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Alexa Datt To Join Bally Sports Midwest

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity and can’t wait to get started.”

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Bally Sports Midwest has hired Alexa Datt as a host and reporter for its coverage of the St. Louis Blues and St. Louis Cardinals.

Datt spent the last 5 years at both NHL Network and MLB Network, where she hosted NHL On The Fly and The Rundown. Her experience prior to this includes NBC Sports Mid-Atlantic, Bleacher Report, and SportsNet New York, where she worked in a multitude of roles.

In addition, she hosts the Datt’s What She Said with Dani podcast, which features interviews with some of the biggest names in baseball.

“The Blues and Cardinals have incredible history and tradition and some of the best fans in sports,” said Datt. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity and can’t wait to get started.” she added.

“We’re excited to welcome Alexa to our Blues and Cardinals broadcast teams,” said Bally Sports Midwest general manager and senior vice president Jack Donovan. “Her experience covering hockey and baseball in great depth at NHL Network, MLB Network and regional sports networks is an ideal fit.” he added.

Datt announced that she was leaving MLB and NHL networks last week.

“To my MLB/NHL Network family, Thank you for 5+ years of putting up with me,” she wrote. “The laughter & the dance moves, my teeth chattering and bad singing. This is the most talented group of humans I’ve worked with and I’m honored you shared your talents with me.”

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ESPN Will Honor Vin Scully By Airing Iconic 1988 World Series Game 1 Tonight

ESPN will air an encore presentation of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as a tribute to Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scull

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ESPN will air an encore presentation of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as a tribute to Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully. The network will air the game tonight, August 3 at 8pm ET on ESPN2.

The 1988 World Series was between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics. Scully was on the call for the classic game which is notable for an injured Kirk Gibson coming off the bench and hitting a walk-off home run.

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Matthew Berry Joins NBC Sports

Berry is expected to host a daily podcast and have his own Sunday fantasy football show.

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Matthew Berry, the fantasy football expert that helped to elevate the niche to mainstay programming surrounding the football season, is joining NBC Sports.

Berry, who left ESPN less than a month ago, is expected to host a daily podcast and have his own Sunday fantasy football show, sources told The New York Post. The show might go against Fantasy Football Now, his previous show that airs on ESPN2.

The show is also expected to be on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, as well as possibly on some NBC affiliates. Berry could also make appearances on Sunday Night Football.

NBC Sports declined comment.

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NBC Pushing for Big Ten/NFL Primetime Pairing in Media Rights Deal

“The Big Ten would have exposure in every TV home,” said one source to Front Office Sports. “It would also be a smart idea to follow the model of the most successful sports league in America.” 

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Big Ten media rights negotiations are getting closer to being completed. The results could mean a minimum of $1.25 billion annual distribution for the conference’s soon-to-be sixteen members. One of the bidders in the process, NBC, has an interesting idea to make the Big Ten the “NFL of college football conferences.”

NBC has reportedly pushed the idea of combining Big Ten broadcasts with its existing Notre Dame coverage and would feature the Big Ten in its primetime window. With CBS, ESPN/ABC also bidding on coverage packages, such a series of deals would make the Big Ten the only college football conference that would be seen across all of the American broadcast networks. Something only few entities have done, like the NFL.

NBC is also pushing the allure of having primetime Big Ten football on Saturday night and primetime coverage of Sunday’s only NFL evening game with Sunday Night Football.

“The Big Ten would have exposure in every TV home,” said one source to Front Office Sports. “It would also be a smart idea to follow the model of the most successful sports league in America.” 

The Big Ten’s current media rights deals expire after the 2023 season.

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