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Bally Sports Ohio Clarifies Cleveland Cavaliers Color Commentary Rotation

“Austin Carr has always been an invaluable part of the Cavs and Bally Sports Ohio family – and that’s not changing,” the network said in a statement.

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A Cleveland Cavaliers broadcasting favorite has not been as prominent on team broadcasts on Bally Sports Ohio so far this season, and that’s caught many viewers and fans off guard.

Austin Carr has been a mainstay on Cavs TV broadcasts, and up until this season he had been the main analyst on the play-by-play crew since 2006. But this year Bally Sports Ohio decided to switch things up and institute a three-man rotation consisting of Carr, former Cavaliers coach Mike Fratello and former Cav Brad Daugherty.

The feedback from fans has been noted by Bally Sports Ohio, which clarified that they’re not phasing Carr out from his role on TV.

“Austin Carr has always been an invaluable part of the Cavs and Bally Sports Ohio family – and that’s not changing,” the network said in a statement. “He is Mr. Cavalier and his number hangs in the rafters of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. He brings so much history, knowledge and passion to every broadcast, which is why he and will continue to be a treasured member of the team and Cleveland community.”

The network just felt like shaking things up and refreshing its broadcast crew. So far Bally has stood behind that decision.

“We constantly evolve the broadcast format to benefit our fans’ experience,” the network added. “That included providing a variety of perspectives on the game.”

When Carr isn’t on the game broadcast, he can be seen as a studio analyst for the team’s pre and post-game shows.

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St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”

McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.

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NFL Flex Scheduling Forces ESPN To Change Bowl Schedule

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The NFL flex scheduling an upcoming Las Vegas Radiers game out of Sunday Night Football on December 18 has forced ESPN to make a slight adjustment with its college bowl season schedule. But the change was something the worldwide leader was prepared to make.

The Raiders were originally scheduled to play the New England Patriots in the primetime window a week before Christmas, but with both teams losing ground in terms of the AFC playoff picture, NBC opted to go with a different game that night instead. Now fans will be tuning in to see the rematch between the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.

The shift out of the Sunday night window for the Raiders forced ESPN to swap kickoff times for the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl the day before on December 17. Florida and Oregon State will play in Vegas at 2:30 p.m. eastern, with BYU and SMU facing off in Albuquerque at 7:30 p.m.

The switch allows workers at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas enough time to switch the venue over from college bowl game to Raiders home game.

“We are accustomed to flexibility and we anticipated having to maneuver our event schedules based on the possibility of the Raiders game being flexed,” said ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby.

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FOX Scores Most-Watched PAC-12 Championship Game Ever

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Friday night’s Pac-12 championship game between Utah and USC drew the largest audience in the game’s history, according to FOX.

Over 6.2 million tuned in to watch the Utes dominate the Trojans 47-24 and dash USC’s hopes at making the College Football Playoff.

The network said viewership was up 45% compared to the 2021 title game, which aired on ABC and also featured Utah. The Utes won the conference crown in convincing fashion that year too, posting a 38-10 victory over Oregon.

The Pac-12 will be without USC and UCLA as member schools following the 2023 season. The Trojans and the Bruins will join the Big Ten in 2024.

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