She was taken off ESPN programming due to a positive Covid test, though Michael McCarthy reports that the backlash of her recent comments also did probably play a role regardless of the positive diagnosis. While many of her former colleagues have had issues with Steele’s views, Clay Travis rushed to defend the Sportscenter anchor.
“I applaud her for saying what I think many people who are employees out there are either afraid to say or worried about their job if they speak out and say it,” Travis told Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino on Fox News. “Which is vaccine mandates…strike many of us as wrong.”
Travis is part of FOX Bet Live on FS1. When he sold his company, Outkick to the network earlier this year, he said that he envisioned it as the bridge between FOX News and FOX Sports. He had an adversarial relationship with ESPN long before any affiliation with FOX though, so the chance to defend one of ESPN’s anchors in a dispute about network policies is red meat for him.
Clay Travis didn’t just say ESPN was wrong. He tried to get Sage Steele a new job.
“If ESPN thinks Sage Steele is in the wrong for speaking out about her opinion on mandatory vaccines, I think there are a lot of media companies that would welcome her with open arms over being as outspoken and honest as she is,” he said. “I would encourage Fox News to talk to her. It’s our 25th anniversary, we need to continue to stock our bench with as much talent as we can get.”
Charles Davis Off CBS Playoff Coverage Due To Covid
“Trent Green will take Davis’s place.”
Charles Davis will not be part of CBS’s coverage of the Cincinnati Bengals’ visit to Tennessee this weekend. According to Awful Announcing, a CBS press release says that he is being replaced “due to COVID protocols.”
His partner, Ian Eagle, will be in Nashville. Trent Green will take Davis’s place.
It is the second time in three weeks that CBS has lost a member of one of its top NFL broadcast teams. Jim Nantz was forced to miss a game between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to COVID protocols in Week 18.
Broadcasters don’t want to miss any assignment for any reason, especially when we get to the playoffs in their given sport. You have to feel for Charles Davis. Last week he endured single digit deperatures with sub-zero wind chill in Buffalo, but won’t be able to make the trip to a considerably warmer location.
On the plus side, at least he won’t be used as bulletin board material for the Titans as he predicted earlier this week.
ESPN Decides Not To Send Reporters To Beijing For 2022 Winter Olympics
ESPN originally planned to send four reporters to Beijing to provide coverage.
One day after NBC announced that none of its 2022 Winter Olympics broadcast teams will work on-site from Beijing and instead work remotely, ESPN has made a similar decision.
On Thursday, the network announced that it won’t send any news personnel to China to cover the Winter Games. According to its official release on the matter, ESPN originally planned to send four reporters to Beijing to provide coverage. But those four will now work remotely with the numerous television and digital personnel assigned to the Olympics.
ESPN.com already has a section dedicated to its Olympics coverage and plans will continue to provide the site with feature content along with scoreboards, medal counts, and additional information and statistics that will be updated in real-time. That Olympics content will also be available on the ESPN app.
Though video restrictions for Olympics highlights will be in place, SportsCenter will also report on results from Beijing and run reports and features on the Beijing games. (NBC holds exclusive rights in the U.S. for Olympics video footage.)
“The safety of our employees is of utmost importance to us,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN’s executive VP, event and studio production, in the network’s announcement. “With the pandemic continuing to be a global threat, and with the COVID-related on-site restrictions in place for the Olympics that would make coverage very challenging, we felt that keeping our people home was the best decision for us.”
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics begin with the opening ceremony Friday, Feb. 4.
2022 Baseball Hall of Fame Election Results Exclusively Revealed On MLB Network Jan. 25
Greg Amsinger, Brian Kenny, and Lauren Shehadi will host MLB Network’s extensive Hall of Fame election coverage.
This Tuesday, Jan. 25, the 2022 National Baseball Hall of Fame election results will be announced exclusively on MLB Network at 6:00 p.m. ET in a four-hour announcement show.
Beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET, National Baseball Hall of Fame President Josh Rawitch will reveal the results live from the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery in Cooperstown, as voted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). MLB Network’s Hall of Fame program on Tuesday will be simulcast on MLB.com and in the MLB app on connected devices.
Greg Amsinger, Brian Kenny, and Lauren Shehadi will host MLB Network’s extensive Hall of Fame election coverage. This will include analysis from 2018 Ford C. Frick Award winner Bob Costas, MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds, and MLB Network insiders and Hall of Fame voters Jon Morosi, Joel Sherman and Tom Verducci.
During the program, there will be clips from a players-only roundtable discussion on the 2022 BBWAA ballot hosted by Reynolds and featuring MLB Network analyst Yonder Alonso, three-time Gold Glove Award winner Mike Cameron and 2007 Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy.
More of baseball’s elite will also join the programming, including Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona, 2022 BBWAA Career Excellence Award winner Tim Kurkjian, three-time Manager of the Year Award winner Jim Leyland, and longtime baseball journalist and Hall of Fame voter Rob Parker. MLB Network will cover the ballot results across its studio programming, including Hot Stove (9:00 a.m. ET), High Heat (1:00 p.m. ET) and MLB Now (2:00 p.m. ET).
According to MLB Network’s official release, the live pre-announcement show will also feature the following content:
- A Tom Verducci essay on 2022 being the final year on the ballot for Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.
- A feature by customized piece by hip-hop legend and baseball diehard Chuck D on which questions fans and voters face as this year’s announcement approaches.
- Brian Kenny looks at each of the eight first-year candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot.
- Short videos on the atmosphere surrounding Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown, the Plaque Gallery, and candidates anticipating getting “the call.”
Prior to the Tuesday announcement, Brian Kenny will host MLB Now live from the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, Jan. 24 at 2:00 p.m. ET. And following the election results on Wednesday, Jan. 26, MLB Network will cover the announcement across its daily studio programming.
MLB Network will also exclusively air the 2022 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday, July 24.
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