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Hextall Is 1st Woman To Call NCAA Hockey Tourney

“Hextall previously worked as a rinkside reporter and studio host for ESPN during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.”

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Leah Hextall will handle play-by-play duties for all four games in the East Regional of the NCAA Men’s Hockey Tournament across ESPN’s family of networks. She will become the first woman to ever call play-byplay of the men’s NCAA Hockey Tournament.

Hextall previously worked as a rinkside reporter and studio host for ESPN during the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. She currently calls play-by-play of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League on Sportsnet.

She will be paired with NHL Network analyst Billy Jaffe, who played his college hockey at the University of Michigan. The duo will make its debut on Saturday afternoon during the matchup between Minnesota State and Providence on ESPNEWS.

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Jesse Palmer Signs Extension With ESPN

ESPN has announced college football analyst Jesse Palmer has signed a multi-year extension to remain with the company.

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ESPN has announced college football analyst Jesse Palmer has signed a multi-year extension to remain with the company.

Palmer — who also hosts ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette after previously participating as a contestant on the show — will continue as a studio analyst for ESPN’s college football coverage. He, alongside Joey Galloway and anchor Matt Barrie will host College Football Final.

The 43-year-old Palmer joined ESPN in 2007 after concluding his football career that saw him play at the University of Florida collegiately, followed by the NFL’s New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, and briefly with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

The network also officially announced former Florida and Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has joined as a college football analyst

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MSG Considering Cable Network Spinoff

The MSG sports cable channel is currently the television home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, and New York Red Bulls.

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MSG Entertainment is considering spinning off its two iconic New York City properties, Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall, in addition to its regional sports network to create a new live event/media business.

MSG Entertainment is building the MSG Sphere in Las Vegas, which is slated to open for business next year. The $1.865 billion arena is located near the Las Vegas Strip and will hold 17,500 spectators. The expense of the new project is the genesis for the exploration of the spinoff.

According to a report from Bret McCormick of Sports Business Journal, MSG Sports Corp scored a record-breaking $821.4 million in revenue during the most recent fiscal year which included tickets, media rights, and other revenues associated with live events and sports broadcasts.

The MSG sports cable channel is currently the television home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, and New York Red Bulls.

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Jim Kaat Retires From Broadcasting

Kaat announced games for the Twins and Yankees regional broadcasts while also working for CBS, NBC, ESPN, and MLB Network during his 40 year announcing career.

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After more than 40 years in the broadcast booth, Jim Kaat has retired from broadcasting.

The 25-year MLB veteran announced last night’s Blue Jays/Yankees game would be his final announcing assignment.

Kaat announced games for the Twins and Yankees regional broadcasts while also working for CBS, NBC, ESPN, and MLB Network during his 40 year announcing career. Kaat, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as a player in July, won seven Emmy Awards for his work with the Yankees broadcasts.

Kaat, 83, told MLB Tonight “I just felt like the last game I did, maybe three weeks ago, I’m not as in touch with the game as I was years ago. I walk in the clubhouse — and this is not a criticism of today’s players or coaches — but I don’t know anybody. I can talk to Dusty Baker all day, but there’s only one Dusty Baker. I haven’t seen Tito Francona. And I just thought, Tony Kuback told me ‘You’ll know when it’s time’. And I just thought…I think it’s time to step away.”

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