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Joe Beninati
Color: Darren Eliot
Reporter: Bob Harwood

VERSUS Plans Nightly Hourlong News & Entertainment Show

This is an interesting one.  From our buddy John Ourand at Sports Business Journal (and credit to the SBJ/SBD gang for giving us a read at this):

Versus will launch a daily news and entertainment show in the second quarter that company executives call a cross between a morning news show and a late-night talk show.

The hourlong show will occupy the 6-7 p.m. ET time slot Monday through Friday, which now consists of programming ranging from original series to sports events. Versus has not settled on a name or hosts for the show, which will be shot in New York.

“The same way a good morning show gets you ready for the day, we want this show to get viewers ready for the sporting night ahead,” said Versus President Jamie Davis.

The planned show will feature guests, call-in segments and digital applications, like online chats.

Sounds interesting, and at least worthy of a weeklong shot.  What are some ideas you folks think would be good for this show.  Please do not respond “Have it air at 11PM, be all about hockey, and call it NHL 2Night”.  I’m certainly intrigued.  Good move, VERSUS.


BREAKING: NBC Ratings For Pens/Wings Down Slightly From Last Week, Still Decent By NHL Standards

Sports Business Daily (reg. required) reports that the NBC broadcast of Sunday’s Red Wings/Penguins drew a 1.2 overnight rating, down slightly from last week’s Pens/Flyers game, but up from the overnight from last year’s Wings/Pens showdown, which drew a 1.1 on February 8th, 2009.  There is no comparable date from last year, as the network did not air a game on this week in 2009.

NHL On NBC Overnights for 2010:

1/1/10, PHI vs. BOS: 2.4
1/17/10, CHI vs. DET: 0.8
1/24/10, PIT vs. PHI: 1.3
1/31/10, DET vs. PIT: 1.2

NESN Beanpot Coverage

BOSTON, MA –For the 8th consecutive year, NESN, New England’s most watched sports network, will deliver live and exclusive high definition coverage of the 58th annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament beginning on Monday, February 1st. The first game pits Boston College against Harvard at 5:00 PM followed by BostonUniversity battling Northeastern University at 8:00 PM from the TD Garden. NESN’s coverage of the Beanpot championship game on Monday, February 8th will begin with Prelude to A Championship, a live, half-hour pre-game show starting at 7:30 PM.
Tom Caron and Andy Brickley will call all three games with Bob Beers, Craig Janney and Brendan Walsh teaming up to host Prelude to a Championship and intermission coverage from NESN’s TD Garden studio. Kathryn Tappen will serve as the rink-side reporter contributing pre-game, intermission and post-game interviews.
“The Beanpot is the middle pillar of NESN’s 27 game college hockey schedule, sandwiched between Frozen Fenway in January and the Hockey East Championships in March,” said Joel Feld, NESN’s executive vice president of programming and executive producer. “We are fortunate to have 4 schools inBoston, including the past two NCAA champions, who annually put on a must-see event for college hockey fans everywhere.”
The championship game will also be available to 4.5 million homes in Canada on TSN2, which will rebroadcast the game in HD at 6:00 PM on February 9.