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Sportscaster Simone Eli Joins KPRC

simone eliSimone Eli started this week at KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston, Mike McGuff reports. She will be the station’s weekend sports anchor and reporter.

Eli comes from WALA, the Fox affiliate in Mobile, where she has been a sports director and anchor since May 2013.

“We’re really excited that we got her out of Mobile and we think she will be a great asset,” KPRC senior executive producer Rick McFarland told McGuff. “Not only does she have great sportscasting experience, but I think people are going to be interested in watching her.”

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Sinclair Launches College Sports Network

sinclair_304Sinclair Broadcast Group announced today it’s getting into the sports programming game by launching a collegiate sports initiative called the American Sports Network.

The network plans to air its programming on Sinclair’s CW and MyNet stations and has deals with Division I conferences like Conference USA, the Colonial Athletic Association, Big South Conference, Southern Conference and Patriot League.

The initiative, headed up by Doron Gorshein, CEO of Sinclair Networks, will air live football, basketball, soccer and other games. The station group also added, “the Company’s plans may include potential development of new cable networks and digital platforms focused on these new content initiatives” if it can secure carriage agreements with distributors.

“This is another example of our foray into the content creation business,” David Smith, president and CEO of Sinclair said in a statement. “The launch of ASN will provide important and valuable content that is directed at serving our local communities, while improving the value of our CW and MyNet affiliates. We are confident in Doron’s ability to lead this endeavor, given his acumen in this arena.”

Josh Taylor Leaving KHBS-KHOG

JOSH-TAYLOR-DIAGRID-WEB-jpgSports anchor Josh Taylor is leaving Hearst’s Fort Smith-Fayetteville, AR, ABC affiliates KHBS-KHOG.

“I’ve decided to move back home to Pittsburgh to be closer to my family,” Taylor wrote on his facebook page.

Taylor, who joined KHBS-KHOG from Hearst’s WTAE in Pittsburgh, PA, told TVSpy he doesn’t have anything lined up yet back home.

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Cleveland Stations Cover LeBron James News: ‘He’s Coming Home’

Looks like Cleveland CBS affiliate WOIO will have to make good on the offer to rename its sports studio after LeBron James: the NBA star announced today that will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season after four years with the Miami Heat.

WOIO reported the news at 12:25 p.m., just after James’ announcement was posted to SI.com. “Like the rest of, I guess greater Cleveland or maybe even the country, the newsroom is abuzz right now,” Paul Orlousky said. The station remained in coverage through the 1 p.m. hour.

ABC affiliate WEWS reported the news at 12:26 p.m., with Leon Bibb reading James’ essay on the air. “I’m reporting this as I’m learning it. I am learning it right along with you. ‘I’m coming home,’ says LeBron James,” Bibb said. The station remained on the air until 1:30 p.m. and is planning expanded evening newscasts tonight.

WJW also reported the news at 12:26 p.m. “He had the option of staying with the old guard in Miami or coming to the new team, the new young superstar team here in Cleveland,” Gabe Spiegel said. The Fox affiliate stayed with the news until 1 p.m.

“This is now the victory that the Cavaliers have been looking for … this is a great situation for the Cleveland Cavaliers,” John Anderson said on NBC affiliate WKYC shortly after he reported the news at 12:26 p.m. WKYC also remained on the air through the 1 p.m. hour.

Washington, DC Leads Local Markets in World Cup Viewership

TeamUSAFanSunday’s U.S. vs. Portugal World Cup match was the most-watched soccer match ever on U.S. TV. More than 18 million people watched the game on ESPN, which ended in a 2-2 tie, with 1.3 million watching on the WatchESPN app. As for where those viewers were, we’ve broken it down market-by-market:

Washington, D.C., led all markets for the telecast with a 13.3 rating. Columbus, OH (12.6), New York (12.5), Boston (11.5), Hartford/New Haven (11.3), Providence (11.2), Atlanta (11.1), Baltimore (11.0), Norfolk (10.5), Orlando (10.5) and Sacramento (10.5) rounded out the top 10.

