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 www.ysnsports.com.
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).
* The CBS Sports Network has hired popular talk show host Jim Rome to host a 5 p.m. weekday show beginning in April. Rome will also host a sports and entertainment series on Showtime and contribute to CBS's coverage of the NFL, NCAA basketball and U.S. Open tennis.
* The Thunder will make another TNT appearance Monday night at 7 p.m. on a special doubleheader on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Thunder plays at Boston (Kevin Harlan, Mike Fratello, Chris Webber and David Aldridge), followed by Dallas at L.A. Lakers at 9:30 p.m. (Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller and Craig Sager).
* ESPN has a strong doubleheader Friday with Chicago at Boston at 7 p.m. (Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Ric Bucher) and Miami at Denver at 9:30 p.m. (Mike Tirico, Chris Mullin and Heather Cox).
* FSOK will air the first Bedlam women's basketball game from Stillwater at 11 a.m. Saturday (Brenda VanLengen and Cindy Stein).
* Dallas Cowboys voice Brad Sham and Stephen Howard will call the Kansas State at OU men's game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on KOCB-34.
* ESPN2 will air Oklahoma State at Baylor at 2 p.m. Saturday (Mark Jones and Fran Fraschilla).
* ESPN's “College GameDay” begins its eight-week men's basketball run from Tallahassee, Fla., previewing the North Carolina-Florida State game at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN. The show will air 9-10 a.m. on ESPN2 and 10-11 a.m. on ESPNU. Host Rece Davis will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Hubert Davis.