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Chip Caray Blasted For Saying Player In Legal Trouble Is ‘In Injury Limbo’
Caray made the remark during Monday’s game against Washington.
Atlanta Braves TV broadcaster Chip Caray is in hot water this week after his description of Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna’s playing situation. Caray said Ozuna was out of the lineup due to “injury limbo.”
Ozuna is technically out of the lineup for six weeks because of broken fingers. Healthy or not, he wouldn’t be with the team because of an MLB investigation into him under the league/MLBPA joint domestic violence policy following a Saturday arrest in Sandy Springs, Ga., on charges of aggravated assault strangulation and misdemeanor battery – family violence against his wife. Authorities released Ozuna on a $20,000 bond Monday evening.
Ozuna had just signed a four-year, $65 million deal with the Braves as a free agent in February after he was a top-three hitter in MLB last season with a .338/.431/.636 slash line.
“[Abraham Almonte] in their left-field spot now that Marcell Ozuna is in injury limbo,” Caray said in the sixth inning of the Braves 5-3 victory over the Washington Nationals.
The allegations against Ozuna weren’t brought up in that short clip, so we don’t know if Caray acknowledged the situation, but the Braves aren’t taking it lightly. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal theorized the team could try to void Ozuna’s contract because of the incident.
Fans and media members alike criticized Caray for how he handled the description of Ozuna’s situation. The grandson of legendary broadcaster Harry Caray has been the play-by-play voice of the Braves on TV since 2010. He previously held the job alongside lead play-by-play duties for TBS national broadcast but was relieved of that role in 2012.
Caray has not made a statement about his choice of words surrounding the Ozuna situation. The Braves continue their seven-game homestand against the Nationals at 7:20 p.m. ET with Caray on the call for Bally Sports.
Russ Heltman is a daily news writer for BSM. He is the morning host and producer for 89.3 WMKV in Cincinnati, OH. He also works in gameday communications for FC Cincinnati and additionally contributes to the AllBengals blog for Sports Illustrated. Russ can be found on Twitter @RussHeltman11 or you can reach him by email at Heltmandm@yahoo.com.
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Neil Everett Exits ESPN After 23 Years
“ESPN changed my life, but now it’s time for me to change my life.”
Neil Everett’s SportsCenter days are over. Front Office Sports reports that the anchor has chosen to say goodbye to ESPN after 23 years at the network.
“ESPN changed my life, but now it’s time for me to change my life,” Everett said. “Time to write a new chapter.”
The network reportedly offered Everett a new deal. Had he agreed to it, the anchor would have taken a salary reduction.
This is a significant moment for SportsCenter. Everett moving on means one of the show’s longest-tenured partnership comes to an end. He had worked with Stan Verrett since 2009.
Everett’s exit comes in the same week that it was revealed Chris Chelios would not return to the network’s NHL coverage next season. The Walt Disney Company is currently in the middle of trying to cut 7000 jobs to save $5.5 billion.
As for the future, Everett says he will seek to increase his TV role with the Portland Trail Blazers. He has been part of the team’s broadcast crew on NBC Sports Northwest for the last two years.
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Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica To Make FOX TV Debut on Belmont Coverage
“Everyone I’ve worked and interacted with at the company has been so helpful and open to someone who has spent his entire professional life elsewhere.”
As the college football season was winding down, fans found out one of the foundational members of the College Gameday staff would be leaving ESPN. Chris “The Bear” Fallica left the network and has been working for FOX since the new year. This weekend during the network’s coverage of The Belmont Stakes, he will finally make his TV debut for his employers.
“It’s been great. This will be my first TV appearance, so I’m excited,” Fallica said in an interview with FOXSports.com. “But we’ve been cranking out content on the digital side since January, and I’m very happy with how the USFL picks have been going (4-0 last week for those of you counting at home). Everyone I’ve worked and interacted with at the company has been so helpful and open to someone who has spent his entire professional life elsewhere.”
Fallica, who worked for ESPN for nearly three decades, is going to be a major presence in FOX’s gambling content both on air and online. Making picks is nothing new. He had been doing it on College GameDay for years prior to his exit.
In addition to making football picks, horse racing is going to be a major part of what The Bear does for FOX. While this will be his TV debut on FOX, Fallica put the spotlight on one of his colleagues.
“It was a great decision to bring Tom [Durkin] back for this call. His voice is synonymous with the sport for a generation of racing fans, so it will be a treat to hear him call a race again.”
Durbin is coming out of retirement to call the race. This is the first year that the Belmont is airing on FOX as part of a rights deal with the New York Racing Association.
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FOX Reportedly Considering Replacing Reggie Bush on Big Noon Kickoff
“Marchand writes that the favorite to replace the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner is the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner. Mark Ingram II is expected to retire from the NFL and join FOX.”
It looks like changes are coming to FOX’s college football coverage. Andrew Marchand reports that the network is considering replacing Reggie Bush on Big Noon Kickoff.
Bush and the network reportedly argued over money before the 2022 season. FOX kicked the tires on multiple options, including Desmond Howard and Robert Griffin III of ESPN. Eventually, it decided to bring Bush back on a one year deal. With that deal set to expire and the two sides again at an impasse, FOX is eyeing other options.
Marchand writes that the favorite to replace the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner is the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner. Mark Ingram II is expected to retire from the NFL and join FOX.
If Ingram does join the show, he would be the first analyst from outside of the conferences FOX carries. Ingram played his college football at Alabama. He has since amassed more than 8000 yards over 13 seasons in the NFL.
FOX declined to comment on the report. Marchand reports that with no deal finalized, there is an outside shot that Ingram returns to the NFL, Bush returns to FOX and there is no change at all. That, however, is considered a long shot.