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Big changes at WFAN
Controversial host Craig Carton has gone from the WFAN morning show, to prison for just over a year for wire and securities fraud, and back to WFAN as co-host of an afternoon show. Starting Nov. 9, Carton will team with Evan Roberts from 2-7 p.m., matching the pair against ESPN Radio New York’s Michael Kay Show.
The spot opened for Carton when long-time host Joe Benigno announced his retirement after 25 years. His final show, with Roberts, is Nov. 6.
“It’s time to go for me,’’ Benigno told his listeners on Wednesday. “I don’t think there is any question about it. What else can you say? It’s been a great run. It’s been a stellar 25 years.’’
Benigno, known as caller Joe from Saddle River before getting hired, has been working the WFAN mid-day show since 2004, first paired with Sid Rosenberg and later with Roberts in 2007.
Not so Worldly Series
The 2020 World Series, won by the Los Angeles Dodgers 4 games to 2 over the Tampa Bay Rays, on Fox Sports averaged 9.785 million viewers, a 5.2 rating and 12 share. These numbers were down 36 percent over the 2019 Astros-Nationals World Series (14.067 average, 16 share, 8.1 rating) for seven games, and 32 percent down over previous Series low of 12.66 million, 7.6 rating, 12 share for the 2012 Giants’ sweep of the Tigers.
The decisive game 6 on Tuesday night averaged 13.215 million views on Big Fox, streaming Fox and Spanish-arm Fox Deportes – for Fox TV only, it was 12.627 million, peaking at 14.351 million. It was the most-watched broadcast on any network on Tuesday.
For the uninitiated, a TV share is percentage of viewers among householders with TVs on, and rating is overall households who are watching.
Based on average viewership, the five least-viewed Series have occurred in the last 12 years (all on Fox): 1) 2020; 2) 2012, Giants 4, Tigers 0 (12.636M); 3) 2008, Phillies 4, Rays 1 (13.193M); 4. 2019, Nationals 4, Astros 3 (13.912M); 5) 2014, Giants 4, Royals 3 (13.930M).
The heyday were my high school years: 1) 1978, Yankees 4, Dodgers 2 (44.279M on NBC); 2) 1980, Phillies 4, Royals 2 (42.300M on NBC); 3) 1981, Dodgers 4, Yankees 2 (41.370M on ABC); 4) 1982, Cardinals 4, Brewers 3 (38.070M on NBC); 5) 1979, Pirates 4, Orioles 3 (37.960M on ABC).
Digitally, audience numbers more than doubled with 60 million views across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts.
Fox Deportes reported 2 percent gains on first six games of 2020 vs. 2019 (Astros vs. Nationals) and 38 percent gain over 2019 game 6.
Across the border
Section 9 football is going to have to wait until March 2021, but there is playoff action just across the border in Pennsylvania. The District Two-6A championship is set for 7 p.m. Friday when Delaware Valley hosts Hazleton Area. Radio station WYNY (1450-AM, 106.9-FM, WYNYradio.com) will broadcast, starting with a 6:30 p.m. pre-game. Kevin Halpenny and Craig Brown will have the call.
MLB Network will be announcing the Major League Baseball seasonal awards, starting Monday, Nov. 2.
Monday, Nov. 2 – Baseball Writers Association of America awards finalists, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 5 – Silver Slugger Awards, 6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 6 – Rawlings Platinum & Team Gold Glove Awards, 6 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 9 – BBWAA Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 10 – BBWAA Manager of the Year, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 11 – BBWAA Cy Young Award, 6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 12 – BBWAA Most Valuable Player Award, 6 p.m.
Week of Dec. 7 – All-MLB Team, TBD
Are fallen leaves obstructions?
We’ll have to check the golf rules books about this.
The PGA Tour heads to the tropics with the Bermuda Championship.
Thursday and Friday – Golf, 12-3 p.m.; SiriusXM Ch. 92, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Saturday – Golf, 12-3 p.m.; SiriusXM Ch. 92, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Sunday – Golf, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; SiriusXM Ch. 92, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
The PGA Champions Tour has the TimberTech Championships.
