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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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Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX

“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”

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FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.

A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.

The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.

Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.

That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.

Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.

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FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”

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The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.

Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.

Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”

Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.

“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.

FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.

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NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC

“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”

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ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.

ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.

This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.

Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.

“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”

ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.

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