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‘We Need To Talk’ Heads to Broadcast TV

cbseye304CBS Sports’ all-female weekly sports show “We Need To Talk” will move from the CBS Sports Network to CBS for a year-end special on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 1 pm ET. The special will be the broadcast debut of the show which premiered back in September.

“The launch of ‘We Need To Talk’ was a very proud moment for CBS Sports,” said CBS Sports president David Berson. “We could not be more pleased with the quality of the show and the hard work of all the women in front of and behind the camera. The response to the show has been extremely positive, and we are excited to showcase the year-end special of  ’We Need To Talk’ to a broader audience.”

“We Need To Talk”  features a rotating panel of women discussing hot topics and sports news. The panel is comprised of members of CBS Sports’ roster of female journalists, including Lesley Visser, Amy Trask, Tracy Wolfson, Dana Jacobson and Allie LaForce, combined with some prominent women in the sports world, including Andrea Kremer, Laila Ali, Lisa Leslie, Dara Torres, Swin Cash, Summer Sanders and Katrina Adams. 

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CBS Sports Ups David Berson to President

CBS has made a big promotion, upping CBS Sports Network chief David Berson to president of CBS Sports.

Berson will continue to report to CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus, and will add day-to-day responsibility of the division to his plate. He will continue to run CBS Sports Network. His promotion positions him as a strong number two to McManus, and echoes the management structure of CBS News, which has Jeff Fager as chairman and David Rhodes as president.

Berson joined CBS in 2011 to take over what was then CBS College Sports Network. It rebranded to CBS Sports Network shortly thereafter. He was a 16-year veteran of ESPN before joining CBS.

“David’s contributions and expertise in all areas of our business, including programming, production and business affairs, have managed to exceed our high expectations since he joined CBS Sports,” said McManus in a statement. “This is a natural evolution for David to assume additional responsibilities at CBS Sports, working alongside me on the day-to-day management of both CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network.”

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Notre Dame AD: Fighting Irish Will Get Network

Notre Dame’s television contract with NBC runs through 2015, but school athletic director Jack Swarbrick is already envisioning a Fighting Irish network akin to the University of Texas arrangement that was negotiated between ESPN and the Longhorns. In a wide-ranging interview with The Chicago Tribune, Swarbrick discussed the nationwide interest in Notre Dame, a football power that signed a contract with NBC back in 1991 and has rewarded fans by winning zero national titles in the interim.

There will be a Notre Dame Network, but people sort of envision that in traditional terms of something dramatic and new. You’ll sort of grow into it as you produce more and more digital programming and distribute it more broadly, and we’re committed to that.

What is central to our ability to really build out of a viable network is the increased delivery of broadband video to homes. Texas is a cable platform, because they have dense geography. Ours is the inverse of that. We have fans everywhere – not a huge concentration in one cable market. And so we’re going to be really well-positioned, as technology advances here, and we’re spending our time now building our digital programming.

 

Oops: SI Swimsuit Cover Accidentally Revealed

The cat is out of the bag for tonight’s reveal of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover on the Late Show With David Letterman.

Rana Wardlaw spotted the cover of the 25-year-old Russian model Irina Shayk outside her office window and quickly snapped a photo of it.

“I saw it from my office window,” Wardlaw told the Huffington Post. “I work at a media agency called Starcom Worldwide. They unveiled the billboard for a few minutes to tape it for the Letterman Show and then covered it back up. I guess they didn’t cover it fast enough!”

Happy Valentine’s Day, fellas.

New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys Put Ratings in a Horsecollar

Sunday Night Football posted more massive ratings, but even NBC couldn’t compete with that “I just want to sit and watch football post-turkey” feeling.

Huh?

The Saints/Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game on FOX drew a 13.9 final rating and 31.874 million viewers on FOX, up 20% in ratings and 26% in viewership from last year’s comparable window on CBS (OAK/DAL: 11.6, 25.207 mil). The Saints’ win ranks as the most-viewed NFL game of the season on any network, and the most-viewed sporting event overall since Super Bowl XLIV.