Friday and Saturday – Golf, 3-5:30 p.m.
Sunday – Golf, 2-4:30 p.m.
The PGA Tour has the Houston Open from Nov. 5-8, with coverage on Golf Channel, PGA Tour Live, SiriusXM Radio, Twitter and Tour3View. Next up is The Masters from Nov. 12-15 on CBS, ESPN and SiriusXM Radio.
The NASCAR season moves into Halloween weekend in Martinsville. Formula 1 has taken action to Italy. The IMSA SportsCar Championships will be running at Laguna Seca.
8 p.m. – NASCAR Trucks (pre-race 7 p.m.), FS1, SiriusXM Ch. 90
4:55-6:30 a.m. – Formula 1 practice, ESPN
8:55-10 a.m. – Formula 1 qualifying, ESPN2
3:30-6 p.m. – NASCAR Xfinity round of 8 playoff, WNBC-4, SiriusXM Ch. 90
7:05-9 a.m. – Formula 1 (pre-race 5:30-7:05 a.m.), ESPN2 (replays on ESPNews, 3-5:30 p.m.; on ESPN2, 8-10:30 p.m.)
11:25-12:35 a.m. – IMSA qualifying, IMSA.TV
2-6 p.m. – NASCAR Cup round of 8 playoff (pre-race, 1:30-2 p.m.) (post-race on NBCSN), SiriusXM Ch. 90, WTBQ (1110-AM, 93.5-FM, WTBQ.com)
6:30-9 p.m. – IMSA race (delayed), NBCSN (race available live on NBC Track Pass at 4 p.m.)
The NASCAR Cup announcers will be Rick Allen, Steve Letarte, Jeff Burton and Dale Earnhardt Jr., plus pit reporters Marty Snider, Dave Burns and Parker Kligerman will report from pit road.
The IMSA announcers will be Leigh Diffey on play-by-play, plus analysts AJ Allmendinger and Calvin Fish. Pit road reporters are Kelli Stavast and Kevin Lee.
NFL this week
With the New York Giants playing on Monday, the tri-state is treated to an extra national game this week.
Sunday starts with the New York Jets playing at the Kansas City Chiefs, at 1 p.m. on WCBS-2. Kevin Harlan and Trent Green will be the TV broadcasters.
Since the Jets are on the road, Fox (WNYW-5) will get an added game. In the 1 p.m. window, the Minnesota Vikings take on the Green Bay Packers, with Kevin Burkhardt and Daryl Johnston on the call. In the 4:25 p.m. doubleheader game, the New Orleans Saints play at the Chicago Bears, with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman on the call.
This week’s NFL schedule:
THURSDAY: Falcons (SXM 226) at Panthers (SXM 225), 8:15 p.m., WNYW-5, NFL Network (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman), WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM
Sunday (all games rotated through NFL Red Zone):
Jets (SXM 385) at Chiefs (SXM 225), 1 p.m., CBS, WCBS-2 (Kevin Harlan, Trent Green), WEPN 98.7-FM
Vikings (SXM 383) at Packers (SXM 227), 1 p.m., Fox, WNYW-5 (Kevin Burkhardt, Daryl Johnston)
Patriots (SXM 384) at Bills (SXM 226), 1 p.m., CBS (Ian Eagle, Charles Davis)
Steelers (SXM 386) at Ravens (SXM 228), 1 p.m., CBS (Jim Nantz, Tony Romo)
Titans (SXM 387) at Bengals (SXM 229), 1 p.m., CBS (Spero Dedes, Adam Archuleta)
Colts (SXM 389) at Lions (SXM 231), 1 p.m., CBS (Andrew Catalon, James Lofton)
Rams (SXM 390) at Dolphins (SXM 232), 1 p.m., Fox (Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma)
Raiders (SXM 388) at Browns (SXM 230), 1 p.m., Fox (Kevin Kugler, Chris Spielman)
Chargers (SXM 384) at Broncos (SXM 226), 4 p.m., CBS (Greg Gumbel, Rich Gannon)
Niners (SXM 383) at Seahawks (SXM 227), 4:25 p.m., Fox (Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth), also WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM
Saints (SXM 385) at Bears (SXM 225), 4:25 p.m., WNYW-5 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman)
Cowboys (SXM 226) at Eagles (SXM 225), 8:20 p.m., WNBC-4 (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth), WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM
MONDAY: Buccaneers (SXM 226) at Giants (SXM 225), 8:15 p.m., WPIX-11, ESPN (Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick), WFAN 660-AM, 101.9-FM
On Sunday, Nov. 8, WFAN will air a yet-to-be-determined game around 6 p.m., following the Giants at Washington game at 1 p.m., and the Saints at Buccaneers game at 8:20 p.m.
