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Katie Nolan Joining NBC’s Beijing Winter Olympics Coverage

Nolan’s recent tweets about curling and adding Rebecca Lowe to her contacts appeared to be hints.

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Katie Nolan is joining NBC’s Beijing Winter Olympics coverage. The network announced on Thursday that she will create daily short-form content for television and digital platforms.

“I always dreamed I’d go to the Olympics one day,” Nolan said in NBC’s official announcement. “Technically in the dream, I was winning gold for Team USA, but I’m thrilled at the chance to win one with Team NBC Olympics. We get medals for this, right?”

Two recent tweets from Nolan hinted at her new gig, whether fans realized it or not.

Nolan revealed on Twitter in September that she was no longer working for ESPN after four years at the network. At ESPN, she hosted Always Late with Katie Nolan for ESPN+ and the podcast Sports? With Katie Nolan, while also appearing on shows including Highly Questionable, Around the Horn, and The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.

But her standing at the network appeared to deteriorate after her podcast producer, Ashley Braband, was laid off in November 2020. Nolan later revealed that Always Late had been canceled earlier in the year.

In the four months since then, Nolan shared that she believed she was close to getting an HBO show that eventually went to Bomani Jones. It’s also been rumored that she would eventually land at Meadowlark Media, where she would reunite with Le Batard and John Skipper, but a project for her has not yet developed.

Prior to joining ESPN, Nolan hosted Garbage Time with Katie Nolan and NFL Films Presents for FS1, and was one of the original panelists on Crowd Goes Wild.

Based on her previous work, Nolan should provide humor and irreverence for the Winter Olympics viewing audience, perhaps providing a change of pace for the heartwarming and serious feature storytelling NBC provides for more casual sports fans. It’s unfortunate that NBC isn’t sending any talent to Beijing due to COVID-19 concerns because Nolan could produce some entertaining content on-site.

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ESPN Assigns Broadcast Teams for MLB Wild Card Round

In preparation for the postseason, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

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There are just a few games left in the MLB season and the postseason begins this weekend with the Wild Card round. In preparation, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

Andrew Marchand reports that the team assigned to the presumptive New York Mets Wild Card series will be Karl Ravech, David Cone and Eduardo Perez. The Mets still mathematically can win the NL East but they trail the Braves by two games with three to play.

He also reports that the St. Louis Wild Card series will be called by Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. The Cleveland series will be broadcast by Boog Sciambi and Doug Glanville while the Toronto series will be called by Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza and Tim Kurkjian.

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Stugotz: ‘Sean McDonough Hates The Aaron Judge Cut-Ins’

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

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College football fans are not being shy with how they feel about Aaron Judge. Whether it is private conversations or social media posts, people are making their disdain for the cut-ins to college football games on ESPN networks when the Yankee slugger comes to bat known. On Monday morning, Stugotz added that it isn’t just fans that are unhappy.

The Dan Le Batard Show discussed the second straight week of cut-ins on Monday morning. Stugotz pointed out that one of ESPN’s primary college football voices sounds just as annoyed as fans are.

“Sean McDonough hates the toss to Aaron Judge,” he said. Hates it!”

Last week, ESPN and ABC cut into games when Judge was sitting on 60 home runs. This week, he was sitting on 61. A 62nd home run would be the most in American League history.

Stugotz added that has to be part of McDonough’s frustration.

“In his defense, what are we cutting in for? I have no idea if [Aaron Judge] is breaking a record, what record he’s breaking, if he’s clean. I have no idea!”

Producer Mike Ryan Ruiz said the fact that Judge is yet to deliver is making the cut-ins more frustrating for fans.

“I think what hurts the whole thing is that Aaron Judge has been terrible during these cut-ins,” Ruiz said. “He’s been God awful during these cut-ins. I haven’t seen a single home runs during one of these cut-ins. There was genuine fury at a watch party I was at. Fury! At Aaron Judge.”

A popular criticism of ESPN has been that this kind of attention would not be paid to Aaron Judge if he was chasing a mark that wasn’t the home run record if he played anywhere other than New York. According to Ryan, the mistake is bigger than that. Why would regular season baseball ever interrupt college football?

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

There are four games left in Major League Baseball’s regular season. You can bet college football fans will make plenty of signs for College GameDay if Judge cannot hit number 62 before the playoffs start.

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Terry Bradshaw Is Cancer Free

Bradshaw’s candor comes after struggling through a sentence during the September 25th edition of the show, in which Howie Long helped finish his sentence.

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During FOX NFL Sunday, Terry Bradshaw revealed he was diagnosed with two different forms of cancer in the last year.

However, after surgeries and treatments, Bradshaw said he is now cancer free.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer said he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in November of last year and surgery and treatments removed the cancer. Then, in March of this year, a tumor was found on the left-side of his neck. Bradshaw called it a “Merkel cell tumor”, which he had removed.

Bradshaw’s candor comes after struggling through a sentence during the September 25th edition of the show, in which Howie Long helped finish his sentence.

The 74-year-old has worked on FOX NFL Sunday since its inception in 1994. He will be inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame later this year.

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