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NBC Sports NHL Coverage Moves to Sports USA

Along with the Stanley Cup finals, all conference final series games and select games from early playoff rounds will also be broadcasts by Sports USA.

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Sports USA has reached an agreement with NBC Sports to air NHL regular season and Stanley Cup playoff games for the remainder of the 2020-21 season, moving all coverage away from Westwood One.

According to All Access, the broadcasts kick off on February 20-21 with the NHL’s outdoor event at Lake Tahoe. The event features the Avalance vs. Golden Knights on the 20th and the Bruins vs. Flyers on the 21st.

Along with the Stanley Cup finals, all conference final series games and select games from early playoff rounds will also be broadcasts by Sports USA.

“We are excited to present the NHL to fans nationwide through this partnership with NBC SPORTS and are pleased that SPORTS USA continues to expand its overall sports coverage,” said Sports USA Founder/CEO Larry Kahn.

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Mike Missanelli: I See The Death Of ‘Proper Journalism’ On Social Media

“According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Simmons is not reporting to 76ers training camp and wants a trade out of Philadelphia.”

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Mike Missanelli thinks there is a lot of misinformation going around about the Ben Simmons situation, and he’s not happy about it. A host on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, Missanelli went after the out-of-town reporters chiming in on the situation during his radio show this week.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Simmons is not reporting to 76ers’ training camp and wants a trade out of Philadelphia.

“There’s a difference between proper journalism, which I see the death of with this social media crap, and all these people out on social media reporting nonsense,” Missanelli said. “Trying to curry favor with high-powered agencies, in the hopes that they’ll get some information about LeBron James.”

Missanelli specifically called out Harrison Feigen, a Lakers beat writer for SB Nation’s Silver Screen and Roll. He also went after Jason Dumas, the sports director at KRON4 News in San Francisco. 

“Ben is well aware of how the majority Sixers fans feel about him,” Dumas tweeted on Tuesday. “There are several organized groups planning to go boo him in Camden the day camp opens. He wants no parts of that.”

Missanelli replied to the report with, “Oh…bull feathers” and had this to say about Dumas on his radio show.

“Did you go to bed thinking that you could put some stupid-ass narrative on social media and have the nation believe it?” Mike Missanelli asked. “We live in this city! We have never heard one inkling of that!”

The host dismissed Dumas as “whoever he is,” and the KRON4 sports director took notice.

@MikeMiss25 i’m in Philly right now” Dumas tweeted. “What’s up Mike — PS – I interned at your station two summer stop acting like you don’t know who I am. You capping for your viewers right now. Cut it out.”

The Ben Simmons saga rages on as the city of Philadelphia reckons with the rocky situation.

Watch the full clip from the show above.

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Brent Musburger Talks About Pete Rozelle’s Reaction To CBS Hiring Jimmy The Greek

“The Las Vegas Raider radio voice appeared on The Dan Patrick Show this week and told Patrick what Pete Rozelle had to say about gambling in the 90s.”

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Courtesy: The Dan Patrick Show

Sports betting is bursting through mainstream culture, especially in the NFL, which VSiN founder and sports broadcaster Brent Musburger covered during his time on NFL Today. The Las Vegas Raider radio voice appeared on The Dan Patrick Show this week and told Patrick what Pete Rozelle had to say about gambling over 20 years ago.

The former NFL Commissioner was alright with Jimmy The Greek appearing on the show but wasn’t ok with point spread discussions.

“Pete Rozelle had an attorney with him,” Musburger remembered. “We went over to his office… Only five of us in the room, and I knew that Pete Rozelle loved to bet horses because I would see him at Aqueduct and Belmont from time to time… So I knew that he understood gambling” 

Rozelle’s penchant for the ponies wasn’t enough to lift the NFL gambling curtain all the way.

“I was pretty sure he’d be all in on The Greek,” Musburger continued. “He was, it was really a nice conversation, but towards the end, and we were there upwards of an hour. He looked at us, and he said, ‘listen I only have one request to make,’ and every one of us, us three being from CBS knew that when Pete Rozelle asks us for one request, it wasn’t any request.”

The commissioner told the crew they had to avoid “plus-seven” and “minus-10” if they wanted to weave The Greek into their show.

“My heart sunk,” Musburger said. “I thought, ‘oh my god, how do you do this without saying that?’ and it was on the walk back to CBS that The Greek and Bob and I decided to try the checkboard.”

Musburger and The Greek put each team’s strengths and weaknesses up against one another to give a wink and a nod as to who people should bet on. The gambling advocate closed the story by saying Rozelle never complained about any gambling talk except for the Super Bowl.

“I always had it [the Super Bowl betting line],” Musburger said. “I would throw it out at the end. I always thought people were interested in the number whether they gamble or not, and I knew I was going to get a call on Monday morning.”

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WINZ Drops Local Shows, Rebrands As FOX Sports 940

The official launch for the rebranded station took place this morning.

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Some big changes are taking place over at WINZ/Miami. IHeartMedia Sports WIZN has officially rebranded to Fox Sports 940 Miami.

The rebrand happened on Wednesday morning.

The station will continue to air the national Fox Sports Radio lineup along with Miami Marlins baseball and University of Florida football and men’s basketball.

Among these key changes, Fox Sports Radio’s new show 2 Pros and a Cup of Joe featuring Lavar Arrington and Brady Quinn will air during the morning drive time slot. This will be replacing the local morning show by Jeff Deforrest.

Also leaving the lineup is a show at 3pm hosted by Spero ”The Greek” Georgedakis, which will be replaced by The Doug Gottlieb Show in its entirety.

“We are excited to align 940 AM WINZ with a first-class organization like Fox Sports Radio,” said iHeartMedia Miami/Fort Lauterdale Market President Shari Gonzalez.

“This partnership ensures passionate South Florida sports fans, and our 940 advertisers will have access to the nation’s top talk hosts and their insights on the most relevant topics facing teams, athletes, and fans.” added Gonzalez.

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