‘Tis the Season for Non-Stop Sports at FOX Sports South
As we prepare to say goodbye to 2012 and celebrate a new year, it’s time to reflect on all of the positives over the last year at FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Carolinas, FOX Sports Tennessee and SportSouth. We opened 2012 with the return of the NBA, playoff runs by the Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies, and exciting college basketball action. The Atlanta Braves became the talk of the Southeast this summer with a run to the playoffs, sparked by the final year of legend Chipper Jones. We were proud to take part in Jones’ final stretch, highlighted by a memorable farewell celebration at Turner Field, and a return to postseason play. Fall brought us intense college football games each week from the SEC, ACC, C-USA and Big 12. We also debuted our new Jeff Genthner series DRIVEN with episodes featuring South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier, the Charlotte Bobcats and the Hawks. This Senior Vice President, winter has taken us full circle to another year of NBA action for the Hawks, Bobcats and Grizzlies – who are all off to hot starts – and General Manager some great college basketball games, which have included Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke and UCLA. And just this past November, our networks were recognized with a record 12 Emmy nominations in eight categories from the NATAS Midsouth Chapter, a great honor and recognition for our employees’ skill and dedication across so many disciplines. Congratulations to all of our nominees and the many other deserving honorees. In 2013, we look forward to another thrilling year at FOX Sports South, bringing our viewers across the south the best live games and original programming on television. From our team to yours, we wish you peace and happiness throughout the holiday season.
2012 NATAS Midsouth Emmy Nominations SPORTS SEGMENT
The Panel - Zach Whipple, Kyle Payne, Kevin Allison, and Keith Wetzler Under the Lights: North Carolina Football - Kyle Payne, Zach Whipple, Keith Wetzler, and Larry Fedora
SPORTS EVENT/GAME - LIVE
Under the Lights: Making of the Ladycats Calendar - Mike Emerick, Jon Johnson, Detroit Red Wings @ Nashville Predators - Stanley Cup Playoffs - Bob Kohl, Rohan Backfisch, Hammond Reynolds, Terry Crisp, Pete Weber, Mitch Jordan, David and Adam Shumaker White, Vickie Chien, Brett Newkirk, Linda Davis, David Raynak, John Tackett, and Mark Howard SPORTS PROGRAMS/SERIES NBA Playoffs Game #5 - Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies - HamThe NEW College Football Show - Steven Toth, Scott Sharrer, Ford Heiner, and INTERACTIVITY mond Reynolds, Rohan Backfisch, Randy Stephens, and Tom Huet SEC Gridiron LIVE! - Bill Cochran, Kristina Akra, Christina Atkins, and Keith Wetzler Keith Wetzler SEC Gridiron LIVE! - Bill Cochran, Christina Atkins, Marcus Kluttz, and Keith Wetzler NHL Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Carolina Hurricanes - Hammond Reynolds, Rohan Backfisch, Erik Barnhart, and Doug Yalacki GRAPHIC ARTS EDITOR/PROGRAM The Panel - Graphics Composite - Adam Shumaker Under The Lights: Southern Miss Baseball - Kevin Allison PHOTOGRAPHER/PROGRAM Under the Lights: North Carolina Spring Football - Dan Greene
Welcome to our new Executive Producer, Randy Stephens We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new Executive Producer at FOX Sports South/Carolinas/Tennessee, and SportSouth, Randy Stephens, who began his tenure at the networks on Monday, December 3. “We are very pleased to have Randy Stephens join our team as Executive Producer,” said Jeff Genthner, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the networks. “Randy brings critical the experiences of a highly accomplished event and studio television producer coupled with the management perspective of a respected professional team executive. He is highly qualified to provide great leadership to an already experienced and skilled production team.” “Throughout my time in Memphis I have been blessed to work very closely with the team at FOX Sports South and SportSouth, and I could not be more excited about joining them on a fulltime basis,” said Stephens. “I look forward to the new challenge and appreciate the trust that has been placed in me.” Stephens touts an extensive career in sports production and broadcast, most recently as the Senior Vice President of Broadcast for the Memphis Grizzlies, where he worked for 18 years, having joined the expansion Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995 as producer of the team’s television broadcasts. He and his wife, Tracey, have three sons, Mitchell, 17; Brett, 15; and Aaron, 11.
2012-13 NBA Season Underway
Atlanta Hawks Off to Hot Start in 2012-13
Memphis Grizzlies Top Team in NBA
Charlotte Bobcats Match 2011-12 Win Total in November
The Atlanta Hawks are off to a hot start in 2012-13 winning five straight and ended the month of November with an 8-4 record. Center-forward Al Horford has been a dominant force inside for the Hawks, averaging 15.9 points and 9.2 rebounds a game and was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on November 26. Forward Josh Smith has been just as impressive with 15.2 points and 7.1 rebounds a contest.
