NBC To Focus On Super Bowl, Not Deflategate FS Indiana Offering Pacers Games On App Canadian Viewership Down For NHL ASG Golf Analyst Nobilo Joins CBS Sports John Harbaugh To Serve As SB Analyst ESPN, NFL Want CFP To Change Dates Fire Games Moving To CSN Chicago NFL Launches Official YouTube Channel Showtime Creates All-Access College Hoops Show Media Notes
Upcoming Conferences and Events
SBD/September 7, 2012/Media
Published September 7, 2012
SEEING, AND HEARING, RED: YAHOO SPORTS' Adrian Wojnarowski reported free agent F Brian Scalabrine "has agreed to broadcast 11 early season Boston Celtics games for Comcast Sports New England on what he called 'a trial run.'" Scalabrine will do color analysis on "three preseason and eight regular season Celtics games, as well as some studio work, through January" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 9/6). In Boston, Chad Finn notes the games Scalabrine calls will be "most likely on road trips when Tommy Heinsohn does not travel." Sources confirmed that he is an "addition rather than a replacement," with Heinsohn and analyst Donny Marshall "continuing in their current roles." Scalabrine earned "good marks for his work as a guest analyst during pregame and postgame programming on CSNNE last spring" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/7).
BACK BEHIND THE MIC: MLB Rangers announcer Dave Barnett, who has been "off the air since ... rambling comments during a June game" will call two Univ. of North Texas football games this season, including Saturday's game against Texas Southern. Rangers Exec VP/Communications John Blake said that Barnett, a UNT alum, "informed the club about the UNT commitment and the baseball team has no issues with it" (AP, 9/5).
THE MEXICAN CONNECTION: Comcast-owned Spanish-language network Telemundo followed through on a promise to remain a player for Mexican league soccer Thursday, landing multi-platform U.S. rights to Club León, a historically popular team that was promoted to the first division for '12-13. The acquisition comes six weeks after Telemundo competitor Univision swept in to secure all-platform rights to popular Liga Mx soccer club Chivas de la Guadalajara beginning next year. Earlier this year, four other clubs -- Monterrey, Toluca, Tigres and Puma -- moved from Telemundo to Univision (Bill King, SportsBusiness Journal).