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Ernie Johnson Offers Broadcasting Lessons On Twitter

“Johnson plans on continuing the class every weekday at 2pm ET with different speakers.”

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Broadcasters, like everyone, are looking to find productive ways of coping with social distancing and the hiatus of live sports. Recently, the trend of play-by-play announcers providing “life commentary” has popularized, but TNT’s Ernie Johnson came up with the idea of teaching young broadcasters.

With students sent home from schools at every level, teachers and professors are forced to continue educating from afar. For broadcasting and journalism students, Johnson is here to help. 

Tuesday afternoon, Johnson launched EJ’s Journalism School live on Twitter. For nearly 90 minutes, Johnson offered his wealth of knowledge, insight and experience on the subject, while fielding questions from viewers. Johnson’s class amassed nearly 100,000 views. 

“The greatest joy I had when I was in those journalism classes, was when our professors … who had great connections would bring in people who were actually doing what I wanted to do for a living,” Johnson said to start the class. 

Johnson plans on continuing the class every weekday at 2pm ET with different speakers. On Wednesday, Seth Davis from CBS Sports and The Athletic hosted class, although he was a few minutes late while he struggled to figure out how to use Twitter live.

Thursday’s class features TNT, NBA TV and Milwaukee Brewers play-by-play voice Brian Anderson, with Matt Winer of Turner Sports hosting Friday. 

Johnson said he’ll field requests from the students/viewers about who they would like to hear from in the future, while other industry professionals have already expressed interest. ESPN’s Steve Levy, CBS’ James Brown and Stugotz from The Dan LeBatard Show all hope to be involved if scheduling permits.

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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage

“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”

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The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.

Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.

“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.

Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.

How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.

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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handle Games ‘On Any Stage’

“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

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Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are on tap to call Super Bowl LVII in February, and Olsen told Front Office Sports he has the confidence to announce the game with no hesitations.

“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”

Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.

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