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Mama, there goes that man back to ESPN
Former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has reached a multi-year agreement to return to ESPN as an NBA game analyst.
Jackson will work Sunday during ESPN’s telecast of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.
Jackson will join play-by-play commentator Mike Breen and fellow analyst Jeff Van Gundy, reuniting the trio that broadcasted the NBA Finals for five consecutive years.
A former All-Star point guard during his 17-year career as a player, Jackson was fired by the Warriors earlier this month following the team’s first-round playoff loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors have hired Steve Kerr, another analyst without any coaching experience.
The Warriors went 51-31 this season under Jackson, posting their best record since 1991-92.
Jackson went 121-109 in three seasons with Golden State, which reached the postseason each of the last two years. He had been mentioned as a possible candidate for the New York Knicks’ vacant head coaching position but returned home to ESPN.
Deion Sanders returns to CBS as well as continues his work on the NFL Network
Officially announced by CBS Sports and NFL Network, we now know the official Thursday Night Football pregame show panel. The host will be James Brown and he’ll be joined by CBS’ Bill Cowher and NFL Network’s Deion Sanders. They’ll hit the air at 7:30 p.m. ET and go until kickoff at 8:25 p.m.
CBS/NFL Network will simulcast the pregame and Thursday Night Football from Weeks 2 through 8 and then NFL Network exclusively in Weeks 9-12 and 13-16. There will be a Saturday doubleheader with an NFL Network game at 4:30 p.m. and a CBS game at 8 p.m.
JB, Cowher and Sanders will not only host the pregame show, but the halftime program as well. They will be located at each game site inside the stadium.
In addition, there will be a second set located outside the stadium and the crew for that set has yet to be announced.
PTI stays intact
Reported first by USA Today’s For the Win and officially announced by ESPN, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon have signed a multi-year contract extensions to remain as co-hosts of the venerable Pardon the Interruption. The show debuted in October 2001 and has helped to launch an afternoon block of talk programming on ESPN. In addition, it was a springboard for the debate format which has spread to other shows such as First Take, Numbers Never Lie and Around the Horn.
It also made Kornheiser and Wilbon very famous. They began as Washington Post columnists. They have since left the paper and become well-known ESPN personalities. Kornheiser became part of Monday Night Football between 2006 and 2008. Wilbon is now a writer for ESPN.com and ESPNChicago.com.
With the new extensions, both men will continue their roles as co-hosts of PTI and they’ll contribute to other ESPN platforms such as SportsCenter.
FOX SPORTS LANDS SHARK SHOOTOUT; JOE BUCK AND GREG NORMAN TO MAKE THEIR GOLF BROADCASTING DEBUTS
Just a week after Joe Buck and Greg Norman were officially announced as the lead broadcast team for the U.S. Open starting next year, we get word that Fox Sports has signed another golf event and naturally, it’s associated with Norman. It’s the Shark Shootout that had previously been aired on CBS and NBC/Golf Channel over the last two decades.
As a result of the move to Fox, the Shootout becomes a Thursday through Saturday tournament instead of Friday through Sunday schedule it had been previously.
Norman hosts the tournament every year in Naples, FL and starting this December, the Shootout moves to Fox Sports 1/Fox. It becomes the first PGA Tour event to air on Fox and will mark the broadcast debut of Buck and Norman before they call the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay on Puget Sound in Washington in June 2015. This will give Buck and Norman an opportunity to establish their chemistry over a three day period.
Fox will have the rights to air the tournament on television and stream it online through its Fox Sports Go app.
I would like to thank Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites blog & ESPN.com for information it provided to help in this article.