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Bob Costas, Joe Buck Not Interested In Being Cardinals TV Voice

Whoever they hire should be a very good baseball broadcaster who can give them 20, 30 years.”

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The St. Louis Cardinals will have a new voice calling play-by-play on TV beginning in 2023. Greats like Bob Costas or Joe Buck won’t be among the pool of candidates.

Bally Sports Midwest, the team’s regional sports network, mutually parted ways with broadcaster Dan McLaughlin recently after McLaughlin was arrested and charged with his third DUI.

McLaughlin had called Cards games on television for 24 seasons, so the opening is the first in quite a while. But those pining for guys like Costas and Buck to consider taking the role will have to look elsewhere.

“It’s not the right time in my life,” Buck said according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Buck is concluding his first season as the voice of Monday Night Football on ESPN. Buck had apparently already been approached about doing select Cardinals games, but he said he knew this opportunity requires and all or nothing approach.

“I don’t think it’s fair to do just a few games, you have to be committed to this,” he said.

Buck’s father Jack called Cardinals games for 47 years, so when news of the vacancy spread, the minds of many went right to Joe considering the familial ties.

Costas added that at one point in time the Cardinals play-by-play job was one he’d love to have, but now at 70 years old he just can’t do it.

“If there ever was a local team whose games I would have done, it’s the Cardinals,” he said. “But that time long since has passed. It’s not going to happen.”

“Whoever they hire should be a very good baseball broadcaster who can give them 20, 30 years,” Costas added.

Plenty of names have been floated around as potential candidates, but one thing for sure is that the team and Bally are going to fill the spot with someone who will be in it for the long haul and someone who can deliver the quality broadcasts Cardinals fans have come to expect.

“We’re in the early stages,” Bally Sports Midwest general manager and senior vice president Jack Donovan told the Post-Dispatch. “This role is important to Cardinals fans, so we’ll be open-minded and thorough with the goal of having a play-by-play announcer in place before spring training. We’re working closely with the Cardinals to identify great candidates and find the best fit.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick Return to Host Indy 500 for NBC Sports

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

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With less than two weeks until the event, NBC Sports has officially announced its team of race and studio commentators for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the sixth year in a row, we can expect to see familiar faces such as host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick contributing to pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage.

The race will air at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, on both NBC and Peacock.

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe will call the race for the sixth consecutive year. Marty Snider, Dillon Welch, Dave Burns, and Kevin Lee will serve as pit reporters. Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and Kim Coon will serve as roaming reporters.

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