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Mike Maniscalco Returns To Hurricanes Broadcast

“Last month, the Canes rinkside reporter and pregame host on Fox Sports Carolinas was sent to the emergency room with severe abdomen discomfort.”

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After three weeks away because of a serious health scare, Mike Maniscalco returned to the Carolina Hurricanes TV broadcast Monday night. 

Last month, the Canes rinkside reporter and pregame host on Fox Sports Carolinas was sent to the emergency room with severe abdomen discomfort. At the time, Maniscalco was with the team in San Jose and doctors at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center found a large mass in his stomach was the cause for discomfort. 

Soon after, the broadcaster returned to Raleigh where he underwent successful surgery to remove the mass. The procedure was performed by Dr. Michael LeCompte and Dr. Michael Meyers at UNC REX Hospital, days later a biopsy determined the mass was non-cancerous. Maniscalco was set to be off-air indefinitely as he recovered from the procedure. Monday night, the indefinite leave ended as Maniscalco returned to the Hurricanes telecast three weeks after surgery.

“The support I have received from my family, friends, broadcast team, the Hurricanes organization, the entire hockey community and the fans was overwhelming in the best possible sense. There are no words to express my gratitude for the concern and positive thoughts,” Maniscalco told BSM following his first game back. 

“To go from wondering when I could get back to work, to be able to get back so soon and see the team and the fans reaction was more than I could have imagined.” Maniscalco added as the Canes topped the Ottawa Senators 8-2 in his return.

A native of Buffalo, NY, Maniscalco has covered the Hurricanes for over a decade. Hosting their pre and postgame shows on the radio from 2007 – 2016, the sportscaster is currently in the middle of his fourth season working on the Canes’ telecasts. In addition to his contributions on Fox Sports Carolinas, Maniscalco also creates content for CarolinaHurricanes.com and hosts the Canes Corner radio show.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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ESPN Will Honor Vin Scully By Airing Iconic 1988 World Series Game 1 Tonight

ESPN will air an encore presentation of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as a tribute to Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scull

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ESPN will air an encore presentation of Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as a tribute to Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully. The network will air the game tonight, August 3 at 8pm ET on ESPN2.

The 1988 World Series was between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Oakland Athletics. Scully was on the call for the classic game which is notable for an injured Kirk Gibson coming off the bench and hitting a walk-off home run.

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Matthew Berry Joins NBC Sports

Berry is expected to host a daily podcast and have his own Sunday fantasy football show.

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Matthew Berry, the fantasy football expert that helped to elevate the niche to mainstay programming surrounding the football season, is joining NBC Sports.

Berry, who left ESPN less than a month ago, is expected to host a daily podcast and have his own Sunday fantasy football show, sources told The New York Post. The show might go against Fantasy Football Now, his previous show that airs on ESPN2.

The show is also expected to be on NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, as well as possibly on some NBC affiliates. Berry could also make appearances on Sunday Night Football.

NBC Sports declined comment.

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NBC Pushing for Big Ten/NFL Primetime Pairing in Media Rights Deal

“The Big Ten would have exposure in every TV home,” said one source to Front Office Sports. “It would also be a smart idea to follow the model of the most successful sports league in America.” 

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Big Ten media rights negotiations are getting closer to being completed. The results could mean a minimum of $1.25 billion annual distribution for the conference’s soon-to-be sixteen members. One of the bidders in the process, NBC, has an interesting idea to make the Big Ten the “NFL of college football conferences.”

NBC has reportedly pushed the idea of combining Big Ten broadcasts with its existing Notre Dame coverage and would feature the Big Ten in its primetime window. With CBS, ESPN/ABC also bidding on coverage packages, such a series of deals would make the Big Ten the only college football conference that would be seen across all of the American broadcast networks. Something only few entities have done, like the NFL.

NBC is also pushing the allure of having primetime Big Ten football on Saturday night and primetime coverage of Sunday’s only NFL evening game with Sunday Night Football.

“The Big Ten would have exposure in every TV home,” said one source to Front Office Sports. “It would also be a smart idea to follow the model of the most successful sports league in America.” 

The Big Ten’s current media rights deals expire after the 2023 season.

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