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Jenny Cavnar Makes History in Colorado

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Jenny Cavnar has been covering Major League Baseball for over a decade while working in Colorado hosting Rockies pre- and post-game shows since 2012. Monday night, Cavnar made history, becoming just the second woman to provide play-by-play for a regular season game on television as the Rockies hosted the Padres.

“I’m really honored on the historical context of it, but I’m more so excited for the team effort. We have such a great team of broadcasters, producers, directors — so it’ll be really fun to collaborate with them and do the game tonight.” Cavnar told MLB.com before the game.

Not many females work on MLB broadcasts. Jessica Mendoza entered her third season as a color analyst for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. Suzyn Waldman has been the color analyst on Yankees radio since 2005, while John Sterling unconventionally provides play-by-play for the entire game. Cavnar is the first female play-by-play announcer for a Major League Baseball game on television since Gayle Gardner was a pioneer in 1993.

“This was a long time coming,” Cavnar’s color analyst Ryan Spilborghs told CBS Denver. “A female broadcast voice in major league baseball is necessary. Jenny has just as much intelligence knowing the game as anybody, probably more so than me, and I hope people realize how passionate she is about this. This is a really big deal for her and it’s a big deal for our broadcast.”

When Cavnar will rejoin the Rockies TV booth was not announced, but her performance was well-received making it unlikely this was a one-and-done opportunity. For now, Cavnar hopes to serve as an inspiration to others. “If there’s a little girl out there tonight that wants to have that big dream and it’s because they get to hear a voice that’s different calling a game than they’ve heard before, that’s awesome.”

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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National Press Club Slams Nexstar For LIV Golf Partnership

“We call on Nexstar employees — many of whom are journalists — to demand management explain why they have partnered with the murderers of a journalist.”

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Reactions were mixed Thursday after the rumored partnership between The CW network and the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour was officially confirmed The National Press Club is very clear on where it sits on the matter.

In a statement, the National Press Club shared its displeasure with Nexstar, the nation’s largest television ownership group, and majority owner of The CW.

“We are deeply disappointed that a company that makes money from news like Nexstar would agree to participate in such a shameful PR stunt as LIV Golf, which is fundamentally designed to rehabilitate the Saudi reputation, tarnished irreparably by the state-ordered gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018,” said National Press Club President Jen Judson to CNN’s Oliver Darcy. “We are left to wonder what, if anything, Nexstar stands for. You cannot have a brand in news and act this way.

“Saudi Arabia murdered a Washington Post journalist and cut him up with a bone saw. Riyadh wants to use golf to get Americans to forget about murder. We must not let them get away with it.”

Judson continued by saying “we call on Nexstar employees — many of whom are journalists — to demand management explain why they have partnered with the murderers of a journalist. We urge Nexstar to do the right thing and cancel their bloody golf show. And if they don’t drop the program here is what we can do: don’t watch it; and write each sponsor asking them not to sponsor.”

LIV Golf is scheduled to make its American television debut next month. The network will carry LIV’s competition at the Mayakoba Resort’s El Camaleón course in Mexico from February 24th-26th. The newly-struck television deal includes live coverage on The CW on weekends, with Friday event coverage streaming exclusively on The CW app and website.

Events held in 2022 by LIV Golf aired live on its website and YouTube after failing to find a suitor for its television rights. The organization attempted to strike deals with several different entities before being turned away. LIV Golf is financed by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund. Critics have said the Saudi Arabian government is utilizing the fund and LIV Golf to “sportswash” its poor record on human rights.

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FOX Leading All Networks For College Basketball Coverage This Season

“According to Front Office Sports, college basketball on FOX averages 1.25 million viewers. That figure is up 35% year over year.”

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While CBS and Turner will lead the way in viewership come March Madness in a couple months, FOX is the leader in the clubhouse for regular season viewership.

According to Front Office Sports, college basketball on FOX averages 1.25 million viewers. That figure is up 35% year over year.

FOX had its best viewership for a conference matchup since 2017 last weekend when UCLA and Colorado squared off in a Pac-12 contest. The game, which went head-to-head against the Chargers/Jaguars NFL playoff game, drew in 1.98 million.

With ESPN losing out on Big Ten rights as part of the new media deal struck last year, FOX is optimistic in overtaking The Worldwide Leader for college hoops viewership moving forward.

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Bill Walton To Anchor Alternate Broadcast On NBA League Pass

“We are set for blastoff and the volcanic eruption on Monday night January 23. Seven o’clock Pacific time, be there. Miss this at your own peril.”

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Bill Walton is going to be the star of his own show on Monday night when the San Antonio Spurs and the Portland Trail Blazers tip off.

Walton will be the focus of the first of several upcoming alternate broadcasts on NBA League Pass called Throw It Down with Bill Walton. Walton will be joined by Jason Benetti of FOX Sports for the maiden broadcast.

“We’ve got the NBA intergalactic platform,” Walton told Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. We’ve got the world’s greatest basketball players. We’ve got the business. We’ve got the entertainment…I’m the luckiest guy in the world. We are set for blastoff and the volcanic eruption on Monday night January 23. Seven o’clock Pacific time, be there. Miss this at your own peril. You’ve been suitably warned. I’m fired up.”

Walton said having Benetti join him will be a real treat.

“He is a phenomenal conversationalist, quick-witted as can be and interesting, intriguing, inspirational, fun, all the things that I look for in life,” he said.

As for what fans can expect to see when they tune in to this special alternate broadcast of the game, Walton said it will be like nothing anyone’s experienced before.

“It will be like an incredible book. It will be a phenomenal concert,” he said. “It will be an extraordinary basketball game. It will represent everything that’s good in life, in sports, the NBA business, in the world.”

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