Harvard-Yale hoops playoff on MSG Plus

The Ivy League men’s basketball playoff between Harvard and Yale will be televised by MSG Plus at 4 p.m. Saturday. There will be a 3:30 p.m. pregame show and a post-game show to follow.
Yale lost to Dartmouth last week, failing in its bid to win the Ivy League title outright. The Ivy League is the only NCAA Division I conference without a postseason tournament to determine its champion so a playoff is necessary to break ties.
There have been eight previous Ivy League playoffs.

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WPIX-11 to televise 25 Mets games in 2015

The Mets will have 25 regular-season games on WPIX-11 this season. It is the 16th year in a row that WPIX has carried the Mets, after a long relationship with WWOR-9.
The games will be produced by SportsNet New York (SNY) and will use the SNY announcers Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling.
The 2015 Mets schedule on WPIX:
Sat. April 11 – at Braves, 7 p.m.
Sat. April 18 – Miami, 7 p.m.
Fri. April 24 – at Yankees, 7 p.m.
Sat. May 2 – Washington, 7 p.m.
Sat. May 9 – at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Sun. May 17 – Milwaukee, 1 p.m.
Sat. May 30 – Miami, 4 p.m.
Sun. May 31 – Maimi, 1 p.m.
Sat. June 13 – Atlanta, 4 p.m.
Sat. June 20 – at Atlanta, 4 p.m.
Sun. June 21 – at Atlanta, 5 p.m.
Sat. June 27 – Cincinnati, 4 p.m.
Sun. July 5 – at Los Angeles, 4 p.m.
Sat. July 11 – Arizona, 4 p.m.
Sun. July 12 – Arizona, 1 p.m.
Sat. July 18 – at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Sun. July 26 – Los Angeles, 1 p.m.
Sat. Aug 8 – at Tampa, 6 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 15 – Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 22 – at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Sun. Aug. 23 – at Colorado, 4 p.m.
Sat. Aug. 29 – Boston, 4 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 5 – at Miami, 4 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 12 – at Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Sun. Sept. 20 – Yankees, 1 p.m.

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College hoops on TV for Sunday, March 8

The first week of college basketball tournaments is coming to an end on Sunday and Monday, so here’s a look at what to watch on TV on Sunday:

Men’s basketball

Memphis-Cincinnati, 12 p.m. (WCBS-2, WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)

Winthrop-Coastal Carolina, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Penn State-Minnesota, 1 p.m. (Big Ten)

Stony Brook-Vermont, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)

Illinois State-Northern Iowa, 2 p.m. (WCBS-2, WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)

Lafayette-Bucknell, 2 p.m. (CBS Sports Net)

New Hampshire-Albany, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)

S.C. Upstate-No. Florida, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Hofstra-William & Mary, 2:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

Tulsa-SMU, 3 p.m. (ESPNU)

East Carolina-Houston, 4 p.m. (ESPNews)

American Colgate, 4 p.m. (CBS Sports Net)

Wisconsin-Ohio State, 4:30 p.m. (WCBS-2, WRGB-6, WBNG-12, WYOU-22)

Monmouth-Iona, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Northeastern-N.C. Wilmington, 5 p.m. (NBCSN)

Western Carolina-Wofford, 6 p.m. (ESPN3)

Saint Peter’s-Manhattan, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Fort Wayne-South Dakota, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Maryland-Nebraska, 7:30 p.m. (Big Ten)

Furman-Mercer, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Oral Roberts-IUPUI, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

* – distant radio signals vary by evening

Women’s basketball

Siena-Quinnipiac, 11 a.m. (ESPN3)

Florida State-Notre Dame, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Dayton-George Washington, 1 p.m. (ESPNU)

East Tennessee-Chattanooga, 1 p.m. (ESPN3)

Fairfield-Marist, 1:30 p.m. (WKIP 1450-AM, WJIP 1370-AM, ESPN3)

Hartford-Maine, 2 p.m. (ESPN3)

