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Holiday Ratings Update 2013-14

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Hope everyone had a good Christmas. It is a busy time of year for sports, with the World Juniors, Winter Classic and Wild Card NFL playoffs. Here is a quick recap of the ratings over the past week.

TSN once again boasted about record ratings for a World Junior tournament taking place in Europe. For Canada’s four preliminary round games, an average of 1.4 million viewers watched. The game-by-game breakdown was: Canada vs. Czech Republic, 1.75 million; Canada vs. USA, 1.74 million; Canada-Slovakia, 1.2 million; Canada-Germany, 755 000. The Boxing Day game was audience almost doubled over last year. The Canada-USA game was the most viewed program in Canada on New Year’s Eve, while the game against the Czech Republic was the highest ever for a group stage game played in Europe.

Due to new tournament rules, the first place team in each group now has to play a quarterfinal, instead of receiving a bye into the semis. As a result TSN aired an extra Canada game, with 1.6 million viewers tuning into the quartefinal vs. Switzerland. In other quarterfinal action an average of 752 000 watched the host Swedes play Slovakia. Despite Canada not playing a very close game in a semifinal loss to Finland, an average of 2.7 million viewers tuned in. This set a record as the most watched World Junior game at any European-hosted tournament. However, with the Canada loss, the numbers for Sunday’s medal games tumbled. An average of 1 million watched the final between Sweden and Finland.

While all of TSN’s World Junior records were asterisked with “among European-hosted tournaments”, the 2014 Winter Classic from The Big House set a record on TV. It is not only the highest attended hockey game in history, but also the most watched regular season game in Canada on record. An average of 3.57 million watched CBC’s four-hour broadcast as the Leafs defeated the Red Wings in a shootout. That almost doubled the previous high for a Winter Classic, when Pittsburgh and Washington played each other on a Saturday night in 2011. The previous high for a regular season game in Canada was last January’s season opener between Toronto and Montreal. The audience peaked at 5.3 million during the shootout.

Lastly, here are the numbers for CTV’s coverage of the NFL Wild Card playoffs over the weekend. On Saturday 997 000 watched Kansas City-Indianapolis and 1.1 million watched New Orleans-Philadelphia. On Sunday 869 000 watched San Diego-Kansas City and 1.6 million watched San Francisco-Green Bay. The average of the four games was 1.1 million. Those ratings are down as a whole compared to last season, when the average was 1.2 million. The AFC games were both down compared to last year, while the NFC games were about even. For those wondering about a comparison of Sunday’s NFL games and November’s CFL Division Semis, the CFL beat the NFL averaging 1.5 million.

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6 January, 2014 at 11:24pm

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CTV Cuts Out on Super Bowl Presentation

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For the second time in two games CTV cut off an NFL postgame show just as former CFLer, and inspiration to the Ravens, O.J. Brigance appeared on the broadcast. It’s bad enough that CTV cut out on a guy who has ALS and is clearly one of the great stories of the Ravens’ Super Bowl run, but to make it worse they also missed the Lomardi Trophy presentation. That’s right. The trophy presentation of the most watched sports event in Canada was not on Canadian television. Instead for the second time in as many weeks CTV cut away from a trophy presentation to show regular primetime programming. And it neither case it was simulcast programming. There was really no rush for CTV to get to Anger Management or Motive.

Some will blame the CRTC for this, and honestly I don’t really want to start another simsub debate because they never go anywhere. So let’s take simsubbing completely out of this for a second because it really had no effect on CTV’s decision. Sure it resulted in some people missing the postgame show on CBS as well, but that wouldn’t be a problem if CTV had just stuck with the postgame show until the next commercial break. What happened is unacceptable for an official NFL broadcaster who spent 12 hours showing football programming on Sunday. Surely another five minutes wouldn’t have killed Motive’s ratings. I know the blackout messed everyone up (and almost certainly resulted in lower ratings for Motive and Elementary), but it’s not an excuse.

