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Draymond Green Becomes Latest Athlete To Join CNN

“Two months ago, the network announced that Saints wide receiver Malcolm Jenkins would contribute to the network. Last month legendary sportscaster Bob Costas joined in a similar role.”

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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is expanding his TV profile. Jake Tapper welcomed Green to Friday’s edition of The Lead and announced that he would be a regular contributor to the network.

Draymond discussed the three-day boycott of games by NBA players in his first appearance. He said that he wasn’t surprised players on the teams remaining in the playoffs chose to return to the court.

“If we leave our stage and we drop our microphone, we could no longer speak for those people that we are speaking for which are parts of our community that their voices aren’t heard,” Green said. “If we take those resources away, we’re taking resources away from ourselves to be able to continue this fight.”

CNN has been stepping up its sports presence in recent months. Two months ago, the network announced that Saints wide receiver Malcolm Jenkins would contribute to the network. Last month legendary sportscaster Bob Costas joined in a similar role.

The addition of Green was likely fairly easy. He has served as an analyst for TNT, another Turner-owned network, during the NBA restart inside the Walt Disney World bubble.

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College GameDay Honors Chris “The Bear” Fallica Before Departure

“The growth and the development of this show and so many other projects behind the scenes, Chris, that’s really your legacy more than what you do on this set in my view.”

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Chris “The Bear” Fallica saw his final College GameDay appearance and it didn’t go without a special send-off by the show and hosts.

On Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, a short retrospective on Fallica’s time on GameDay was played before Fallica joined the show hosts who had a chance to quickly reminisce and send along their well wishes.

“This show’s gonna miss you, the network’s gonna miss you,” said Chris Fowler.

“Bear, man, you’ve been everything to all of us for so many years,” Kirk Herbstreit added. “We really appreciate everything you’ve done for us.”

“You’ve been a great help to me personally,” Desmond Howard said. “Your research is impeccable, I’m gonna miss you Bear.”

Fowler made it a point to note that The Bear’s reach at the worldwide leader didn’t just stay exclusively with GameDay.

“If you’ve enjoyed College GameDay or anything else at ESPN, you have to understand that way before this guy was on the air making picks, his contribution to the improvement, the growth and the development of this show and so many other projects behind the scenes, Chris, that’s really your legacy more than what you do on this set in my view,” Fowler said.

Pat McAfee, the newest addition to GameDay this season, said Fallica’s betting picks proved to be greatly successful for himself and those that work on his YouTube show.

“My office and I have always been a massive fan of yours,” McAfee said. “You’ve made us money, OK. In the highlight I saw Fowler say ‘Bear all we want is for you to make people money.’ We’re the people that you’ve made money for. So we appreciate the hell outta you, and your big brain is a weapon everywhere you go.”

Fallica and Herbstreit, who both started at ESPN in 1996, couldn’t help but share how Lee Corso was the one to give Fallica the bear moniker.

“He walked by us and goes to Chris, ‘Look at you. You’re eating again? You’re like a bear. All you do is you eat, you take a nap, and you take a…And you do it all over again!'” Herbstreit said.

Fallica is moving on to FOX, where he’ll presumably become a featured personality on their college football pregame show Big Noon Kickoff.

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Pat Tabler Won’t Return to Blue Jays Broadcast Booth

“I hope that I have represented you with the class and dignity that you deserve. It was a great run, but all good things have to come to an end.”

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Buck Martinez will have a new partner in the Sportsnet broadcast booth for Toronto Blue Jays games in 2023. Longtime color commentator and former Blue Jay Pat Tabler is exiting his role after 17 seasons behind the microphone.

Sportsnet announced the news on Twitter last week, saying Tabler “endeared himself to Canadian viewers for more than three decades by bringing his love and passion for the game of baseball to every broadcast. Whether due to his work on the field as a player or behind the mic in the broadcast booth, Tabler will forever be synonymous with the legacy of the Toronto Blue Jays.”

Tabler released a statement of his own, which Sportsnet tweeted out later on Friday. He said being part of the Blue Jays organization was one of the great honors of his life.

“I hope that I have represented you with the class and dignity that you deserve,” Tabler wrote. “It was a great run, but all good things have to come to an end.”

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FanDuel TV Strikes Deal With ONE Championship Martial Arts

“We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

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FanDuel TV and ONE Championship Martial Arts have struck a deal that will see the MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and submission grappling series air weekly events on the newly launched channel.

“We’re eager to continue expanding the variety of content we’re offering at FanDuel TV to introduce our audience to emerging sports,” said FanDuel Chief Commercial Officer Mike Raffensperger. “We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

ONE Championship is a top-five global sports property for digital viewership and engagement according to Nielsen measurements.

“We are thrilled to join the FanDuel TV lineup and give our passionate U.S. audience yet another way to engage with ONE Championship,” said ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “Having a quality partner in FanDuel will help raise the profile of our company in the region and provide their viewers with action-packed martial arts events like they have never seen before.”

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