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FOX, ESPN Set Crews For Joint Coverage Of Wilder vs Fury III

The two fighters battled to draw in their opening bout, and Fury got the best of Wilder in the second edition.

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ESPN and FOX Sports unveiled their broadcast team for the Wilder v. Fury III fight that is just days away. The two networks are doing a rare team-up on one of the biggest pay-per-view draws of the entire year.

Deontay Wilder takes on Tyson Fury with their legacies and the world heavyweight title on the line. The two fighters battled to draw in their opening bout, and Fury got the best of Wilder in the second edition. Now they settle the score once and for all on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Another heavyweight legend is commentating on all of the action as Lennox Lewis joins analyst Andre Ward and play-by-play man Brian Kenny in the broadcast booth. At the analysts desk is FOX Sports host Kate Abdo, along with two-time welterweight champion Shawn “Showtime” Porter and ESPN personality and boxing commentator Max Kellerman.

FOX Sports and ESPN will have reporters covering all of the chatter ringside. FOX PBC reporter Heidi Androl will join ESPN commentator Bernardo Osuna as they handle reporting duties for fight night. Osuna is also serving as the interpreter on fight night. International Boxing Hall of Famer Larry Hazzard is back for another fight as an unofficial scorer and rules expert.

FOX and ESPN aren’t rolling out any run-of-the-mill-style production. FOX is outfitting the arena with a pair of JitCam cranes on opposite sides of the rings. The cranes allow for wide-scale shots along a 100-foot track from one side of the arena to the other.

The crowd might notice a Dynamicam flying above them during the fight. The mini three-axis cable cam system, functioning as a wired “drone” on the reverse side of the ring, is flying over the audience throughout the evening. The production crew is outfitting a revolutionary lens on the reverse side of the ring. The ultra-slow-motion camera is producing cinematic replays for the telecast.

The Megalodon camera is in the plans as well. The hyper-focused shots were made famous on FOX Sports’ NFL coverage last year.

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College GameDay Honors Chris “The Bear” Fallica Before Departure

“The growth and the development of this show and so many other projects behind the scenes, Chris, that’s really your legacy more than what you do on this set in my view.”

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Chris “The Bear” Fallica saw his final College GameDay appearance and it didn’t go without a special send-off by the show and hosts.

On Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, a short retrospective on Fallica’s time on GameDay was played before Fallica joined the show hosts who had a chance to quickly reminisce and send along their well wishes.

“This show’s gonna miss you, the network’s gonna miss you,” said Chris Fowler.

“Bear, man, you’ve been everything to all of us for so many years,” Kirk Herbstreit added. “We really appreciate everything you’ve done for us.”

“You’ve been a great help to me personally,” Desmond Howard said. “Your research is impeccable, I’m gonna miss you Bear.”

Fowler made it a point to note that The Bear’s reach at the worldwide leader didn’t just stay exclusively with GameDay.

“If you’ve enjoyed College GameDay or anything else at ESPN, you have to understand that way before this guy was on the air making picks, his contribution to the improvement, the growth and the development of this show and so many other projects behind the scenes, Chris, that’s really your legacy more than what you do on this set in my view,” Fowler said.

Pat McAfee, the newest addition to GameDay this season, said Fallica’s betting picks proved to be greatly successful for himself and those that work on his YouTube show.

“My office and I have always been a massive fan of yours,” McAfee said. “You’ve made us money, OK. In the highlight I saw Fowler say ‘Bear all we want is for you to make people money.’ We’re the people that you’ve made money for. So we appreciate the hell outta you, and your big brain is a weapon everywhere you go.”

Fallica and Herbstreit, who both started at ESPN in 1996, couldn’t help but share how Lee Corso was the one to give Fallica the bear moniker.

“He walked by us and goes to Chris, ‘Look at you. You’re eating again? You’re like a bear. All you do is you eat, you take a nap, and you take a…And you do it all over again!'” Herbstreit said.

Fallica is moving on to FOX, where he’ll presumably become a featured personality on their college football pregame show Big Noon Kickoff.

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Pat Tabler Won’t Return to Blue Jays Broadcast Booth

“I hope that I have represented you with the class and dignity that you deserve. It was a great run, but all good things have to come to an end.”

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Buck Martinez will have a new partner in the Sportsnet broadcast booth for Toronto Blue Jays games in 2023. Longtime color commentator and former Blue Jay Pat Tabler is exiting his role after 17 seasons behind the microphone.

Sportsnet announced the news on Twitter last week, saying Tabler “endeared himself to Canadian viewers for more than three decades by bringing his love and passion for the game of baseball to every broadcast. Whether due to his work on the field as a player or behind the mic in the broadcast booth, Tabler will forever be synonymous with the legacy of the Toronto Blue Jays.”

Tabler released a statement of his own, which Sportsnet tweeted out later on Friday. He said being part of the Blue Jays organization was one of the great honors of his life.

“I hope that I have represented you with the class and dignity that you deserve,” Tabler wrote. “It was a great run, but all good things have to come to an end.”

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FanDuel TV Strikes Deal With ONE Championship Martial Arts

“We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

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FanDuel TV and ONE Championship Martial Arts have struck a deal that will see the MMA, Muay Thai, kickboxing, and submission grappling series air weekly events on the newly launched channel.

“We’re eager to continue expanding the variety of content we’re offering at FanDuel TV to introduce our audience to emerging sports,” said FanDuel Chief Commercial Officer Mike Raffensperger. “We’ve long respected the content the ONE Championship team is producing and are looking forward to bringing their action to our audience through FanDuel TV and FanDuel+.”

ONE Championship is a top-five global sports property for digital viewership and engagement according to Nielsen measurements.

“We are thrilled to join the FanDuel TV lineup and give our passionate U.S. audience yet another way to engage with ONE Championship,” said ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong. “Having a quality partner in FanDuel will help raise the profile of our company in the region and provide their viewers with action-packed martial arts events like they have never seen before.”

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