Ratings… The ratings for the Super Bowl show a continuing downward trend for NFL playoff ratings this year. An average of 6.447 million Canadian tuned in on CTV. For what its worth CTV’s press release said 6.6 million, that’s the number not including the power outage. An average of 763, 000 watched on RDS (also not including the power outage, presumably). An average of 5.5 million watched the Grey Cup on TSN last November. That was the most watched Grey Cup ever on English-language TV. The Super Bowl was well off CTV’s ratings for last year (7.3 million), but still more or less on par with 2011 (6.54 million). And, of course, perspective is important. Other than the Super Bowl, the Oscars was the only broadcast to hit 6.5 million in 2012.

In the post-Super Bowl battle, Motive averaged 1.229 million on CTV and Elementary averaged 548, 000 on Global. The delay likely affected both. That’s about a million lower than Elementary usually gets on Thursdays. I know Global missed the simulcast on Shaw Direct. Did this happen on other providers too, maybe?

Power Outage… The Superdome going dark was perhaps one of the strangest things ever to happen in a Super Bowl. And if the halftime didn’t kill all the momentum of the game, having another thirty minute delay certainly did. Of course the 49ers did bring excitement back into the game by closing the gap when the lights came back on, but the thirty minutes of unprepared mindless talk from CBS’s analysts was hard to get through. On the field Steve Tasker, usually an analyst thrown into Super Bowl sideline duty for CBS, was excellent considering the position he was in. He was the first back on air to inform viewers about what happened. He had real information while the studio painfully tried to fill time as “15 more minutes” became “15 more minutes”. I blame Craig Ferguson for the blackout.

Nantz and Simms… It’s actually pretty rare for a play-by-play to outperform an analyst, but I think it happened last night. Jim Nantz was the first to suggest that the Ravens take a safety because it could almost entirely run out the clock (I’ll proudly say I thought of it before Nantz said it). Simms disagreed. Apparently the 49ers were as shocked as Phil because the Ravens ran 8 seconds off the clock by running around in the endzone. The 49ers didn’t have enough time to run another offensive play after the safety.

But I think I need to rewind, because that wasn’t Simms only error. All he could offer up after the Ravens fake field goal was, “I’m not going to second guess the call.” What a second? Isn’t that his job? The Ravens had am opportunity  to go up three touchdowns and turned it down to let the kicker try to pick up nine yards; isn’t that a call that Simms should second guess? If the Ravens had lost by less than 3 points John Harbaugh probably would have second guessed it.

Later he offered up this gem, “Even if Kaepernick couldn’t run the football, he’d still be a top-five quarterback.” Now one could argue Kaepernick isn’t even a top-five quarterback when including his running ability (has Simms ever heard of Brady, the brothers Manning, Rodgers, Brees and y’know, that QB on the other sideline). I think its fair to say that based on his throwing ability alone, he probably isn’t even a top-ten QB in the NFL. Bill Cowher probably agrees. During the power outage he suggested putting Alex Smith in, which maybe was the only thing more confusing than Simms’ analysis.

But back to the final minutes. Maybe Simms was so terrible on the safety play because he was still reeling from the 49ers final offensive play minutes earlier. So was it holding or was it not, that was the question. And a really good one it was for Simms. At first he said it wasn’t, which is quite fine (I didn’t think it was either). But after seeing a few replays, he began to change his mind and offered, “The more angles I see, the more confused I get.” If anything the it is Simms job to clarify the viewers’ confusion? Simms should have offered a definitive opinion one way or the other. Or CBS should have had a rules expert to weigh in, as ESPN and FOX do.

My personal favourite Simms quote though, “I’ve heard it a thousand times this week, when the Ravens get inside the 20, they are going to try and score.” Well apparently it wasn’t true on the fake field goal (unless they preferred touchdowns). Three things I don’t particularly like. A commentator grossly overstating something for no reason. There’s no way he heard it a thousand times. And stating the obvious. And “try and score”. Unless they’re playing rugby and football, or something, that makes no sense. Maybe they were going to try to score.

I don’t mean to be overly harsh on Simms because he usually isn’t a terrible analyst. However, when I notice how bad someone was during the Super Bowl, when I’m so preoccupied with the game, the ads and the food, it means they were bad. I rarely bother writing about the broadcast because I rarely notice these things during the Super Bowl. I did this year. Partially because of the blackout and partly because of horrible Simms was.

