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Mel Bracht
Mel Bracht

Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican and Marion (Ind.) Chronicle-Tribune, and joined The Tulsa Tribune as assistant sports editor in 1982. After the Tribune folded in 1992, he served as assistant sports editor on the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal-Gazette.


Bracht joined The Oklahoman in 1994 as a sports copy editor and wrote a weekly sports media column. In 2000, he became a full-time media writer for the features staff. He also has served as a copy editor for the features and Opinion sections and as an editorial writer. He sings on the worship team at Victory Faith Center in Midwest City.

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Thunder bucks league-wide trend of large TV ratings decline

The Oklahoma City Thunder bucked a league-wide trend of declining television ratings and finished third among NBA teams' local...

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Analyst Jeff Van Gundy says Westbrook should play all 48 minutes

Jeff Van Gundy, a former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets head coach, will be a commentator on ESPN's coverage of Game 3 and...

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Doug Gottlieb will have fallback with Fox Sports job

Although sportscaster Doug Gottlieb will receive an interview this week as a possible replacement for departed basketball coach...

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NCAA Tournament: Turner analyst Grant Hill says OSU must push the pace against Michigan

CBS and Turner's No. 1 NCAA Tournament broadcast team of Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and reporter Tracy Wolfson will...

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Sports media: TNT’s Harlan discusses Thunder, Durant’s role with Warriors

TNT will air a blockbuster doubleheader on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with the Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors at...

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ABC’s Jeff Van Gundy says Thunder could finish from fifth to seventh seed

Jeff Van Gundy, a former Houston Rockets and New York Knicks coach, will be broadcasting the Golden State Warriors at Cleveland...

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Media Notes: ABC/ESPN to air five NBA games on Christmas Day

Christmas Day traditionally is a huge day for the NBA with five telecasts on ABC and ESPN. However, this season the broadcasts...

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Ratings Watch: Bucs-Cowboys tops week with 18.8 rating

Bucs-Cowboys tops week with 18.8 rating NBC's Tampa Bay-Dallas telecast topped the Oklahoma City ratings for the week with an...

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Griffin Communications to air three state championship football games

Griffin Communications will televise three state championship football games Friday from the three largest classes to its...

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Cowboys-Redskins telecast tops OKC ratings

Fox's telecast of the Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys game on Thanksgiving Day topped the Oklahoma City TV ratings for the...

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Media Notes: No turkeys in NFL lineup on Thanksgiving Day

It appears that the only turkeys to be served this Thanksgiving Day will be on the table and not on the tube. For the first...

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Ratings Watch: OU-West Virginia telecast earns season-high 29.1 rating on KOCO-5

OU-West Virginia telecast sets OU season-high ABC's telecast of OU's 56-28 rout of West Virginia topped the Oklahoma City TV...

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Ratings Watch: OU-Baylor game tops week with 19.5 rating on KOCO-5

KOCO-5’s telecast of the Baylor at OU game topped the Oklahoma City TV ratings for the week with a 19.5.

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Media Notes: ESPN’s ‘College GameDay’ snubs Big 12 with no appearances likely this season

For first time in the 21-year history of Big 12 football, it’s likely not a single conference team will make an appearance on...

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Media Notes: Former Thunder reporter Kelly Crull covered Cubs’ World Series championship

Former Oklahoma City Thunder courtside reporter Kelly Crull got to experience the thrill of covering the Chicago Cubs' World...

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Ratings Watch: World Series ratings up 49 percent in Oklahoma City

KOKH-25’s ratings for the Chicago Cubs’ victory in the seven-game World Series (10.0 average) were up 49 percent in Oklahoma...

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Media Notes: Former Baylor guard hired as OU radio analyst

Kevin Henry, a former New Mexico and Baylor guard, has been hired as the radio analyst for the OU men’s basketball broadcasts.

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Fox analysts counting on World Series ratings boost from dream matchup

Fox is expected a boost in World Series ratings with a favorable matchup.

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Sports on TV: Kevin McHale returns to Turner Sports as NBA analyst

Basketball Hall of Famer Kevin McHale is returning to Turner Sports under a multi-year agreement to provide analysis for NBA...

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FS1's OU-Texas telecast is the lowest-rated on record between the teams

This year's game drew 2.8 million viewers, down 44 percent from last year's telecast on ABC (5 million viewers).

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OU football: A look at the broadcast crew for OU vs. Texas

Fox Sports' lead college football broadcast team of Gus Johnson, analyst Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Shannon Spake will...

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OSU football: A look at the broadcast crew for OSU vs. Iowa State

Anish Shroff, analyst Ahmad Brooks and sideline reporter Dawn Davenport will call the Iowa State-OSU game for ESPNU. Shroff, a...

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Fox's OU-TCU telecast tops week with 23.1 rating on KOKH-25

Fox's OU-TCU telecast topswild weekend Fox's OU-TCU telecast topped the Oklahoma City TV ratings for the week with a 23.1...

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Fox plans extensive OU-Texas coverage

Fox is planning extensive coverage of the OU-Texas game on FS1, including a one-hour pregame show at 10 a.m. Analyst Robert...

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NBA TV to air KD's debut with Warriors

NBA TV will tip off its live preseason game schedule with the highly anticipated debut of Kevin Durant with the Golden State...

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Sports media: Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt says OSU found its stride in win over Pitt

Klatt, a former Colorado quarterback, also notes that OU has faltered in crucial situations and he doesn't think the Big 12...

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ESPN to honor Vin Scully on Giants-Dodgers telecast Wednesday night

ESPN will honor the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully throughout "Wednesday Night Baseball" when the Dodgers...

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Ratings for KOKH-25's OU-Ohio State telecast fell 23 percent in the second half

OU-Ohio State ratings dip following first half Ratings for Fox's Ohio State-OU telecast on KOKH-25 Saturday night were a tale...

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Sports media: Fox Sports analyst Dave Wannstedt says OU must force young Ohio State team into making mistakes

In 1982, the last time Fox Sports college football analyst Dave Wannstedt was in Norman, he was defensive coordinator for the...

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New Fox Sports app to provide virtual reality coverage of OU-Ohio State game

The new virtual reality app will make the game the first live sporting event to be available in VR.

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KOKH-25's Cowboys-Giants telecast tops week with 16.8

COWBOYS-GIANTS TELECAST TOPS WEEK The Dallas Cowboys' 20-19 season-opening loss to the New York Giants topped the week with a...

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OU football: Brendan Burke, Brian Baldinger to call Sooners' pay-per-view broadcast vs. UL-Monroe

Brendan Burke, Brian Baldinger and Christian Steckel will broadcast the pay-per-view game. The trio called the OSU's opener...

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OSU football: Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis to call Cowboys game vs. Central Michigan

Justin Kutcher and analyst Petros Papadakis will call the OSU-Central Michigan game for FS1. A Boston University graduate,...

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Troy Aikman blasts Fox Sports' hiring of Skip Bayless

Troy Aikman, Fox Sports' lead NFL analyst, spared no punches in criticizing FS1's hiring of Skip Bayless. Bayless' new show,...

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Sports on TV: ESPN's "College GameDay" will be at Bristol Motor Speedway for Virginia Tech-Tennessee game

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s first long-form TV interview since his 2014 NFL suspension airs nationwide...

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ABC's OU-Houston telecast tops ratings with 22.4 on KOCO-5

ABC'S OU-HOUSTON TELECAST DOMINATES WEEK ONE GAMES ABC's telecast of Houston's 33-23 victory over OU topped the Oklahoma City...

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Sports media: Skip Bayless expects more freedom on new FS1 debate show

"Skip and Shannon Undisputed" debuts at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on FS1

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Sports media notebook: Barry Switzer, Pat Jones to provide live commentary on Coaches' Cabana

Former OU coach Barry Switzer and former OSU coach Pat Jones will be back for another season of Coaches' Cabana in which they...

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ESPN proud to line up college football's 'best kickoff week ever'

ESPN programmers admitted they had some luck in putting together what they are billing as college football's “best kickoff week...

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Fox Sports analysts pick OU to return to College Football Playoffs

Fox Sports analysts Joel Klatt, a former Colorado quarterback, and Matt Leinart, a former Notre Dame quarterback, have picked...

