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SEC Network Releasing Doc On Team Radio Calls

“The documentary kicks off season 11 of SEC Storied on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. ET.”

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Legendary SEC voices are getting their just do. The SEC Network is releasing a new documentary feature called More Than a Voice, which spotlights football play-by-play voices from around the SEC. 

The documentary kicks off season 11 of SEC Storied on Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. ET.

Country music star Kenny Chesney is an executive producer on the project. Before CBS and other TV networks started broadcasting every FBS game, radio was the way millions of fans connected with their teams on Saturdays. Voices like John Ward at Tennessee, Larry Munson at Georgia, John Forney and Eli Gold at Alabama, Mick Hubert at Florida, Jim Fyffe and Rod Bramblett at Auburn, and many more are highlighted in the film.

“It was important for me to be a part of this film because John Ward was such a big part of my life growing up and loving sports in east Tennessee,” Chesney said about the project. “With his voice and his words, he painted a picture of Tennessee football that captured my imagination and the imaginations of so many.”

Voices like Ward’s became just as famous as the players on the field; even a country music icon like Chesney gets starstruck in his presence.

“Meeting him was one of the highlights of my life,” Chesney said. “I’m thrilled to be a small part of this film that sheds light on his genius and so many of the other voices who have made the Southeastern Conference really special.”

Chesney is a frequent contributor to SEC Network films such as Boys of FallThe Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story, and The Believer. The documentary features famous figures from across college football, including Peyton Manning and Kirk Herbstreit. 

Radio is one of the most intimate forms of communication. College football leveraged that strong connection into great experiences that SEC and college football fans get to relive on Sept. 26.

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ESPN Will Honor Vin Scully By Airing Iconic 1988 World Series Game 1 Tonight

ESPN will air an encore presentation of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as a tribute to Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scull

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ESPN will air an encore presentation of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as a tribute to Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully. The network will air the game tonight, August 3 at 8pm ET on ESPN2.

The 1988 World Series was between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics. Scully was on the call for the classic game which is notable for an injured Kirk Gibson coming off the bench and hitting a walk-off home run.

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Matthew Berry Joins NBC Sports

Berry is expected to host a daily podcast and have his own Sunday fantasy football show.

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Matthew Berry, the fantasy football expert that helped to elevate the niche to mainstay programming surrounding the football season, is joining NBC Sports.

Berry, who left ESPN less than a month ago, is expected to host a daily podcast and have his own Sunday fantasy football show, sources told The New York Post. The show might go against Fantasy Football Now, his previous show that airs on ESPN2.

The show is also expected to be on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, as well as possibly on some NBC affiliates. Berry could also make appearances on Sunday Night Football.

NBC Sports declined comment.

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NBC Pushing for Big Ten/NFL Primetime Pairing in Media Rights Deal

“The Big Ten would have exposure in every TV home,” said one source to Front Office Sports. “It would also be a smart idea to follow the model of the most successful sports league in America.” 

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Big Ten media rights negotiations are getting closer to being completed. The results could mean a minimum of $1.25 billion annual distribution for the conference’s soon-to-be sixteen members. One of the bidders in the process, NBC, has an interesting idea to make the Big Ten the “NFL of college football conferences.”

NBC has reportedly pushed the idea of combining Big Ten broadcasts with its existing Notre Dame coverage and would feature the Big Ten in its primetime window. With CBS, ESPN/ABC also bidding on coverage packages, such a series of deals would make the Big Ten the only college football conference that would be seen across all of the American broadcast networks. Something only few entities have done, like the NFL.

NBC is also pushing the allure of having primetime Big Ten football on Saturday night and primetime coverage of Sunday’s only NFL evening game with Sunday Night Football.

“The Big Ten would have exposure in every TV home,” said one source to Front Office Sports. “It would also be a smart idea to follow the model of the most successful sports league in America.” 

The Big Ten’s current media rights deals expire after the 2023 season.

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