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Raycom Prepares For Its Last ACC Basketball Tournament

“In August, ESPN is set to launch the ACC Network, and Raycom will become nothing but a source of fond memories for college sports fans all over the South.”

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This week, Raycom Media will cover it’s final ACC Tournament, wrapping up a 37 year partnership with perhaps college basketball’s most storied conference.  In August, ESPN is set to launch the ACC Network, and Raycom will become nothing but a source of fond memories for college sports fans all over the South.  

“For a lot of long-time ACC fans, that connection between Raycom and the ACC is almost ingrained,” declared ACC Comissioner John Swofford.

Prior to the 1982 basketball season, Alabama-based Raycom Media secured a 3 year $18 million deal to broadcast Atlantic Coast Conference basketball games.  At the time, $18M was an enormous number in the sports television industry; but Raycom made sure the investment paid off.  

The broadcasts, as you might expect, dominated Saturdays in living rooms and bars across the Atlantic Coast region during the winter – but what set them apart was their commitment to promoting high profile mid-week games.  Wednesday night hoops had always been a staple of the ACC, and Raycom upheld that tradition for nearly four decades.  Tim Brando and Dan Bonner became household names as Raycom and ACC basketball flourished through the 80s and 90s.

Raycom, which was previously known as Jefferson Pilot Sports, eventually expanded its broadcast package to include ACC Football. It also regionally syndicated SEC football and basketball games across the Deep South.

For decades, Raycom held their own with the ACC as network giants like ESPN, FOX and CBS grew larger and richer.  The company will continue to be held in high regard in the industry and ACC sports fans for decades to come.  

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBC Olympics Logo and photos of Cara Banks, Laura Britt, Trenni Casey, Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno, and Kathryn Tappen

NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick Return to Host Indy 500 for NBC Sports

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

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With less than two weeks until the event, NBC Sports has officially announced its team of race and studio commentators for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the sixth year in a row, we can expect to see familiar faces such as host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick contributing to pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage.

The race will air at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, on both NBC and Peacock.

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe will call the race for the sixth consecutive year. Marty Snider, Dillon Welch, Dave Burns, and Kevin Lee will serve as pit reporters. Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and Kim Coon will serve as roaming reporters.

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