Big Viewership for 2017 Women’s College World Series

On this edition of In The Circle,  Eric Lopez & Victor Anderson recap the 2017 Women’s College World Series and the Sooner going back 2 back national championship defeating the Florida Gators in a classic Championship series.

According to ESPN,  The  Sooners’ two-game sweep of the Florida Gators averaged a total live audience (TV + streaming) of 1,720,000 viewers, the most-watched sweep in Women’s College World Series Finals history.  The Sooner-Gators’ two games in the best-of-three format was up 33% from 2014 which was Florida against Alabama and was last time the WCWS Finals failed to go to a decisive third game.  This year’s two-game average was also up 33% over last season’s WCWS Finals first two games (June between Oklahoma and Auburn. The Sooners won the series in three games.

ESPN’s Women’s College World Series coverage – televised in its entirety by ESPN for the 18th straight year – averaged a total live audience of 984,000 viewers across the 14 games (June 1-6), up 21% from last year’s event (15 games, including a three-game WCWS Finals)

ESPN’s Women’s College World Series coverage averaged a total live audience of 984,000 viewers across the 14 games , up 21% from last year’s event (15 games, including a three-game WCWS Finals) highlighted by Oklahoma vs. Oregon game (June 4 on ESPN) had a total live audience of 1,249,000 viewers, which is a a top 3 most viewed early-round WCWS game ever.

Here is The Top Five markets for Women College World Series

Rank Rating Market
1. 3.9 Tulsa
2. 3.6 Oklahoma City
3. 2.1 Birmingham
4. 1.9 New Orleans
5. 1.5 Dayton
 5.  1.5 Orlando

ESPN televised every game of the Super Regionals (21 games) from May 26-28, averaging 477,000 viewers for just its TV audience, up 34% from last year’s entire presentation (19 games).  The  regional round games that were televised on ESPN had an average of 301,000 viewers a game.

Here is numbers courtesy of ShowBuzzDaily.com

Thursday June 1 

Texas AM vs Florida  354,000 viewers on ESPN

LSU vs UCLA  447,000 viewers on ESPN

Washington vs UCLA  571,000 Viewers on ESPN2 

Baylor vs Oklahoma  501,000 viewers on ESPN2

Friday June 2

Florida vs LSU  866,000 viewers on ESPN

Washington vs Oklahoma 863,000 viewers on ESPN

Saturday June 3 

UCLA vs Texas AM 693,000 viewers on ESPN

Baylor vs Oregon 767,000 viewers on ESPN

Washington vs UCLA 953,000 viewers on ESPN

Oregon vs LSU  950,000 viewers on ESPN

Sunday June 4 

Washington vs Florida 949,000 viewers on ESPN

Oregon vs Oklahoma 1,231,000 viewers on ESPN

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Oklahoma’s Patty Gasso

On this edition of In The Circle,  Eric Lopez & Victor Anderson recap the 2017 Women’s College World Series and the Sooner going back 2 back national championship defeating the Florida Gators in a classic Championship series. They also discussed the controversy with the umpiring at Oklahoma City and also talk with Sooner fan “Sooner Sean” about legacy of Patty Gasso and Oklahoma program

In The Circle Women’s College World Series recap Oklahoma Back 2 Back

NCAA Softball Super Regional TV numbers 

Sunday May 28

LSU at Florida State  Game 3 686,000 viewers on ESPN

Texas AM at Tennessee Game 3  699,000 viewers on ESPN

Baylor at Arizona Game 3  694,000 viewers on ESPN2 

Utah at Washington Game 3  564,000 viewers on ESPN2

Saturday May 27

Kentucky at Oregon Game 2- 805,000 viewers on ESPN
Baylor at Arizona Game 2    764,000 viewers on ESPN