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Sports on TV: NFL preseason telecasts top ratings

NFL preseason telecasts top week NFL preseason telecasts topped the Oklahoma City sports TV ratings for the week. Ratings for...

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Sports media: CBS analyst Rick Neuheisel impressed by Sooners after Norman visit

CBS college football studio analyst Rick Neuheisel, a former Colorado and UCLA coach, took part in a conference call Thursday...

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Sports media: ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit has questions about OU's defense

Next Saturday, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit will have a busy start to the college football season. He will be part of ESPN's...

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Ratings watch: KFOR-4's Olympic prime-time ratings down 24 percent from 2012 London Games

KFOR-4's Olympic prime-time ratings down 24 percent from 2012 NBC's ratings for Rio Olympics were way down in Oklahoma City and...

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Media notes: ESPN to air college football season opener Friday night from Australia

Hawaii and California will open the college football season on Friday (9 p.m.) from ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia. ESPN will...

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Media notes: Cox announces high school football TV schedule

Cox Communications plans to televise 18 regular-season high school football games, highlighted by the Jenks-Tulsa Union game on...

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KFOR-4's Rio Olympic ratings down 25 percent from London Games

KFOR-4's Rio Olympic ratings down 25 percent from London Games KFOR-4's ratings for the first 11 nights of the Rio Summer...

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Media notebook: TNT adds Monday night doubleheader to its NBA coverage

TNT has expanded its NBA coverage to 64 regular-season games, including the addition of a new Monday night package beginning on...

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Sports on TV: KFOR-4's prime time Olympic ratings down 35 percent from 2012

KFOR-4's prime time Olympic ratings down 35 percent from 2012 KFOR-4's ratings for the first four nights of the Rio de Janiero...

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Media Notes: Al Eschbach to celebrate 40th year in sports radio with special show Wednesday night

Sports Animal talk show host Al Eschbach will celebrate his 40th anniversary in sports radio with a special show from 4 to 8...

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Broadcasters excited about Rickie Fowler's appearance in Olympic golf tournament

Despite a tough year on the PGA Tour, Ricky Fowler can earn redemption with a strong showing in the Olympic golf tournament

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Sports on TV: PGA Championship ratings down 11 percent on KWTV-9

PGA Championship ratings down 11 percent on KWTV-9 KWTV-9's ratings for the final round of the PGA Championship (4.9), won by...

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Media notes: Tom Jackson to retire as ESPN analyst

NFL analyst Tom Jackson plans to end his 29-year career at ESPN after covering the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement...

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NBC Olympics producer discusses coverage plans

About 1,000 employees will be stationed in Stamford, Conn., instead of Rio de Janeiro as part of cost-cutting measures.

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Cox will provide extensive on-demand Summer Olympics coverage

Cox Communications has announced that its video subscribers will have access to NBCUniversal's 6,755 hours of Olympic...

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Wake up with Bayless

Northwest Classen High School graduate Skip Bayless said he expects to remove “the handcuffs” when his new daily FS1 show...

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Sports on TV: Canadian Open, UFC Fight Night top Oklahoma City ratings for the week

Canadian Open, UFC Fight Night top oklahoma city ratings Jhonattan Vegas' victory in the Canadian Open and UFC Fight Night...

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TNT to follow two top groups at PGA Championship

Beginning at noon Thursday, TNT's coverage of the PGA Championship will feature Jordan Spieth, Sergio Garcia and Bubba Watson,...

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ESPN announces new Thursday and Friday night college football broadcast teams

ESPN announces new Thursday and Friday night college football broadcast teams

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RATINGS WATCH

BRITISH OPEN RATINGS DOWN IN OKC NBC's ratings for the British Open were down 14 percent in Oklahoma City compared to last year...

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Media notes: Oklahoma’s 2015 wins over Tennessee, TCU to re-air on ESPN’s Top 25 games

Two OU football victories rank in ESPN’s Top 25 college football games of 2015 and will be rebroadcast on ESPNU.

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Collected Wisdom: Bill Land, Spurs TV announcer

In his 13 seasons as San Antonio Spurs TV announcer, Bill Land has relished the Spurs' success as an NBA powerhouse, including...

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Media notes: NBC, Golf Channel use new technology to measure wind at British Open

NBC and the Golf Channel are using ultrasound technology used by the British national sailing team to measure wind direction...

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Media Notebook: Vice President Joe Biden to present Craig Sager with award at ESPYS

ESPN has announced that Vice President Joe Biden will be on hand at The 2016 ESPYS on Wednesday night to present the Jimmy V...

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Sports on TV: U.S. Olympic trials top ratings for the week

NBC's coverage of the U.S. Olympic trials again topped the Oklahoma City TV ratings for the week. The ratings for the Home Run...

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Media notes: MLB Network looks back at Mark "The Bird" Fidrych

Forty years ago, baseball fans across the country were captivated by eccentric Detroit Tigers rookie pitcher Mark Fidrych as he...

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Sports on TV: U.S. Olympic trials top TV ratings for the week

NBC's coverage of the U.S. Olympic trials in swimming and track and field topped the Oklahoma City TV ratings for the week....

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Media notebook: ESPNU hires former OU standout Dusty Dvoracek as college football analyst

Dusty Dvoracek, a former OU and Chicago Bears defensive tackle, said he has been hired by ESPNU to be analyst on college...

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Desmond Mason to be honored at U.N. with Athlete for Peace award

On Wednesday night, he will speak and be honored at the United Nations as a recipient of an Athlete for Peace Award at the...

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Sports on TV: ESPN adds Michael Wilbon to main NBA draft coverage

ESPN has added commentator Michael Wilbon to its main desk for coverage of the NBA Draft at 6 p.m. Thursday from the Barclays...

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Sports on TV: NBA Finals Game 7 earns 19.5 rating on KOCO-5

ABC's telecast of Game 7 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night produced a huge 19.5 rating on KOCO-5, but the seven-game series...

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Collected Wisdom: ESPN baseball analyst Kyle Peterson

Kyle Peterson is the perfect analyst for ESPN to employ as its top commentator for the College World Series. He grew up in an...

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Three ESPN game analysts will make their College World Series debut

Three ESPN analysts, Dallas Braden, Alex Cora and Eduardo Perez, will make their College World Series television debut,...

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No Thunder players on NBA All-Defensive teams

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Thunder's defense may have turned up a notch in the postseason, but its regular season performance...

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TNT analysts say Russell Westbrook is “too explosive” for Stephen Curry to guard

TNT's studio crew raved about Russell Westbrook's triple-double that spurred the Thunder's 118-94 victory over the Warriors in...

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Charles Barkley says Thunder still has to win Game 4 to win the series

Following the Oklahoma City Thunder's 133-105 offensive explosion in routing the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the series...

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TNT announcers marvel over Stephen Curry's third-quarter outburst

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry's 15-2 run in the third quarter produced raves from the TNT game and studio announced...

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Joe Tessitore replaces Brad Nessler on ESPN Saturday night college football broadcasts

Nessler is expected to join CBS, where he will call NFL games and be the eventual replacement for Verne Lundquist on the...

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OKC Thunder: TNT's Reggie Miller says Thunder coach Billy Donovan has done 'fantastic' job

TNT analyst Reggie Miller is broadcasting the NBA Western Conference Finals, working with play-by-play announcer Marv Albert....

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ESPN, ABC to kick off college football season with blockbuster tripleheaders

ESPN and ABC will both air tripleheaders on Sept. 3, the first full Saturday of college football, involving nine ranked teams....

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Sports on TV: TNT gets big rating for Game 1 of Thunder-Warriors

TNT got off to a good start in the Western Conference Finals by averaging 8.7 million viewers and a 5.3 rating, based on...

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Thunder-Warriors Game 1 is highest-rated conference finals opener in five years with 6.7 national rating

TNT's coverage of the Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference Finals, in which the Oklahoma City Thunder defeating the Golden...

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Charles Barkley calls Thunder the 'better team'

On the TNT postgame show after the Oklahoma City Thunder's stunning victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 Monday...

