SF Giants, Blue Jays get big August air time on MLB Network

The San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays will get a lot of air time in the New York TV market during MLB Network’s schedule of August games. The Giants will appear seven times and the Blue Jays six times.
The Detroit Tigers will air five times, with the Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers all appearing four times.
Yankees and Mets games on MLB Network are blacked out in the New York market as per MLB rules.
There will be 10 afternoon contests (not including three Yankees 1 p.m. starts that are blacked out locally), 14 games starting at either 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. and eight contests with 10 o’clock starts.

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NBC, NBCSN to televise 105 NHL games

The New York Rangers will play in the first of 105 games to be televised by the NBC networks this season, one of a dozen scheduled appearances. The Rangers will be on hand when the Chicago Blackhawks raise their Stanley Cup banner on Oct. 7 in an 8 p.m. game on NBC Sports Network.
The New York Islanders will get five games on NBCSN and the New Jersey Devils will get just one. Chicago will appear 12 times, as will Pittsburgh, Detroit, Minnesota, Colorado and St. Louis.
NBC’s national TV schedule is very similar to last season with NBCSN airing a 24-game Wednesday Night Rivalry series (the Rangers have five exclusive dates, with no simulcast on MSG Network), with six nightcap games featuring Western Conference hosts, and 12 Sunday night games starting in January.
NBC will air a Black Friday doubleheader, including a Rangers-Bruins game at 1 p.m., and a Game of the Week (generally on Sundays) starting Jan. 24.
To no one’s surprise, Canadian teams Winnipeg, Ottawa, Vancouver and Calgary will receive no regular-season appearances on NBC or NBCSN.
The teams that will see increases in NBC/NBCSN appearances include Colorado and the Islanders (plus-5), Montreal (+4), Nashville and Tampa Bay (+3). The teams that will see a notable decrease are Buffalo (minus-6), Boston (-5), Anaheim and Los Angeles (-3).
The NHL Network has yet to announce its schedule. If true to form, many Saturdays on NHL Network will feature “Hockey Night in Canada” telecasts, which will feature those Canadian teams that do not get on NBC’s networks.
The 2015-16 schedule (all games on NBCSN unless indicated) (doubleheader/tripleheader games in green):
October: Wed. 7 – Rangers-Chicago, 7:30 p.m.; San Jose-Los Angeles, 10 p.m.; Thur. 8 – Minnesota-Colorado, 9 p.m.; Tues. 13 – Tampa Bay-Detroit, 7:30 p.m.; Wed. 14 – Chicago-Philadelphia, 8 p.m.; Tues. 20 – Dallas-Philadelphia, 8 p.m.; Wed. 21 – Philadelphia-Boston, 8 p.m.; Tues. 27 – Tampa Bay-St. Louis, 8 p.m.; Wed. 28 – Pittsburgh-Washington, 8 p.m.; Nashville-San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
November: Tues. 3 – Los Angeles-St. Louis, 8:30 p.m.; Wed. 4 – St. Louis-Chicago, 8 p.m.; Tues. 10 – Buffalo-Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.; Wed. 11 – Montreal-Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.; Tues. 17 – Minnesota-Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.; Wed. 18 – Washington-Detroit, 8 p.m.; Wed. 25 – Philadelphia-Islanders, 7:30 p.m.; Chicago-San Jose, 10 p.m.; Fri. 27 – Rangers-Boston, 1 p.m. (NBC); Chicago-Anaheim, 5 p.m.
