12/23/15: Fox Sports promotes John Smoltz to lead MLB analyst; ESPN plans five Christmas Day NBA games; MSG signs Dunkin’ Donuts as sponsor


Good morning. It’s Wednesday December 23, 2015, and this is your first early morning Sports briefing. 

Fox Sports surprised the sports media world by breaking up its three-person Major League Baseball broadcast booth and naming John Smoltz lead game analyst for the 2016 season. The former World Series champion and Cy Young winner will team with lead play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, according to John Entz, President of Production and Executive Producer of Fox Sports. Smoltz, who first joined Fox in 2014, will serve as lead analyst for regular season and post-season game telecasts on Fox and FS1 as well as the All-Star Game. The move breaks up Fox’s three-person booth of ex-ESPNer Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated and Buck. Two-person booths are becoming the norm in sports. Fox tried the three-person setup when longtime lead analyst Tim McCarver retired after the 2013 post-season. But the Reynolds-Verducci-Buck trio drew mixed reviews. Their bad luck continued during Game 1 of the 2015 World Series when their microphones went dead for several minutes  forcing them take over the international feed from none other than Smoltz and Matt Vasgersian. The NY Daily News first reported Fox’s broadcast shake-up.


Christmas Day has become the equivalent of Super Bowl Sunday for the NBA. ESPN and ABC will televise five NBA Christmas Day games, including a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals between Steph Curry’s champion Golden State Warriors and LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers (ABC, 5 p.m. ET). ESPN will throw more than 30 commentators at over 14 continuous hours of coverage.

Despite early start times, NBC Sports’ Premier League coverage has become a solid hit. This holiday season, NBC will telecast 30 matches in nine days, including its first-ever Premier League doubleheader on Saturday, Dec. 26. On tap: Newcastle vs. Everton (12:30 p.m. ET) followed by Arsenal vs. Southhampton (2:45 p.m. ET).

On Monday, meanwhile, NBCSN will debut a behind-the-scenes documentary about Wayne Rooney of Manchester United. The doc about the England National team captain, called Premier League Download: Rooney – The Man Behind The Goals, will chronicle the English footballer’s rise to the top of world soccer. The doc will also show Rooney’s return to the Liverpool housing estates where he grew up as an Everton fan (NBCSN, 3:30 p.m. ET).

Besides Odell Beckham, Jr. and the New York Giants, the biggest loser from Beckham’s one-game suspension by the NFL is NBC. The league “flexed” the Giants against the Minnesota Vikings into NBC’s Sunday Night Football on Dec. 27 (8:30 p.m. ET), dropping the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens back to daytime (1 p.m. ET). But Beckham will be benched by the league after his helmet-to-helmet hit on Josh Norman of the Carolina Panthers this past Sunday.


You need to be in it, to WIN it… Enter Today


Entry Deadline: January 21, 2016
Late Submission Deadline: January 28, 2016
Awards Event: April 21, 2016 (NYC)


Madison Square Garden has signed Dunkin’ Donuts as the official Coffee, Baked Goods and Breakfast Sandwich of the NBA’s New York Knicks, the NHL’s New York Rangers, the WNBA’s New York Liberty and MSG. The partnership was christened Tuesday as Dunkin’ Donuts stands opened through the World’s Most Famous Arena. “Dunkin’ Donuts is an iconic brand and we are thrilled to be able to bring fans at Madison Square Garden America’s favorite coffee,” said Ron Skotarczak, Executive Vice President, Marketing Partnerships for MSG.

Major League Soccer will start its 2016 season on Sunday, March 6, with all 20 clubs in action. Five of the day’s ten matches will be broadcast on national TV. Among them: the Portland Timbers vs. Columbus Crew SC, a rematch of the MLS Cup Final (ESPN, ESPN Deportes at 4:30 p.m. ET).

Big Ten Network has locked in a new deal with U.S. Cellular to serve as presenting sponsor of #BingeonBTN, a 10-hour college basketball marathon on Jan. 2 featuring five Big Ten Conference games. The deal gives U.S. Cellular branded promotional spots, social mentions and other marketing goodies.


The $400 million Daytona Rising Project is bringing a lot of improvements to Daytona International Speedway. To create a more fan-friendly digital experience, Daytona has launched a new web site at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. The site is fully optimized for tablets and mobile devices as well as desktop computers. New tools in the “Visitors Center” are designed to help fans better plan trips to the home of the Daytona 500. 


GoDaddy Bowl: Georgia Southern vs. Bowling Green on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET.



**** HAPPY NEW YEAR ****

Cynopsis Media will not be publishing from December 24, 2015  January 3, 2016.

Past Editions, Jobs, Watcheroo and more can always be found on our website.

ON THIS DAY in 1972: Terry Bradshaw completes “Immaculate Reception” to Franco Harris.

In The Know: Speaking of Bradshaw, what was his won-loss record in the Super Bowl? (Email mmccarthyrev@gmail.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company and city.)

