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Bucks Announce Zora Stephens As Sideline Reporter

“Stephenson takes over for Katie George who moved on to the ACC Network after one season with the Bucks.”

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The Milwaukee Bucks announced the addition of Zora Stephenson to their Fox Sports Wisconsin telecasts during the upcoming season.  Stephenson joins the network as the Bucks sideline reporter.

“It’s such an exciting time to be part of the Bucks organization, and I’m thrilled to be able to tell the stories surrounding this team and Fiserv Forum,” Stephenson said in the press release. “Basketball has always been a huge part of my life and what better way to continue that than with the Bucks family.

“This is a first-class organization throughout, from the players, to the coaches, executives and the fans. The sky is the limit for this city and team, and I can’t wait to get started in Milwaukee.”

It’s the second year in a row that the Bucks will have a new sideline reporter for their games on Fox Sports Wisconsin.  Stephenson takes over for Katie George who moved on to the ACC Network after one season with the Bucks.  George now offers sideline reports for the ACC Network, joining a broadcast team featuring Dave O’Brien and Tim Hasselbeck.  

Prior to accepting her new position as the Bucks sideline reporter, Stephenson worked as a news reporter and anchor in Denver, CO, having also spent time with WNCT-TV in Greenville, North Carolina.

“Zora’s award-winning ability to report and ask insightful questions, along with her vast basketball experience and expertise, will be a great addition to Bucks games on Fox Sports Wisconsin and across our digital channels,” Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum president Peter Feigin said in a statement. 

“We’re confident she’s the right person to tell the story of Bucks basketball and the world-class Fiserv Forum.  We look forward to her joining us in Milwaukee and for Bucks fans across the globe to get to know her.”

Stephenson will join the Fox Sports Wisconsin Bucks broadcast team that features play-by-play voice Jim Paschke along with analysts, Marques Johnson and Steve Novak.  Stephenson’s role with the team will also see her contribute to their digital platforms including Bucks.com.

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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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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Ryan Clark, Mad Dog Get Into Heated Argument on ‘First Take’

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

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Former Pittsburgh Steeler, and current ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark and recent Radio Hall of Fame inductee Chris “Mad Dog” Russo squared off on Monday’s edition of First Take, with a heated exchange taking place between the two.

After a discussion about Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas meandered into a discussion about whether Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp would be voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he never played another game, Clark said about Hall of Fame voters “they must be voting like you (Russo) vote for the Heisman, where you just vote on whoever the hell you want based off the fact that they play quarterback”.

Russo quickly took exception to the perceived slight.

“Ryan, hold on now,” Russo said, in a louder manner than normal. “You said something, now I’m going to comment. I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born.”

“Mad Dog, stop screaming at me now, bro. For the last time, you’re gonna stop screaming at me,” Clark interrupted.

“You said something that wasn’t right,” Russo said.

“Lower your voice,” the former Steeler interrupted again.

“I’ve been voting for the Heisman since before you were born,” Mad Dog reiterated, with a lower volume. “30 years.”

“I don’t care about that,” Clark rebutted.

“You’re saying I’m voting for the Heisman and saying I don’t deserve a vote. I’ve been voting for 30 years!”, Russo began to raise his voice again.

“I never said you don’t deserve a vote,” Clark replied before clarifying he disagrees with Russo’s sentiment about the college football award being only awarded to quarterbacks.

It’s not the first time Russo has clashed with First Take contributors. A discussion with J.J. Reddick went viral earlier this year after Reddick told Russo previous NBA players played with “plumbers and firefighters”.

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Todd Frazier Joining ESPN Little League World Series Booth

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

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When people talk about 11-year MLB veteran Todd Frazier, some of the things that are usually mentioned on broadcasts usually is that he is from Toms River, New Jersey and that he played in the Little League World Series in 1998 (won the championship). Now, Frazier will have a bigger connection to the annual event in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

As first reported by Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati EnquirerFrazier will be in the TV booth (remotely) for ESPN for this year’s Little League World Series. He made his broadcast debut on Monday morning during one of the New England region semifinals between Maine and Massachusetts. 

Frazier told Nightengale that he wants to use this event to begin his second career in the broadcasting industry.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, especially for the Little League World Series since I’ve been a part of it. I know it and understand it really well. Kind of kickstart my second career here.” 

It will be a memorable summer for Fraizer at the LLWS because he will be inducted into the Little League Hall of Excellence. 

The Little League World Series begins on Wednesday, August 17 and ends on Sunday, August 28. It will be broadcasted on ESPN and ABC.  

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