Oklahoma State-Baylor, 2:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

Tennessee-South Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Md. Baltimore County-Albany, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Big 12 semi, 5 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)

High Point-Liberty, 5 p.m. (ESPN3)

East Carolina-Connecticut, 5:30 p.m. (ESPNU, WTIC 1080-AM)

Ohio State-Maryland, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Tulane-South Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)

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Free preview week for MLS Direct Kick

With the start of the Major League Soccer (MLS) season this weekend, InDemand will be offering a free preview of MLS Direct Kick for digital cable customers from March 7-15. Those channels can be found in the NBA League Pass tier.
The early season price offering is $79 for the season. A total of 236 games this season will be available.
Direct Kick is offered on Time Warner, Cablevision and Verizon FiOS customers, plus Comcast (Xfinity) and Cox.

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College basketball tourney TV time: Friday, March 6

It’s a busy day for college basketball tournaments, for both men and women. Here’s a look at Friday’s updated schedule:
Men’s basketball

Charleston Southern-Longwood, 12 p.m. (TWC 398, ESPN3)

Wichita State-So. Illinois, 1 p.m. (Fox College Atlantic, ESPN3)

Radford-Winthrop, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Illinois State-Evansville, 3:30 p.m. (Fox College Atlantic, ESPN3)

N.C. Greensboro-Samford, 6 p.m. (TWC 399, ESPN3)

High Point-Gardner Webb, 6 p.m. (ESPN3)

Akron-Kent State, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

Oakland-Ill. Chicago, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Columbia-Penn, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Bowling Green-Buffalo, 7 p.m. (ESPN3)

Northern Iowa-Bradley, 7 p.m. (Fox College Atlantic, ESPN3)

Murray State-Morehead State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Coastal Carolina-N.C. Asheville, 8:30 p.m. (TWC 398, ESPN3)

Citadel-Furman, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Texas Tech-Baylor, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

San Francisco-Pacific, 9 p.m. (BYU TV)

Indiana State-Loyola (Ill.), 9:30 p.m. (Fox College Atlantic, ESPN3)

Detroit-Cleveland State, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN3)

Eastern Kentucky-Belmont, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)

Santa Clara-Loyola Marymount, 11:30 p.m. (BYU TV)

Women’s basketball

Duke-Wake Forest, 11 a.m. (MSG, TWC 392, ESPN3)

George Washington-Saint Louis, 11 a.m. (Atlantic10.com)

Maryland-Michigan State, 12:30 p.m. (Big Ten)

Belmont-Tenn. Martin, 1 p.m. (TWC 399, ESPN3)

Arkansas-South Carolina, 1 p.m. (SEC Net)

Notre Dame-Miami, 2 p.m. (MSG, TWC 392, ESPN3)

Fordham-Richmond, 2 p.m. (Atlantic10.com)

Arizona State-Washington State, 2:30 p.m. (Pac 12)

Northwestern-Rutgers, 2:55 p.m. (Big Ten)

Tennessee State-SIU Edwardsville, 3 p.m. (TWC 399, ESPN3)

Texas A&M-LSU, 3:30 p.m. (SEC Net)

Cincinnati-Central Florida, 4 p.m. (TWC 398, ESPN3)

Dayton-St. Joseph’s, 4:30 p.m. (Atlantic10.com)

Stanford-UCLA, 5 p.m. (Pac 12)

Florida State-Virginia Tech, 6 p.m. (MSG Plus 2, TWC 325, 392, ESPN3)

SMU-Memphis, 6 p.m. (TWC 398, ESPN3)

Kansas-Kansas State, 7 p.m. (Fox College, FoxSportsGo)

Narist-St. Peter’s, 7 p.m. (WKIP 1450-AM)

Georgia-Tennessee, 7 p.m. (SEC Net)

Colgate-Army, 7 p.m. (WBNR 1260-AM, CampusInsiders.com)

Lafayette-American, 7 p.m. (CampusInsiders.com)

