at the entire month?
Did something different happen in weeks one and four?
Yes. Red Sox day games.
On May 28th, which was Memorial day, the Red Sox played a 1:35 game. Felger and Mazz were not on the air that day, but this still counts on their record. On June 15th, during week four, there was another Red Sox day game, against the Cubs, starting at 2:20 pm.
While that is only two days out of the month, it’s a trend that goes through the entire spring ratings book.
Nine times during the springs ratings book, WEEI had a Red Sox game on during the 3-7 pm time slot. Those games included the season opener (April 5th, 1:05pm), the home opener (April 13th, 2:05pm) and the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park (April 20th, 3:05pm). All big games.
Who is more likely to listen to a baseball game on the radio? Someone 18-34 or someone 25-54? Was the “old bastard” audience of 34-54 who listened to the Red Sox games on the radio enough to swing the ratings into WEEI’s favor?
I don’t have the week-by-weeks for April and May in front of me, but for the two months, the head-to-head ratings broke down like this:
The Big Show:
25-54: April 8.3, May 7.5
18-34: April 5.3, May 3.9
18-49: April 6.9, May 6.4
Felger and Mazz
25-54: April 7.5, May 6.6
18-34: April 10.0, May 7.9
18-49: April 8.0, May 6.9
Once again, 98.5 won with the younger crowd. The “old bastard” crowd saved WEEI. Or more accurately, having Red Sox day games scheduled which would appeal to the “older” crowd is what saved WEEI, and what ultimately, doomed 98.5.
Now, I’m sure that having Felger on the airwaves every afternoon just ripping the Celtics from limb to limb did not sit well with some listeners, and I’m sure a good number switched over to Glenn Ordway and Michael Holley during that time. I know I did.
But can we blame 98.5′s fall solely on Felger’s Celtics-bashing? Considering that his show beat the competition during the most intense period of basketball talk this spring, it seems prudent to at least consider other reasons for WEEI’s triumph.
This is in part, why having the broadcast rights to the Red Sox is such a valuable commodity for WEEI. Do they win this three-month ratings period without them? I have my doubts.
Editor’s note: this is a guest column, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Bruce Allen or BSMW.
By George Cain
As reported by Chad Finn of the Boston Globe the quarterly Arbitron ratings are out and miraculously WEEI is back on top, at least in a couple of time slots. It wasn’t more than six months ago that it seemed the Sports Hub had buried WEEI after the results from the Autumn ratings book showed them behind in all three major time slots. So there is hope for the Boston Red Sox in 2014. Let’s quickly recap the Winners and Losers from the last quarter.
WINNER: The Big Show. Ordway and Holley are back from the dead. They finished second place in the market with a strong 7.9 share versus Felger and Massarotti’s third place 6.2 share. No doubt the Celtics long run, positive basketball discussion, the start of the Red Sox season, and the quick elimination of the Bruins helped the Big Show. The Sports Hub should not try to point to the Celtics and Red Sox programming as an excuse. The content has simply been better. Holley has hit his stride and Felger has lost his.
LOSER: Felger and Massarotti. The drop in numbers should be concerning, from an 11.0 share in the Fall, to a 9.8 share in the Winter and now a 6.2 share in the Spring. If you’ve read anything written by myself or Bruce Allen in the last 3 months none of this should be a surprise. You can’t campaign strictly on a message of negativity and the same goes for broadcast radio. While WEEI was giving insight into the Celtics run, Felger was killing NBA basketball and Kevin Garnett on a daily basis. And as Jerry MaGuire once said, “That is not what inspires people!” Felger needs to take a good look in the mirror and decide how far he wants to take the contrarian persona. Does he want to be Skip Bayless or Michael Felger? When Felger came to the Sports Hub after another brief stint on WEEI he had hit his stride. He came off as charismatic, driven and had a fresh viewpoint that stark contrast to the stale radio in the afternoons on WEEI. A matter of fact, HE made WEEI change. But, like WEEI, Felger fell in love with his own success. The show began a simulcast on Comcast and it became all about him. He doesn’t like callers, mobile phones, the Celtics, the Red Sox or how the Patriots do business. It’s never about the sports, it’s about Michael Felger. No wonder he’s been such a proponent of Bobby Valentine, they have a lot in common. Tony Mazz to me is only good when he’s doing his baseball show. He’s Felger’s parrot and not an opposing point of view. He all about the negative every single day, and if I were the Sports Hub I would be making some inquiries to Kirk Minihane now.