Alabama at Florida Game 3- 745,000 viewers on ESPN

Oklahoma at Auburn Game 1 695,000 viewers on ESPN

LSU at Florida State  Game 2 – 662,000 viewers on ESPN

Texas AM at Tennessee Game 2- 348,000 viewers on ESPN2

Utah at Washington Game 2 – 308,000 viewers on ESPN2

Friday May 26

Ole Miss at UCLA  Game 2 – 571,000 Viewers on ESPN

Alabama at Florida 547,000 viewers on ESPN

Oklahoma at Auburn 413,000 viewers on ESPN2

Thursday May 25  

Ole Miss at UCLA Game 1- 519,000 viewers on ESPN

Alabama at Florida Game 1- 552,000 viewers on ESPN

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lonni Alameda Talks FSU 2017

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks to Florida State Seminoles Head Coach Lonni Alameda about the high expectations entering the 2017 season.

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Lonni Alameda taken Florida State to WCWS 2 times in last 3 seasons.

Alameda enters her 9th season coaching the Noles coming off second trip in three seasons to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series reaching the semifinals for the third time in school history and ending with a 55-10 record with a No. 4 national ranking, which tied for the highest final NFCA ranking ever for FSU.

Alameda has led the Seminoles to ACC Championship titles in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Among the topics Alameda talks about include :

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Jessica Burroughs leads Noles Pitching staff.(Photo Courtesy of FSU)
  • Expectations of 2017 season with almost entire team back from WCWS appearance.
  • Learning from experience in Oklahoma City in 2016
  • Depth on the roster on offense and pitching.
  • Being the target in the ACC and in the country
  • Jessica Burroughs leading the pitching staff
  • Leaders passing on the tradition from senior class to senior class under Alameda.
  • Being Head Coach in the NPF with USSSA Pride
  • Being involved with Canadian National team in 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
  • Softball back in the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

Interview with Lonni Alameda Episode 74

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Alex Powers leads deep Offense attack ( Photo Courtesy of Tallahassee Democrat)

Alameda won ACC Coach of the Year for the fourth straight season in 2016 as Jessica Burroughs and Alex Powers earned ACC Pitcher and Player of the Year honors, respectively in the ACC. FSU set an ACC record with six members on the All-ACC First Team as Burroughs and Powers were joined by Ellie Cooper, Meghan King, Morgan Klaevemann and Jessica Warren. Burroughs, Powers and Warren were named NFCA All-Americans, marking the sixth time that FSU had three All-Americans in the same season.

2017 is the first time in program history the Noles return three All-Americans from a previous season.

Alameda spent summer of 2016 being the Head Coach of USSSA Pride in 2016 leading them to the best record in the NPF in regular season and took them to NPF Championship Series before falling to the Chicago Bandits in 3 games for the championship.  Balancing multiple coaching jobs is nothing new for Alameda.

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Lonni Alameda coached USSSA Pride in 2016 in the NPF.(Photo Courtesy USSSA)

Alameda helped the development of Canada’s National team from 2004 to 2008 aiding Canada up until the 2004 Summer Olympics and resumed as an assistant following the  2005 season when Alameda was  the Head Coach at UNLV. In the summer of 2006, Canada qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, after its strong showing in the World Championships. Alameda spent the summer of 2008 with the Canadian team which ended its quest for the gold with a fourth-place finish at the Beijing Olympic Games.

 

College Softball More Popular Than College Baseball?

On this edition of In The Circle Podcast, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson discuss popularity of College Softball and how it is equal and even surpassed College Baseball as a whole and reason why it has happen.For the second straight season, College Softball had higher ratings and more viewers than College Baseball in the Regular Season,Regionals, Super Regionals, and the College World Series.

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Oklahoma Game 3 win over Auburn in WCWS Championship Series was most watched Sporting event on Cable that night

One of many examples is the SEC which is popular and very strong in Softball and Baseball. The SEC Championship game between Auburn and LSU garnered 587,000  while the SEC Baseball Tournament Title Game between Florida and Texas AM had 258,000 viewers.

