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Bucks Announce Zora Stephens As Sideline Reporter

“Stephenson takes over for Katie George who moved on to the ACC Network after one season with the Bucks.”

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The Milwaukee Bucks announced the addition of Zora Stephenson to their Fox Sports Wisconsin telecasts during the upcoming season.  Stephenson joins the network as the Bucks sideline reporter.

“It’s such an exciting time to be part of the Bucks organization, and I’m thrilled to be able to tell the stories surrounding this team and Fiserv Forum,” Stephenson said in the press release. “Basketball has always been a huge part of my life and what better way to continue that than with the Bucks family.

“This is a first-class organization throughout, from the players, to the coaches, executives and the fans. The sky is the limit for this city and team, and I can’t wait to get started in Milwaukee.”

It’s the second year in a row that the Bucks will have a new sideline reporter for their games on Fox Sports Wisconsin.  Stephenson takes over for Katie George who moved on to the ACC Network after one season with the Bucks.  George now offers sideline reports for the ACC Network, joining a broadcast team featuring Dave O’Brien and Tim Hasselbeck.  

Prior to accepting her new position as the Bucks sideline reporter, Stephenson worked as a news reporter and anchor in Denver, CO, having also spent time with WNCT-TV in Greenville, North Carolina.

“Zora’s award-winning ability to report and ask insightful questions, along with her vast basketball experience and expertise, will be a great addition to Bucks games on Fox Sports Wisconsin and across our digital channels,” Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum president Peter Feigin said in a statement. 

“We’re confident she’s the right person to tell the story of Bucks basketball and the world-class Fiserv Forum.  We look forward to her joining us in Milwaukee and for Bucks fans across the globe to get to know her.”

Stephenson will join the Fox Sports Wisconsin Bucks broadcast team that features play-by-play voice Jim Paschke along with analysts, Marques Johnson and Steve Novak.  Stephenson’s role with the team will also see her contribute to their digital platforms including Bucks.com.

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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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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