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5 February, 2013 at 7:03am

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Super Bowl XLVII — Full coverage details

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Super Bowl XLVIIAnother year, another Super Bowl, another ridiculous amount of television coverage.

The Super Bowl Twister arrow has been spun around once again, and this year it lands on the blue circle of CBS, who today will provide coverage of Super Bowl XLVII (47), and will feature more coverage then ever, on and off the field. CTV and RDS will be provide English and French coverage respectively.

Here is a breakdown and timeline of today’s coverage from the plethora of networks covering the Harbowl™ from New Orleans. All times are Eastern.

  • 7am — NFL Network — First on the Field
  • 9am–5:30pm — NFL Network — NFL Gameday Morning
  • 10am–2pm — TSN — ESPN Sunday NFL Countdown
    • Chris Berman hosts the four-hour Super Bowl edition of Countdown from New Orleans with analysts Tedy Bruschi, Cris Carter, Trent Dilfer, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski, Keyshawn Johnson and Jerry Rice. Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Young will join the show from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter will also contribute reports.
  • 11am — CBS / CTV — Road to the Superbowl
    • Road to the Superbowl is NFL Films’ annual look back at the greatest sights and sounds of the 2012-13 NFL season. The one-hour special features the best of nearly 100 players and coaches wired for sound, focusing on the most exciting moments and the best teams on the journey to New Orleans.
  • 12pm — CTV — Road to the Playoffs
    • An inside look at the past season and how each team made it to the playoffs.
  • 1pm — CTV — Sportscentre’s Top 10 Super Bowl Moments
  • 1:30pm — CTV — Top 50 NFL Plays of 2012-13
  • 2pm — CBS / CTV — The Super Bowl Today
    • Originating live from three separate sites in New Orleans, CBS’ James Brown, Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe, and Bill Cowher, along with Greg Gumbel, anchor the pre-game show previewing all the football and excitement leading up to Super Bowl XLVII. NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, reporters Lesley Visser, Steve Tasker, and Solomon Wilcots, will also cover the pre-game activities. CBS Evening News host Scott Pelley will interview President Barack Obama at 4:30pm from the White House.
  • 6pm — CBS / CTV / RDS — Super Bowl Kickoff Show
    • Alicia Keys sings the National Anthem as part of the pre-game festivities, and Jennifer Hudson sings American the Beautiful, joined by the Sandy Hook Elementary School chorus.
  • 6:25pm — CBS / CTV / RDS — Super Bowl XLVII
    • Jim Nantz will call his third title game (2007 and 2010) while Sunday marks the seventh Super Bowl for Phil Simms, which ranks him behind only John Madden among Super Bowl television analysts. Steve Tasker (Niners) and Solomon Wilcotts (Ravens) will serve as sideline reporters.
    • Beyoncé performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show.
  • 10pm — CBS Sports Network — Super Bowl Today Post-Game Show
    • CBS will air its first-ever extended post-game show. The show is scheduled to last an hour after the trophy presentation.
  • 10pm — NFL Network — NFL Gameday Final

RADIO: The Super Bowl can be heard on TSN Radio in Toronto, Montreal and Winnipeg; and Team 1410 Vancouver and Team 1200 in Ottawa.

ONLINE: For the first time ever, Canadians can stream the game online and for free on CTV.ca

CBS’ COVERAGE: CBS will have 62 cameras for the game (they usually use between 9 and 12 for a regular season game) including aerial cameras, unmanned cameras and five high-speed cameras. The high-speed “Heyeper Zoom” cameras capture video at a frame rate of 300–500 frames per second. CBS will also introduce a brand-new graphics package.

COMMERCIALS: Chances are you know someone (read: wife, girlfriend, etc.) who only cares about the commercials. Depending on where you live in Canada, and how or from who you get your television stations, the US commercials — that are nearly an entity as big as the game itself — won’t be seen on Canadian screens due to sim-subbing. It’s an issue that comes up so much every February, the CRTC has a webpage explaining why you won’t see them on CBS. There will be plenty of sites on the Interweb where you can view the commercials though.