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Sports media notebook: Fox Sports leads the way at Sports Emmys

Big winners this week at the 37th Annual Sports Emmy Awards in New York included NBC's Bob Costas (studio host) and...

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Charles Barkley 'making reservations' in OKC for conference finals

To the TNT studio analysts, the Thunder-Spurs series is over. Charles Barkley, who picked the Spurs to win the series, started...

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Thunder TV ratings down 41 percent from 2014 second-round series against Clippers

Thunder playoff ratings down Ratings for the Oklahoma City Thunder's first four games of its second-round series against the...

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Sean McDonough is replacing Mike Tirico as 'Monday Night Football' play-by-play announcer

According to published reports, several analysts also are on their way out at ESPN.

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ESPN analyst Mark Jackson said lack of mental toughness down the stretch cost the Thunder in Game 3 loss

ESPN analyst Mark Jackson said the Oklahoma City Thunder's lack of mental toughness down the stretch hurt the Thunder in losing...

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Media: TNT announcer Chris Webber has no regrets for over-the-top commentary: 'I know I was correct'

TNT analyst Chris Webber, 43, who played 18 seasons in the NBA, has been criticized for his over-the-top reaction to a...

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'Triple Crown Racing Preview' to air on The Franchise 107.7

John Brooks' production company, Sportscast Productions, is doing a six-part "Triple Crown Racing Preview" on The Franchise...

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Thunder sets all-time playoff low with 9.8 TV rating in Spurs series opener Saturday night

The Oklahoma City Thunder television ratings continues to slump in the 2016 playoffs. The Thunder has averaged 12.6 in the...

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TNT analysts claim Spurs robbed by non-call in closing seconds of Thunder victory

TNT game analyst Chris Webber claimed the San Antonio Spurs were robbed in the closing seconds of Game 2 of the...

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TNT analysts are stunned by the Thunder's dismal defense

Studio analyst Charles Barkley in the postgame said he was now expecting it would be a short series.

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Media: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to be featured on tease for ESPN's NFL Draft coverage

For the fifth straight year, the first hour of Round 1 will air with limited commercial interruptions on ESPN.

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Sports on TV: Oklahoma City's Skip Bayless leaving ESPN, expected to join Fox Sports

"First Take" co-host Skip Bayless, a 1970 Northwest Classen High School graduate, is leaving ESPN after 12 years, the network...

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Thunder playoff TV ratings down 32 percent from 2014 first-round series

The Oklahoma City Thunder averaged a 13.7 combined TV rating in Oklahoma City for its five-game first-round playoff series...

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TNT's Charles Barkley praises Thunder as 'dangerous' with more weapons than any NBA team

"Oklahoma City has more weapons than any team in the NBA, any team," Barkley said. "They have guys coming off the bench like...

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Remote patrol: ESPN analyst Jon Barry says Thunder has 'excellent chance' against Spurs in second-round matchup

Barry, working with solid play-by-play announcer Dave Pasch, raved about the scoring of Enes Kanter and the passing of Russell...

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Sports on TV: OKC Thunder slips to fourth place in local NBA ratings

The Oklahoma City Thunder slipped to fourth place in the NBA local TV ratings for the 2015-16 season. The Thunder averaged 6.7...

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Sports on TV: Thunder playoff ratings down 15 percent from 2014

Oklahoma City TV ratings for the first two Thunder playoff telecasts were down 15 percent from the team's last first-round...

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Remote patrol: FSOK analyst Antonio Daniels blasts officials for treating Durant like he was a rookie

KD finished with a dismal 7 of 33 shooting night in which he was clearly frustrated by the officiating.

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Sports on TV: 'Sports Detectives' to debut on Smithsonian Channel

The Smithsonian Channel's six-episode docuseries "Sports Detectives" will debut at 8 p.m. Sunday. Reporter Lauren Gardner and...

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Remote patrol: ESPN studio looked at halftime of Game 1 to Thunder's possible second-round matchup with Spurs

The Oklahoma City Thunder's domination in the series opener Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks was so complete in the...

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Sports on TV: Thunder-Mavs game will be part of ESPN playoff tripleheader Saturday

ABC and ESPN will combine to televise five playoff games this weekend, including Dallas at Oklahoma City at 8:30 p.m. Saturday...

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Media notebook: ESPN airing historic night in the NBA on Wednesday

The Golden State Warriors will attempt to break the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ all-time wins record by going 73-9 this season as...

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Sports on TV: Masters ratings down 38 percent from last year

Ratings from the fourth round of The Masters topped the Oklahoma City TV ratings for the week, but KWTV-9's ratings were down...

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Sports on TV: NBA TV sets record with 2.6 million viewers for Warriors-Spurs telecast

NBA TV's telecast of the Golden State Warriors' 92-86 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night averaged 2.6 million...

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Media: Jackie Robinson profiled in Ken Burns' four-hour documentary

Pitchers threw at him. Opposing players spiked him as they ran past him at first base. Others pushed him down, and many cursed...

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Media: Toby Rowland calls his five years as OU radio voice 'just wonderful'

Rowland has enjoyed his share of memorable broadcasts, including the OU basketball team's triple-overtime loss in January at...

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Sports on TV: NBA TV's free preview weekend will include Golden State at San Antonio game Sunday

Through a free preview this weekend, NBA TV's Sunday triple-header — which will include the much anticipated Golden State...

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Masters Live online coverage expands to follow featured groups for entire rounds

Masters Live, featuring live full-day video coverage on CBSSports.com, will offer four channels of golf action for the Masters...

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Ratings watch: Ratings slump for first cable NCAA men's championship game

Ratings for the first cable NCAA men’s championship game, which averaged 17.8 million on Turner networks, were down 30 percent...

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OU basketball: TBS analyst Reggie Miller said Villanova 'wanted it more' in Final Four rout

The Oklahoma basketball team's dismal performance in its 95-51 loss to Villanova — the most lopsided loss in Final...

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MLB on TV: Rangers to have 155 telecasts available in Oklahoma

Opening Day for Major League Baseball is this weekend, so it's time to look at coverage plans in Oklahoma for the four...

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Media notes: TBS plans extensive pregame coverage for Final Four

TBS plans extensive pregame coverage for the Final Four, including appearances by Vice President Joe Biden ad his wife, Dr....

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Media notebook: Chad McKee, Eduardo Najera and Jessica Coody hired as Oklahoma Team Stream broadcasters for Final Four

Play-by-play announcer Chad McKee, analyst Eduardo Najera and reporter Jessica Coody have been hired as the broadcast team for...

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Sports on TV: CBS' telecast of OU-Oregon game tops weekly ratings

CBS' telecast of Oklahoma's 80-68 victory over Oregon on Saturday night earned a 17.2 rating on KWTV-9 to top the Oklahoma...

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OU basketball: Analyst Jim Spanarkel high on Buddy Hield and the Sooners' experience

CBS analyst Jim Spanarkel, a former Duke and NBA player, will broadcast the Oklahoma-Texas A&M game at 6:37 p.m. Thursday...

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Ratings watch: CBS' OU-VCU telecast tops week with 16.4 on KWTV-9

CBS' telecast of the OU-Virginia Commonweath basketball game Sunday in the NCAA Tournament topped the Oklahoma City TV ratings...

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Media notes: ESPN and ESPN2 to show entire women's basketball tournament

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and WatchESPN will combine to show the entire the NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament beginning...

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Media: CBS' Carter Blackburn excited to get full dose of NCAA Tournament

Blackburn, a 2001 Syracuse University graduate, had a brief taste of the tournament in 2008 and 2009 doing two games each year,...

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Media notes: Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski and Jaime Maggio assigned to broadcast Oklahoma City tournament games

The new broadcast team of play-by-play announcer Carter Blackburn, analyst Mike Gminski and sideline reporter Jaime Maggio have...

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Media: Lesley McCaslin says pregnancy hasn't slowed her work as Thunder reporter

McCaslin, who is in her fourth season covering the Thunder for Fox Sports Oklahoma, is expecting her first child, a boy, on...

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Media notebook: Big 12 Tournament to air on three ESPN networks

The entire Big 12 Tournament from Kansas City, Mo., will be split up on three ESPN networks — ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.

