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Adam Silver Considers Tape Delay For NBA’s Return

“If the broadcast is delayed 30 or 60 minutes, it’s difficult to imagine the final score won’t be leaked an hour before it actually airs on national television, erasing intrigue.”

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Without fans in the arena, the NBA is staring at the possibility of everything the players say on the court being picked up by telecasts. It sounds great for fans over the age of 18, but to create a more family friendly broadcast, commissioner Adam Silver is considering tape delay.

The last time an NBA Playoff game was aired on tape delay was 1986. In the era of immediacy. It’s hard to have predicted the NBA could seek a return to those days, but the league is understandably concerned about foul language and trash talking being picked up by network mics.

“I think often players, they understand when they’re on the floor, they’re saying certain things to each other because it’s so loud in the arena, they know a lot of it is not being picked up,” Silver told Time.com. “They may have to adapt their language a little bit knowing what they say will likely be picked up by microphones and in all seriousness, we may need to put a little bit of a delay.”

Basketball lends itself to trash talking more than other sports, simply because there is so much one-on-one action between players. But how would cancel culture react to hearing Kevin Garnett’s infamous and rumored Honey Nut Cheerios insult to Carmelo Anthony? Corporate sponsors will want to make sure the NBA product they endorse remains socially acceptable and politically correct without crowd noise to drown out anything R-rated.

A 10-second delay and dump button probably won’t suffice enough to protect the game from airing foul language and trash talk. So how much of a tape delay will the league need? If the broadcast is delayed 30 or 60 minutes, it’s difficult to imagine the final score won’t be leaked an hour before it actually airs on national television, erasing intrigue.

As much as the NBA will prioritize protecting its image and sponsors, the league also won’t do anything to potentially damage their TV ratings. With many questions surrounding the NBA’s restart in their Orlando bubble, how they censor telecasts remains an interesting one.

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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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