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Behind the Broadcast: TWCS coverage treats football fans

Saturday, November 2, 2013
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Random thoughts and other news items as I try not to eat my son’s Halloween candy.

Some good news for high school football fans and bad news for college basketball fans in the Capital Region next weekend.

Time Warner Cable SportsChannel-50 will be televising the Section II football Class AA Super Bowl game next Friday at 7 p.m. from UAlbany’s Bob Ford Field. The channel won’t be televising the season-opening men’s basketball game between UAlbany and Siena from the Times Union Center, which is also scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

As much as the basketball game is a big deal for the area, the high school football final is, and should always be, a priority. Besides, TWCS televises a game every week. To not the show the biggest game of the year would be wrong.

I do believe, however, TWCS had a major screw up Friday.

Instead of showing one of the Class AA semifinals, TWCS viewers saw a men’s college basketball ex-hibition game between Holy Family and Syracuse. Should an exhibition college basketball game, even if it involves the Orange, trump televising a riveting high school playoff game with a Super Bowl berth on the line? Of course not.

In years past, TWCS would have used channel 1 as a spillover channel when there were two sporting events to televise. That would have been perfect for Friday and next Friday.

However, it appears that TWCS is getting away from that. And that is not right.

The Boston Red Sox’s World Series championship was good for FOX Sports.

The Red Sox’s win in six games over the St. Louis Cardinals averaged an 8.9 rating, a 15 share and 14.9 million viewers, FOX announced Thursday. That is a 17 percent increase over last year’s 7.6/12, 12.7 million viewers), according to Nielsen Media Research. Last year’s series was a four-game sweep for the San Francisco Giants over the Detroit Tigers.

The Red Sox’s series-clinching 6-1 win Wednesday got a 11.3/18 national household rating and share, with 19.2 million viewers. In Boston, the rating was a incredible 55.2/75.

While we’re talking about the World Series, FOX gave long-time baseball analyst Tim McCarver a great, emotional tribute before signing off Wednesday night. Earlier this year, McCarver announced he was retiring after 34 years of broadcasting.

I know there are more McCar-ver detractors than supporters out there, but even the staunch McCar-ver haters had to grudgingly admit that the tribute was deserved.

Football TV schedule

Here are the NFL and college games that will be on TV over the next week.

Announcers, in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses.

NFL

Sunday

FOX23 (WXXA) — New Orleans at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. (Kevin Burkhardt/John Lynch/Molly McGrath).

CBS6 (WRGB) — Kansas City at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf); Pittsburgh at New England, 4:25 p.m. (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms).

NBC13 (WNYT) — Indianapolis at Houston, 8:30 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collins-worth/Michele Tafoya).

DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket — Tennessee at St. Louis, 1 p.m. (Marv Albert/Rich Gannon); San Diego at Washington, 1 p.m. (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts); Atlanta at Carolina,

1 p.m. (Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick/Laura Okmin); Minnesota at Dallas, 1 p.m. (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver); Philadelphia at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (Chris Myers/Tim Ryan/Jennifer Hale); Tampa Bay at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa); Baltimore at Cleveland, 4:25 p.m. (Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots).

Monday

ESPN — Chicago at Green Bay, 8:25 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters).

Thursday

NFL Network — Washington at Minn-esota, 8:20 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).

College football

Today

ABC10 (WTEN) — Virginia Tech at Boston College, noon (Bob Wischusen/Rod Gilmore/Quint Kessenich); Michigan at Mich-igan State, 3:30 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe); Miami at Florida State, 8 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox).

ESPN — Illinois at Penn State, noon (Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway/Paul Carcaterra); Clemson at Virginia, 3:30 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Ed Cunningham/Jeannine Edwards); Tennessee at Missouri, 7 p.m. (Steve Levy/Brian Griese/Tom Luginbill).

ESPN2 — Wisconsin at Iowa, noon (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Shannon Spake); Auburn at Arkansas, 6 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Maria Taylor); Texas-El Paso at Texas A&M, 9 p.m. (Mark Jones/Brock Huard/Jessica Mendoza).