College football is chock full
COVID-19 outbreaks on several college campuses have prompted postponements of prominent games – that will send TV executives scrambling to re-schedule Saturday’s lineups (stay tuned here for updates).
With the cancellation of the Wisconsin at Nebraska game, the Indiana at Rutgers game gets moved from Big Ten Network to Fox Sports 1 for the 3:30 p.m. start.
FRIDAY NIGHT: No. 19 Marshall at Florida International; re-schedule, TBD
SATURDAY: North Texas at Texas El Paso; re-schedule TBD
South Alabama at Georgia Southern, 7:30 pm., ESPN (Matt Barrie, Mike Golic Jr.), WatchESPN.com, ESPN app
Colorado State at Fresno State (SXM 84), 10 p.m., CBSSN (Ben Holden, Ross Tucker), CBSsports.com
Southeast Missouri at Southern Illinois, 7 p.m., ESPN3.com, ESPN College Extra
Minnesota (SXM 195) at Maryland (SXM 83), 7:30 p.m., ESPN (Jason Benetti, Andre Ware), WatchESPN.com, ESPN app
East Carolina (SXM 380) at Tulsa (SXM 84), 9 p.m., ESPN2 (Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman), WatchESPN.com, ESPN app
Hawaii at Wyoming, 9:45 p.m., FS1 (Chris Myers, Petros Papadakis), FoxSports.com/live, FoxSportsGo app
ABC Sports / WABC-7 (also ESPN3.com: Boston College (SXM 380) at No. 1 Clemson (SXM 193), noon (Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy); No. 4 Notre Dame (SXM 129) at Georgia Tech (SXM 194), 3:30 p.m. (Dave Pasch, Mike Golic Sr.), also WBBR 1130-AM; No. 3 Ohio State (SXM 84) at No. 18 Penn State (SXM 83), 7:30 p.m. (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit)
Fox Sports / WNYW-5 (also FoxSports.com/live, FoxSportsGo app): Michigan State (SXM 382) at No. 13 Michigan (SXM 81), noon (Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt); Texas (SXM 392) at No. 8 Oklahoma State (SXM 199), 4 p.m. (Joe Davis, Mark Helfrich); No. 24 Oklahoma (SXM 383) at Texas Tech (SXM 199), 8 p.m. (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman)
FoxSports 1 (also FoxSports.com/live, FoxSportsGo app): No. 23 Iowa State (SXM 199) at Kansas (SXM 202), noon (Eric Collins, Ben Leber); MOVED TO FS1: No. 17 Indiana (SXM 389) at Rutgers (SXM 195), 3:30 p.m. (Joe Beninati, Matt Millen), also WOR 710-AM; New Mexico at San Jose State, 7 p.m. (Guy Haberman, Charles Arbuckle); Nevada at Nevada Las Vegas, 10:30 p.m. (Alex Faust, Petros Papadakis)
Big Ten Network (also FoxSports.com/live, FoxSportsGo app): Purdue (SXM 384) at Illinois (SXM 195), noon (Brandon Gaudin, James Laurinaitis)
CBS Sports / WCBS-2 (also CBSsports.com); Louisiana State (SXM 388) at Auburn (SXM 191), 3:30 p.m. (Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson)
ESPN (also WatchESPN.com, ESPN app): Memphis (SXM 381) at No. 7 Cincinnati (SXM 201), noon (Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek); Northwestern (SXM 390) at Iowa (SXM 202), 3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky); Mississippi State (SXM 380) at No. 2 Alabama (SXM 191), 7 p.m. (Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge); Western Kentucky (SXM 210) at No. 11 Brigham Young (SXM 143), 10:15 p.m. (Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison)
ESPN2 (also WatchESPN.com, ESPN app): No. 16 Kansas State (SXM 83) at West Virginia (SXM 200), noon (Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer); Texas Christian (SXM 391) at Baylor (SXM 200), 3:30 p.m. (Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore); Navy (SXM 207) at No. 22 Southern Methodist (SXM 203), 7:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill)
