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Fox Earns 9.4/14 Overnight
For First “BCS Selection Show”
BREAKING NEWS: While Fox has the exclusive rights to unveil the BCS matchups, NBC’s Bob Costas, citing an online L.A. Times story, announced at the beginning of NBC’s “Football Night In America” at 7:00pm ET that Florida had overtaken Michigan for second place in the BCS for the opportunity to play Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game. National radio began citing the L.A. Times report shortly after 3:00pm (THE DAILY). USA TODAY’s Michael Hiestand writes the BCS’ “quirks at least managed to give this weekend’s TV more oomph.” Since USC was knocked out of the No. 2 spot after losing to UCLA on Saturday, both Florida and Michigan were possibilities to be chosen to play Ohio State. Joe Buck opened “Fox NFL Sunday” by saying, “Thanks to UCLA, we got a show!” But Hiestand writes the selection show “was almost dreary. It had snappy highlights packages, and host Chris Rose seemed awake. But the main analysts Barry Alvarez and Charles Davis who’ll also call the BCS title game didn’t add much” (USA TODAY, 12/4).
CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS: The chart below shows ratings for Saturday’s college football action.NETGAME'06'05% +/-ABCACC Championship: Wake Forest-Georgia Tech4.05.6-28.6%ABCUSC-UCLA188.8.131.52%ABCBig XII Championship: Nebraska-Oklahoma4.24.7-10.6%CBSArmy-Navy2.63.0-13.3%CBSSEC Championship: Arkansas-Florida4.73.920.5%
NOTES: The Big XII Championship was played at 1:00pm ET in ’05, while the ACC Championship was at 8:00pm. Those times were reversed this year. The other games were played at the same time as last year –- Army-Navy at 2:30pm, USC-UCLA at 4:30pm and the SEC Championship at 6:00pm (THE DAILY).
By Eric Fisher, Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal
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To Carry Comcast SportsNet
NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk replaced Jerome Bettis on NBC’s “Football Night in America” yesterday, as Bettis was at his father’s funeral....Victoria’s Secret models Selita Ebanks and Alessandra Ambrosio, in taped segment, introduced CBS’ “The NFL Today” yesterday with footage of NFL game action and a Victoria’s Secret fashion interspersed throughout the segment. Tuesday night, CBS will air the “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.” Following the introduction, CBS’ James Brown thanked the models for their participation and promoted Tuesday’s fashion show on CBS saying, “And I’m smiling” (THE DAILY)....FSN’s Jay Glazer reported Jim Mora has “quit his radio gig [on Fox Sports Radio] as a result” of his comments that Falcons QB Michael Vick was a “coach-killer.” Mora’s son, Jim Mora Jr., is the Falcons coach and was “very upset about the situation” (“Pro Football Preview,” FSN, 12/1).
NOTES: In N.Y., Larry Brooks reported NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Enterprises President Ed Horne each indicated that ESPN has “refused to accept commercial advertising from the league” (N.Y. POST, 12/4)....The Score has reached a multi-year deal in Canada, “believed to be five years, with the Premier League for the weekend package of games.” The deal “is believed to be worth about” C$12M. Rogers Sportsnet had owned Premier League rights in the country for eight years (GLOBE & MAIL, 12/2)....NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” now airing Tuesday’s at 8:00pm ET, will move to the same time slot on Wednesday’s beginning January 10. NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly: “We’re very passionate in our belief in ‘Friday Night Lights’” (L.A. TIMES, 12/3).