December: Tues. 1 – Minnesota-Chicago, 8 p.m.; Pittsburgh-San Jose, 10:30 p.m.; Wed. 2 – Rangers-Islanders, 8 p.m.; Tues. 8 – Detroit-Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Wed. 9 – Boston-Montreal, 7:30 p.m.; Pittsburgh-Colorado, 10 p.m.; Tues. 15 – Colorado-Chicago, 8:30 p.m.; Wed. 16 – Pittsburgh-Boston, 8 p.m.; Tues. 22 – Montreal-Minnesota, 8 p.m.; San Jose-Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.; Tues. 29 – Nashville-St. Louis, 8 p.m.; Wed. 30 – Rangers-Tampa Bay, 8 p.m.; Philadelphia-San Jose, 10:30 p.m.
January: Fri. 1 – Montreal-Boston, 1 p.m. (NBC); Mon. 4 – Los Angeles-Colorado, 9 p.m.; Tues. 5 – Montreal-Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.; Wed. 6 – Pittsburgh-Chicago, 8 p.m.; Thur. 7 – Philadelphia-Minnesota, 8 p.m.; Sun. 10 – Devils-Minnesota, 8 p.m.; Tues. 12 – Tampa Bay-Colorado, 9 p.m.; Wed. 13 – Boston-Philadelphia, 8 p.m.; Thur. 14 – Chicago-Montreal, 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 17 – Philadelphia-Detroit, 7:30 p.m.; Mon. 18 – Pittsburgh-St. Louis, 8 p.m.; Tues. 19 – Chicago-Nashville, 8 p.m.; Wed. 20 – St. Louis-Detroit, 8 p.m.; Minnesota-Anaheim, 10:30 p.m.; Sun. 24 – Pittsburgh-Washington, 12:30 p.m. (NBC); Mon. 25 – Buffalo-Rangers, 7:30 p.m.; Tues. 26 – Chicago-Carolina, 7:30 p.m.; Colorado-San Jose, 10 p.m.; Wed. 27 – Philadelphia-Washington, 8 p.m.; Colorado-Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
February: Tues. 2 – Florida-Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Wed. 3 – Detroit-Tampa Bay, 8 p.m.; Thur. 4 – Islanders-Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Anaheim-Los Angeles, 10 p.m.; Sun. 7 – Philadelphia-Washington, 12 p.m. (NBC); Tues. 9 – Dallas-Minnesota, 8 p.m.; Wed. 10 – Rangers-Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.; Sun. 14 – Boston-Detroit, 3 p.m. (NBC); Philadelphia-Rangers, 7:30 p.m.; Tues. 16 – Dallas-St. Louis, 8 p.m.; Wed. 17 – Chicago-Rangers, 8 p.m.; Thur. 18 – Detroit-Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.; Sun. 21 – Pittsburgh-Buffalo, 12:30 p.m. (NBC); Chicago-Minnesota, 3 p.m. (NBC); Detroit-Rangers, 7 p.m.; Mon. 22 – San Jose-St. Louis, 8 p.m.; Tues. 23 – Columbus-Detroit, 7:30 p.m.; Wed. 24 – Pittsburgh-Boston, 7:30 p.m.; San Jose-Colorado, 10 p.m.; Thur. 25 – Nashville-Chicago, 8 p.m.; Sat. 27 – Detroit-Colorado, 8 p.m. (NBC); Sun. 28 – Washington-Chicago, 12:30 p.m. (NBC); Tampa Bay-Boston, 6:30 p.m.; Los Angeles-Anaheim, 9 p.m.
March: Tues. 1 – Edmonton-Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.; Wed. 2 – Chicago-Detroit, 8 p.m.; Sun. 6 – St. Louis-Minnesota, 8 p.m.; Mon. 7 – Arizona-Colorado, 9 p.m.; Tues. 8 – Pittsburgh-Islanders, 7:30 p.m.; Wed. 9 – Chicago-St. Louis, 8 p.m.; Sun. 13 – Pittsburgh-Rangers, 12:30 p.m. (NBC); Toronto-Detroit, 7:30 p.m.; Mon. 14 – Los Angeles-Chicago, 8 p.m.; Tues. 15 – Detroit-Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.; Boston-San Jose, 10 p.m.; Wed. 16 – Philadelphia-Chicago, 8 p.m.; Sun. 20 – Washington-Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.; Minnesota-Chicago, 8:30 p.m.; Mon. 21 – Philadelphia-Islanders, 7:30 p.m.; Tues. 22 – Los Angeles-Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.; Wed. 23 – Boston-Rangers, 8 p.m.; Sun. 27 – Rangers-Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.; Mon. 28 – Buffalo-Detroit, 7:30 p.m.; Los Angeles-San Jose, 10 p.m.; Tues. 29 – Colorado-St. Louis, 8:30 p.m.; Wed. 30 – Washington-Philadelphia, 8 p.m.
April: Sun. 3 – Boston-Chicago, 12:30 p.m. (NBC); St. Louis-Colorado, 8 p.m.; Tues. 5 – Tampa Bay-Rangers, 7:30 p.m.; Wed. 6 – Philadelphia-Detroit, 8 p.m.; Sat. 9 – Pittsburgh-Philadelphia, 3 p.m. (NBC); TBD-TBD, TBD

