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Media notebook: Nationals decline on option on Bob Carpenter

by Mel Bracht Published: August 4, 2011

Tulsa sportscaster Bob Carpenter's job as Washington Nationals television announcer is in doubt for next season after the Nationals failed to meet a Monday deadline for picking up his option. Carpenter declined to comment, but a new deal still could be done in the offseason.

Carpenter, who handles the play-by-play on OU men's basketball telecasts, joined MASN in 2006 after broadcasting St. Louis Cardinals game for 10 seasons.

Short takes

— Versus, formerly the Outdoor Life Network, will be renamed the NBC Sports Network on Jan. 2. The cable channel's parent company, Comcast Corp., took over NBC Universal in January, and NBC Sports' production and programming have already been appearing on Versus.

— All three games of the Yankees-Red Sox series will air nationally — 6 p.m. Friday on MLB Network, 3 p.m. Saturday on Fox and 7 p.m. Sunday on ESPN.

— “Out. The Glenn Burke Story,” which documents Burke's legacy as the first openly gay Major League Baseball player, will make its national debut at 9 p.m. Tuesday on Versus. The documentary follows Burke's career as a Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A's outfielder through his “coming out” announcement in 1982 and his downward spiral after he left baseball. The split drove Burke to drugs, prison and living on the streets. He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1994 and died in 1995.

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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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