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LeBron James Condemns Wizards Broadcaster Glenn Consor

“Consor’s words sparked immediate outrage on social media, with several NBA players, including Lebron James, weighing in.”

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Wednesday night Wizards’ announcer, Glenn Consor, made an unfortunate remark regarding Kevin Porter Jr.’s game winning three-pointer.

“Kevin Porter Jr., like his dad, pulled that trigger right at the right time,” he said.

Porter’s father, Bryan Kevin Porter Sr., pleaded guilty in 1993 to first-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl. He died of a gunshot wound in 2004 when his son was four. Consor’s words sparked immediate outrage on social media, with several NBA players, including Lebron James, weighing in.

Thursday morning Consor tweeted out an apology claiming he believed Porter Jr.’s father to be former Washington Bullet Kevin Porter.

James may or may not have fully believed Consor’s apology, but he had a response nonetheless.

“Could he have made a mistake? Absolutely,” James said. “But in our job and our field, as professionals, we are in a professional league, you got to do your due diligence and do your job all the way to the point where, why did he even say that at the end of that game, anyway?”

Speaking to reporters Thursday after Consor’s apology, James said he stood by his tweet from earlier in the day.

“We’re going to continue to protect our players, and … they said (Consor is) supposed to be a very smart guy, right?” James said. “Is that what everybody is saying? The guy is a very smart guy. So if you’re a very smart guy, I believe you should be able to do your homework on situations.”

James pointed out that, like players, announcers are given scouting reports on opposing teams. He also expressed doubt at Consor’s claim that he thought Porter’s father was the Kevin Porter who played for the Washington Bullets in the 1970s.

“The first thing I would have done (after seeing Porter’s name on the Rockets roster), I would have said, ‘Oh, Kevin Porter Jr. is coming into town, let me see if that’s his son.’ I would have did that due diligence way before.”

However, it should be noted James is not calling for Consor’s job. He called the language a “slip-up,” and pointed out that it soiled what was the biggest moment yet in Porter’s NBA career.

“That was the greatest moment for that kid in his young NBA career so far,” James said. “Why are we talking about this? Why are we talking about this? This kid made a game-winning, stepback 3.”

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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ESPN Assigns Broadcast Teams for MLB Wild Card Round

In preparation for the postseason, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

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There are just a few games left in the MLB season and the postseason begins this weekend with the Wild Card round. In preparation, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

Andrew Marchand reports that the team assigned to the presumptive New York Mets Wild Card series will be Karl Ravech, David Cone and Eduardo Perez. The Mets still mathematically can win the NL East but they trail the Braves by two games with three to play.

He also reports that the St. Louis Wild Card series will be called by Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. The Cleveland series will be broadcast by Boog Sciambi and Doug Glanville while the Toronto series will be called by Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza and Tim Kurkjian.

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Stugotz: ‘Sean McDonough Hates The Aaron Judge Cut-Ins’

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

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College football fans are not being shy with how they feel about Aaron Judge. Whether it is private conversations or social media posts, people are making their disdain for the cut-ins to college football games on ESPN networks when the Yankee slugger comes to bat known. On Monday morning, Stugotz added that it isn’t just fans that are unhappy.

The Dan Le Batard Show discussed the second straight week of cut-ins on Monday morning. Stugotz pointed out that one of ESPN’s primary college football voices sounds just as annoyed as fans are.

“Sean McDonough hates the toss to Aaron Judge,” he said. Hates it!”

Last week, ESPN and ABC cut into games when Judge was sitting on 60 home runs. This week, he was sitting on 61. A 62nd home run would be the most in American League history.

Stugotz added that has to be part of McDonough’s frustration.

“In his defense, what are we cutting in for? I have no idea if [Aaron Judge] is breaking a record, what record he’s breaking, if he’s clean. I have no idea!”

Producer Mike Ryan Ruiz said the fact that Judge is yet to deliver is making the cut-ins more frustrating for fans.

“I think what hurts the whole thing is that Aaron Judge has been terrible during these cut-ins,” Ruiz said. “He’s been God awful during these cut-ins. I haven’t seen a single home runs during one of these cut-ins. There was genuine fury at a watch party I was at. Fury! At Aaron Judge.”

A popular criticism of ESPN has been that this kind of attention would not be paid to Aaron Judge if he was chasing a mark that wasn’t the home run record if he played anywhere other than New York. According to Ryan, the mistake is bigger than that. Why would regular season baseball ever interrupt college football?

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

There are four games left in Major League Baseball’s regular season. You can bet college football fans will make plenty of signs for College GameDay if Judge cannot hit number 62 before the playoffs start.

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