December 16, 2013
When: Sunday at 2:30. Where: The Pavilion. Records: La Salle, 5-4, 0-0 Big Five; Villanova, 9-0, 2-0. TV/Radio: Fox Sports 1; WPHT-AM (1210), WNPV-AM (990). Series: Villanova leads, 35-7. Last meeting: La Salle 77, Villanova 74, OT, Nov. 25, 2012. Notes: The last two games between these teams have gone to overtime ('Nova won, 76-69, in 2011), and the meeting before that was a close one that went to the Wildcats, 84-81. . . . Villanova won its first two Big Five games by a combined 53 points over Penn and St. Joseph's.
November 20, 2013 |
WITH THE EAGLES off this week, Sunday's Cowboys at Giants inter-division game will likely draw a lot of Birds' fans. According to Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, it'll be a blood bath. "We're going to put it on them, man," Pierre-Paul said. "I'm pretty sure the offense is going to get going. The defense is going to get going even more. And the special teams will contribute to it. It's going to be a fight. It's going to be a dogfight. There's going to be a lot of blood spilled out there.
August 19, 2013 |
A new era in the mega-billions cable-TV sports business launched Saturday. Fox Sports kicked off the 24-hour Fox Sports 1, and NBCUniversal televised for the first time Premier League soccer matches. NBC has said it would cover every Premier League game - 380 of them. In two years, Comcast Corp.-owned NBC Sports Network will add to its programming late-season NASCAR races, some of the most-watched sporting events on television, after a stunning 10-year deal in July. Comcast took TV rights for those races from ESPN and Turner Broadcasting System Inc. The reported $4.4 billion for NASCAR is the same that Comcast paid to televise the Olympics through 2020 on the NBC broadcast-TV network and the NBCUniversal cable channels.
July 25, 2013 |
IN THE ever-evolving and shifting world of sports on television, the majority of NASCAR races will be moving to NBC and NBC Sports in 2015. Starting in 2 years the season's final 20 Sprint Cup races and final 19 Nationwide series races will air on NBC or NBC Sports for 10 years. ESPN has been carrying these races. It's not often pro sports franchises wave goodbye to the ESPN sports Godzilla. Referring to ESPN and TNT, which airs six midsummer Cup races each year, NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France said on a conference call yesterday, "We've been together one way or the other for 30-plus years, and they've done an outstanding job of presenting the NASCAR story week in and week out, and we'll certainly miss them in many ways.
June 28, 2013
The most interesting line on new Big East commissioner Val Ackerman's resume may not be that she was first president of the WNBA or former president of USA Basketball. Ackerman also has served on the Knight Commission, kind of an in-house (but mostly ineffectual) critic of college sports. For years, the Knight Commission has argued that college presidents haven't taken sufficient charge of the sport, allowing big-money interests to rule the day. It was very much the presidents of the new Big East who took charge of the commissioner search.
June 3, 2013 |
DOVER, Del. - Fox Sports still doesn't know the reason for the broken television cable that interrupted last week's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway for nearly 30 minutes. Artie Kempner, the lead director for Fox Sports NASCAR and NFL, apologized during yesterday's prerace drivers meeting. "It's a personal project for us, because we work with these guys every week," Kempner said. "We want to let them know we don't ever want to be the story. " Kempner, a Wilmington resident, said the investigation by Fox Sports into what caused the cable to snap and fall onto the track and grandstands continues.
May 28, 2013
Fox Sports said Monday it still had not determined why an overhead TV camera cable snapped during the Coca-Cola 600 in Concord, N.C. The network said that use of the camera is suspended indefinitely. Charlotte Motor Speedway said 10 people were injured when part of the drive rope landed in the grandstand; three were checked out at hospitals and released. Several drivers, including then-leader Kyle Busch , reported damage to their cars. COLLEGES: Gloucester County College routed Waubonsee (Ill.)
May 1, 2013 |
STAMFORD, Conn. - Officials call Connecticut the sports-media headquarters of the world, with the 19-building complex that is ESPN in Bristol and offices for World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. and the Yankees' YES Network here. Now they can add NBC Sports. Lured by generous tax credits and modern TV studios, the Comcast Corp.-owned NBC Sports is bailing on 30 Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan - the most prestigious address in the TV business - after rehabbing and reconfiguring a Clairol hair-products factory for $100 million.
April 30, 2013 |
THERE HAS BEEN talk of the Phillies starting their own network a la the New York Yankees. That almost certainly won't happen for a variety of reasons. Now comes talk of another possibility: That Fox Sports will bid for the broadcast rights for Phillies games when the team's current contract with Comcast runs out in 2015. According to a report on Yahoo, Fox Sports, which is launching Fox Sports 1 in August, will pursue the Phillies. "They want Philadelphia," a source with knowledge of Fox's plans told Jeff Passan of Yahoo.
March 7, 2013 |
Fox Sports Media Group, a division of News Corp., is elbowing into the national 24-hour cable sports arena with Fox Sports 1, which will debut Aug. 17. It had been one of the worst-kept secrets in the media business that Fox was planning a sports cable channel, as it acquired billions of dollars in TV sports rights over the last 16 months. The company officially disclosed the new channel at a New York media event Tuesday and said it would air NASCAR, Major League Baseball, college football and basketball, soccer, and Ultimate Fighting Championship events.