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NCAAs grant Hill a TV opportunity

Grant Hill attends Keep a Child Alive’s 10th

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Grant Hill spent two decades in the NBA, but you might recall his work in the NCAA Tournament before that, such as a long pass he completed to Duke teammate Christian Laettner in Philadelphia in 1992.

Now Hill is back in the NCAAs in his first post-NBA spring, working as an analyst for CBS/Turner after a winter spent breaking into media, mostly for NBA TV.

“I am excited and thrilled,’’...

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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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Charles Barkley: Some at CBS were not initially welcoming

NBA Commissioner David Stern, left, shakes Charles Barkley's

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Sean McManus and David Levy, who run CBS and Turner Sports, respectively, spoke Tuesday as they have for four years about the warm, successful partnership between the two media entities that carry the NCAA Tournament.

But studio analyst Charles Barkley said later that at first, some incumbent tournament announcers were not warm and cuddly toward Turner's NBA voices when they came aboard for...

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Big East Tournament ticket not what it used to be

Chris Mullin led St. John’s to the Final

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This should not come as a surprise, but Big East Tournament tickets are much easier to come by in the first year of the conference's new look than they have been in the past. Plenty of tickets still are available through Ticketmaster, and the secondary market has been soft. The resale site aggregator TiqIQ says the average asking price for the championship game is down 18.39 percent from...

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Mike Francesa to announce TV home Wednesday

WFAN long-time employee Mike Francesa, just before his

Mike Francesa said early in his WFAN show Tuesday afternoon that "the deal is done" for a new simulcast home and that he will announce it Wednesday.

Newsday reported Feb. 9 that he was bound for Fox Sports 1.

Francesa was simulcast on the YES Network from 2002 until Super Bowl Sunday this year. The next day, ESPN New York's Michael Kay moved into Francesa's old time slot on YES.

Fox...

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John Smoltz joins Fox's MLB roster

JOHN SMOLTZ, RHP 213-155, 3.33 ERA, 3,084 K,

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Fox announced that John Smoltz and Matt Vasgersian will team up on Fox Sports 1 baseball telecasts, presumably as in effect the No. 2 team behind Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci....

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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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Seth Everett to work Mets games on WOR

Seth Everett will serve as host/reporter for Mets pregame and postgame shows on WOR (710 AM), the team and Clear Channel Media announced.

Everett most recently had been at Fox Sports Radio and WINS. E

Ed Coleman had filled a similar role at WFAN, for which he still will report on the Mets. But with the move to WOR, he no longer is part of the official team radio crew. ...

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Dog day afternoons on MLB Network

Chris "Mad Dog" Russo: "My father was a

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Chris Russo recently cut back his show on Sirius XM Satellite Radio from five to three hours. But fear not, Mad Dog fans: You will get one of those hours back during baseball season with “High Heat with Christopher Russo,’’ in which a news release promised he will “bring his passionate opinions and energetic delivery’’ to MLB Network.

In addition to his own unique verbal stylings, Mr. Russo...

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Super Bowl is the 'Super Bowl for women'

BEST: Cate Blanchett There were pales galore at

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The Oscars often have been called “the Super Bowl for women,’’ at least in advertising terms, given the magnitude of the television audience and the fact it skews female.

But in recent years the NFL has not accepted that assertion without a fight, arguing that in fact the Super Bowl for women is . . . the Super Bowl.

The NFL said an average of 44.85 million women watched Super Bowl XLVIII...

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