NFL Media Notes: Seahawks Draw Big Local Rating For Preseason Opener
The SEATTLE TIMES notes Thursday's Seahawks-Chargers game on KCPQ-Fox "drew a 40 percent share, meaning 40 percent of all households in the Seattle area." The game also drew a 21 rating, which is "roughly double what the Seahawks' exhibition opener received last year" (SEATTLE TIMES, 8/12).
DREADED GLITCH AWARD: In Houston, David Barron noted KTRK-ABC’s Friday-night broadcast of Texans-Vikings was "plagued by technical difficulties," leading the station to rebroadcast a "glitch-free replay" on Saturday night. The video signal for the game "failed on at least eight occasions during the second and third quarters." The longest outage included a "10-minute stretch that consumed the final two minutes of the first half, an eight-minute stretch during halftime and another glitch that lasted for the first minute of clock time in the third quarter" (CHRON.com, 8/9).
WORK TO DO: In Tampa, Tom Jones noted former NFLer Ronde Barber "made his broadcasting debut" during Thursday's Ravens-Buccaneers game but "still has some work to do before the regular season." His first game "was wobbly, but learning how to be a broadcaster is part of what this preseason is all about." It likely will "take a while before he finds his voice." But Barber as the game went on "sounded more and more comfortable." Jones: "He now just needs to work on taking the vast information he has and passing it along to the audience" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 8/12).
STAYING WITH WHAT YOU KNOW: The Chiefs on Friday announced a multiyear radio partnership with KCFX-FM that runs through '19. Mitch Holthus and Len Dawson will continue to serve as the team's announcers (Chiefs).