Another example, The ACC Softball Championship game between Florida State and Notre Dame had 486,000 viewers while the ACC Baseball Championship game between Florida State and Clemson had 168,000.

Last year’s Women College World Series Championship Series between Florida and Michigan defeated the Men’s College World Series Championship Series between Virginia and Vanderbilt by 31% .

This year’s Women’s College World Series between Auburn and Oklahoma averaged 1.31 million viewers in Championship Series including Game 3’s 1.476 million which beat Copa America head to head. The Men’s College World Series between Coastal Carolina and Arizona averaged 1.35 million viewers for Game 1 and 2 of the series with Game three got moved to Thursday afternoon on ESPNU due to rain out on previous night.It effected the numbers as the game only drew 500,000 viewers.

As I mention in the podcast, even if you believe Baseball still ahead of Softball. The numbers show that its very close unlike Men’s Basketball versus Women’s Basketball for example where Men’s Hoops crushes Women’s Hoops on annual basis by 10 to 1 ratio in viewers.

Also on the podcast Lopez and Anderson discuss the Super Regional Format change by the NCAA in Division 1.

Last week the Division 1 Competition Oversight Committee approved a change to the super regional format, which will take effect in the 2017 season.  Next season, the super regionals will be conducted as three-day competitions.  In the past the softball super regionals were conducted over a two-day period with the third game played as part of a doubleheader on the second day.

The super regionals will be played Thursday – Sunday the week before the start of the Women’s College World Series.  The 2017 Women’s College World Series will be play June 1st through June 7th in Oklahoma City.

You can listen to the podcast right here as well as on ITunes.

 

WCWS Recap Look Ahead to 2017

On this edition of In the Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson taked Justin Mcleod of Justin’s World about the Women’s College World Series. What were highlights or low lights of the 2016 editioN of the WCWS. Among the topics McLeod discussed with Lopez and Anderson. dm_160608_espnw_oklahoma_auburn

  •  How did Oklahoma win the National Title?
  • Are the Sooners the favorites in 2017?
  • What is next for Auburn?
  • What went wrong for UCLA in WCWS?
  • Whats the future outook for Alabama, Florida State?
  • What does LSU need to take the next step?
  • What went wrong for Michigan?
  • Who are some  favorites in 2017?

In The Circle : Women’s College World Series recap. Early look into 2017

McCleod also discussed Houston’s hire of Kristin Vesely as well as the hire at Virginia and what the future holds at Arizona State.

You can also check out our interview with former UCLA Bruin, Jen Schroeder who shared her thoughts on the 2016 Women’s College World Series as well her thoughts on the state of the game and much more.

Jen Schroeder Talks WCWS, UCLA, The Packaged Deal

 

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson speaks to former UCLA Bruins Catcher Jen Schroeder  about her career at UCLA (2005-2008) which included being part of three Women College World Series teams during her career with the Bruins. Schroeder talked about the experience of being at the Women’s College World Series as well as her involvement with teaching and giving lessons to young players in California area as well as being involved with the PackagedDeal where she works with her sister Katie Schroeder who also played at UCLA being part of the Bruins 2010 National Championship team  along with former two -time All American and current ESPN Analyst  Amanda Scarborough and former Washington Huskies National Champion,  Morgan Stuart.

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Morgan Stuart, Amanda Scarborough, Katie Schroeder, and Jen Schroeder formed PackagedDeal(Photo Courtesy of Packaged Deal)

Among the topics Schroeder discussed in the interview included  the following.

  •  UCLA Bruins making it to Women’s College World Series in 2016
  • Thoughts on Oklahoma winning the Women’s College World Series
  • Thoughts on UCLA Bruins currently.
  • Why so many players from California are leaving the state and the Pac 12 to play in other conferences?
  •  Super Regional between UCLA and Oregon
  • How Shroeder got into Softball?
  • How Schroeder got involved with  Packaged Deal?
  • What was it like playing at UCLA and bring part of 3 Women’s College World Series teams during her career.
  • What the future of Softball?
  • Who are the best Catchers Schroeder has seen in Softball?
  • What would Schroeder change about Softball if she was in charge?

