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LeBatard-DanLeBron James never thanked Heat fans when he announced he was leaving for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

And ESPN has briefly benched Dan Le Batard, the network’s prominent South Florida-based television and radio host, for making an issue of that in a very visible way.

ESPN has removed Le Batard from the air, both from his television and radio show, on Thursday and Friday because it is upset that his radio show purchased several billboards that will be displayed for a month in the Cleveland/Akron area coinciding with James’ Friday homecoming celebrating his return to the Cavaliers.
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Newkirk lands with Dallas Stars

August 8, 2014
Courtesy of SB Nation

Newkirk-OwenThe Dallas Stars have made some tweaks to their television and radio broadcast crews for the 2014-15 season, including the addition of former Stars player Stu Barnes to the Stars Live panel.

Barnes will join former Stars players Brent Severyn and Craig Ludwing on the panel for Fox Sports Southwest, which will be hosted by Josh Bogorad. Bogorad was part of the pre-game, intermission and post-game radio crew last season. Ali Lucia will remain part of the broadcast as an ice-level reporter, and she will also continue to do video work for the Stars’ website.

Bogorad is being replaced on the radio side by Owen Newkirk, who spent the past two seasons with the Texas Stars as the play-by-play man and director of broadcasting and media relations. He will team up with Bruce LeVine on 1310 AM and 96.7 FM the Ticket.
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Smith-StephenStephen A. Smith’s mouth will now fly via satellite.

ESPN and SiriusXM’s “Mad Dog Sports Radio,” made it official Thursday saying Smith will make his “MDR” debut September 2 at 1 p.m.

On July 20, the Daily News first reported Smith, who co-hosts a daily radio show on ESPN 98.7 with Ryan Ruocco, was headed to SXM.

“Words can’t express how excited I am to be going to SiriusXM,” Smith, whose “MDR” show will air weekdays from 1 p.m.-3p.m., said in a statement. “All I’m going to say is Sept. 2 can’t arrive soon enough. So Buckle Up! Because I’m coming.”

Some would suggest SAS bring a seatbelt with him to SXM. Smith is fresh off an ESPN suspension for his polarizing “First Take” rant concerning Ray Rice’s two game suspension following his domestic abuse arrest. Smith implied some women should be blamed for domestic violence.

But in the uncensored world of satellite radio, Smith will be given a lot more freedom to express an opinion that would not play on the terrestrial side.

The fact ESPN is producing Smith’s SXM show, which will originate from the World Wide Leader’s Bristol studio, could help keep a lid on things.

Last May, Chris (Mad Dog) Russo said he was unable to find a black host “who is worthy of doing a national (sports) talk (radio) show.”

His search is officially over.

Read more at the NY Daily News where this story was originally published.

ufcTwo-time welterweight title challenger Josh Koscheck has been taking time off since losing via KO to Tyron Woodley last November. The loss was his third straight, and second in a row by KO.

Despite his recent struggles, Koshcheck has insisted that he intends to fight the last two bouts on his contract before retiring. Now, Koscheck will have a new gig to pass the time before whenever it is that he fights next.

It was announced this week (video above) that Koscheck will join UFC stars Kenny Florian, Daniel Cormier, and Brian Stann as a television broadcaster for UFC events and programming. Check out the announcement and let us know if you’re looking forward to seeing “Kos” call the action and provide analysis for the fights in the comments section.

Read more at Yahoo! Sports where this story was originally published.

masnMASN on Thursday successfully petitioned the New York State Supreme Court to obtain a temporary restraining order against Major League Baseball, the Washington Nationals and Commissioner Bud Selig to prevent a recent arbitration award for the Nationals in their ongoing TV dispute from taking effect.

A hearing on MASN’s bid for a permanent injunction to have the award for the Nationals vacated will be heard later this month.

The legal filing and the granting of an injunction bring the long-running battle over the Nationals’ local TV rights fees to a heightened stage and directly defies fervent efforts by Selig to keep the conflict out of the courts.

MASN, majority owned by the Baltimore Orioles under owner Peter Angelos, in its filing to the court called the arbitration award for the Nationals the result of a “corrupted and biased process that failed to honor … the substantive and procedural requirements set forth in the arbitration clause in a settlement agreement among the parties.”

