Wednesday, November 08, 2006

See the Turtle: Terps on TV

Jim Williams, The Examiner
Nov 8, 2006 5:00 AM (4 hrs ago)
Current rank: # 2 of 5,092 articles

BALTIMORE - Several weeks ago, the Maryland football team’s chances of earning bowl eligibility and spending some time in the sun in December looked dicey. Now, the Terps are very much in the hunt for the Atlantic Coast Conference title and a possible BCS bowl.

As such, the ESPN family of networks will focus its cameras on Maryland for the stretch run starting Saturday, when Miami comes to College Park for an ESPN on ABC game, seen locally on ABC-2. The Terps’ upcoming games against Boston College and Wake Forest will be seen on an ESPN network at a time to be determined. That’s a far cry from mid-October, when Maryland’s game at Virginia was carried only on ESPN360 Broadband.

Speaking of ESPN, happy 10th birthday to ESPNEWS. They have come a long way since the early days of just reading the news and showing highlights. As a matter of fact, “College Game Day Overdrive” was awesome on Saturday, switching between ACC games to keep you up to the minute on everything going on in college football.

“Sunday Blitz” is also a great show, where you can flip from the Ravens game and catch up all the NFL scores and some great analysis.

The NFL Network is also celebrating a birthday — it turns three this week. No other network has grown as fast, and continues to expand in large numbers every day.

The network made a wise choice to turn down Comcast’s $500 million offer and keep the NFL Thursday/Saturday package in hopes of growing. Turning down the big dollars has allowed the network to gain ground on ESPN and other sports networks. Plus, their NFL Films shows and access to coaches and players have made studio shows must-see TV.

Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. E-mail him at

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