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NBCSN Details Changes To Premier League Broadcasts

“NBCSN will utilize sounds recorded for EA Sports’s FIFA video game series during the broadcast.”

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The most popular soccer league in the world is set to return to television this month. On June 17, NBSCN will air a triple header of English Premier League action. In order to get the word out about what the restart of the league will look like, the network held a conference call with reporters on Thursday.

Pierre Moossa, the coordinating producer of Premier League matches on NBCSN, stressed that he hopes fans will not notice much difference on their screens. The network will still have broadcast teams on site. Behind the scenes though, things will be run very differently.

“Our mentality and approach is to treat it like an Olympic or World Cup tournament.  It’s 35 shows in 40 days,” Moosa said. “We will cover the matches, the storylines, the reviews and previews and we’re going to approach it very differently from that standpoint.”

Studio host Rebecca Lowe added that the focus on storytelling is important. The way a season unfolds in the Premier League, there are plenty of storylines fans get invested in beyond just a championship.

“I don’t want to ever forget as we begin that we are storytellers and our story stopped rather abruptly like so many did three months ago and we are here to tell, not just Liverpool story, which of course is a headline story, the 30‑year‑wait, plus a few months, she said. “But all the stories of relegation and the stories of all the other teams within the Premier League, whether it be a Sheffield United story and how fantastic they have done this season only to be stopped and how will they end.”

Although initially he wanted to give viewers a realistic sense of what it is like to be in a British soccer stadium right now, Moosa says he and producers from Sky Networks in the UK are in agreement that crowd noise is essential for watching soccer on television. NBCSN will utilize sounds recorded for EA Sports’s FIFA video game series during the broadcast.

EA has sampled 92 different crowds to obtain those sounds. Moosa says it will be possible to draw authentic sounds from specific matchups to give viewers at home an accurate version of what the game’s atmosphere would be like under normal conditions.

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Jimmy Kimmel Sponsors Bowl Game

The inaugural Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl will be held at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., and feature the top selection from the Mountain West and Pac-12.

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Jimmy Kimmel has had a level of success that has brought him a lot of cool opportunities, but his newest venture might take the cake.

SoFi Stadium and the ABC late-night host announced on Wednesday that the two have entered into a multi-year partnership that makes Kimmel the official naming rights partner of LA Bowl, which will now be named the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl, according to a press release put out by SoFi Stadium.

Kimmel announced the exciting news on his show last night.

“Never before has a bowl game been named after a human being (as far as I know, I didn’t check). On December 18, my dream of being forever enshrined alongside Orange, Rose, Cotton and Peach comes true,” said Jimmy Kimmel.

The inaugural Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl will be held at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., and feature the top selection from the Mountain West and Pac-12. As noted in the release, ABC will exclusively air the game which is slated for Saturday, December 18, at 4:30 p.m. PT. 

“Stan Kroenke designed Hollywood Park to be a sports and entertainment destination for Angelenos and visitors from across the world to enjoy. We cannot think of a better way to bring sports and entertainment together than by collaborating with celebrated late-night host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel on our collegiate bowl game,” said Jason Gannon, executive director, Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl. “Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl will not only bring an incredible game day experience to fans, but it will also focus on supporting our community 365 days a year.”

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Kevin Calabro Returns To Trail Blazers TV Crew

The Portland Trail Blazers are switching back to Kevin Calabro in the broadcast booth after he stepped away for the 2020-2021 season.

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Pacific Northwest sportscasting stalwart Kevin Calabro stepped away from the broadcast booth with the Portland Trail Blazers last year due to concerns with Covid-19 and to spend more time with his family. It was announced on Wednesday that Calabro would return to the booth for the 2021-2022 season, replacing Jordan Kent who spent one year in the role.

A product of the Midwest, Calabro got his start in his home state of Indiana calling Butler Bulldog and Purdue Boilermaker basketball, and Indianapolis Checkers hockey. He moved west to cover Missouri Tiger basketball as well as the Kansas City Kings, before moving to Seattle to call Supersonics games from 1987-2008 ending when the team moved to Oklahoma City.

Calabro has worked some national games for ESPN, TNT, and Westwood One. He was the play-by-play man for the Trail Blazers from 2016-2020, and will have analyst Lamar Hurd back by his side for his return. The return was reportedly more about Calabro than anything Kent did wrong.

“Our broadcast was as its best when Kevin was calling games with Lamar and (sideline reporter) Brooke (Olzendam),” a Blazers source told Joe Freeman of The Oregonian/OregonLive. “It’s really more about being able to get Kevin back and be a great broadcast than anything Jordan did or didn’t do.”

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Army Extends Deal With CBS Through 2028

CBS Sports and Army have announced an extension that will see the Black Knights on CBS Sports Network through 2028.

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While much of college football fandom is regionally based, some fans watch due to bandwagoning onto winning, religious affiliation, or in much of Army’s case, service and patriotism. CBS Sports will continue broadcasting Black Knights game after reaching an agreement with the academy that will continue through 2028.

“We are proud to remain the television home for Army football and extend our partnership with West Point,” said Dan Weinberg, Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports in a release. “Army has been an incredible partner over the years and we are excited to continue showcasing the great tradition of Army football both on and off the field.”

“We are excited to announce the multi-year extension of our partnership with CBS Sports as the home for Army football. The national coverage and reach that CBS provides our football program and the way they tell the stories of our cadet-athletes is world class. The coverage our program gets nationally through this partnership is unprecedented. We value this relationship and want to thank Dan Weinberg and everyone at CBS for their dedication to Army football,” said Director of Athletics Mike Buddie.

CBS will still broadcast the Army-Navy game with live on-site pregame coverage, including the traditional “March On” procession carried on CBS Sports Network. The Air Force-Army game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas will also air on CBS. Meanwhile, the Black Knights’ six true home games in 2021 — Western Kentucky, UConn, Miami (OH), Wake Forest, Bucknell, and UMass — will all be carried on CBS Sports Network.

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