Friday Night High School Football starts tonight with our game of the week broadcast series. North Port Bobcats at Booker Tornadoes in the “Kickoff Classic” starting at 7:25 PM.
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After the game I’ll be appearing on Adam Shadoff’s “Friday Football Fever” on SNN Local News at 11:15 PM.
(New York, NY) “NFL Monday QB” returns to CBS Sports Network for its third season, as new “NFL On CBS” analyst Trent Green, a 15-year NFL veteran and All-Pro quarterback, joins returning analysts, Super Bowl XXXVII quarterback and 2002 NFL MVP, Rich Gannon; and 17-year veteran and All-Pro quarterback, Steve Beuerlein, for the weekly show.
Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms also will serve as analysts throughout the season. Adam Schein hosts from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York.
“NFL Monday QB” brings together a roster of quarterbacks providing their unique and compelling opinion as they break down the week’s games from a quarterback’s perspective focusing on how quarterback play impacted the games, key plays and clutch drives, crucial decisions, star performances, winning and losing efforts and more.
The one-hour show debuts Monday, Sept. 8 at a special season-opening time (5:00-6:00 PM, ET). After Week 1, “NFL Monday QB” airs weekly at 6:30 PM, ET through Super Bowl XLIX.
Green, who joins the “NFL On CBS” as a game analyst this season, quarterbacked for the San Diego Chargers (1993-94), Washington Redskins (1995-98), St. Louis Rams (1999-2000, 2008), Kansas City Chiefs (2000-06) and Miami Dolphins (2007). His career was highlighted by his contributions to his hometown Rams’ victory in Super Bowl XXXIV over the Tennessee Titans, and with the Chiefs in 2001 when he became only the fourth quarterback, at the time, to throw for more than 4,000 yards in three consecutive seasons (Dan Fouts, Peyton Manning and Dan Marino). Also during his time in Kansas City, Green twice led the Chiefs into the playoffs and played in two Pro Bowls. He finished his career passing for 28,475 yards and 162 touchdowns, while compiling a quarterback rating of 86.0.
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(New York, NY) Former 16-year NFL veteran and All-Pro linebacker London Fletcher and nine-year NFL veteran Fred Smoot have been named studio analysts for CBS Sports Network’s “That Other Pregame Show”, along with former Women’s Professional Football quarterback Anita Marks. They join returning panelists Adam Schein, Amy Trask and Brandon Tierney to form CBS Sports Network’s new Sunday pregame show team.
“TOPS” kicks off its second season on Sunday, Sept. 7 and airs on Sundays throughout the NFL season from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, ET.
Other regular contributors to “That Other Pregame Show” are analysts from “The NFL Today” including Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher, Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott, as well as Insider Jason La Canfora. NFL on CBS announcers Phil Simms, Dan Fouts, Trent Green, Rich Gannon, Solomon Wilcots, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein, Adam Archuleta and Chris Simms will appear regularly from their game sites.
Fletcher joins CBS Sports Network after a 16-year NFL playing career with the Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills and St. Louis Rams. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) and helped the Rams win Super Bowl XXXIV.
Smoot spent nine seasons in the NFL with the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings and was an All-American and two-time All-SEC selection at Mississippi State.
Marks is a radio veteran who can currently be heard on NBC Sports Radio and also contributes to the New York Giants broadcast team and Bleacher Report. She has previously appeared on WFAN radio in New York as well as SiriusXM. In addition to her broadcasting duties, Marks also played four years of women’s professional football as quarterback for the Miami Fury and Florida Stingrays.
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(New York, NY) The complete pregame and postgame talent roster for Thursday Night Football on NFL Network and CBS is set. Joining the previously announced set featuring host James Brown and analysts Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher will be an additional set featuring host Rich Eisen and analysts Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and Steve Mariucci.
Every Thursday at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network, Eisen will kick off the NFL week with Irvin, Faulk and Mariucci live from outside the stadium on NFL Total Access Kickoff. The cast will provide news and analysis of the upcoming matchup, as well as highlight the atmosphere and festivities outside the stadium as fans arrive for every Thursday Night Football game on CBS and NFL Network.
At 7:30 PM ET, Brown, Sanders and Cowher anchor NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. The show will air on CBS and be simulcast on NFL Network during Weeks 2-8 and air exclusively on NFL Network during Weeks 9-12 and 14-16. During halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher host the Lexus Halftime Show on CBS and NFL Network.