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NFL Network loaded up for preseason

The NFL Network will broadcast 12 live preseason games, and all 65 exhibition games will be shown on tape delay. There will also be five editions of NFL RedZone on Aug. 13, 14 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 29 and Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.
The network will provide nine hours “Inside Training Camp Live” every day (10 a.m.-7 p.m.) between July 29 and August 11 – in addition, coverage from the Steelers and Vikings camps (those two teams will participate in the Hall of Fame Game) will be shown at 3 p.m. on July 27 and 28. The show will provide extensive on-location coverage of the Bengals (Aug. 2), Steelers (Aug. 3), Cardinals (Aug. 4), Cowboys (Aug. 5), Rams (Aug. 6) and Browns (Aug. 7). “Training Camp PrimeTime” will be a three-hour nightly report at 8 p.m.
The show “NFL Preseason HQ” will air on weekdays at 8 a.m. starting August 3.

Thursday, Aug. 13
Green Bay at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at San Diego, 10:30 p.m. (joined in progress)
Friday, Aug. 14
Tennessee at Atlanta, 7 p.m. (Marcus Mariota debut)
Denver at Seattle, 10 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 15
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (Jameis Winston debut)
Sunday, Aug. 16
Indianapolis at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 21
Seattle at Kansas City, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 22
Baltimore at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona, 10 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29
Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 3
Tampa Bay at Miami, 7 p.m.
San Diego at San Francisco, 10 p.m.

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Catching up on Sports TV/radio headlines

Here are some odds and ends around the sports broadcasting business.

Cowherd changing ships – Colin Cowherd will be leaving ESPN for Fox Sports, creating interesting scenarios at both networks. ESPN will need to fill in a critical mid-day slot on ESPN Radio (Cowherd’s program was also simulcast on ESPNU). Cowherd had also been hosting a Sunday morning NFL pregame show, which may be what’s in store for him at Fox Sports.

Prime Time Jackson – Longtime ESPN studio analyst and former Denver Bronco Tom Jackson was named the 2015 recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award for exceptional contributions to the game. Jackson is about to start his 29th season at ESPN.
The list of previous winners is a who’s who of NFL broadcasting. Some of the recipients include Curt Gowdy (1993), Pat Summerall (1994), Frank Gifford (1995), Dick Enberg (1999), John Madden (2002), Jim Nantz (2011) and Al Michaels (2013).

All-Star Game on decline – I don’t get it. Major League Baseball has cleaned up its drug problem, and features some incredible young talent and yet ratings for the All-Star Game posted a record-low rating of 6.6 and an audience of only 10.9 million, down from the 11.3 million of a year earlier. This year’s game proved very entertaining.

Saturday night’s alright for sports – ABC has added Saturday night NBA broadcasts for the coming season. ABC will feature a Saturday Night NBA series on Jan. 23 and 30, Feb. 20 and 27, March 5, 12, 19 and April 9.
ABC will air its NBA Sunday Showcase on Jan. 31, Feb. 7 (All-Star Game) and 21, March 6 and 13 and April 3. ABC will air two NBA games on Christmas afternoon.
ESPN farmed college football games to ABC for Saturday nights beginning in 2006. ABC has drawn more than six million viewers for all but one season (2013).

A soccer high – Fox Sports drew a 12.9 rating and averaged 25.4 million viewers for the USA-Japan women’s World Cup soccer final. Viewership topped out at 30.9 million in the match’s final minutes. The previous records for viewership was 18.22 million for a June 2014 USA-Portugal men’s World Cup match and 17.98 million for a women’s soccer match, the 1999 final between USA and China on ABC.

The Voice moves on – Veteran NHL play-by-play man Dave Strader has taken the Dallas Stars job. He has previously called action for the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Phoenix Coyotes. Strader has been working for ESPN, Fox and NBC. Strader, a longtime No. 2 voice on the networks, will no longer work for NBC – that’s a great disappointment since Strader has been one of my favorite announcers for years. Strader has called the Stanley Cup Finals for NHL International since 1997.

Transactions – ESPN has extended Dick Vitale’s contract to call college basketball through the 2017-18 season. Vitale started work with ESPN in 1979-80. … Matt Millen will be the lead analyst for the Big Ten Network college football coverage. Millen, the former Penn State linebacker, has worked for CBS, Fox Sports, ESPN, NFL Network and NBC. Millen will also serve as a studio analyst for the NFL and college football on Fox Sports 1 … Once Jeff Gordon concludes his final season on the NASCAR circuit, he will join Fox Sports for its auto racing coverage to work alongside Darrell Waltrip and play-by-play voice Mike Joy.

Acquisitions – NBC Sports Group has extended its deal for the Belmont Stakes and additional thoroughbred events through 2020. … NBC Sports Group has added the British Open golf tournament starting in 2017, ending a 50-year association with ABC and ESPN. Included in the deal are the Senior Open, Women’s Open and British Amateur, and Walker Cup and Curtis Cup in years hosted by Great Britain. … CBS Sports Network has extended its TV deal with the Patriot League, and has licensed football and basketball games from the Mid-American Conference from ESPN.

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Free baseball week for MLB Extra Innings

It’s free baseball week for digital cable customers as InDemand rolls out a mid-season promotion for MLB Extra Innings. The games will be available through Thursday, July 23.
All Major League Baseball games will be available for free, although Yankees and Mets games will be blacked out in the New York market and Phillies games in the northeast Pennsylvania market. The MLB Extra Innings channels are in the early 700s on Time Warner Cable.
Some cable systems may offer the free HD channels but most utilize only the free standard definition channels.