WINNER: Toucher and Rich. This has now become the best talk radio show in the Boston terrestrial radio market. It’s not a sports show and if you listen daily they don’t masquerade as one. They have appeal not just in the 18-49 demo but 25-54 where these ratings were done. Whether it is tales of Rob Gronkowski or Bob Kraft’s acting lessons, these guys can take a funny topic and crush it with their audience. They dominate the local twittersphere and have strong appeal with women, very rare for sports radio. They also sprinkle in the local sports experts and conduct entertaining and informative interviews for guys who are not true Sports talks hosts.
WINNER: Dennis & Callahan. D&C did a solid third place with a 7.3 to T&R’s 8.0 in second place. (WZLX and Carter Allen was #1) They cut out or were forced to cut the everyday political radio and usually keep it to sports. Callahan was once a great sportswriter and Dennis was once, well he’s been around the sports world for a while. They know the major sports at a national and local level and don’t play favorites. D&C are never going to oust Toucher and Rich. They just don’t appeal to enough of the demographics. But, by being the “totally sports” alternative they will always maintain at least their 3rd place spot.
WINNER: Gresh and Zo. They eked out second place finish with a rating win of 6.8 to 6.7 in the midday time slot. I don’t want to continue to lament the fact that this show is weak. During football season they have more appeal but they still over-analyze with their “complicated” discussion around formations and receiver patterns. There is no doubt they benefit greatly from the Toucher and Rich lead in. It pays to follow a good show, ask Castle.
LOSER: Mut and Merloni. STILL? If there was a time to grab second place this was it. Yes, the show has come all the way from 13th and a 3.1 share to third and a 6.7. But something is still missing and it;s missing from both hosts. If I am Julie Kahn or Jason Wolfe I look to Minihane and maybe Dale Arnold again and regain second place.
WINNER: WEEI nights. Celtics playoff games and Red Sox baseball gave them the #1 spot all by themselves. They posted a 9.5 share to the Sports Hub’s 5.5. If you happen to get stuck listening to the radio on a night without a sporting event, you’re probably out of luck. Damon Amendolara continues to improve in this market and someday might be ready to host his own show, most likely out-of-state. He and producer Chris Curtis at least make a concerted effort to bring different topics to the radio. Mikey Adams, might be funny, but his act tires quickly.
LOSER: The Sports Hub. It’s time for Mike Thomas, VP of Programming to take a good hard look at these numbers and make some decisions, You don’t want to put too much weight into this ratings book, because it is true these things can be cyclical and that things were falling right for WEE last quarter just like they did for the Sports Hub with the Bruins at the same time last year. The football season is coming. It’s hopefully, going to be a big year for the Patriots and the next two ratings books should really are going to be fascinating to media geeks like myself. Felger is the wild card in all of this. When he wants to talk sports and keep a positive but objective tone he’s one of the best in the market. However, when he makes the show about him and his world view, well that’s when the show suffers. I expect if Felger doesn’t change his tone, Thomas might demand him to change it.
Finally, I can’t help but wonder if the intermingling of sports hosts on Comcast Sports Net/Mohegan Sun/Uno’s whatever, is at play here. You have Felger, Massarotti, Holley, Merloni, Gasper, and Gresh all playing prominent roles on those shows. Some of the best TV is when Holley and Felger co-host together. It brings out the best in both personalities and don’t think for a second that doesn’t play into ratings. This should be an interesting next 12 months both behind the microphones and at the negotiation tables for everyone involved.
Time for Friday linkage.
The Weekend Viewing Picks have your sports and entertainment suggestions. Let’s get cracking.
Michael Hiestand from USA Today looks at TNT’s plans to go mostly split-screen during breaks for Saturday’s NASCAR race.
Tom Perrotta of the Wall Street Journal reports that the one Wimbledon souvenir the players want is the towel.
Alex Sherman at Bloomberg Businessweek talks with NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus about the Olympics.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk says enhancing the NFL fan experience might bring more people to games.
Ed Sherman of The Sherman Report is happy to learn that Jeremy Schaap’s ESPN Radio show is now available as a podcast.
Bob Pockrass at The Sporting News says NASCAR hopes that NBC Sports will be a bidder for the sport’s TV rights.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News says ESPN Deportes scored with the EURO 2012 Final last Sunday.
