Well, I have some releases for next week.
And starting on Sunday, Tennis Channel airs live matches from the season ending ATP World Tour Finals live from London. Tennis Channel will have the entire tournament including the singles and doubles finals on November 29. This is something I look forward to watching every morning.
Live Singles and Doubles Matches at Year-End Championships Begin at 7:30 a.m. ET Daily, Followed by Prime-Time Replays Each Evening at 7 p.m. ET
Network to Dedicate 120 Hours Overall to Season’s Final Event During Upcoming Week
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19, 2009 – Tennis Channel will provide live, wall-to-wall coverage of the round-robin 2009 ATP World Tour Finals from London, Nov. 22-29. The network will provide close to 60 hours of high-definition coverage of the season-ending tournament and more than 120 hours overall with same-day, prime-time replays.
Tennis Channel’s men’s championships broadcast team features play by play from Leif Shiras, analysis from Jimmy Arias and sideline reports from Justin Gimelstob. From Sunday, Nov. 22 to Saturday, Nov. 28, the network will broadcast live singles and doubles matches from 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ET and 2 a.m.-6 p.m. ET, followed by encore replays of the entire day’s broadcast, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Sunday, Nov. 23, will begin with the live doubles championship at 7:30 a.m. ET and the men’s singles final at 2 p.m. ET. Both matches will be replayed twice that evening, beginning with the singles championship at 7 p.m.
The ATP World Tour Finals, the largest indoor event in tennis, features the world’s top eight singles players and eight doubles teams, in a competition that concludes the men’s tennis season. Singles qualifiers include Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Fernando Verdasco, Nikolay Davydenko, Juan Martin del Potro and Robin Soderling (replacing the injured Andy Roddick). The twin-brother team of star Americans Bob and Mike Bryan headline the year-end doubles teams in London, along with top seed Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic and third seed Mahesh Bhupathi/Mark Knowles.
Tennis Channel’s 2009 ATP World Tour Finals Schedule
Sunday, Nov. 22 -Saturday, Nov. 28
7:30 -11:30 a.m. / 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET – Live singles and doubles matches
7 p.m. ET – Encore singles and doubles match replays
Sunday, Nov. 29
7:30-9 a.m. ET – Live doubles championship
2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. ET – Singles championship (same-day delay)
7 p.m. ET – Encore singles and doubles championship replays
On Monday, Big Ten Network airs a special naming the annual All-Big Ten football awards.
Annual conference awards to be revealed at 8 PM ET
CHICAGO – For the third year in a row, the Big Ten Network will present the exclusive, live announcement of the annual Big Ten football awards during Big Ten Tonight: All-Conference Selection Special at 8 PM ET Monday, Nov. 23.
Dave Revsine will host the show, alongside analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. Select award winners will
be interviewed during the 30-minute program.
The show will reveal the All-Big Ten teams as selected by both the coaches and the media. Coaches will select a Big Ten Offensive Player, Defensive Player and Freshman of the Year. Media will also honor the Dave McClain Coach of the Year while the coaches will pick an Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Last year, the media and coaches both selected Iowa running back Shonn Greene as the Offensive Player of the Year, Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis as the Defensive Player of the Year and Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor as the Freshman of the Year. The conference’s media selected Joe Paterno as the Dave McClain Coach of the Year.
And next Tuesday, it’s the next edition of Studio 42 with Bob Costas. The guest will be Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal. Here’s a preview.
HALL OF FAME PITCHER Juan Marichal DISCUSSES HIS CAREER on MLB NETWORK’S STUDIO 42 WITH BOB COSTAS on tuesday, november 24
November 19, 2009 – Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal discusses his Hall of Fame career during an episode of MLB Network’s Studio 42 with Bob Costas on Tuesday, November 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Throughout the interview, Marichal, 72, discusses his pitching style, his former teammate Willie Mays, his upbringing in the Dominican Republic and his infamous fight with Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Johnny Roseboro on August 22, 1965 at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. A preview of the interview can be viewed here.
The interview, which was filmed at the 2009 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown, New York, will re-air on November 24 at 11:00 p.m. ET. Prior to Studio 42 with Bob Costas, MLB Network will discuss the 2009 National League MVP results on Hot Stove, its live studio show in the offseason with updates and analysis of the moves all 30 clubs are making and planning in preparation for the upcoming season. Hot Stove airs at 6:00 p.m. ET and 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Highlights from the interview with Marichal include:
ON COMING TO PLAY BASEBALL IN THE UNITED STATES
When we got to Michigan City, all the white players had a hotel where they stayed. We had to live with a black family as they arrange rooms. So, the only time, we were together, with the white players, was at the baseball field and the clubhouse. My relationship with the white players was good. It was my first time in this country. I wanted to be a baseball player and everything was beautiful. But I was surprised.
ON SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS TEAMMATE WILLIE MAYS
You can’t throw Willie the same pitch twice, even if he looked bad on it the first time. Because, he was going to be looking for that pitch and hit it good and long.
Willie used to tell you how to pitch to guys and how he was going to play the guys. And if you make a mistake, he would come up and say, “Why did we talk before the game? We say play him that way, pitch him that way.” He let you know right away but he was the greatest. I don’t think were going to see another Willie Mays for the rest of our lives.
ON PITCHING A 16-INNING, COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT ON JULY 2, 1963
They didn’t pay much attention to pitch counts because I threw 227 pitc
hes. And the next day, [Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn] was so nice. In the tunnel in Candlestick Park, he came to tell me how to prepare for the next start. That was such a nice thing he did. I still have that photo of Warren and I in the tunnel. Warren telling me what type of exercise I should do to be ready for the next start.
ON NEVER WINNING THE CY YOUNG AWARD
Well, I never won the Cy Young and when you show my numbers to anybody who knows baseball, they say, “What happened to this guy? He won so many games, 20 or more games in a year and never won a Cy Young?” I don’t know. The only answer I give people is that there was only one Cy Young award for both leagues up until 1967. But in 1968 I went 26-9, and [St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher] Bob Gibson came out with that phenomenal ERA of 1.12.
ON JOHNNY ROSEBORO
The only reason I signed with the Dodgers [in 1975] was because I wanted people to know I wasn’t the type of person that would hurt somebody over the head with a bat. When they announced I was a Dodger, the first one to come out in public and welcome me to Los Angeles was Johnny Roseboro. I will never forget that time and the way he took the whole thing.
I do have two more releases to post and expect those coming up.