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Blues TV analyst Darren Pang "has decided to stay" in the FS Midwest booth instead of taking an "offer from Canadian network TSN to be an analyst on its national coverage" of the NHL, according to Dan Caesar of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. Pang said, "I was really happy that (Blues and FSM officials) stepped up. ... [TSN] did present something very good to me. But I really enjoy it here." Pang has "done extensive work" for ESPN, ESPN2, ABC and NBC, but said that he "enjoys covering one team more than bouncing from game to game as is the case for a national broadcaster." Blues radio analyst Kelly Chase and TV analyst Bernie Federko "also have reached contract agreements to return." Blues COO Bruce Affleck said that it was "key to retain the popular analysts." Chase has been "the team's radio analyst for the last 11 seasons." Federko also has "spent 11 seasons on Blues broadcasts." He is to "stay in the FSM role he's had the last three seasons, primarily working from the Blues bench." He also does "some studio-commentator work" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 7/6).
The chart below lists final Nielsen ratings from recent sports telecasts. All ratings listed are U.S. ratings (THE DAILY).
TELECAST DATE NET TIME (ET) RATING PGA Tour 2012: The Sport of Golf 6/30 CBS 2:00-3:00pm 0.5 PGA Tour: AT&T National: Third Round 6/30 CBS 3:00-6:00pm 2.2 Women's Soccer Friendly: USA vs. Canada 6/30 NBC 1:30-4:00pm 0.7 U.S. Olympic Trials: Men's Final: Gymnastics 6/30 NBC 4:00-6:00pm 2.3 U.S. Olympic Trials: Finals: Swimming 6/30 NBC 8:00-9:00pm 3.4 U.S. Olympic Trials: Finals: Track & Field 6/30 NBC 9:00-10:00pm 4.0 PGA Tour: AT&T National: Final Round 7/1 CBS 3:00-6:45pm 4.4 Yachting: 2012 America's Cup World Series 7/1 NBC 2:30-4:00pm 0.9 2012 Tour de France: Stage One 7/1 NBC 4:00-6:00pm 0.7 U.S. Olympic Trials: Finals: Track & Field 7/1 NBC 7:00-8:00pm 3.6 U.S. Olympic Trials: Finals: Swimming 7/1 NBC 8:00-9:00pm 4.8 U.S. Olympic Trials: Women's Final: Gymnastics 7/1 NBC 9:00-10:00pm 5.9
NO STAR POWER: In Houston, David Barron wrote FS Houston drew a 0.3 rating for last Friday's Astros-Cubs game, with Saturday drawing a 1.5 and a 0.9 on Sunday. There was a time when a "single Astros-Cubs game would rate 4.7, but that was when the Astros were a competent team and when Fox Sports Houston ...was still promoting the product." The Astros are moving to Comcast SportsNet Houston in '13 (CHRON.com, 7/2).
In N.Y., Phil Mushnick writes with NBA player movements "on the boil, ESPN's eagerness to take credit where none is due became laughably transparent" this week. On Tuesday, G Deron Williams "tweeted that he has re-signed with the Nets." Within minutes, "those who cover the NBA were reporting that news, crediting Williams as the unimpeachable source." But more than 10 minutes after Williams' tweet, ESPN's Chris Broussard "tweeted the news as a scoop, suggesting that he and ESPN were out in front of the story, that 'sources' tell him that Williams will stick with the Nets." Also Tuesday, Broussard "did similar with the breaking news -- broken by the Phoenix Suns -- that Eric Gordon, last season a Hornets guard, had agreed to sign" with the Suns (N.Y. POST, 7/6).
POLE POSITION: In London, Charles Sale noted the BBC will "give precedence to the Wimbledon men's singles final on Sunday, irrespective of semi-finalist Any Murray taking part, when coverage clashes with the British Grand Prix." BBC officials "intend to move the Grand Prix from BBC1 to BBC2 just before the start of the Silverstone race" at 1:00pm local time. This will "allow for all the build-up and the tennis showcase action on the main channel." There is some execs upset that F1 Management Chair Bernie Ecclestone "has scheduled the Grand Prix for the climax of Wimbledon but BBC are now very much the junior TV rights partners since Sky's arrival in motor racing this year" (London DAILY MAIL, 7/5).
BLAME GAME: In San Diego, Matthew Hall wrote it is "absolutely ludicrous that I can't turn on my TV whenever the Padres play ... and watch a game." A ton of "criticism has been lobbed at Fox Sports San Diego, Time Warner Cable, AT&T U-Verse and Dish for the impasses that have kept about 40 percent of San Diego County residents from watching the Padres from home this year." There are "more people to blame than television execs, of course," and Padres fans "should be up in arms." They should be "writing letters to the newspaper, flooding the team and TV companies with emails and phone calls, protesting outside Petco Park with pitchforks," but "they aren't" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 7/5).
SPECIAL GUEST: In Milwaukee, Bob Wolfley noted former golfer Annika Sorenstam will "make her debut on NBC-TV, joining host Dan Hicks and analyst Dottie Pepper for a portion of the weekend coverage of the U.S. Women's Open Championship." Sorenstam will "visit with Hicks and Pepper for a time during coverage of the third and fourth rounds." She also will "contribute to Golf Channel's news shows throughout the week" (JSONLINE.com, 7/3).