ESPNU (also WatchESPN.com, ESPN app): No. 20 Coastal Carolina at Georgia State, noon (Mike Corey, Jay Walker); Appalachian State at Louisiana Monroe, 4 p.m. (Bill Roth, Dustin Fox); Louisiana at Texas State, 8 p.m. (Mike Couzens, Rene Ingoglia)
SEC Network (also WatchESPN.com, ESPN app): No. 5 Georgia (SXM 190) at Kentucky (SXM 191), noon (Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers); Mississippi (SXM 190) at Vanderbilt (SXM 192), 4 p.m. (Dave Neal, DJ Shockley); Arkansas (SXM 381) at No. 8 Texas A&M (SXM 190), 7:30 p.m. (Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb)
SEC Network alternate (also WatchESPN.com, ESPN app): Missouri (SXM 382) at No. 10 Florida (SXM 81), 7:30 p.m. (Mike Morgan, Hutson Mason)
ACC Network (also WatchESPN.com, ESPN app): Wake Forest (SXM 383) at Syracuse (SXM 194), noon (Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich), also WNYM 970-AM; Virginia Tech (SXM 81) at Louisville (SXM 193), 4 p.m. (Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood), also ESPNradio.com (Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones); No. 15 North Carolina (SXM 194) at Virginia (SXM 193), 8 p.m. (Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck)
ESPN3.com (also WatchESPN.com, ESPN College Extra, ESPN app): Troy at Arkansas State, 3 p.m.; Rice at Southern Mississippi, 3 p.m.; Abilene Christian at Mercer, 3 p.m.; Western Colorado at Stephen F. Austin, 3 p.m.; Missouri Western at Central Arkansas, 4 p.m.
ESPN+: Temple (SXM 385) at Tulane (SXM 386), noon (Lincoln Rose, Keith Moreland); Central Florida at Houston (SXM 387), 2 p.m. (David Saltzman, Stan Routt)
CBS Sports Network (also CBSsports.com: No. 25 Boise State (SXM 385) at Air Force (SXM 201), 6 p.m. (Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor); San Diego State at Utah State, 9:30 p.m. (Rich Waltz, Aaron Murray)
ACC regional (also YES Network, ESPN3.com, ESPN College Extra, FoxSportsGo app): Charlotte at Duke (SXM 202), 7 p.m. (Tom Werme, James Bates)
Stadium RSNs (also MSG Network, FoxSportsGo app): Texas San Antonio at Florida Atlantic, noon (Chris Vosters, Max Stark); Alabama Birmingham at Louisiana Tech, 3:30 p.m. (Chris Hassel, Max Browne)
Will Corso wear a Golf Ball head?
ESPN’s highly popular college football pregame show, “College GameDay,’’ will broadcast from the Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday, Nov. 14, during the third round of The Masters golf tournament, which was moved from its April dates due to COVID.
The usual hosts are Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, plus researcher Chris “The Bear” Fallica, and contributors Maria Taylor, Tom Rinaldi, Jen Lada, Pat McAfee and Gene Wojciechowski. Regular host Lee Corso, who wears the mascot head of the usual host-site game, will contribute from his home in Orlando, Fla.
ESPN will televise Masters action on Nov. 12-13 from 1;5:30 p.m. Additional web streams will be available on ESPN+, including featured holes 4-6 all four days, plus Amen Corner, Holes 15-16 and featured groups.
ESPN is moving several of its talk programs to the subscription-based ESPN+. Starting Nov. 9, the daily telecasts of “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz,” “Greeny,” “The Max Kellerman Show,” and “Chiney & Golic Jr.” will move exclusively to ESPN+ (which has grown to 8.5 million subscribers as of June 2020). Those same programs, however, will still be available for free through ESPN Radio.
