“Mama, there goes that man!”
MSG Community might have ex-ESPNer Mark Jackson fill in for Clyde Frazier on some Knicks video games this season, in response to sources.
The Each day Information mentioned MSGN was interested by Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy to crew with play-by-play voice Mike Breen. The trio had been ABC/ESPN’s No. 1 crew for a very long time earlier than Van Gundy and Jackson have been each fired through the late June layoffs.
Although MSG Community had curiosity, Van Gundy calling some Knicks video games could be very unlikely to occur, in response to sources.
Each Jackson and Van Gundy had cash remaining on their ESPN contracts and certain would wish permission from ESPN to be allowed to do it.
ESPN is dealing with them on a case-by-case foundation, and Jackson’s case is trending the fitting manner for him to fill in on some video games for the 78-year-old Frazier.
Jackson — whose catchphrase for when somebody does one thing distinctive is: “Mama, there goes that man!” — did native video games years in the past for the Nets on YES.
I’d give ESPN+’s “Toy Story” presentation of Jaguars-Falcons on Sunday morning a 4.2 out of 5 clickers, which is a fairly good grade. The concept labored, although a number of the execution — admittedly very troublesome — had kinks that wanted to be labored out. However I might see children and adults actually liking it as an alternate providing. Drew Carter and Booger McFarland have been high quality within the sales space, although I’d’ve had McFarland chorus from any technical stuff and would’ve skipped the ayahuasca reference. Their 12-year-old sideline reporter, Pepper Persley, was glorious. General, it was one thing to construct on.
… Final week, we reported Robbie Hummel will transfer from ESPN to NBC and Fox for males’s Massive Ten basketball. Sources stated NBC’s Peacock play-by-player will probably be Noah Eagle, whereas one other ex-ESPNer, Jordan Cornette, will probably be a studio analyst for the Massive Ten males’s video games. Eagle is NBC’s lead play-by-player on the community’s Saturday evening Massive Ten soccer bundle. Cornette was a part of ESPN’s huge on-air layoffs on the finish of June. In the meantime, on the ladies’s Massive Ten aspect, Zora Stephenson would be the lead play-by-player on Peacock, in response to sources. Stephenson is already a part of NBC as its Notre Dame sideline reporter, amongst different roles. Stephenson has performed play-by-play on Milwaukee Bucks video games.
… Sean McDonough will name a wild-card-round MLB playoff sequence for ESPN. McDonough, taking the spot that was Dave Flemming’s, will probably be teaming up with Tim Kurkjian and Jessica Mendoza. The remainder of the ESPN crews: Karl Ravech, David Cone and Eduardo Perez; Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez; Jon Sciambi and Doug Glanville. …TBS will return with the identical broadcast groups for the playoffs they rolled out final yr. Bob Costas is partnering with Ron Darling, and Brian Anderson will probably be matched with Jeff Francoeur for the division sequence.
… Yankees interim hitting coach Sean Casey will return to MLB Community and “MLB Central” on Monday and “MLB Tonight” for the remainder of the week. At this level, he isn’t scheduled after that for MLBN. On Sunday, Casey indicated he has not but acquired a Yankees contract provide for 2024. … YES can have Bob Lorenz and Frank Isola host a two-hour present on Monday at 11 a.m. for Nets’ Media Day. … Amazon Prime Video’s weekday exhibits are saying “au revoir” after they only stated “bonjour.” If you happen to don’t get that, that was exactly the issue. Not sufficient folks knew that Amazon had a present referred to as “Bonjour! Sports activities Speak” in addition to a couple of different speak applications. Amazon is shuttering the exhibits after making a low-money experiment that didn’t seem to be it will work — and finally didn’t. In a streaming world, every day studio exhibits don’t appear to have traction besides on YouTube.
… Skip Bayless will get destroyed by media of us, and a few of it’s deserved. Nevertheless, Bayless does put together, and many individuals who’ve labored with him or whom he has coated carefully have plenty of respect for him. On Friday’s “Undisputed,” Colorado coach Deion Sanders stated to Bayless, “Skip, you get warmth oftentimes, however you’ve given us alternatives that folks look previous and don’t acknowledge. I admire you.” … MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was John Ourand‘s and my visitor on our podcast, and he forecast that networks might provide a sports activities betting alt-cast. “I see that in some unspecified time in the future coming as an alternate digital product,” Manfred stated. “You’re all the time going to have that clear broadcast. If we get there to betting off the display screen, it’s going to be a separate digital feed that the true gambler can opt-in to.”
Woj wins the Dame commerce
The Damian Lillard commerce went down with Lillard ending up in Milwaukee as an alternative of Miami. As regular throughout all of the talks, the NBA insiders appeared to have an outsized quantity of deal with them.
Ultimately, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the clear winner. Whereas Wojnarowski broke the deal, his rival, The Athletic/Stadium/FanDuel’s Shams Charania, initially tweeted out the wrong team, saying the Raptors have been getting Lillard. This was after Wojnarowski took some slings, didn’t reply and ended with a behind-the-scenes opus as an exclamation level.
After Lillard made it clear he wished a commerce to Miami, Dan Le Batard and a few of his sidekicks went after Wojnarowski for reporting that the Path Blazers have been going to take their time making a deal. Le Batard and firm appeared to have a stake in whether or not or not their hometown Warmth would get Lillard. Le Batard made it very private with Wojnarowski, saying he was “purchased and paid for by Portland.”
The highest-insider sport will be soiled at occasions, however did Le Batard actually know Wojnarowski’s sources? You’ll be able to solely report a narrative the place it stood on the time. If he’s conveying what executives with groups are telling him, isn’t that the job?
The Le Batard crew felt Lillard was coming to Miami. If he had, they most likely would’ve stated they have been proper the entire time and brought a victory lap.
As a substitute, with Lillard now in Milwaukee, they played clips of all of the issues they acquired fallacious.
Let’s add yet another: They appear to assume Wojnarowski — who’s a strong reporter — can assist dictate trades, which is fairly preposterous, particularly with no proof.
You’ll be able to query strategies and go after reporters, however Le Batard ought to have led with details, which is what Wojnarowski did.
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