Dick Vitale is in the middle of another battle with cancer. The face of ESPN’s college basketball coverage revealed earlier this month that he is dealing with lymphoma.
Doctors will treat Vitale with steroids before starting a six month chemotherapy plan. It is a scary proposition for anyone. Fortunately for Vitale, he has friends and colleagues in the broadcast industry to draw strength from. He shouted out two in particular in a tweet on Wednesday.
Holly Rowe, who Vitale mentioned first, received her last round of chemotherapy three years ago. She had been diagnosed with melanoma in 2016. She continued working while receiving treatment.
TNT’s Ernie Johnson also got a nod from Dick Vitale. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2003. He did not begin chemotherapy treatments until 2006.
“The medical experts tell me it has a 90-percent cure rate,” Vitale said when announcing his diagnosis just over a week ago. “They say I can continue to work so I will have to manage my work schedule around my chemo schedule as they will monitor my test results along the way.”
Kevin Frandsen Named Nationals Analyst For MASN
“Frandsen spent the last four years as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies’ radio team.”
While there may not be anything happening in terms of player acquisitions in Major League Baseball right now, some teams are acquiring new talent to lead their broadcast crews.
The Washington Nationals on Thursday announced former Nat Kevin Frandsen would be the team’s new TV color commentator. Frandsen replaces FP Santangelo, who departed following the 2021 season and missed some time after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced during the year.
“I’d like to thank MASN and the Lerner family for this tremendous opportunity,” Frandsen said in a statement. “I’d also like to thank my team of Amanda, Tenley and Daylen for their love and support.”
Kevin Frandsen will call games alongside Bob Carpenter, who will be the team’s TV play-by-play commentator for the 17th season. Frandsen spent the last four years as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies’ radio team.
“Being able to learn from and work alongside Scott Franzke, Larry Anderson, Rob Brooks and everyone in Philadelphia the last four seasons has been a blessing, but I’m so excited to work with Bob Carpenter and bring games to the incredibly knowledgeable and passionate Nationals fan base,” he said. “I cannot wait to get started.”
Kevin Frandsen played nine seasons in MLB, including making 105 regular season appearances for the Nats in 2014. The team won the N.L. East that season.
The lockout in baseball continues, but spring training games for the Nationals are supposed to begin February 26. Their 2022 regular season is tentatively scheduled to begin March 31.
Charles Davis Off CBS Playoff Coverage Due To Covid
“Trent Green will take Davis’s place.”
Charles Davis will not be part of CBS’s coverage of the Cincinnati Bengals’ visit to Tennessee this weekend. According to Awful Announcing, a CBS press release says that he is being replaced “due to COVID protocols.”
His partner, Ian Eagle, will be in Nashville. Trent Green will take Davis’s place.
It is the second time in three weeks that CBS has lost a member of one of its top NFL broadcast teams. Jim Nantz was forced to miss a game between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to COVID protocols in Week 18.
Broadcasters don’t want to miss any assignment for any reason, especially when we get to the playoffs in their given sport. You have to feel for Charles Davis. Last week he endured single digit deperatures with sub-zero wind chill in Buffalo, but won’t be able to make the trip to a considerably warmer location.
On the plus side, at least he won’t be used as bulletin board material for the Titans as he predicted earlier this week.
ESPN Decides Not To Send Reporters To Beijing For 2022 Winter Olympics
ESPN originally planned to send four reporters to Beijing to provide coverage.
One day after NBC announced that none of its 2022 Winter Olympics broadcast teams will work on-site from Beijing and instead work remotely, ESPN has made a similar decision.
On Thursday, the network announced that it won’t send any news personnel to China to cover the Winter Games. According to its official release on the matter, ESPN originally planned to send four reporters to Beijing to provide coverage. But those four will now work remotely with the numerous television and digital personnel assigned to the Olympics.
ESPN.com already has a section dedicated to its Olympics coverage and plans will continue to provide the site with feature content along with scoreboards, medal counts, and additional information and statistics that will be updated in real-time. That Olympics content will also be available on the ESPN app.
Though video restrictions for Olympics highlights will be in place, SportsCenter will also report on results from Beijing and run reports and features on the Beijing games. (NBC holds exclusive rights in the U.S. for Olympics video footage.)
“The safety of our employees is of utmost importance to us,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN’s executive VP, event and studio production, in the network’s announcement. “With the pandemic continuing to be a global threat, and with the COVID-related on-site restrictions in place for the Olympics that would make coverage very challenging, we felt that keeping our people home was the best decision for us.”
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics begin with the opening ceremony Friday, Feb. 4.
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