Mel Bracht
News Presentation 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 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.

  • Remote patrol: OSU quarterbacks earn high praise from new ESPNU announce team

    BY MEL BRACHT | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Oklahoma State's quarterback duo of Mason Rudolph and J.W. Walsh drew high praise from ESPNU's new broadcast team of Adam Amin, Kelly Stouffer and sideline reporter Olivia Harlan during the OSU-Central Michigan telecast Thursday night. "He's a quick-trigger kid, only 20 years of age, but man does he look the part of the quarterback,"  Amin, a high energy play-by-play announcer, said of Rudolph. After Rudolph scored on a 21-yard run, Amin noted that Rudolph's mother, Jamie, ran track at Liberty University. "Maybe he doesn't have his mom's speed, but he has the power." Stouffer, a former Colorado State quarterback and back-up with three NFL teams, noted Rudolph's poise in completing 22 of 32 attempts for 266 yards and

  • Fox Sports' Klatt picks TCU to win national title, calls OU and OSU darkhorses in Big 12

    Mel Bracht | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Former Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt is moving up to Fox Sports’ No. 1 college football broadcast team, calling games with the always excitable Gus Johnson and sideline reporter Molly McGrath. In a conference call Thursday afternoon, Klatt predicted that TCU would win the national championship from a playoff field that also includes Alabama, Ohio State and USC. Here is Klatt’s analysis of the Big 12 race: I am taking TCU to win the national championship. They got a quarterback that is the best fit with his skill level to the system he runs in the country. That’s a title I would have given to Marcus Mariotta a year ago. Trevone Boykin is perfectly suited to execute what Sonny Cumbie and Doug Meacham have

  • Sports media: ESPN analyst Mack Brown expects Lincoln Riley and Baker Mayfield 'to be a great combination' for OU

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Former Texas football coach Mack Brown has taken an expanded role with ESPN in his second season with the network. In addition to retaining his Saturday role as a studio analyst with ABC, Brown will join Dave Flemming and reporter Allison Williams to cover ESPN's Friday night games. Brown discusses his new role and other college football topics in a conference call Wednesday: Q: What are your impressions of new OU quarterback Baker Mayfield, whom you coached against in 2013? "I think Baker already has proven himself. He was a great player in a system and it probably hurt him some at Lake Travis (High School in Austin, Texas).

  • Media notes: Cardinals, Royals selected for ESPN Sunday night games in September

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    ESPN has selected three marquee matchups, which include four current first-place teams and six current playoff teams, for "Sunday Night Baseball" in September.

  • Media notes: Cox releases high school football telecast schedule

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    Tulsa Union and Broken Arrow will make three appearances each on the Cox Communications high school football telecast schedule, which was released Thursday. Tulsa Union will face Jenks on Sept. 11 at the University of Tulsa in perhaps the state's biggest rivalry. Edmond Memorial, Edmond Santa Fe, Jenks,  Owasso, Putnam City, Southmoore, Norman and Yukon are scheduled to make two appearances. Games for Sept. 24-25 have not been determined. Veteran Oklahoma City sportscaster Steve Marshall will call the games with analyst Mike Ziegenhorn, who is beginning his third year on The Cox Channel, and sideline reporter Deion Imade, a former OSU linebacker. The games will air on The Cox Channel (channels 3 and 703) and

  • Media notes: Colin Cowherd joins Fox Sports to host three-hour talk show on FS1

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    Former ESPN sportscaster Colin Cowherd will join Fox Sports and Premiere Networks in September to host a three-hour sports talk program, the networks announced Wednesday.

  • Media notes: KSBI-52 to air high school football telecasts for the first time since 2010

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    For the first time in five years, KSBI-52 plans to air a schedule of high school football telecasts.

  • Ratings watch: Hall of Fame Game tops week with 7.5 rating on KFOR-4

    By Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The Minnesota Vikings' 14-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday night topped the Oklahoma City ratings for the week with a 7.5 on KFOR-4.

  • Kevin Durant's USA Basketball practice to air Tuesday on NBA TV

    Mel Bracht | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Thunder star Kevin Durant's scheduled appearance at USA National Team practice this afternoon will air live on NBA TV as part of a special on the team. "NBA Real Training Camp: USA Basketball," a behind-the-scenes look at a USA Basketball Men’s National Team practice will air at 2 p.m. It will be Durant's first organized practice since a nagging foot injury sidelined him for the season.  Matt Winer will host the two-and-a-half hour special from Las Vegas with NBA TV analysts Steve Smith and Stu Jackson, both former members of USA Basketball, and reporter Jared Greenberg. Smith played on the Olympic gold medal winning team in 2000 and Jackson is a former USA Basketball head coach