WINNER: I’m a Green Bay Packers fan, so obviously I’d prefer to see an NFC team win it. Also, if I have to see that idiot Ray Lewis do his stupid Elaine Benes-type dance again, I’ll stab myself in the eye with a cocktail fork. Who you got?

EDIT by Josh: Might as well add in my contrarian view. I’ve got the Ravens winning 24-23. I’m a big fan of Ray Rice and Ed Reed, so that’s what is behind my choice. Also there’s OJ Brigrance, who’s a great story and has a Canadian connection (he won a Grey Cup). Would be fitting for Kaepernick to get it done after an incredible year for rookie NFL quarterbacks though.

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3 February, 2013 at 1:35am

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Sports Ratings Update: January 27, 2013

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Lots of ratings have come out over the past few week, so here they are all in one place. Sources listed at the bottom. Any not sourced means they came directly from the network.

NHL
Season Preview, Jan 17, TSN: 235, 000
Season Preview, Jan 17, SN: 105, 000
OTT-WPG, Jan 19, CBC: 1.493 million
TOR-MTL, Jan 19, CBC: 3.317 million (+ 1.286 on RDS)
ANA-VAN, Jan 19, CBC: 1.471 million
CGY-SJ, Jan 20, SNW: 296, 000
VAN-EDM, Jan 20, SN W/P: 1.008 million
CHI-PHX, Jan 20, TSN: 219, 000
BUF-TOR, Jan 21, SNO: 1.069 million
FLA-OTT, Jan 21, SNE: 308, 000
DET-CLB, Jan 21, TSN: 286, 000
CGY-ANA, Jan 21, SNW: 206, 000
FLA-MTL, Jan 22, RDS: 809, 000
WPG-WSH, Jan 22, TSN: 585, 000
SJ-EDM, Jan 22, TSN: 610, 000
TOR-PIT, Jan 23, TSN: 1.4 million

NFL
BAL-DEN, Jan 12, CTV: 1.475 million (+ 184, 000 on RDS)
GB-SF, Jan 12, CTV: 1.443 million (+ 158, 000 on RDS)
SEA-ATL, Jan 13, CTV: 1.531 million (+ 221, 000 on RDS)
HOU-NE, Jan 13, TSN: 826, 000 (+ 214, 000 on RDS)
SF-ATL, Jan 20, CTV: 1.838 million (+ 296, 000 on RDS)
BAL-NE, Jan 20, CTV: 1.985 million (+ 214, 000 on RDS)

Canadian Figure Skating Championships
Fri Jan 18, Women’s & Pairs Short (3-5pm), TSN: 99,000
Fri Jan 18, Men’s Short (8-10pm), TSN: 306,000
Sat Jan 19 (2-4pm), CTV: 362,000
Sat Jan 19, Men’s & Pairs Free (5-7m), TSN: 196,000
Sat Jan 19 (7-10pm), CTV: 686,000
Sun Jan 20, Women’s & Dance Free (2-4pm), TSN: 363,000

Curling Continental Cup
Mixed Doubles, Jan 12, TSN: 325, 000
Women’s Team, Jan 12, TSN: 421, 000
Men’s Team, Jan 12, TSN: 415, 000
Mixed Skins, Jan 13, TSN2: 222, 000
Mixed Skins, Jan 13, TSN: 495, 000

 

 

 

 

Curling Skins Game
Semi Final #1, Jan 19, TSN: 330, 000
Semi Final #2, Jan 19, TSN: 308, 000
Championship, Jan 20, TSN: 403, 000

 

NBA
CHA-TOR, Jan 11, TSN: 251, 000
OKC-POR, Jan 13, SN: 28, 000
MIA-UTA, Jan 14, SN: 51, 000
TOR-BRK, Jan 15, SN: 137, 000

All data is AMA 2+ from BBM Canada.

*The English-language CTV ratings for these games is not available.

Thanks to: Bill Brioux, Whitey Fisk, Bob Weeks

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28 January, 2013 at 7:57am

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Canadian Sports Ratings Update: November 1

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Here are the latest ratings. Thanks to Whitey Fisk and Bill Brioux for publicizing many of these.

