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ESPN Takes First Take To Los Angeles

“In addition to being joined by a cast of ESPN NBA analysts throughout the week, First Take will also welcome celebrity guests including actors Miles Brown from Black-ish, Jeff Garlin from The Goldbergs and Boris Kodjoe.”

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October 21 – 25, ESPN’s First Take will be live from Los Angeles, broadcasting across the street from the Staples Center to help open the 2019 – 20 NBA season. The popular debate show featuring Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Molly Qerim Rose will provide insight on the week’s marquee matchups as the season tips off.

First Take on the road is all about bringing fans real opinions and perspectives from where the action is happening and incorporating local guests and stars who know their teams best,” said ESPN coordinating producer, Antoine Lewis said in a press release. “With that in mind, we couldn’t think of a better way to start off the NBA regular season than with a full week of shows from Los Angeles with Stephen A., Max and Molly at ESPN’s studios across the street from the Staples Center.”

Tuesday’s show will include a live audience made up of Clippers and Lakers fans, ahead of the night’s matchup between the two LA teams with Finals aspirations. In addition to being joined by a cast of ESPN NBA analysts throughout the week, First Take will also welcome celebrity guests including actors Miles Brown from Black-ish, Jeff Garlin from The Goldbergs and Boris Kodjoe.

First Take will broadcast all five days from a brand new studio at ESPN’s Los Angeles Production Center which will show off an LA look, “with a backdrop image of the city’s iconic skyline.”

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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St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”

McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.

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NFL Flex Scheduling Forces ESPN To Change Bowl Schedule

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The NFL flex scheduling an upcoming Las Vegas Radiers game out of Sunday Night Football on December 18 has forced ESPN to make a slight adjustment with its college bowl season schedule. But the change was something the worldwide leader was prepared to make.

The Raiders were originally scheduled to play the New England Patriots in the primetime window a week before Christmas, but with both teams losing ground in terms of the AFC playoff picture, NBC opted to go with a different game that night instead. Now fans will be tuning in to see the rematch between the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.

The shift out of the Sunday night window for the Raiders forced ESPN to swap kickoff times for the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl the day before on December 17. Florida and Oregon State will play in Vegas at 2:30 p.m. eastern, with BYU and SMU facing off in Albuquerque at 7:30 p.m.

The switch allows workers at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas enough time to switch the venue over from college bowl game to Raiders home game.

“We are accustomed to flexibility and we anticipated having to maneuver our event schedules based on the possibility of the Raiders game being flexed,” said ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby.

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FOX Scores Most-Watched PAC-12 Championship Game Ever

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Friday night’s Pac-12 championship game between Utah and USC drew the largest audience in the game’s history, according to FOX.

Over 6.2 million tuned in to watch the Utes dominate the Trojans 47-24 and dash USC’s hopes at making the College Football Playoff.

The network said viewership was up 45% compared to the 2021 title game, which aired on ABC and also featured Utah. The Utes won the conference crown in convincing fashion that year too, posting a 38-10 victory over Oregon.

The Pac-12 will be without USC and UCLA as member schools following the 2023 season. The Trojans and the Bruins will join the Big Ten in 2024.

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