Coming Up This Week

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Here are some coming attractions for this week on the various networks.

First, Golf Channel has some interesting stuff including another installment of The Haney Project with Ray Romano.

Coming up on Golf Channel…March 15-21

Cash Cab Host Ben Bailey Visits Romano on The Haney Project;Daly’s Exclaims “I’m Done” on Being John Daly; Sorenstam Special Guest on The Golf Fix

Original Programming Premieres and Highlights
 (All Times Eastern)

The Haney Project: Ray Romano (new)
Airtime: Monday, 9-9:30 p.m.

In the series’ third episode, Cash Cab host and fellow comedian Ben Bailey will stop by the course to check on Ray Romano’s progress on the golf course and will challenge him to golf trivia on his “Cash Cart.”  Meanwhile, as Hank Haney continues to work with Romano, he notices Romano is spending more time dwelling on what he thinks he is doing wrong than listening to Haney’s instruction.

Being John Daly (new)
Airtime: Tuesday, 9-9:30 p.m.

The series will take viewers to San Diego for the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course, site of John Daly’s last victory on the PGA TOUR in 2004.  Prior to the start of the tournament, he will share some down time with good friend Marshall Faulk, but once the tournament begins, Daly’s comeback quickly heads south. Viewers will witness his parking lot meltdown when he tells Golf Channel cameras “I’m done,” following his missed cut.

The Golf Fix (Live)
Host: Michael Breed
Guest: Annika Sorenstam
Airtime: Monday, 7-8 p.m.

Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam will join host Michael Breed in-studio on a new episode of The Golf Fix, providing viewers golf tips and instruction. Breed also will utilize the studio’s new high-tech golf simulator to re-create the key shots from the WGC-CA Championship.

Top 10: Who’s Your Caddy (new)
Host: Lauren Thompson
Airtime: Wednesday, 9-9:30 p.m.

News and Talk Show Premieres and Highlights

Golf Central (On-site at Transitions Championship Thursday – Sunday)
Live Airings:   Monday – Saturday                 6 – 6:30 p.m.
                        Sunday                                    6 – 7 p.m.

Golf Central Pre Game (On-site at Transitions Championship Thursday – Sunday)
Live Airings:  Thursday – Friday                     2:30 – 3 p.m.
                        Saturday – Sunday                    1 – 1:30 p.m.

Golf Central and Golf Central Pre Game will recap the WGC-CA Championship and the Puerto Rico Open, and will deliver all of the news and highlights from the Transitions Championship and throughout the world of golf. Thursday – Sunday, Golf Central and Golf Central Pre Game will broadcast live and on-site from Innisbrook Resort, site of the Transitions Championship.

Grey Goose 19th Hole (Live)
Host: Kraig Kann
Panelists: John Hawkins, Jeff Rude
Contributor: Win McMurry
Guest: Kenny Perry
Airtime: Wednesday, 7-8 p.m.

Host Kraig Kann and panelists John Hawkins and Jeff Rude will debate the hot topics in golf coming out of the WGC-CA Championship and the Puerto Rico Open and will preview the Transitions Championship, featuring viewer interaction throughout the show. PGA TOUR Professional and Transitions spokesman Kenny Perry will join the show as a guest from the Transitions Championship. Win McMurry and members of GolfChannel.com’s editorial team also will contribute throughout the show.

On Tuesday, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel returns on HBO.

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL
GOES ONE-ON-ONE WITH MICHIGAN STATE BASKETBALL COACH TOM IZZO; TELLS THE STORIES OF THREE TRANSGENDER SPORTSWRITERS;
PROFILES A FORMER PARALYMPIC SKIER WHO REGAINED HIS VISION; AND REVISITS HAITI TO SPOTLIGHT BOBY DUVAL’S DEDICATION TO ITS CHILDREN WHEN THE EMMY®-WINNING SHOW RETURNS MARCH 16, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO®

            REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL presents more enterprising features and reporting when its 156th edition, available in HDTV, debuts TUESDAY, MARCH 16 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT & 9:00 p.m. CT), exclusively on HBO.
            HBO On Demand availability:  March 22-April 12
            Segments include:
            *Izzo’s World.  A year ago, when Michigan residents were coping with the crippling effects of the recession, coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans rallied the state with an inspiring ride through the NCAA tournament, all the way to the National Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit.  It marked the fifth time Iron Mountain, Mich. native had taken his team to the Final Four, which resulted in a national championship title for the school in 2000.  Now, as his team prepares for Michigan State’s 13th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, correspondent Jon Frankel travels to East Lansing in this REAL SPORTS/Sports Illustrated report to learn what drives Coach Izzo and why he remains the perfect fit for the Spartans.
            Producer:  Mike Sullivan

            *The Big Switch.  For sportswriters today, dealing with competition for stories, deadline pressures and job cutbacks can be overwhelming. But those obstacles seem trivial compared to the hardships and challenges endured by three journalists from Los Angeles, Chicago and New York who decided to begin the process of changing their gender from male to female. How would you explain this to family, friends and co-workers? And how did these writers handle the transition while trying to maintain their jobs in the male-dominated world of sports? In this unique REAL SPORTS report, Bryant Gumbel explores the transgender stories of Mike Penner/Christine Daniels of the Los Angeles Times, Christina Kahrl of Baseball Prospectus and Bobbie Dittmeier of MLB.com, revealing the tragic consequences for one of them.
            Producer:  Joe Perskie.

            *Mike May.  Being blind since age three never stopped Mike May from achieving at the highest possible level. Defying expectations for more than 40 years, the Davis, Cal. resident was a world record-breaking and gold medal-winning Paralympic skier, CIA employee, entrepreneur, inventor and family man. But none of these accomplishments could have prepared him for his most recent endeavor. On March 7, 2000, May underwent experimental stem cell surgery in an effort to regain his sight. Incredibly, the surgery was successful, making him one of only a handful of people ever
to have regained vision after nearly a lifetime of total blindness. In this powerful REAL SPORTS report, correspondent Frank Deford joins Mike May after his life-changing surgery to better understand the trying journey he’s undertaken as he deals with the world as he never saw it before.
            Producer:  Mike Sullivan.

            *Boby Duval.  On the heels of one of the most destructive earthquakes in modern history, REAL SPORTS returns to Haiti to update viewers on the inspiring work of Boby Duval. First profiled by REAL SPORTS in Aug. 2000, Duval is an upper-class Haitian educated in Canada who returned to his homeland to devote much of his time and money to helping those mired in poverty. One of his projects involved transforming an industrial dumping ground into a soccer field where disadvantaged children could come to play the game, receive meals and get a basic education. Now, just two months after the earthquake, correspondent Frank Deford finds that amid the rubble, Duval’s will is unshaken and his dream for Haiti’s youth lives on.
            Producers:  Ezra Edelman, Lauren Gaffney, Alvin Patrick.

            REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL has won the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 12 of the last 14 years, in addition to being the first sports program honored with the duPont Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.

            The executive producers of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; Kirby Bradley is senior producer.

ESPN Mobile TV is heading over to Sprint cell phones.

ESPN Mobile TV Launches on Sprint TV
ESPN and Sprint are teaming up to give Sprint customers the ultimate sports experience — in the palm of their hands — with ESPN Mobile TV available on Sprint TV®.  Beginning today, ESPN Mobile TV will offer Sprint consumers unparalleled live sports programming and entertainment from ESPN via Sprint handheld devices. 

ESPN Mobile TV coverage during March and April will feature more than 100 live events and over 250 hours of coverage for Sprint customers with this new agreement beginning just in time for fans to watch the Big 12 and Big East Conference Championship basketball games on Sprint mobile devices.  Programming and live events through April include: 
  • 23 Live Men’s NCAA Basketball Games (including Conference Championship games)
  • 19 Live Women’s NCAA Basketball Championship Games
  • 9 NBA Playoff Games
  • 15 Regular Season NBA Games
  • 30 Live NBA Fastbreak Shows
  • 10 Regular Season MLB Games
  • 50 Live Baseball Tonight Studio Shows
  • 3 College Football Spring games
  • 3 Live Friday Night Fights
  • 3 Live NCAA Hockey Championship Games
  • 5 Live MLS Matches
“Mobile has become an invaluable screen to the digital consumer,” said Matt Murphy, senior vice president, Digital Video Distribution, Disney and ESPN Media Networks.  “To super serve sports fans, you have to provide live coverage on the go, and we are excited to be working with Sprint to provide this offering to its customers.”

