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 and Marion (Ind.) Chronicle-Tribune, and joined The Tulsa Tribune as assistant sports editor in 1982. After the Tribune folded in 1992, he served as assistant sports editor on the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal-Gazette.
Bracht joined The Oklahoman in 1994 as a sports copy editor and wrote a weekly sports media column. In 2000, he became a full-time media writer for the features staff. He also has served as a copy editor for the features and Opinion sections and as an editorial writer. He sings on the worship team at Victory Faith Center in Midwest City.
BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Thu, Feb 5, 2015
The next installment of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Sunday (8 a.m., ESPN; 9 a.m., ESPN2) reports that new research shows that playing tackle football before the age of 12 could create long-lasting damage to the brain, even without a diagnosed concussion.
BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015
Fox Sports Oklahoma plans coverage of OU signing day
COMPILED BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015
Bedlam game gets 6.9 on ESPN2, Thunder gets 5.4 on FSOK
Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015
Harrison will be part of NBC’s six-hour Super Bowl pregame show
BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015
ESPN’s big game of the night will be No. 4 Duke at No. 2 Virginia at 6 p.m.
By MEL BRACHT | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015
Fox Sports Southwest excited about covering improved Rangers team with new manager Jeff Banister
BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015
Cris Collinsworth: “We all live in our lives for great moments, for those moments that you’ll remember for a lifetime and we’re all thrilled to be here”
COMPILED BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015
Thunder-Wizards game gets combined 12.7 rating, Thunder’s second-best rating
BY MEL BRACHT, Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015
Jackson says Thunder would be favored in any playoff matchup because of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and their supporting cast
By Mel Bracht | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015
Gus Johnson will be at the mike as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski goes for his 1,000th career coaching victory when his Blue Devils face St. John’s at 1 p.m. Sunday on Fox. Analyst Jim Jackson and Molly McGrath also will be on the broadcast team. In the pregame show at 12:30 p.m., host Kevin Burkhardt and analysts Ben Howland and Donny Marshall are joined by Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski, a former player and assistant under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, in the Los Angeles studio. The show features segments from Fox Sports analyst Bill Raftery’s interview with Coach K, as well as taped messages from Duke icons like Bobby Hurley, Christian Laettner, Chris Collins and J.J. Redick to their former mentor as he sits on the cusp of 1,000
By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015
Thunder to be part of ESPN and ABC doubleheaders this week
By Mel Bracht | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015
Thunder still will have four ABC telecasts
By Mel Bracht | Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015
Thunder hosts NBA-best Warriors on Friday after playing at improving Houston on Thursday
BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015
CBS’ top NFL broadcast crew of Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson will broadcast the AFC Championship at 5:30 p.m. Sunday as the New England Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts.