LeBron James move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers may not make the most sense from a basketball standpoint, but when you learn that King James will have three shows on cable by the end of the year, it becomes plain as day why it is important for him to be in LA right now.
James’ HBO talk show The Shop debuted earlier this week to rave reviews. It is the first of two projects he is working on for the network. His NCAA documentary Student Athlete premiers in October.
In the NBA James’ talents can only be utilized by one team. That’s not the case in the content creation business. Today HBO’s competitor Showtime dropped a teaser trailer for another project produced by James called Shut Up and Dribble.
The documentary series focuses on athlete activism, particularly in the NBA. The title is taken from a line Fox News host Laura Ingraham said about LeBron James after he was critical of President Trump on an ESPN digital series.
Speaking of ESPN, it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that soon-to-be-former ESPN staffer Jemele Hill shows up in the trailer for Shut Up and Dribble. Hill has been at the center of conservative media criticism multiple times in 2018.
Candace Parker, Draymond Green Joining NBA All-Star Game Broadcast
The 36-year-old Parker will make history as the first woman to work as an analyst for the event.
WNBA superstar Candace Parker and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green will join the NBA All-Star Game broadcast crew later this month.
Parker will team with play-by-play man Brian Anderson and Reggie Miller for the broadcast on TNT. Dennis Scott will work as the sideline reporter for the broadcast.
The 36-year-old Parker will make history as the first woman to work as an analyst for the event. Parker currently serves as a game and studio analyst for the NBA on TNT but will be announcing her first NBA All-Star Game.
The event is also the first for Anderson, who joins an illustrious group of play-by-players like Bob Costas, Marv Albert, and Kevin Harlan as voices of the NBA All-Star Game.
Green will be joined by the Inside the NBA studio crew — Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, and Charles Barkley — for the alternate broadcast on TBS.
A four-time All-Star in his own right, Green is a contributor to TNT throughout the NBA season.
The 2023 NBA All-Star Game takes place on Sunday, February 19th in Salt Lake City.
Kevin Harvick Only Spoke to FOX About Broadcasting Opportunities
“They’re very similar to the things I like to do — being a little bit edgy and doing things their own way.”
NASCAR legend Kevin Harvick is joining the NASCAR on FOX booth for the 2024 season. The former series champion said the network was the only one he discussed broadcasting opportunities with.
Harvick told Sports Business Journal’s Adam Stern that FOX was the only outlet he would have considered joining, claiming “they’re very similar to the things I like to do — being a little bit edgy and doing things their own way.”
The 60-race winner will join longtime play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and former teammate Clint Bowyer in the NASCAR on FOX booth after completing his final season of competition in 2023.
Harvick added he is looking forward to getting to know more people behind the scenes at the network.
“One of the most intriguing things to me is being more involved in the whole process and getting to know the production people and producers.”
FOX had been seeking a replacement for another NASCAR legend — Jeff Gordon — after he departed the booth to join Hendrick Motorsports as its Vice Chairman after the 2021 season. Meanwhile, the NASCAR on NBC analysts roles are currently held by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton, both somewhat recently retired drivers in their own right.
The addition of Harvick to its broadcast team could be considered a signal that FOX Sports is serious about continuing a relationship with NASCAR. The motorsports entity is reportedly planning to take its television rights to the open market as its contracts with FOX Sports and NBC Sports end after the 2024 season.
Chris Berman Says NBC Offered To Triple His Salary In 1989 to Leave ESPN
“(NBC) put an offer out there that was times three or four, which — ok — that took a while to get resolved.”
Chris Berman has always felt like ESPN was home for him.
There have been a couple of instances throughout his more than four-decade career at The Worldwide Leader where Berman was entertaining offers to leave. But Berman told Jimmy Traina on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast he always knew ESPN was where he needed to be.
One instance came in 1989 when ESPN was still somewhat a single fledgling sports channel. Berman at the time was weighing leaving Bristol for NBC.
“ESPN was a different place,” Berman said. “We were only one channel then, remember.”
“(NBC) put an offer out there that was times three or four,” he added. “Which — ok — that took a while to get resolved.”
Berman said in terms of his career, deciding to remain at ESPN turned out to be the right choice.
“My God it’s the greatest move I never made,” he said. “At the time I was gonna be the number two guy behind Bob Costas doing football.
“Just job-wise, forget money and this – I’m not in it for that anyway,” Berman added. “I started at 16 thousand bucks.”
Chris talked about the coverage the potential move received. He said the decision was about something bigger than money. He loved getting to cover sports every day.
“That was not the point,” he said. “I wasn’t leveraging anything, and again thank God I’ve been here 43 years.”
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