ESPN+ (at $5.99 per month or $49.99 per year) will feature written work of more than 20 additional ESPN reporters and analysts. ESPN Radio shows on ESPN+ include “NFL PrimeTime’’ with Chris Berman and Booger McFarland, “ESPN FC,” “The Fantasy Show,’’ and “In the Crease” NHL show with Linda Cohn and Barry Melrose.
Trump trumps football
The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden stole away a great deal of NFL viewers last Thursday. Granted, the NFC Least, er, East matchup between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles averaged 10.07 million viewers on Fox Sports (WNYW-5 in New York) and NFL Network. It was the smallest audience for a prime time NFL game since a Denver Broncos-Arizona Cardinals game, also on Thursday Night Football, two years ago averaged 9.1 million.
NASCAR is a summer sport
NASCAR television ratings – even with playoff action – tend to fall like the autumn leaves. The Cup series playoff race in Kansas on Sunday averaged 2.51 million viewers and a 1.5 rating – those are the worst ratings in at least 20 years.
Zooming the NBA
The NBA Draft, to be shown on ESPN, will be hosted in Bristol, Conn., with commissioner Adam Silver and deputy commissioner Mark Tatum there to announce each of the team’s selections. Like the NFL and NHL drafts before it, the selections will be announced virtually, with cameras set up at numerous draftee locations.
Big Ten is back
Fox Sports has announced a partial schedule of Big Ten Conference football telecasts. More telecasts will be announced later as the big networks select games for ABC/ESPN, Fox and Big Ten Network.
Friday, Nov. 13 – Iowa at Minnesota, 7 p.m. (FS1)
Friday, Nov. 27 – Nebraska at Iowa, time TBD (Fox or FS1)
Saturday, Dec. 12 – Michigan at Ohio State, noon (Fox)
Saturday, Dec. 19 – Big Ten championship, 8 p.m. (Fox)
Pac 12 on ESPN
ESPN Networks will show regular Pac 12 Conference action, once the league opens play on Nov. 7. It will offer four Friday games.
Nov. 20 – UCLA at Oregon, 10:30 p.m., ESPN
Nov. 27 – Oregon at Oregon State, and Washington at Washington State, games on ABC or ESPN, at 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. or 10:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 – Arizona State at Arizona, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
YES on women’s sports
YES Network is showing a number of Atlantic Coast Conference women’s sports events over the next couple of days.
On Thursday, Virginia Tech women’s soccer plays at Wake Forest at 7 p.m.
A men’s soccer match between Syracuse and host Virginia is at 8 p.m. on Friday.
More minor league football
Fox Sports will present coverage of The Spring League, a new developmental football league.
All the games will be contested at San Antonio’s Alamodome, with games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights on Fox Sports 1, FoxSports.com and the Fox Sports app. Broadcast and announce teams are still to be announced, as are the rosters.
November 4 – Blues vs. Aviators, 5 p.m.; Alphas vs. Conquerors, 10 p.m.
November 10 – Jousters vs. Alphas, 8 p.m.
November 11 – Blues vs. Generals, 8 p.m.
November 17 – Jousters vs. Conquerors, 8 p.m.
November 18 – Aviators vs. Generals, 8 p.m.
TBD – Championship game
Here’s the Major League Soccer national TV schedule for October:
Saturday – Dallas at Houston (3:30 p.m.) on Univision (English SAP)
Sunday – Columbus at Philadelphia (3:30 p.m.) on WABC-7
EPL in the USA
English Premier League soccer has a full schedule on the NBC sports networks this weekend.
