Expectations High For NASCAR On NBC Female Audience Strong For World Cup ESPN Denies Wanting To Dial Down Olbermann IndyCar Gets Best Cable Audience In Years Xfinity Series Audience Lower On Fox Sports U.S.-Germany Sets Fox Soccer Record Media Notes Discovery Looking To Sublicense Olympic Rights Sources: FS1 Cutting Back News Operation ESPN Changes Format For MLB ASG Reveal
SBD/Issue 172/Sports Media
Published May 27, 2009
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Isn't Replacing Kornheiser
MAKING A PLAY? BROADCASTING & CABLE's Atkinson & Weprin report Turner's TruTV will feature a program tentatively titled "NFL Full Contact," which offers "some grid irony in behind-the-scenes looks at pro football." The show, which will be produced in conjunction with NFL Films, "may represent Turner's attempt to play up an interest in NFL rights." But Turner President of Sales, Distribution & Sports David Levy noted that the NFL is "extending deals with existing partners and there won't be an opportunity until 2013, making the notion premature" (BROADCASTING & CABLE, 5/25 issue).
ON THE DL: In Detroit, Tom Gage reports Tigers radio announcer Dan Dickerson missed last night's Tigers-Royals game and "will miss more after a jogging injury near the team hotel." The extent of his injuries was "not immediately known, but it's expected he will return home to Detroit today for surgery on his left leg, forcing him to miss the upcoming four-game series in Baltimore." FS Detroit announcer John Keating "joined Jim Price in the booth" for last night's game, but it is "not known if that makeshift team will continue" (DETROIT NEWS, 5/27).
NOTES: In Dallas, Barry Horn wrote of Spike TV's "4th and Long" reality series, "This show is starting to exceed my expectations. It's really no nonsense football that has yet to go for theatrics" (DALLASNEWS.com, 5/26)....Outdoor Channel Holdings' aerial camera company Skycam has "inked a multi-year contract to provide services for ESPN sports coverage," including "MNF" (CABLEFAX DAILY, 5/27).