 Jen Schroeder Interview

Schroeder was part of UCLA’s 2005 team that lost in three games to Jennie Ritter’s Michigan Wolverines for the National Championship.Game 3 of the Wolverines win in extra innings is among the most watched College Softball games of all-time.

Most-Viewed Games in WCWS History:

Rank WCWS Year and Game Matchup Viewership
1. 2007 Championship Finals – Game 3 Tennessee vs. Arizona 2,326,000
2.       2015 Championship Finals – Game 3 Michigan vs. Florida 2,273,000
3. 2005 Championship Finals – Game 3 Michigan vs. UCLA 2,240,000
4.       2015 Game 12 LSU vs. Michigan 1,950,000
5. 2007 Championship Finals – Game 2 Arizona vs. Tennessee 1,919,000
6.       2015 Championship Finals – Game 2 Florida vs. Michigan 1,865,000
7. 2003 Championship California vs. UCLA 1,852,000
8. 2009 Championship Finals – Game 2 Florida vs. Washington 1,788,000
9.       2015 Game 9 UCLA vs. Auburn 1,612,000
10. 2004 Championship California vs. UCLA 1,593,000

Schroeder is one of four sisters to play Division I softball which is discussed in the interview as her sister Katie played at UCLA and on United States National team along with her sister Michelle Shroeder who played at Stanford and Nicole Schroeder who currently plays at Arkansas.

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Jen Schroeder (Photo Courtesy JenSchro.com)

she followed up her career  at UCLA  by being the the founder and owner of Jen Schro Catching, a softball instructional facility in Southern California. She is widely regarded as one of the top softball instructors in the country, and her clinics have drawn all-star guest instructors, such as Oklahoma’s Jessica Shults & Lauren Chamberlain and Florida’s Aubree Munro.

Schroeder and the Packaged Deal group travel all over the country.Below you can seethe dates and cities that The Packaged Deal will be at in 2016.

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Check out Jen on Facebook & Twitter, and be sure to “Like” Jen Schro Catching on FB, as well.

 

Auburn vs Oklahoma Game 3 Led Cable Sports Ratings

Game 3 between the Auburn Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners was the most watched Sports program on Cable Television on Wednesday night. The Sooners 2-1 win over the Tigers was watched by 1,476,000 million viewers Wednesday Night crushing head to head the Copa American Soccer game between Brazil and Haiti (643,000) according to SportsTVRatings.com dm_160608_espnw_oklahoma_auburn

Game 3 was slightly up from Game two when Auburn coming back from 7-0 deficit to win  11-7 in 8 innings garnered 1.43 million viewers which was just slightly edge out by United States win over Costa Rica in Copa America (1.453 million).

Overall the three game series between Auburn and Oklahoma averaged 1.3123 million viewers as Game one between the Sooners and Tigers drew 1.031 million viewers on Monday night. This year’s Women’s College World Series Championship Series viewers is down from last year’s Championship Series between Florida and Michigan which averaged 1.85 million viewers.  Keep in mind though this year Championship Series had much more competition compared to last year. Game 3 went up against Game 3 of NBA Finals coverage on Wednesday. Game one went up against Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals. Game Two went up against the United States playing in Copa America. smithmendozamowins

Also last year Championship Series had Michigan in Championship who is one of the top TV draws in College Softball as shown on Sunday afternoon when the Wolverine’s  elimation loss to Florida State had 976,000 viewers which was the most watched Non Championship Series Women’s College World Series game.  Below is the numbers of all the Women’s College World Series.

Sunday June 5, 2016  TV Viewers.  

