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John Sterling to Handle Nets Play by Play Duties

Brandon Contes

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From 1975 – 1980 John Sterling was the television announcer of the New York and New Jersey Nets, later filling the same role for the Atlanta Hawks from 1981 – 1989.  Now the radio voice of the New York Yankees, Sterling will return to the NBA for one game.

TV home of the Brooklyn Nets, the YES Network, announced Sterling will provide play-by-play for their home game against the Hawks on December 16th.

“John Sterling is one of the pre-eminent play-by-play talents to ever sit behind a mic,” John J. Filippelli, the president of production and programming for YES, said in a statement. “An opportunity presented itself and we decided to gauge his interest. We are both delighted and excited to see John return to the Nets and the NBA.”

A broadcasting iron-man, the 80-year old Sterling has served as the Yankees radio play-by-play announcer since 1989 without missing one day of work.  This will mark Sterling’s first game back in the NBA since leaving the Hawks.

“I couldn’t be more excited,” Sterling said in the Yes Network release. “I’ve loved basketball all my life. I broadcast so many years in the ABA and NBA. It’s like coming home again. I’m thrilled.”

Sterling will be joined by analyst Sarah Kustok and sideline reporter Michael Grady for the December 16th game between the Nets and Hawks which will tip-off at 3pm ET.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

 

 

 

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3.72 Million Tune In To See LeBron James Break Scoring Record

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Lakers star LeBron James surpassed the NBA’s all-time scoring record on Tuesday night, and TNT benefitted from the milestone ratings wise.

According to Sports Media Watch, Tuesday night’s game averaged 2.98 million viewers. That figure made it TNT’s biggest regular season audience in over two years.

The broadcast peaked at 3.72 million around 11:45 p.m. when James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the record.

Reporting also indicated that the game was the number one single-network program on TV in key demographics.

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Disney Makes ESPN Independent Division In Corporate Restructuring

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Disney is in the process of reorganizing and restructuring the company, and details have emerged about the company’s plans for ESPN.

Deadline reported on Wednesday that ESPN will be one of three standalone segments comprising Disney. Entertainment and Parks, Experiences & Products are the other two segments.

The reorganization comes amid the exit of former CEO Bob Chapek and the re-entry of CEO Bob Iger. As one of Iger’s first moves back running Disney, he announced a restructuring of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

It was also reported that Jimmy Pitaro will continue as the president of ESPN.

In total, more than 7,000 jobs will be eliminated after the restructuring.

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Roger Goodell: ‘Wouldn’t Surprise Me’ To See Thursday Night Football Move to Flex Scheduling

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon.”

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In 2023, Monday Night Football will join Sunday Night Football in having the ability to flex NFL games into its window. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday Night Football could someday join that elite club.

During his “State of the League” speech Wednesday, Goodell said Thursday Night Football having the ability to flex matchups “wouldn’t at all surprise me”.

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon,” the NFL Commissioner said.

ESPN bargained for the ability to move higher profile games into Monday Night Football during its negotiations with the league for the next television contract that begins this upcoming season.

NBC has long held the ability to shift a select number of games from earlier windows into the Sunday Night Football primetime slot.

Amazon Prime Video just completed the first of an 11-year contract that sees the streaming platform spend nearly $1 billion per year on the Thursday Night Football package.

One of the largest storylines of Amazon’s debut season with the NFL was the near-constant ridicule from play-by-play announcer Al Michaels over the lackluster TNF schedule. Michaels made headlines over several weeks for his candor on the lack of interesting matchups, going as far as to joke that if the schedule didn’t improve he would retire.

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