CFL
BC-CGY, Oct 26, TSN: 701, 000
WPG-HAM, Oct 28, TSN: 672, 000
TOR-SSK, Oct 27, TSN: 1.026 million
EDM-MTL, Oct 28, TSN: 546, 000
HAM-TOR, Nov 1, TSN: 769, 000

MLB
DET-SF (g1), Oct 24, SN: 801, 000
DET-SF (g2), Oct 25, SN: 729, 000
SF-DET (g3), Oct 27, SN: 779, 000
SF-DET (g4), Oct 28, SN: 792, 000

NFL
NYG-DAL, Oct 28, Citytv: 508, 000
NO-DEN, Oct 28, TSN: 339, 000
SF-ARZ, Oct 29, TSN: 396, 000

Skate Canada
Men’s Free, Oct 27, CTV: 679, 000

NBA
IND-TOR, Oct 31, TSN: 346, 000

NASCAR
Martinsville 500, Oct 28, TSN2: 336, 000

Old Hockey
HNIC Your Pick, Oct 27, CBC: 181, 000

 

All numbers are BBM Canada 2+

 

 

A few notes…

  • The World Series averaged 775, 000 viewers over four games on Sportsnet. That is slightly up from the 7 game series betwen Texan and St. Louis last season ;however, the first four games only averaged 567, 000 viewers. The hockey lockout obviously helps a bit, but it I think it is fair to say the popularity of baseball is slightly on the rise in Canada as well. This was the lowest rated World Series in history on FOX in America.
  • The Pacers-Raptors game on Wednesday night was the highest rated Raptors game since the 2009-10 season. It was lower than most NBA Finals games from June, but higher than just about every other basketball game from last season. Yet again, a product of the NHL lockout. Usually TSN’s Wednesday Night Hockey is king on Wednesdays, while hoops is shuffled to TSN2. Basketball took centre-stage on Wednesday, and with no competition, brought in as many viewers as some nationally broadcast NHL games do. Now, can the Raps keep it up?
  • Skate Canada Saturday night ratings were actually slightly down from a year ago, when CTV’s coverage when head-to-head with a Leafs-Penguins game that averaged over 2 million viewers.
  • The three main NFL games (Sunday 4pm, Sunday 8pm, Monday) were down slightly from last week. The World Series (Sunday) and Hurricane Sandy (Monday) probably played a role in this.
  • The CFL averaged 736, 000 viewers this week, buyoyed by over a million for the playoff bound Riders and Argonauts. I credited the lack of sucess of these two teams as a major factor in the drop in CFL ratings last year. Seems like their good seasons will help raise CFL ratings this year. As a whole, the ratings are slightly down over week 17 though.

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2 November, 2012 at 6:00pm

2012 Olympics on CTV Commentators

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With the release of their broadcast schedule yesterday, Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Consortium also released a full list of commentators. In total CTV’s English-language production will feature 60 on-air personalities. Here is the full list.

The play-by-play commentator is listed first, followed by all analysts.

Commentators
Athletics
: Gord Miller, Michael Smith & Dave Moorcroft; Lisa Bentley (Marathons), Roger Burrows (Race Walks)
Beach Volleyball: RJ Broadhead & Mark Heese
Boxing: Jim Van Horne, Kara Ro & Russ Anber
Canoe/Kayak Slalom: Vic Rauter & David Ford
Canoe/Kayak Sprint: Rob Faulds & Larry Cain
Cycling: Jamie Campbell & Curt Harnett (Track), Brendan Arnold (BMX), Leslie Tomlinson (Mountain Bike)
Diving: Rod Smith & Blythe Hartley
Equestrian: Jim Van Horne & Nancy Wetmore
Gymnastics: Rod Black & Kyle Shewfelt (Artistic), Erika-Leigh Howard (Rhythmic)
Judo: Bryan Mudryk & Frazer Will
Rowing: Rob Faulds & Barney Williams
Swimming: Rod Smith & Joanne Malar
Synchronized Swimming: Rod Smith & Carolyn Waldo
Triathlon: Paul Romanuk & Barry Shepley
Taekwondo: Bryan Mudryk
Volleyball: Kevin Quinn & Emily Cordonier
Water Polo: Gerry Dobson & George Gross Jr.
Wrestling: Bryan Mudryk & Christine Nordhagen

