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Daniels Joins Thunder Broadcasts As Pre-Post Analyst

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Former NBA point guard Antonio Daniels has joined FOX Sports Oklahoma as the new analyst on THUNDER LIVE pregame and postgame shows, it was announced by FOX Sports Oklahoma Senior Executive Producer Mike Anastassiou.

Daniels will be paired with host Lesley McCaslin (home games) and John Rhadigan (road games) and the Thunder broadcast team of Brian Davis and Michael Cage to provide perspective and analysis before and after every Thunder game televised on FOX Sports Oklahoma. This year’s first THUNDER LIVE show is set for Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. CT prior to the Thunder’s season opener against the San Antonio Spurs. FOX Sports Oklahoma is scheduled to show 71 Thunder regular-season games in 2015-16.

Daniels played 13 seasons in the NBA from 1997-2011 and was selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies with the fourth overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft. He won an NBA championship in 1999 as a member of the San Antonio Spurs and also played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Supersonics, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Hornets and Philadelphia 76ers.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the FOX Sports Oklahoma team and to get a chance to watch an exciting NBA team,” said Daniels. “I’m honored to get this opportunity and I look forward to working at FOX Sports Oklahoma.”

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Daniels enjoyed a successful collegiate career at Bowling Green where he was the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in 1997. In the NBA, he averaged 7.6 points and 3.4 assists per game and competed in the playoffs in 10 of his 14 seasons.

Following his playing career, Daniels worked as a broadcaster and co-hosted a radio sports talk show on KZDC ESPN San Antonio where he was named the 2015 San Antonio Magazine Radio Personality of the Year. A noted motivational speaker and professional fitness trainer, Daniels and his wife, Sonia, created The Daniels Family Foundation that emphasizes faith, family and fitness.

“We’re very excited to have Antonio Daniels become a part of our Thunder broadcast team,” Anastassiou said. “His knowledge of the game and his experience as a player will bring a unique perspective to our Thunder coverage.”

Credit to Fox Sports who originally published this article

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NFL Thanksgiving Games Set Ratings Records

FOX Sports added that viewership was up 49% compared to 2021.

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The Thanksgiving slate of NFL games last week brought in the largest audiences ever. Viewership across all three games averaged 33.5 million.

The game with the largest viewership was Giants/Cowboys in the 4:30 p.m. window. FOX Sports reported that 42 million watched Dallas beat New York 28-20. It is the largest regular season audience ever, surpassing the previous leader set 32 years ago.

The network added that viewership was up 49% compared to 2021. FOX carried the Detroit Lions traditional noon Thanksgiving game last year. Compared to the Cowboys turkey day contest on CBS in 2021, viewership was up 3%.

The Bills/Lions game in the early window on CBS averaged 31.627 million, with the audience peaking at 41.981 million. It was the most-watched early Thanksgiving game on record.

Patriots/Vikings on NBC in the nightcap averaged 25.9 million. That figure was up 24% compared to Bills/Saints a year ago, with NBC Sports claiming it’s the second most-watched primetime Thanksgiving game on record. The game was simulcast in Spanish on Telemundo, which averaged 565,000 viewers and made it the most-watched NFL game ever on the network.

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DirecTV Accuses FOX Sports Of ‘Scare Tactics’ As Contract Expiration Looms

FOX CEO Lachlan Murdoch indicated that this is just the first of a string of current negotiations that are upcoming.

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Cable and satellite TV subscribers should by now be accustomed to threats of seeing some channels disappear from their lineup due to contract disputes. The warnings by FOX Sports to viewers on DirecTV are no different, but the nation’s largest satellite provider isn’t appreciative of efforts by the network to make viewers aware.

FOX is currently coming up on the end of its current contract with DirecTV. With no new agreement between the two sides in place right now, FOX network, FS1, FS2, Big Ten Network and FOX-owned local affiliates will be blacked out to viewers at 3 a.m. on December 2.

As is customary with these sorts of situations, FOX has instituted a crawl on the above networks making viewers aware that they could soon see the channels gone and encouraging them to tell DirecTV not to let these channels go.

For sports fans, blackouts could be massively disruptive for football fans and soccer fans. The World Cup is currently airing on FOX and FS1,while the NFL and college football also occupy time on those same channels.

Still, DirecTV has accused FOX of utilizing the crawl to use “the same old, tired programmer scare tactics,” according to a statement to Deadline.

Earlier in the fall, ESPN and Dish were in a similar situation. The negotiation deadline passed, and viewers, college football fans in particular, were unable to catch any games on TV for a day.

FOX CEO Lachlan Murdoch indicated that this is just the first of a string of current negotiations that are upcoming.

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FOX Doubles Ad Price For Premiere US World Cup Matches

FOX has capitalized by charging $600,000 per 30-second commercial during its coverage of USA/England.

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The 2022 World Cup is underway and the opener received a gigantic ratings increase for FOX Sports. Now, according to a report from Front Office Sports, the network has doubled its ad price for the USA match versus England.

USA/England will air in a lucrative window, at 2:00 PM ET on Black Friday, and FOX has capitalized by charging $600,000 per 30-second commercial during its coverage of the match. That price, according to Front Office Sports reporters Michael McCarthy and Doug Greenberg, is double what the network had asked for from advertisers for other matches.

While the event opener saw a sharp increase, the first match featuring the United States saw a decline from previous World Cup openers for the country. 11.71 million watched the match in the US between FOX Sports and Telemundo. In 2014, 11.1 million watched on ESPN and in 2010 13 million watched the first US match on ABC.

Analysists have predicted FOX Sports could garner nearly $125 million in ad revenue for the duration of the tournament.

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