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Sports on TV: TNT's Thunder-Warriors telecast tops weekly ratings

TNT's coverage of the Golden State Warriors' 121-106 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night topped the week...

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Award-winning Brenda VanLengen to broadcast Big 12 women's tournament

VanLengen, who was a standout basketball player at Roselawn (Neb.) High School and the University of Nebraska-Kearney, also...

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Media notes: Thunder to make back-to-back national TV appearances

The Oklahoma City Thunder will make back-to-back national television appearances against top Western Conference opponents.

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Media notes: NFL Network to air live Scouting Combine coverage beginning Friday

For the 12th year, NFL Media provides exclusive multiplatform coverage of the league's next generation of talent with live...

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Media: ABC's Mike Breen says Thunder is still trying to find its way under coach Billy Donovan

The Thunder is basking in the national spotlight this week with three national telecasts, including a TNT game at 7 p.m....

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Media notes: Fox's Jeff Gordon gears up to broadcast Daytona 500 for the first time

Jeff Gordon, who left NASCAR last fall as a four-time Sprint Cup champion, again will be in the spotlight at the Daytona 500 on...

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Sports ratings watch: NBA All-Star ratings up 34 percent in Oklahoma City from last year

Ratings for the NBA All-Star Game were up both nationally and in Oklahoma City. The telecast, which aired on both TNT and TBS,...

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Media notes: TNT to air All-Star festivities beginning with Rising Stars Challenge

TNT's NBA All-Star coverage from Toronto begins with the Rising Stars Challenge at 8 p.m. Friday and continues with the...

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ESPN's Seth Greenberg: No. 3 OU isn't overrated despite recent struggles

Veteran coach Seth Greenberg, 59, who posted a 383-293 record in 22 years as head basketball coach at Long Beach State, South...

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Media notes: Marv Albert agrees to multiyear extension with TNT

Veteran announcer Marv Albert has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with TNT to call NBA games. Albert will no longer...

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Ratings watch: Thunder gets second-best TV rating for Golden State game; Super Bowl ratings down 9 percent in Oklahoma City

Nationally, CBS' Super Bowl 50 broadcast ranked second all time behind last year's game in viewership with an average 111.9...

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ESPN's 'College GameDay' coming to Norman next week for OU-Kansas game

'College GameDay' will air at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. from Lloyd Noble Center in advance of 1:30 p.m. game Saturday

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Media notes: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook to be featured on NBA TV's 'NBA Inside Stuff'

All-Star starting guards Russell Westbrook of the Thunder and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers will be featured on NBA...

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Sports media: CBS plans more production advancements for Super Bowl coverage

Much has changed in sports television production in the 50 years since CBS and NBC televised the first Super Bowl in the L.A....

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Ratings watch: Thunder telecasts dominate Oklahoma City sports ratings for the week

Thunder telecasts on Fox Sports Oklahoma swept the first four places in the Oklahoma City TV ratings in the first week without...

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Media notes: ESPN reporter Holly Rowe undergoes surgery to have tumor removed

ESPN reporter Holly Rowe, who regularly covers Big 12 Conference "Big Monday" men's basketball games, underwent surgery Tuesday...

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Sports media notebook: 'ESPN Virtual 3' technology to be used on ABC's Saturday night NBA games

ESPN has announced it will debut "ESPN Virtual 3," a technology that illuminates the 3-point line for every 3-point shot...

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OKC Sports Ratings Watch: AFC Championship tops week with 26.0

CBS' coverage of the AFC Championship topped the Oklahoma City ratings for the week with a 26.0 rating on KWTV-9. Nationally,...

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Media notes: OKC Dodgers' broadcasts to air again on KGHM-AM 1340, "The Game," under new three-year deal

The Oklahoma City Dodgers and iHeartMedia Oklahoma City have announced an extension to their  partnership, keeping OKC...

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Media notes: NBA TV to air Warriors-Spurs showdown game Monday night

NBA TV will televise the highly anticipated NBA Western Conference showdown between the teams with the two best records in the...

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Sports media notebook: Rachel Nichols to host daily NBA show after rejoining ESPN

As part of her return to ESPN, Rachel Nichols will host a new, daily program focused on the NBA that will debut Feb. 18 when...

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ESPN's Van Gundy says Thunder must shore up defense to be title contender

ABC begins its new "NBA Saturday Primetime" series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls....

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Media notes: NFL Network to re-air Super Bowl I for the first time

Forty-nine years to the day after the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs squared off in Super Bowl I, NFL Network will be...

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Media notes: Gonzaga basketball team to be featured on HBO reality series

The Zags, coached by Mark Few, have appeared in 17 consecutive NCAA Tournaments overall, placing them fourth in active streaks...

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ESPN to cover No. 2 OU basketball team's game against Kansas State from an Orlando, Fla., studio on lower-rated ESPNEWS

The broadcast team of Mark Neely, a former Tulsa Drillers broadcaster who lives in Kansas City, Mo., and analyst Jerod Ward, a...

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Media notes: Thunder to make two ESPN appearances this week

Both games also will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma (Brian Davis, Michael Cage and reporter Lesley McCaslin).

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Remote patrol: ESPN analyst Brock Huard says OSU must shore up offensive line 'to get back on this stage'

Last season, ESPN analyst Brock Huard watched a different Ole Miss team get hammered by TCU 42-3 in the Peach Bowl. He giggled...

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OU-KU game sets Big 12 ratings record for ESPN's 'Big Monday'

Kansas’ triple-overtime 109-106 victory delivered a 1.9 overnight national rating, 10.7 rating in Oklahoma City

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Remote patrol: ESPN analyst Todd Blackledge notes Clemson wore OU down in the trenches

Blackledge noted the Clemson defensive line also dominated, even without standout defensive end Shaq Lawson, who missed most of...

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OU football: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe to broadcast the Orange Bowl

ESPN's veteran broadcast team of Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will call its third OU game this season...

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Sports on TV: OKC Thunder vs. Chicago telecast tops ratings in ice-storm affected week

The weekend ice storm knocked out the local TV ratings for Sunday and Monday sporting events, including a full slate of NFL...

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Sports media notebook: Dick Vitale to broadcast OU-Kansas game in 'Big Monday' season debut

ESPN opens its "Big Monday" college basketball schedule next week with a top-three showdown as No. 3 Oklahoma plays at No. 2...

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ESPN analyst Todd Blackledge compares OU to last year's Ohio State national champions

ESPN analyst Todd Blackledge will call his third OU football game this season, broadcasting the Orange Bowl between No. 1...

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Sports on TV: Thunder gets season-best 12.6 rating for TNT's Thunder-Cavs telecast

TNT's Oklahoma City Thunder-Cleveland Cavaliers telecast Thursday night topped the week with a 12.6 rating in Oklahoma City,...

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Sports media: Fox hires John Smoltz as lead baseball analyst

Fox Sports will ditch the three-man booth for baseball this season, hiring Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz to work with Joe...

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Media notes: Dave Raymond joins Texas Rangers broadcast team

A 21-year broadcasting veteran, Raymond served as the play-by-play announcer for seven Rangers spring-training telecasts last...

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Ratings watch: SEC championship tops local ratings

CBS' coverage of the SEC championship game topped the Oklahoma City TV ratings for the week with a 10.7 on KWTV-9.

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Bedlam football: ABC's Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit in the booth Saturday night

ABC's No. 1 broadcast team of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporter Heather Cox will call its second OU game this...

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Ratings watch: ABC's TCU-OU telecast beats Fox's Baylor-OSU game in battle of Saturday night showdowns

In a battle of Saturday prime-time showdowns, ABC's TCU-OU telecast beat Fox's Baylor-OSU telecast 26.2 to 18.8 in the Oklahoma...

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Media notes: "College GameDay" analyst Desmond Howard to be honored by Michigan

ESPN "College GameDay" analyst Desmond Howard won't be in Stillwater for Saturday's 8-11 a.m. telecast in advance of the Bedlam...

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OU football: ABC's Todd Blackledge explains TCU coach Gary Patterson's decision to go for two late in loss to Sooners

After TCU turned a game ABC announcer Brad Nessler described as a yawner into a nail-biting affair in the closing minutes,...

