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Ken McMillan

Ken McMillan has been covering sports since he got his first writing job in 1979. He has covered Section 9 athletics for most of the past 28 years. He reports on college sports, including Army and Marist College. He also writes on TV/radio sports news, having worked in local cable television and radio in the past.

NBC, NBCSN to air 89 NHL games this season

NBC Sports Group will televise 103 regular-season NHL games this season. NBC will air 14 games and NBC Sports Net has 89, including an expansion of its Wednesday Night Rivalry series when 10 west-coast games are added in doubleheader action. NBC Sports Group 2013-14 NHL regular-season schedule (subject to change): Date Away Home Network Time [...]

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This week in sports broadcasting history

July 17 was a big day for television sports history. In 1959, the first known use of sports instant replay takes place. Jim McAnany of the Chicago White Sox broke up a no-hit bid by Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry, and WPIX director Terry Murphy was able to use a videotape replay. In 1964, the first [...]

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Button up … it’s cold outside

Happy birthday to Olympic figure skating champion and long-time TV analyst Dick Button, born in 1929. Button won Olympic gold in 1948 and 1952 and was a five-time World champion. Button served as a figure skating commentator for CBS (1960-62), ABC (1962-2008) and NBC (2006, 2010). Here are some of Button’s more famous TV calls: [...]

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Free baseball for a week!

MLB Extra Innings will be offered on a free mid-season preview from Friday, July 18, through Thursday, July 24. That means digital cable customers can watch almost every Major League Baseball game for a week. The service, provided by InDemand, can be found on the standard definition channels in the pay tier for cable customers [...]

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“Hey mister, you can’t park your ox there … “

Monday Night Football analyst Alex Karras was born on this date (July 15), in 1935. Karras played with the Detroit Lions from 1958-70 (except 1963). He worked MNF games from 1974-76. Karras also acted, in the 1974 comedy “Blazing Saddles” and ABC situation comedy “Webster” (1983-89). Karras died on October 10, 2012. Here is an [...]

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Last week in Sports Broadcast history: July 4-8

4 – Happy birthday to Yankees’ radio voice John Sterling, born in 1938. Sterling was also the radio play-by-play voice of the New York Islanders from 1975-78. 5 – Hall of Fame boxing announcer Don Dunphy was born, in 1908. Dunphy called more than 2,000 fights on radio and television, from 1939-81. He died on [...]

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On this date in Sports Broadcasting history: July 11

1928 – Chet Simmons, the president of NBC Sports and ESPN and first commissioner of the United States Football League, was born. He died on March 25, 2010. The first USFL playoff game was held on July 9, 1983, as host Philadelphia needed overtime to beat Chicago, 44-38, in a game televised by ABC with [...]

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Happy birthday, WFL

The World Football League made its debut on July 10, 1974. The league barely made it through its first season and was disbanded 12 weeks into the 1975 season. TVS Television Network syndicated a Thursday night game of the week, with Merle Harmon (the former Titans/Jets play-by-play voice) and Alex Hawkins serving as announcers. In [...]

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NFL Network to air 14 live preseason games

The NFL Network will televise 14 live preseason games in August. The network will show every preseason game at least once on tape delay throughout the week (that schedule will be released later). NFL Network telecasts (which are taken from team’s local broadcast feeds) do not conflict with nationally televised games by CBS, NBC, Fox [...]

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Cleanthony Early, Knicks on MSG this week

Knicks second-round draft pick Cleanthony Early of Middletown will get some early television exposure from the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. MSG Network will air all of the Knicks summer games, starting with 4 p.m. telecasts on Friday vs. Dallas, Saturday vs. Portland and Monday vs. Charlotte. The remainder of the Las Vegas tournament [...]

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