Hosts
CTV Morning: Dave Randorf & Catriona Le May Doan
CTV Daytime: James Duthie & Jennifer Hedger
CTV Prime: Brian Williams
TSN Morning: Kate Beirness
TSN Daytime: Michael Landsberg
TSN Prime: Darren Dutchyshen
Sportsnet Morning: Don Taylor
Sportsnet Daytime: Daren Millard
Sportsnet Prime: Brad Fay

Studio Analysts
Donovan Bailey (Athletics)
Kara Lang (Soccer)
Marnie McBean (Rowing)

Reporters
Arash Madani
Dave Naylor
Farhan Lalji (Athletics)
Gene Principe
Genevieve Beauchemin (Rowing, Canoe/Kayak)
Katherine Dolan (Gymnastics)
Perry Solkowski (Diving/Swimming)
Sheri Forde

Continue to check back on the Canadian Sports Media Blog for all the latest Olympic broadcasting news. I will also post sport-by-sport schedules for the Canadian networks as well as NBC. Check for those daily (I will post a couple each day) beginning on the weekend.

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12 July, 2012 at 7:21pm

Super Bowl XLVI: Sunday on CTV and NBC

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CTV and NBC have both sent out press releases with details of their respective broadcasts of the Super Bowl on Sunday. Of course CTV will show NBC’s coverage. I know many Canadians want to see the ads on NBC, more on that later. Here is an overview of the schedule on Super Bowl Sunday.

With the Vince Lombardi trophy on the line, CTV showcases one of the biggest spectacles in all of professional sports with exclusive Canadian coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI featuring Tom Brady and the New England Patriots taking on Eli Manning and the New York Giants in a rematch of SUPER BOWL XLII.

CTV’s coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI airs nationally in High Definition on Feb. 5 beginning at 12 noon ET with six hours of pre-game programming on SUPER BOWL Sunday (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

TSN2 kicks off coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI with a four-hour championship edition of SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN at 10 a.m. ET, while RDS has French-language coverage of the big game beginning on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Last year’s SUPER BOWL broadcast was the most-watched ever in Canada with a combined television audience of 7.3 million viewers on CTV and RDS*.

Fans can also listen to live Canadian radio coverage of SUPER BOWL XLVI exclusively on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto, TSN Radio 990 in Montreal, and TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg, along with on Team 1410 in Vancouver and Team 1200 in Ottawa.

Quote from Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports:

There is no bigger party, no bigger showcase of pro sports and pop culture than the SUPER BOWL, and CTV is very proud to bring the NFL’s biggest stage to football fans across the country.

Sunday NFL Countdown on TSN2 (10am-2pm ET):

Covering his 30th SUPER BOWL, Chris Berman hosts the special four-hour edition of SUNDAY NFL COUNTDOWN from Pan AM Plaza with analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson and Keyshawn Johnson. The MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Ron Jaworski joins the crew from Lucas Oil Stadium with Super Bowl champions Tedy Bruschi, Trent Dilfer, Jerry Rice and Steve Young. NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter also contribute reports throughout the day.

Super Bowl on NBC Pregame:

In addition to Costas, NBC Sports’ Sunday Night Football team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya, and Football Night in America team of Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Peter King and Mike Florio will contribute to the pre-game coverage, with taped interviews and live on-site commentary and analysis. Liam McHugh, Alex Flanagan and Randy Moss will report from the team hotels, Doug Flutie will appear in field-set segments, and The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore will provide reports on the weather and event atmosphere.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, two Super Bowl MVPs who each played in last year’s game, will join NBC Sports’ coverage as guest analysts. Ward, who has played in three Super Bowls and won two, was named MVP of Super Bowl XL when he made five catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers 21-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Rodgers, who is an NFL MVP candidate this season, passed for 304 yards and three touchdowns in last year’s Super Bowl, helping the Packers defeat Ward’s Steelers, 31-25, and earning him the MVP award.

