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 July 22, 1998.

6 – Happy birthday to MSG analyst Ron Duguay, born in 1957.

8 – Famed sports TV pioneer Roone Arledge was born, in 1931. Arledge was president of ABC Sports (1968-86) and ABC News (1977-98). He was noted for creating Monday Night Football (in 1970) and for his Olympics coverage – he produced 10 Games. Arledge died from prostate cancer on December 5, 2002.

8 – Fox Sports airs its first Major League Baseball All-Star Game, in 1997, from Jacobs Field in Cleveland.

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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 Keith Jackson and Lynn Swann on the call.

The next day, the Michigan Panthers beat the visiting Oakland Invaders, 37-21, in the other semifinal on ABC, with Keith Jackson and Lynn Swann on the call.

1950 – The Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is televised for the first time, from Chicago’s Comiskey Park.

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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 the short history of the New York Stars, announcers included John Sterling and Spencer Ross. Famed radio and TV talker Larry King was the TV announcer for the Shreveport (La.) Storm.
Jacksonville announcers Mike Patrick and Dick Stratton call the closing action of a July 17, 1974, game between the Jacksonville Sharks and Chicago Fire.

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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 and ESPN.
The schedule:
Thursday, Aug. 7 - San Francisco at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.; Dallas at San Diego, 10 p.m. (joined in progress at 10:30 p.m.)
Friday, Aug. 8 - New Orleans at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 9 - Cleveland at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 15 - Philadelphia at New England, 7:30 p.m.; San Diego at Seattle, 10 p.m. (in progress at 10:30 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 16 - Green bay at St. Louis, 4 p.m.; Baltimore at Dallas, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 17 - Denver at San Francisco, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 21 - Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 22 - Chicago at Seattle, 10 p.m. (in progress at 11 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 23 - Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 28 - Jets at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (likely blacked out in N.Y. and Philly markets); Seattle at Oakland, 10 p.m.

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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 schedule will be determined by wins and losses.
Mike Crispino, Walt “Clyde” Frazier and Alan Hahn will be on the MSG broadcasts.

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CBS chooses Air Force-Army football

CBS Sports will televise the Air Force-Army football game on Nov. 1 from West Point, according to the schedule posted on the Mountain West Conference website. The game is set for an early 11 a.m. kickoff, probably to get the game concluded before the 2:30 p.m. pregame show for the Southeastern Conference game of the week at 3:30 p.m.
Army is set for four home games, a Yankee Stadium contest and one road game on CBS Sports Network. The Army-Navy game, as usual, is on CBS. The Stanford road game will be on Pac 12 Network. The Wake Forest road game could end up on the ACC syndication package, seen on ESPN3 and locally on WLNY 10/55. The Kent State road game has rights owned by ESPN but no determination has been made as of yet.
The Army football schedule:
Sept. 6 vs. Buffalo, 12 p.m. (CBSSN); Sept. 13 at Stanford, 5 p.m. (Pac 12); Sept. 20 at Wake Forest, TBA (perhaps ACC syndication/ESPN3); Sept. 27 at Yale, 12 p.m. (TBD)
Oct. 4 vs. Ball State, 12 p.m. (CBSSN); Oct. 11 vs. Rice, 12 p.m. (CBSSN); Oct. 18 at Kent State, 3:30 p.m. (perhaps ESPN3)
Nov. 1 vs. Air Force, 11 a.m. (CBS); Nov. 8 vs. Connecticut, at Yankee Stadium, 3:30 p.m. (CBSSN); Nov. 15 at Western Kentucky, 12 p.m. (CBSSN); Nov. 22 vs. Fordham, 12 p.m. (CBSSN)
Dec. 13 vs. Navy, at Baltimore, 3 p.m. (CBS)

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USA Track and Field championships on TV, internet