4 p.m. – Crystal Palace at Wolverhampton, NBCSN, Universo (Spanish)
8:30 a.m. – Manchester City at Sheffield United, Peacock premium
11 a.m. – Chelsea at Burnley, NBCSN, Universo (Spanish)
1:30 p.m. – West Ham United at Liverpool, WNBC-4, Universo (Spanish)
7 a.m. – Southampton at Aston Villa, Peacock premium
9 a.m. – Everton at Newcastle United, NBCSN, Telemundo (Spanish)
11:30 a.m. – Arsenal at Manchester United, Peacock premium
2:15 p.m. – Brighton & Hove Albion at Tottenham Hotspur, Peacock premium
12:30 p.m. – West Bromwich Albion at Fulham, NBCSN, Universo (Spanish)
3 p.m. – Leicester City at Leeds United, NBCSN, Universo (Spanish)
Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle and Tim Howard will be in the studio on Saturday and Sunday. The Friday and Monday studio shows will feature host Ahmed Fareed.
NBC says Premier League viewership is up 5 percent (477,000 to 455,000) over NBC and NBCSN. Last Saturday, the noon hour match between Manchester United and Chelsea had an average of 916,000 viewers, the third most-watched game this season.
Champions League on CBS
CBS Sports, which recently acquired the UEFA Champions League, recently rolled out match play. The network has created “The Golazo Show’’ for CBS Sports Network viewers to highlight goals and offer commentary from every match on the days when six matches are being played simultaneously starting at 3 p.m. ET.
CBSSN will broadcast “The Golazo Pre-Match Show,’’ starting at 2:30 p.m. on game days. CBS Sports HQ, a streaming sports news network, will offer pre-game coverage at 11 a.m. and post-game at 6 p.m.
The upcoming group stage matches will be held Nov. 3-4, Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 8-9. The draw for the Round of 16 will be held Dec. 14. Quarterfinal and semifinal draws will be held March 19. The final is May 29.
A typical game day schedule:
11 a.m. – Pre-match coverage (CBS Sports HQ streaming, CBS All Access)
Noon – UEFA Champions League Today (CBS All Access)
12:55 p.m. – Two live matches (CBS All Access)
2:30 p.m. – The Golazo Pre-Match Show (CBSSN, CBS All Access)
2:45 p.m. – UEFA Champions League Today (CBS All Access)
3 p.m. – Six live matches (CBS All Access)
3 p.m. – The Golazo Show (CBSSN, CBS All Access)
5 p.m. – Post-match show (CBS All Access)
6 p.m. – Post-match coverage (CBS Sports HQ, CBS All Access)
The CBS All-Access schedule (some matches to be replayed on CBS Sports Network):
Match Day 3 schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 3
12:55 p.m. – Atletico at Lokomotiv Moskva; Monchengladbach at Shakhtar Donetsk
3 p.m. – Bayern at Salzburg; Internazionale at Real Madrid; Olympiacos at Manchester City; Marseille at Porto; Ajax at Midtjylland; Liverpool at Atalanta
Wednesday, Nov. 4
12:55 p.m. – Lazio at Zenit; Manchester United at Istanbul Basaksehir
3 p.m. – Rennes at Chelsea; Krasnodar at Sevilla; Dortmund at Club Brugge; Dynamo Kyiv at Barcelona; Juventus at Ferencvaros; Paris Saint Germain at Leipzig
Match Day 4 schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 10
12:55 p.m. – Chelsea at Rennes; Sevilla at Krasnodar
3 p.m. – Zenit at Lazio; Club Brugge at Dortmund; Barcelona at Dynamo Kyiv; Ferencvaros at Juventus; Leipzig at Paris Saint Germain; Istanbul Basaksehir at Manchester United
Wednesday, Nov. 11
Shakhtar Donetsk at Monchengladbach; Manchester City at Olympiacos; Salzburg at Bayern; Lokomotiv Moskva at Atletico; Real Madrid at Internazionale; Porto at Marseille; Midtjylland at Ajax; Atalanta at Liverpool
Match Day 5 schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 17
12:55 p.m. – Salzburg at Lokomotiv; Real Madrid at Shakhtar Donetsk
3 p.m. – Bayern at Atletico; Internazionale at Monchengladbach; Olympiacos at Marseille; Manchester City at Porto; Ajax at Liverpool; Midtjylland at Atalanta
Wednesday, Nov. 18
12:55 p.m. – Rennes at Krasnodar; Leipzig at Istanbul Basaksehir
3 p.m. – Chelsea at Sevilla; Lazio at Dortmund; Zenit at Club Brugge; Dynamo Kyiv at Juventus; Barcelona at Ferencvaros; Paris Saint Germain at Manchester United
Match Day 6 schedule
Tuesday, Nov. 24
12:55 p.m. – Club Brugge at Lazio; Dortmund at Zenit
3 p.m. – Sevilla at Rennes; Krasnodar at Chelsea; Ferencvaros at Dynamo Kyiv; Juventus at Barcelona; Istanbul Basaksehir at Paris Saint Germain; Manchester United at Leipzig
Wednesday, Nov. 25
12:55 p.m. – Atalanta at Ajax; Liverpool at Midtjylland
3 p.m. – Lokomotiv Moskva at Bayern; Atletico at Salzburg; Shakhtar Donetsk at Internazionale; Monchengladbach at Real Madrid; Porto at Olympiacos; Marseille at Manchester City
Fall horse racing
Racing from Aqueduct Park gets underway next week, with Belmont action concluding this weekend. Additional thoroughbred tracks will still be featured on the telecasts shown by MSG networks and Fox Sports cable networks.
