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Mike Gorman Reducing Schedule, ‘Not Going Anywhere’

“The folks at NBC (Sports Boston) have said to me ‘Whatever you wanna do, you can do, and we’ll fill in around that.’ “

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NBC Sports Boston play-by-play announcer Mike Gorman is reducing his schedule for the network’s coverage of the Boston Celtics for the 2022-2023 season, but says he isn’t retiring anytime soon.

The longtime announcer told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich he is scaling back, but has signed an agreement to stay with the network’s coverage.

“Well, in general, I’m only going to do home games,” Gorman said. “There are some exceptions. I’ll definitely go to New York City this weekend and do the Knicks. I’ll be there when we go to Brooklyn the first time. I’ll go to the Philadelphia games.

“Here’s the thing — and this has been a wonderful experience — but I wanna make this up front: I am the one making the call on what games I’m going to and not. I’m not being forced into any situation. In fact, it’s the opposite. The folks at NBC (Sports Boston) have said to me ‘Whatever you wanna do, you can do, and we’ll fill in around that.’

“So it’s me who’s calling that shot. And I don’t mean that from a sense of power, I just don’t want anyone thinking ‘He’s getting squeezed’. That said, I’ll probably end up doing 48 games this year. We lose 12 games to networks, that gets us up to 60. I’m not gonna make the West Coast trips, but I will go to Phoenix because that’s where my daughter lives, and I became a grandfather this summer for the first time.

“I’m too old to be throwing snow off my car at 3:30 in the morning from an airport space. It’s just not what I want to do with my life right now. I have just reached an agreement to do this for the next two years on the basis of what we’ve just said, so I’m not going anywhere.”

Gorman has worked Boston Celtics TV broadcasts since 1981, pairing with Tommy Heinsohn to form one of the longest tenured broadcast partnerships in major sports history, until Heinsohn died in 2020.

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St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”

McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.

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NFL Flex Scheduling Forces ESPN To Change Bowl Schedule

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The NFL flex scheduling an upcoming Las Vegas Radiers game out of Sunday Night Football on December 18 has forced ESPN to make a slight adjustment with its college bowl season schedule. But the change was something the worldwide leader was prepared to make.

The Raiders were originally scheduled to play the New England Patriots in the primetime window a week before Christmas, but with both teams losing ground in terms of the AFC playoff picture, NBC opted to go with a different game that night instead. Now fans will be tuning in to see the rematch between the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.

The shift out of the Sunday night window for the Raiders forced ESPN to swap kickoff times for the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl the day before on December 17. Florida and Oregon State will play in Vegas at 2:30 p.m. eastern, with BYU and SMU facing off in Albuquerque at 7:30 p.m.

The switch allows workers at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas enough time to switch the venue over from college bowl game to Raiders home game.

“We are accustomed to flexibility and we anticipated having to maneuver our event schedules based on the possibility of the Raiders game being flexed,” said ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby.

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FOX Scores Most-Watched PAC-12 Championship Game Ever

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Friday night’s Pac-12 championship game between Utah and USC drew the largest audience in the game’s history, according to FOX.

Over 6.2 million tuned in to watch the Utes dominate the Trojans 47-24 and dash USC’s hopes at making the College Football Playoff.

The network said viewership was up 45% compared to the 2021 title game, which aired on ABC and also featured Utah. The Utes won the conference crown in convincing fashion that year too, posting a 38-10 victory over Oregon.

The Pac-12 will be without USC and UCLA as member schools following the 2023 season. The Trojans and the Bruins will join the Big Ten in 2024.

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