Mike says Golf Channel has selected the venue for the next season of “Big Break”.
Christopher Heine of Adweek says MLB’s allowing Twitter votes for the All-Star Game for the first time may have had a hand in deciding which league hosts the World Series.
Jason Del Ray of Advertising Age says the impending Turner Sports purchase of Bleacher Report makes sense.
Wayne Friedman at MediaPost says the NFL easing requirements on local TV blackouts shows the league wants to reach the casual fan.
Dan Daley at Sports Video Group says ESPN will be utilizing plenty of microphones at the MLB Home Run Derby.
Awful Announcing’s Matt Yoder has a screengrab of a Canadian TV station messing up the Steve Nash trade to the Lakers.
And Matt has found an episode of Judge Sapp. Yes, that’s Warren Sapp.
The Big Lead soaked up the latest Twitter battle between ESPN’s Darren Rovell and Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch.
MediaRantz looks at the top 5 ESPN plagiarism scandals.
Nick Bromberg of Yahoo’s From the Marbles blog wonders what is the big deal with the TNT/truTV simulcast of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup race on Saturday.
Joe Favorito likes how MLS has adopted “Food Week” to get fans to explore its markets’ restaurants.
East and Mid-Atlantic
At SB Nation Boston, BSMW Fearless Leader Bruce Allen says it was time for Erin Andrews to leave the ESPN Mothership.
Jerry Barmsah of Fishbowl NY says CBS Radio’s WFAN could be headed to FM and could take the Yankees with it.
Yes, Phil Mushnick of the New York Post, we know you hate ESPN.
Justin Terranova of the Post has five questions for ESPN tennis analyst Brad Gilbert.
Ken McMillan from the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says the MLB Extra Innings pay per view package will be free next week.
Don Laible of the Utica (NY) Observer-Dispatch talks with the NHL on NBC’s Dave Strader about calling Olympic basketball.
Ken says a local minor league baseball team has found a new radio home.
Dave Sottile of the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News says there are no plans to bring Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic to the local area.
Tim Richardson in Press Box looks at the differences between the Washington Nationals and MASN over the team’s TV rights fee.
Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner talks with MLB Network’s Chris Rose.
Kyle Veazey of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal says a popular local sports radio host is changing stations.
At the Houston Chronicle, David Barron writes that the new Comcast SportsNet Houston will air Conference USA football featuring the University of Houston.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says MLB feels it has restored integrity to the All-Star Game. It’s an exhibition game!
Paul M. Banks of the Chicago Sports Media Watch wonders who had the best mock NBA Draft?
Paul Christian at the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin says the new TV voice of the Minnesota Wild will have an exciting team to call this season.
Dan Caesar from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks about Erin Andrews making her Fox debut next week.
Dan writes that Blues analyst Darren Pang turned down a full-time offer from TSN and will remain in St. Louis.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News has this harsh takedown of Erin Andrews.
Here’s Tom’s column which has a little more on the last post.
Tom also links to reaction to his Erin Andrews column.
Matt Rudnitsky of SportsGrid replies point-by-point to Hoffarth.
John Maffei of the North County Times writes about Erin Andrews joining Fox.
Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star talks with Fox’s Joe Buck on the challenges of calling the MLB All-Star Game.
Jim has his Weekend Viewing Picks.
Matthew T. Hall at the San Diego Union-Tribune wonders where’s the fan outrage in the Fox Sports San Diego-Time Warner Cable dispute leaving Padres games off TV.
Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News tries to clear up some confusion over the Pac-12 Network.
And that will conclude our links for today.
Ok, linkage at my BSMW site 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.
Here are the Weekend Viewing Picks for you.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch speaks with the people at the Poynter Institute who are the ESPN Ombudsman.
Nate Davis at USA Today’s The Huddle has the Miami Dolphins not so enthusiastic about being on Hard Knocks this season.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today talks with ESPN’s Sean McDonough who will undergo brain surgery later this year.
Ira Boudwell of Bloomberg Businessweek says ESPN is getting out of the high school sports business saying it’s not broad enough.
Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski says this week’s blowout between David Stern and Jim Rome proves that the NBA Commissioner needs to go.
John Ourand of Sports Business Daily says Fox Sports San Diego is launching an ad campaign against Time Warner Cable which has still not picked up the regional sports network.
