SBD/August 22, 2011/Media

CBS Sports Network Introducing Several New College Football-Based Studio Shows

CBS Sports Network will launch four new studio shows centered on college football this season. A formal announcement is due out today. Two of the planned shows, “SEC Today presented by Sonic” and “SEC Express,” will cover the SEC, which has a Game of the Week on CBS. “SEC Today” will be set up as a pregame show of sorts (it is scheduled for Saturdays at 2:00-3:00pm ET) and will be hosted by Brent Stover. “SEC Express” is scheduled for Sundays at 10:00-11:00am and will show highlights from the previous day’s CBS Game of the Week. “SEC Tonight presented by Geico” will return to its Saturday 7:00pm timeslot. The network’s two other new shows are “Tackling the Trends” and “The Tim Brando Show.” Sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson will host “Tackling the Trends” every Wednesday beginning Sept. 7 from 9:00-9:30pm. Brando’s show debuts this morning from 10:00am-1:00pm as a syndication of his national radio show. Returning shows include “The Tony Barnhart Show” on Wednesdays from 8:00-9:00pm; “Inside College Football” Tuesdays 8:00-10:00pm; and “College Football Confidential” Mondays 8:00-8:30pm. The network has signed Geico as presenting sponsor of “SEC Tonight;” Sonic as presenting sponsor of “SEC Today;” Buick as the presenting sponsor of “Inside College Football’s” Tuesday night show; and Discover Card as presenting sponsor of the net’s Saturday night games (John Ourand, THE DAILY).

OPENING UP THE PLAYBOOK: Versus VP/Communications Meier Raivich indicated that the net today will announce its Saturday college football show will be called "College Football Live" and will "expand to include pregame and postgame shows for all 28 games on Versus or NBC," including NBC's Notre Dame games. USA TODAY's Michael Hiestand reports Liam McHugh will be the "regular host" of the show, and he will be joined by analysts Roland Williams and Doug Flutie. The show will "relocate from Connecticut to the Manhattan, N.Y., studio that is used for NBC's Sunday night NFL show" (USA TODAY, 8/22).
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