Josh Elliott could return to sports TV with FS1


Courtesy of Sporting News

A familiar face could be returning to sports TV: anchor/reporter Josh Elliott, who’s spent most of the past six years with CBS, NBC and ABC.

The former ESPN on-air talent was fired suddenly by CBS News last week, marking the peripatetic Elliott’s third network departure in three years. But within days of his ouster from CBS, Elliott or his reps opened informal talks with FS1 boss Jamie Horowitz about a possible role at the network, sources tell Sporting News. …

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WRBI Indiana sportscaster Andy Koors dies


Courtesy of WRBI Radio

Batesville High School German Teacher and longtime WRBI Sportscaster Andy Koors has passed away. Andy has recently been battling many health issues.

Andy was well known as ‘The Voice of Batesville Bulldogs Boys Basketball’ on WRBI. He also called many games for The Batesville Lady Bulldogs in the past.

Memorial services are pending. Listen to WRBI and log onto www.wrbiradio.com for updates. …

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Longtime Twin Cities sportscaster Simons dies


Courtesy of St. Paul Pioneer Press

Longtime Twin Cities sports broadcaster Rod Simons has died while in Fort Myers to cover Twins spring training, the team confirmed Monday. He was 56.

Simons, who most recently served as host of a Sunday morning Twins-themed radio program on Go 96.3 FM, spent Sunday at Twins spring camp conducting interviews. He is survived by his wife Pamela and their young daughter Annie. …

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Charlotte’s WFNZ interested in Mark Packer


Courtesy of The Charlotte Observer

Veteran sports broadcaster Mark Packer is in talks with Entercom Communications, which bought Charlotte sports station WFNZ-AM (“Fan” 610) and news/talk station WBT-AM (1110).

Packer referred questions about the rumored negotiations to his San Diego-based agent, Craig Fenech, who confirmed that “preliminary” talks have been held with Entercom.

Fenech said that Packer’s contract with Sirus/XM radio is up this spring. …

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Atlanta United’s TV talent should be hired soon


Courtesy of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta United President Darren Eales said he hopes to hire the personalities that will broadcast Atlanta United’s game within the next few weeks.

The club and FOX Sports South announced a multi-year partnership on Tuesday. The group will work its first game at Toronto on April 8.

Eales said they hope to hire three people to work the games: a play-by-play man, an analyst and a sideline reporter. …

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Berset shares story of her cancer battle


Courtesy of The Washington Post

Kristen Berset was on a high, recounting the highlights of her Nashville bachelorette weekend to her fiance. But as they climbed into bed and he brushed against her, she felt a sharp pain. Rubbing the skin beside her left breast, her fingers touched a hard ball.

Again. Just where she’d found one the first time.

“Seriously?” she thought. And then, “There’s no way.”

But it was true. The cancer had come back. …

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Jay Harris is ESPN’s utility player


Courtesy of Sporting News

Jay Harris is one of ESPN’s secret weapons.

The Emmy Award-winning Harris has been a Swiss Army knife over his 14-year ESPN career, anchoring the network’s biggest shows such as “SportsCenter” and “Outside the Lines.”

Over the past year, he has taken on his most high-profile role yet, co-hosting the new “SportsCenter:AM” (7-10 a.m.) with Kevin Negandhi, Jaymee Sire, Sarina Morales and Randy Scott. But the former hard news reporter/anchor for WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh also knows how to keep things light. …

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Nick Swisher joins Fox Sports


Courtesy of Sporting News

Nick Swisher made it official with an article published at The Players Tribune on Friday: he’s retired as a baseball player.

The announcement isn’t exactly a revelation – he hasn’t played since 2015.

Swisher, though, will still be involved in the game, as a studio analyst for Fox Sports’ MLB coverage. …

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Hawks’ Steve Holman gets contract extension


Courtesy of The Atlanta Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has signed radio play-by-play broadcaster Steve Holman to a multiyear contract extension it was announced today by Hawks Executive Vice President & Chief Revenue Officer Andrew Saltzman.

Holman, who will be inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame this evening and into the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame on Feb. 24, is in his 32nd year as the “Voice of the Hawks,” having called more 2,500 games. His play-by-play streak, which began in March of 1989, is currently at 2,385 consecutive games including regular season and playoffs.

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Dave Strader: ‘For four hours I didn’t feel sick at all’


Courtesy of The Dallas Morning Star

Normal is a relative term for Dave Strader these days.

Too often now, normal is resting more than working, testing out different cocktails of chemotherapy, studying up on cholangiocarcinoma. The veteran play-by-play man learned last summer he has bile duct cancer, and normal changed in every way for him.

Maybe that’s why Saturday was so special. After missing the first 59 games of the 2016-17 campaign while battling through different forms of treatment, Strader returned to the broadcast booth and called his first game of the season. There were butterflies and standing ovations and handshakes from half of Dallas, but maybe the thing he enjoyed most was when he got into a rhythm. …

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