Good Morning America’s and former ESPN SportsCenter host Robin Roberts says she will beat the rare blood disorder that will require a bone marrow transplant.
Michael O’Connell of the Hollywood Reporter notes that the NBA Finals are pacing ABC to good ratings this week.
At Broadcasting & Cable, Tim Baysinger writes that this week’s Dream Team documentary gave NBA TV its best viewership ever.
Mike Reynolds at Multichannel News says GolTV scored with this week’s soccer international friendly match between Brazil and Argentina.
Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life reports that NBC will debut two new sitcoms right smack dab in the middle of the Olympics.
Ed Sherman at the Sherman Report looks at the geriatric broadcasting team calling the NBA Finals for ESPN Radio.
Glenn Davis at SportsGrid notes that even after the winning the Stanley Cup this week, the Los Angeles Kings still aren’t getting respect from the local media.
Former Deadspin editor A.J. Daulerio returns to his former stomping grounds to do a massive takedown of Jay “The Rat” Mariotti.
Also from Deadspin, John Koblin writes that there doesn’t seem to be a clamoring for Erin Andrews beyond ESPN.
Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group says NBA TV and NBA Entertainment are appealing to the hardcore basketball fan for their Finals coverage.
Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead says Sports Illustrated could be laying off part of its staff.
Matt Yoder at Awful Announcing has tweets from people who hated Chris Berman on the U.S. Open yesterday.
Sports Media Watch notes that this year’s Stanley Cup Final did not resonate with viewers.
SMW also has some various ratings news and notes.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell writes that Brooklyn Nets gear is selling very well.
MediaRantz tells us that Sean Salisbury will be getting a new internet radio gig.
UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Time for more linkage here.
East and Mid-Atlantic
At SB Nation, BSMW Fearless Leader Bruce Allen writes about golfer David Duval taking a turn in the broadcast tower at the U.S. Open.
Bill Doyle of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette discusses Johnny Miller holding court for NBC at the U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco this week.
Newsday’s Neil Best talks with ESPN college baseball analyst Kyle Petersen who will be introducing many Long Islanders to the College World Series today.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Post goes after the Yankees for pricing out fans from the “Beautiful People” seats at Yankee Stadium.
Jerry Barmash at Fishbowl NY notes that SNY will unveil the all-time Mets team at a gala event on Sunday.
Ken McMillan of the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record says the US Women’s National Soccer Team will be on TV and the web this weekend.
Ken says local Time Warner Cable subscribers will have access to the new Pac-12 Networks this summer.
Ken Schott at the Schenectady Gazette says NBC Sports Group has announced the 2012 Summer at Saratoga schedule.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union talks with Jim Rome who marks his 16th year in New York’s Capital Region.
Pete says one of harness racing’s famous races changes networks this year.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call profiles a local cable TV sports reporter who is filling a double role this summer.
Keith has more on her in his blog.
Barry Jackson from the Miami Herald has some NBA Finals Game 2 postgame reaction as well as Jon Barry saying he’s not a Miami Heat Hater.
David Barron of the Houston Chronicle says Fox Sports Houston was well-prepared and staffed for Wednesday’s perfect game thrown against the Astros by Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants.
Mel Bracht at The Oklahoman writes that ESPN on ABC was all over the non-foul call against the Thunder’s Kevin Durant during Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
The Oklahoman rounds up what sports reporters are saying on Twitter about the NBA Finals.
John Kiesewetter at the Cincinnati Enquirer says an all-star high school football game will be shown locally this weekend.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that ESPN is dropping its high school sports operation.
Bob criticizes Jim Rome for his questioning of NBA Communist China Sympathizer David Stern.
Paul M. Banks at Chicago Sports Media Watch says Cubs announcers Len Kasper and Bob Brenly were silent when comedian Jeff Garlin brought up trading Alfonso Soriano.
Paul Christian of the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin notes the rare occurrence of the U.S. Open and the NBA Finals going head-to-head on TV this Father’s Day.
Dan Caesar from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that viewers of Fox Sports Midwest may need a scorecard to tell who’s in the Cardinals TV booth over the next few days.
Dan notes that next week will mark a decade since the passing of Jack Buck and Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile.
Chadd Cripe of the Idaho Statesman says this fall’s Boise State-Southern Mississippi game will get the Fox treatment.