The USA Track and Field Championships are being held in Sacramento, Calif., this week, with some coverage on live network TV and the rest will be web streamed.
Athletes with local ties competing will be hammer thrower Ryan Loughney of Grahamsville, distance runner Aisling Cuffe of Cornwall, former Marlboro high jumper Garrett Huyler and former O’Neill High School pole vaulter Megan Clark.
The websites and have links to the webstreams. The schedule:
Thursday: 1 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Friday: 2:45 p.m.-10 p.m. (all events); 10 p.m.-midnight (field events only); midnight-12:40 a.m. (all events); 12:40 a.m. (“Cool Down” post-meet show)
Saturday: 10 a.m. (racewalk); 1:30-4 p.m. (all events); 4-6 p.m. (field events only); 6 p.m. (“Cool Down” post-meet show)
Sunday: 10 a.m. (racewalk); 2:30-3 p.m. (all events); 3-6 p.m. (field events only); 6 p.m. (“Cool Down” post-meet show)

NBC Sports Network will broadcast action on Friday (10 p.m.-midnight). NBC has action on Saturday and Sunday (4-6 p.m.). Universal Sports has action on Saturday (6-7 p.m.) and Sunday (3-4 p.m.).

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ESPN to carry Wimbledon

ESPN will broadcast the Wimbledon tennis championships starting Monday, June 23, and running through Sunday, July 6. Tennis fans will have to switch channels, though, with World Cup soccer action dominating ESPN’s airwaves.
From June 23 through July 6, viewers can watch action on all TV courts on the web at ESPN3.
The schedule:
Monday, June 23-Thursday, June 26 – Early rounds, 7-11:30 a.m. (ESPN), 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (ESPNews), 2-3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Friday, June 27 – Early rounds, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, June 28 – Early rounds, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, June 29 – Off day; week one highlights, 3-6 p.m. (ABC)
Monday, June 30 – Round of 16, 7-11:30 a.m. (ESPN), 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (ESPNews), Centre court, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Tuesday, July 1 – Ladies quarterfinals, centre court, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (ESPN2), court one, 8-11:30 a.m. (ESPN), 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. (ESPNews)
Wednesday, July 2 – Gentlemen’s quarterfinals, centre court, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (ESPN); court one, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Thursday, July 3 – Ladies semifinals, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, July 4 – Gentlemen’s semifinals, 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, July 5 – Ladies final, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (ESPN), replay, 3-6 p.m. (ABC)
Sunday, July 6 – Gentlemen’s final, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (ESPN), replay, 3-6 p.m. (ABC)

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WDLC Port Jervis to air Little League baseball

Can’t wait to watch Little League baseball playoffs on ESPN and ABC later this summer? Well, you don’t have to.
The Neversink Media Group will be broadcasting Port Jervis major baseball playoff action on Saturday, with a doubleheader starting at 9:30 a.m. with Friday’s rained out Mets vs. Phillies game. The winner takes on the Marlins in a semifinal.
The games can be heard on WDLC 1490-AM, 107.7-FM and The stations can also be picked up on the Tune-In app.

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Eagle/Fouts promotion highlights CBS NFL lineup

CBS Sports announced its top six NFL announce teams for the 2014 season, and there’s one major change. The team of Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts has been moved from No. 3 to No. 2, earning more viewership. Eagle and Fouts will call the top Sunday games on CBS when the top duo of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms are given the day off – Nantz and Simms will be calling Thursday Night Football this season, with the first half of the schedule on CBS and the entire slate on NFL Network.
Greg Gumbel will break in a new partner, Trent Green, on the No. 3 team following the retirement of Dan Dierdorf.
Kevin Harlan will be paired with Rich Gannon; Spero Dedes has drawn Solomon Wilcots; and, Andrew Catalon will work with Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker in a three-man booth.
Additional announcers will include Brian Anderson and Tom McCarthy on play-by-play, and Adam Archuleta and Chris Simms on analysis.
Tracy Wolfson will work with Nantz and Simms as a sideline reporter, and additional sideline work will be provided by Jenny Dell and Evan Washburn.
The NFL Today show will have anchor James Brown, Boomer Esiason, Bill Cowher and newcomers Tony Gonzalez and Bart Scott. The NFL Insider role will be filled by Jason LaCanfora.

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