SBD/Issue 100/Sports Media

Media Notes

Cubs Could Tie Record Low Number
Of Games Shown On WGN This Season
In Chicago, Paul Sullivan noted the release of the Cubs' broadcast schedule Thursday "revealed the potential for only 60 games being shown" on WGN, "which would tie a record low." The Cubs currently have 58 games "slated to be shown on WGN," though that number "will increase, depending on six games that may be picked up by ESPN or Fox." Games not televised on those networks also "will air on WGN." Sullivan notes last year's schedule had a "record-low 60 games scheduled" on WGN, which has broadcast Cubs games since '48 (CHICAGOBREAKINGSPORTS.com, 2/4).

MOVING ACROSS THE BAY: MLB.com's Jane Lee reported A's radio host Marty Lurie Thursday confirmed that he is "taking his wildly popular" "Right Off The Bat" pregame show to KNBR-AM, where he will be heard on pre- and postgame MLB Giants programming. Lurie had hosted the show for 12 years, most recently on KTRB-AM, and had "bought and sold his own time slots each year." However, this year he "never quite landed on the same page as KTRB, which recently agreed to a long-term contract to broadcast A's games" through '19. Lee noted Lurie on KNBR will host a "weekend show before and after every Giants game that will fill an estimated 5-6 hours for a combined 140 hours during the season" (MLB.com, 2/4).

RECORD-SETTING SEASON: NHL.com on Wednesday exceeded 1 million video starts for the first time in the site's history, according to internal league metrics. The mark added to a series of new league records in recent weeks, including January 2010 being the most trafficked month in the history of the league site, and up 44% compared to a year ago (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).

NEW FORM OF ROCK 'N JOCK: Fuse Sunday at 11:00am ET will premiere a one-hour special, "Fuse & NBA All-Star Double Team," which will feature players participating in the February 14 NBA All-Star Game and music videos. Players appearing during the program will include Heat G Dwyane Wade, Cavaliers F LeBron James, Nuggets F Carmelo Anthony and Knicks G Nate Robinson (Fuse).

GOING TO EXTRA HOLES: Golf Channel analysts Frank Nobilo and Brandel Chamblee have both agreed to multiyear contract extensions with the net that will keep them with Golf Channel through '14. Nobilo and Chamblee will continue to provide in-studio and on-site analysis for the Golf Channel's live PGA Tour and Champions Tour tournament coverage, as well as during the net's "Live From" weeks (Golf Channel).

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