Scott D. Pierce of the Salt Lake Tribune says Utahans are nervous about getting the Pac-12 Networkcomparing it to their experience with the ill-fated the mtn.
John Maffei of the North County Times writes that Fox Sports San Diego has set its sights squarely on Time Warner Cable.
Jim Carlisle at the Ventura County Star says ESPN’s NBA Countdown show seems to work fine without a host.
Jim talks with NBC’s Johnny Miller about the U.S. Open.
Jim has his weekend viewing picks.
Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times says Game 2 of the NBA Finals drew a good overnight number for ABC.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News talks with former Kings voices about the Stanley Cup victory.
Tom has some more in his blog.
The Toronto Globe and Mail’s Bruce Dowbiggin blames both Jim Rome and David Stern for their ugly exchange this week.
The Toronto Sports Media Blog says the NBA and NHL Commissioners are taking it on their chins this week.
And that’s going to do it.
Let’s do some Friday megalinks. You’ve been owed some and I haven’t been able to do links at the Fang’s Bites BSMW page for most of the week.
Of course, you have the Weekend Viewing Picks which provide plenty of college sports, soccer, baseball and the NBA and NHL postseason action.
Now let’s do your links.
Michael Hiestand of USA Today explores Jason La Canfora’s decision to leave NFL Network and bolt to CBS.
Media Rantz looks into the potential departure of Michelle Beadle from ESPN to NBC.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch says E! will produce a special on New York Jets QB Tim Tebow.
Ed Sherman at The Sherman Report hears from a Fox Soccer executive on why the Fox Sports Media Group chose to air so many English Premier League games on the final day of the season.
Michael David Smith at Pro Football Talk writes that despite reports to the contrary, it appears that the New York Jets won’t make another appearance on HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer.
Eriq Gardner at the Hollywood Reporter says a group of fans have filed a class action lawsuit against MLB and its TV partners on the antiquated and silly blackout policy.
Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel says while the Minnesota Vikings will finally get their long-awaited stadium, one state legislator attempted to sneak a bill ending all local NFL blackouts. I think that was a great idea.
Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News/Broadcasting & Cable writes the long-anticipated Time Warner Cable Los Angeles Lakers-centric regional sports network will launch in October.
At Adweek, Anthony Crupi writes that Fox has sold out its ad inventory for the UEFA Champions League Final.
Thomas Pardee of Advertising Age says social media is changing the way we watch sports.
In the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times says there are times when the N-word should to be published in full.
Eric Goldschein at SportsGrid says CBC Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean stretched his analogy too far in comparing the 9/11 First Responders to NHL players this week.
Jason Dachman of Sports Video Group looks at NBC/Golf Channel’s joint production of this week’s Players Championship.
Brandon Costa of SVG explores ESPN’s expanded multiplatform rights for NCAA Championships.
And SVG tells us about the Big East Conference’s in-house production of the league’s Baseball Tournament.
Kristi Dosh at ESPN.com looks into the dollars and cents of the major college sports TV rights contracts.
Patrick Rishe at Forbes says while the ACC signed a rich contract with ESPN, it still doesn’t compare to the Pac-12′s huge megadeal.
My Twitter Trophy Wife, Amanda Rykoff chronicles her day spent at the MLB Fan Cave for espnW.
Paulsen at Sports Media Watch crunches the numbers behind the ratings rise for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and the lower for the NBA Playoffs.
Joe Lucia of Awful Announcing also looks into the ratings for the NBA and NHL Postseasons.
Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead notes the disturbing arrest of the PA Announcer for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Dave Kohl at The Broadcast Booth looks at some of the sports media stories that are irking him this week.
East and Mid-Atlantic
David Scott at ESPN’s Front Row PR blog gets reaction from people at the network who knew the late Carl Beane.
Gordon Edes at ESPN Boston says Beane felt he was born to be the Fenway Park public address announcer.
WEEI’s Mike Petraglia writes about his personal connection to Beane.
Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe says the Red Sox paid tribute to Beane at last night’s game by not having anyone do the PA.
Amanda Bruno of the Springfield Republican writes that Beane was a role model and mentor to her.
To other stories now, heading back to the Globe, Chad Finn says the ACC got its huge deal and it will affect member school Boston College in many ways.
Chad says former Red Sox voice Jerry Trupiano is getting some familial help in trying to get the Houston Astros radio gig.
