Indianapolis 500 Race Moving from ABC to NBC

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.

MLB reaches agreement with Facebook to broadcast games this season

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.

ESPN’s Hannah Storm named 2018 ‘Woman of Influence”

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.

Sports Illustrated Releases List of Top 25 Active Play-by-Play Broadcasters in Sports

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.

Baseball Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Nominees for Frick Award

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.

NHL broadcaster Dave Strader passes away after battle with cancer

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.

Tony Romo is Thriving in the Broadcast Booth

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.

ESPN Analyst Resigns Over Concern of Brain Damage Caused by Football

ESPN College Football analyst Ed Cunningham has resigned from his position as a college football color commentator, citing concern over concussions and other football-related injuries. “In its current state, there are some real dangers: broken limbs, wear and tear,” Cunningham said. “But the real crux of this is that I just don’t think the game is safe for the brain. To me, it’s unacceptable.”

You can read more about Cunningham’s decision to step away here.

Fearing Layoffs, Many Sports Journalists Seem to be Seeking New Careers

After witnessing major layoffs at companies such as ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and Yahoo Sports as well as the switch to all video content at Fox Sports, many sports journalists seem to be leaving the industry in search of jobs that are considered more stable or secure.

Since the number of journalists leaving for this reason cannot really be quantified, AwfulAnnouncing.com spoke to several journalists who did make the decision to change careers; you can read more about the trend away from the industry as well as the individual stories of the journalists interviewed here.

Michael Vick joining Fox Sports as NFL Studio Analyst

After briefly serving as a coaching intern with the Kansas City Chiefs, former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will be joining Fox Sports as an NFL Studio Analyst. Vick will serve as an analyst on FOX NFL Kickoff and will also appear on other FS1 shows.

You can read more about Vick’s new job here.