Lehigh-Holy Cross, 7 p.m. (CampusInsiders.com)

Navy-Bucknell, 7 p.m. (CampusInsiders.com)

Duquesne-Rhode Island, 7 p.m. (Atlantic10.com)

Iowa-Nebraska, 7 p.m. (Big Ten)

Louisville-North Carolina, 8 p.m. (MSG Plus 2, TWC 325, 392, ESPN3)

Houston-Tulane, 8 p.m. (TWC 398, ESPN3)

Oregon State-Colorado, 9 p.m. (Pac 12)

Kentucky-Mississippi State, 9:30 p.m. (SEC Net)

Texas Tech-West Virginia, 9:30 p.m. (Fox College, FoxSportsGo)

Ohio State-Minnesota, 9:30 p.m. (Big Ten)

California-Washington, 11:30 p.m. (Pac 12)

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Yankees have 21 games on WPIX-11

The Yankees will have 21 games air on WPIX-11 this season, utilizing the talent and production crew from YES.
The Mets are not releasing their WPIX schedule until March 12.

The Yankees on WPIX-11 in 2015:
Friday, April 10 – Red Sox, 7 p.m.

Monday, April 13 – at Orioles, 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 19 – at Rays, 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 25 – Mets, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 15 – at Royals, 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 16 – at Royals, 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 23 – Rangers, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 26 – Royals, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 15 – at Marlins, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 22 – Phillies, 7 p.m.

Friday, July 10 – at Red Sox, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 19 – Mariners, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, July 22 – Orioles, 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 25 – at Twins, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug 1- at White Sox, 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug 13 – at Indians, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug 17 – Twins, 7 p.m.

Monday, Aug 24 – Astros, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept 13 – Blue Jays, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept 16 – at Rays, 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept 21 – at Blue Jays, 7 p.m.

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Mets hire Randazzo for radio broadcast team

Chicago broadcast veteran Wayne Randazzo has been hired by the Mets for the pre- and post-game radio shows on flagship station WOR 710-AM.
Randazzo was a sports anchor and talk show host for Chicago stations WSCR and WBBM. He has done work for ESPN, the Big Ten Network, MLB Network and Sports USA radio network. He has baseball work with the Chicago White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and the Class A Kane County Cougars.
“I want to thank the Mets and WOR for this amazing opportunity,” Randazzo said. “The Mets’ fan base is one of the most passionate in all of baseball. I look forward to working alongside Howie Rose and Josh Lewin, one of the best radio broadcast teams in baseball, to bring Mets fans great memories for many seasons to come. This is certainly an exciting time for the Mets and fans.”

Check out some of his basketball work:


Check out some of his football work:


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Yankees have 21 TV spring games, nine on radio

The Yankees will have 11 spring training games on YES Network and nine on WFAN (660-AM, 101.9-FM). Michael Kay, Ken Singleton, John Flaherty, David Cone, Paul O’Neill and Al Leiter are expected back in the YES TV booth. John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman return as radio broadcasters.
There will also be 10 games aired on MLB Network – four will be live and six will air on tape delay.
The Yankees spring training broadcast schedule:
Wed. 4 – Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (YES); Fri. 6 – at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (MLB); Sat. 7 – at Houston, 1 p.m. (WFAN); Sun. 8 – Washington, 1 p.m. (YES, WFAN); Mon. 9 – Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (YES); Tues. 10 – at Baltimore (MLB, delay to Wed. 9 a.m.); Wed. 11 – Boston, 1 p.m. (YES); Thur. 12 – Atlanta, 7 p.m. (YES); Fri. 13 – at Boston, 7 p.m. (MLB); Sat. 14 – Detroit, 1 p.m. (YES, WFAN); at Toronto (MLB, tape delay to 11 p.m.); Sun. 15 – Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (WFAN); Tues. 17 – Toronto, 7 p.m. (YES); Wed. 18 – at Atlanta (MLB, tape delay to 11 p.m.); Thur. 19 – Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (YES, WFAN); Sun. 22 – at Mets, 1 p.m. (YES, WFAN); Mon. 23 – at Washington, 1 p.m. (MLB); Tues. 24 – Detroit, 7 p.m. (YES, WFAN); Wed. 25 – Mets, 1 p.m. (YES); Thur. 26 – at Tampa Bay (MLB, Fri. 9 a.m.); Fri. 27 – at Philadelphia (MLB, Sat. 6 a.m.); Sat. 28 – Baltimore, 1 p.m. (YES, WFAN); Tues. 31 – at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (MLB)
Wed. 1 – Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (YES); Thur. 2 Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (YES); Fri. 3 – Washington, 1 p.m. (YES); Sat. 4 – at Washington, 1 p.m. (WFAN; also MLB, delay to Sun. 3 a.m.)