Answer to Our Last Sports Trivia Question: How many points did Isiah Thomas of the Detroit Pistons score in one quarter of the 1988 NBA Finals that set a league record? Answer: 25 points. Kudos: Kyle Helm-CBS Sports Network/NY; Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/Boca Raton; Lance Phegley-Texas Runner and Triathlete Magazine/Houston; Andy Pittman-Texas A&M University/College Station, TX; David Westberg-Sag*AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank, CA..

Later — Chris
Chris Pursell for Cynopsis | Sports @VegasandVine

Roberta Caploe: Associate Publisher @robertacaploe
Diane K Schwartz: Senior Vice President, Media Communications Group

Cynopsis Ad Sales: Mike Farina | VP, Sales | 203-218-6480
Cynopsis Job Listings Sales: Trish Pihonak | Director of Operations | 203-899-8459

Cynopsis Media: a division of Access Intelligence, LLC * 10 Norden Place * Norwalk, CT * 06855 * USA

CYNOPSISJOBSFor More jobs, visit Cynopsis.com

JOB OPENING: VP SPONSORSHIPS & AD SALES/Interlude/NY: Leader to dvlp/grow our rev stream. Exp building/leading teams that generate rev from brand advrtsrs & record of closing big deals, a ntwrk of contacts & a self-starter spirit needed. 15+ yrs exp Full info/apply HERE (1/7)

JOB OPENING: DIR, AFFILIATE SALES/Music Choice/NYC: Oversee sales, affiliate relations & local promo efforts. Min 5-7 yrs exp strategic sales & mktg cable/dist or related ind. Knwlg contractual language & negotiation of complex carriage agreements. Full info/apply HERE (1/7)

JOB OPENING: SR MGR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS/CMA/Nashville: Dvlp/maint strategic partnerships to meet CMA imperatives-promote Country Music to corp America, create strategic alliances w/companies that can further Country Music & their mission. Resumes HERE (12/25)

JOB OPENING: PROGRAMMATIC SALES DEV ASSOC: Candidate to connect w/ high quality leads.1+yrs exp selling ad solutions or software to Advertisers, Agencies or DSP’s. BA/BS req’d or equivalent exp w/in advrtsng tech ind. NY, SF, LA, Chic, ATL. Full info/apply HERE (12/25)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, GMD/NBA/NYC: Leading role in the distribution and monetization of the NBA’s int’l programming portfolio across TV and digital platforms. Min 7 yrs of TV & digital media industry exp. Apply HERE (12/25)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, GMD/NBA/NYC: Identify & develop content licensing opportunities, negotiate deal terms & manage NBA’s domestic media partners. Min 7 yrs exp negotiating and structuring content distribution deals. Apply HERE (12/25)

JOB OPENING: SVP, PLANNING & INSIGHTS/Performics/Chicago: Lead team resp for providing strategic insights via knwldg of trends & rsch combined w/full understanding of how to activate data. 10+yrs bus exp in Interactive mktg, media, and strategic brand/acct plan’g. Res/cvr HERE (12/25)

JOB OPENING: MGR, AD SALES & INTEGRATED PARTNERSHIP/Crown Media Family Networks/LA: Support VP of AD Sales & Integrated Partnerships thru oversight of integration & added value processes. Mng lifestyle integration scripts & process. BS req and min 4 yrs exp. Apply HERE (12/25)

JOB OPENING: DIR RESPONSE AD SALES ASST/Crown Media Family Networks/NY: Provide sales support to the Director, Direct Response and Direct Response Team. Including entering sales orders, sending pre and post logs, and updating account info. BS req. Apply HERE (12/25)

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH ANALYST/CNN/NYC: Perform trend & data analyses for current perf of prgrms, ntwrks & media landscape. 1+yrs work exp relevant internship pref’d. BA deg in related field. Strong math skills & ability to master new software. Full info/apply HERE (12/25)

JOB OPENING: SOCIAL MEDIA ANALYTICS MGR/HBO/NYC: Transform data into actionable insights that impact strategy & guide decision-making at brand, prgrm & prod level. Min 4 yrs’ exp dig. analytics &/or sm analytics w/focus on optimizing mktg strategy. Full info/apply HERE (12/25)

JOB OPENING: MULTIPLATFORM WRITER/EDITOR/PRODUCER/(4 mo.Temp) Syfy/NYC: Create short form video assets. 2 yrs post-production role & video & audio editing exp.Job via third-party vendor. Send resumes to EntertainmentCableJobs@nbcuni.com (12/25)

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH ANALYST/TNT/ATLANTA: Support TNT w/qualitative/quantitative cross platform research creating actionable insights. Min 1+ yrs exp, strong math skills, statistical background. Full info/apply HERE (12/25)

JOB OPENING: COORDINATOR, AD SALES MARKETING/Travel Channel/NYC: Seeking strong communicator to support development and activation of client-specific marketing solutions and maintain communication tools.  www.scrippsnetworks.com #5161 (12/24)

JOB OPENING: TRAFFIC COORD/Tennis Channel/NYC: Proactive ind who takes initiative can work both independently & part of team seamlessly. Analytical & critical thinking skills. Strong knwlg log editing, formatting & copy req’d. 1-2 yrs log editing, exp w/copy pref’d. Res HERE (12/24)

