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Knicks Don’t Give Tribute In Marv Albert’s Final Game At Garden

“Marc Berman of The New York Post writes that the snub was part of long running bad blood between Albert and Knicks owner James Dolan.”

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Marv Albert called is final game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night. The broadcast legend turns 80 on June 12, and has announced that he will retire once his play-by-play duties for TNT are over during this year’s NBA Playoffs.

Albert has had a long association with the Garden and the teams that call it home, starting in 1967 when he became the voice of the New York Knicks. In fact, the return to calling games in person for Albert was largely about getting to be in that building one more time. It was special to him. It was special to fans. Apparently though, it was not special to the team. The New York Knicks did not pay tribute to Albert at all during the evening.

Marc Berman of The New York Post writes that the snub was part of long running bad blood between Albert and Knicks owner James Dolan.

Albert chose not to focus on what did not happen. When Berman asked about the lack of a video tribute, Albert responded with compliments on Madison Square Garden’s recent upgrades.

“I didn’t think about it,” the broadcast legend said. “I was amazed how they’ve renovated the Garden and how spectacular it is now.”

The dispute between Dolan and Albert goes back to 2004. It is why Albert decided to leave his role as the voice of the team on MSG Networks. He would go on to call games for the Nets on YES before devoting himself fully to TNT’s national coverage.

Fans will still be able to see and hear Albert on TNT through the end of the Eastern Conference Finals. His history makes it clear though that nothing in his final season will be as sentimental a moment as what he experienced Wednesday. In addition for working for the team for nearly 40 years, over two different stints, Albert is also a Brooklyn native and has a home in Manhattan’s SoHo district.

“It was just wonderful to be in an actual building with live players and crowd,’’ Albert told The Post. “And it brought back a lot of memories for me. It turned out what we hoped for in a telecast. A great game to do, a tremendous night.”

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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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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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