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Paul Finebaum to Re-Sign with ESPN, SEC Network

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According to USA TODAY, Paul Finebaum will re-sign with ESPN and the SEC Network. An official announcement is expected on Friday.

Finebaum, who has hosted a weekday afternoon program on radio/television for the SEC Network since it launched in 2014, generated strong interest from FOX Sports, Sinclair Broadcast Group, SiriusXM and Cumulus Media. Since joining ESPN, Finebaum has become one of the network’s most popular college football commentators.

Negotiations with Finebaum were reported by the Sporting News’ Michael McCarthy to be going down to the wire. Former ESPN President John Skipper told Finebaum his contract would be taken care of in advance but after Skipper exited, negotiations stalled.

McCarthy reported that Finebaum’s five year deal with ESPN was set to expire on July 25th. New ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro got involved in the discussions with Finebaum’s representatives at CAA Sports to make sure the network didn’t lose one of its high profile stars.

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Sports Media React to FOX’s Hologram Harry Caray

FOX’s use of a hologram Harry Caray for the 7th Inning Stretch of the Field of Dreams Game received mixed reviews.

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The annual Field of Dreams game took center stage on Thursday night, and FOX incorporated legendary Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray into their coverage.

Earlier in the evening, news surfaced that FOX was going to use a hologram version of Caray during the 7th inning stretch, playing a recording of Caray singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Darren Rovell had an inside scoop and tweeted that the display could be deemed offensive.

The segment happened, and the reaction by those in sports media, including those in Cincinnati and Chicago, was about what you’d expect.

There were a couple who didn’t take issue with the gesture.

Others couldn’t help but come with jokes.

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UNLV To Air Games on New TV Network

UNLV sports will begin to appear on the Silver State Sports & Entertainment Network beginning this season.

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In the world of expanding television rights and continued attempts to get collegiate sports broadcast on television, UNLV sports has a new way to get their athletics to viewers in the Las Vegas area.

UNLV sports will begin to appear on the Silver State Sports & Entertainment Network beginning this season. The network is a creation of KVVU-TV, Leas Vegas‘ FOX affiliate.

The network will concentrate on sports other than football and men’s basketball, but will air select football and men’s basketball games that are not picked up by network TV. The network plans to air more than 100 UNLV home contests.

“I think it’s great for our exposure, especially for many of our Olympic sports that haven’t had a broadcast avenue outside of streaming,” women’s basketball coach Lindy La Rocque said. “The UNLV fans who live in Vegas now have an easy way to follow along when they can’t physically make it to a game. And I think we’ll pick up some new fans, who may have only seen football or men’s hoops before, to be proud of what our teams accomplish.”

“So we’re giving air time to sports that usually don’t get it,” KVVU vice president and general manager Michael Korr said.

The network, which launched in mid-June, will also air 12 games involving historically Black colleges and universities.

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Mike Uva Joins WBZ-TV in Boston, Will Still Cover South Carolina Sports

“Boston, I’m home. I’ve accepted a freelance sports reporter position at WBZ-TV, CBS Boston, to cover the New England Patriots this season.”

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Mike Uva has accepted a position with WBZ-TV in Boston. There he will freelance as a sports reporter to cover the New England Patriots this season.

Uva is the Director of Digital Content with GamecockCentral.com in Columbia, South Carolina. He addressed the issue of trying to do both in a tweet saying that the nature of his position at WBZ will allow him to remain with both outlets.

“Boston, I’m home. I’ve accepted a freelance sports reporter position at WBZ-TV, CBS Boston, to cover the New England Patriots this season. Since this is a freelance gig, with the blessing of both WBZ & Gamecock Central, I’ll remain covering the Gamecocks remotely this fall.”

Uva is from Boston and played college football at Assumption University in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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