Fans in Houston and the Pac-12 Conference footprint know all too well what fans in the South are going through. As the launch date of the SEC Network gets closer, there's word that DirecTV could once again refuse to carry the channel in August.
Several outlets noted e-mail exchanges between DirecTV and customers in which the satellite provider informs them of its plans for SEC Network or actually, no plans:no comments
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In this week's edition of the Awful Announcing Podcast, we're trying something new. For the first time, we have multiple guests and they are all from our awesome staff. Ken Fang, Steve Lepore, and Joe Lucia all hop aboard a roundtable broadcast breaking down NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi and the highlights and lowlights of these games for the network. We also share some of our favorite moments from the Olympics so far and why everything can be explained by a classic Simpsons reference. Topics include...
-Best & Worst Moments from NBC's coverage thus far.
-Bob Costas' pink eye and how the network handled an unexpected "crisis"
-The live versus tape delay debate and why NBC's effort towards sports fans is better in 2014, but still a long ways from perfect.
-Record ratings for NBCSN and whether or not the Olympics actually pulls them ahead of Fox Sports 1 in the race for #2 behind ESPN.
-Why did the Bode Miller interview receive such an immense backlash?
-Tara Lipinski & Johnny Weir being the stars of Sochi and how NBC can use them going forward.
-Favorite moments from the Olympic competition - hockey and curling feature prominently here.
-An overall grade for NBC's coverage.
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If you were told that Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 both broke viewership records in February, you'd probably assume it was because of something related to the Super Bowl or UFC, right? Well, you would be wrong - very, very wrong.no comments
Did you think you'd be experiencing a drama-free, pleasant Sunday night with the Closing Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi? Well, it appears you were wrong.
NBC will premiere Nancy & Tonya, a one-hour documentary, on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET prior to the Closing Ceremony. It will feature separate interviews with both Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. This will mark the first time both have sat down for interviews on the subject of the attack by Kerrigan's husband and bodyguard on Kerrigan at the 1994 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.no comments
There's been more attention on NBC's primetime Olympic coverage than ever before in 2014 thanks to the eye infection seen round the world of Bob Costas. It's opened up discussions here of who might replace Costas in the long-term at NBC and which other major personalities would be primetime hosts at other sports networks.
But just how large is the footprint of Bob Costas in Olympic primetime? It's actually much, much smaller than you think. The dean of sports media reporting, Richard Sandomir, has a breakdown at the New York Times. In his return to primetime this week, Bob Costas was on the air for little more than 15 minutes combined in his first two nights.
"He has no fixed length of on-screen time. But it turns out he’s not on much. In his first two nights back after sitting out six days with the infection, Costas was a visible presence for a mere 5 minutes 28 seconds on Monday and for 10:17 on Tuesday, nearly half of it an interview with the figure skating analysts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.
Costas was surprised by his figure for Monday’s show. “If you told me 15 minutes, I would say that sounds right,” he said."
Those figures were even less for fill-in hosts Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, ranging from 3 to 8 minutes on air. The rest of the piece is a very interesting read on just how primetime Olympic coverage is structured. But until you see the numbers, it would never sink in just how little airtime the hosts actually get at the Olympics. Costas' role is mainly to conduct interviews and jump from one event to the next while informing viewers of what's happening.
There's certainly a lot to it with all the preparation and research necessary to be able to competently talk about any Olympic sport or athlete. But simultaenously, there's not a lot to it in being on the air for just 3-5% of primetime coverage.
Is there any more valuable role in television that in reality contains such little airtime?no comments
Any time you have an eponymous television show, it's quite noticeable when the central figure goes missing due to an unexplained absence. If you've been watching Olbermann in recent days, you may have noticed that the likes of Michael Smith and Pablo Torre are indeed not Keith Olbermann. The host finally took to Twitter today to explain where he's been and it's not pleasant. Not at all. Continuing what has been a horrible month for on-air sports personalities and nasty viruses and infections, Olbermann is out indefinitely with shingles...no comments
The long, strange trip of Bill Walton rolled into Eugene, Oregon Wednesday night as he and Dave Pasch called Washington-Oregon on ESPN2. The highlight, naturally, was nothing basketball related. Dan Dakich was in studio for the evening and he did the very risky thing of asking Bill Walton a question.
Dakich asked Walton which musical groups were on his personal Mount Rushmore. As only he could, Walton then listed more than 10 individual musicians before going on separate tangents about Woody Guthrie and Edison inventing the phonograph before coming back to basketball with a patented "TRAVELING VIOLATION!" And all of this happened in the space of 82 seconds.
If you listen closely, you can hear Dave Pasch drop an "ay ya ya" in the background. I hope that future generations will study the brain of Bill Walton because it could lead to so much scientific discovery.no comments
LeBron James made a bit of news this week in Bristol, Connecticut, and for once, it wasn't one of his tweets. With the Heat in Dallas to play the Mavericks, LeBron offered some thoughts on his favorite NFL team - the Dallas Cowboys. And he gave some friendly advice to their much-debated quarterback Tony Romo.
James told Romo to tune out his critics. He also said "don't watch ESPN" which has led to some in Bristol to question the network's relationship status with King James...no comments