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Daniels Joins Thunder Broadcasts As Pre-Post Analyst

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Former NBA point guard Antonio Daniels has joined FOX Sports Oklahoma as the new analyst on THUNDER LIVE pregame and postgame shows, it was announced by FOX Sports Oklahoma Senior Executive Producer Mike Anastassiou.

Daniels will be paired with host Lesley McCaslin (home games) and John Rhadigan (road games) and the Thunder broadcast team of Brian Davis and Michael Cage to provide perspective and analysis before and after every Thunder game televised on FOX Sports Oklahoma. This year’s first THUNDER LIVE show is set for Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. CT prior to the Thunder’s season opener against the San Antonio Spurs. FOX Sports Oklahoma is scheduled to show 71 Thunder regular-season games in 2015-16.

Daniels played 13 seasons in the NBA from 1997-2011 and was selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies with the fourth overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft. He won an NBA championship in 1999 as a member of the San Antonio Spurs and also played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Supersonics, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Hornets and Philadelphia 76ers.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the FOX Sports Oklahoma team and to get a chance to watch an exciting NBA team,” said Daniels. “I’m honored to get this opportunity and I look forward to working at FOX Sports Oklahoma.”

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Daniels enjoyed a successful collegiate career at Bowling Green where he was the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in 1997. In the NBA, he averaged 7.6 points and 3.4 assists per game and competed in the playoffs in 10 of his 14 seasons.

Following his playing career, Daniels worked as a broadcaster and co-hosted a radio sports talk show on KZDC ESPN San Antonio where he was named the 2015 San Antonio Magazine Radio Personality of the Year. A noted motivational speaker and professional fitness trainer, Daniels and his wife, Sonia, created The Daniels Family Foundation that emphasizes faith, family and fitness.

“We’re very excited to have Antonio Daniels become a part of our Thunder broadcast team,” Anastassiou said. “His knowledge of the game and his experience as a player will bring a unique perspective to our Thunder coverage.”

Credit to Fox Sports who originally published this article

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Former Hulu Exec Michael Schneider Hired To Run Bally Sports+

“Schneider previously was VP of brand and content marketing at Hulu, where he had involvement in various marketing efforts for Hulu + Live TV.”

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Sinclair Broadcast Group and Diamond Sports Group have tapped Michael Schneider as the chief operating officer and general manager of Bally Sports+ when it launches this year.

Schneider will oversee the direct-to-consumer platform that will also be the hub for Bally Sports live programming.

Schneider previously was VP of brand and content marketing at Hulu, where he had involvement in various marketing efforts for Hulu + Live TV.

“Throughout his career, Michael has successfully launched and developed DTC streaming and service platforms and created immersive engagement experiences,” said Sinclair COO and president of broadcast Rob Weisbord. “He is a terrific addition to the team as we build out the Bally Sports+ offering, its exclusive content and passionate fan community.”

Even before Hulu, Schneider had a hand in streaming. He was a founding member of the PlayStation Vue launch team.

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Marquee Sports Network Weighs Streaming Options Outside of Bally Sports+

“Marquee GM Mike McCarthy said to Sports Business Journal there’s no rush, but the network is hopeful they can have something in time for the 2023 season.”

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As Sinclair Broadcast Group prepares to launch Bally Sports+, its direct-to-consumer platform that will be home to Bally Sports live events, the Chicago Cubs are weighing their options for Marquee Sports Network, which the team co-owns with Sinclair.

Despite being under the Sinclair umbrella, Marquee is its own free-standing RSN from the rest of the Bally Sports networks across the country.

Marquee is readily available on a number of cable providers, but the only thing that’s really missing is its own standalone streaming platform for games. Marquee GM Mike McCarthy said to Sports Business Journal there’s no rush, but the network is hopeful they can have something in time for the 2023 season.

“We’re always interested in being on the cutting edge with the ultimate deliverable to our consumer,” McCarthy said. “But there isn’t any contractual clock ticking to make us feel that way. It’s how we’ve approached things from the beginning. Between our two ownership groups, there’s a lot of aggression to get it right. And I think you’ll see something along those lines shortly.”

The TV ratings will always be of top interest for MLB, especially regional ratings. But as the league has worked to embrace more streaming options for games, striking deals with Apple and Peacock for rights this season, it’s all about providing what the fans and viewers want.

“We now have the ability to do so much more, to properly tell the story of a 162-game season,” said Crane Kenney, Chicago Cubs president of business operations. Kenney was instrumental in the launch of Marquee. “We love baseball, we love the game, and we love the opportunity we have to share it with our fans in really deep ways.”

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Laura Rutledge Celebrates Chemistry Of NFL Live

“It is truly the absolute joy of my life to get their opinions and to sit with them every single day and hear what they have to say.”

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Laura Rutledge is very happy with where NFL Live is as the current lineup gets set to enter its third season together. She told The Big Lead that there is genuine chemistry between herself, Marcus Spears, Mina Kimes, and Dan Orlovsky and that is why she doesn’t feel the need to emulate any of sports television’s many debate shows.

“You don’t want to see people yelling at each other all the time and I’m really proud of the chemistry that we have struck and just letting that breathe on air and having so much fun. It is truly the absolute joy of my life to get their opinions and to sit with them every single day and hear what they have to say.”

The 2022 NFL season will have a very different feel for ESPN. The addition of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman for Monday Night Football adds new expectations to the network.

Rutledge said that the attention on the network means that she and her colleagues have to raise their respective games, but that shouldn’t be hard. There is always material to work with in this league.

“We’ve seen this offseason, we saw the previous offseason, how the NFL news cycle never stops. It’s funny because the news cycle becomes such a big piece of the story, but we’re like, we can’t wait for the games,” she said.

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