We've just turned the calendar to 2011 and I expect this should be a big year in all areas of TV and radio -- both locally and nationally. Let's look into the crystal ball and see what things might be heading our way in 2011:
1 » MASN will give talented Nationals announcer Bob Carpenter yet another new partner to take the place of Rob Dibble. I hope if Ray Knight returns to his pre- and postgame duties with Johnny Holliday, they hire former ESPN analyst Dave Campbell. He would be a great addition to the Nationals' broadcast team.
2 » Comcast completes its purchase of NBC and that will put into motion a number of things. Both the Golf Channel and Versus will benefit with their new relationship with NBC as they work together to acquire programming. Will they challenge ESPN? No, but they will be a force.
3 » Look for the NHL to add ESPN to their new long-term deal to go along with NBC and Versus. This is something that has been in the works for a long time. With the present broadcast agreement expiring in June, this will be one of the first things the league does once the season is over.
4 » Ted TV will likely make its debut. Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is ready to start his own network and even though he has a few years left on his deal with CSN, look for the media-savvy owner to broker a new long-term programming deal that would make him the majority partner in the network. He will also likely make an entertainment deal with Comcast since they will control NBC and all of their many cable outlets.
5 » Look for both the NFL and NBA to go through with lockouts in 2011. While I don't expect the NFL to miss any regular season games, one never knows once these things get nasty. The NBA, on the other hand, could lose some games in 2011. The winner in all of this will likely be NASCAR.
Examiner columnist Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. Check out his blog, Watch this!