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Ray Ferraro Turned Down Olympic Assignment
“I might have thought different if it was in, uh, almost any place else.”
Hockey fans shouldn’t count on seeing Ray Ferraro on NBC in 2022. He recently told Julie Stewart-Binks that he has turned down the chance to call Olympic hockey in Beijing.
Some analysts expected Olympic fatigue to affect viewership. Ferraro proves it can affect broadcasters too.
“I turned down the Olympics this year,” Ferraro said on an episode of FuboTV’s Drinks with Binks that will air this weekend. “It was hard to do, but I’m not gonna go do it. And I’ll tell you, one hundred percent it’s because of last year. I just did this for three weeks. I can’t do it again.”
Stewart-Binks revealed that she had also turned down an opportunity to go to Beijing to cover the 2022 Winter Olympics, but said the decision for her was easy.
“It’s a lot to put yourself through while you’re trying to do your job. And you’re dealing with a global pandemic that isn’t eradicated yet,” she said.
Ray Ferraro admits that he will be disappointed to miss out on Olympic hockey, particularly if the NHL allows players to go. When Stewart-Binks mentioned that the games being in China helped make her decision, Ferraro concurred.
“Julie, I might have thought different if it was in, uh, almost any place else.”
Certainly, there are political and humanitarian reasons to oppose going to China. Ferraro said that there are other factors at play too. He said that he was thinking of worst-case scenarios that could affect his future and his employment at ESPN.
He joked that he couldn’t imagine his bosses would be happy with the extended time he would be forced to quarantine before returning to the country.
Any Olympics represents a moment in history, both for the sports world and society at large. Ray Ferraro knows that is true. He says he hasn’t lost sleep over the decision to skip the 2022 Games though.
“It’s was hard, but once I let it go, once I said I wasn’t gonna do it, I haven’t really thought about it again. I know I made the right decision for me.”
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New Episodes of Beyond Limits Coming to CBS Sports
The series, which first premiered in September 2021, is produced by the CBS Sports Race and Culture Unit, with senior producer Sarah M. Kazadi.
CBS Sports is set to premiere new episodes of its franchise Beyond Limits, which celebrates athletes who go beyond the implicit boundaries of sports and society. Three half-hour episodes will be hosted by CBS Sports reporter AJ Ross, and will also air on CBS’ linear channel and stream live on Paramount+.
The first episode of the season is titled “Who I Am,” and it will feature Byron Perkins, who is the first openly gay football player at a historically black college or university (HBCU). Perkins is a redshirt senior at Hampton University. The show will also discuss the relationship he has with his mother and how she has impacted him both as a person and an athlete.
Two more episodes will premiere throughout the season – one on making sports adaptable and accessible; and the other featuring athletes who have moved into executive roles. The latter show includes interviews with NBA Executive Vice President and Head of Basketball Operations, Joe Dumars; New Orleans Pelicans Vice President of Basketball Operations and Team Development, Swin Cash; and NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Troy Vincent.
The series, which first premiered in September 2021, is produced by the CBS Sports Race and Culture Unit, with senior producer Sarah M. Kazadi. Its first episode premieres on Sunday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. EST/10:30 a.m. PST, and should provide fans with unique storytelling and spotlight into the journeys of various key figures in sports and media alike.
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ESPN Colleagues Pay Tribute to Neil Everett
“It was universal praise from the people that knew and worked with Everett.”
Neil Everett has become one of the faces of SportsCenter. After 23 years at ESPN, he announced that he is leaving the network.
Colleagues at the World Wide Leader took to Twitter to share their thoughts. It was universal praise from the people that knew and worked with Everett. Chief among them was his SportsCenter partner of fourteen years, Stan Verrett.
If Root Sports Northwest requires references, there are plenty ESPN colleagues past and present that were immediately ready to vouch for Neil Everett.
Everett was not laid off. He turned down a new contract that would have forced him to take a pay cut.
The Walt Disney Company is in the middle of layoffs effecting every division. CEO Bob Iger has tasked his leaders with reducing costs by $5.5 billion and cutting 7000 jobs.
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Bleav To Launch 2 FuboTV Channels
“Over 1,000 hours of original content is produced by Bleav each month.”
Sports and entertainment media production company Bleav has officially launched two channels available now on FuboTV.
Bleav Sports and Bleav Football will utilize content from its podcast network to comprise programming on the TV side.
“We are excited to be partnering with Fubo, one of the premiere companies for sports streaming,” Bleav president Eric Weinberger said.
Over 1,000 hours of original content is produced by Bleav each month. Former NFL and NBA standouts like Ahman Green, Rudy Gay, Lamar Odom, LenDale White, Ike Taylor and Jonathan Stewart are just some of the hosts for Bleav.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He’s a multimedia journalist and communicator who works at the Virginia State Corporation Commission in Richmond. Jordan also contributes occasional coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, WRIC-TV 8News and Audacy Richmond. He can be reached by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.