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OSU football: Fox announcers second-guess Mike Gundy's decision to use onside kick late in loss to Baylor

Fox's lead broadcast team of Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt second-guessed Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy's decision to kick...

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OSU football: Fox's lead crew of Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt on the call for OSU vs. Baylor

Fox's lead college football broadcast team of Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Molly McGrath will call...

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Media notes: Jim Traber named to Talkers Magazine Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk

Traber, ranked No. 76, is the only Oklahoma-based announcer.

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OU-Baylor gets 30.6 rating on KOCO-5 and finishes as top game nationally with 4.2 overnight rating.

ABC's telecast of the OU-Baylor game got a 30.6 rating on KOCO-5, the Sooners' second-best rating of the season behind the...

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OU football: ABC broadcast team boosts Baker Mayfield's Heisman bid

In the closing minutes of OU's 44-34 victory over Baylor Saturday, OU quarterback Baker Mayfield picked up a big boost in his...

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OSU football: ESPN announcers credit Cowboys' defense for perserving come-from-behind victory over Iowa State

ESPN announcers Adam Amin and Kelly Stouffer applauded the Oklahoma State defense for two clutch stops in the closing minutes...

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OSU football: ESPN crew of Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer on the call for Cowboys vs. Iowa State

ESPN's Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer and sideline reporter Olivia Harlan will broadcast their second OSU game this season when the...

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OU football: ABC's No. 1 crew calling Sooners' vs. Baylor

ABC's No. 1 college football broadcast team of Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and sideline reporter Heather Cox will call...

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OU football: College GameDay host Rece Davis calls OU 'this year's Ohio State'

After 10 seasons as host of the college basketball version of "College GameDay," Rece Davis replaced Chris Fowler as host of...

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Media notes: Cox to carry Mustang at Broken Arrow 6A-I playoff game

Cox Communications will broadcast the Mustang at Broken Arrow 6A-1 quarterfinal game at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Cox Channel...

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OSU football: Gus Johnson leads Fox crew on the call for Cowboys vs. Horned Frogs

Fox's lead college football broadcast team of Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and sideline reporter Molly McGrath will call Saturday's...

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OU football: ESPNU crew to call Sooners vs. Cyclones

Roy Philpott and analyst Jay Walker will call the game for ESPNU. Philpott, a 1999 Clemson graduate, serves as the play-by-play...

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NBA: TNT’s Craig Sager glad to be back courtside

When San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich learned a few weeks ago that sideline reporter Craig Sager, who has been battling a...

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Ratings watch: Thunder has strong first week, averaging 9.2 rating for first four games

The Thunder had a strong first week, averaging 9.2 for its first four games (11.3, 8.4, 7.4, 9.8).

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Media notes: Barkley to broadcast Thunder-Bulls game on TNT

Hall of Famer Charles Barkley will be a game analyst for the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chicago Bulls game at 7 p.m. Thursday on...

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OSU football: ESPN crew says Cowboys a ‘fringe’ College Football Playoff team

In winning a four-hour marathon football game Saturday in Lubbock, Texas, unbeaten Oklahoma State made believers out of ESPN...

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OU football: FS1’s Brady Quinn says Sooners QB Baker Mayfield could be a Heisman finalist

FS1 analyst Brady Quinn said OU quarterback Baker Mayfield is on course to earn a trip to New York in December if the Sooners...

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TNT analyst Charles Barkley predicts the Thunder will win the Western Conference

In a conference call Monday afternoon, Barkley and fellow analysts Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal discussed the upcoming season.

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OSU football: FS1 broadcasters Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman witness parade tragedy aftermath first hand

Walking past "covered bodies in the middle of the street" — victims of a horrific accident at the end of Oklahoma State's...

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OU football: ABC analyst Kelly Stouffer credits Baker Mayfield for showing composure in emotional game against Texas Tech

OU quarterback Baker Mayfield's emotional game Saturday afternoon against his former team, Texas Tech, was overshadowed by...

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OU football: Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer to call OU vs. Texas Tech

Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer and sideline reporter Olivia Harlan will call the nationally televised game, which will air on either...

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OSU football: Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman in the FS1 broadcast booth for Saturday's game vs. Kansas

Tim Brando and analyst Spencer Tillman will call Saturday's Oklahoma State-Kansas game for FS1. Longtime colleagues on...

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Media notes: Former Sooner Eduardo Najera hired as Dallas Mavericks studio analyst

"He brings a wealth of experience as both a player and a coach and he's one of the all-time fan favorites, said Mike...

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Ratings watch: OU-Kansas State telecast tops week with 22.4 on KOCO-5; baseball league championships slump in OKC

OU's 55-0 rout of Kansas State on Saturday afternoon topped the Oklahoma City TV ratings for the week with a 22.4 on KOCO-5.

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OU football: ESPN's Ray Bentley says Sooners a playoff contender after blowout of Kansas State

To those OU fans who had written off the Sooners' chances of reaching the national Final Four after their loss to Texas last...

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Media notes: Royals, Cardinals and Rangers set local TV ratings records

Kansas City Royals telecasts on Fox Sports Kansas City averaged an all-time best 12.3 rating (114,000 households) in the Kansas...

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OSU football: ESPN2 crew praises Cowboys ability to win close games

ESPN2 announcer Bob Wischusen marveled at Oklahoma State's ability to win close games as the Cowboys survived to win 33-26 in...

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OU football: ABC crew heaps praise on Texas coach Charlie Strong

ABC turned its telecast Saturday into a Charlie Strong lovefest as announcers Sean McDonough and Chris Spielman went overboard...

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Media notes: Gideon Hamilton and Bobby Thompson named as Thunder Radio Network hosts

Gideon Hamilton is replacing Craig Humphreys as host for the Thunder Radio Network pregame, halftime and postgame shows,...

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Media notebook: Bob Stoops will be a guest on Katie Nolan's FS1 show

OU football coach Bob Stoops will be a guest on FS1's “Garbage Time With Katie Nolan” at 11 p.m. Wednesday. The segment,...

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OSU football: ESPN announcer Mike Patrick botches biggest play of OSU-Texas telecast

Normally reliable ESPN play-by-play announcer Mike Patrick flubbed the biggest play of the OSU-Texas game Saturday...

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Media notes: Longhorn Network to air 2 1/2-hour pregame show for OSU-Texas game

"Texas GameDay" boasts a new set this year, with the addition of an Airstream trailer parked next to the anchor desk. Host...

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Ratings watch: OU-Tulsa telecast tops the week with 18.7 rating on FS1

OU's 52-38 victory over Tulsa topped the Oklahoma City TV ratings for the week with an 18.7 on FS1. Dallas' 20-10 victory over...

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OSU football: FS1 analyst gives Cowboys high marks for improvement on offensive line, forcing turnovers

Early in the UTSA-OSU telecast on Saturday, rookie FS1 analyst Steve Hutchinson listed his three things to look for, including...

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OU Football: Spencer Tillman joins the Baker Mayfield-Johnny Manziel comparision chorus

New OU quarterback Baker Mayfield drew comparisons to a former Texas A&M quarterback — John Manziel — from...

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OU football: ESPN announcer Brad Nessler marvels at Sooners' 'amazing comeback'

After Zack Sanchez stepped in front of a Tennessee receiver and intercepted a pass to seal Oklahoma's 31-24 overtime...

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OSU football: Mike Morgan, J.C. Pearson, Steffi Sorensen to call OSU vs. Central Arkansas

Mike Morgan, analyst J.C. Pearson and sideline reporter Steffi Sorensen will call the game for Fox Sports Oklahoma. Mike...

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OU football: Veteran crew of Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe to call OU vs. Tennessee

The veteran broadcast team of Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe will call the game for ESPN. Nessler, a Minnesota...

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Ratings watch: OSU-Central Michigan telecast tops week with 12.2

ESPNU's telecast of OSU's 24-13 victory over Central Michigan on Thursday night topped the Oklahoma City sports ratings for the...

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Remote patrol: Analyst Dave Lapham raves about OU quarterback Baker Mayfield

After Mayfield knocked down Joe Mixon after his 76-yard touchdown reception, Lapham said: “He’s going to hurt his teammates...