Brown, Sanders and Cowher also will appear on NFL Total Access Kickoff in the 6:00-7:30 PM ET window, while Eisen, Irvin, Faulk and Mariucci will appear within NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from 7:30 PM ET to kickoff.
Additionally, throughout the course of the 2014 Thursday Night Football schedule, NFL Network and CBS analysts such as Tony Gonzalez, Kurt Warner, LaDainian Tomlinson, Willie McGinest, Terrell Davis and more will appear on-location on both the NFL Total Access Kickoff and NFL Thursday Night Kickoff pregame shows.
Immediately following each game, the Mazda Postgame Show airs live from the stadium on NFL Network and CBS. Eisen, Irvin, Faulk, Mariucci and Sanders reprise their wildly entertaining postgame show, providing highlights, analysis and live interviews. Each week, a player or coach from the winning team will join the crew on-set to discuss the victory, receive a gift bag which will vary each week and leave their handprints on the Winning Hands wall.
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, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson. 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 on 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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(SARASOTA, FL) Success breeds imitation. Barbara Walters creation, “The View”, like it or not, has been a ratings success for the ABC Television Network for 17 years. Despite undergoing a myriad of host changes, including bringing back Rosie O’Donnell this upcoming season, the show continues to create a buzz in the media world. With that in mind, WWSB Channel 7, Sarasota’s ABC affiliate, is launching its own daily version of the network show titled “Suncoast View” which will premiere on September 8th at 4PM.
ABC 7 Sarasota has announced its team of Co-Hosts for “Suncoast View,” to include Stephanie Roberts, Co-Anchor of ABC 7’s Good Morning Suncoast, who will serve as the show’s moderator. Veteran reporter Linda Carson, ABC 7 Reporter Bobeth Yates and ABC 7 Political Contributor, Regina Hopper round out the panel.
Like the network version of the show, “Suncoast View” will feature the co-hosts discussing local “hot topics” in the news, sharing their opinions and engaging in hopefully lively conversations on every day issues and subjects such as parenting, relationships, cooking, fashion, entertainment, home & garden and politics. The program will also include interviews with newsmakers and stories trending on social media.
WWSB-TV GM Jeff Benninghoff, said, “ABC 7 is fortunate to have a team of strong, versatile on-air talent. Stephanie, Linda, Bobeth and Regina each have unique backgrounds and interesting life experiences that will serve them well in this particular kind of talk show format. I’m confident that this team will prove to be an engaging and entertaining combination.”
Stephanie Roberts, who joined ABC 7 in 2013, is the mother of two and has worked in major market morning television for over 15 years as both a news anchor and a meteorologist. Born and raised in Chicago, she has a Journalism degree from Penn State and a meteorology certification from Mississippi State University. Roberts has made numerous appearances as guest weather anchor on Good Morning America, most recently in June. She also serves occasionally as a guest host on the Home Shopping Network. Off the set, Roberts spends her time on sports fields with her daughter, Reagan and son, Ryan. The family shares a love of all sports and enjoys visiting area beaches, biking, fishing and gardening.
Linda Carson joined ABC 7 in 1995 and specializes in local entertainment reporting, with popular weekly segments called “Suncoast Scene” and “Event of the Week.” She also does a weekly report called “Amazing Women of the Suncoast.” Carson started her TV career in 1964 as a “TV Weather Girl” in Atlanta and went on to become one of the first female anchors in the country. Carson has covered many major stories over the course of her career, including the civil rights movement in Atlanta during the 1960’s, and was in a Sarasota classroom with President George W. Bush on September 11th when terrorists struck the World Trade Center. Linda Carson was married to football coach Bud Carson, known as the architect of the Pittsburgh Steelers “Steel Curtain” defense in the 1970’s.
Bobeth Yates joined ABC 7 as a general assignment reporter in 2012. Before moving to the Suncoast, she reported at stations in Fort Myers; Savannah, Georgia; Panama City, Florida and Great Falls, Montana. Yates has covered everything from presidential elections to bake sales. She has a Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Florida State University.
Regina Hopper joined ABC 7 as a Political Contributor in 2014 and is a former network news correspondent. She covered the Bush and Clinton White Houses, reporting for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CBS Morning News, CBS Weekend News and 48 Hours. Hopper is an accomplished attorney, having worked in securities and bankruptcy law, and has also served as a top executive for several Washington D.C. industry associations, including America’s Natural Gas Alliance, US Telecom and the American Trucking Associations. Hopper has a JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Arkansas. She is also a Board Member of the Miss America Organization.
