News, notes and other thoughts as I prepare for another NHL lockout season.
u Major League Baseball, FOX Sports Media Group and Turner Sports finalized a deal TV that will keep games on their respective networks through 2021.
FSMG and Turner will combine to pay MLB $800 million to keep the games. Add the $700 million ESPN paid back in August, and I would say MLB commissioner Bud Selig made sure that the 30 major league clubs won’t have to worry about where the money is coming from.
FSMG retains the rights to the World Series, All-Star game, one League Championship Series and the Saturday game of the week package. It will add coverage of two division series. FSMG will also increase its number of regular-season national windows on Saturdays from 26 to 52, with 12 of those windows exclusive to FOX and as many as 40 non-exclusive windows on another nationally distributed FOX channel.
That FOX channel could be a new sports channel. There has been speculation for a couple of years that FSMG will convert its Speed Channel to an all-sports channel to compete with ESPN.
“We are continuing to evaluate the possibility of a national sports channel,” FMS co-president Randy Freer said during Tuesday’s conference call.
TBS will have exclusive rights to one League Championship Series and two of the four division series. TBS will carry one wild-card game. It will also air afternoon games with new co-exist rights on the final 13 Sundays of the regular season as part of the network’s “Sunday MLB on TBS” game of the week package.
u NBC13 (WNYT) sportscaster Andrew Catalon will be the voice of UConn women’s basketball on SNY, it was announced Thursday.
Meghan Culmo and Kara Wolters will be the analysts, with Kerith Burke as the sideline reporter. Troy native Gary Apple, who hosts SNY’s Big East basketball studio shows, will anchor the network’s studio coverage.
“It’s an honor to be working with the top women’s basketball program in the country,” Catalon said. “Growing up in the Northeast, I fully understand the passion UConn fans have for this team, and that is very exciting. We will respect and honor that tradition. I am greatly looking forward to working with Meg, Kerith, Kara, Gary and the great team SNY has put together.”
SNY will do 20 games.
u NBC Sports had a great Sunday, even it wasn’t so good for the U.S. golf team and the New York Giants.
Sunday’s Ryder Cup coverage, which saw Europe rally from a 10-6 deficit to stun the U.S., 141⁄2-131⁄2, had a 4.1 rating and a 9 share. It’s the best overnight rating for the final round of the event in 13 years, when the U.S. team’s comeback to defeat the Europeans and win the Ryder Cup in Brookline, Mass., in 1999 (6.3/15).
Sunday’s rating was 71 percent higher than the last Ryder Cup (2.4/7 in 2010 from Newport, Wales), and 21 percent better than the last Ryder Cup contested in the U.S. (3.4/7 from Louisville, Ky., in 2008).
The Sunday night football game, in which the Philadelphia Eagles edged the Giants, 19-17, earned a 15.6 overnight rating and a 25 share. That is 23 percent better than last year’s Week 4 “SNF” game (Jets-Ravens 12.7 20), and the best overnight rating for a Week 4 prime-time game in 16 years (Dolphins-Colts 19.1/29, Sept. 23, 1996 on ABC).
u The “Union College Hockey Coaches Show” bi-weekly radio show has a new home this season.
The 30-minute show will air live from The Van Dyck in Schenectady every other Tuesday, starting Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. Bombers Burrito Bar had been the home the last two seasons.
The show is heard on WPTR-AM (1240) and WABY-AM (1160). WPTR is the former WVKZ.
Here are the upcoming games in the NFL and college football that will be on TV and the Internet. Most of the ESPN and ESPN2 games will also be available on ESPN3, ESPN’s Internet outlet.
Announcers (where available), in order of play-by-play announcer, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses:
CBS6 (WRGB) and CBS6 HD — Cleveland at N.Y. Giants 1 p.m. (Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf); Denver at New England, 4:25 p.m. (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms).
FOX23 (WXXA) and FOX23 HD — Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).
NBC13 (WNYT) and NBC13 HD — San Diego at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Houston at N.Y. Jets, 8:30 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters).
NFL Network and NFL HD — Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).
CBS6 and CBS6 HD — Navy at Air Force, 11:30 a.m. (Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein/Otis Livingston); LSU at Florida, 3:30 p.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).
Time Warner Cable Sports-3 — UAlbany at Bryant, noon (Paul Dottino/Steve Levy); UNLV at Louisiana Tech, 7 p.m. (Trey Bender/Jay Taylor).
Time Warner Cable Sports-1 — South Florida at Temple, noon (Eamon McAnaney/David Diaz-Infante/Paul Carcaterra).
