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Moller Named Panthers Analyst

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FOX Sports Florida, the regional television home of the Florida Panthers, announced Randy Moller has joined its roster of Panthers on-air talent for the 2015-16 season. In his new role, Moller will serve as an analyst for Panthers LIVE! pregames, intermissions and postgame shows on FOX Sports Florida, in addition to providing commentary from between the benches for all home games and select road games.

Alongside play-by-play announcer Steve “Goldie” Goldstein and color analyst Denis Potvin, Moller will provide a seasoned, exciting voice to Panthers’ television broadcasts after spending the last 17 years serving in a variety of capacities for the Panthers, including as the club’s radio play-by-play voice where he provided Panthers fans with enthusiastic and colorful broadcasts. In addition to his on-air duties, Moller has been part of the team’s front office staff since 2002, where he currently serves as the club’s Vice President of Broadcasting & Panthers Alumni. Moller also serves as president of the Panthers Alumni Association.

“We at the Panthers are very proud of our partnership with FOX Sports Florida, and we are equally excited to see Randy join the broadcast team,” said Florida Panthers Executive Chairman Peter Luukko. “Randy has been such an important part of Panthers history, first as a player, then as broadcaster and even more so in the community. Along with NHL Hall-of-Famer and veteran broadcaster Denis Potvin and long-time play-by-play voice Steve Goldstein, we feel we have one of the best broadcasts in the National Hockey League. The entire Panthers organization extends our sincere appreciation to Billy Lindsay for his work on our broadcasts and for his tireless service  in the South Florida community.”

“We are extremely pleased to add Randy Moller to the broadcast team,” said FOX Sports Florida SVP / General Manager Steve Tello. “He brings great knowledge to the broadcast as a former player, and his insights on the team’s continued development will add a new dimension to the broadcast. We would also like to thank Bill Lindsay for his years contributing to our broadcasts and Panther hockey.”

A native of Red Deer, Alta, Moller, played 13 seasons in the NHL with Florida, Quebec, the New York Rangers and Buffalo, recording 45 goals, 180 assists and 1,692 penalty minutes in 815 games.

Credit to Fox Sports who originally published this article

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FOX Sports Sees Record-Setting Ratings Weekend

The World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

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FOX Sports has been home to a number of record-setting games in terms of viewership over the last several days.

In addition to FOX Sports setting a new mark for a Thanksgiving and regular season NFL audience, the World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

The network reported the U.S./England match in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup averaged 15.377 million. It was the most-watched English-language soccer game in the U.S. ever, topping the 1994 World Cup final between Italy and Brazil.

Viewership of the match was up 11% compared to the second group stage contest for the U.S. team in 2014 against Portugal. The audience peaked at 19.646 million from 3:30-3:45 p.m.

FOX Sports also reported the Michigan/Ohio State game on Saturday drew in 17 million, which made it the most-watched regular season college game on the network ever. That figure was also the highest of any regular season contest since 2011. That game also saw the audience peak at 19.6 million.

Viewership for the game was up 3% compared to last year.

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ESPN Bowl Plans Could Be Altered By NFL Flex Scheduling

“While this situation poses a challenge, we are accustomed to flexibility and having to maneuver our event schedules.”

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ESPN could be forced to adjust its upcoming bowl season schedule if the NFL decides to flex a Las Vegas Raiders game a week before Christmas.

ESPN announced its contingency plans for two bowl contests, the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl. The Las Vegas Bowl is currently planned to kick off from Allegiant Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on December 17. The Raiders right now are still planning to play in the Sunday night game the next night against the Patriots.

Should the NFL decide to flex the Raiders out of the SNF window, ESPN will swap kickoff times between the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl. That would mean the game in sin city will kick off at 11:30 a.m. local time, with the contest in Albuquerque starting at 5:20 p.m. local time that evening.

“The SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl and New Mexico Bowl are both owned and operated by ESPN Events, so this change is a solution that will work for all parties,” ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby said. “While this situation poses a challenge, we are accustomed to flexibility and having to maneuver our event schedules. We are more than prepared to move forward with this revised schedule if necessary.”

Kickoff times will be determined well enough ahead that the schools taking part in both games shouldn’t be adversely affected.

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NFL Thanksgiving Games Set Ratings Records

FOX Sports added that viewership was up 49% compared to 2021.

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The Thanksgiving slate of NFL games last week brought in the largest audiences ever. Viewership across all three games averaged 33.5 million.

The game with the largest viewership was Giants/Cowboys in the 4:30 p.m. window. FOX Sports reported that 42 million watched Dallas beat New York 28-20. It is the largest regular season audience ever, surpassing the previous leader set 32 years ago.

The network added that viewership was up 49% compared to 2021. FOX carried the Detroit Lions traditional noon Thanksgiving game last year. Compared to the Cowboys turkey day contest on CBS in 2021, viewership was up 3%.

The Bills/Lions game in the early window on CBS averaged 31.627 million, with the audience peaking at 41.981 million. It was the most-watched early Thanksgiving game on record.

Patriots/Vikings on NBC in the nightcap averaged 25.9 million. That figure was up 24% compared to Bills/Saints a year ago, with NBC Sports claiming it’s the second most-watched primetime Thanksgiving game on record. The game was simulcast in Spanish on Telemundo, which averaged 565,000 viewers and made it the most-watched NFL game ever on the network.

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