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When I was a freshman in college and got cut from the women’s basketball team, I told my dad in a letter that I was sorely disappointed. To this day, I still remember his response.

“Don’t feel too bad,” he wrote. “I’ve never known a guy who didn’t want to date a girl because she wasn’t on the basketball team.”

My dad, bless his sexist heart, was a product of his time and likely believed he was cheering me up. He didn’t get it, back in 1978, that a woman’s ability to attract the opposite sex wasn’t the sum total of her worth.

It’s now 2013. So what’s John Inverdale’s excuse?
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Curve broadcaster and STAA client Mike Passanisi probably delivered one of the best play-by-play calls in franchise history.

It wasn’t even of something that happened on the field.

In a game on Sunday, a routine foul ball was hit into a suite box right next to the Curve Radio Network booth.

Read more at the Altoona Mirror where this story was originally published.

Pete Gallivan, who left Channel 2 in March to take a public relations job with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration, is returning to the NBC affiliate next week in a role specifically designed for his talents.

Channel 2 General Manager Jim Toellner said that Gallivan will work as a reporter and fill-in anchor as well as being a big part of the Channel 2 sports team.

He is essentially taking part of the spot vacated by Ed Kilgore, who left the sports department a few months ago to work for Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula.

The move was not a total surprise since there had been speculation that Gallivan wasn’t happy in his new PR job and was considering a return to TV.

My Sunday column included a line that predicted Gallivan would be the first person who left TV to work in public relations to return to TV.

During his Channel 2 career, Gallivan has frequently reported on the Buffalo Sabres and he has a strong interest in sports. Toellner likened his new role as being similar to what former Channel 2 sports anchor and reporter Matt Pearl did before he left the station.

“We are really glad that Pete has returned to his true calling, chronicling the stories of the people, places and history of WNY,” emailed Toellner. “His recent although brief sojourn in New York politics can only add to his rich perspective.”

Read more at Buffalo News where this story was originally published.

Family members of a man accused of killing a legendary Calgary sportscaster and his wife earlier this week issued a statement Saturday offering condolences to friends and family of the victims and hope that the accused would recieve “the treatment he needs.”

The 35-year-old stepson of Bill Powers was charged Friday with second-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Powers and his wife, Donna Lee.

Officers discovered their bodies early Thursday in the couple’s Braeside bungalow. Police confimed Friday afternoon that Bill, 71, and Donna Lee, 64, died from stab wounds.

Police announced Friday morning they’d charged Derek Puffer with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with the deaths.
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After 50-plus years of broadcasting Southern Indiana high school games on the radio, Charlie Jenkins has decided it is time to spend more time being a grandfather.

On Friday during a phone interview, Jenkins, 73, officially announced his retirement from doing play-by-play broadcasting of area high school football and boys’ basketball games. During the 2012-13 school year, the Clarksville resident and Hall of Fame broadcaster announced games on the former WQKC-1450 AM Radio. He primarily broadcasted New Albany boys’ basketball games with former Clarksville boys’ basketball coach Paul Love as his color commentator.

Jenkins says he is taking a page out of the book of former Cincinnati Reds’ catcher Johnny Bench when he retired from professional baseball in 1983.

“I respected Johnny Bench a lot during his career because he had a lot of good skills intact when he decided to retire,” Jenkins said. “So like him, I’m going out on a good note.”
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Emerson-purple-shield-logoEmerson College is known for its theater and film programs, well-placed Hollywood-star alumni, and quirky student pursuits like its Harry Potter-inspired Quidditch team. Now the downtown college is also rapidly making a name for itself as a launching pad for sports broadcasters and writers.

A recent Emerson graduate has been dubbed the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sports broadcaster, and two other Emerson students are ranked in the top 20. Alumni are landing competitive jobs as local sports anchors, play-by-play announcers, and beat writers.

One alumnus covers the Patriots beat for NESN.com, another is the play-by-play announcer for the Green Bay Packers, and more than half a dozen alumni are associate producers at ESPN.

Ross Lippman, who has been named the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America’s top collegiate sports broadcaster, also known as the Jim Nantz award, said the fact that he beat out students at well-known sports broadcasting schools is a testament to Emerson’s strengthening foothold in sports journalism.
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Welcome to the not-so-friendly confines of Wrigley Field?

