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Liam Hendriks Drops Multiple F Bombs On All-Star Telecast

The White Sox closer got the save in colorful fashion.

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The 2021 All-Star festivities in Denver, Colorado have come and gone but Liam Hendriks might still be putting money in the swear jar at Coors Field.

The White Sox Pitcher was mic’d up on Tuesday night, along with other major league stars appearing in the game. Unfortunately for Hendriks, he assumed the microphone wasn’t working because he couldn’t hear anything in his earpiece.

That made for some raw and unfiltered content as the hurler closed out a 5-2 victory for the American League in the bottom of the 9th inning.

After Atlanta braves slugger Ozzie Albies doubled off Hendriks in the ninth inning, catcher Mike Zunino walked to the mound and was caught saying, “this is what the people want, you’re mic’d up.”

“No it’s not working, haven’t heard a thing all night,” Hendriks replied, explaining why he so willingly dropped F-bombs on the national broadcast.

“Well the mic’s working, but the earpiece isn’t,” Joe Buck said as Zunino walked back to his position behind home plate.

Cursing aside, Hendriks gave a real-time view into what it’s like when a pitcher doesn’t quite have their best stuff. It also made for great content, which is a theme whenever Major League Baseball lifts the curtain a bit and lets their player’s personalities shine through.

The laid-back All-Star format allowed for multiple players to be mic’d up throughout the game. The non-cursing highlight came early on in the night when Vladimir Guererro Jr. hit a bomb to boost the AL lead. His buddy Fernando Tatis Jr. gave a live reaction to the homer; something fans would never get on a normal MLB telecast.

Don’t expect to see players mic’d up throughout the 30 major league ballparks anytime soon, but powerbrokers at Major League Baseball are doing their best to work more interaction into the sport.

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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handle Games ‘On Any Stage’

“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

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Greg Olsen

Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are on tap to call Super Bowl LVII in February, and Olsen told Front Office Sports he has the confidence to announce the game with no hesitations.

“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”

Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.

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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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