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Treavor Scales Leaves ESPN For Bally Sports Networks

“Scales is replacing Jerome Jurenovich, who is heading for retirement from broadcasting.”

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Treavor Scales is jumping from ESPN to Bally Sports South and Southeast. The former social voice for ESPN is joining Bally Sports as their new host of the networks’ Braves LIVE and Hawks LIVE pre-and postgame shows. 

Scales is making his debut during Braves LIVE on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

“Landing this position is a dream come true in a myriad of different ways,” Scales said in a press release. “Coming back home to cover the Braves and Hawks for Bally Sports and continue the precedent set by Jerome Jurenovich is an honor. It is a joyous occasion to be able to work with the personalities we have here and to contribute my own personality to these fun and informative shows.”

Scales is replacing Jerome Jurenovich, who is heading for retirement from broadcasting. The host spent 15 years with the network, and a native Georgian is replacing him. Scales grew up in Stone Mountain, GA., and graduated from Dunwoody High School in 2009.

“Sports are meant to be fun, and Treavor is big-time fun,” Senior Vice President and General Manager of Bally Sports South/Bally Sports Southeast Jeff Genther said. “He has great energy, local knowledge, and a home-grown passion for Atlanta’s teams.”

Scales is bringing a serious resume back home. He was a four-time All-Ivy League running back on the Harvard football team and graduated in 2013 with an economics degree. 

“There are few people who love Atlanta more than Treavor, and there are fewer people who work as hard at their craft than him as well,” ESPN personality Taylor Twellman said. “I couldn’t be happier for him to be able to work in a field he is good at while working with a subject he lives and dies for. Atlanta got themselves a good one.”

Following graduation, Scales began at ESPN in 2013 as a crewing coordinator. He went on to host SportsNation on ESPN+ and appeared across ESPN’s digital and social platforms as a host of different programs.

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Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys

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The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.

Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.

But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.

Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:

Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.

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Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”

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Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.

The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.

Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.

“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”

Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”

He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.

Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.

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NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer

“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”

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According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.

The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.

The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options. 

NFL+ would make NFL Media more valuable. The league is trying to sell an equity stake in its linear TV and digital media properties. Amazon and Apple are considered the most likely to make a deal. 

A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.

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