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Fox to air four U.S. Open golf rounds in prime-time

The U.S. Open men’s golf championships will have four nights of East Coast prime-time coverage as Fox Sports takes over coverage of the U.S. Golf Association championships starting in 2015.
The U.S. Open will be held in Washington state from June 18-21. Fox Sports 1 will have eight hours of afternoon and early prime coverage (12-8 p.m.) for the first two rounds, and Fox will have three hours of additional evening coverage. Fox has exclusive third- and fourth-round coverage from 2-10 p.m.
Fox Sports can be viewed on WNYW-5 in New York, WXXA-23 in Albany and WOLF-56 in Northeast Pennsylvania.

The USGA schedule on Fox:
U.S. Amateur Four-Ball (The Olympic Club, San Francisco)
Tuesday, May 5: Second round, quarterfinals, 7-9:30 p.m. (FS1)
Wednesday, May 6: Semifinals, championship match, 7-9:30 p.m. (FS1)

U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball (Bandon Dunes Resort, Bandon, Ore.)
Tuesday, May 12: Second round, quarterfinals, 7-9:30 p.m. (FS1)
Wednesday, May 13: Semifinals, championship match, 7-9:30 p.m. (FS1)

U.S. Open (Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash.)
Thursday, June 18: First round, Noon-8 p.m. (FS1); 8-11 p.m. (Fox)
Friday, June 19: Second round, Noon-8 p.m. (FS1); 8-11 p.m. (Fox)
Saturday, June 20: Third round, 2-10 p.m. (Fox)
Sunday, June 21: Final round, 2-10:30 p.m. (Fox)
Monday, June 22: Playoff, if necessary, noon-4 p.m. (Fox)

U.S. Senior Open (Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, Calif.)
Thursday, June 25: First round, 2-7 p.m. (FS1)
Friday, June 26: Second round, 2-7 p.m. (FS1)
Saturday, June 27: Third round, 2-7 p.m. (Fox)
Sunday, June 28: Final round, 2-7 p.m. (Fox)

U.S. Women’s Open (Lancaster Country Club, Lancaster, Pa.)
Thursday, July 9: First round, 2-7 p.m. (FS1)
Friday, July 10: Second round, 2-7 p.m. (FS1)
Saturday, July 11: Third round, 2:30-6:30 p.m. (Fox)
Sunday, July 12: Final round, 2:30-6:30 p.m. (Fox)

U.S. Junior Amateur (Colleton River Plantation Club, Dye Course, Bluffton, S.C.)
Friday, July 24: Semifinals, 2-4 p.m. (FS1)
Saturday, July 25: Championship match, 2-4 p.m. (FS1)

U.S. Women’s Amateur (Portland Golf Club, Portland, Ore.)
Wednesday, Aug. 12: First round, 4-7 p.m. (FS1)
Thursday, Aug. 13: Second, third rounds, 4-7 p.m. (FS1)
Friday, Aug. 14: Quarterfinals, 4-7 p.m. (FS1)
Saturday, Aug. 15: Semifinals, 4-7 p.m. (FS1)
Sunday, Aug. 16: Championship match, 4-7 p.m. (FS1)

