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Vitale Gets Contract Extension From ESPN

“Not long ago, Vitale joked that he would like to still be calling basketball games when he is 100 years old.”

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Dick Vitale is the face of college basketball at ESPN and thanks to a new deal, it looks like that is a role he will continue to fill into the foreseeable future. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that the boisterous analyst has been offered a contract extension that will keep him in Bristol through the 2021-22 college basketball season.

Vitale has been on the air with ESPN since the network started broadcasting college basketball games in December of 1979. This new contract ensures that he will be at the network for at least 42 seasons.

The former coach has plenty of value to ESPN beyond just his analyst work. He has become one of the faces of ESPN’s annual Jimmy V Foundation fundraising events. He is also one of the few remaining links to the network’s beginnings that is still on air with regularity.

Not long ago, Vitale joked that he would like to still be calling basketball games when he is 100 years old. He told McCarthy that doesn’t mean he plans on hanging around even if he is no longer an asset to ESPN.

“I’ll be able to tell when the time comes. If I feel like it’s not there, I will just tell them. I would not try to embarrass them, I would not try to embarrass my family and most of all I would not embarrass myself,” Vitale said. “But I feel as young as ever. I feel like 20, I act about 12. Then reality sets in when I look at the mirror. At my age, it can happen overnight. Bottom line? I feel really great. I don’t feel any different than when I was 45 or 50. I really don’t.”

Vitale turned 80 earlier this month and will be on the verge of 83 when the new deal expires. His age is brought up a lot on social media when fans and critics want to point out that Vitale is slipping. He told McCarthy that ageism has motivated him in recent years.

“I probably work harder now than I’ve ever worked in my life — because I want to make certain I don’t make mistakes on names or not knowing about a player’s life. I really pride myself on that. The bottom line is if I make a mistake, or Hubie [Brown, ESPN NBA analyst] makes a mistake, we’re senile, we’re old, we’re washed up,” Vitale said. “Does a young guy make a mistake? Oh, he made a slip. When you get into our numbers, there are cruel people out there. 99% aren’t like that. But there is that percentage that really can’t wait to knock you off.”

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ESPN Accused Of Data Sharing Without Consent In Class Action Lawsuit

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act.

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According to a potential class action lawsuit, user data from ESPN.com and ESPN+ has been allegedly shared with Meta Platforms without users consent.

Corrado Rizzi of ClassAction.org has proposed the suit, alleging that ESPN “uses a pixel installed on the back end of its website to track when website and app users take certain actions, such as clicking on an ad or viewing video content”. That “pixel” is used by Facebook to capture “a subscriber’s Facebook ID, with which anyone can ‘quickly and easily’ locate, access, and identify a particular Facebook account and a file containing details of a watched video and its corresponding URL.”

Rizzi adds that ESPN.com and ESPN+ subscribers aren’t told their data could be shared. He also shares that while ESPN could create its website to information isn’t immediately shared with Facebook, it benefits financially from utilizing the “pixel” on its website.

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act. The VPAA, according to ClassAction.org, “prohibits ‘video tape service providers’ from knowingly disclosing without consent consumers’ personally identifiable information, including that which identifies someone as having requested or obtained specific video materials”.

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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