Friday, Oct. 30 – MSG, MSG Plus, FS2, 12:30-6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31 – FS2, 12-6 p.m.; MSG Plus, 12:30-6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 1 (Belmont Park) – MSG Plus, FS2, 12:30-6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 4 – MSG, MSG Plus, FS2, 12:30-6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 5 – MSG, MSG Plus, FS2, 1-6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 6 – MSG, MSG Plus, FS2, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7 – MSG, FS2, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; MSG Plus, 12:30-6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 8 – FS2, 12-6 p.m.
The delayed French Open recently completed, and now the men’s tennis tour – the ATP – is headed back to Paris next week. Tennis Channel will handle the coverage.
Monday, Nov. 2, through Thursday, Nov. 5 – Coverage starts at 5 a.m. ET
Friday, Nov. 6 – Singles and doubles quarterfinals start at 8 a.m. ET
Saturday, Nov. 7 – Doubles semifinals at 5:45 a.m., 1 p.m.; Singles semifinals at 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 8 – Doubles final at 6:15 a.m.; Singles final at 9 a.m. (plus ATP Sofia early round coverage)
The figure skating season got underway last weekend with Skate America. This weekend will be the Las Vegas Skating Spectacular on Sunday on NBC Sports (WNBC-4 in New York), plus NBCsports.com and the NBC Sports app.
Terry Gannon, Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will provide the broadcast coverage. Tanith White will provide analysis for ice dance and pairs competition.
NBC and NBC Sports Network will continue to show coverage, and Peacock premium will provide on-demand replay coverage and select live coverage. Olympic Channel will have some encores of NBC and NBCSN coverage.
The upcoming schedule:
Sunday – Las Vegas Skating Spectacular (WNBC-4, 12-1:30 p.m.), plus Peacock premium coverage
Sunday, Nov. 8 – Cup of China, 12-1:30 p.m. (WNBC-4)
Sunday, Nov. 15 – Internationaux de France, CANCELED due to COVID
Saturday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Nov. 22 – Rostelcom Cup, 4-6 p.m. (WNBC-4)
Sunday, Nov. 29 – NHK Trophy, 2:30-4:30 p.m. (WNBC-4)
Peacock premium will show additional coverage of Skate America (Oct. 23-25), Cup of China (Nov. 6-8), Rostelcom Cup (Nov. 20-22) and NHK Trophy (Nov. 27-29). It will also have the U.S. Figure Skating Championship Series (Nov. 9-13 in Minnesota; Nov. 10-15 in Massachusetts; Nov. 11-15 in Washington; Nov. 17-20 in Georgia and Indiana; Nov. 24-28 in Nevada; and, Dec. 1-6 in Virginia and Texas).
NBC, NBCSN and Peacock Premium have coverage of the U.S. Championships (Jan. 11-17), European Championships (Jan. 25-31) and World Championships (March 22-28). Peacock Premium adds the Synchronized championships for the U.S. (Feb. 24-27) and Worlds (April 9-10).
The Four Continent Championships, which were set for Feb. 8-14, were canceled due to COVID.
