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Bishop Sycamore Doc Coming From Rich Paul, Kevin Hart

“Rich Paul and Kevin Hart have secured exclusive interviews with current and former coaches and players for the school and intend to make a documentary series according to Deadline.”

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Bishop Sycamore football is the gift that keeps on giving. Less than a week after the allegedly fake Ohio high school lost to Florida’s IMG Academy in a 58-0 route, internet detectives starting digging up all kinds of details about the school, its football program, and the men behind it. Now Hollywood is getting involved.

Rich Paul and Kevin Hart have secured exclusive interviews with current and former coaches and players for the school and intend to make a documentary series according to Deadline. Their production companies, Klutch Originals and HartBeat Productions, are looking for showrunners to shepherd the project.

“As soon as I started following this story, I was immediately drawn to it and knew it was something that myself and my team at HartBeat had to dive into. HBP thrives in the doc-series space,” Kevin Hart said in a statement. “We understand how to break down stories and capture the most interesting and honest moments in a narrative. We know this con comes with a robust backstory and cannot wait to share it with the world.”

It will be interesting to see what details come to light regarding how the project came together. Just last week, Paul Pabst revealed that Bishop Sycamore representatives asked for payment to appear on FOX Sports Radio’s Dan Patrick Show. Can we assume they asked for the same considerations to participate in this project?

Complex Networks is also part of the project. The company’s reporting on Bishop Sycamore’s loss to IMG Academy and the way that game came together and made its way to ESPN are the building blocks for the story the series will tell.

“The story of Bishop Sycamore has quickly become one of the most unique roller coaster plots sports has ever seen,” Zion Olojede, an editor at Complex, told Deadline. “Our extensive research and interviews about the program have revealed alleged dark secrets and details that have put Complex at the forefront of this coverage and global conversation.

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MLB Network Records 626,000 Viewers for Jackson Holliday Debut

The matchup was the second most-watched regular season game in MLB Network history.

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MLB Network served as the national television home for the debut of Baltimore Orioles infielder Jackson Holliday, the top-ranked prospect in the minor leagues, as he took the field to face the Boston Red Sox. Although Holliday did not end up recording a hit in the game, there was considerable interest surrounding the game that translated into viewership. The matchup was the second most-watched regular season game in MLB Network history with an average of 626,000 viewers. The 20-year-old infielder recorded his first career RBI on a groundout en route to a 7-5 Orioles victory. John Ourand of Puck News was first to report the viewership figure, which was representative of an out-of-market measurement.

The presentation of the Orioles vs. Red Sox game came a day before the MLB Network Showcase broadcast from Fenway Park featuring the regular-season debut of play-by-play announcer Matt Vasgersian. Holliday did not collect a hit in this contest, but the game extended into extra innings where the Orioles scored six runs in the top of the 10th inning to secure a 9-4 victory. 

MLB Network will present a rematch of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) on Friday night when the Texas Rangers visit the Houston Astros from Minute Maid Park at 8 p.m. EST. Preceding that game broadcast will be the season premiere of Off Base at 4 p.m. EST, followed by Intentional Talk from 5 to 6 p.m. and MLB Tonight until the start of the game broadcast at 8 p.m. MLB Network will also premiere MLB Tonight: Clubhouse Edition, a non-traditional game telecast series entering its fourth season, on Jackie Robinson Day, Monday, April 15, when the Atlanta Braves face the Houston Astros at 8 p.m. EST.

For the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), the regional sports network that serves as the television home of both the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, Holliday’s debut drew an average of 114,000 viewers in the Baltimore designated market area. The metric is 27% higher than the average audience for MASN season-to-date. The team is returning home to Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Friday night to begin a six-game homestand with matchups against the Milwaukee Brewers and Minnesota Twins.

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Connor Onion to Make MLB Broadcasting Debut Saturday

“Just wanted to take some time to say thank you to some of you on here that have watched, listened and supported. Can’t wait to have some fun on Saturday. Hope you can come hang with me, AJ and Ken.”

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Congratulations go out to Big Ten Network and ESPN broadcaster Connor Onion who will be making his MLB broadcasting debut on Saturday when he calls the Rangers-Astros game which will be carried by FS1 at 4 p.m. Onion posted a video announcing the assignment on his X account as he was walking through the airport to head to Houston.

“Good morning, I am off to Houston today,” he said. “Got an exciting opportunity to make my Major League Baseball broadcasting debut calling Rangers-Astros Saturday afternoon for FOX with AJ Pierzynski and Ken Rosenthal. This is obviously something I have been thinking about for a long, long time but wouldn’t have happened without so many people from my first job in Quad Cities to school at Ball State and Southern Illinois after that. So much help and so much support along the way. Just wanted to take some time to say thank you to some of you on here that have watched, listened and supported. Can’t wait to have some fun on Saturday. Hope you can come hang with me, AJ and Ken.”

Onion debuted for the Big 10 Network in 2021 and has called college football, basketball, baseball and volleyball for the network. He has also done college football, basketball and baseball for ESPN.

Many may recall the women’s volleyball match between Nebraska and Omaha which took place in front of over 92,000 at Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium last August. Onion was on the call for that match and was profiled by The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch.

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NASCAR Xfinity Series Moves to CW Earlier Than Planned

“We can’t wait to give racing fans an early preview of all the exciting action the NASCAR Xfinity Series has to offer on The CW and we look forward to establishing the network as a new destination for live motorsports.”

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NASCAR and the CW Network have announced the network will be the exclusive broadcast home for the final eight races of the 2024 NASCAR Xfinity Series this fall. Originally, the CW Network was not supposed to start airing the races until 2025.

Live coverage will now begin on Friday, September 20 with the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The series continues through the fall with the final seven Xfinity Playoff races of the season, culminating in the Xfinity Series Championship from Phoenix Raceway on Saturday, November 9.

All of the races will be produced by NBC Sports, with Rick Allen serving as lead race announcer alongside analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte, and NBC Sports’ Vice President of Motorsports Jeff Behnke overseeing production.

“As The CW prepares to be the new broadcast home of the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2025, we want to thank our partners at the league and at NBC Sports for welcoming the network into the NASCAR broadcast family and for the early opportunity to showcase these thrilling final eight Xfinity Series races of the season,” said Dennis Miller, President, The CW Network. “We can’t wait to give racing fans an early preview of all the exciting action the NASCAR Xfinity Series has to offer on The CW and we look forward to establishing the network as a new destination for live motorsports.”

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