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Anson Carter: Wayne Gretzky Is A Savage On The TNT Set

“It’s important for our group to just be ourselves. Gretzky can’t be me, I can’t be him.”

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Since 2013, former NHL veteran Anson Carter has been a part of the media covering the sport. First he was at NBC Sports and now at Turner Sports as part of TNT’s inaugural season covering hockey. 

Carter was a guest on the most recent episode of the Drinks With Binks podcast on Fubo Sports, Julie Stewart-Binks talked with Carter about the NHL being on a different network. Carter wanted to see the same type of environment that was at NBC and the same high standard reached.

“It’s been amazing. We’ve got a tremendous amount of great, quality people that we work with at TNT. Coming from NBC Sports, the standard was so high because it was a family there as well. I still talk to a lot of my friends that I established there and worked with at NBC Sports. To move to TNT and Turner and have that same kind of environment has been amazing.”

Of course, everyone was wondering how Wayne Gretzky would do as an analyst and Anson Carter believes that Gretzky brings great value to the set because of his storytelling, but he believes more people will be drawn to something else about The Great One.

“He’s [Gretzky] so witty. That’s the first thing I have tried to bring out of Gretz…We’ve had a couple of rehearsals and listening to him chirp Biz or Tocchet or myself. He would do it when the red light goes off on the camera and I was like Gretz, what are you doing? Your one-liners are insane. You’re a savage. You can’t stop those when the cameras start.”

As TNT and Turner Sports keep establishing themselves in hockey, Anson Carter believes the studio crew doesn’t need to change what it has been doing. That is how to win over fans.

“It’s important for our group to just be ourselves. Gretzky can’t be me, I can’t be him…We’ve all been able to stay in our lane, but at the same time, be able to jump over each other if we have to. We’re not afraid to rip one another either. No one’s bigger than the game on our set and I think that’s what makes it fun.”

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Stephen Watson Announced as New Host On Bally Sports Wisconsin

Bally Sports Wisconsin, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks, has announced a new host for their respective pre and postgame shows. Brewers Live and Bucks Live now have Stephen Watson as a host.

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Bally Sports Wisconsin, the television home of the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks, has announced a new host of it’s pre and postgame offerings. Stephen Watson was announced as a new host for Brewers Live and Bucks Live.

Watson comes to Bally Sports Wisconsin from WISN-TV (Channel 12). There he had spent the last seven years as a sports anchor/reporter/host and covered all of Wisconsin’s major teams. In those seven years, Watson won three Emmy Awards.

“This is a dream opportunity to continue to cover two of the most successful franchises in sports right now while working alongside some of the most talented people in this industry,” Watson said. “Wisconsin sports fans are among the most passionate and dedicated in the country, and I look forward to matching their enthusiasm in my Brewers and Bucks coverage as a host and storyteller.”

Watson will share duties of hosting Brewers Live with Craig Coshun airing before and after each Brewers telecast. He will have similar responsibilities when hosting Bucks Live.

“We’re thrilled to add Stephen to our Bally Sports Wisconsin team. He is a proven content creator; his local knowledge and relationships will greatly benefit our telecasts,” said Tony Tortorici, executive producer, Bally Sports Wisconsin.

Watson is also a collegiate graduate of the area, graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 2011.

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NBA Draft Ratings Rise 32% For ESPN and ABC

“The event peaked at 8:15pm ET when four and a half million viewers tuned in.”

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The 2022 NBA Draft may have lacked the high profile prospect that prior drafts have had, but the intrigue surrounding the top three picks led to strong audience interest.

With all eyes on the Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Houston Rockets viewership for the draft rose 32% year over year for ESPN. The first round on ABC and ESPN averaged close to four million viewers (3,988,000).

Paolo Banchero wound up going #1 to the Magic, Chet Holmgren to #2 to the Thunder, and Jabari Smith Jr. #3 to the Rockets. The full two rounds of the draft averaged just over three million viewers (3,047,000). Round 2 aired exclusively on ESPN.

The first round on ESPN and ABC was the most-watched program for June 23rd across all of television in all key demos. The event peaked at 8:15pm ET when four and a half million viewers (4,500,000) tuned in.

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Shannon Sharpe Apologizes to Richard Jefferson for Calling Him Lazy

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FS1’s Shannon Sharpe took to social media to clear the air between him and ESPN’s Richard Jefferson over some comments Sharpe made about the former NBA champion.

Sharpe said Jefferson was lazy for only wanting to talk about basketball. Jefferson is an NBA analyst for ESPN and doesn’t normally appear on debate shows or provide analysis on other sports.

“There is not a person in this industry since I have retired that would ever refer to my work ethic as being lazy,” Jefferson said in a response video on his TikTok. “So as long as you live don’t ever do that again or this conversation is gonna be much different.”

Sharpe saw the video and apologized saying his assessment of Jefferson was lazy.

“I want to apologize, I come to you as a man, Rich, and apologize to you for my take on what you said,” he said.

Much like Jefferson did, Sharpe then went on to break down the differences between hosts on debate shows who have to watch and study various different sports and analysts like Jefferson who only specialize in analyzing one sport.

But ultimately Sharpe wanted to bury the hatchet and make it clear to the internet that there’s no problems between the two.

“Richard and I do not have a beef,” Sharpe said. “There is nothing going on, and this is my last time addressing this issue.”

Jefferson tweeted on Saturday accepting Shannon’s apology.

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