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Jack Edwards Won’t Apologize For Hockey Karma Call

“I stand by my real-time call,” Edwards told Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic. “Brick encapsulated it when he said was it was self-inflicted.”

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NESN’s voice of the Boston Bruins, Jack Edwards, came under fire on Thursday night when he called Roman Polak’s injury “hockey karma.” The Stars’ defensemen suffered a fractured sternum during the season opener against the Bruins. Polak’s goal was to check Bruins’ forward Chris Wagner in the back. Polak missed and crashed into the boards himself.

“I stand by my real-time call,” Edwards told Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic. “Brick encapsulated it when he said was it was self-inflicted.”

Brick is Edwards’s TV partner Andy Brickley, who was a little more careful in how he characterized Polak’s injury. Brickley said it was “self-inflicted” as Polak laid motionless on the ice. Edwards and Brickley were silent as Polak was carried off the ice.

Polak’s agent Allan Walsh is having none of it, and fired back strongly at Edwards on Twitter on Thursday, calling the NESN play-by-play man “truly a piece of shit and an absolute disgrace.” Shinzawa reached out to Walsh on Friday and was told the agent didn’t want to make further comments.

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3.72 Million Tune In To See LeBron James Break Scoring Record

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Lakers star LeBron James surpassed the NBA’s all-time scoring record on Tuesday night, and TNT benefitted from the milestone ratings wise.

According to Sports Media Watch, Tuesday night’s game averaged 2.98 million viewers. That figure made it TNT’s biggest regular season audience in over two years.

The broadcast peaked at 3.72 million around 11:45 p.m. when James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the record.

Reporting also indicated that the game was the number one single-network program on TV in key demographics.

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Disney Makes ESPN Independent Division In Corporate Restructuring

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Disney is in the process of reorganizing and restructuring the company, and details have emerged about the company’s plans for ESPN.

Deadline reported on Wednesday that ESPN will be one of three standalone segments comprising Disney. Entertainment and Parks, Experiences & Products are the other two segments.

The reorganization comes amid the exit of former CEO Bob Chapek and the re-entry of CEO Bob Iger. As one of Iger’s first moves back running Disney, he announced a restructuring of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

It was also reported that Jimmy Pitaro will continue as the president of ESPN.

In total, more than 7,000 jobs will be eliminated after the restructuring.

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Roger Goodell: ‘Wouldn’t Surprise Me’ To See Thursday Night Football Move to Flex Scheduling

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon.”

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In 2023, Monday Night Football will join Sunday Night Football in having the ability to flex NFL games into its window. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday Night Football could someday join that elite club.

During his “State of the League” speech Wednesday, Goodell said Thursday Night Football having the ability to flex matchups “wouldn’t at all surprise me”.

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon,” the NFL Commissioner said.

ESPN bargained for the ability to move higher profile games into Monday Night Football during its negotiations with the league for the next television contract that begins this upcoming season.

NBC has long held the ability to shift a select number of games from earlier windows into the Sunday Night Football primetime slot.

Amazon Prime Video just completed the first of an 11-year contract that sees the streaming platform spend nearly $1 billion per year on the Thursday Night Football package.

One of the largest storylines of Amazon’s debut season with the NFL was the near-constant ridicule from play-by-play announcer Al Michaels over the lackluster TNF schedule. Michaels made headlines over several weeks for his candor on the lack of interesting matchups, going as far as to joke that if the schedule didn’t improve he would retire.

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