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‘Today’ EP: Olympics a ‘Cleansing Moment’ For The NBC Morning Show

The excutive producer of NBC’s “Today” and the network’s Olympics coverage, Jim Bell, speaks to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie in a London 2012 postmortem interview.

Questions about NBC’s Olympics coverage abound, as well as the morning show’s ratings struggles:

The Hollywood Reporter: How will the Olympics provide Today with forward momentum?

Jim Bell: For the Today show, the Olympics were a cleansing moment. It was a lot of fun to be in the midst of such a big event and maximize exposure to people who might not have been watching. Moving forward, we’ve got to convince some of those people that they might want to stick around.

He added later:

Obviously, the first half of 2012 was tougher for us. I don’t need to sugarcoat it. It was tough. But London felt big and special. And it reminded everybody — even us — how lucky we are to be able to work on this show.

Since returning to New York, the show finds itself at risk once again. “Today” won Monday in the ratings, but fell to “Good Morning America” in total viewers on Tuesday. “Today” is pulling out all the stops this week, scheduling high-profile concerts every day, and having Olympic athletes on to serve as special contributors.

Related: My behind the scenes look at “Today” during the Olympics.

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Red Wings Analyst Redmond To Be Honored At Hockey Hall

Detroit Red Wings analyst Mickey Redmond will be honored with the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for his contributions to hockey, an honor Redmond will receive in November during the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Toronto. Redmond, who partners with Ken Daniels on Fox Sports Detroit, began his broadcasting career in 1979 after injuries shortened his on-ice career.

He told The News-Messenger in Ohio that he was surprised by the honor.

“It’s a great feeling to be able to continue the Redmond family tradition in the great game of hockey,” he said. “My dad played in the Quebec league, my brother (Dick) spent 13 years in the National Hockey League as well, and my mom probably forgot more about hockey than most people know.

“It was really good when a couple of words in that statement were ‘for contributions to the game of hockey.’ That’s where my heart lies, so it felt really good to see that.”


NBC Will Have To Retire This Graphic After Tonight

This is just weird.

Five hours until kickoff on Tuesday Night Football.

NFL Broadcast Teams For Week 1

South Florida and upstate New York have hit the jackpot for Week 1 of the NFL season.

Gus Johnson, the play-by-play announcer who had an epic Week 1 call in the Cincinnati-Denver season opener last year (STOKLEY! DOWN THE SIDELINE!), will be on the mic for the Miami-Buffalo game Sunday on CBS.

Luckily for folks with DirecTV, you have a free trial of the NFL Sunday Ticket this week, just in case Johnson makes Brian Hartline or Donald Jones a household name.

The broadcast teams for Week 1 of the NFL season are below in a new feature called “Where In The World Is Gus Johnson?”:

Miami @ Buffalo: Gus Johnson & Steve Tasker (CBS)

Cincinnati @ New England: Jim Nantz & Phil Simms (CBS)

Indianpolis @ Houston: Greg Gumbel & Dan Dierdorf (CBS)

Oakland @ Tennessee: Ian Eagle & Dan Fouts (CBS)

Denver @ Jacksonville: Kevin Harlan & Solomon Wilcots (CBS) Read more

Domo Arigato: MLB to Stream Games on YouTube Japan

Quick Hit: Major League Baseball has long held a tight grip on its video content online. Overseas, however, is a different story. In a breakthrough deal, YouTube Japan will stream all MLB games 36 hour after they air, as well as highlight packages from every game during the 2009 and 2010 season. Earlier this year YouTube announced a deal to stream live cricket matches from the Indian Premier League.

UNC to Hold 7:30 P.M. Press Conference

This story is going to get bigger before it disappears: UNC uncovered academic infractions and is holding a press conference Thursday night to address the issue.

A report from Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill’s WTVD says multiple players on the football team are involved, with other sources placing the number as high as nine (or higher). ESPN’s Joe Schad believes the investigation centers around whether players “including standouts” had papers written by a former tutor.

Head coach Butch Davis previously coached at Miami and endured the wrath of the NCAA although it wasn’t his fault. His predecessor Dennis Erickson committed several violations and the team was banned from postseason. In late 2006, Davis came to a struggling UNC program and led them to bowl games in 2008 and 2009.

ABC Family Adds 'Friday Night Lights' To Lineup

Friday Night LightsIn May, ABC Family announced it had acquired reruns of the NBC/DirecTV series “Friday Night Lights,” now the cable network has formally added it to its schedule.

The series will be stripped on ABC Family at 6 PM starting Tuesday September 7. It will run chronologically from there.

“Friday Night Lights” just ended its fifth-and final-season on NBC. ABC Family has the off-network rights to all five seasons.

The show is based on the book of the same name by Buzz Bissinger.

Which Sports Teams or Leagues Could Start Their Own TV Network?

UFL LogoThe New York Yankees have one. So do the New York Mets. Major League Baseball, the NFL and NBA all have one as well.

Yes, if you are a powerful sports brand, there is a good chance you have your own television network. But there are still some brands that aren’t on the bandwagon yet. Sports Business Journal spoke to a number of prominent sports and media executives and asked for their thoughts on which ones could make that jump.

The easy winner was UFC. The mixed martial arts league received three votes, with an “Olympics”channel receiving two. All the other suggestions had only one vote.

Both a UFC channel and an Olympics channel make a lot of sense. They each attract massive viewership numbers to their special event programming, the UFC to pay-per-view and the Olympics to the Winter and Summer games every two years.

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