ESPNEWS — Bethune-Cookman at North Carolina Central, noon (John Sadak/Jay Walker).

MSG — Mississippi State at South Car-olina, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Capuano).

SNY — Temple at Rutgers, noon (Eamon McAnaney/Anthony Becht/Brooke Weisbrod); Villanova at James Madison, 3 p.m. (Mike Corey/Brad Jackson).

YES — Columbia at Yale, noon.

ESPNU — Army at Air Force, noon (Clay Matvick/Kelly Stouffer/Niki Noto); West Virginia at Texas Christian, 3:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Dan Hawkins); Pittsburgh at Georgia Tech, 7 p.m. (Tom Hart/John Congemi/Dawn Davenport); Nevada at Fresno State, 10:30 p.m. (Joe Davis/David Diaz-Infante).

CBSSN — Southern Mississippi at Marshall, noon (Ben Holden/Tom Bradley/Rashan Ali); Hawaii at Utah State, 4 p.m. (Dave Ryan/Adam Archuleta/Evan Washburn); Boise State at Colorado State, 8 p.m. (Andrew Catalon/Aaron Taylor/Lauren Gardner).

BTN — Ohio State at Purdue, noon (Kevin Kugler/Glen Mason/Eric Crouch); Northwestern at Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. (Eric Collins/Chuck Long/Jon Jansen).

ESPN3 — Northern Illinois at Massachus-etts, noon (Michael Reghi/Doug Graber); Bryant at Robert Morris, noon; Tennessee State at Eastern Kentucky, 1 p.m.; Cornell at Princeton, 1 p.m. (Dave Popkin/KC Keeler); Charleston Southern at Presbyterian, 2 p.m.; Samford at Citadel, 2 p.m.; Arkansas State at South Alabama, 7:30 p.m. (Drew Fellios/Forrest Conoly); Alabama State at Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. (Matt Stewart/Chris Doering).

MY4 (WNYA) — North Carolina at North Carolina State, 12:30 p.m. (Steve Martin/Dave Archer/Rachel Baribeau).

MSG Plus — Wake Forest at Syracuse, 12:30 p.m. (Wes Durham/Brian Stann/Jenn Hildreth).

FOX College Sports Central — Penn at Brown, 12:30 p.m. (Eric Frede/Steve DeOssie/Sonny Watrous); Wisconsin-Platteville at Wisconsin-Whitewater, 4 p.m.

FOX College Sports Pacific — Stony Brook at Maine, 12:30 p.m.; North Dakota at Northern Arizona, 9:30 p.m.

FOX College Sports Atlantic — Middle Tennessee at Alabama-Birmingham, 1 p.m.

CBS6 — Florida vs. Georgia, 3:30 p.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).

NBC13 — Navy at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (Dan Hicks/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).

FS1 — Iowa State at Kansas State, 3:30 p.m. (Justin Kutcher/James Bates/Brady Poppinga); Colorado at UCLA, 7:30 p.m. (Craig Bolerjack/Joey Harrington/Ryan Nece).

Pac-12 — Arizona at California, 3:30 p.m. (Ted Robinson/Glenn Parker/Drea Avent).

FOX23 — Oklahoma State at Texas Tech, 7 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Kristina Pink).

Tuesday

ESPN2 — Ohio at Buffalo, 8 p.m. (Dave Lamont/Ray Bentley).

ESPNU — Bowling Green at Miami (Ohio), 8 p.m. (Mark Neely/David Diaz-Infante).

Wednesday

ESPN2 — Central Michigan at Ball State, 8 p.m. (Dave Neal/Andre Ware).

Thursday

FS1 — Oklahoma at Baylor, 7:30 p.m. (Justin Kutcher/Petros Papadakis and Joel Klatt/Kristina Pink).

ESPNU — Troy at Louisiana-Lafayette, 7:30 p.m. (Mark Neely/Jay Walker).

ESPN — Oregon at Stanford, 9 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer and David Pollack/

Samantha Ponder). Friday

ESPN2 — Louisville at UConn, 8:30 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Danny Kanell/Allison Williams).

ESPNU — Air Force at New Mexico, 9 p.m.

 
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