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Oklahoma’s Patty Gasso

Michigan vs Florida State  976,000  on ESPN

Florida State vs Auburn    779,000 on ESPN2

Georgia vs LSU    581,000 on ESPN2

Oklahoma vs LSU 576,000 on ESPN2

Saturday June 4, 2016

LSU vs Alabama 831,000 on ESPN

Oklahoma vs Michigan 732,000 on ESPN2

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Michigan’s Carol Hutchens

UCLA vs Florida State 705,000 on ESPN

Auburn vs Georgia  621,000 on ESPN2

Friday June 3, 2016

LSU vs Michigan 719,000 on ESPN2

Alabama vs Oklahoma 602,000 on ESPN2

Thursday’s Auburn Tigers 10-3 win over UCLA was the most watched Women’s College World Series game on Thursday. Keep in mind the primetime games between Alabama  versus Oklahoma and LSU versus Michigan were rained out.  Auburn versus UCLA had 474,000 viewersaccording to SportsTVRatings.com. Auburn-UCLA is down from last year’s game at same time slot between Auburn and LSU which garnered 562,000 viewers.

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The twenty seven innings of Alabama-Oklahoma had 458,000 viewers. Georgia’s win over Florida State  garnered 334,000 viewers which significantly down from last year’s Florida- Tennessee game in the same time slot which had 546,000 viewers.

Last year’s Auburn-LSU game was a week earlier on May 28, 2015. LSU-Auburn was the second most watched game at the WCWS last year on Thursday with  Alabama-Michigan which was in primetime last year had over 1 million viewers was number one. UCLA last year played the late game against Oregon which garnered 317,000 viewers.

Its worth noting that last year, Opening day of the Women’s College World Series did not go up against the NBA Finals which dominated the television coverage all day on Thursday. The Women’s College World Series did have better viewers then the X-Games which aired on ESPN and drew 317,000 viewers in primetime.

UCLA-Auburn Leads WCWS Viewers Thursday

 

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Thursday’s Auburn Tigers 10-3 win over UCLA was the most watched Women’s College World Series game on Thursday. Keep in mind the primetime games between Alabama  versus Oklahoma and LSU versus Michigan were rained out.  Auburn versus UCLA had 474,000 viewersaccording to SportsTVRatings.com. Auburn-UCLA is down from last year’s game at same time slot between Auburn and LSU which garnered 562,000 viewers.scarborough

The twenty seven innings of Alabama-Oklahoma had 458,000 viewers. Georgia’s win over Florida State  garnered 334,000 viewers which significantly down from last year’s Florida- Tennessee game in the same time slot which had 546,000 viewers.

Last year’s Auburn-LSU game was a week earlier on May 28, 2015. LSU-Auburn was the second most watched game at the WCWS last year on Thursday with  Alabama-Michigan which was in primetime last year had over 1 million viewers was number one. UCLA last year played the late game against Oregon which garnered 317,000 viewers.

Its worth noting that last year, Opening day of the Women’s College World Series did not go up against the NBA Finals which dominated the television coverage all day on Thursday. The Women’s College World Series did have better viewers then the X-Games which aired on ESPN and drew 317,000 viewers in primetime.

 

Auburn Back to WCWS

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Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson talk to the radio voice of Auburn Softball Brit Bowen who joined the guys from Oklahoma City talked about the Auburn Tigers making it back to the Women’s College World Series for the second consecutive season. Last season Auburn made the Women’s College World Series for the first time in program history. This season with high expectations the Tigers under Clint Myers in his 3rd season at Auburn return to OKC.

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Clint Myers taking Auburn to 2 WCWS appearances in 3 seasons

Bowen  in his 5th season as the Softball radio voice, recap the Tigers 2016 season as well as gave the keys to the Tigers season and among the topics discussed included :

  • Auburn coming from behind to Beat Arizona in Super Regional
  • How has the Auburn program changed since Clint Myers arrival?
  • Whats the difference between 2015 vs 2016?
  • Thoughts on SEC representing the WCWS with 4 teams
  • Impact Kasey Cooper and Emily Carosone have made to program?