The Memphis Grizzlies may be the most impressive team in the NBA early in the 2012-13 season. Forward Rudy Gay is the Grizzlies leading scorer, averaging impressive 19.7 points a game, while double-double machine Zach Randolph is averaging 16.9 points and 13.2 rebounds. On the defensive side of the ball, the Grizzlies rank second in the NBA, holding opponents to only 91.8 points a game.
The Charlotte Bobcats were 6-2 in games decided by 6 points or less in November, including an impressive the franchise’s first-ever win over the Dallas Mavericks on November 10. Guard Kemba Walker leads the team averaging 16.6 points a game. Rookie Michael KiddGilchrist has been impressive averaging 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds a contest. Kidd-Gilchrist was named the East’s November Rookie of the Month for his tremendous play.
Bobcats On SportSouth
Hawks On SportSouth
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@ Grizzlies @ Heat @ Magic vs. Bobcats @ Wizards vs. Thunder @ 76ers vs. Bulls vs. Pistons @ Cavaliers vs. Pacers @ Rockets
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Grizzlies On SportSouth
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@ Spurs vs. Suns @ Hornets vs. Hawks @ Suns @ Jazz vs. Bulls vs. Mavericks @ Rockets vs. 76ers vs. Nuggets @ Pacers
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vs. Blazers vs. Knicks @ Bucks vs. Spurs vs. Warriors vs. Clippers @ Hawks vs. Magic @ LA Lakers @ Suns @ Warriors @ Nuggets vs. Heat @ Nets vs. Hornets @ Bulls
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“Making Of 2013 Lady Cats Swimsuit Calendar” on SportSouth to Debut December 13 Once again, we are excited to bring fans of the Charlotte Bobcats an inside look at the Lady Cats annual calendar shoot. Fans will be able to watch the premiere of the Making Of 2013 Lady Cats Swimsuit Calender on Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. on SportSouth prior to the Bobcats game at the Atlanta Hawks. An encore of the show will air after the Bobcats LIVE! postgame show. 2
Hip Hop Artist and Reality Star T.I. Makes Debut as a Sports Broadcaster during Hawks-Heat Game on SportSouth on November 9 On November 9, hip hop artist and reality star T.I. made his sports broadcasting debut during the Hawks-Heat game on SportSouth. When the T.I. announcement was jointly made by the Atlanta Hawks and SportSouth on the morning of the game, word spread quickly and widely in the “Twittersphere,” thanks in part to retweets from T.I. (@Tip – 2.9 million followers) and the NBA (6.2 million followers). Over a 24 hour period, more than 800 tweets were sent specifically referencing @Tip being a part of the Hawks broadcast on SportSouth, including a great amount of positive feedback on Twitter during the broadcast (samples below). The 800+ tweets reached more than 8.9 million unique Twitter accounts, for an overall exposure of more than 20.4 million.
Atlanta recording artist T.I. (left) joined Bob Rathbun and Duane Ferrell for the first half of the Atlanta Hawks game against the Miami Heat on Friday, Nov. 9.
Media outlets and blogs picked up the story quickly too, as the news made headlines in numerous national oulets including Yahoo Sports, the Huffington Post, Deadspin, the New York Times, Washinton Post, and many more.
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Successful College Football Season On FOX Sports South/SportSouth
2012 SEC Champions Alabama Crimson Tide
BCS Standings - As of 12/2/12 1 Notre Dame 12-0 2 Alabama 12-1 3 Florida 11-1 4 Oregon 11-1 5 Kansas State 11-1 6 Stanford 11-2 7 Georgia 11-2 8 LSU 10-2 9 Texas A&M 10-2 10 South Carolina 10-2 11 Oklahoma 10-2 12 Florida State 11-2 13 Oregon State 9-3 14 Clemson 10-2 15 Northern Illinois 12-1 16 Nebraska 10-3 17 UCLA 9-4 18 Michigan 8-4 19 Boise State 10-2 20 Northwestern 9-3 21 Louisville 10-2 22 Utah State 10-2 23 Texas 8-4 24 San Jose State 10-2 25 Kent State 11-2
2012 ACC Champions Florida State Seminoles
2012 C-USA Champions Tulsa Hurricane
After four months of grueling practice, heart-stopping games, numerous upsets and 64 games on FOX Sports South and SportSouth we have reached the end of the 2012 college football regular season. We want to congratulate the 2012 SEC Champions - Alabama Crimson Tide - 2012 ACC Champions - Florida State Seminoles - and 2012 Conference USA Champions - Tulsa Hurricane - . After a very competitve season, these three teams are very deserving of their titles. As bowl season begins, we will continue to produce exclusive stories and video content daily on our websites: www.FOXSportsSouth.com, www.FOXSportsCarolinas.com and www.FOXSportsTennessee.com.
