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Posts Tagged ‘Major League Baseball’

Triple Crown Announcer Steps Down Due To Stress

Legendary horse racing announcer Tom Durkin has stepped down as the voice of the Triple Crown due to stress.

Durkin, who has called the last 30 Triple Crown races on network television, decided not to renew his NBC Sports contract. He will continue to call races for the New York Racing Association (Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga).

“It’s just the stress got to be too much,” Durkin said. “When you’re walking around with a pit in your stomach for three months a year, just a general bad feeling and nervousness. You look up stress in the dictionary or online, and I’m a classic case of it. Sometimes you have to look out for your professional life; more importantly, you have to look out for your personal life. This is a bad professional decision and a good personal one.” Read more

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IOC to Auction 2014, 2016 U.S. Olympic Rights

It’s about time.

After a long delay, the International Olympic Committee will hold negotiations for Olympic television rights in the near future. At stake: exclusive rights to broadcast the 2014 (Sochi) and 2016 (Rio de Janeiro) Games in the United States.

“We will most likely start negotiations either at the end of this year or in the beginning of next year,” IOC president Jacques Rogge told the AP in a telephone interview. “The economy is improving, and the economy is definitely the major factor for which we waited.

He expects incumbent rights-holder NBC to bid along with CBS, Turner, ESPN-ABC, and Fox. This could be a turning point in Olympic television history. Read more