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Brent Musburger moves from lead ESPN booth to SEC Network

Brent Musburger on the set of ESPN's College

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ESPN announced that Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer will be its lead announcing team for college football games on the new SEC Network, starting Aug. 28 with Texas A&M at South Carolina.

The news means that Musburger, 74, no longer will be ESPN's lead college football play-by-play man for major events such as Saturday night games on ABC and the national championship game.

ESPN did...

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Did we mention Super Bowl Sunday was warm?

Sunbathing at Jones Beach. (June 24, 2013)

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So based on the weather forecast for Tuesday, today (Monday) is the 57th and final day on which the high temperature in East Rutherford, N.J., will not exceed the high of 54 degrees reached on Super Bowl Sunday.

It is an amazing streak that illustrates the glory and power of the NFL - which rolled the dice on a cold weather Super Bowl in what turned out to be a maddeningly cold, snowy winter...

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Michelle Beadle returns to ESPN

Michelle Beadle attends the 17th Annual Webby Awards

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ESPN announced Michelle Beadle is back after an ill-fated term at NBC, including a return to her old gig as one of the hosts of "SportsNation" on ESPN2.

Beadle will be back effective Monday, and work alongside Max Kellerman and former Columbia star Marcellus Wiley.

ESPN apparently plans to continue using all three personalities moving forward.

“Michelle’s style of delivery has...

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WLIR drops ESPN, reverts to Christian format

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WLIR (107.1 FM), the Hampton Bays-based station that had been simulcasting ESPN New York Radio, reverted Monday to the All-Christian programming format it had offered until last summer.

The move follows an earlier one last month in which the station dropped all of its local shows, branded as part of its Champions Radio format, and went exclusively with ESPN’s New York-based programs.

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John McEnroe expands ESPN role

4. JOHN MCENROE He was dominant at the

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ESPN announced that John McEnroe will expand his role there to include non-tennis-related appearances on TV and radio.

That includes appearing as a commentator on various topics on "SportsCenter" and as an interviewer for sitdowns with sports stars.

The new gig includes appearances on ESPN Radio New York. (McEnroe grew up in Douglaston, Queens.)

“It should be interesting and fun,...

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Michael Kay fires back at Mike Francesa

Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay calls Hartsdale home.

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Fox Sports 1 has emerged as a contender to simulcast Mike Francesa’s WFAN radio show, which if it occurs could make for some very interesting company picnics.

Now that Fox is set to increase its stake in the YES Network to 80 percent, the simulcasts of both Francesa’s show and Michael Kay’s ESPN New York radio show could both be on Fox-owned channels.

Did I mention Francesa and Kay are...

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Mike Francesa says CBSSN would prefer Attila the Hun over him

WFAN longtime radio host Mike Francesa on the

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By process of elimination, Fox Sports 1 and MSG must be the leading contenders for MIke Francesa's TV simulcast, what with Francesa saying on the air Tuesday that the cost of his show would exceed SNY's budget, then saying this about the "people" who run CBS Sports - and CBS Sports Network:

"We don’t get along. We haven’t gotten along for a long time. They would never, ever put me on the CBS...

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Will Mike Francesa, Michael Kay both end up on Fox channels?

WFAN long-time employee Mike Francesa, just before his

Michael Kay's first day on the YES Network averaged 0.61 percent of New York- area homes, a promising start for the ESPN Radio host's new TV simulcast.

(Mike Francesa's simulcast usually averaged in the 0.2-0.3 range; time will tell whether Kay can perform at or near that level over an extended period.)

The tune-in factor might have been helped by the social media storm that followed...

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Mike Francesa on Michael Kay: 'Classless, loser move'

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Michael Kay opened his first simulcast on the YES Network Monday with a not-so-veiled shot at WFAN's Mike Francesa, who occupied that time slot for 12 years.

Shortly after going on the air at 3 p.m., Kay dumped a plastic bottle of Diet Coke - Francesa's longtime beverage of choice - into a garbage can held by his partner, Don LaGreca.

The gag was executed wordlessly, but the reference...

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Mike Ditka still frosty re cold-weather Super Bowl

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 09: Former Chicago Bears

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Mike Ditka's oft-stated disapproval of the first cold-weather Super Bowl is well known - and second only in prominence in recent weeks among Hall of Famers-turned-TV-analysts to Fox's Terry Bradshaw.

Coach Ditka was at it again Wednesday during a session ESPN arranged for reporters to grill its analysts at the Super Bowl media center.

Here ya go:

"I don’t [like it]. I’ve said it...

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