Vin Scully Receives Icon Award at 2017 ESPYS

Vin Scully is one of the most well known names in the sports broadcasting industry, so it should be no surprise that he was honored with the “Icon Award” at this years ESPYS. This award is given every year to someone who’s career has left a lasting impression on the sports world.

You can read more about the award ceremony as well as facts about Vin Scully and his life/career here.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Audition for Sports Radio Position

Although he is prohibited from seriously seeking other employment while in office, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will host two shows this week (Monday and Tuesday) on WFAN 660-AM New York. Christie is a regular on the stations morning program “Boomer and Carton” so it would not be a surprise to see Christie in the booth when his term ends in January 2018.

Read more about Christie’s potential new career here.

Ray Lewis joins Fox Sports 1 as NFL Analyst

After being let go by ESPN in May, former Baltimore Raven star Ray Lewis has joined Fox Sports 1 as an NFL analyst. Lewis’ 13 Pro Bowl selections and two Super Bowl rings make him an easy choice for the spot on FS1’s Undisputed. 

Read more about Lewis’ new role here.

Karl Ravech will replace Chris Berman as Home Run Derby Broadcaster

Karl Ravech will be replacing Chris Berman as the broadcaster of this years Home Run Derby. ESPN announced in January that Berman would be stepping down from his duties at the Derby as well as his spot on NFL Studio Programming but would be staying with the company in other roles. Ravech has been with ESPN since 1993 and is well known for being the host of Baseball Tonight, you can read more about the change here.

John Thompson III may be moving from the bench to the booth

John Thompson III and Georgetown University have parted ways, leaving Thompson jobless for the first time since 1995. However, if you thought this would push him in the direction of retirement you’re wrong. Now, Thompson is looking to follow in the footsteps of his father who hosted a radio show for 13 consecutive years. Read more about his possible transition here.

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Broadcasting icon Brent Musburger to end play-by-play duties Jan. 31

Musburger, 77, who brought his folksy delivery to countless games — most beginning with his “You are looking live” catchphrase — since entering the national stage in 1975, will call his final game Jan. 31 on ESPN as the Kentucky Wildcats host the Georgia Bulldogs at Rupp Arena (9 p.m. ET).

Read on for more on Brent’s amazing career here.

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Broadcaster helps build excitement for Ontario Reign

Zakrzewski is currently in his second season as director of broadcasting for the Reign. He said he started out — like a number of sports broadcasters and writers — hoping to see action on the field or ice.

And like most of his colleagues, that never happened.

 

Read on for more on the passion Zakrzewski brings to the table here.

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Harnarayan Singh makes English debut in NHL broadcast from Calgary

“Already the first person to call the play-by-play of NHL games in Punjabi, the 31-year-old will become the first Sikh to broadcast in English when he joins the crew covering the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs game at the Saddledome.”  Check out more about Singh and this historic debut here.

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Iconic hockey announcer Bob Cole says you have to ‘feel the game’ in new book

“I want the fans to enjoy the game. The game is the thing, not the knowledge that I might have about this player, or that goalie, or this coach.” See what else Bob has to say here.

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Baseball play-by-play broadcasting and minority representation

The veteran play-by-play man Dave Sims can’t tell you exactly when, but it was around this time back in 2006 when he started. All he’d ever wanted to do was call MLB games, and a decade ago, he became the voice of the Seattle Mariners.

But that voice knew it was alone. Sims remembers spending those first years noting that he was one of a handful of minorities working play-by-play. Ten years later, he still sees the same disparity.

More after the jump.