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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.
TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who regularly has criticized the Oklahoma City Thunder for its lack of an inside scoring threat, heartily endorsed the Thunder’s trade Thursday that brought Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter to the Thunder. Barkley spoke on the pregame show before TNT’s telecast of the Mavericks-Thunder game Thursday night Barkley on acquiring center […]
NBA analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, both former NBA coaches, will have a rare assignment broadcast this weekend at a college game, joining play-by-play announcer Dave Flemming to call the Kansas at Oklahoma State game at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN. The next day Van Gundy and Jackson will be at Chesapeake Energy Arena to broadcast the L.A. Clippers-Thunder game at noon Sunday on ABC.
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.