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Dick Vitale Has Cancerous Lymph Node in Neck, Undergoing Surgery Next Week

“With all the [prayers] I have received & the loving support of my family, friends & ESPN colleagues, I will win this battle.”

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ESPN basketball analyst Dick Vitale recently revealed that a biopsy on the lymph node in his neck has come back as cancerous and that he will be having surgery next Tuesday. Vitale, who has been broadcasting for the network since 1979, had the biopsy on Wednesday of this week after a PET scan had detected the lymph node on his neck. Vitale posted the news on his X account Friday afternoon and thanked everyone for their prayers.

“With all the [prayers] I have received & the loving support of my family, friends & ESPN colleagues, I will win this battle,” Vitale said in his post. “[Praying] surgery on Tues. will be a success.”

After he had received an ultrasound on Monday, Vitale’s oncologist scheduled him for a biopsy. Throughout the week on social media, Vitale posted updates about his status and expressed his hope that he would receive a report that it was non-malignant. It is unknown how his forthcoming surgery will affect his ability to call college basketball games in the fall.

Vitale was recently declared cancer free after being diagnosed with vocal cord cancer last July. He received six weeks of radiation treatment and a four-hour vocal cord surgery thereafter followed by vocal rest, resulting in Dr. Steven Zeitels expressing optimism that he could return to work in the fall. Over the last several years, Vitale has fought against lymphoma and melanoma and tried to returning to the broadcast booth. During the 2022 college basketball season, he was able to resume calling games and received standing ovations from crowds at various arenas.

Over the summer, he planned to minimize what he did and engage in a gradual assimilation into speaking more. In a previous interview with Barrett Sports Media, he expressed his aspiration to call basketball games at the age of 100 and the motivation he feels from the winning formula of passion, pride and perseverance.

Vitale accepted the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2022 ESPYS where he discussed the importance of raising money for research into cancer treatment and prevention. Earlier in the week, he expressed that he is more motivated than ever to raise money for children fighting cancer, stating that “no kid should go thru this.” He recently announced that the 20th anniversary of his annual Dick Vitale Gala will take place on May 2, 2025 with honorees including Dan Hurley, Michael Strahan, Hannah Storm, Nancy Lieberman, Grant Hill and John Calipari.

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Alex Cohen, Voice of the Iowa Cubs, to Make Major League PBP Debut This Weekend

“Thrilled to be on the call for a pair of Cubs games starting this weekend!”

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Alex Cohen, who has been the voice of the Iowa Cubs for the last seven seasons, is getting called up to the big leagues. For the first time ever, Cohen will call Major League Baseball when he fills in for Jon Sciambi on Marquee Sports Network this Sunday. He has also been told he will have a second game on July 19.

“Thrilled to be on the call for a pair of Cubs games starting this weekend!” Cohen posted on his X account. “So appreciative of Marquee Sports Network and the Iowa Cubs for the opportunity. Will wax poetically about it all later, but until then…Thank you all and can’t wait for Sunday in St. Louis and Friday at Wrigley!”

Cohen was named Ballpark Digest’s 2023 Broadcaster of the Year award. He calls all 150 home and road games for the Cubs Triple-A affiliate on AM 940 in Des Moines and does select games on TV as well. Cohen has previously done some Cubs Spring Training games on Marquee as well as 670 The Score.

Cohen also does work for Iowa State and handles many of their broadcasts on ESPN+. In addition to working with Marquee he has also done work for the Big Ten Network.

Cohen is a 2011 graduate of Indiana University who served as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Idaho Falls Chukars, the Rookie Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. He then headed to manage broadcasting and media relations for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Single-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

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FOX Sports Sets NFL Announcing Teams for 2024

Tom Brady will make his regular season debut with Burkhardt when FOX Sports airs the Dallas Cowboys-Cleveland Browns game on September 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

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During this NFL offseason, most of the broadcaster talk has been centered around the arrival of Tom Brady as part of the No. 1 team on FOX Sports with Kevin Burkhardt. Recently it was revealed that Greg Olsen, who had been working with Burkhardt, would be paired with Joe Davis for the upcoming season. Now, based on a report from Andrew Marchand, we know who the rest of the teams will be.

Davis had been working with Daryl Johnston, however ‘Moose’ is now going to be paired with Kevin Kugler. Kugler had previously worked with former NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez, but Sanchez will now be the analyst for Adam Amin.

That means Mark Schlereth will have a new partner as he had been working with Amin. Schlereth will now work with veteran play-by-play announcer Chris Myers. The only team that will stay intact from last season is the pairing of longtime FOX Sports NFL announcer Kenny Albert and Jonathan Vilma.

Tom Brady will make his regular season debut with Burkhardt when FOX Sports airs the Dallas Cowboys-Cleveland Browns game on September 8 at 4:25 p.m. ET.

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NBC Sports Announces Open Championship Coverage Plans

Luke Donald, former World No. 1 and current captain for the European Ryder Cup team, joins Dan Hicks as an analyst for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Open Championship.

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From July 18-21, the 152nd Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland will receive extensive live coverage from NBC Sports, Peacock, and USA Network.

Throughout the course of the tournament, NBC Sports will offer over 50 hours of live coverage from Thursday to Sunday, with a total of more than 200 hours from Royal Troon including featured groups, featured holes, and Golf Central Live from The Open studio coverage.

Luke Donald, former World No. 1 and current captain for the European Ryder Cup team, joins Dan Hicks as an analyst for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Open Championship. This will be his second time serving as an analyst with NBC Sports, after previously debuting at the Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches and the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier this year.

The upcoming tournament will be Mike Tirico’s 26th time broadcasting the Open Championship, and his fourth time at Royal Troon. He first broadcasted the event at this location back in 1997 when Justin Leonard was crowned champion.

The play-by-play pairings for the tournament in addition to Hicks and Donald will be Tirico with Brad Faxon, Terry Gannon and Paul McGinley along with Steve Sands and Notah Begay III.

John Wood, Smylie Kaufman, Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay and Curt Byrum will serve as on-course reporters and Cara Banks will handle player interviews.

NBC Sports will enhance their extensive coverage of the Open Championship with live broadcasts of selected groups on Peacock, featuring two morning and two afternoon groups each day. Peacock will also provide a dedicated feed for the iconic par-3 ‘Postage Stamp’ 8th hole throughout the tournament.

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