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Remote patrol: OSU quarterbacks earn high praise from new ESPNU announce team

Oklahoma State's quarterback duo of Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh drew high praise from ESPNU's new broadcast team of Adam Amin,...

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Fox Sports' Klatt picks TCU to win national title, calls OU and OSU darkhorses in Big 12

Former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt is moving up to Fox Sports’ No. 1 college football broadcast team, calling games with...

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Sports media: ESPN analyst Mack Brown expects Lincoln Riley and Baker Mayfield 'to be a great combination' for OU

Former Texas football coach Mack Brown has taken an expanded role with ESPN in his second season with the network. In addition...

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Media notes: Cardinals, Royals selected for ESPN Sunday night games in September

ESPN has selected three marquee matchups, which include four current first-place teams and six current playoff teams, for...

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Media notes: Cox releases high school football telecast schedule

Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make three appearances each on the Cox Communications high school football telecast schedule,...

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Media notes: Colin Cowherd joins Fox Sports to host three-hour talk show on FS1

Former ESPN sportscaster Colin Cowherd will join Fox Sports and Premiere Networks in September to host a three-hour sports talk...

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Media notes: KSBI-52 to air high school football telecasts for the first time since 2010

For the first time in five years, KSBI-52 plans to air a schedule of high school football telecasts.

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Ratings watch: Hall of Fame Game tops week with 7.5 rating on KFOR-4

The Minnesota Vikings' 14-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday night topped the Oklahoma...

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Kevin Durant's USA Basketball practice to air Tuesday on NBA TV

Thunder star Kevin Durant's scheduled appearance at USA National Team practice this afternoon will air live on NBA TV as part...

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CBS golf analysts rate Rickie Fowler among the favorites in PGA Championship

CBS' golf ratings are up 29 percent over last year thanks to increased interest in young golfers like Jordan Spieth, 22, who...

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Bill Simmons to have new weekly show on HBO

            It didn’t take Bill Simmons long to find a new television...

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Ratings watch: ESPYS ratings jump after move to ABC

Moving the ESPYS awards show from ESPN to ABC proofed to be a ratings boon for the show. Viewership was up 250 percent from 2.2...

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Media notes: Pete Rose to be part of Fox Sports' All-Star Game coverage

Rose received a waiver from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, which allowed him to take part in All-Star Game festivities. He did...

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Pete Rose discusses role in Fox's All-Star Game coverage

Pete Rose, facing new allegations that he bet on baseball while he was a player, still will be part of Fox Sports’ coverage...

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TBS analysts discuss big stories of first half of MLB season

In a conference call Tuesday afternoon, MLB on TBS analysts Cal Ripken, Ron Darling and 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Pedro...

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Media notes: Russell Westbrook gets ESPY nomination for best NBA player

Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook has been nominated for Best NBA Player in the 2015 ESPY Awards. Westbrook led the...

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Media notes: Fox planning production enhancements for U.S. Open coverage

Fox Sports is putting the final touches on several production enhancements for its 38 hours of coverage of the the U.S. Open...

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Media notes: British Open moving to NBC in 2017

Starting in 2017, the British Open will move to NBC Sports Group for U.S. television coverage. The network announced the...

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Media notes: Fox Sports is planning extensive coverage of Women's World Cup

U.S. team’s first match is 6:30 p.m. Monday against Australia

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Women's College World Series: ESPN baseball analyst Curt Schilling to broadcast WCWS for the first time

Six-time All-Star pitcher will be a field analyst for the best-of-three championship series that begins Monday

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Media notes: WCWS produces two highest-rated games in bracket round

Dwayne Wade to be studio analyst for up to four games of NBA Finals

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Media notes: Mark Neely and Jay Powell to call Stillwater Regional for ESPN networks

All games of NCAA baseball tournament will air on either ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and ESPN3

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ESPN programmers are bullish on growth of women's softball

Viewership has grown 30 percent in the 15 years ESPN has been airing the entire WCWS

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Ratings Watch: KOCO-5 ties for sixth among metered markets for Indianapolis 500 with 6.2 rating

NBA Western Conference Finals earns strong ratings in Oklahoma City

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Media notes: Jeff Gordon to be race analyst on Fox Sports' NASCAR Sprint Cup coverage, beginning next year

Gordon has served as analyst for Fox Sports’ coverage of three NASCAR Xfinity Series races this year

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Ratings watch: Preakness Stakes tops week with a 8.1 on KFOR-4

Rockets’ Game 7 victory over L.A.Clippers earns 7.3 on KOCO-5

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Media notes: ESPN has assigned its No. 1 broadcast team to OU-Alabama Super Regional

Beth Mowins, Jessica Mendoza and Michele Smith will call the Super Regional

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Media notes: ESPN3 to webcast most of Norman Regional softball tournament

ESPN will cover up to 84 games from the NCAA softball tournament

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ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla discusses who the Thunder might draft and coach Billy Donovan's adjustment to the NBA

Fraschilla will be part of ESPN2’s broadcast team covering the NBA Draft Combine on Thursday and Friday

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Fox's Bradshaw, Aikman discuss 'Deflate-Gate' punishment

NFL on Fox analysts Troy Aikman and Terry Bradshaw joined Fox Sports 1’s “America Pregame”  on Tuesday night, discussing...

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Media notes: Mayweather-Pacquiao bout shatters pay-per-view records

The bout generates 4.4 million buys and $400 million in domestic PPV revenue

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Ratings watch: Memphis-Golden State telecast on KOCO-5 tops week with 7.0 rating

KFOR-4 earns strong ratings for The Players Championship, won by former OSU golfer Rickie Fowler

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Sports media: Mayweather-Pacquiao expected to break all pay-per-view records

If you’re planning to watch the fight at a sports bar, call ahead for cover charge information and arrive early. The bars will...

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Media notes: ESPN to air first round of NFL draft with limited commercial interruptions

TNT continues its NBA playoff coverage with doubleheaders Tuesday and Wednesday

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TNT reporter Craig Sager discusses Thunder's future

Craig Sager, TNT’s flamboyant sideline reporter who is sidelined after a relapse with leukemia, discussed the Thunder’s future...

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TNT analysts speak out against Scott Brooks' firing

TNT’s NBA studio crew, including Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith, spoke out against the firing of Oklahoma...

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Ratings watch: Oklahoma City Thunder finished season with strong 10.3 rating in final game

Thunder finished third for season in the NBA for local TV ratings

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Collected Wisdom: Hubie Brown, NBA broadcaster and former coach

Hubie Brown, 81, is beginning his 30th year of broadcasting the NBA playoffs, including working with USA Network, CBS, Turner...

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Oklahoma City Thunder slips to third in final NBA TV ratings

Ratings for the Thunder, which had ranked No. 1 in NBA local TV ratings the past two seasons, fell 19 percent

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Oklahoma City Thunder: Serge Ibaka documentary 'Son of the Congo' to make ESPN debut at 8 p.m. Friday

Director Adam Hootnick was impressed with the access Ibaka gave his crew during filming last July.

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Media notes: ABC/ESPN's main broadcast crew to call two first-round games in 24 hours

On Saturday, the crew will cover New Orleans at Golden State game at 2:30 p.m. The team will then fly to Cleveland as the...

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Charles Barkley says a healthy Thunder team will be the favorite to win the championship

Barkley calls the idea of firing coach Scott Brooks “one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard.”

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Media notes: NBC Sports Group begins coverage of NHL playoffs

Four telecasts will air on both Wednesday and Thursday nights

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Ratings watch: CBS' Masters ratings way up from last year

KWTV-9 earns 10.6 for Sunday’s final round

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OKC Dodgers radio voice Alex Freedman not a fan of catchphrases

Freedman is beginning his fourth season as voice of OKC’s Triple-A team.

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Media notes: Fox Sports Oklahoma to air OU spring game at 2 p.m. Saturday

Ron Thulin will call the game with Dave Lapham and Chad McKee.

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Media notes: KGHM-AM 1340 and KTOK-AM 1000 are carrying Los Angeles Dodgers broadcasts for the first time

Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully, 87, who has broadcast Dodgers games since 1950, broadcasts the first three innings on radio...

