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ESPN Pulls Announcer From UVa Game Due to His Name

Commentator Robert Lee's moniker too similar to Confederate general's: network

(Newser) - ESPN may have been trying to nip a future hubbub in the bud, but, as CNN notes, it just created a whole new controversy. Asian-American announcer Robert Lee was slated to call the University of Virginia's home-opening football game against William and Mary on Sept. 2, but the ESPN... More »

Trump Dumps Inaugural Announcer at the Mic for 60 Years

Charlie Brotman says he was 'heartbroken,' 'destroyed' to find out he lost longtime gig

(Newser) - Donald Trump may not be appearing on this season of The Apprentice , but that doesn't mean he's done with his trademark "You're fired." The president-elect did just that to Charlie Brotman, who, since Dwight Eisenhower's second inauguration in 1957, has served as the official... More »

Voice of Saturday Night Live Dead at 96

Don Pardo lent voice to Jeopardy! , Today show, and more

(Newser) - One of television's most enduring presences has passed away at the age of 96. Announcer Don Pardo, known for introducing Saturday Night Live for decades, died at his home in Arizona yesterday, the AP reports; the cause hasn't been revealed, though the Los Angeles Times notes that he... More »

Kentucky Derby Caller Quits, Cites Crippling Anxiety

Diet, prayer, breathing, going to a shrink didn't do the trick for Tom Durkin

(Newser) - "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" turned out to be the most hellish for the man who has been tasked with calling the race 13 times. Tom Durkin's annual preparation went well beyond poring over photos of horses and flash cards and toting around a notebook containing more... More »

Cowboys Star Don Meredith Dead at 72

Joined 'Monday Night Football 's' first broadcast team

(Newser) - Don Meredith, one of the most recognizable figures of the early Dallas Cowboys and an original member of ABC's Monday Night Football broadcast team, died yesterday in Santa Fe after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma. He was 72. Meredith played for the Cowboys from 1960-1968, becoming... More »

Cubs Great Ron Santo Dead at 70

Third-baseman became legendary broadcaster

(Newser) - Renowned Chicago Cubs third-baseman and broadcaster Ron Santo died last night in Arizona of complications from bladder cancer at age 70. “Ronnie will forever be the heart and soul of Cubs fans,” said the team’s chairman. “He enjoyed himself in the booth right to the end,... More »

Iconic Yankees Announcer Bob Sheppard Dead at 99

'Voice of God' introduced stars from DiMaggio to Jeter in 5-decade-plus career

(Newser) - Bob Sheppard, the public-address announcer who welcomed generations of fans to Yankee Stadium in a career that spanned more than 55 years, has died at 99, the team announced today. Reggie Jackson nicknamed Sheppard "The Voice of God," and a recording of his voice continued to announce Derek... More »

Keith Hernandez Dozes Off During Mets Game

Announcer grabs some z's during extra innings

(Newser) - Love the tension and excitement of extra-innings baseball? We're sure Keith Hernandez does, too, so he was probably dreaming about it when he fell asleep during the Mets' 11-inning victory over the Giants on Saturday. Cameras caught the announcer and former All-Star—and Seinfeld guest star—face-down in the booth,... More »

Beloved MLB Broadcaster Ernie Harwell Dead at 92

Detroit mourns legendary Tigers broadcaster

(Newser) - Ernie Harwell, the only baseball broadcaster ever traded for a player, has died aged 92 after a long fight with cancer. The beloved sportscaster spent 55 years broadcasting major league games, 42 of them with the Detroit Tigers. The transplanted Southerner, rated as one of the best baseball broadcasters of... More »

NBC's Olympics Better on Mute

Commentators are ruining the games

(Newser) - The Olympics are supposed to be about the grand human drama of sports, entire lives culminating in this one shot at glory. So “why do we insist, like a bunch of preschoolers, on talking all the way through them?” demands LA Times TV critic Mary McNamara. NBC’s commentary... More »

With Madden Exit, Less BOOM! in NFL

(Newser) - John Madden’s outsize presence in the world of football will be hard to fill, Alex Marvez writes for Fox Sports. Personality aside, the Hall of Fame coach—who announced his retirement today—was meticulous about preparing for his TV commentary. “Madden made football fun for the casual fan... More »

Madden Retires from Booth

(Newser) - John Madden has called his last football game, NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol announced today, with the legendary former coach deciding to retire from broadcasting. “I’m 73 years old,” Madden said in a statement. “I still love every part of it—the travel, the practices, the... More »

Phillies Announcer Kalas Dead at 73

(Newser) - Harry Kalas, who announced Philadelphia Phillies games since 1971, died today, the Inquirer reports. Kalas, 73, was found unconscious at Nationals Stadium in Washington and rushed to a hospital, where he died. Kalas, a Hall of Famer, underwent unspecified surgery earlier this year. “We lost Harry today,” the... More »

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