Junior hockey options
The North American Hockey League started play two weekends ago. Nearby teams include the Danbury Junior Hat Tricks and New Jersey Titans. Streaming available by subscription through HockeyTV.com, starting at $9.99 per month.
Additional subscriptions available for the U.S. Hockey League, Alberta Junior Hockey League, British Columbia Hockey League, Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Maritime Junior Hockey League, Eastern Hockey League Premier and others.
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, with 18 teams, has a subscription plan that allows for all games streamed on a monthly purchase of $39.99. Go to QMJHL.com for details.
The Ontario Hockey League opens February 8. The Western Hockey League has yet to announce a start date.
Boxing on TV
NBC Sports Network has scheduled a series of matches with Ring City USA through the end of 2021. Boxing comes to Thursday nights on Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17, and 14 more times in 2021.
The Nov. 19 show is headlined by super featherweight O’Shaquie Foster (17-2) going up against Miguel Roman (62-13) in a 10-round match. Also, lightweight William Zepeda (21-0) takes on Roberto Ramirez (23-2-1) in another 10-round bout.
High school web streams
Beacon High School (Dutchess County, Section 1) has started to web stream its varsity boys and girls soccer matches.
By clicking on a link (BeaconK12.org), it takes you to a live YouTube.com feed. The link gets posted to the Beacon athletics website 15 minutes prior to game time. Starting times are usually in the 4-4:15 p.m. range.
It’s quite ingenious to broadcast the games and relieve the angst of fans and family who cannot attend due to work commitments or COVID restrictions.
Beacon athletics director John Giametta said there are plans for web streaming home games for varsity basketball, volleyball and wrestling as well, though details are still being worked out.
Upcoming web streams:
Thursday, Oct. 29 – Hendrick Hudson at Beacon girls soccer, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31 – Arlington at Beacon boys soccer, 10 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 2 – Haldane at Beacon girls soccer, 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 3 – Hendrick Hudson at Beacon boys soccer, 4:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 4 – Lakeland at Beacon girls soccer, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 5 – North Rockland at Beacon boys soccer, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 10 – Haldane at Beacon girls soccer, 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 12 – Ketcham at Beacon girls soccer, 4:30 p.m.
Reports say John Jay-East Fishkill is also providing some game web streaming.
Scarlet – not Black – Knights
Mid Hudson college football fans are used to hearing the Army Black Knights on Saturdays.
You can add Rutgers Scarlet Knights football for the upcoming Big Ten Conference season. Rutgers will have broadcasts on long-time home WOR (710-AM). Chris Carlin is the play-by-play voice, the analysts are Ray Lucas and Eric LeGrand and sideline reporter is Anthony Fucilli.
The Rutgers game schedule:
Saturday, Oct. 31 – vs. Indiana, 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7 – at Ohio State, TBD
Saturday, Nov. 14 – vs. Illinois, TBD
Saturday, Nov. 21 – vs. Michigan, TBD
Saturday, Nov. 28 – at Purdue, TBD
Saturday, Dec. 5 – vs. Penn State, TBD
Saturday, Dec. 12 – at Maryland, TBD
Saturday, Dec. 19 – Big Ten championship, or crossover game, TBD
Penn State football will be available on WILK (980-AM, 103.1-FM) from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and powerful WPHT (1210-AM) in Philadelphia. Streaming is available at GoPSUsports.com, and on SiriusXM Ch. 81. The play-by-play announcer is Steve Jones and analyst is Jack Ham.
Saturday, Oct. 31 – vs. Ohio State, 7:30 p.m. (WABC-7)
Saturday, Nov. 7 – vs. Maryland, TBD
Saturday, Nov. 14 – at Nebraska, TBD
Saturday, Nov. 21 – vs. Iowa, TBD
Saturday, Nov. 28 – at Michigan, TBD
Saturday, Dec. 5 – at Rutgers, TBD
Saturday, Dec. 12 – vs. Michigan State, TBD
Saturday, Dec. 19 – Big Ten championship, or crossover game, TBD
Ken McMillan is the sports editor of the Times Herald-Record and former broadcaster and producer.