U.S. Amateur (Olympia Fields Country Club, Olympia Fields, Ill.)
Wednesday, Aug. 19: First round, 3-6 p.m. (FS1)
Thursday, Aug. 20: Second round, 3-6 p.m. (FS1)
Friday, Aug. 21: Quarterfinals, 3-6 p.m. (FS1)
Saturday, Aug. 22: Semifinals, 3-6 p.m. (Fox)
Sunday, Aug. 23: Championship match, 3-6 p.m. (Fox)

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Super Bowl: Michaels, Collinsworth talk about broadcasting the Big Game

By Ken McMillan
Times Herald-Record

The Super Bowl is traditionally the most-watched television program of the year, and NBC Sports will utilize tremendous resources.
There are 500 employees on site, 12 mobile units, 100 microphones, 46 cameras and 33 miles of cable. The telecast will cover 10 hours, from pre-game to post-game.
But a football game is still a football game – even if it’s for the NFL championship – so Al Michaels says he’s not going to let all the extra bells and whistles get in the way.
“We don’t allow it,’’ said Michaels, who is calling his ninth Super Bowl. “We’ve been together for a long time with Fred (Gaudelli) and with Drew (Esocoff), and it’s almost as if there’s a lot of stuff between us that goes unspoken. We just know what the other guy is thinking, where he wants to go. And Fred is terrific at the technology – it’s so much greater than it’s been – but you don’t want the technology to overwhelm the game. I mean, you want it to enhance the game.
“You could do the game with 500 cameras, but you don’t need that many. Our guys have them set up that they’re not going to miss anything. You don’t let technology … take you beyond where you should.’’
Michaels has been a prime-time announcer for the NFL for 29 seasons, so moments as large as the Super Bowl or an Olympic Games are not overwhelming. The real trick is to appeal to an audience that is made up of football enthusiasts and casual viewers.
“I think on Sunday Night Football, our whole crew treats every game as a mini-Super Bowl,’’ Michaels said. “And the difference in the real Super Bowl is that you have so many more fans watching. And not only do you have the people who love football all the time and would watch most Sunday night games as a good part of your audience, but a lot of people who maybe only watch one game a year or only watch a couple of games a year, and are not very well-versed in certain stories. So the trick is to not insult the intelligence of the avid fan, but to bring into, as we like to say in the big tent that we like to make Sunday Night Football: come one, come all, to bring those people in, and make them enjoy the game to an extent that we can help them and understand something a little better or have something humorous or do a human interest story about a player, a coach, an owner, or what have you.
“So often what we’ll do, without necessarily saying the exact words, is kind of lay it out there along the lines of, hey, we know if you follow the sport you know this, but some of you may not. But this is fun, this is interesting, this is relevant. So we want to bring you in there. And that would be about the major difference in terms of doing a regular-season game and a Super Bowl game.’’
Analyst Cris Collinsworth played in a Super Bowl with the Cincinnati Bengals, and will be calling his third championship. He said playing in and broadcasting the biggest game of the year is equally as exciting.
“As far as the emotions, I think they’re pretty similar for me, really,’’ he said. “There comes a moment during the game where you forget you’re doing the Super Bowl and you start doing the game or playing the game or whatever. And I always think that you can almost tell which team it happens to first when you’re watching in the game. Somebody is settling in. Somebody is locked in. And it starts to look like their offense.
“Because anybody that tells you that they go into a Super Bowl game or a broadcast or anything else and it’s just another game, I don’t know that I fully believe in that because this is unique, this is different. You’d love to have your best day, but you also realize that you could drop the winning Super Bowl touchdown pass, that you could say something that you’d like to forget the rest of your life and half the world is watching it. So there’s really no way to take away what it is. But I think we all live in our lives for great moments, for those moments that you’ll remember for a lifetime. And we’re all thrilled to be here and have a chance to be part of this.’’

Twitter: @KenMcMillanTHR

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