Saturday nights on FOX will be dominated by sporting events for the next several months. In other news, NBC plans to air over a week of Olympic Trials coverage in primetime, and The Mtn. regional sports network will shut down in May.
- Sports to Take Over FOX Saturday Night Line-Up: The FOX broadcast network will televise a Saturday night sporting event in 28 of the next 32 weeks, starting with this Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Samsung Mobile 500. The Saturday night line-up will include eight straight weeks of Major League Baseball starting in May, college football action in the fall, and assorted NASCAR and UFC telecasts. (Vulture)
- NBC to Air U.S. Olympic Trials in Primetime: The NBC broadcast network will televise nearly sixteen hours of live, primetime U.S. Olympic Trials coverage each night from June 23 to July 1. The primetime telecasts will include track and field (June 23, 24, 30 and July 1), gymnastics (June 29, July 1), and every single night of the swimming trials (June 25-July 2). Overall, NBC and NBC Sports Network will combine for nearly 68 hours of Olympic Trials coverage, not including re-airs. (NBC Sports Group via Fang’s Bites)
- The Mtn. to Shut Down: The Mtn., a regional sports network devoted to Mountain West Conference sporting events, will shut down May 31, Sports Business Journal reported last week. Co-owner CBS Sports Network is said to be close to a deal that would increase the number of national telecasts of MWC basketball and football games, though that would still leave several games without a TV home. (Sports Business Journal via Fang’s Bites; Colorado Springs Gazette, Idaho Statesman)