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Steve Nash Could Join Turner Sports’ Soccer Coverage

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It’s no surprise to hear a former two-time NBA MVP could soon be hired by Turner Sports as an analyst, but it’s certainly surprising when the retired basketball star is mentioned as a potential option for covering soccer.

According to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post, Turner and future NBA Hall-of-Famer Steve Nash are closing in on a deal that will see Nash provide coverage of the UEFA Champions League. Broadcast rights to the league are currently held by Fox, but that will change in the fall thanks to a $60 million per year bid from Turner.

Turner, which has not broadcast soccer since the 1990 World Cup, will distribute the sport on TNT, TBS, TruTV and a streaming service. According to The Post, sources state Steve Nash will be a studio analyst among other roles pertaining to UEFA Champions League coverage. As of now there are no plans to have Nash crossover to Turner’s NBA handling.

The Canadian born Nash is currently the GM of his home country’s National basketball team as well as a consultant for the Golden State Warriors. Whether or not Nash will need to relinquish either of those roles was not reported.

Certainly a unique and creative hire by Turner, but not one without merit as Nash is well connected to the sport. An avid soccer fan, Nash’s brother and father both played the sport professionally. Nash also has ownership stakes with the MLS’ Vancouver Whitecaps and Spanish club Mallorca.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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Potential Big Ten/ESPN Deal Did Not Include ESPN Plus Option

“I’ve been told ESPN’s deal did not include direct-to-consumer on ESPN+, it was a strict linear television deal.”

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ESPN, BIG TEN

A shockwave went thru the sports media landscape on Tuesday when reports surfaced that the Big Ten would not be awarding a media rights deal with longtime partner ESPN. Since then, more details have come out about why the two might not be in business together after this season.

On The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast, John Ourand added another piece of the puzzle that could offer some illumination. According to his reporting and sources, ESPN wanted to be able to offer Big Ten games on their direct-to-consumer streaming option, ESPN+ and the Big Ten didn’t receive that well.

“I’ve been told ESPN’s deal did not include direct-to-consumer on ESPN+, it was a strict linear television deal.”

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Bill Spaulding to Become New Jersey Devils New TV Play-by-Play Voice

Spaulding will replace Steve Cangialosi on the MSG Network broadcasts.

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New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils will have a new TV play-by-play voice when the puck drops on the 2022-23 season in October.

According to sources, Ryan Novozinsky of NJ.com reported the team has hired Bill Spaulding for the job. Spaulding will replace Steve Cangialosi on the MSG Network broadcasts.

Cangialosi left as the team’s play-by-play man at the end of this past season. He had been with the team for 11 seasons.

Spaulding is a Syracuse University grad and has previously called Olympic hockey, as well as college games, on NBC. Additionally, Spaulding has experience calling college sports for ESPN. He’s a recipient of the Jim Nantz Award, which is given each year to the nation’s top collegiate sportscaster.

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FOX Says NFL Ad Sales Up From 2021, ‘Record Pricing’ Expected for Super Bowl LVII

“It’s obviously such a huge year for us,” Murdoch added later. “We’re looking forward to getting record pricing for the Super Bowl.”

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Super Bowl 57

FOX shared some lucrative news with investors on its quarterly earnings call on Wednesday. The network said sales for the NFL season are in a very short word: up.

FOX CEO Lachlan Murdoch said “We sold more NFL Sunday advertising in the current upfront market than we did across Sunday and Thursday combined in the prior year’s market.”

He also went on to note that didn’t include commitments made for the network’s presentation of Super Bowl 57 in February.

“This excludes advertising commitments for the upcoming Super Bowl, where we are pacing well ahead of schedule and seeing very robust demand and record pricing levels.”

FOX began selling Super Bowl 57 ads last summer.

Murdoch didn’t share specific numbers regarding Super Bowl sales but in comparison, NBCUniversal sold 3-second spots for upwards of $7 million this last February.

“It’s obviously such a huge year for us,” Murdoch added later. “We’re looking forward to getting record pricing for the Super Bowl, and we’re well ahead of plan in terms of selling our Super Bowl positions.”

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