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by Mel Bracht Modified: January 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm •  Published: January 13, 2011

* Longtime ESPN analyst Dick Vitale, 71, has reached a new contract extension through the 2014-2015 season.

* ESPN will carry three baseball games on Opening Day on Thursday, March 31 — Detroit at New York Yankees at noon, San Diego at St. Louis at 3 p.m. and San Francisco at Los Angeles Dodgers at 7 p.m.

* The Yankees are featured twice in April on ESPN's Sunday night baseball package, traveling to Boston on April 10 and hosting Texas on April 17. Other telecasts include San Franciso-L.A. Dodgers on April 3 and Cincinnati at St. Louis on April 24.

* The basketball version of ESPN's “College GameDay” will return this season Saturday from Knoxville, Tenn., site of the Tennessee Volunteers men's and women's teams hosting Vanderbilt at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively on ESPN. “College GameDay” is hosted by Rece Davis with analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis and Bob Knight.

* ESPN's Brent Musburger has been elected to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame, along with baseball announcer Bob Uecker and Bob Ryan, the 42-year veteran of the Boston Globe. ESPN's Mike Tirico has been named 2010 National Sportscaster of the Year.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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