Brit Bowen on the Auburn Tigers in the Women’s College World Series.

  • You can also check out Oklahoma WCWS Preview in Interview with former Sooners Catcher  Jessica Shults who was part of Oklahoma National Championship in 2013 right here.
  • You can also check out Women’s College World Series preview in Interview with ESPN and Big 10 TV Anaylst Jennie Ritter who was part of Michigan National championship in 2005. Ritter breaks down WCWS and discusses Michigan chances. You can listen to Interview right here.
  •  You can listen to In The Circle WCWS Preview Podcast right here.

 

 

Super Regional Recap, WCWS Preview

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On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson break down the Super Regionals as well as look ahead to the Women’s College World Series. Among the topics the guys discussed included should Oregon’s  Head Coach Mike White brought in Cheridan Hawkins in Game 2 vs UCLA? Also the guys talked about

  • Georgia- Florida Super Regional
  • Lonni Alameda bringing FSU back to WCWS
  • Beth Torina taking LSU to WCWS coming from behind against James Madison
  •  Oklahoma, Michigan, Auburn, UCLA, and Alabama Super Regional wins
  • Who the favorite in Oklahoma City?

In The Circle Podcast : Super Regional Recap and WCWS Preview 

  • You can also listen to our interview with former Michigan All-American and National Champion Jennie Ritter who TV analyst for ESPN and Big Ten Network who broke down Georgia win over Florida, Previewed the WCWS, and talked about the Michigan program.
  • You can also listen to our interview with former Oklahoma Catcher National Champion Jessica Shults about the Sooners making it to the Women’s College World Series and reflecting on being part of 2013 National Championship team.

 

 

Jessica Shults Talks Sooners in WCWS

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Eric Lopez talks to former Oklahoma Sooners Catcher Jessica Shults about the Sooners making it to the Women’s College World Series. Shults who spent the last two seasons as a Graduate Asst Coach on the Sooners staff as well as doing some color commentating work on Sooners broadcasts discussed the 2016 season of the Sooners and how despite having a young team are among the 8 teams at Oklahoma City.

Among the topics Shults discussed in the interview include the following :Shults_Jessica_2013_HS-150x225

  • The leadership of the 2016 Sooners
  • The Talented Freshman group on the Sooners
  • What it like to play in the Women’s College World Series?
  • Winning the National Championship in 2013
  • What makes Sooners Head Coach Patti Gasso so great?
  • What was it like playing with Lauren Chamberlain, Shelby Pendley,  and Michelle Gascoigne.
  • What it like Coaching players vs Playing?
  • Playing in the NPF with USSSA Pride (2014-2015)

Jessica Shults Talks Oklahoma Sooners in WCWS

Shults last game as a Sooner was winning the National Championship against Tennessee in 2013. Shults discussed winning the National championship being part of the classic series against the Vols which included the incredible game one come from behind win.

Jessica Shults accomplishments at Oklahoma   

– Named to 2013 WCWS All-Tournament Team

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Jessica Shults played with Keiliani Ricketts at Oklahoma and USSSA Pride. Shults was part of Oklahoma’s 2013 National Championship team

-2013 All-Big 12 Defensive Team

– 2012 First Team NFCA All-American,

2010 & 2011 NFCA Second Team All-American,

3-time NFCA All-Central Region First Team (2010, 2011 and 2012), 2012

– 2012 All-Big 12 First Team,

-2011 All-Big 12 Second Team

-2010 All-Big 12 First Team

-2010 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team

-Two-time top 50 finalist for USA Softball’s Collegiate Player of the Year.

You can listen to my Interview with ESPN’s Amanda Scarborough from back in 2013 talking about the Sooners 2013 National Championship and where team ranked all-time right here.