Super Bowl Pregame on NBC Features:

Road to the Super Bowl: Kicking off NBC Sports’ six hours of pre-game coverage at Noon ET is NFL Films’ Road to the Super Bowl. How did the New York Giants and New England Patriots advance to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis? Re-live the journey as only NFL Films can present it. Road to the Super Bowl begins with Kickoff Weekend and chronicles the 2011 NFL season utilizing NFL Films’ signature captivating video and sound from on the field, and in the locker room from exclusive player and coach wirings.

Hotel & Arrival Reports: Randy Moss will provide updates from the Patriots team hotel, while Alex Flanagan will report from the Giants hotel. They will also report on their respective teams’ arrival at the stadium.

Field Set: Doug Flutie (playing quarterback), Cris Collinsworth (wide receiver), and Rodney Harrison (defensive back) will analyze the play of Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, acting out the X’s and O’s on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium.

Hometown Hero: How does a player get to the Super Bowl? NBC Sports will visit the hometowns of five of Sunday’s featured players — Eli Manning and Jason Pierre-Paul of the Giants, and Tom Brady, Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker of the Patriots – by speaking with the people who made an early impact on their lives, including former coaches, teachers and neighborhood friends.

Steve Gleason: Peter King tells the story of former New Orleans Saints special teams standout Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. Gleason famously blocked the punt that led to an early touchdown the night the Saints returned to the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. King chronicles the challenges facing Gleason and his family while battling the debilitating muscular disease.

Vince Wilfork: Get ready, America. Here come the Wilforks. NBC Sports visits the home of New England defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, and discovers the surprising personalities behind one the fiercest players in the league.

Mathias Kiwanuka: NBC Sports examines the compelling story of Giants linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka, who grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Cathedral High School, located roughly 10 miles from Lucas Oil Stadium. However, Kiwanuka’s true roots extend back to Africa and the compelling story of his grandfather, Benedicto Kiwanuka, the first prime minister of Uganda, and a man assassinated by the regime of notorious dictator Idi Amin while he served as Amin’s chief justice in 1972.

Behind the Quarterbacks: NBC Sports will examine the people behind Sunday’s successful quarterbacks by interviewing Eli Manning’s parents, Archie and Olivia, and Tom Martinez, who has served as Tom Brady’s mentor and personal quarterback coach since high school.

Additional Features & Interviews: In addition to the aforementioned features, additional pieces will air on wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz of the Giants, and tight end Rob Gronkowski and punter Zoltan Mesko of the Patriots.

Helmet Catch: Bob Costas interviews live former Patriots safety and current NBC Sports analyst Rodney Harrison along with former New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree, two men who are forever linked in NFL history due to Tyree’s famous and improbable “helmet catch” in Super Bowl XLII.

Commissioner Goodell: An excerpt from Bob Costas’ one-on-one interview with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell from Thursday night’s Costas Tonight: Live from the Super Bowl will air.

NFL Turning Point: The NBC Sports Network program, which normally highlights the “turning point” of a game by utilizing NFL Films’ unsurpassed access and production, will examine the “turning point” of the season for both the Giants and Patriots.

Interviews: During the two weeks leading up to the game, NBC Sports conducted extensive interviews with Super Bowl XLVI players and coaches:

  • Bob Costas interviews Tom Brady
  • Dan Patrick interviews Eli Manning
  • Tony Dungy sits with Tom Coughlin and visits with Victor Cruz at his former Paterson, N.J. home.
  • Rodney Harrison interviews his former coach, Bill Belichick, and goes on the field with Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
  • Al Michaels visits with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who has dedicated this season to his wife Myra, who passed away in 2011.
  • NBC News’ Matt Lauer will interview President Barack Obama from The White House during a special pre-game edition of TODAY airing late Sunday afternoon

The Commentators:

Calling the SUPER BOWL are multi-Emmy Award-winners Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth providing play-by-play commentary and game analysis, while reporter Michele Tafoya delivers news from the sidelines at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Michaels and Collinsworth, who are calling their first SUPER BOWL together, were recently named the best NFL game announcers in a USA Today readers’ poll. Michaels has previously called the NFL’s championship game eight times, while Collinsworth has been in the broadcast booth for SUPER BOWL twice before.

