NBA TV to go behind the scenes of USA Basketball team
NBA TV will air “NBA Real Training Camp: USA Basketball” — a live behind-the-scenes look at a USA Basketball national team’s practice — at 2 p.m. Tuesday from Las Vegas. Players scheduled to take part include NBA stars Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Derrick Rose.
Matt Winer will host the 21/2-hour special with NBA TV analysts and former Team USA members Grant Hill and Steve Smith, along with reporter Jared Greenberg. The show will feature mic’d up players and coaches, as well as interviews with players, coaches, including Mike Krzyzewski, and executives.
The national team will report Sunday for training camp in advance of the FIBA World Cup, Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.
WWLS-FM 98.1, the Sports Animal, had a strong spring Arbitron ratings book (March 27-June 18), ranking No. 2 in the Oklahoma City market in men ages 25 to 54, its primary demographic, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. WWLS posted a 27 percent increase in the category from the winter book and ranked No. 1 in afternoon drive and No. 2 in morning drive.
In that demo, The Franchise 107.7 ranked No. 6 and slipped 13 percent from the winter book. The station was down 46 percent in morning drive and 21 percent in afternoon drive.
FOX ANNOUNCES BROADCAST TEAMS
Fox plans to air a one-hour prime-time college football pregame show on Saturdays leading into its main game. Rob Stone will host alongside analysts Joel Klatt and former college and NFL coach Dave Wannstedt, a new addition. College football insiders Bruce Feldman, Stewart Mandel and Clay Travis also will contribute to the studio coverage.
Gus Johnson and Charles Davis return as the No. 1 broadcast team, joined by new sideline reporter Molly McGrath, who continues as co-host of Fox Sports 1’s “America’s Pregame” show. Another broadcast team includes former ESPN play-by-play announcer Joe Davis, analyst Joey Harrington and sideline reporter Kris Budden of Fox Sports San Diego. Former CBS announcer Tim Brando calls Thursday night games on Fox Sports 1 with Klatt serving as analyst, and is also in the booth on Saturdays. Craig Bolerjack returns for his fourth season and teams with analyst Ryan Nece. Analysts Petros Papadakis and Coy Wire as well as rules expert Mike Pereira will be contributors.
SPRINT CUP COVERAGE
ESPN begins its coverage of the final 17 races of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with coverage of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 11 a.m. Sunday. The green flag is set for 12:19 p.m.
Three former Sprint Cup champions will be part of ESPN’s coverage, including lead analyst Dale Jarrett, the 1999 champion, who will work with two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree and lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick in the booth. “NASCAR Countdown” will feature analysis by NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace with host Nicole Briscoe and additional analysis from NASCAR team owner Brad Daugherty.
ESPN will televise qualifying at 1 p.m. Saturday and the Nationwide Series race at 3:50 p.m. Saturday.
CBS Sports has announced that it will broadcast Notre Dame vs. Navy from Landover, Md., at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 as part of a tripleheader that day. The other games are Air Force at Army at 10:30 a.m. and Florida vs. Georgia from Jacksonville, Fla., at 2:30 p.m.
MLB Network will have exclusive coverage of the Hall of Fame Ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., as Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas and Joe Torre are inducted on Sunday. Coverage anchored by Greg Amsinger, Peter Gammons, Harold Reynolds and John Smoltz will begin with “MLB Tonight” at 11 a.m. Sunday, including interviews by Bob Costas with all six electees, followed by the induction ceremony at 12:30 p.m.
Fox Sports 1 has an MLB doubleheader Saturday with Washington at Cincinnati at 3 p.m. (Kenny Albert and CJ Nitkowski) and Cleveland at Kansas City at 6 p.m. (Justin Kutcher and Rex Hudler). ESPN will air the L.A. Dodgers at San Francisco at 7 p.m. Sunday (Dan Shulman, John Kruk and Buster Olney).
Starting this week and continuing through Aug. 5, NFL Network’s “Inside Training Camp Live” provides nine hours of live coverage each day beginning at 9 a.m. Over the course of 12 days, the program will offer more than 100 live reports and interviews from 30 analysts and reporters in the field. Rich Eisen, Chris Rose, Lindsay Rhodes and Andrew Siciliano host the coverage.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to San Jose, Calif., with a title elimination bout at 7 p.m. Saturday on Fox. No. 1-ranked welterweight Robbie Lawler (23-10, 1 NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) takes on No. 5-ranked Matt Brown (21-11, fighting out of Columbus, Ohio), with the winner earning a shot at champion, and former OSU wrestler, Johny Hendricks.
By Mel Bracht