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Scalabrine Joins Boston Celtics TV Full Time

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Former Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine remains a beloved figure at TD Garden. When he walks around the arena’s lower bowl — now as a credentialed media member working for Comcast — the requests for selfies and autographs still come frequently.

And this season Scalabrine will have a more visible role in Celtics telecasts, as he joins Comcast SportsNet full time after working part time last season. Scalabrine is scheduled to be a color analyst alongside longtime play-by-play man Mike Gorman at all 41 road games. He also will be the main studio analyst for home games, with Tom Heinsohn still serving as the in-game analyst.

“Last year, sometimes working two weeks and then going away for two weeks, I’d miss the rhythm of the team,” Scalabrine said. “You can watch the games, but being a part of the team and talking to the coaches and seeing the pulse, that’s what I’m looking forward to more by doing all 82 games.”

Scalabrine, who was a Celtics reserve from 2005-10, said he has learned by following the leads of Gorman and Heinsohn. Although he has a colorful personality and will continue to use that as an asset, Scalabrine said he also knows when to sit back and let Gorman dictate the flow, particularly when it is time to allow a big moment to breathe.

“Everyone thinks this job is about talking and explaining everything I know about basketball,” Scalabrine said. “That’s not what this is about. It’s about making it entertaining for people and also giving them a couple of things a game to chew on. There’s this overall picture of how you build your broadcast over the course of an entire season.”

Scalabrine averaged 3.1 points and 2 rebounds per game over his 11-year career. He rejoined Comcast last season after spending the previous season as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

Credit to the Boston Globe who originally published this article

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FOX Sued for Patent Infringement Over NFL Scheduling

“Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.”

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An analytics company is suing FOX over claims that the network developed a mapping tool using their patented technology to create a season slate of NFL games.

Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.

The lawsuit claims FOX used access to Recentive’s predictive analytics tools to develop a resource of their own that would create optimal schedules for its 1 and 4 p.m. NFLwindows.

The company is seeking a declaration that FOX infringed on two of its patents. Recentive is also suing for damages and wants an injunction keeping FOX from using Recentive tech and preventing the network from “selling, offering for sale, marketing or using any internal network and mapping analytics tool for the scheduling and regionalization of events covered by the patents.”

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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage

“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”

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The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.

Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.

“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.

Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.

How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.

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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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