  • CBS golf analysts rate Rickie Fowler among the favorites in PGA Championship

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    CBS' golf ratings are up 29 percent over last year thanks to increased interest in young golfers like Jordan Spieth, 22, who will be going for his third major title this weekend at the PGA Championship, and former OSU golfer Rickie Fowler, 26, who has won The Players Championship and the Scottish Open this season. CBS will broadcast the tournament 1-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and TNT will have coverage 1-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In a conference call Monday, CBS commentators discussed Fowler and Spieth's chances this week at the Whistling Straits Golf Club in Kohler, Wis. How do you rate Rickie Fowler's chances this week? David Feherty: Rickie obviously is one of the favorites the

  • Bill Simmons to have new weekly show on HBO

    Mel Bracht | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

                It didn’t take Bill Simmons long to find a new television home after being dropped by ESPN. HBO announced Thursday that Simmons, the founding editor of, and HBO have entered into a major exclusive multiyear, mult-platform agreement highlighted by a new weekly series coming next year.             “We have been fans of Bill Simmons and his work for a very long time,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming. “His intelligence, talent and insights are without precedent in the areas he covers.

  • Ratings watch: ESPYS ratings jump after move to ABC

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Moving the ESPYS awards show from ESPN to ABC proofed to be a ratings boon for the show. Viewership was up 250 percent from 2.2 million in 2014 to 7.7 million this year. In Oklahoma City, ratings jumped to 7.1 on KOCO-5 after a 1.4 on ESPN last year.

  • Media notes: Pete Rose to be part of Fox Sports' All-Star Game coverage

    BY MEL BRACHT Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Rose received a waiver from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, which allowed him to take part in All-Star Game festivities. He did not need permission to join Fox, but the network alerted the commissioner's office of his hiring.

  • Pete Rose discusses role in Fox's All-Star Game coverage

    Mel Bracht | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Pete Rose, facing new allegations that he bet on baseball while he was a player, still will be part of Fox Sports’ coverage next week at the All-Star Game from Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Late last month, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” reported that Rose bet extensively on baseball -- and on the Cincinnati Reds -- as he racked up the last hits of a record-setting career in 1986. Rose will be part of Fox's "MLB Whiparound/Live" at 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and the pregame show at 6 p.m. Tuesday.  He joined several other Fox personnel, including lead play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, studio analyst Frank Thomas, and production executive John Entz, in a conference call Thursday. Here are

  • TBS analysts discuss big stories of first half of MLB season

    Mel Bracht | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    In a conference call Tuesday afternoon, MLB on TBS analysts Cal Ripken, Ron Darling and 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee Pedro Martinez discussed the big stories of the first half of the MLB season. TBS' Sunday afternoon game of the week is back this week with the Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees at 12:30 p.m. Three-time Sports Emmy Award winning commentator Ernie Johnson will call the game with Darling. The following Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers play at the Washington Nationals.  Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. will join Johnson and Darling in the broadcast booth. Ripken on the season’s most interesting storylines: “The Minnesota Twins are the big surprise.  I don’t think anyone expected them

  • Media notes: Russell Westbrook gets ESPY nomination for best NBA player

    By  Mel Bracht Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook has been nominated for Best NBA Player in the 2015 ESPY Awards. Westbrook led the NBA in scoring with 28.1 average and put up 11 triple-double performances, seven more than his closest competition. Also nominated in the category are Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Cleveland Cavaliers guard LeBron James. Former OU softball player Lauren Chamberlain was nominated for Best Record-Breaking Performance for breaking the a 13-year-old NCAA softball record with her 91st home run. She set the record in 52 fewer games than the previous record holder.

  • Media notes: Fox planning production enhancements for U.S. Open coverage

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Fox Sports is putting the final touches on several production enhancements for its 38 hours of coverage of the the U.S. Open Championship next week from the Chambers Bay links course at University Place, Wash. Among the technologies in play will be virtual reality, aerial drones, 4K cameras and a gyro-stabilized, 20-mph RC camera car.

  • Media notes: British Open moving to NBC in 2017

    BY MEL BRACHT | Published: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Starting in 2017, the British Open will move to NBC Sports Group for U.S. television coverage. The network announced the 12-year deal with the R&A on Monday. The R&A will wrap up an eight-year contract with ESPN in 2016. The agreement returns the British Open to broadcast television with coverage on NBC. The Golf Channel, owned by NBCUniversal, also will broadcast part of the tournament, the first time it will air a men’s major live. The deal with the R&A also includes the Women’s British Open. NBA Finals ratings up The 2015 NBA Finals is the most-watched (18,321,000 viewers) and highest-rated (10.6 U.S. household) ever on ABC through the first two games, according to Fast Nationals from Nielsen.

  • Media notes: Fox Sports is planning extensive coverage of Women's World Cup

    mel bracht | Published: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    U.S. team’s first match is 6:30 p.m. Monday against Australia

  • NBA Finals analysts Jackson, Van Gundy praise hiring of college coaches Donovan, Hoiberg

    By Mel Bracht | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Jackson enjoys his role in broadcasting finals