Media notebook: Thunder gets more national exposure this week

BY MEL BRACHT Staff Writer mbracht@opubco.com Published: February 24, 2011
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The Oklahoma City Thunder makes two more network appearances this week, playing at Orlando at 7 p.m. Friday on ESPN and then hosting the L.A. Lakers at 1:30 p.m. Sunday on ABC. Mike Breen will broadcast both games with sideline reporter Lisa Salters. Hubie Brown will be the analyst for the Magic game, and Jeff Van Gundy will work the Lakers' game.

ESPN/ABC analyst Mark Jackson is taking the week off following the death of his 35-year-old brother Troy Jackson, a former University of Louisville basketball player.

The Thunder-Magic telecast Friday also will be carried on ESPN 3D. The network is available in 62 million homes, but viewers need a 3D TV set.

SHORT TAKES

*The OU men's and women's basketball teams both have network games this weekend. The men host No. 3 Kansas at 3 p.m. Saturday on ESPN (Bob Wischusen and Fran Fraschilla), and the No. 16 women's team hosts No. 3 Baylor at 4 p.m. Sunday on ESPN2 (Wischusen and Kara Lawson).

*ESPN's "SportsNation," 3 p.m. Friday, will host its first FAILy Awards for failed achievements, such as Wizards center JaVale McGee taking off from the free-throw line and coming up short on a dunk.

*BYU, which beat OU 14-13 in September 2009 in the first college football game at Cowboys Stadium, returns to the venue to face TCU at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 on ESPN2.

*ESPN's Friday Night Fights at 8 p.m. Friday on ESPN2 will originate from Tulsa's Osega Million Dollar Elm Casino for a 10-round featherweight between Juan Carlos "Mini" Burgos and Frankie Archuleta.

*The NFL Network is providing 30 hours of live programming of the NFL Combine through Tuesday.

*The next installment of "The Association: Boston Celtics," airing at 6 p.m. Friday on ESPN, will follow the Celtics through a key stretch of the season. It will include the team's first trip to Los Angeles since losing Game 7 of The Finals to the Lakers.


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