Recent sports media news, including ratings for Thursday night college football on ESPN, the Australian Open staying on ESPN for another ten years and Lee Corso saying College Gameday will head to Boise.
- Ratings Game: Opposite the NFL Kickoff Game, Thursday’s Auburn/Missisippi State college football game drew a 1.7 U.S. rating and 2.807 million viewers on ESPN, even in ratings and up 6% in viewership from Clemson/Georgia Tech last year (1.7, 2.643 mil) and up 6% and 19%, respectively, from South Carolina/Vanderbilt in ’08 (1.6, 2.358 mil). (TV By The Numbers)
- Idle Note: ESPN has signed a 10-year extension to continue airing tennis’ Australian Open through 2021, the network announced late last week. Under the new deal, set to go into effect in 2012, ESPN2 will continue to air all coverage of the event (including semifinals and finals). (Fang’s Bites)
- Big Name: ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso said on-air Saturday that College Gameday would be “going to Boise State in a couple weeks” for the September 25 Oregon State/Boise State game. However, an ESPN spokesman told the Idaho Statesman that Corso was “just speculating in good nature.” College Gameday has never visited the Boise State campus. (Idaho Statesman)