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Warren Sapp’s ‘Snitch’ Comment, And The Challenge It Presents for League-Owned TV Networks

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell punished the New Orleans Saints and members of its coaching staff earlier this week for paying players to hit opposing players hard and knock them out of the game. Sunday evening CNN takes a closer look at the bounty program in a special report:

There is also a media angle to the bounty story. Former player Warren Sapp–now a commentator on NFL Network–said on Twitter that former Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey was the “snitch.” NFL Network ended up discussing Sapp’s comments, and naming Shockey, on air.

In response, Shockey denied the allegation, and is calling on the NFL to punish Sapp:

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Flames Fire Play-by-Play Announcer Loubardias

Calgary Flames play-by-play announcer Peter Loubardias, whose style seemed to grate on certain fans, has been fired by Rogers Sportsnet after three years, a move that left the 45-year-old “devastated,” “heartbroken” and “hurt.”

Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald spoke to Loubardias as he traveled from Calgary to Saskatchewan.

“There’s probably not going to be any answers waiting for me in the Queen City,” Loubardias said. “But I need to get away from Calgary to clear my head.

“I’m devastated. Heartbroken. Hurt.”

Rogers Sportsnet has not announced a reason for the termination of Loubardias, who was also the voice of the Memorial Cup.

“We work in a business that is unbelievably subjective,” Loubardias said. “I have great respect for people in business and the people in the top positions. It’s a business, and they have to make the decisions they feel are going to make their network better going forward.”

“I have treasured the opportunity to cover eight Memorial Cups,” he said. “That’s hard for me to even talk about. I have been so lucky to be involved with the national broadcast of that tournament. To think next year in Shawinigan that’s going to be somebody else, that one really hurts. That one really stings.”