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Media notes: The Franchise to air Texas Rangers broadcasts

The Franchise 107.7 has announced it plans to carry Texas Rangers broadcasts for the first time. Games also will air on The...

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Newcomers Bill Raftery and Grant Hill join Jim Nantz to produce entertaining Final Four broadcast team

Semfinials will air Saturday evening on TBS, with championship game at 8 p.m. Monday on CBS

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Baseball on TV: Holy Cow! Chicago Cubs games aren't available on cable or satellite nationally for the first time in 36 years

Diehard Cubs fans will need to buy MLB Extra Innings package or MLB-TV to catch the improving team on a daily basis

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Media notes: ESPN expands K-Zone coverage to every pitch

ESPN plans to use a sleeker design of its K-Zone Live technology, which will now document every pitch of every MLB game on...

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Ratings watch: OU vs. Michigan State basketball game gets 13.3 rating on TBS

Nationally, Elite Eight ratings up 23 percent over last year

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Media notes: NCAA Tournament's Final Four teamcasts to return for second season

Thunder will be part of two network doubleheaders this week

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Media notes: Fox Sports Southwest begins spring football coverage with Texas Tech game

Beth Mowins and Stephanie White to call Oklahoma City Regional

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CBS announcer Verne Lundquist gives Michigan State an edge in the Syracuse Regional

Lundquist says his broadcast of Christian Laettner’s game-winning shot in the 1992 East Regional was one of his most memorable...

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Media notes: Former OU basketball player Kyle Hardrick is featured on HBO special on the NCAA treatment's of student-athletes

Hardrick’s OU career was shortened after he suffered a knee injury when a teammate fell on him

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Ratings watch: ABC's Bulls-Thunder telecast tops week with 10.0 on KOCO-5

The Thunder telecasts again led the Oklahoma City ratings for the week, topped by ABC’s broadcast of the Bulls-Thunder game...

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Media: TV analyst Clark Kellogg expects Sooners to win NCAA opener, but face a stiff test from Dayton

Kellogg praises Sooners’ offensive ability and defensive improvement this season

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Collected Wisdom: Dick Vitale, basketball analyst

ESPN’s Dick Vitale brings a passionate approach to college basketball that few, if any, other analysts can match. At 75, after...

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Media notebook: FSOK and Cox to cover OSSAA basketball championships

Fox Sports Oklahoma will show Class 2A, 3A and 4A boys and girls title games from State Fair Arena on Saturday.

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Media notes: The entire Big 12 women's basketball tournament will be televised

Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen will call the games.

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NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager returns to TNT for Thunder-Bulls with a blaze of colors

Sager, who has been sidelined 11 months while recovering from leukemia, has a red, black and gray coat picked out for the...

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Media notes: Former OU running back Spencer Tillman leaves CBS Sports in 'mutual agreement'

Tillman, a former OU running back, plans to be on air this fall in some capacity

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Media notes: ESPNU celebrates 10th anniversary with look back at launch in Stillwater

The network launched on March 4, 2005, with ‘ESPNU College GameDay.’

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Media notes: Craig Sager to make TNT return with Thunder-Bulls game Thursday night

Sager has been sidelined since April while battling leukemia

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Media notes: ESPN's Keith Olbermann suspended for rest of week after critical tweet

Olbermann apologizes after making fun of Penn State student fundraiser.

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Ratings watch: Oklahoma City Thunder averages 10.0 for three telecasts after All-Star break

Coming off the All-Star break, the Oklahoma City Thunder enjoyed a strong week in the local TV ratings, averaging 10.0 for...

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is profiled on 'In Depth with Graham Bensinger'

MEDIA NOTEBOOK — The half-hour program will air at 10:35 p.m. Saturday on KOCO-5 and midnight Saturday on Tulsa’s KOKI-23

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Announcers Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson to do double-duty in Oklahoma with Thunder, Kansas-OSU

NBA analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, both former NBA coaches, will have a rare assignment broadcast this weekend at a...

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TNT's Charles Barkley praises Thunder for acquiring inside scoring threat

TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who regularly has criticized the Oklahoma City Thunder for its lack of an inside scoring threat,...

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Media notes: TNT to air Mavericks-Thunder game at 7 p.m. Thursday

TNT returns to its Thursday night NBA doubleheaders with Dallas at Oklahoma City at 7 p.m. and San Antonio at L.A. Clippers at...

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Ratings watch: Oklahoma City Thunder-Memphis Grizzlies telecast gets huge 12.8 rating on FSOK

The rating tied for the second-highest Thunder rating on the network

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Media notes: Actor Anthony Anderson to be part of TNT's NBA All-Star coverage

Saturday coverage to include fashion show for the first time.

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Media notebook: ESPN's 'Outside the Lines' looks at effects of playing youth football

The next installment of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Sunday (8 a.m., ESPN; 9 a.m., ESPN2) reports that new research shows that...

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Oklahoma City TV ratings: Bedlam game beats Thunder telecast in OKC ratings

Bedlam game gets 6.9 on ESPN2, Thunder gets 5.4 on FSOK

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Super Bowl: NBC analyst Rodney Harrison doesn't have fond memories of Glendale

Harrison will be part of NBC’s six-hour Super Bowl pregame show

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Media notes: Dave LaMont, former coach Stan Heath will call second Bedlam game

ESPN’s big game of the night will be No. 4 Duke at No. 2 Virginia at 6 p.m.

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Sports media: Fox Sports Southwest to air all Texas Rangers local broadcasts for first time in years

Fox Sports Southwest excited about covering improved Rangers team with new manager Jeff Banister

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NBC announcers Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth discuss role in Super Bowl broadcast

Cris Collinsworth: “We all live in our lives for great moments, for those moments that you’ll remember for a lifetime and we’re...

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Ratings watch: ABC's Thunder-Cavaliers telecast gets 14.7 on KOCO-5, a season-high for Thunder

Thunder-Wizards game gets combined 12.7 rating, Thunder’s second-best rating

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ABC analyst Mark Jackson calls Thunder 'most dangerous' team in NBA and a 'championship-caliber team.'

Jackson says Thunder would be favored in any playoff matchup because of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and their supporting cast

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Media notebook: Fox to telecast Duke game as coach Mike Krzyzewski goes for 1000th win

Gus Johnson will be at the mike as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski goes for his 1,000th career coaching victory when his Blue Devils...

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Media notes: Longhorn Network launches Wednesday on DirecTV

Thunder to be part of ESPN and ABC doubleheaders this week

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Sports media: ESPN analyst Jon Barry — 'It's time for Thunder to put up or shut up, really'

Thunder hosts NBA-best Warriors on Friday after playing at improving Houston on Thursday

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CBS analyst Phil Simms says Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is throwing the ball harder than he ever has in his life

CBS’ top NFL broadcast crew of Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson will broadcast the AFC Championship at...

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OKC Thunder: Analyst Hubie Brown says Thunder has to prove it can beat good teams

THUNDER VS. SPURS — The ABC analyst for the Christmas Day broadcast says the Thunder’s performance against winning teams will...

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Media notes: 'Brian and The Boz” to reair as part of '30 for 30' film marathon

“Brian and The Boz,” ESPN’s film on former OU linebacker Brian Bosworth, will reair at 4 p.m. Wednesday as part of a “30 for...

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Ratings watch: Dallas Cowboys-Indianapolis Colts telecast gets 18.0 on Oklahoma City's KWTV-9

Thunder fans stay up late to watch team on West Coast as telecasts of Thunder-Lakers and Thunder-Golden State get strong ratings.

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TNT analyst Chris Webber says Thunder can earn home-court advantage in the playoffs

In a conference call, TNT analyst Greg Anthony disagrees but says the team can win the Western Conference playoffs

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Collected Wisdom: Matt Pinto, Oklahoma City Thunder radio announcer

Pinto’s 25-year career as an NBA broadcaster includes stints with the Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers...

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Ratings watch: Oklahoma City Thunder gets season-high 11.0 rating for Cleveland Cavaliers' game on TNT

NBC’s telecast of Cowboys’ 38-27 victory over the Eagles topped the week with a 17.7, tying Tulsa as the 10th-highest-rated...

