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CBS Sports Adds Former NFL Referee Mike Carey to Football Broadcasts This Season

(New York, NY) CBS Sports has added former NFL Official Mike Carey to the broadcast team for coverage of Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network, and THE NFL ON CBS coverage on Sundays during the 2014 NFL season.

Carey will provide rules analysis, interpretation and explanations on Thursday nights from the game site, as well as NFL Network’s studio in Culver City, California and on Sundays from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City.

“So many times throughout the years of watching Mike officiate, I often thought it would be great to have him someday work for CBS explaining the calls on the field,” said McManus. “We’re excited that this has now come to fruition. He will be a great complement to our Thursday Night Football and Sunday afternoon coverage.”

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Carey spent 24 years as an NFL official, including 19 as a referee. He joined the NFL from the Western Athletic Conference in 1990 as a side judge. Carey was promoted to referee for the start of the 1995 NFL season. He was the referee for Super Bowl XLII (New England Patriots-N.Y. Giants). In addition, he has officiated four playoff games as a side judge (two Wild Cards and two Conference Championships) and 14 playoff games as a referee (eight Wild Cards, five Divisionals and Super Bowl XLII).

Carey is the co-owner of Seirus Innovation, a privately held company that manufactures ski and snowboarding gloves, face protection, and other cold-weather accessories. He also is an inventor who owns or shares eight ski apparel patents. Carey is a past Chairman of the Board of Snow Sports Industries of America’s, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the NFL Officials Association.

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BitPay Signs on as New St. Petersburg Bowl Game Title Sponsor

(St. Petersburg, FL) ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, has announced BitPay, the world’s leader in business solutions for the bitcoin digital currency, as the new title sponsor for the annual college football postseason game played in St. Petersburg at Tropicana Field. Beginning with this year’s December 26 game, the bowl will now be known as the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. BitPay will serve as title sponsor for three years through the 2016 game.

“Our goal is to continue to move bitcoin into the mainstream and sponsoring the St. Petersburg Bowl offers us that opportunity,” said Tony Gallippi, Executive Chairman for BitPay. “College football fans and the bitcoin community represent a similar target demographic – tech-savvy men between the ages of 18 and 40.”

By sponsoring the bowl game, BitPay is not only hoping to stimulate the bitcoin community around the event, but also to further promote interest in the digital currency on a national scale. The bowl game will be an exciting opportunity to enable fans to use bitcoin in a fun, collegiate sports environment. With a rapport of over 33,000 merchants and growing, BitPay has led the bitcoin economy by allowing businesses around the world to easily accept bitcoin. The attention brought to bitcoin by the game will only further boost its ascension into the mainstream.

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“We’re extremely excited to welcome BitPay to college football and our bowl home in St. Petersburg,” said Brett Dulaney, Executive Director of the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. “We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial arrangement.”

The 2014 game will be played on Friday, Dec. 26, at 8 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The game, which will once again air on ESPN, is in its first-year of its new conference affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the American Athletic Conference.

Tickets for the 2014 Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl will go on sale later this year with prices starting as low as just $40. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets and merchandise will also be available to purchase with bitcoin.

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CBS Sports Announces NFL Broadcast Teams for 2014 Season

(New York, N.Y.) The CBS Television Network will begin its 55th year of broadcasting the NFL with Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson leading THE NFL ON CBS into the Network’s 2014 NFL season. Nantz, Simms and Wolfson will call the full slate of Thursday Night Football games on CBS and the NFL Network, along with selected Sunday games on CBS. Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, and Executive Producer, THE NFL ON CBS, announced today several changes to the 2014 announcer line-up along with the complete list of broadcast pairings.

Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts have been named THE NFL ON CBS’s No. 2 announce team and will call the network’s top game on Sundays when Nantz and Simms do not call a game.

Wolfson, who served as the Network’s lead college football reporter for the past 10 years, will join the lead announce team of Nantz and Simms as THE NFL ON CBS lead reporter. In addition to Wolfson, THE NFL ON CBS will use additional sideline reporters during the season including Jenny Dell and Evan Washburn.

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Other pairings this season include Greg Gumbel teaming up with newcomer Trent Green, Kevin Harlan with Rich Gannon, Spero Dedes with Solomon Wilcots, and Andrew Catalon forming a three-man booth with Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein.

James Brown once again will anchor the CBS Television Network’s pre-game studio show, THE NFL TODAY, along with analysts Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, and newcomers Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott, from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. Jason La Canfora will continue to serve as the “NFL Insider.”

Following are the Network’s NFL announcer pairings for the 2014 season (play-by-play/analyst):

Jim Nantz/Phil Simms//Tracy Wolfson
Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts
Greg Gumbel/Trent Green
Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon
Spero Dedes/Solomon Wilcots
Andrew Catalon/Steve Beuerlein/Steve Tasker

Game coverage also will include play-by-play announcers Brian Anderson and Tom McCarthy, as well as analysts Adam Archuleta and Chris Simms.