The Florida Gators will play in the Sugar Bowl against Louisville after an 11-1 season.
The Clemson Tigers are traveling down I-85 to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. LSU on New Years Eve.
After coming up just short at the SEC Championship, the Georgia Bulldogs will face Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.
College Basketball Season Off to a Fast Start With the end of the College Football regular season, College Basketball starts to take center court and FOX Sports South and SportSouth have its viewers covered in December. Some of the nation’s best men’s basketball teams from the ACC, SEC, PAC-12 and C-USA including Duke, Kentucky, Florida, NC State, Oregon and Memphis will appear on the networks in December. FOX Sports South and SportSouth will also air some of the top women’s basketball teams in December, including a pair of marquee matchups - North Carolina @ Tennessee(12/2) and Stanford at Tennessee (12/22). 4
Ask The Talent
Bob Rathbun Atlanta Hawks Play-by-Play Hawks November MVP:
Al Horford. We are reminded nightly what we missed last year when he was hurt. He anchors the middle on defense, runs the floor and is a very good finisher.
Hawks Biggest Suprise:
Steve Martin Charlotte Bobcats Play-by-Play
Pete Pranica Memphis Grizzlies Play-by-Play
Bobcats November MVP:
Grizzlies November MVP: Mike Conley - His averaging close to 15 points and 6.5 assists a game.
Bobcats Biggest Suprise:
Grizzlies Biggest Suprise: There has been a dramatic improvement in three-point and free throw shooting in 2012.
This is a close race between Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions...but give Walker the nod for his overall improvement over last season and a game-winning shot over Minnesota.
Unself play on offense and the ball hawking style on defense. Atlanta is 5rh in the league in assists and remains No. 1 in forcing turnovers.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the rookie is putting up numbers in all categories and led the Bobcats to first-ever win over the Mavericks on November 10.
Hawks Unsung Hero:
Bobcats Unsung Hero:
Grizzlies Unsung Hero: Quincey Pondexter - He is playing over 22 minutes off the bench for the Grizzlies.
Bobcats Biggest Game in December:
Grizzlies Biggest Game in December: This month, the Grizzlies will face a big test when they travel to Utah (12/15).
Zaza. Whether off the bench or starting, Pachulia has become one of the NBAâ€™s best offensive rebounders.
Hawks Biggest Game in December:
They are all big but certainly a lot of eyes will gaze on the game at Miami (12/10) and OKC in Atlanta (12/19).
Byron Mullens gets this one. His big block and rebound in back-toback possessions vs. Washington were keys to the Bobcats overtime win.
The biggest game is hosting the defending champs, Miami (12/26).
Catching Up With the FOX Sports South Girls
Brittany and Canicka pose with Atlanta Braves mascot Homer during the McCann Rally Celebrity Softball game.
Canicka (pictured) and Brittany handing out Atlanta Hawks spirit signs before the Hawks Nov. 9 game vs. the Miami Heat.
Canicka and Brittany pose in Georgia and Georgia Tech gear to preview the in-state rivalry, won by the Bulldogs in 2012.
Canicka at Rockefeller Center in NY for the 2012 Promax Sports Media Marketing Awards Show.
SEC Gridiron LIVE! provided full coverage leading up to the 2012 SEC Championship game, including visit Georgia media day to hear from Coach Mark Richt.
FOX Sports South Girls Brittany and Canicka visited Philips Arena on November 30 to shoot various promos to air during the Atlanta Hawks season.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd sat down with FOX Sports South to talk about his season for The NEW College Football Show.
Charlotte Bobcats sideline reporter Stephanie Ready sat down with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan for an exlusive interview.
Georgia Tech Menâ€™s Basketball Head Coach Brian Gregory provided ACC All Access host Jenn Hildreth a behind-the-scenes tour of the new McCamish Pavilion.
Gregory and Hildreth tour the upper deck of the McCamish Pavilion for ACC All Access.
Hawks LIVE! host Jerome Jurenovich speaks with Atlanta Hawks Head Coach Larry Drew about the Hawks early-season success.
FOX Sports South Girl Canicka poses for the camera with actor Jay Mohr at the Promax Sports Media Marketing Awards Show.
Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte - OPERATION: GOOD NEIGHBOR FOX Sports Carolinas and SportSouth would like to recognize our partner Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte for their Operation: Good Neighbor program. This community service program was set up to help the people of New Jersey, who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte collected various items, including bottled water, blankets, clothing and pet food to be delivered to the hardest hit areas in New Jersey. A semi-truck departed the dealership on November 16 and made its final stop at The Shore Fellowship Churd in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. The church was a distribution point for families in that area and were overwhelmed with joy when receiving the donations. Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte GM Tom Marcham (white shirt) is surounded by team collected items for Operation: Good Neighbors
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FOX Sports South December 2012 Newsletter