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Swin Cash Adds Knicks Analyst Duties

Jason Barrett

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Swin Cash is not surprised that the Knicks are off to a promising, or at least intriguing, start. She had a sense merely from observing them at their training facility in Westchester — one they share with Cash and the Liberty.

“They were around working out, they were around in preseason,” she said before the Knicks’ loss to the Cavaliers on Friday night. “I’ve played in other cities where you may see one or two guys. But to see how many guys showed up, you could tell how hungry they were, ready to get after it. To have this energy, this start, to have New York behind them, I’m really intrigued by what they’re able to do.”

Fine. But why quote Swin Cash about the Knicks here?

Because starting with Friday night’s pregame show on MSG Network, she became more than just an educated observer of her New York hoops colleagues. She will be discussing them as an occasional television studio analyst.

Expanding her already extensive TV resume, including work for ESPN and CBS, was one of the appeals of playing in New York for Cash, who has been in the WNBA since 2002 and joined the Liberty during the 2014 season.

She married Steve Canal, a former Fordham player and New York-area native, in May, and wanted to settle here. Playing for the Liberty and working for MSG was a natural fit. So she re-signed in April to play this past season in New York.

“I was like, ‘I’m really interested in being in the New York market,’ and the Liberty were like, ‘Well, we have MSG here, so there could be some synergy,’ ” she said.

Voila!

In addition to appearing in the studio for Knicks games about a dozen times, mostly after Jan. 1, she will host “Nothing But Knicks,” a bi-weekly show focused on behind-the-scenes looks at coach Derek Fisher, his assistants and his players.

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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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Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handle Games ‘On Any Stage’

“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

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Greg Olsen

Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are on tap to call Super Bowl LVII in February, and Olsen told Front Office Sports he has the confidence to announce the game with no hesitations.

“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”

Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.

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