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Panthers Hire Doug Plagens



The Panthers hired Doug Plagens to be their new radio voice Thursday morning.

Plagens replaces long-time radio play-by-play announcer Randy Moller, who recently joined the television broadcast as the Panthers’ analyst on Fox Sports Florida. It was Moller, the vice president of broadcasting for the Panthers, who basically chose his successor out of 120 applicants since the position became available eight days ago.

“My lifelong goal has been to call hockey games in the NHL and this is a great place to do it,’’ said Plagens, 30, via conference call Thursday.

Plagens, who grew up in hockey-crazed Detroit and played “stay-at-home’’ defense for Trenton High School’s state championship team, received his Masters’s Degree in broadcast journalism at Syracuse University where he called his first professional hockey game (Syracuse Crunch of AHL) in 2007.

Plagens has spent the previous four seasons with Cavaliers Operating Company, serving as the radio and television play-by-play broadcaster for the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters and Arena Football League’s Cleveland Gladiators. Plagens also was selected as an announcer for the 2015 AHL All-Star Game and served as a feature reporter for Access Cavaliers on Fox Sports Ohio.

“We made the decision very quickly,’’ Moller said. “We got a rising young superstar that South Florida hockey fans are going to love. Not only with his on-air personality, but with the way he calls the games, but also the way he’s integrated with the fans and media and all the organizations he’s been with.’’

Plagens will do radio play-by-play for 82 regular season games and playoff games if the Panthers qualify. He will co-host pre- and post- intermission in-game spots as well as produce and host a weekly network radio show on the team’s flagship station, WQAM-560.

Plagens is quite aware of Moller’s colorful personality and unique goal calls in which he utilizes pop culture references and movie lines.

“You can’t duplicate what Randy did and I just hope to bring the same enthusiasm to every broadcast, every time I’m on the mike,’’ Plagens said. “This is the best job in the world and my goal is to make everybody enjoy listening as much as I enjoy calling the games because there’s nothing else I’d rather do.’’

Plagens’ season in the AFL is over and he said he will head to South Florida after Labor Day. Panthers rookie camp begins on Sept. 11 and training camp starts on Sept. 18.

The television crew includes Moller, in-game co-host Drew Goldfarb, color analyst Denis Potvin and play-by-play announcer Steve Goldstein.

Credit to the Sun-Sentinel who originally published this article

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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set

“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”



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Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.

The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.

Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.

“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”

Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.

Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.

Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.

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Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock

“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”



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Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.

According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.

Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.

The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.

The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.

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Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast

“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’



First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.

No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.

Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.

McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.

“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.” 

In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.

There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.

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