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Kings Set All Female & Non-Binary Coverage Team For Saturday

“The Kings joined the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors in their efforts to provide opportunities for more diverse broadcasts to be heard during the month of March.”

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The Sacramento Kings are the latest NBA franchise to announce plans for a different-sounding broadcast. Set to air this Saturday, March 27 on NBC Sports California, the telecast will feature an exclusively women and non-binary coverage team for the Kings-Cavaliers game.

Krista Blunk, Kayte Hunter, Laura Britt, Layshia Clarendon, Morgan Ragan and Sophia Jones will provide the play-by-play, analysis, pre and postgame coverage of the historic telecast. 

“Each of these individuals are such valuable contributors to sports broadcasting and we are excited to bring them together to showcase their talent,” Sacramento Kings President of Business Operations John Rinehart said in the press release. “It is critically important to provide opportunities and pathways for more diverse voices to be included in the industry while also highlighting the incredible ones working in sports currently. As a father, I have seen firsthand the positive impact athletics can have on the next generation and it is my hope that all young people see themselves as having a place in sports.”

Krista Blunk will provide play-by-play for the game on NBC Sports California, having previously spent more than two decades as an analyst for the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs, until the franchise folded in 2009. Currently, Blunk covers a variety of sports as a play-by-play broadcaster and analyst with the Pac-12 Network, Westwood One and ESPN.

She’ll be joined on the broadcast by former WNBA player Kayte Hunter, who is in her 11th season as the Kings TV analyst and sideline reporter. 

Laura Britt will host the Kings pre and postgame shows alongside analyst Layshia Clarendon. Britt is a host for NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, with more than a decade of sportscasting experience. Clarendon has been in the WNBA since 2013 and is currently a member of the New York Liberty. Clarendon is the first WNBA player to openly identify as transgender and non-binary. Sophia Jones, daughter of Kings regular play-by-play voice Mark Jones will also join the pregame coverage as a guest.

Former sports radio host on 1140 KHTK and current NBA G-League analyst Morgan Ragan will provide social media updates, taking charge of the @NBCSKings Twitter account for the day.

The Kings joined the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors in their efforts to provide opportunities for more diverse broadcasts to be heard during the month of March.

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Rece Davis Believes Final Regular Season College GameDay Show Typically Most Hectic Due to Coaching Changes

“There were so many coaching changes and decisions, and we’re getting people on the phone. That was before everybody got comfortable with FaceTime.”

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College GameDay was in Columbus this past weekend ahead of Ohio State’s annual rivalry game against Michigan, and host Rece Davis said a number of head coaching announcements throughout the show made for some pretty chaotic moments.

Luke Fickell being named the new head coach at Wisconsin and former Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule being hired at Nebraska were among the marquee hirings announced over the weekend.

On the College GameDay Podcast, Davis said trying to get information confirmed and incorporated into the show in real time was exhilarating.

“It was a bizarre, fun show that we’ve had over the years when we’ve gone to Ohio State/Michigan,” he said. “I remember the ’16 year that we extended the show to five hours. It was really fun, and then a really great game followed it. And there were so many coaching changes and decisions, and we’re getting people on the phone. That was before everybody got comfortable with FaceTime. But there were a lot of bizarre things going on.”

Podcast co-host and senior college football reporter Pete Thamel echoed Davis’ sentiments, saying he would do a hit on the show, then take out his earpiece and immediately get back on the phone to work on getting the most up to date information.

“It was whoa,” he said. “We did the first segment…and normally I would’ve stayed and watched to see what the guys had to say, but I just walked off the stage and went back and started making calls.”

In addition to the Wisconsin and Nebraska hirings, Thamel was also working on trying to figure out the situation at Auburn. He helped get Rhule on the show as well, and he said it was cool the show’s team was able to book guests so quickly from different locations in the country.

“We literally went coast to coast on GameDay with good interviews on Saturday,” he said.

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Disney CEO Bob Iger: Company Will Chase Profitability Over Growing Subscriber Base

“We have to start chasing profitability. It will be demanded of us.”

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Change is abound at Disney, but it’s welcomed change. CEO Bob Iger, who was announced as the replacement for Bob Chapek last week, said his goal is to help get the company’s financial ship righted.

“We have to start chasing profitability,” Iger told employees and executives at a town hall. “It will be demanded of us.”

Iger announced one of his first moves in returning to the CEO role was to shake up its digital media and entertainment distribution division. That branch of the company oversees its streaming services like Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+. Disney+ boasts tens of millions of subscribers, and Chapek focused heavily on reaching as many people as possible.

But Disney stock price has shrunk sharply over the course of the last year, and there have been other areas of the company in which there has been discourse. There was some belief that Disney could be up for sale.

Iger hopes things at the company can be turned around in due course, but he made one thing for certain: Disney and its properties are not for sale.

“Nothing is forever, but I’m very comfortable with the set of assets that we have,” he said. “I think they can serve our company, don’t expect any headlines soon about deals.”

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YES Network Considering Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly for Analyst Roles

“I have something else burning fairly hot right now,” Mattingly said. “Depends how that goes.”

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Could Yankees fans see and hear from two of the franchise’s most beloved former players on TV next season? It’s not out of the realm of possibility. The New York Post reported Monday the team’s YES Network appeared to have an interest in bringing in Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly.

But according to the network’s president of programming and production John Filippelli, it’s all speculative at this point.

“We haven’t had any in-depth discussion with either,” he told Andrew Marchand. “If they are A) available and B) interested, you probably at least have to have a conversation.”

Marchand reached out to Mattingly, who finished his run as manager of the Miami Marlins at the end of the 2022 season, and the former Dodgers manager seemed to indicate that there is another potential opportunity in the works.

“I have something else burning fairly hot right now,” Mattingly said. “Depends how that goes.”

Jeter will likely be a hard sell on getting into the booth. The understanding is the legendary former shortstop doesn’t have a big interest in getting into broadcasting like his former teammate Alex Rodriguez.

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