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Treavor Scales Leaves ESPN For Bally Sports Networks

“Scales is replacing Jerome Jurenovich, who is heading for retirement from broadcasting.”

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Treavor Scales is jumping from ESPN to Bally Sports South and Southeast. The former social voice for ESPN is joining Bally Sports as their new host of the networks’ Braves LIVE and Hawks LIVE pre-and postgame shows. 

Scales is making his debut during Braves LIVE on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

“Landing this position is a dream come true in a myriad of different ways,” Scales said in a press release. “Coming back home to cover the Braves and Hawks for Bally Sports and continue the precedent set by Jerome Jurenovich is an honor. It is a joyous occasion to be able to work with the personalities we have here and to contribute my own personality to these fun and informative shows.”

Scales is replacing Jerome Jurenovich, who is heading for retirement from broadcasting. The host spent 15 years with the network, and a native Georgian is replacing him. Scales grew up in Stone Mountain, GA., and graduated from Dunwoody High School in 2009.

“Sports are meant to be fun, and Treavor is big-time fun,” Senior Vice President and General Manager of Bally Sports South/Bally Sports Southeast Jeff Genther said. “He has great energy, local knowledge, and a home-grown passion for Atlanta’s teams.”

Scales is bringing a serious resume back home. He was a four-time All-Ivy League running back on the Harvard football team and graduated in 2013 with an economics degree. 

“There are few people who love Atlanta more than Treavor, and there are fewer people who work as hard at their craft than him as well,” ESPN personality Taylor Twellman said. “I couldn’t be happier for him to be able to work in a field he is good at while working with a subject he lives and dies for. Atlanta got themselves a good one.”

Following graduation, Scales began at ESPN in 2013 as a crewing coordinator. He went on to host SportsNation on ESPN+ and appeared across ESPN’s digital and social platforms as a host of different programs.

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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage

“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”

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The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.

Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.

“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.

Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.

How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.

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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handle Games ‘On Any Stage’

“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

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Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are on tap to call Super Bowl LVII in February, and Olsen told Front Office Sports he has the confidence to announce the game with no hesitations.

“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”

Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.

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