This is a first, but I woke up this morning, brought up Twitter, and realized that there were a whole host of things happening across the sports landscape this morning and in the last 24 hours in general. Here’s a look at what’s caught my attention
- John Ourand of Sports Business Journal gives us a look at midseason RSN ratings for MLB teams, with a particular eye on the Dodgers who have seen remarkably poor numbers on their new RSN, SportsNet LA, which has carriage in only 30% of the market.
- Big news in the world of sports media this morning from – who else – Richard Deitsch, who reports that Pam Oliver has been demoted from Fox’s NFL ‘A’ squad with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, to be replaced by Erin Andrews. Oliver will work with Fox’s No. 2 team of Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch for the 2014 season – her 20th in broadcasting – which will also be her last as a sideline reporter. Richard has all the details at the link above.
Not necessarily endorsing the above tweet, though it is something to consider.
- NBC Sports Press Group officially announced this morning that they would be broadcasting two of the matches from the Guinness International Champions Cup later this month. Arlo White will return stateside for play-by-play duties and be joined by Kyle Martino for Manchester United vs. Inter Milan at FedEx Field on July 29, and by Robbie Mustoe for Liverpool vs. AC Milan on August 2. Premier League on NBC host Rebecca Lowe will be joined by Robbie Earle as they provide live studio support for both matches.
- The trophy for the College Football Playoff, which will see it’s first season in 2014, was revealed this morning. My initial reaction: I liked the crystal ball more. But whatever.
A new era, a new trophy. pic.twitter.com/anXBuxO7uV
— CFB Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) July 14, 2014
- Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and Awful Announcing has his awards for the 2014 World Cup’s TV Coverage, over at his site. While at Fang’s Bites, you can check out Ken’s viewing picks for today – and each day – a personal go-to for me everyday.
- Two more College Football award watch lists were released this morning: the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List and the 2014 Dick Butkus Award Collegiate Finalists
- The SEC’s Media Days begin today in Hoover, Alabama, if you’re interested in that kind of thing. If you’re really interested in that kind of thing, you can watch wall-to-wall coverage on ESPNU and ESPN3. If you want actually enjoyable coverage of the SEC Media Days – or anything college football – the guys at EDSBS have got you covered.
- Oh, and with the World Cup Final yesterday, viewership and ratings information has begun to hit social media. Full details will continue to emerge over the next 12-36 hours, but here’s what we’ve got so far (also, Ken Fang just posted his piece on these numbers)
- Finally, for those of you who have enjoyed ESPN’s soccer coverage, both during the World Cup and in the past weeks and months, Dan Thomas, one of the hosts of ESPN FC, tweeted out this morning some updates to the show’s schedule.
Among other things, that’s what we’ve got folks. The MLB Home Run Derby is tonight, the MLB All-Star Game is tomorrow, the Open Championship (otherwise known as the British Open) tees off on ESPN on Thursday morning, and the Tour de France continues all week long on NBCSN. Until next time,