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Candace Parker ‘Learning How to Turn Numbers Into A Storyline’ During NBA Analyst Roles

“I look at the numbers and try to connect that to a storyline that I find online or what I hear on a podcast or different topics of conversation.”

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In addition to her work in the Turner Sports studios on Tuesday night, Candace Parker has had the opportunity to be a color commentator during games this season. Parker enjoys both being at games and in the studio and there is one skill she is still trying to master.

Parker was a guest on the Sports Media with Richard Deitsch Podcast this week and she said that she is still trying to figure out in this age of analytics, how to turn numbers into a storyline for the audience:

“I think the big part I’m learning still is how do you turn numbers into a storyline. How do you connect the numbers to what you want to talk about? There’s one thing to say ‘hey, he’s shooting 77% from the free throw line’ but there’s another thing to say ‘he worked with a shooting coach this past summer. Because of that shooting coach, he was able to raise his free throw percentage by 3%’. There’s a different way and level you can do that. I look at the numbers and try to connect that to a storyline that I find online or what I hear on a podcast or different topics of conversation.”

Parker mentioned that when she does get the chance to talk to the coaches at a production meeting, she tries to see what those numbers mean from a big-picture perspective.

“Sometimes, 90% of the notes that I have you don’t use and then when it comes to talking to the coaches, you bring in those numbers and you try to get them to expand on what they are working on, what they are individually trying to do as a unit, where they are big picture.”

As for her studio work, Parker listens to a lot of podcasts and reads what the beat writers have to say during her preparation. Plus, she always has past notes ready to go with a tool that she is able to use to go back into past notes.

“I’m a big believer in you always use what knowledge you have now and compare it to before. You compare it to something that happened previously either this season or in the playoffs a year before. I just generally watch basketball and I think through that then I’ll watch the team 2-3 times before and it can be a quarter, it can be a whole game.

“I use OneNote. That helps me a lot. I use that and I use it every time I’m on television. When I’m on television on a different time, I can always pull up the notes I had previously. I’m not a big paper-to-pen. I write everything there so I have something to reflect on in the future.”

Parker has always been a big basketball fan and she told Deitsch she always looks for what’s next, which led her to doing work at NBATV and Turner Sports. She enjoys being able to have conversations about sports with people and feeling like she is at a dinner table.

“I found out that when you get to NBATV or TNT, yes you have to be seasoned a little bit, but it really is fun because you are sitting like you are at the dinner table talking about sports, but with people that you grew up idolizing. Once I figured that out, that’s when I was like this is really what I want to do. This is the second-best job ever, second to only playing, to be able to talk and analyze sports.”

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Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handles Games ‘On Any Stage’

“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

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Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are on tap to call Super Bowl LVII in February, and Olsen told Front Office Sports he has the confidence to announce the game with no hesitations.

“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”

Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.

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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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