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No SEC On CBS Game This Week After Bama vs LSU Postponed

“The Crimson Tide’s planned visit to Baton Rouge is one of three games that the SEC announced this week would be postponed due to COVID-19 infections.”

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It was supposed to be the perfect day for sports fans in the Southeast. CBS had been planning to show coverage of the penultimate round of the Masters on Saturday leading into an SEC on CBS prime time game between top-ranked Alabama and rival LSU. Then came COVID-19 to throw a wrench into those plans.

The Crimson Tide’s planned visit to Baton Rouge is one of three games that the SEC announced this week would be postponed due to COVID-19 infections. Awful Announcing reports that CBS is not replacing it with another game in prime time. Instead, the network will run a 30 minute studio show and then give half of the airtime back to their affiliates. The other half will be filled by entertainment programming.

SEC fans also lost Texas A&M vs. Tennessee and Auburn vs. Mississippi State this week. That leaves the conference and its broadcast partners with a very unappealing group of games to air. Those have already been assigned to various ESPN networks, so CBS is really left without any appealing alternative options.

There isn’t even a game that CBS could move over from CBS Sports Network, which broadcasts games from the Service Academies and multiple Group of Five conferences. This week however, the Saturday night schedule will be occupied by a Masters replay.

LSU has stumbled out of the gate to a 2-3 record this season. That meant that the matchup with Alabama was not a sexy rematch of their 1 vs 2 affair in Tuscaloosa last year. Still, it is a rivalry that has come to mean something to fans of the conference in recent years, and when the scheduling decision was made before the season began LSU was supposed to be a top ten team. It made for an appealing pairing with the Masters at the time.

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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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