The Nationals moved from Montreal in a 2005 deal that gave Angelos the rights to broadcast Nationals games on the regional sports network MASN, which also carries Orioles games.

The Nationals are reportedly seeking a new TV contract worth between $100 million and $120 million per year, an amount that would be in line with other big-market clubs. The previous TV contract pays the Nationals $29 million per season and the Orioles have balked at significantly increasing the deal.

Read more at the Baltimore Business Journal where this story was originally published.

Johnson-ErnieErnie Johnson Jr. talks a good game. Baseball, basketball or golf. Play-by-play or in-studio. On the air or on the phone, the TNT/TBS announcer is go-to glib and capable of shifting gears in mid-sentence.

He describes his NBA studio work as a “free-for-all,” and hosting the PGA Championship as “caption writing.” Sometimes, he says, less is more. Sometimes, he says, more is less. Generally, the frat house chemistry that works with Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal does not translate as well in a country club sport accustomed to reverential whispers.

“You just kind of talk to folks,” Johnson said of his role as TNT’s host for the PGA Championship. “It doesn’t lend itself to an over-the-top type of call. Sometimes the moment cries out for it. …
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VUE downloadsIf Tim McCarver had any doubts about his big career change at age 72, they quickly faded. And he’s been a monumental addition to Cardinals telecasts this season.

After his record 34-year run as a network television baseball analyst, including doing 24 World Series, McCarver stepped down at Fox at the end of last season. But he wasn’t ready to fully retire from the booth, and was hired by the Cardinals and Fox Sports Midwest to do 30 Redbirds telecasts this season.

He said it has been a “tremendous experience” and is glad he took the job.

“It just made sense,’’ McCarver said this week. “If I wanted to work in the business, where else would I have gone? I’m connected to the Cardinals.””

Read more at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where this story was originally published.

nicole BriscoeNicole Briscoe has agreed to a new contract with ESPN and will become a SportsCenter anchor as well as taking on additional new assignments after her current role as host of ESPN NASCAR Countdown concludes.

Briscoe, who joined ESPN in 2008 and has served in various positions on ESPN’s NASCAR coverage, will assume her new duties in January. In addition to SportsCenter, she also will be part of a variety of other ESPN studio shows.

“I’m very happy with the opportunities that have been presented to me,” said Briscoe, who will be relocating to the company’s Bristol, Ct., headquarters. “ESPN is where I want to be, and I’m excited about starting the next chapter of my career as well as a new adventure for my family.
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ESPN_850_WKNRThere are huge changes coming to WKNR-AM 850.

Good Karma Radio spokesperson Emily Dillinger said via email that she couldn’t provide any details in the changes. She said morning host Tony Rizzo would share the news on the air “in the coming days.”
However, here are several rumored changes that appear to be on the horizon:

- WKNR could break up highly successful morning team of Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer on the “Really Big Show.” Goldhammer will move to the 3 to 6 p.m. afternoon drive slot.

- Jerod Cherry would join Rizzo to form a new morning team. Casey Kulas would likely remain on the “Really Big Show.”

- Bruce Hooley, who had previously teamed with Cherry on the 3-6 slot, would move to evenings and host his show from Columbus. He’ll join forces with Dave “Dino” DeNatale.

The rumored changes were first reported by Scene Magazine’s Vince Grzegorek and Crain’s Kevin Kleps.

Read more at the Lorain Morning Journal where this story was originally published.

fox-sports-networkFox Sports today revealed its 2014 NFL announcing teams, highlighted by the previously announced move of Erin Andrews to sideline reporter on the No. 1 team, and the addition of former New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl to the stable of analysts.

In addition to the pairings below, Fox will use play-by-play announcers Sam Rosen, Justin Kutcher, Gus Johnson and Mike Goldberg analysts Charles Davis and Brendon Ayanbadejo, and sideline reporter Peter Schrager as needed:

Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews
Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver
Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale
Thom Brennaman, David Diehl, Laura Okmin
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Dick Stockton, Donovan McNabb/Brady Quinn/Kirk Morrison, Kristina Pink

Read more at the Albany Times Union where this story was originally published.

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