During the fifth inning of the Chicago Cubs 6-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Root Sports broadcaster Robby Incmikoski — not to be confused with former Pirates infielder Rob Mackowiak — conducted an in-game interview with the father of Pirates manager Clint Hurdle — also Clint Hurdle but doesn’t go by the title Sr. — that ended in the most unusual manner.

The interview took place with both men standing in an aisle way about halfway up the lower section of seats behind the first base dugout. Obviously not the most convenient place as the view of several fans was blocked, but Incmikoski was determined to talk to Mr. Hurdle — who actually traveled with the team to Wrigley Field as a part of their special fathers road trip — about the team’s success this season.

The first 90 seconds or so went smoothly, then around the 1:45 mark of the video a little commotion can be overheard followed by what appears to be Incmikoski saying “don’t touch me!” When the camera returns, we see that a Wrigley Field usher had grown impatient, perhaps at the urging of some fans, and was putting the kabosh on the interview. And so it ended just strangely and just that awkwardly, because let me tell you something folks, those Wrigley Field ushers mean business.

I’ll be honest, too, I have no problem with how it was handled. For the most part these types of interviews are harmless because they’re short and not so much in the way. Once this interview went past 90 seconds — while action was going on — and the interviewer asked a fresh question, it was time to step in. Not only can it be annoying, it can also be dangerous.

Perhaps the usher was a little pushy. If he put his hands on Incmikoski, that’s not good conduct on his part. But I still don’t blame him for killing the interview. Next time plop down in those two empty seats or even invite the guest into the booth, but do whatever you can to avoiding blocking people’s view of the action.

Editor’s note: According to Robby Incmikoski, who contacted me via Twitter this afternoon, he was not the person caught saying “don’t touch me” on the video. I regret and apologize for the error.

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

ABC's Chris Economaki File PhotosLate journalist Chris Economaki, known as the “Dean of American Motorsports,” has been named the third recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR media excellence.

Retired broadcaster Barney Hall made the announcement Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, saying “I kind of wish he was here to enjoy it with us.”

Economaki, who died last year at age 91, was the editor, publisher and columnist for National Speed Sport News for more than 60 years. He began his broadcasting career with ABC in 1961, and while later working for CBS Sports, he helped make the Daytona 500 one of racing’s marquee events.

Economaki will be honored during NASCAR’s Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in January.

Other finalists included Russ Catlin, Shav Glick, Tom Higgins, Bob Jenkins, Bob Moore, Benny Phillips and T. Taylor Warren.

Read more at the Casper Star-Tribune where this story was originally published.

Benetti“We come to you from the Palmetto State, Fort Mill, South Carolina, just across the border from North Carolina. Game three of a four-game set between the Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A affiliate of the White Sox, and the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate for the Washington Nationals.

“With Kevin Brown inside network headquarters, Jason Benetti here along with you. . .”

Jason Benetti, 29, scanned over his scorecard to read the day’s lineups. His deep, booming voice is not appropriate for a nice restaurant, but it’s perfect here, this old radio booth, barely bigger than a walk-in closet.

Ever since he first sat behind a radio microphone in high school, this is where he’s felt most comfortable.

“Nobody sees me,” he said. “The inhibitions, whichever existed, they’re all gone.”
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Dave Flemming has dropped his Stanford football radio play-by-play job from his busy broadcasting schedule, saying he no longer could make a full-time commitment to the Cardinal.

“The main factor is I have been doing so much work, I needed to figure out a way to cut back on my schedule,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday.

Flemming, 37, is one of the busiest sports broadcasters in the country. Besides his work on Stanford football the past six years, he handles play-by-play for the Giants, Pac-12 Network football and college basketball for ESPN. In the past year, he also worked NBA games for ESPN.

“Basketball has gotten to be a huge part of my schedule,” he said. “I was juggling all this stuff, and I felt if I couldn’t make a full-time commitment to the Stanford thing, it was best if I stepped aside.”

While announcing his departure on Twitter, he pointed out that his first Stanford broadcast was the 24-23 upset of USC in 2007.

He said, “Just being around Andrew (Luck) was a highlight. I did every game Luck ever played.”

Flemming, who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classics from Stanford, said he told university officials of his departure 10 days ago. There was no immediate word on his successor.

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Read more at San Francisco Chronicle where this story was originally published.

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