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ESPN adds Monday British Open golf coverage

Weather delays on Friday and Saturday have pushed the British Open golf championships to a Sunday-Monday finish. The second round was completed on Saturday.
Sunday’s third round coverage starts at 6 a.m. on ESPN3 with the BBC feed, 6:30 a.m. with the Hole No. 17 coverage, and picks up at 7 a.m. on ESPN, plus ESPN3 feeds in Spanish and featured pairings (Phil Mickelson and Gary Woodland, and then Jordan Spieth/Sergio Garcia starting at 8:30 a.m.).
Monday’s final round coverage starts at 6 a.m. on all ESPN platforms (ESPN, and three ESPN3 feeds, including Spanish and BBC feed).

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HBO to televise 1,000th boxing match Saturday

HBO will televise its 1,000th boxing match on Saturday since its Jan. 22, 1973, debut. The boxers who receive the distinction will be Oscar Valdez and Ruben Tamayo, the undercard for the Timothy Bradley Jr.-Jessie Vargas fight. The telecast goes live at 9:45 p.m. ET from Carson, Calif.
The first HBO bout was Joe Frazier against George Foreman from Kingston, Jamaica. The lone announcer on the cablecast was Hall of Famer Don Dunphy.
Most people remember the ABC Wide World of Sports rebroadcast handled by Howard Cosell, with his famous call: “Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!” as Foreman won the heavyweight fight with a second-round technical knockout.
The late Billy Costello, the world champion from Kingston, never appeared on HBO. Tracy Harris Patterson, the multiple world champion from the Mid-Hudson, had both of his losses to Arturo Gatti (Dec. 15, 1995 and Feb. 22, 1997) shown on HBO.
Greenwood Lake heavyweight Lou Savarese posted a 1-3 record on HBO. He lost to George Forman on April 26, 1997; lost to David Izon on Nov. 1, 1997; beat Lance Whitaker on March 6, 1999; and, lost to Michael Grant on June 19, 1999.
Newburgh’s Luis Del Valle lost to Vic Darchinyan on Sept. 29, 2012.

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USA-China highlights World Cup quarterfinal action

In 1999 the United States women’s soccer team achieved its place within the American sports discussion when it captured the World Cup championship with a thrilling shootout victory over China.
Sixteen years later the two nations meet again in a World Cup playoff setting. Fox Sports will televise the quarterfinal matchup, in Ottawa, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m. The game can be seen locally on WNYW-5 in the New York market, WXXA-23 in the Albany market and WOLF-56 in northeast Pennsylvania.
Fox has assigned play-by-play man JP Dellacamera and analysts Tony DiCicco and Cat Whitehill to call the match with reporter Jenny Taft on the sidelines. Dellacamera called the 1999 World Cup final match on ABC and DiCicco coached the Americans that year.
Fox will also broadcast the other three quarterfinal matches.
On Friday, Germany and France meet in Montreal at 4 p.m. with pregame coverage at 3 p.m. Justin Kutcher and Aly Wagner have the call.
The coverage moves to Fox Sports 1 on Saturday. Australia and Japan meet at 4 p.m. in Edmonton with pregame coverage at 3 p.m. Jenn Hildreth and Kyndra de St. Aubin have the call. Host Canada and England meet at 7:30 p.m. in Vancouver with pregame coverage at 6 p.m. John Strong and Danielle Slaton are joined by Julie Stewart-Binks on the sidelines.
The World Cup studio portions are hosted by Rob Stone with analysis from Alexi Lalas, Heather Mitts, Kelly Smith and Ariane Hingst.

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U.S. Open golf on Thursday: Best audience since 2002

The opening round of the U.S. Open golf championships on Thursday averaged 2 million viewers on Fox Sports 1 (12-8 p.m.) and Fox network (8-11:09 p.m.). That makes for the most-watched opening round since the 2002 U.S. Open from the Bethpage Black course on Long Island.
Thursday’s audience averaged 3 million during Fox’s prime-time broadcast window and peaked at 3.5 million from 10-10:30 p.m.
The Fox Sports 1 audience peaked at 2.1 million from 5:30-6 p.m. as Tiger Woods’ round got underway – he shot a 10-over-par 80.
This is the first West Coast site for the U.S. Open in three years, allowing for prime-time viewing on network broadcast television.
Friday’s television windows are the same as Thursday. Fox networks (WNYW-5 in New York) will carry the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday from 2-10:30 p.m.

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ESPN airing regional baseball on Monday

The final NCAA Super Regional baseball games will be held today. ESPN2 will carry Illinois-Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. and Cal State Fullerton-Louisville at 7 p.m. ESPN will air Texas Christian-Texas A&M at 8 p.m.
The ESPN networks will carry the College World Series starting Saturday and running through June 23 or 24.

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