This is ABC 7’s first venture into an hour-long talk show in the afternoons outside of its regular news programming. The competition will be fierce going up against the ratings powerhouse of “Dr. Phil” in the 4PM time slot. It will be interesting to see how many local advertisers sign-on to sponsor the show.
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(New York, NY) CBS Sports Network returns to the gridiron for the 2014 season with schedule of college football games featuring teams from the Mountain West, The American, Conference USA, Army and Navy football, the Patriot League and NCAA Division II. The Network will air 66 games this season, showcasing some of the nation’s top teams including Ohio State, Nebraska and Arizona State.
This year also marks the Network’s first season of American Athletic Conference football, with 15 games airing throughout the season, including Maryland at USF on Saturday, Sept. 6 (3:30 PM, ET) and NC State at USF on Saturday, Sept. 13 (3:30 PM, ET). The remainder of CBS Sports Network’s American Athletic Conference games will be selected on a six- and 12-day basis.
Carter Blackburn returns to CBS Sports Network this year as lead college football play-by-play announcer and will team with Aaron Taylor, forming the Network’s lead announce team. Other new voices are former Nebraska quarterback and Heisman Trophy Winner Eric Crouch, San Diego State quarterback Kevin O’Connell, play-by-play announcer Ron Pitts and studio analyst Fred Smoot. Reporters include newcomers Cassie Gallo, Melanie Collins and Courtney Fallon, along with Lauren Gardner, Sheehan Stanwick Burch, Susannah Collins and Rashan Ali.
CBS Sports Network Broadcast Teams
Carter Blackburn/Aaron Taylor Mountain West
Rich Waltz/Adam Archuleta Mountain West
Dave Ryan/Corey Chavous The American
Ben Holden/Kevin O’Connell Army
John Sadak/Randy Cross Navy
CBS Sports Network also airs two games from Yankee Stadium in The Bronx, N.Y. this year: UConn vs. Army on Saturday, Nov. 8 (3:30 PM, ET) and the 150th meeting between rivals Lehigh and Lafayette on Saturday, Nov. 22 (3:30 PM, ET).
In addition, CBS Sports Network returns its lineup of college football studio programming for the 2014 season, including “Inside College Football”, which airs throughout the week and features hosts Adam Zucker and Brent Stover, as well as analysts Brian Jones, Christian Fauria, Houston Nutt, Cross, Taylor and Smoot.
CBS Sports Network again serves as the home for Service Academy football, airing 17 games featuring Army, Navy and Air Force. This season marks the Network’s 10th year airing Navy home games and fifth year as Army’s television partner. CBS Sports Network enters its ninth year in partnership with the Mountain West and 10th year with Conference USA.
The complete 2014 college football schedule follows:
Thurs, Aug. 28 Tulane at Tulsa Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium, Tulsa, OK 8:00 PM
Fri, Aug. 29 Bowling Green at WKU Houchens-Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY 7:30 PM
Sat, Aug. 30 Ohio State vs. Navy M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD 12:00 PM
Sat, Aug. 30 Northern Arizona at San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 7:00 PM
Sat, Aug. 30 Washington at Hawaii Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI 10:30 PM
Thurs, Sept. 4 Grand Valley at Azusa Pacific Citrus Stadium, Glendora, CA 9:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 6 Buffalo at Army Michie Stadium, West Point, NY 12:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 6 Maryland vs. USF Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 3:30 PM
Sat, Sept. 6 Arizona State at New Mexico University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM 7:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 6 Oregon State at Hawaii Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI 10:30 PM
Thurs, Sept. 11 LA Tech at North Texas Apogee Stadium, Denton, TX 8:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 13 Ohio at Marshall Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, WV 12:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 13 NC State at USF Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL 3:30 PM
Sat, Sept. 13 Wake Forest at Utah State Romney Stadium, Logan, UT 7:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 13 Nebraska at Fresno State Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, CA 10:30 PM
Thurs, Sept. 18 Southeastern Oklahoma at Henderson State Carpenter-Haygood Stadium, Arkadelphia, AR 8:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 20 Rutgers at Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD 3:30 PM
Sat, Sept. 20 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 7:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 20 Louisiana at Boise State Bronco Stadium, Boise ID 10:30 PM
Thurs, Sept. 25 Missouri Western at Lindenwood Harlen C. Hunter Stadium, St. Charles, MO 8:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 27 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 12:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 27 WKU at Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD 3:30 PM
Sat, Sept. 27 Boise State at Air Force Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, CO 7:00 PM
Sat, Sept. 27 Nevada at San Jose State Spartan Stadium, San Jose, CA 10:30 PM