ESPN and ESPN HD — Northwestern at Penn State, noon (Dave Pasch/Brian
Griese/Jenn Brown); Georgia Tech at Clemson, 3:30 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Ed Cunningham/Jeannine Edwards); Georgia at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox); Washington at Oregon, 10:30 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Lewis Johnson).
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Arkansas at
Auburn, noon (Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway/Tom Luginbill); Illinois at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen/Danny Kanell/Maria Taylor); Florida State at North Carolina State, 8 p.m. (Mark Jones/Brock Huard/Shelley Smith).
ESPNU and ESPNU HD — Connecticut at Rutgers, noon (Tom Hart/John Congemi); Wake Forest at Maryland, 3:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Dan Hawkins); Texas A&M at Mississippi, 7 p.m. (Clay Matvick/Matt Stinchcomb/Angela Mallen); Southern at Alcorn State (same-day tape), 10:30 p.m. (Joe Davis/Jay Walker).
FX and FX HD — Kansas at Kansas State, noon (Justin Kutcher/Eric Crouch/Darius Walker).
MSG and MSG HD — Mississippi State at Kentucky, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Capuano).
MSG Plus and MSG Plus HD — Boise State at Southern Mississippi, noon (Ron Thulin/Shaun King/Desmond Purnell); Iowa State at Texas Christian, 3:30 p.m. (Joel Meyers/Brian Baldinger/Jim Knox).
CBS Sports Network and CBSSN HD — Boston College at Army, noon (Ben Holden/Randy Cross/Tommy Busterud); Tulsa at Marshall, 3:30 p.m. (Brad Johansen/Doug Chapman/Tammy Blackburn); Hawaii at San Diego State, 8 p.m. (James Bates/Todd Christensen/Lauren Gardner).
Big Ten Network and BTN HD — Michigan St. at Indiana, noon (Kevin Kugler/Chris Martin/Jon Jansen); Michigan at Purdue, 4 p.m. (Eric Collins/Derek Rackley/J Leman).
ESPN3 — Buffalo at Ohio, noon (Michael Reghi/Doug Graber); Presbyterian at VMI, 1:30 p.m.; Youngstown State at North Dakota State, 2 p.m.; Southern Illinois at Illinois State, 2 p.m.; Virginia at Duke, 3 p.m.; Central Michigan at Toledo, 3 p.m. (Mike Gleason/John Bunting); Louisiana-Monroe at Middle Tennessee, 3:30 p.m.; Gardner-Webb at Liberty, 4 p.m.; Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State, 4 p.m.; Tulane at Louisiana-Lafayette, 5 p.m.; Southern at Alcorn State, 5 p.m.; Vanderbilt at Missouri, 7 p.m. (Rich Hollenberg/Stan Lewter); Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati, 7 p.m.
MY4 (WNYA) and MY4 HD — Virginia Tech at North Carolina, 12:30 p.m. (Steve Martin/Dave Archer/Scott Pryzwansky).
NBC Sports Network and NBCSN HD — Towson at James Madison, 1 p.m. (Randy Moss/Anthony Herron/Carolyn Manno).
ABC10 (WTEN) and ABC10 HD — Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 3:30 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Quint Kessenich); Nebraska at Ohio State, 8 p.m. (Brad Nessler/ Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe).
FOX23 and FOX23 HD — Arizona at Stanford, 3 p.m. (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Julie Alexandria); West Virginia at Texas, 7 p.m. (Craig Bolerjack/Joel Klatt/Petros Papadakis).
Pac-12 Network and Pac-12 HD — Washington State at Oregon State, 6 p.m. (Kevin Calabro/Adam Archuleta/Yogi Roth); UCLA at California, 10 p.m. (Ted Robinson/Glenn Parker/Ryan Nece).
FOX College Sports Central — Rice at Memphis, 7 p.m. (Steve Physioc/Ben Leber/Lesley McCaslin).
NBC13 and NBC13 HD — Miami vs. Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (Tom Hammond/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).
ESPNU — Western Kentucky at Troy, 7:30 p.m. (Joe Davis/Jay Walker).
MSG Plus and MSG Plus HD — Texas-El Paso at Tulsa, 8 p.m. (Mike Morgan/JC Pearson/Laura McKeeman).
CBS Sports Network and CBSSN HD — Wayne State at Saginaw Valley, 8 p.m. .
ESPN and ESPN HD — Arizona St. at Colorado, 9 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer and David Pollack/Samantha Steele).
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Navy at Central Michigan, 8 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Rod Gilmore/Jemele Hill).