Comcast Sports Net Houston (CSN) has announced a partnership with the Oklahoma City Boathouse District, an area emerging as one of the world's premier sites for rowing and canoe/kayak. The Boathouse District, on the Oklahoma River, is home to a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, where Olympic hopefuls in rowing and canoe/kayak train at the OKC National High Performance Center.
CSN, a partnership among the Houston Astros, Houston Rockets and NBC Sports Group, has been slow getting off the ground and is not carried by any of the satellite providers. The network will become the TV home of Oklahoma River sports, with the most in-depth coverage of the largest number of rowing/canoeing/kayaking events in the region, according to a CSN release. CSN's coverage will include reports, highlights and interview segments from many of the top events on “SportsTalk Live” and “SportsNet Central.”
“The facilities of Oklahoma City's Boathouse District are very impressive, providing a world-class home for river sport events and competitors from across the region,” said Janice Schmader, CSN director of programming in a news release.
Upcoming events include the USA Canoe/Kayak National Championships on Aug. 8-11 and Oklahoma Regatta Festival Oct. 2-6.
WCWS broadcast teams announced
Pam Ward will team with former OSU star Michele Smith, and Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza will partner as broadcast teams for ESPN's coverage of the Women's College World Series from ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, which will air on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Holly Rowe will be the field reporter for all the games.
Smith and Mowins will call the first two games Thursday, and Mowins and Mendoza will do the two night games, including top-seeded OU's game against Michigan at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Mowins, Mendoza and Smith will call the best-of-three finals series June 3-5.
— ESPN's coverage of the NCAA baseball tournament, including all 16 regional sites for the first time, will begin Friday. The first round — up to 112 games over four days — will include a new “Bases Loaded” platform, which will provide cut-ins and highlights from numerous games and commentary from ESPN analysts. OU's opening game with Coastal Carolina at noon Friday and OSU's opener against Miami at 1 p.m. Friday both will be webcast on ESPN3.
— ESPN will mark its 20th year of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on ESPN with 14 live hours of competition across three networks — ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3 — from 7 a.m. Wednesday through 9 p.m. Thursday.
— Fox's Saturday baseball package moves to 6 p.m. Saturday for the next several weeks. KOKH-25 will air San Francisco at St. Louis this week. The ESPN “Sunday Night Baseball” game is Boston at N.Y. Yankees at 7 p.m. Sunday.
— Beginning in August, SEC expert Paul Finebaum will join ESPN Inc. with a daily radio show and a variety of appearances across ESPN platforms from ESPN's Charlotte, N.C., studios. Then starting in August 2014, when the SEC Network launches, a television simulcast of Finebaum's radio show will anchor the afternoon lineup.