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WENG Radio to broadcast Venice Indians spring football game Friday night

(Sarasota, FL) WENG AM 1530 and FM 107.5 will broadcast the Venice Indians vs. Lakeland Dreadnaughts spring football game live from Powell-Davis Stadium on Friday, May 23rd. Coverage begins at 5:45 p.m. with the pre-game show. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.  Rich Spedaliere will call the play-by-play.


The schedule of remaining spring games in Sarasota and Manatee County follows:

May 22
Cardinal Mooney at Braden River, 7:00 p.m.

May 23
Haines City at Manatee, 7:30 p.m.
Bayshore at Cape Coral, 7:00 p.m.
Lakeland at Venice, 6:00 p.m.
Port Charlotte at Wauchula Hardee County, 7:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg at Sarasota, 7:00 p.m.
Southeast at Riverview, 7:30 p.m.
Palmetto at Booker, 7:00 p.m.
Lakewood Ranch at Naples Lely, 7:00 p.m.

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WENG Radio to broadcast Lemon Bay Mantas Spring Football Game Thursday May 15

(Sarasota, FL) Spring football in Sarasota and Manatee counties kicks off Thursday May 15th with North Port hosting Lemon Bay at “The Preserve” at 7:00 p.m. WENG AM 1530 and FM 107.5 will broadcast the game beginning at 6:45 p.m. Rich Spedaliere will call the play-by-play.

 

The schedule of spring games follows:

May 15
Lemon Bay at North Port, 7:00 p.m.

May 16
Charlotte at Fort Myers Dunbar, 7:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg Northside Christian at Out-of-Door, 7 p.m.
Bradenton Christian and Fort Myers Southwest Florida Christian at Saint Stephen’s, 7:00 p.m.

May 22
Cardinal Mooney at Braden River, 7:00 p.m.

May 23
Haines City at Manatee, 7:30 p.m.
Bayshore at Cape Coral, 7:00 p.m.
Lakeland at Venice, 6:00 p.m.
Port Charlotte at Wauchula Hardee County, 7:30 p.m.
St. Petersburg at Sarasota, 7:00 p.m.
Southeast at Riverview, 7:30 p.m.
Palmetto at Booker, 7:00 p.m.
Lakewood Ranch at Naples Lely, 7:00 p.m.

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CBS Sports and NFL Network Team Up For Thursday Night Football

(New York, NY) CBS Sports and NFL Network today announced plans for extensive on-site pre-game and post-game coverage for its broadcasts of Thursday Night Football. The networks team up for over two hours of coverage, featuring CBS Sports and NFL Network analysts and reporters, originating from the site of each game for all 15 weeks, beginning at 6:00 PM, ET on NFL Network and continuing through kick-off at 8:25 PM, ET.

At 7:30 PM ET, host James Brown is joined by analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher. The show will air on CBS and be simulcast on NFL Network weeks 2-8, and on NFL Network during weeks 9-16. Brown, Cowher and Sanders will also provide halftime coverage.

Additionally, each week Thursday Night Football coverage will conclude with a live post-game show airing both on CBS and NFL Network.

The networks will utilize two sets each week on location with the joint studio team contributing across all shows leading up to kick-off and post-game. One set will be positioned in the stadium, while the other set will be located outside the venue. The full talent lineup for the pre-game and post-game coverage of Thursday Night Football will be announced this summer.

The full slate of 16 regular-season Thursday Night Football games will be produced by CBS with its broadcasters and production team, including Jim Nantz and Phil Simms.  The Thursday Night Football schedule kicks off on September 11 with Steelers vs. Ravens from Baltimore. 

2014 Thursday Night Football Schedule

Kickoff times are 8:25 PM ET unless otherwise noted.

Sept. 11 (Week 2):

Steelers at Ravens

Nov. 6 (Week 10):  

Browns at Bengals

Sept. 18 (Week 3):

Buccaneers at Falcons

Nov. 13 (Week 11):

Bills at Dolphins

Sept. 25 (Week 4):

Giants at Redskins

Nov. 20 (Week 12):

Chiefs at Raiders

Oct. 2    (Week 5):

Vikings at Packers

Dec. 4  (Week 14):  

Cowboys at Bears

Oct. 9   (Week 6): 

Colts at Texans

Dec. 11 (Week 15): 

Cardinals at Rams

Oct. 16 (Week 7): 

Jets at Patriots

Dec. 18 (Week 16): 

Titans at Jaguars

Oct. 23 (Week 8): 

Chargers at Broncos

Dec. 20 (Week 16): 

Eagles at Redskins*

Oct. 30 (Week 9): 

Saints at Panthers

Dec. 20 (Week 16): 

Chargers at 49ers*

Weeks 2-8 and one of the Saturday games from Week 16 will be broadcast by CBS and simulcast on NFL Network. Weeks 9-12 and 14-16, including one of the Saturday games during Week 16 will be televised by NFL Network.

*The kickoff times for each of the Saturday games – Philadelphia at Washington and San Diego at San Francisco – will be determined at a later date.

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