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Ohio Sportscasting Legend Vince Koza Dies

“The long time Lima sportscaster was inducted into the Associated Press Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007.”

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Local Lima, Ohio TV and sports radio host, Vince Koza died last Friday after a three-month bout with cancer. His daughter, Brittany Koza announced the passing of her father through their page on CaringBridge.org, which provided updates throughout Vince’s battle with the disease.

“He fought so so hard, but there was just too much cancer,” Brittany Koza wrote. “It overtook his lungs, and he just couldn’t breathe anymore. His heart was strong, but it was just too much work. I know he fought as hard as he could for as long as he could, and that towards the end he was purely fighting for my mom, my sister and me.”

After moving to Lima in 1980, Koza spent 27 years as the sports director for WLIO-TV. In 2008, the sportscaster launched a weekday radio show on 93.1 The Fan, where he remained full-time until being diagnosed with cancer last October. Sports Talk with Koza spent time in both afternoons and morning drive on The Fan over the course of the last decade. 

In addition to his daily talk show, Koza also contributed as a play-by-play announcer for the station. The long time Lima sportscaster was inducted into the Associated Press Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007.

Viewing hours will be held at a place where Koza called many games, the Lima Senior High School gymnasium, from 3 – 8pm Wednesday and for one hour before Thursday morning’s 10:30am service at St. Gerard Catholic Church. 

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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NBC: Big Ten Media Rights Is Biggest New Property Deal Since NFL

“I can’t think of a bigger deal in the 16 years I’ve been here than the Big Ten. It’s very rare to see these properties change hands.”

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NBC Sports can’t be more excited to be a part of the new Big Ten media rights deal going into effect in 2023.

As part of their share of the $1 billion per year agreement, NBC will shell out $350 million each season to the conference for rights to 14-16 football games over the next seven years.

On a recent edition of SportsProMedia’s StreamTime Podcast, Peacock chief commercial officer Rick Cordella said this was the biggest acquisition for NBC since the network became the home to Sunday Night Football in the NFL in 2006.

“I joined NBC just after the NFL deal and [since then] we’ve re-engaged with NASCAR in 2013 and have signed some pretty important renewals along the way,” he said. “But in terms of a new property, I can’t think of a bigger deal in the 16 years I’ve been here than the Big Ten. It’s very rare to see these properties change hands.”

Cordella added that while NBC’s relationship with Notre Dame is historic and something to hang their hat on, it’s the longevity of the future of the Big Ten as a conference and pseudo-mega conference that makes being in on the new deal so monumental.

“We have a long relationship with Notre Dame that’s pretty unique and something we’re proud of, but to have Big Ten football every week in the fall…that conference is going to be a dominant force in college athletics, and we don’t have to worry about teams being poached and leaving (the conference),” he said.

The fact that Peacock will also be streaming football and men’s and women’s basketball games is another perk.

“It was the right spot to focus our investment and we’re excited to have content across both NBC and Peacock,” Cordella said. “That was an important factor.”

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12.6 Million Tune in to Rams-49ers Monday Night Football Matchup

Additionally, the ManningCast featuring Peyton and Eli Manning saw its biggest audience this season.

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ESPN continues to generate massive audiences for its Monday Night Football telecasts.

The network reported that 12.6 million tuned in across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes to watch the San Francisco 49ers beat the Los Angeles Rams.

Additionally, the ManningCast featuring Peyton and Eli Manning saw its biggest audience this season. ESPN says 1.63 million caught the alternate feed.

That number ranked Monday’s broadcast tied for fourth among 12 previous editions.

Next week’s Monday night game features the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Las Vegas Raiders.

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SEC on CBS Draws College Football’s Most-Watched Game for Third Straight Week

Alabama-Arkansas drew an average of 5.828 million viewers, making it the most-watched Alabama-Arkansas game in 12 years.

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CBS is reaping the benefits of its package with the SEC. That’s because for the third consecutive week, CBS is home of college football’s highest-rated game of the week.

Alabama-Arkansas drew an average of 5.828 million viewers, making it the most-watched Alabama-Arkansas game in 12 years. That game also peaked at nearly 7 million viewers at one point.

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