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Reds Suspend Broadcaster for 'Horrific' Anti-Gay Slur

'I don’t know if I’m going to be putting on this headset again,' Thom Brennaman says

(Newser) - Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been suspended from working Cincinnati's games after using an anti-gay slur on air Wednesday night, prompting the team to apologize for the "horrific, homophobic remark." Brennaman used the slur moments after the Fox Sports Ohio feed returned from a commercial break before...

Trailblazing Sportscaster Phyllis George Dead at 70

'Someone has to be first, and that was Phyllis'

(Newser) - Phyllis George, the former Miss America who became a female sportscasting pioneer on CBS' The NFL Today and served as the first lady of Kentucky, has died. She was 70, reports the AP . A family rep said George died Thursday at a hospital in Lexington, Ky., after a long fight...

Network Suspends Analyst After Comments on Coworkers

Jeremy Roenick is suspended without pay, NBC says

(Newser) - Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick was suspended indefinitely Monday by NBC Sports over his inappropriate comments about coworkers. Roenick made a series of questionable remarks about fellow hockey broadcasters Kathryn Tappen, Patrick Sharp and Anson Carter during a recent appearance on the Spittin' Chiclets podcast, the AP reports. An NBC...

Report: ESPN Host Fired, Escorted Out of Building

Sources say Adnan Virk was accused of leaking information

(Newser) - One day, Adnan Virk was a rising star at ESPN, where he was a lead host on college football and a regular Baseball Tonight host. The next, he was fired and escorted off the premises in disgrace, according to the New York Post. Sources tell the Post that the 40-year-old...

Report: Sports Anchor Stole Jacket From Team Employee

Mike Shumann angers Golden State Warriors

(Newser) - Golden State Warriors players are reportedly refusing to do interviews with ABC7/KGO-TV sports anchor Mike Shumann—apparently not because they don't like his coverage, but because they don't want him to take their stuff. The players are angry about an incident last week, when the longtime Bay Area...

Sportscaster Dick Enberg Found Dead at Age 82
Dick Enberg
Found Dead
at Age 82

Sportscaster Dick Enberg Found Dead at Age 82

Family worried when he didn't show up on flight to Boston

(Newser) - Dick Enberg, a Hall of Fame broadcaster known for his excited calls of "Oh my!" during a 60-year career, died Thursday. He was 82. Enberg's daughter, Nicole Enberg Vaz, confirmed the death to the AP . She said the family became concerned when her father didn't arrive...

Beloved NBA Reporter, 'True Original' Craig Sager Dies

'The league will not be the same without him'

(Newser) - Craig Sager, the beloved broadcaster known as much for his outrageous wardrobe as his relationships with the NBA's elite, has died after battling an aggressive form of leukemia for more than two years, the AP reports. Turner Sports announced his death without disclosing details. He was 65 and had...

Pro Football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford Dead at 84

'We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live,' family says

(Newser) - From the football field to the broadcast booth, Frank Gifford was a star—and a winner. An NFL championship in 1956 with the New York Giants. An Emmy award in 1976-77 as television's "outstanding sports personality." Induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in '77....

Cops: Shot Sportscaster Clashed With Painter

'Erratic' contractor charged with attempted murder

(Newser) - The San Diego sportscaster shot multiple times outside his home on Tuesday was targeted not because of his job, but because of a dispute with a contractor, police say. Authorities say suspect Mike Montana, 54, shot Kyle Kraska after a disagreement about a painting job at Kraska's home; they...

San Diego Sportscaster Shot Outside Home

Suspect arrested in Kyle Kraska attack

(Newser) - Veteran San Diego sportscaster Kyle Kraska is being treated at the hospital for multiple gunshot wounds after being attacked outside his home yesterday afternoon. Kraska, sports director at KFMB-TV News 8 and host of its San Diego Chargers postgame show, was seen facedown in the street after multiple shots were...

Sportscaster Pat Summerall Dead at 82

 Pat Summerall 
 Dead at 82 

Sportscaster Pat Summerall Dead at 82

He called football and much more for CBS and Fox

(Newser) - Longtime sportscaster Pat Summerall is dead at age 82, reports . Summerall had been in the hospital recovering from a broken hip. Most might recall him as John Madden's partner on football games, but Summerall also called NBA games, golf tournaments, tennis matches, and more for CBS and...

ESPN Fires Announcer for 'Sweet Baby' Crack

Ron Franklin canned for sexist remark to colleague

(Newser) - Ron Franklin's 23-year career at ESPN is over because of sexist remarks he made to a colleague. "Listen to me, sweet baby, let me tell you something," Franklin said to sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards ahead of last week's Chick Fil-A-Bowl in the middle of an interview. When she...

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...

George Michael of Sports Machine Fame Dead at 70

DC legend pioneered use of game highlights

(Newser) - George Michael, whose syndicated Sports Machine show helped introduce viewers to the magic of game highlights years before ESPN made it obsolete, died today in Washington. He was 70 and suffering from leukemia. At WRC in Washington from 1980 to 2008, Michael became a legend during the heyday of the...

Bryant Gumbel Has Lung Cancer

Sportscaster and host had surgery to remove malignant tumor

(Newser) - Bryant Gumbel is being treated for lung cancer and had part of his lung removed last month to excise a malignant tumor. The TV host and sportscaster, 61, revealed his condition today on Live! With Regis and Kelly, when he turned down an exhortation to dance and then explained why,...

ESPN's Andrews to 911: I'm Being Treated Like Britney

(Newser) - As if being videotaped in hotel rooms weren't bad enough, ESPN's Erin Andrews now has to deal with reporters outside her Georgia home, the New York Post reports. "I'm being treated like f---ing Britney Spears and it sucks," she complains to a 911 dispatcher. After describing herself as...

NFL Runs 'Broadcasting Boot Camp' for Aging Players

Intensive course prepares sportscaster hopefuls for being on the other side

(Newser) - The NFL is teaching two dozen pros nearing the end of their playing days how to tackle a media career in its third annual "Broadcasting Boot Camp," the Washington Post reports. The would-be sportscasters were no strangers to the camera, but many needed extensive coaching from ex-players with...

Madden Has Lots of Fans, If Not All the Facts
Madden Has Lots of Fans, If Not All the Facts
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Madden Has Lots of Fans, If Not All the Facts

Aging voice of the NFL still flashes brilliance along with slip-ups

(Newser) - John Madden's on-air analysis isn't always right—zealous fact-checkers will attest to that—but the elder statesman of NFL commentators is usually on the money, writes Matthew Futterman in the Wall Street Journal. "I know there's talk he's lost a step," his former boss acknowledges, but the onetime...

Madden Takes First Weekend Off in 28 Years

NFL commentator ends 476-game streak to see the grandkids

(Newser) - For the first time in 28 years, sportscaster John Madden will not call a regular-season NFL game this weekend, ending an impressive run of 476 without absence, the Washington Post reports. The hiatus is expected to be short for Madden—now 72 and working NBC’s Sunday-night broadcast—who crisscrosses...

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