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Antawn Jamison Joins CSN As Wizards Analyst

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When you polish off a 16-year NBA career that spans six franchises and five cities, you wind up with a lot of second homes. Some, though, are homier than others.

Antawn Jamison’s time with the Wizards ended in chaos and disappointment, but before that came some of the best times of his professional life. He made two all-star games in Washington. He went to the playoffs four times. Three of his four kids were born here. And he was the grown-up leader on a Wizards team that, a decade later, continues to resonate in this town.

“When I look back over my career, the place that kind of molded me not just as a player but as a man and as a human being — it all came from Washington,” Jamison said in a recent conversation. “I enjoyed life the most when I was in D.C. No matter how many years down the road, I can always go back to D.C. and just feel like this is family. All the things that happened there come back. I had the best time of my whole 16-year career when I was there in D.C. It’s always going to be a second home.”

Where better, then, to launch the next stage of his broadcasting career? And who better to do it with than Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier, the same men he used to visit in the back of the plane during Washington road trips?

Jamison will join CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Wizards broadcast team 15 times over the remainder of this season: 10 times as an analyst on the pregame and postgame shows, and five times as an in-game analyst alongside Buckhantz and Chenier. Jamison has done studio work for Lakers games in recent seasons, and that work will continue. But this new in-game color job, which starts Wednesday night when the Wizards host the Lakers, is an experiment whose location feels just about perfect.

“It’s ideal,” Jamison said. “You always wonder: how would it feel, after I’m done playing, to be in that position? Getting an opportunity to call games for probably the closest team to my heart — the one team that no matter what I want to be successful and I pull for — and to do it with those two guys is going to be unbelievable. It’s just going to bring back a lot of great, fond memories.”

Read more at the Washington Post where this article was originally published

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ESPN Unveils New NBA Graphics Package, Theme Song

The network unveiled a new scorebug, with colors for each team corresponding to what uniform they are wearing.

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As ESPN prepares for the upcoming NBA season, the network unveiled a new graphics package and theme song Tuesday.

The network unveiled a new scorebug, with colors for each team corresponding to what uniform they are wearing.

“Leading creative initiatives like this one are exactly what we envisioned when we created ESPN’s groundbreaking in-house Creative Studio almost two years ago,” said Carrie Brzezinski-Hsu, Vice President, ESPN Creative Studio. “We take sports from game to experience. It takes a dynamic collective of creative capabilities and storytellers to make fans feel like they are part of the game.”

“Like everything involving the NBA on ESPN, this has been a total team effort,” said Tim Corrigan, Vice President, Production. “We were thrilled to collaborate with our ESPN Creative Studio group to bring this new look and feel to life. It’s big, bold and contemporary and we can’t wait for fans to see it.”

The network has also unveiled new theme music for the upcoming season.

ESPN partnered with Made Music Studios for “the next evolution” of the NBA on ESPN’s sound.  The network says “Made Music created a hip hop-based concept with the power and energy synonymous with ESPN’s NBA Productions”.

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ESPN Accused Of Data Sharing Without Consent In Class Action Lawsuit

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act.

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According to a potential class action lawsuit, user data from ESPN.com and ESPN+ has been allegedly shared with Meta Platforms without users consent.

Corrado Rizzi of ClassAction.org has proposed the suit, alleging that ESPN “uses a pixel installed on the back end of its website to track when website and app users take certain actions, such as clicking on an ad or viewing video content”. That “pixel” is used by Facebook to capture “a subscriber’s Facebook ID, with which anyone can ‘quickly and easily’ locate, access, and identify a particular Facebook account and a file containing details of a watched video and its corresponding URL.”

Rizzi adds that ESPN.com and ESPN+ subscribers aren’t told their data could be shared. He also shares that while ESPN could create its website to information isn’t immediately shared with Facebook, it benefits financially from utilizing the “pixel” on its website.

The proposed suit alleges these are violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act. The VPAA, according to ClassAction.org, “prohibits ‘video tape service providers’ from knowingly disclosing without consent consumers’ personally identifiable information, including that which identifies someone as having requested or obtained specific video materials”.

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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