Thurs, Oct. 2 Benedict at Miles Albert J. Sloan Alumni Stadium, Fairfield, AL 8:00 PM
Fri, Oct. 3 Lafayette at Fordham Jack Coffey Field, Bronx, NY 6:30 PM
Fri, Oct. 3 San Diego State at Fresno State Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, CA 10:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 4 Ball State at Army Michie Stadium, West Point, NY 12:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 4 Navy at Air Force Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, CO 3:30 PM
Sat, Oct. 4 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 7:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 4 Boise State at NevadaMackay Stadium, Reno, NV 10:30 PM
Thurs, Oct. 9 Minnesota State at Winona State Maxwell Field, Winona, MN 8:00 PM
Fri, Oct. 10 Fresno State at UNLV Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV 10:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 11 Rice at Army Michie Stadium, West Point, NY 12:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 11 VMI at Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD 3:30 PM
Sat, Oct. 11 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 7:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 11 Colorado State at Nevada Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV 10:30 PM
Thurs, Oct. 16 Colorado School of Mines at Fort Lewis Dennison Memorial Field, Durango, CO 8:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 18 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 3:30 PM
Sat, Oct. 18 Utah State at Colorado State Hughes Stadium, Fort Collins, CO 7:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 18 Hawaii at San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 10:30 PM
Sat, Oct. 25 San Jose State at Navy Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD 1:00 PM
Sat, Oct. 25 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 5:00 PM
Thurs, Oct. 30 St. Joseph’s (IN) at University of Indianapolis Key Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 8:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 1 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 1 BYU at Middle Tennessee Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium, Murfreesboro, TN 3:30 PM
Sat, Nov. 1 Colorado State at San Jose State Spartan Stadium, San Jose, CA 7:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 1 San Diego State at Nevada Mackay Stadium, Reno, NV 10:30 PM
Fri, Nov. 7 Fordham at Bucknell Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium, Lewisburg, PA 6:30 PM
Sat, Nov. 8 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 8 UConn vs. Army Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY 3:30 PM
Sat, Nov. 8 Boise State at New Mexico University Stadium, Albuquerque, NM 7:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 8 San Jose State at Fresno State Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, CA 10:30 PM
Thurs, Nov. 13 Southern Miss at UTSA Alamodome, San Antonio, TX 8:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 15 Army at WKU Houchens-Smith Stadium, Bowling Green, KY 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 15 Georgia Southern at NavyNavy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD 3:30 PM
Sat, Nov. 15 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 8:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 21 Air Force at San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 9:30 PM
Sat, Nov. 22 Fordham at Army Michie Stadium, West Point, NY 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 22 Lehigh vs. Lafayette Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY 3:30 PM
Sat, Nov. 22 American Athletic Conference Site TBD 8:00 PM
Fri, Nov. 28 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 12:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 28 Colorado State at Air Force Falcon Stadium, Colorado Springs, CO 3:30 PM
Sat, Nov. 29 Rice at LA Tech Joe Aillet Stadium, Ruston, LA 12:00 PM
Sat, Nov. 29 San Jose State at San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA 3:30 PM
Sat, Dec. 6 American Athletic Conference TBD Site TBD 12:00 PM
(New York, NY) CBS Sports’ final-round coverage of the 2014 PGA Championship on Sunday, Aug. 10 (3:00-9:00 PM, ET), which saw Rory McIlroy win the Wanamaker Trophy, earned an average household rating/share of 6.0/13, up 36% from last year’s 4.4/10 in the Nielsen metered markets.
This year’s 6.0/13 marks the highest-rated final round in five years (2009; 7.5/17; Y.E. Yang won with Tiger Woods finishing second).
This year’s final-round rating peaked with a 9.2/17 from 8:00-8:30 PM, ET.
CBS Sports’ final-round coverage also was up 54% from 2012’s 3.9/8 when McIlroy won his first PGA Championship.
CBS Sports’ coverage of the 2014 PGA Championship on Saturday, Aug. 9 (2:00-7:15 PM, ET) was the highest-rated third round in five years with an average HH rating/share of 3.2/8, up 7% from last year’s 3.0/8 in the metered markets. This year’s third-round rating peaked with a 3.8/10 from 5:00-5:30 PM, ET.
Join Don Henderson and Doug Miles on “Sports Talk” tonight (Monday 7PM) for more on Rory’s win at the PGA and everything else that went on this weekend in sports.
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Sarasota Herald-Tribune sports columnnist Doug Fernandes is battling a form of leukemia. This report courtesy of WWSB’s Don Brennan.