OU and Tulsa will be featured in Thursday night football package on Fox Sports 1, Fox's new national sports network. OU will be featured at Baylor on Nov. 7, and Tulsa has home games against Iowa State on Sept. 26 and Marshall on Nov. 14. Kickoff for all three games is 6:30 p.m.
Fox Sports 1, which will launch Aug. 17 with 90 million homes, will replace the Speed channel and be Fox's main competitor to ESPN.
The rest of the Thursday night schedule includes Utah State at Utah on Aug. 29, Florida Atlantic at East Carolina on Sept. 5, Tulane at Louisiana Tech on Sept. 12, UCLA at Utah on Oct. 3, Arizona at USC on Oct. 10, Marshall at Middle Tennessee on Oct. 24, Rice at North Texas on Oct. 31, Rice at UAB on Nov. 21 and Texas Tech at Texas on Nov. 28.
Fox Sports 1 makes its college football debut with the Utah-Utah State game. The network's other two games Labor Day weekend are North Dakota State at Kansas State at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 and Boise State at Washington at 9 p.m. Aug. 31. OSU makes its Fox Sports 1 debut when it plays at UT-San Antonio at 11 a.m. Sept. 7.
ESPN to drop 3-D network
It's rare that ESPN turns its back on new technology, but it plans to discontinue its 3-D network by end of the year. ESPN 3-D, which launched in June 2010, has struggled to gain traction with viewers as the adoption of 3-D television sets by U.S. consumers has yet to meet the expectations of set manufacturers.
ESPN didn't say exactly how many viewers it had for ESPN 3-D, but the number was “extremely limited and not growing,” the network said.
*Thunder guard Russell Westbrook received the “#Trendsetter Award” at the NBA Social Media Awards on Wednesday as the player that displayed the best sense of style via social media. Lakers star Kobe Bryant won two awards — the “Social MVP Award” and the “140 Award” for the best use of characters in a tweet. The Miami Heat's Harlem Shake video, which has received more than 45 million views, won the “OMG Award” for the team with the best video shared via social.
*ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to broadcast the entire College World Series from Omaha, Neb., beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday with Mississippi State vs. Oregon State. Former Stanford pitcher Kyle Peterson will rotate analyst responsibilities with “Sunday Night Baseball” analyst Orel Hershiser, who has called the event since 2007. Mike Patrick, Karl Ravech and Dave O'Brien will work play-by-play. Jessica Mendoza will report from the field with Kaylee Hartung.
*CBS kicks off its college football coverage with a key game, Alabama at Texas A&M, at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 14. Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson return as its top announcing team.
*ESPN's telecast of the second round of the U.S. Open Championship will begin at 7:30 a.m. Friday, a half-hour earlier than originally scheduled. ESPN made the schedule adjustments to give viewers the opportunity to see more from the round of the group including Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy, which tees off at 6:44 a.m. Friday.
*KOKH-25 gets Fox's main Saturday game of the New York Yankees at the Los Angeles Angels with its top broadcast team of Joe Buck, Tim McCarver and Ken Rosenthal. ESPN's 7 p.m. Sunday game is San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves (Dan Shulman, John Kruk, Orel Hershiser and reporter Buster Olney).
*Soledad O'Brien is joining fellow “Today” show alum Bryant Gumbel at HBO's “Real Sports.” O'Brien will be a reporter on the monthly magazine show, which is anchored by Gumbel.
*Three commentator teams, led by Ian Darke and Stewart Robson, will call all 16 matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 in Brazil from Saturday to June 30 on the ESPN networks. The quadrennial tournament includes the champions of the six FIFA confederations — Mexico, Italy, Nigeria, Uruguay, Japan and Tahiti — Brazil, the 2014 World Cup host country, and Spain, the 2010 World Cup champion.