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OKC Thunder voice Matt Pinto to be instructor at online youth sportscasting school

by Mel Bracht Published: January 12, 2012

Oklahoma City Thunder radio play-by-play announcer Matt Pinto will be an instructor for the new Youth Sports Network Sports Broadcasting Academy, which serves high school students and recent graduates.

Pinto, who also has served as voice of the Charlotte Hornets, Denver Mavericks and Los Angeles Clippers in his 22-year NBA broadcasting career, will teach a 13-week online class beginning Feb. 13.

Pinto said students will have an opportunity to shadow him and a top student will be selected as the Youth Sports Network state reporter.

“This is a great opportunity for teens who have a passion for sports broadcasting,” he said.

More information on the academy is available at

Patriots to be ‘incredibly high'

CBS analyst Phil Simms expects the New England Patriots will be highly motivated when they host the Denver Broncos at 7 p.m. Saturday after having lost their last two home playoff games.

“I am not going to undersell that fact at all,” said Simms, who is going to call the game with Jim Nantz. “Their emotional level has to be incredibly high because of the previous two years, and the fact that all anybody talks about is their bad defense. They don't even talk about Tom Brady. Then you have the Broncos and Tim Tebow, and we have some storm brewing.”

In the other CBS game, Baltimore hosts Houston at noon Sunday (Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf).

Fox's games are New Orleans at San Francisco, 3:30 p.m. Saturday (Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa), and New York Giants at Green Bay, 3:30 p.m. Sunday (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver and Chris Myers).

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