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Tony Gonzalez Leaving Fox Sports For Hollywood

“He has already been on the silver screen, making his acting debut in 2017’s xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.”

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Tony Gonzalez was thought to be a rising star at FOX Sports. Well, if that is true and his star continues to rise, it won’t be for that network. The Hall of Fame is reportedly more interested in acting than in football these days.

Gonzalez is leaving FOX according to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports. He will instead pursue acting work both on TV and in Film. He has already been on the silver screen, making his acting debut in 2017’s xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.

So where does this leave FOX? After all, Tony Gonzalez was part of the Fox NFL Kickoff crew and was clearly being positioned to take over on Fox NFL Sunday whenever one of that show’s longtime hosts finally decided to retire.

McCarthy has three names he will be paying attention to. The first is former Falcons and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. He also notes that Emmanuel Acho should be a natural candidate. It makes sense. He has become a big name on the FOX roster and Sunday NFL coverage would be a major spotlight for him. Finally, McCarthy notes that Mark Sanchez, who officially joined FOX this week, could be in the running.

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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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Portland Trail Blazers TV, Radio Broadcasts To Call Away Games Remotely

Rip City Radio 620’s Dwight Jaynes confirmed a rumor co-host Chad Doing mentioned on the air that he had been told the Blazers broadcasters would announce away games remotely for the upcoming season.

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Portland Trail Blazers broadcasters will have a different vantage point for away games during the 2022-2023 season.

Rip City Radio 620‘s Dwight Jaynes confirmed a rumor co-host Chad Doing mentioned on the air that he had been told the Blazers broadcasters would announce away games remotely for the upcoming season.

“They will not be sending radio or television on the road with their team,” Jaynes said. “Also, what I’ve heard and I’ve tried to check this out, I have not found any other team in the league that’s doing this.”

On Twitter, a user asked Jaynes if potentially the broadcast crew asked to not travel, which Jaynes said did not happen while noting the broadcasters will “enjoy more time at home”.

Kevin Calabro and Lamar Hurd make up the Trail Blazers television crew on ROOT Sports, while Travis Demers serves as the radio play-by-play announcer. Rip City Radio 620 is the flagship of the Trail Blazers Radio Network.

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Utah Jazz ‘Opened Negotiations’ For TV Broadcast Partners

Jazz games are seen on AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain currently. Like several other regional sports networks around the country, distribution of the channel is limited.

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The Utah Jazz have “opened negotiations” for a new television broadcast partner, the team has announced.

In a series of tweets, the team said “creating great fan experiences — in person and online — is our #1 priority” while noting they are “committed to providing enhance viewing options”.

Jazz games are seen on AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain currently. Like several other regional sports networks around the country, distribution of the channel is limited to FuboTV and DirectTV Stream are the only streaming platforms offering the channel, while DirecTV and Comcast Xfinity are the only cable providers airing the network.

Jazz President Jim Olson told The Salt Lake Tribune “We’re excited about the productive discussions we have initiated with a variety of providers, and are looking forward to solidifying the best, future partnership for our organization and fans.”

The Tribune also reports the Jazz have been partnered with AT&T SportsNet, previously Fox Sports Net, since 2009 when the two signed a 12-year, $240 million deal. The deal has continued after AT&T SportsNet has extended the contract with an exclusive negotiating window clause.

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