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Media notes: Thunder ratings drop 20 percent for Game 2 of Western Conference Finals

Nationally, ratings on TNT are up 24 percent from last year
by Mel Bracht Modified: May 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm •  Published: May 22, 2014

“About 60 days ago, I felt perfectly fine walking the fairways doing our other broadcasts and just out of left field had some heart complications.” Begay said. “I had a blockage in my artery, and it’s cleared up, and my rehab has gone good.”

Lead analyst Lanny Wadkins will be joined by play-by-play host Bob Papa. Other analysts include Billy Ray Brown, Charlie Rymer and Steve Burkowski.


Continuing a Memorial Day weekend TV tradition that began in 1965, ABC will air the Indianapolis 500 for the 50th consecutive year. The telecast begins with the prerace show at 10 a.m., with the green flag waving at 11:12 a.m. Allen Bestwick will become the 10th person to call the race on ABC when he makes his debut Sunday. He will be joined in booth by former Indy 500 drivers Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever.

“My personal memories of the Indy 500 and ABC’s coverage of it date back to when I was a kid,” producer Rich Feinberg said. “Memorial Day weekends with my family, appointment viewing. Those days it was on a tape delay at night. To see it come around now to the 50-year anniversary is just amazing.”


Jim Ross, the longtime WWE announcer and Norman resident, will make his network boxing play-by-play debut at 8 p.m. Monday on Fox Sports 1.

Tracy Wolfson has been named CBS’ lead NFL game reporter. She was the lead college football reporter for the network’s SEC coverage the past 10 years. Wolfson joins Jim Nantz and Phil Simms to cover “Thursday Night Football” games on CBS and the NFL Network and select Sunday games on CBS.

•The NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 2, in which the Miami Heat defeated the Indiana Pacers 87-83 to even their series 1-1, is the third-highest rated NBA conference finals Game 2 ever on ESPN with a 5.9 overnight rating. The NBA Draft Lottery on ESPN got its highest rating ever with a 2.9, up 26 percent from last year.

•The Texas Rangers make their first appearance on Fox Sports 1 at 3 p.m. Saturday when they play at the Detroit Tigers. Joe Buck, Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci and Ken Rosenthal will call the game.

By Mel Bracht

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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