After being televised on ABC for 54 years, NBC has acquired the rights to broadcast the Indianapolis 500. A new deal between NBC Sports Group and IndyCar gives NBC exclusive rights to IndyCar races starting in 2019. Previously, races were split between ABC and NBC, but now all races will appear on either NBC or NBCSN; races will also be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
You can read more about the new deal between NBC and IndyCar here.
Major League Baseball has announced a 25-game partnership with Facebook for the 2018 season. Through this agreement, Facebook has gained exclusive rights to broadcast 25 weekday afternoon games through their platform via the MLB Live Facebook page. Because of the deal being exclusive to Facebook, these games will not be available through the team’s regional networks.
You can read more about the partnership here.
Hannah Storm, most known for being an anchor on ESPN’s Sportscenter, has been named the second annual “Woman of Influence” by Multichannel News. Storm will be honored at the 20th-annual Wonder Woman Luncheon on March 22nd in New York City.
You can read more about Hannah Storm and her achievement here.
At the winter meetings Wednesday, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Bob Costas was the winner of this years Ford C. Frick Award. This award is given by the Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster for “major contributions to baseball”. Costas will be presented with the award July 28th in Cooperstown, NY during induction weekend.
You can read more about Costas’ accomplishment and career here.
Sports Illustrated has come to an agreement with NBCSN to televise their “Sportsperson of the Year Awards” for the first time. The award ceremony was formerly broadcasted online but will now air as an hourlong special on December 8th at 8 pm ET. The award is given to the athlete, team, or coach who best exemplifies the spirit of sportsmanship and achievement.
You can read more about the agreement, broadcast, and award here.
Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated recently published a list of the top 25 national play-by-play broadcasters in sports today. The list starts with Verne Lundquist of CBS Sports at number 25 and ends with Mike Emrick of NBC Sports at number 1.
You can see the rest of the list as well as some facts about each play-by-play voice here.
The Baseball Hall of Fame has announced the finalists for the 2018 Ford C Frick Award, one of the highest honors for baseball broadcasters. The eight finalists for the award are Buddy Blatner, Joe Buck, Bob Costas, Dizzy Dean, Don Drysdale, Al Michaels, Joe Morgan, and Pee Wee Reese.
The winner of this prestigious award will be announced December 13th at the league’s winter meetings in Florida. You can read more about the award and its finalists here.
Dallas Stars play-by-play broadcaster Dave “The Voice” Strader has passed away after a battle with bile duct cancer; he was 62 years old. Strader had been the play-by-play voice of the Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, and Detroit Red Wings throughout his career and had also called games for ESPN and NBC.
You can read more about his passing and his career here.
Many people had their doubts when it was announced that Tony Romo would be calling NFL games for CBS this season. However, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback has proved all of his doubters wrong as he has become must-watch television by predicting plays before they happen.
You can read more about Romo’s success in the booth as well as see examples of him predicting plays before they happen here.
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