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SBD/June 25, 2014/Media
Published June 25, 2014
ON THE MIKE: CBS Sports yesterday announced the addition of former NFL referee Mike Carey to its broadcast team for its inaugural season of "Thursday Night Football," as well as for Sunday game broadcasts. Carey will provide rules analysis, interpretation and explanations on Thursday nights from the game sites, as well as from NFL Network's Culver City, Calif. studios. Carey on Sundays will be stationed at CBS HQ in N.Y. (CBS).
FEATHER IN THE KAP: In Chicago, Robert Channick reported WGN Radio and CSN Chicago are "teaming up to simulcast" WGWG-FM's morning radio show, “Kap & Haugh,” to cable viewers beginning July 21. The show airs weekdays from 9:00am-12:00pm CT. In addition to the live simulcast, CSN will "run the 'Best of Kap & Haugh' weeknights from 11 p.m. to midnight, featuring highlights from previous shows." Yesterday's announcement gives "greater visibility to the fledgling sports talk radio station, and a large block of live programming for CSN" (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 6/24).
RIGHT ON TRACK: In Indianapolis, David Woods noted the USA Track & Field Championships open today in Sacramento, and TV coverage "will be shared" by NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports. NBC is "close to a deal with USATF for exclusive rights to its events." That "won't cover all major meets because ESPN retains rights to the NCAA championships," but it "might help viewers if they don't have to channel surf and instead know track will be on NBC or NBCSN." In an era with "24-hour sports channels and a need for live programming, track can supply" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 6/24).