“We are very pleased to offer ESPN’s world-class sports news and entertainment video content,” said Len B
arlik, Sprint’s vice president of wireless and wireline services.  “This collaboration is about giving great programming to our customers who are sports fans.  Sprint is committed to delivering the best mobile video experience, which will continue to be enhanced with the deployment of our Sprint 4G services.” 

More than 800 live events this year — including the 2010 FIFA World Cup, MLB, NBA, Grand Slam tennis, college football and basketball — will be available on the majority of Sprint’s device lineup, including the popular HTC Hero, Samsung Moment, Samsung Instinct, Palm Pre and Blackberry Curve. ESPN Mobile TV is part of the Sprint TV package, which is included as a part of Sprint’s Everything Data plans at no additional charge. With Sprint TV, customers get access to everything from news, weather, sports, children’s programs and comedy, including Disney Channel and ABC.

In addition to the 24/7 mobile sports television network, ESPN Mobile provides easy access to sports news, information, commentary, analysis, statistics and ring tones as well as streaming audio and video. 

NBC has flexed the Boston Bruins-New York Rangers game for next Sunday’s NHL Game of the Week.

BOSTON BRUINS HOST NEW YORK RANGERS ON NBC SPORTS’ “GAME OF THE WEEK” SUNDAY, MARCH 21, AT 12:30 P.M. ET
NEW YORK - Mar. 5, 2010 - The Sunday, March 21, New York Rangers at Boston Bruins game has been flexed as NBC Sports’ “Game of the Week” and will be played at TD Garden at 12:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. CT, the National Hockey League and NBC Sports announced.   

In this pivotal game for each team’s quest to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas, Milan Lucic and the Bruins look to defend home ice against Marian Gaborik, Henrik Lundqvist, Chris Drury and the Rangers.

On Sunday, April 4, playoff positions will again be on the line when the Red Wings visit the Philadelphia Flyers in the only meeting of the two teams this season.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING

At least 13 days prior to the scheduled game, one game is selected for broadcast on NBC. All NBC games will be broadcast on Sundays and all games will be presented in HD. Games not flexed to NBC will be available to the teams’ regional carriers and remain at the originally announced start time. The March 21 match-up was first announced on the Thursday, March 4, edition of “NHL Hour With Commissioner Gary Bettman” on NHL.com and SIRIUS XM Radio airing from 6-7 p.m. ET.

Starting tonight, ESPN begins some 89 consecutive hours of NCAA Tournament analysis on its various platforms.

ESPNU Tournament Countdown:  From Brackets Unveiled to Tip Off

89 Hours of Tournament Basketball Discussion

From Sunday, March 14, at 7 p.m. ET – right after the brackets are revealed for the Men’s Basketball Tournament – to tip off of the first game on Thursday, March 18, at noon, college sports network ESPNU will present 89 continuous hours of college basketball discussion, analysis, previews, interviews and more, including up to four first-round NIT games.

The hoops extravaganza will begin with Bracketology, a two-hour discussion of the brackets hosted by Rece Davis with Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis, Jay Bilas and Dick Vitale, examining which teams got in, the matchups and which teams fell just short. The show will be simulcast from ESPN and will be followed by the NIT Selection Show at 9 p.m.