Desmond Connor of the Hartford Courant says the Big East’s interim commissioner is hopeful his conference can cash in on the recent big spending by ESPN and other networks.
The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir talks with the legendary Vin Scully.
Richard profiles the person behind a fake Walt Frazier Twitter account.
Jack Bell of the Times interviews Fox Sports President Eric Shanks about Sunday’s unprecedented English Premier League coverage.
Phil Mushnick of the New York Times rails over player unions defending their membership for the wrong reasons.
The Post’s Justin Terranova talks with NBC’s Pierre McGuire.
Justin has five questions for TNT’s Kenny Smith.
Jerry Barmash at Fishbowl NY says a former local sports reporter is returning to her roots with Time Warner Cable’s Southern California network.
Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union says technical difficulties plagued a local radio broadcast of the Yankees.
Pete says many of NBC/Golf Channel’s cameras will be focused squarely on one hole at the Players Championship this week.
Ken McMillan at the Middletown (NY) Times Herald-Record explores the new SNY deal to air UConn women’s basketball games.
At the New Jersey Newsroom, Evan Weiner asks if high school football is doomed.
Keith Groller of the Allentown (PA) Morning Call watched the train wreck of former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens appearing on Dr. Phil this week and being confronted by his multiple baby mommas.
Dan Steinberg at the Washington Post says MLB Network compared the swings of the late Mickey Mantle and the Nationals’ Bryce Harper.
David Barron from the Houston Chronicle says a new local sports radio morning host comes with some baggage from his old job.
David says Comcast and ESPN cut a deal this week for subscribers to watch the network online.
Mel Bracht of The Oklahoman notes that Fox Sports Oklahoma will air specials next week on the state’s two major college football programs.
John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer notes that the Reds TV and Radio ratings are up this season.
Paul M. Banks of Chicago Sports Media Watch explores the Cubs’ Kerry Wood blowing up at the local media this week.
Paul Christian at the Rochester (MN) Post Bulletin looks at NBC’s coverage of The Players Championship.
Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that a local sports anchor gets to talk news on the radio.
John Maffei of the North County Times says the local media plans to cover Junior Seau’s public memorial today.
Jim Carlisle at the Ventura County Star notes that outgoing flagship TV station KCAL gave another farewell to the Los Angeles Lakers this week.
Jim looks at the 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass which will get plenty of attention on NBC/Golf Channel at the Players Championship.
Jim provides his weekend viewing picks.
Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News looks at Time Warner Cable’s new sports channels.
Tom tries to give Kings fans missing their local TV voices a silver lining.
Jon Wilner at the San Jose Mercury News goes over the latest developments at the Pac-12 Networks.
Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail says CBC’s Ron MacLean had to clarify his 9/11 remarks before Game 6 of the New York Rangers-Washington Capitals series.
The Canadian Sports Media Blog has the announcing assignments for both CBC and TSN in the NHL Conference Final round.
And we are done. Enjoy your sports weekend.
WBZ-TV offered up the following ratings numbers for Monday’s Boston Marathon:
Boston Marathon Elite Race Coverage (9:30AM-12:15PM)
- Total Viewers: Elite race coverage averaged 143,400 viewers and peaked as the elite runners finished 12:00-12:15PM with 224,400 viewers.
- Elite race coverage was #1 in the time period in households, total viewers, A25-54, M25-54, M18-49 and all 18-34 demos.
Boston Marathon Coverage (12:15-1:30PM)
- “Rest of the Field” coverage was #2 in the time period households, total viewers, all 25-54 and 18-49 demos.
NESN’s coverage of the Bruins 1-0 overtime win over the Capitals in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Game #1 set a new first game of a playoff series ratings record for NESN with a 11.6 average household rating in the Boston DMA and a 19.3 share. The 11.6 rating is also the 7th highest Bruins playoff rating in NESN history.
NESN’s coverage of the Bruins-Capitals series continues on Saturday (4/14) with one hour of pre-game coverage from TD Garden beginning at 2 pm with Bruins Face-Off LIVE. Dale Arnold, Gord Kluzak, Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley and Naoko Funayama will team up for NESN’s pre and post-game coverage. NESN will also deliver complete post-game coverage immediately after the game on NESNplus with Bruins Overtime LIVE presented by Ace Ticket. Fans can visit NESN.com/NESNplus for the NESNplus channel in their area.