NEW YORK -- CBS Sports’ and Turner Sports’ exclusive coverage
of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tips off with
first round coverage of the NCAA First Four on Tuesday, March 13 and
Wednesday, March 14 (6:00 PM, ET; both days) on truTV.
coverage begins Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 (11:00 AM-12:00
AM, ET; both days), with all games available live in their entirety
across four national television networks: TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.
Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr will call the action, with
Tracy Wolfson courtside for the two First Four games on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In its comments Tuesday on the Sports Fans Coalition petition to the FCC
to scrap the sports blackout rule, the National Association of
Broadcasters (NAB) said that while it sympathized with sports fans in
the "very few" markets affected by blackouts, "elimination of the rules
will, in the long-term, be detrimental to all sports fans."
echoed its initial comments that getting rid of the FCC rule, which
prevents cable operators from carrying coverage of games blacked out on
NEW YORK -- The Federal Communications Commission is seeking public comment on a
petition seeking to eliminate the sports blackout rules, which prohibit
MVPDs from carrying an event that is blacked out on local broadcast TV.
petitioners say the rules block consumers' access to local sports
events and argue that sports leagues "could privately negotiate the same
results that the rule affords, and therefore the commission's rules,
which tacitly endorse these private contracts, are unnecessary," the FCC
pointed out in announcing the comment dates for the petition.
NEW YORK -- A clutch of cable networks was in hot
pursuit of a new eight-game NFL TV rights package, but the league has
faked its suitors out of their jocks with a surprise reverse.
Earlier this summer, in the midst of the lockout that threatened to
put the kibosh on the 2011-12 season, the NFL began under-the-radar
talks on anew fall Thursday night schedule
And while Comcast/NBCUniversal, Fox Sports, and Turner Sports expressed
keen interest in the new bundle, the bidding process has been put on
hold, a casualty perhaps of the NFL’s failure to get the players’ union
to agree to an expanded season.
CALIFORNIA --Gus Johnson
the Fox Sports Media Group Tuesday and details have been released on his role with the network.
Johnson will work withCharles Davis
and call Big 12, Conference USA and Pac-12 regular-season games on FX.
In addition, the duo will call a pair of games for the Big Ten Network,
one of FOX’s two conference football championship games and the AT&T
Cotton Bowl Classic.
In 2012, Johnson and Davis will call FOX’s regular-season
over-the-air broadcast schedule, culled primarily from the network’s
recently completed rights agreement with the Pac-12, as well as the
aforementioned postseason assignments.
NEW YORK -- CBS reports sharply higher profits as revenue losses were
offset by much lower expenses associated with March Madness.
Net earnings were $202 million, or 29 cents a share, up from
$34 million, or 5 cents a share a year ago.
Revenues were $3.51 billion, down 1% from a year ago, when
CBS carried the Super Bowl. Last year, CBS also carried the NCAA Men's
basketball tournament exclusively. This year it split revenues with Turner
sports, an arrangement CBS said was more profitable this quarter.