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Sports media: ESPN releases bowl announcer assignments

Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham and reporter Jeannine Edwards will call Russell Athletic Bowl between OU and Clemson

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KSBI secondary channel 'This TV' is discontinued

Griffin Communications, which owns KWTV-9, made the move after buying KSBI-52 this month.

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Bedlam football: FS1 crew misses mistake OU made by accepting late penalty, punting again

Fox Sports 1 analyst Joey Harrington called it "the biggest running into the kicker penalty in the history of Oklahoma State...

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Bedlam football: FS1's Joe Davis, Joey Harrington to call first Bedlam game

Fox Sports 1’s team of Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and reporter Kris Budden will call its first Bedlam game.

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Sports media: Fox Sports 1's Joel Klatt says OSU will have to play best game of season to beat OU

Klatt says running game and offensive line gives the Sooners the edge

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Media notes: NBC hires Kyle Petty for its NASCAR coverage

Petty will work alongside host Krista Voda as an analyst during pre- and post-race shows surrounding Sprint Cup and XFINITY...

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Media notes: Fox Sports Oklahoma, Cox announce telecast plans for OSSAA state championship games

Class 6A final between Jenks and Tulsa Union will air on Fox Sports Oklahoma Plus

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Ratings watch: Fox Sports 1's OU-Kansas telecast tops week with 16.1 rating

Thunder averages 5.0 for four telecasts on Fox Sports Oklahoma

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OSU football: Fox announcers Gus Johnson, Charles Davis endorse Mason Rudolph as Cowboys' QB of the future

Freshman Mason Rudolph’s debut as Oklahoma State quarterback impressed Fox Sports announcers Gus Johnson and Charles Davis even...

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OU football: Fox Sports 1's Craig Bolerjack says Samaje 'Perine is perfection'

After calling Samaje Perine’s NCAA record-breaking run early in the fourth quarter, Fox Sports 1 announcer Craig Bolerjack...

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OU football: Craig Bolerjack, Ryan Nece on the call for OU vs. Kansas

About the TV broadcasters: Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece will broadcast the game for Fox Sports 1. Bolerjack, 56, a former...

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OSU football: Gus Johnson, Charles Davis to call Cowboys game vs. Baylor

Fox’s lead college football broadcast team of Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and sideline reporter Molly McGrath will call its...

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Media notes: 107.7 The Franchise shakes up on-air lineup

Tony Casillas leaves station to spend more time with his family in Dallas

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Media notebook: Cox will televise both Class 6A-I semifinal football games this weekend

Jenks will face Owasso at 7 p.m. Friday, and Tulsa Union will play Mustang at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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Ratings watch: Oklahoma football ratings continue slump

Since Texas game, Sooners have yet to break 20.0 plateau

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Oklahoma State football: Fox broadcast crew shocked by Cowboys' offensive ineptness

The Oklahoma State football team showed it wasn’t ready for prime time in being dismantled by Texas 28-7 Saturday night on Fox....

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OU football: ESPN's Matt Millen dumbfounded by Sooners' first-half gameplan

OU 42, Texas Tech 30 — Samaje Perine ran for 213 yards in the Sooners’ come-from-behind win over Tech on Saturday. But most of...

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Media notebook: Cox to air Mustang at Broken Arrow football playoff game

The game will be shown on Cox channels 3 and 703 and streamed at www.coxhshub.com.

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Oklahoma football: Stoops brothers' gameplan 'terrible,' says Fox Sports 1's Joel Klatt

The former Colorado quarterback said of OU’s defense in the loss to Baylor: “I think 90 percent of the high school quarterbacks...

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Media notebook: Thunder makes second ESPN appearance on Friday

The second game of ESPN’s doubleheader has Cleveland at Denver at 9:30 p.m.

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Sports media: Former quarterbacks to call OU-Baylor game on Fox Sports 1

Joe Davis, at 26, is one of the youngest network play-by-play announcers

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Sports media: New HBO special provides close-up look at Kevin Durant's diverse basketball interests

“The Offseason: Kevin Durant,” which premieres at 9 p.m. Tuesday, is a must-see for KD fans

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Ratings watch: Oklahoma gets lowest rating of season, a 13.1 for Iowa State telecast

Denver-New England telecast tops week with 16.l on KWTV-9

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Ratings watch: Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins telecast gets 14.3 in OKC

ESPN’s telecast of the Washington-Dallas game on Monday night topped the Oklahoma City sports TV ratings with a 14.3. The first...

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What you need to know about new Oklahoma City Thunder TV analyst Michael Cage

THUNDER PREVIEW — Since he’ll be in your home for nearly 100 evenings this season, here’s 12 things you need to know about new...

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Oklahoma City Thunder has become network darlings

THUNDER PREVIEW — From 2010-15, the Oklahoma City Thunder ranks fourth in national TV appearances on ESPN, TNT and ABC despite...

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Oklahoma football: With a new ESPN film coming out, Brian Bosworth says 'The Boz' is finally dead

Brian Bosworth didn’t want a film made about his playing career and life until there was an ending. Bosworth said the ending to...

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OSU football: Vetern ESPN crew of Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham to call Saturday's game

ESPN’s crew of Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham and reporter Quint Kessenich will call its first OSU game this season. Patrick, 69,...

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Ratings watch: Kansas State-Oklahoma telecast gets 19.9 rating

Nationally, ABC’s Notre Dame-Florida State telecast is highest-rated college game this season

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World Series: Fox's new baseball broadcast crew hits home run in its first season

Joe Buck and first-year analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci offer interesting insights and quiet during dramatic moments

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OSU football: Fox Sports 1 crew highly critical of Cowboys' offense

Fox Sports 1 analyst Charles Davis said he was surprised by the lopsidedness of No. 12 TCU’s 42-9 rout of No. 15 Oklahoma State...

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OU football: ESPN breaks down Michael Hunnicutt's technique that led to missed field goals

ESPN announcer Dave Pasch was as startled as many of the spectators Saturday afternoon at Owen Field as he called Michael...

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Media notes: Fox Sports 1 sets ratings record with Cardinals-Giants NLCS

Game 4 of NLCS nets 5.1 million viewers. St. Louis led all markets posting a 24.3 for Game 4 and 25.2 for Game 5. Oklahoma City...

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Ratings watch: Oklahoma-Texas game gets 30.1 rating on KOCO-5

Dallas-Seattle game produces highest NFL rating with 18.7.

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OSU football: Fox Sports 1 crew surprised Kansas kicked to Tyreek Hill

Fox Sports 1 play-by-play announcer Craig Bolerjack clearly was surprised by Kansas’ decision to kick to OSU speedster Tyreek...

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OU football: ABC crew critical of Texas players', coaches' discipline

ABC’s announcing team of Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and sideline analyst Todd McShay continually harped on Texas’ sloppy...

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Media notes: Former Sooner Gerald McCoy will be profiled on ESPN's 'E:60'

Portrayed as the NFL’s gentle giant, former Southeast High School and OU standout Gerald McCoy prefers the lighter side of life.

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Oklahoma football: Fox's OU-TCU telecast tops week with 24.5 on KOKH-25

Kansas City Royals get best two baseball ratings of week. OSU gets a 9.9 on FS1.

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OU football: Fox crew of Gus Johnson, Charles Davis laud TCU's defensive performance

After the game, excitable Fox Sports announcer Gus Johnson called TCU linebacker Paul Dawson’s game-winning pick-six...

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OSU football: Fox Sports 1 crew 'shocked' by play call, official's reversal on first half's last play

Fox Sports 1 play-by-play announcer Tim Brando said he was shocked by Oklahoma State’s go-ahead touchdown on the final play of...

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OU football: Gus Johnson back in the booth for OU vs. TCU

Fox’s lead college football broadcast team of Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and sideline reporter Molly McGrath will call its...

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OSU football: Tim Brando, former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn to call OSU vs. ISU

Tim Brando and Brady Quinn will call Oklahoma State’s home game vs. Iowa State. Brando, 58, the longtime host of CBS’ “College...

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Media notes: Katy Perry to be guest picker on ESPN's “College GameDay”

“College GameDay” will be in Oxford, Miss., site of the Alabama-Ole Miss game

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