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4 February, 2012 at 12:36am

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2011 ISU Grand Prix Canadian TV Schedule

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The 2011 season of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating begins this weekend in Ontario, California. The ISU Grand Prix is one of the biggest winter sports series, with events in 6 countries (including two events in Canada this year). CBC, CTV, TSN and TSN2 will provide complete coverage of the 2011 ISU Grand Prix. For an in-depth preview, please see this article by the CBC’s Malcolm Kelly.

CTV and TSN will broadcast Skate Canada next weekend from Mississauga, while CBC Sports will broadcast the other 6 stops, including the Grand Prix Final from Quebec City in December.

The dean of amateur sports broadcasting in Canada, Brian Williams, will host CTV and TSN’s coverage of Skate Canada. The voice of figure skating in Canada, Rod Black, will call the action alongside Tracy Wilson. Sara Orlesky will report rinkside and backstage. Black, Wilson and Orlesky were all a part of CTV’s 2010 Olympics figure skating broadcast team.

Scott Russell will host CBC’s coverage. Brenda Irving, Kurt Browning and Tracy Wilson will handle play-by-play and analysis. Lori Nichol will also occasionally join CBC’s coverage to provide expert analysis.

The seven ISU Grand Prix events for 2011 are
Skate America in Ontario, California (October 21-23)
Skate Canada in Mississauga (October 28-30)
Cup of China in Shanghai (November 4-6)
NHK Trophy in Sapporo (November 11-13)
Trophée de France in Paris (November 18-20)
Cup of Russia in Moscow (November 25-27)
Grand Prix Final in Quebec City (December 8-11)

And here is the broadcast schedule for CBC, CTV and TSN.
Saturday 10/22, 2:00pm – Skate America: Dance Short & Men’s Free Skate – CBC
Sunday 10/23, 2:00pm – Skate America: Ladies Short, Pairs Short & Free Dance – CBC
Monday 10/24, 12:30am – Skate America: Pairs Free Skate & Ladies Free Skate – CBC
Friday 10/28, 2:00pm – Skate Canada: Ladies Short & Pairs Short – TSN
Friday 10/28, 7:30pm – Skate Canada: Men’s Short & Short Dance – TSN
Saturday 10/29, 2:00pm – Skate Canada: Ladies Free Skate – TSN2
Saturday 10/29, 4:00pm – Skate Canada: Pairs Free Skate – CTV
Saturday 10/29, 7:00pm – Skate Canada: Men’s Free Skate – CTV
Sunday 10/30, 4:00pm – Skate Canada: Free Dance – CTV
Saturday 11/5, 3:00pm – Cup of China: Dance, Ladies, Pairs & Men’s Free Skates – CBC
Saturday 11/12, 2:00pm – NHK Trophy: Dance, Pairs & Ladies Free Skates – CBC
Monday 11/14, 12:30am – NHK Trophy: Men’s Free Skate – CBC
Saturday 11/19, 1:00pm – Trophée de France: Men’s & Pairs Free Skates – CBC
Sunday 11/20, 2:00pm – Trophée de France: Ladies & Dance Free Skates – CBC
Saturday 11/26, 3:00pm – Cup of Russia: Ladies & Pairs Free Skates – CBC
Sunday 11/27, 2:00pm – Cup of Russia: Men’s & Dance Free Skates – CBC
Friday 12/9, 2:00pm – Grand Prix Final: Ladies Short & Dance Short – CBC
Saturday 12/10, 4:00pm – Grand Prix Final: Ladies & Men’s Free Skates – CBC
Sunday 12/11, 2:00pm – Grand Prix Final: Pairs & Dance Free Skates – CBC

Later in the season CTV will broadcast the Canadian Championships (in January), while CBC will broadcast the Four Continents (in February) and the World Championships (in March). I’ll publish those schedules after Christmas.

Written by canadiansportsmedia

21 October, 2011 at 6:08pm