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Did NESN Ask Orsillo To Lie?

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The Red Sox’ season is more or less over, but the controversy surrounding the departure of play-by-play announcer Don Orsillo continues to consume Boston sports fans.

Now Boston sports radio personality Kirk Minihane has sources telling him that NESN, the team-owned cable network that broadcasts Red Sox games locally, asked Orsillo to lie about the reason behind his departure.

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Last week, NESN announced it was replacing Orsillo with Dave O’Brien for the 2016 season, much to the chagrin of a Red Sox Nation that had grown to appreciate Orsillo’s steady ways over the past 15 years. NESN originally did not give a reason for the switch — further infuriating Red Sox fans — until chairman Tom Werner and NESN chief executive Sean McGrail wrote Saturday in the Boston Herald that the move was made to upgrade and “re-energize” the team’s television’s broadcasts.

A Change.org petition asking the Red Sox to change their mind on Orsillo’s firing now has more than 57,000 signatures.

As I said above, Minihane is no stranger to controversy himself. In July 2014, he was suspended for a week without pay by Boston sports-talker WEEI after he called Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews a “gutless [expletive]” because of her interviews during that year’s MLB all-star game. In June, he was suspended for one day by the station after getting into a heated on-air argument with former NFL player Christian Fauria.

And then, this week, Minihane (jokingly?) suggested — on television, this time — that someone be hired to murder NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Credit to the Washington Post who originally published this article

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St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”

McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.

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NFL Flex Scheduling Forces ESPN To Change Bowl Schedule

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The NFL flex scheduling an upcoming Las Vegas Radiers game out of Sunday Night Football on December 18 has forced ESPN to make a slight adjustment with its college bowl season schedule. But the change was something the worldwide leader was prepared to make.

The Raiders were originally scheduled to play the New England Patriots in the primetime window a week before Christmas, but with both teams losing ground in terms of the AFC playoff picture, NBC opted to go with a different game that night instead. Now fans will be tuning in to see the rematch between the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.

The shift out of the Sunday night window for the Raiders forced ESPN to swap kickoff times for the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl the day before on December 17. Florida and Oregon State will play in Vegas at 2:30 p.m. eastern, with BYU and SMU facing off in Albuquerque at 7:30 p.m.

The switch allows workers at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas enough time to switch the venue over from college bowl game to Raiders home game.

“We are accustomed to flexibility and we anticipated having to maneuver our event schedules based on the possibility of the Raiders game being flexed,” said ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby.

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FOX Scores Most-Watched PAC-12 Championship Game Ever

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Friday night’s Pac-12 championship game between Utah and USC drew the largest audience in the game’s history, according to FOX.

Over 6.2 million tuned in to watch the Utes dominate the Trojans 47-24 and dash USC’s hopes at making the College Football Playoff.

The network said viewership was up 45% compared to the 2021 title game, which aired on ABC and also featured Utah. The Utes won the conference crown in convincing fashion that year too, posting a 38-10 victory over Oregon.

The Pac-12 will be without USC and UCLA as member schools following the 2023 season. The Trojans and the Bruins will join the Big Ten in 2024.

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