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DC Sports Broadcasters Launch Charity Campaign

“Comprised of fourteen local broadcasters from the Washington Capitals, D.C. United, Nationals, Redskins and Wizards, the group announced their initiative, Voices of D.C. Sports: Helping to Feed the City.”

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With live sports suspended indefinitely, broadcasters have added free time on their hands. We’ve seen announcers offer to hone their skills by commentating on fan submitted videos. Now, Washington D.C. based broadcasters are stepping up to use their voices for coronavirus relief. 

Comprised of fourteen local broadcasters from the Washington Capitals, D.C. United, Nationals, Redskins and Wizards, the group announced their initiative, Voices of D.C. Sports: Helping to Feed the City.

For a minimum donation of $25, the sportscasters will use the personalized video shoutout platform Cameo, to send requested messages to fans. Instead of taking the profits paid out by Cameo for themselves, the participating broadcasters will donate the proceeds to benefit DC Central Kitchen, the Capital Area Food Bank and Martha’s Table.

“We didn’t want it to be anything outrageous,” Capitals radio play-by-play voice John Walton said in an interview with The Washington Post. “We wanted a lot of people to be able to do it. We’re cut off from the fans just like they’re cut off from us. It’s something that we can do that would be fun for people out there who probably need a smile, and at the same time raise money for the people who need it the most. There are a lot of people in this town who are doing hero’s work. We want to help give them the tools to keep doing that.”

Participating broadcasters include:

Washington Capitals:
Joe Beninati, NBC Sports Washington Capitals play-by-play announcer
Al Koken, NBC Sports Washington Capitals reporter and host
Craig Laughlin, NBC Sports Washington Capitals analyst
Alan May, NBC Sports Washington Capitals studio analyst
John Walton, Capitals Radio play-by-play announcer

Washington Nationals:
Dave Jageler, Nationals Radio play-by-play announcer
FP Santangelo, MASN Nationals color analyst
Charlie Slowes, Nationals Radio, play-by-play announcer

Washington Redskins:
Larry Michael, Washington Redskins play-by-play announcer

Washington Wizards:
Caron Butler, NBC Sports Washington Wizards analyst
Glenn Consor, NBC Sports Washington and Wizards Radio analyst
Drew Gooden – NBC Sports Washington Wizards color analyst
Dave Johnson, Wizards Radio play-by-play broadcaster 

D.C. United play-by-play announcer
Justin Kutcher, NBC Sports Washington Wizards play-by-play announcer

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ESPN Creates ACC/SEC Challenge

The series will begin for the 2023-2024 season, launching with 28 games played between the two sports.

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ESPN, in conjunction with the ACC and SEC, is slated to announce the creation of the ACC/SEC Challenge for men’s and women’s basketball.

The series will begin for the 2023-2024 season, launching with 28 games played between the two sports. That number will grow to 30 contests when the SEC expands for the 2025-2026 season.

Every game in the challenge will be aired on an ESPN platform, with each side hosting the same amount of home games.

The creation of the event comes on the heels of the Big Ten’s new media rights deal with FOX, NBC, and CBS, ending a nearly four-decade relationship with ESPN. The ACC/Big Ten Challenge began in 1999, with the SEC/Big 12 Challenging beginning in 2013. Both events will cease to exist following this season.

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FOX Sports Sees Record-Setting Ratings Weekend

The World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

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FOX Sports has been home to a number of record-setting games in terms of viewership over the last several days.

In addition to FOX Sports setting a new mark for a Thanksgiving and regular season NFL audience, the World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

The network reported the U.S./England match in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup averaged 15.377 million. It was the most-watched English-language soccer game in the U.S. ever, topping the 1994 World Cup final between Italy and Brazil.

Viewership of the match was up 11% compared to the second group stage contest for the U.S. team in 2014 against Portugal. The audience peaked at 19.646 million from 3:30-3:45 p.m.

FOX Sports also reported the Michigan/Ohio State game on Saturday drew in 17 million, which made it the most-watched regular season college game on the network ever. That figure was also the highest of any regular season contest since 2011. That game also saw the audience peak at 19.6 million.

Viewership for the game was up 3% compared to last year.

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ESPN Bowl Plans Could Be Altered By NFL Flex Scheduling

“While this situation poses a challenge, we are accustomed to flexibility and having to maneuver our event schedules.”

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ESPN could be forced to adjust its upcoming bowl season schedule if the NFL decides to flex a Las Vegas Raiders game a week before Christmas.

ESPN announced its contingency plans for two bowl contests, the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl. The Las Vegas Bowl is currently planned to kick off from Allegiant Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on December 17. The Raiders right now are still planning to play in the Sunday night game the next night against the Patriots.

Should the NFL decide to flex the Raiders out of the SNF window, ESPN will swap kickoff times between the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl. That would mean the game in sin city will kick off at 11:30 a.m. local time, with the contest in Albuquerque starting at 5:20 p.m. local time that evening.

“The SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl and New Mexico Bowl are both owned and operated by ESPN Events, so this change is a solution that will work for all parties,” ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby said. “While this situation poses a challenge, we are accustomed to flexibility and having to maneuver our event schedules. We are more than prepared to move forward with this revised schedule if necessary.”

Kickoff times will be determined well enough ahead that the schools taking part in both games shouldn’t be adversely affected.

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