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Brian Anderson Reduces Brewers Schedule For More Turner Games

“McCalvy did note that legendary radio broadcaster Bob Uecker won’t have his role changed in 2022.”

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Courtesy: Bally Sports Wisconsin

News dropped this week about plans for the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast booth in 2022. MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that Brian Anderson is reducing his role and expanding his involvement with Turner Sports.

McCalvy noted that Anderson is specifically only calling 50 Brewers games next season on Bally Sports Wisconsin. Jeff Levering is taking over all of those remaining broadcasts — while Matt Lepay exits the booth to expand his duties with the Wisconsin Badgers.

McCalvy did note that legendary radio broadcaster Bob Uecker won’t have his role changed in 2022 and that the team is actively searching for Levering’s replacement when he is on the road with the TV crew.

“The best news,” McCalvy tweeted on Friday. “Every expectation is that Bob Uecker’s role remains unchanged for ’22. The Brewers were said to be open to figuring out a way to keep the great Matt Lepay in some capacity, but his duties at the University of Wisconsin are growing and his attention is required there.”

Lepay confirmed the news drop with a post on Twitter thanking the organization for eight years on the broadcast team.

“A huge thank you to the @Brewers for having me on the broadcast team the last 8 years,” Lepay tweeted on Friday. “It was a blast. Long story short—I’ll have a bit more on my plate with the Badgers, so it makes sense to step aside. I’m really excited for my guy @JLevering4. Simply put, he was born to call baseball. Love it that his TV role is increasing. Trust me, I’ll remain a Brewers fan forever.

“Too many people to thank,” Lepay continued. “But a special high-five to Rock, @SophiaMinnaert@BAndersonPxP & every producer/director/stage mgr…everyone. May there be a World Series parade for this team in the near future. Thank you!”

The Brewers throw the first pitch of their 2022 MLB campaign on March 31, against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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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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