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ESPN’s ‘Outside the Lines’ Returns to Saturday Mornings Feb. 19

The Saturday ‘OTL’ returns after going on hiatus in August for college football season.

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Outside the Lines, ESPN’s flagship journalism magazine program, is returning to Saturday mornings for a new season beginning Feb. 19, airing at 9 a.m. ET.

The one-hour standalone program has been off the air since August, stepping aside for College GameDay during college football season. Daily “OTL” segments have continued airing during the 12 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter.

OTL was originally moved to Saturdays in January 2020 after the daily edition of the program was canceled in December 2019. But those plans were soon affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Saturday show went dark until February 2021.

Considered ESPN’s top journalism enterprise, Outside the Lines has moved around the network’s schedule several times during its existence. The show began in 1990 as a recurring prime-time special before moving to early Sunday mornings 10 years later. OTL then became a daily afternoon program in 2003 before getting pushed to Saturday mornings and daily segments on SportsCenter.

As he has since original host Bob Ley retired in 2019, Jeremy Schaap returns to anchor the Saturday OTL. The season debut is headlined by a story on the federal trial in which former Los Angeles Angels employee Eric Kay faces accusations of providing pitcher Tyler Skaggs with illegal drugs. Skaggs died of an overdose in July 2019. Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young will also be featured and Schaap will have a commentary on Tom Brady.

According to ESPN’s official announcement, upcoming editions of OTL will look at Joe Paterno’s legacy, the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s major-league debut, conditions for migrant workers in Qatar leading up to the 2022 World Cup, a profile of Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry, and robot umpires in professional baseball.

The new season of Outside the Lines premieres Saturday, Feb. 19 at 9 a.m. ET.

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National Press Club Slams Nexstar For LIV Golf Partnership

“We call on Nexstar employees — many of whom are journalists — to demand management explain why they have partnered with the murderers of a journalist.”

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Reactions were mixed Thursday after the rumored partnership between The CW network and the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour was officially confirmed The National Press Club is very clear on where it sits on the matter.

In a statement, the National Press Club shared its displeasure with Nexstar, the nation’s largest television ownership group, and majority owner of The CW.

“We are deeply disappointed that a company that makes money from news like Nexstar would agree to participate in such a shameful PR stunt as LIV Golf, which is fundamentally designed to rehabilitate the Saudi reputation, tarnished irreparably by the state-ordered gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018,” said National Press Club President Jen Judson to CNN’s Oliver Darcy. “We are left to wonder what, if anything, Nexstar stands for. You cannot have a brand in news and act this way.

“Saudi Arabia murdered a Washington Post journalist and cut him up with a bone saw. Riyadh wants to use golf to get Americans to forget about murder. We must not let them get away with it.”

Judson continued by saying “we call on Nexstar employees — many of whom are journalists — to demand management explain why they have partnered with the murderers of a journalist. We urge Nexstar to do the right thing and cancel their bloody golf show. And if they don’t drop the program here is what we can do: don’t watch it; and write each sponsor asking them not to sponsor.”

LIV Golf is scheduled to make its American television debut next month. The network will carry LIV’s competition at the Mayakoba Resort’s El Camaleón course in Mexico from February 24th-26th. The newly-struck television deal includes live coverage on The CW on weekends, with Friday event coverage streaming exclusively on The CW app and website.

Events held in 2022 by LIV Golf aired live on its website and YouTube after failing to find a suitor for its television rights. The organization attempted to strike deals with several different entities before being turned away. LIV Golf is financed by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund. Critics have said the Saudi Arabian government is utilizing the fund and LIV Golf to “sportswash” its poor record on human rights.

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FOX Leading All Networks For College Basketball Coverage This Season

“According to Front Office Sports, college basketball on FOX averages 1.25 million viewers. That figure is up 35% year over year.”

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While CBS and Turner will lead the way in viewership come March Madness in a couple months, FOX is the leader in the clubhouse for regular season viewership.

According to Front Office Sports, college basketball on FOX averages 1.25 million viewers. That figure is up 35% year over year.

FOX had its best viewership for a conference matchup since 2017 last weekend when UCLA and Colorado squared off in a Pac-12 contest. The game, which went head-to-head against the Chargers/Jaguars NFL playoff game, drew in 1.98 million.

With ESPN losing out on Big Ten rights as part of the new media deal struck last year, FOX is optimistic in overtaking The Worldwide Leader for college hoops viewership moving forward.

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Bill Walton To Anchor Alternate Broadcast On NBA League Pass

“We are set for blastoff and the volcanic eruption on Monday night January 23. Seven o’clock Pacific time, be there. Miss this at your own peril.”

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Bill Walton is going to be the star of his own show on Monday night when the San Antonio Spurs and the Portland Trail Blazers tip off.

Walton will be the focus of the first of several upcoming alternate broadcasts on NBA League Pass called Throw It Down with Bill Walton. Walton will be joined by Jason Benetti of FOX Sports for the maiden broadcast.

“We’ve got the NBA intergalactic platform,” Walton told Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. We’ve got the world’s greatest basketball players. We’ve got the business. We’ve got the entertainment…I’m the luckiest guy in the world. We are set for blastoff and the volcanic eruption on Monday night January 23. Seven o’clock Pacific time, be there. Miss this at your own peril. You’ve been suitably warned. I’m fired up.”

Walton said having Benetti join him will be a real treat.

“He is a phenomenal conversationalist, quick-witted as can be and interesting, intriguing, inspirational, fun, all the things that I look for in life,” he said.

As for what fans can expect to see when they tune in to this special alternate broadcast of the game, Walton said it will be like nothing anyone’s experienced before.

“It will be like an incredible book. It will be a phenomenal concert,” he said. “It will be an extraordinary basketball game. It will represent everything that’s good in life, in sports, the NBA business, in the world.”

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