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FOX Adds New Analysts For NASCAR XFinity Series Races

“Joining their roster of analysts for Xfinity races is Tony Stewart and the Busch brothers.”

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Shortly after it was reported Kevin Harvick was ending his role as a lead analyst during NASCAR Xfinity Series races, FOX announced the addition of a few new contributors. Joining their roster of analysts for Xfinity races is Tony Stewart and the Busch brothers. The trio is added to a group of FOX analysts that includes Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and more. 

Both full-time NASCAR Cup Series competitors, Keselowski began calling Xfinity races in 2015, with Bowyer joining the roster of analysts in 2019. Kurt and Kyle Busch join them as full-time NASCAR drivers to also work for FOX as analysts, while the retired Tony Stewart was inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame earlier this year. 

Stewart will make his debut Apr. 25 at Talladega Superspeedway alongside Bowyer and play-by-play announcer Adam Alexander. Kurt Busch began calling races last year for FOX, while Kyle will make his debut for just one day this season. The Busch brothers will partner as broadcasters Apr. 4 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“The sibling rivalry between us has been genuine over the years,” Kurt Busch said in the press announcement. “It was very unique in the beginning with our racing, but as we both have mellowed a bit, we’ll have fun in the booth going back and forth … It’s our favorite track, a track that spoke to us early in our career, and that’s how this opportunity came together. It seemed organic from FOX. When you see guys on TV calling races or football games, the gang you see from the field to the booth, that’s where Kyle and I will be going back and forth. It will probably get lost in ‘Busch translation’ at some point on what we both think needs to happen, and that’s part of the fun of it all.”

The NASCAR Xfinity Series began this past weekend with Keselowski and Bowyer calling the season opener alongside play-by-play voice Adam Alexander, Saturday, Feb. 15.

“The XFINITY Series is a steppingstone of our sport,” said Bowyer who took on an expanded role with FOX this year. “We all used that steppingstone to get to this (driving) opportunity in Cup. To be able to go back and sell the story of the Xfinity Series — these new kids coming up through the ranks — is important.”

Bowyer will participate in nine NXS broadcasts this season, more than any other driver. Joining Bowyer, Stewart, Keselowski and the Busch brothers as FOX analysts will be Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon, Chad Knaus, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray and Michael Waltrip.

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ESPN Accused Of Data Sharing Without Consent In Class Action Lawsuit

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act.

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According to a potential class action lawsuit, user data from ESPN.com and ESPN+ has been allegedly shared with Meta Platforms without users consent.

Corrado Rizzi of ClassAction.org has proposed the suit, alleging that ESPN “uses a pixel installed on the back end of its website to track when website and app users take certain actions, such as clicking on an ad or viewing video content”. That “pixel” is used by Facebook to capture “a subscriber’s Facebook ID, with which anyone can ‘quickly and easily’ locate, access, and identify a particular Facebook account and a file containing details of a watched video and its corresponding URL.”

Rizzi adds that ESPN.com and ESPN+ subscribers aren’t told their data could be shared. He also shares that while ESPN could create its website to information isn’t immediately shared with Facebook, it benefits financially from utilizing the “pixel” on its website.

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act. The VPAA, according to ClassAction.org, “prohibits ‘video tape service providers’ from knowingly disclosing without consent consumers’ personally identifiable information, including that which identifies someone as having requested or obtained specific video materials”.

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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