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Jose Mota Leaving Angels Broadcast Crew After 20 Seasons WIth Team

Mota was the first Latin-born former player to be a full-time broadcaster for a Major League Baseball team.

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After a 20-year run calling broadcasts for the Los Angeles Angels, Jose Mota announced on Thursday that he will not return for the 2022 season.

In an Instagram post, Mota said that leaving was entirely his decision and it was time for a new chapter in his life. He expressed gratitude for the top broadcast position he had with the Angels, working as a second analyst on Bally Sports West telecasts with Mark Gubicza. And he spoke fondly of the moments he covered, including the Angels’ World Series championship in 2002 and Shohei Ohtani winning American League Most Valuable Player last season.

Mota began his broadcasting career with Fox in 1997 after retiring as an active player, calling Spanish-language telecasts for the network.

He joined the Angels as a broadcaster in 2002, calling Spanish-language broadcasts for five years before working English-language telecasts. He was the first Latin-born former player to be a full-time broadcaster for a Major League Baseball team. Mota filled a variety of broadcast roles in his 20 years with the organization, including play-by-play and analyst positions on radio and TV, calling games in both Spanish and English.

Mota also helped the Angels beyond the broadcast booth. When Vladimir Guerrero was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018, Mota served as a translator during Guerrero’s press conference and subsequent media appearances. He also translated Guerrero’s speech when the outfielder was inducted into Cooperstown, the first to ever do so during Hall of Fame festivities.

In addition to his work with the Angels, Mota has appeared on national broadcasts for Fox and TBS, including the 2006 American League Championship Series, 2007 MLB All-Star Game, and the 2007 postseason. He also contributed video features and written articles for Yahoo Sports.

Mota’s departure is the latest of many changes among the Angels’ broadcast roster. Victor Rojas left as the team’s TV play-by-play broadcaster after the 2020 season. Secondary play-by-play announcer Daron Sutton was let go last July, replaced by Rich Waltz. But Waltz was told in January that he wouldn’t return for the 2022 season. Matt Vasgersian, who took over for Rojas as the main TV play-by-play voice for the team will take on a larger workload this year.

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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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Bob Costas Re-Lives First Announcing Assignment For NBC

“My biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979.”

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Legendary sports broadcaster Bob Costas appeared on KNBR’s Tolbert & Copes Thursday to discuss the death of Baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry. But before the conversation turned to the recently departed pitcher, the show asked Costas about what he has announced that would surprise someone. He reminisced about his first time on the air for NBC.

“My very first assignment for NBC, my biography usually says I began with them in 1980, but technically the first time I was on the air with them was in December 1979,” Costas recounted. “There was a program on NBC then called Sports World. It was an anthology series that was their answer to the gold standard, ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

“So they traveled the globe, like Wide World of Sports did. So they sent me, wearing a red NBC jacket, to Tokyo to cover a sumo wrestling tournament with seven-time world power-lifting champion Larry Pacifico as my color man. Now, this is all the Japanese I learned as we came on the air: ‘Minasan kon’nichwa watashinoamaeha Bob Costas’, which means ‘Hello everyone, my name is Bob Costas’. If ever there was typecasting, when they sat and looked at their roster of announcers and went ‘Who should we send to the sumo wrestling? It’s gotta be Costas, who’s entire body weight would constitute one meal for the sumo wrestling champion.”

Costas departed NBC Sports in 2019 after 40 years with the network, announcing MLB, NBA, and the Olympics, in addition to his work with the network’s sumo wrestling coverage.

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Matt Leinart, Alex Smith Make Wager Over Pac-12 Championship Game

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous. I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.”

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FOX Sports analyst Matt Leinart and ESPN analyst Alex Smith have made a friendly wager over the upcoming Pac-12 Championship Game.

USC, Leinart’s alma mater, is slated to play Utah, where Smith attended, in the game Friday evening on FOX from Las Vegas.

The two agreed to don the other player’s jersey. “At least it will be 11,” Smith said, noting he and Leinart both wore the number during their playing days.

“I gotta be honest with you: I’m not that nervous,” Leinart said when presented with the offer. “I know that sounds kind of arrogant and confident.” Smith jokingly responded by calling USC “Free Agent University”. He added he would overnight Leinart a jersey to ensure he had one if the Utes were victorious.

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