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Behind the Broadcast: Dream weekend for hoop fanatics

Saturday, March 16, 2013
If you are a basketball fan, this is a wonderful time of year for you. Even the casual college basketball fan like myself can get caught up in the madness of March college basketball. Just watching the crazy ending of Thursday’s Atlantic 10 Conference first-round game between Charlotte and Richmond lures you to the TV. This is real reality TV.

Behind the Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 will be serious challenger to ESPN’s monopoly

Saturday, March 9, 2013
If I were ESPN, I would be seriously be concerned with what was announced on Tuesday. In what had been one of the worst-kept secrets out there, FOX Sports Media Group officially announced it will launch its sports cable channel FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Behind the Broadcast: ESPN matches NBC’s offer, keeps rights to Big East sports

Saturday, March 2, 2013
ESPN decided that having a watered-down Big East Conference on its network was better than seeing it on a rival channel. Last Saturday, ESPN decided to match the deal that the Big East Conference made with NBC Sports Group.

Time Warner giving state wrestling tourney star treatment

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013
New York high school wrestling fans are in for a treat today.
If you can’t make it to the Times Union Center for the semifinals and finals of the New York State high school wrestling championships, you will be able to watch it on TV.

Johnson’s soccer debut went well

Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013
When FOX Sports announced a couple of weeks ago that Gus Johnson was going to call Wednesday’s Manchester United-Real Madrid soccer match in the UEFA Champ­ions League, a collective groan was registered across the country.

Behind the Broadcast: CBS Sports fumbled ball

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013
CBS Sports is the only network that doesn’t employ sideline reporters during the NFL regular season. It only has use for them in the postseason. Not having an experienced reporter hurt CBS Sports during the 37-minute power outage early in the third quarter of last Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII. Steve Tasker and Solomon Wilcots, normally game analysts during the regular season, were ill-equipped to handle the reporting of a strange situation. Tasker, in particular, seemed uncomfortable trying to report updates on the situation.

Behind the Broadcast: Bruce: Nothing compares to being at the Super Bowl

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
Damon Bruce had just left Radio Row at Super Bowl XLVII at New Orleans when I called him earlier this week. I think the Schenectady native and sportstalk show host at KNBR in San Francisco felt like he was in heaven.

Behind the Broadcast: Hockey-starved fans boosting TV ratings

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013
I read the tweets from NHL fans who were upset that there was a long lockout. Many of the tweeters vowed to punish the league by not showing up to games, buying team merchandise or watching the games on TV. Well, I guess most of the those fans didn’t follow through on their threats.

Behind the Broadcast: Nantz calls Brady the best QB ever

Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013
Is Tom Brady of the New England Patriots the greatest quarterback in NFL history? Ask CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, and they will say that Brady is the greatest.

NHL lockout hurt league: McGuire

Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013
National Hockey League fans finally got some good news last Sunday morning, when the league and its players announced an agreement was reached on the framework for a new collective bargaining agreement.

ECAC Hockey fans won’t be in the dark

Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013
The last day of 2012 brought some good news to fans of ECAC Hockey. On Monday, the league announced that it reached a deal with FOX College Sports to televise the league’s championship round from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. FCS Atlantic will carry the semi­finals March 22 at 4 and 7:30 p.m., and the championship game at 7 p.m. March 23.

Settlements, Olympics coverage made for interesting year

Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012
The Mayans didn’t win, thank goodness. The world is still alive.
But it seemed as if they played many roles in playing with our minds, especially when it comes to sports broadcasting.

WNYT’s staff shuffling is a win-win situation

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012
Andrew Catalon and Chris Onorato are switching roles at NBC13 (WNYT). The station announced this week that Onorato was promoted from a part-time sports reporter to full time, while Catalon will take the part-time role.

Behind the Broadcast: Halftime a fitting time for essay

Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012
Whether you agree with his viewpoint or not, with more than 30 years in broadcasting, NBC's Bob Costas earned the right to deliver his essay during halftime of the Philadelphia Eagles-Dallas Cowboys game Sunday night.

Wyland, Lee agree that pressure is on Siena in rivalry game

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
The 12th edition of the UAlbany-Siena men’s basketball series takes place tonight at 7 at the Times Union Center. Since the rivalry between the two Capital Region teams was renewed when the Great Danes went Division I, there has always been pressure on the Saints to win this game because they have been a D-I program longer.

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