JOB OPENING: ACCT EXEC/ABC Full Circle/SFO & NYC: (2 needed) ABC Full Circle the business dvlpmnt team of NTVS needs a passionate, career-minded, self-motivated sales professional for team. Min 5 yrs business dvlpmnt exp brdcst & dig platforms. Apply HERE (12/24)

JOB OPENING: SR ANALYST/ESPN/Miami: Deliver creative rsrch initiatives. Promote ESPN properties from a qualitative/quantitative rsrch perspective & support dir of rsrch in cross platform projects Min 3 yrs prof exp w/prior agency, ntwrk or media. Full info/apply HERE (12/24)

JOB OPENING: MGR, DIGITAL PLANNING/NBCU/NYC: Mgr, Digital Sales Planning for the News Group. Lead team of Planners & processes to drive revenue. 4+ years exp. in digital planning. Apply: Full info/apply HERE (12/24)

JOB OPENING: NAT’L SALES PLANNER/Pop/LA: Support Ad Sales team w/proposals, allocating & stewarding of accounts. Work closely w/AE’s, Traffic, Mktg and MGT on all aspects of biz. Must have TV exp. Agency a plus. Media Math, Excellent Comm & MS Office. Email resume HERE (12/24)

JOB OPENING: SPORTS PROGRAMMING ANALYST/NCC MEDIA/NYC: Collect and maintain sked info; analyze Nielsen audiences; support marketing efforts. Strong knowledge of Sports. Exceptional problem solving skills and adv’d experience with Microsoft Office. Resumes HERE (12/24) 

JOB OPENING: ENGINEERING COORD/NBCU/East Coast: Min 3 yrs; exp in a professional office environment. Ability to partner with management to support the engineering team with administrative operations at WCAU. Full info/apply HERE (12/24)

JOB OPENING: MGR, OPERATIONS/SPIKE/NYC: Rundown/traffic creation. BA deg w/at least 3 – 5 yrs relevant exp & 3+ yrs managing a server and working in Dig Asset Mngmnt on a daily basis. Exp owning onboarding process for a server &/or Dig Asset Mngmnt system. Full info/apply HERE (12/24)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, PROGRAMMING/EDITORIAL/MTV/NYC: Driven, focused & versatile candidate to transform our college brand, mtvU, into a new multi-platform college editorial network. 5-7 yrs exp in Digital Media. BA in Journalism or media comm. Resume HERE (12/24)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, LOCAL SALES/WFAA/DFW: Create/execute WFAA sales strategy to meet revenue goals across all station platforms. 3 yrs exp. Mng staff local mgrs., integrated acct execs, acct mgrs. & and sales assistants. Apply HERE (12/24)

CASTING CALL: Companies can showcase their casting notices/casting calls here. For information on rates and specs for posting a casting notice, please email Trish at Trish@cynopsis.com

EXPERT SERVICES ADS: These ads are for companies or people who offer an expertise in the field of media by way of production, voice over artistry, writing, set development, etc. For information on rates and specs for posting an Expertise Service ad email Trish at Trish@cynopsis.com

INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at trish@cynopsis.com.

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED… There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad… for more information contact Trish Pihonak at trish@cynopsis.com

E-mail Trish@cynopsis.com or call Trish Pihonak at 203-899-8459 for rates and specs for Job Openings.

To subscribe to any Cynopsis edition(s) click here.
%%PLUGIN_Unsubscribe: 2193667-unsub-generic%%

Copyright Cynopsis 2015

All outgoing e-mails are scanned and sent out virus free. Copyright Cynopsis 2015

Related Stories

07/19/18: Springsteen on Broadway headed to Netflix

CYNOPSIS Good morning. It’s Thursday July 19, 2018 and this is your first early morning briefing.   Tonight’s Premieres: A&E: Live PD Presents: PD Cam at 10p BET: The Grand Hustle at 10p Cooking: Seaside Snacks & Shacks at 10p FX: Snowfall at 10p Great American Country: Lakefront Bargain Hunt at 9p […]

07/19/18: FOX’s carriage of the MLB All-Star Game was down, but averaged 8.8 million viewers

A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM TENNIS CHANNEL THE GRASS-COURT SEASON CONTINUES While the Wimbledon Champions are crowned, the Grass-Court Season continues this week. Tennis Channel is the only network to carry the Tennis Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Tournament. Events include an exhibition with 2017 US Open Champion Sloane Stephens against fellow American and top-12 player Madison Keys on Friday and […]

07/18/18: Cynopsis Jobs

Job of the Week SR RESEARCH ANALYSTTwentieth TelevisionNYC To support quantitative/qualitative rsrch for the syndicator’s off-network & original programming & competition. Ability to work on multiple projects at once. In-depth knowledge of TV/Media landscape and impact on TV viewing. Full info/apply HERE  CynopsisJOBS Good morning. It’s Wednesday July 18, 2018 and this is […]