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Dale Hansen Will Retire In September
WFAA sports anchor Dale Hansen will retire this September after 38 years at the Dallas-based network, the station announced Tuesday.
Longtime WFAA anchor and staple of North Texas sports Dale Hansen announced he will retire at the end of this year.
“For more than 38 years Dale Hansen has informed and entertained our audience like no other, and we are forever grateful for his dedication to our team and to the North Texas community,” said WFAA President and General Manager, Brad Ramsey. “From major breaking sports news, to powerful investigations, to standing up for human rights, Dale forged an unprecedented path and became so much more than a sports anchor. There will simply never be another Dale Hansen.”
Hansen has covered three Dallas Cowboys Supers Bowls, three Dallas Stars Stanley Cup Finals, two Texas Rangers World Series, and two Dallas Mavericks NBA Finals appearances. He burst onto the scene in 1986 when he broke the SMU pay-for-play scandal that saw the school receive the first and only Death Penalty. His work on the story earned him both the George Foster Peabody Award for Distinguished Journalism and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. He also received the RTDNF Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.
While he was known to Texans and industry experts for years, he gained national notoriety for voicing support for Michael Sam and Colin Kaepernick. Hansen’s last day at the network will be September 2, just one week before the Cowboys’ first game of the season with Hansen poking light fun at the hometown team in his announcement with WFAA.
“I’ve been waiting 25 years for the Cowboys to win another Super Bowl and I can’t wait anymore.”
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NFL Owners Not Voting on Flex Scheduling For Thursday Night Football
“The owners have simply decided to wait until May to make their decision.”
Amazon will have to wait for flex scheduling. NFL owners decided to table a proposal that would allow the league to create more compelling matchups for Thursday Night Football later in the season.
That doesn’t mean flex scheduling won’t be a reality on Thursday nights this season. The owners have simply decided to wait until May to make their decision.
Earlier this week, Peter King of NBC Sports reported that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing the idea. Coaches have been outspoken about how much they dislike it, complaining about managing injuries and the competitive disadvantage that would come with finding out you suddenly have a shorter week of preparation than expected. According to King, Goodell is trying to make Amazon happy after the first season of Thursday Night Football failed to deliver projected audience numbers for Prime Video.
League owners did take a step they hope will lead to fewer games between losing teams. Last season, teams could only be scheduled once for a Thursday night game. The owners decided to bump that limit up to twice per season.
Goodell defended the proposal against accusations that the league is prioritizing revenue over player safety.
“We always look at the data with respect to injuries,” he told the media gathered at the league meetings. “That is what drove our decisions throughout the first 12 or so years of Thursday Night Football and how it’s evolved. I think the data was very clear: it doesn’t show a higher injury rate. But we recognize shorter weeks. We went through this with COVID, too.”
When the idea of flex scheduling is revisited in May, it will require the support of 24 team owners in order to become a reality.
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Eric Shanks Got Approval From Alex Rodriguez Before FOX Hired Derek Jeter
“Why wouldn’t we reach out?”
Derek Jeter is going to work a very limited schedule for FOX next season. Still, before he came on board, FOX Sports CEO Eric Shanks wanted the support of Jeter’s former Yankees teammate and on-again/off-again friend Alex Rodriguez.
Andrew Marchand is reporting that Shanks reached out to ARod personally. Rodriguez gave his approval to the network.
“Why wouldn’t we reach out?” a Fox Sports spokesman said when The New York Post reached out for confirmation.
While Derek Jeter is now part of the FOX family, fans shouldn’t expect to see him every time baseball is on the network. He is only scheduled to work “marquee events”. This season, those include the London series, the All-Star Game, and the World Series.
He will be at the desk alongside Kevin Burkhardt, David Ortíz, and Rodriguez.
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Alex Rodriguez: You Used To Be Able To Hang Out With Reporters And Know It Was Off the Record
“I would say that back then it was a little bit more of a camaraderie.”
The way that MLB players interact with reporters has evolved and changed significantly over the years in Alex Rodriguez’s eyes.
In a media availability Tuesday ahead of the season premiere of the KayRod Cast, ESPN’s alternate feed of select games slated for Sunday Night Baseball featuring Rodriguez and Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay, A-Rod was asked for his biggest surprises as the media coverage has transitioned over the years.
“I would say that back then it was a little bit more of a camaraderie,” Rodriguez said. “You could actually go to a bar and have drinks with reporters, believe it or not, and talk about, you know — and everything was pretty much off the record.”
In today’s game, Rodriguez said you won’t find it being the case where reporters and players are friends away from their respective jobs.
“That ship has left, right? I think it’s just a lot more Twitter, get out there first. Fact check later, but shoot first,” he said. “As a result, I think it’s made players and everybody a little bit more aware.”
“I think in a long-worded answer, I think relationships that go back many years, I think, win in the long run, that trust,” A-Rod added.
The second season of the KayRod Cast starts on Sunday at 7 p.m. featuring the defending N.L. champion Philadelphia Phillies and the Texas Rangers.
Kay and Rodriguez will be live from ESPN’s Seaport District Studios in New York City. There are eight total editions of the KayRod Cast scheduled for the 2023 season.
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