Media notes: Thunder on national TV for second night in a row

The Oklahoma City Thunder will be on national television for the second night in a row when it hosts Golden State at 8:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN. Dave Pasch will call the game with Jon Barry and reporter J.A. Adande.
by Mel Bracht Published: January 16, 2014
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The Oklahoma City Thunder will be on national television for the second night in a row when it hosts Golden State at 8:30 p.m. Friday on ESPN. Dave Pasch will call the game with Jon Barry and reporter J.A. Adande.

FSOK also will air the game as play-by-play announcer Brian Davis returns after missing the Memphis game on Tuesday night because of a personal scheduling issue. He will be joined by Grant Long and reporter Lesley McCaslin.

ESPN's first game will have New York hosting the L.A. Clippers at 6 p.m. As part of an NBA and college basketball cross-promotion, college analyst Jay Bilas will join Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Lisa Salter on the broadcast. Van Gundy will cross over to do a college game at Monday, joining Sean McDonough, Bilas and reporter Jeannine Edwards to call North Carolina at Virginia at 6 p.m.

Short takes

— After a record-setting season for NFL ratings, CBS and Fox are expecting more big numbers for the conference championships Sunday. Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and reporter Tracy Wolfson will call the AFC final (New England at Denver) at 2 p.m. on CBS. Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and reporters Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews will call the NFC final (San Francisco at Seattle) at 5:30 p.m. on Fox. Rules analyst Mike Pereira also will be in the booth.

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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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