Overall, Washington, D.C., continues to lead all markets for matches on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC through the first 32 games with a 5.0 average rating, followed by New York (4.3), San Francisco (4.1), Orlando (3.8), Los Angeles (3.7), Hartford/New Haven (3.7), Atlanta (3.6), San Diego (3.5), Boston (3.5), West Palm Beach (3.5) and Richmond (3.5).

KTXA Scraps Local Sports Show

the fan sports showKTXA, the CBS-owned independent station in Dallas, has canceled “The Fan Sports Show,” Dallas media blogger Ed Bark reports. Beginning next week, the station will shift “Inside Edition” to 6:30 p.m. and will air classic Western shows, such as reruns of “Gunsmoke” and “Bonanza,” from 7 to 8 p.m.

“It will create a fun summertime escape for fans of these classic shows,” KTVT-KTXA general manager Gary Schneider told Bark. “And we’ll be introducing them to other viewers for the first time. This is truly timeless television.”

“The Fan Sports Show” is anchored by Bill Jones, with Jane Slater as the regular fill-in. Both of them will remain with KTVT-KTXA, according to Bark.

Earlier this week, KTVT-KTXA sportscaster Steve Dennis parted ways with the stations after being told they were cutting back on sports.

WMAQ Adds Sportscaster Siafa Lewis

siafa lewisSiafa Lewis has joined WMAQ, the NBC-owned station in Chicago, as a freelance reporter and sports anchor, Robert Feder reports:

Frank Whittaker, station manager and vice president of news at NBC 5, confirmed the new addition on Tuesday, adding that the hiring of Lewis “will mean less use of some of our other freelancers.” He did not say whose work would be cut back.

Lewis has previously worked as a traffic reporter for WCAU in Philadelphia and as a sports anchor and reporter for WNBC in New York.

Seattle Sportcaster Wears Nasal Strip in Support of Kentucky Derby Winner

levine cchrome kcpqAaron Levine, sports director for Seattle FOX affiliate KCPQ, showed his support for California Chrome, the racehorse vying to win the first triple crown since 1978.

Before officials at Belmont Park said the winner of the Kentucky Derby and last weekend’s Preakness Stakes can wear a nasal strip in their race, Levine took to the airwaves to give his opinion about the initial decision not to allow the horse to wear the strip.

Levine’s protest probably had no influence in the ruling being overturned. According to CNN it was more likely New York State Gaming Commission Equine Medical Director Scott E. Palmer who told Belmont officials, “Equine nasal strips do not enhance equine performance nor do they pose a risk to equine health or safety and as such do not need to be regulated,”

Levine ended his commentary by saying, “Then again I don’t think it improves my performance as an anchor.” Watch the video after the jump. Read more

Sportscaster Dan Corey Resigns From WDAZ

corey wdaz_304Sports reporter Dan Corey has resigned from WDAZ, the ABC affiliate in Grand Forks, N.D. He announced the news on his blog:

I would like to thank WDAZ for giving me the opportunity to cover sports daily and for the chance to grow as a reporter. Also, I must thank Pat Sweeney for hiring me and letting me work besides one of the best broadcasters in North Dakota history. Everyone at WDAZ was fantastic to work with and I will miss them dearly.

Corey was arrested earlier this month for DUI. Although he did not address the arrest in the post, he did say his exit was “not the way I wanted to end my run at WDAZ.”

“It is not the ending I could of ever dreamed of, but all good things must come to an end,” Corey wrote.

WDAZ Sports Reporter Arrested for DUI

danweb_wdaDan Corey, assistant sports director for Grand Forks, ND, ABC affiliate WDAZ was arrested for DUI last weekend.

“We regret to inform you that over the weekend Dan Corey received a DUI,” anchor Stacie Van Dyke told viewers on Monday. “Dan is a sports reporter here at WDAZ. A court date is set for May 16th.”

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