Highlights:

  • The Bracket:  a live two-hour studio show Monday, March 15 – Wednesday, March 17, at 6 p.m.  Scott Van Pelt will host, joined by a variety of ESPN college basketball analysts for hard-core discussion aimed at fans planning their brackets.  In addition, the show will lighten the mood with some fun surprises including brackets filled out by a variety of celebrities from sports and entertainment.  A special edition of The Bracket will air Thursday, March 18, at 10 a.m. with last-minute updates and news leading directly into the start of play at noon.
  • The Bracket:  All Nighter:  a live three-hour studio show at midnight (9 p.m. PT) late Sunday, March 14, to Wednesday, March 17, with ESPNU anchor Lowell Galindo and analysts Mike Kelly and Jay Williams leading a “late-night study session.”  All four shows will see the clock strike midnight in four time zones and include live reports from the ESPNU Road Trip crew from college campuses of tournament schools to capture the excitement and planning of college students.  In addition, Campus Connection student reporters will follow teams during preparations, from game film to student travel plans, giving the fans insights into what the tournament is like for those who play and those who cheer for them.
  • The Experts:  a live studio show hosted by Kevin Connors on Sunday, March 14, at 9:30 p.m. (following the NIT Selection Show and simulcast on ESPN2 from 9 p.m. to midnight) and Monday, March 15, at 9 p.m. for three hours with the feel of eavesdropping on the conversation of two four-person panels of analysts.  Every half hour, the two groups will switch places, with one on the air while the other services ESPN’s digital and social networking platforms.  Analysts expected to participate include Stephen Bardo, Adrian Branch, Jimmy Dykes, LaPhonso Ellis, Len Elmore, Fran Fraschilla, Mark Gottfried, and Tim Welsh while Andy Katz provides insight to the reactions from coaches and players to their seeding and draw. 
  • NCAA Women’s Tournament Selection Show: An additional exclusive hour on ESPNU on Monday, March 15 at 8 p.m. following ESPN’s announcements at 7 p.m. This show, hosted by Trey Wingo, Carolyn Peck and Kara Lawson with contributions from Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo, takes more time to analyze the women’s bracket announcement and its impact on the NCAA Women’s Tournament.
  • The Herd with Colin Cowherd:  the simulcast of the popular ESPN Radio program, seen weekdays on ESPNU from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., will air in its usual time slot Monday, March 15 – Wednesday, March 17, with extensive discussion and guest interv
    iews related to the tournament.
  • Coaches Spotlight: Katz Marathon – ESPN college basketball reporter Andy Katz will attempt to interview all 65 coaches in the NCAA Men’s Tournament in a four-hour show Monday, March 15 at 2 p.m.  Last year, in his first attempt, he spoke to 63 head coaches and one assistant.
  • Coaches Spotlight:  NCAA Women’s Tournament:  a three-hour in-depth preview of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Tuesday, March 16 at 3 p.m. with Beth Mowins, Cara Capuano and Abby Waner, and a segment each from Carolyn Peck and Kara Lawson.
  • NCAA Press Conferences:  press conferences with coaches and players in Thursday’s games will be aired live Wednesday, March 17, from 2 – 6 p.m.
  • NIT First-Round Action: up to four live games will be televised Tuesday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 17, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., subject to change.

ESPNU Tournament Countdown – Highlights

Date Time (ET) Program
Sun, March 14 7 p.m. Bracketology
9 p.m. NIT Selection Show
9:30 p.m. The Experts
Midnight – 3 a.m. The Bracket:  All Nighter
Mon, March 15 10 a.m. The Herd with Colin Cowherd
2 p.m. Coach’s Spotlight: Katz Marathon
6 p.m. The Bracket
8 p.m. NCAA Women’s Tournament Selection Show
9 p.m. The Experts
Midnight – 3 a.m. The Bracket:  All Nighter
Tue, March 16 10 a.m. The Herd with Colin Cowherd
3 p.m. Coach’s Spotlight: NCAA Women’s Tournament
6 p.m. The Bracket
8 p.m. NIT First Round Game
10 p.m. NIT First Round Game
Midnight The Bracket:  All Nighter
Wed, March 17 10 a.m. The Herd with Colin Cowherd
2 p.m. NCAA Press Conferences
6 p.m. The Bracket
8 p.m. NIT First Round Game
10 p.m. NIT First Round Game
Midnight The Bracket:  All Nighter
Thurs, March 18 10 a.m. The Bracket

And that does it for now.

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