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Oklahoma City Thunder posting NBA's highest local TV ratings in at least two years

MEDIA NOTEBOOK — The Thunder is averaging 8.6, well ahead of second-place San Antonio's 5.9, according to Sports Business Journal.
by Mel Bracht Published: February 21, 2013


— ESPN will have the same broadcast crew — play-by-play announcer Dave Pasch, analyst Jon Barry and reporter Heather Cox — for its Thunder telecasts at 7 p.m. Friday (Minnesota) and 8:30 p.m. Sunday (Chicago) from Chesapeake Energy Arena. FSOK also will broadcast both games with its crew of Brian Davis, Grant Long and reporter Lesley McCaslin.

— The OSU and OU men's basketball teams will be on ESPN networks Saturday. OSU travels to West Virginia at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 (Jon Sciambi and Fran Fraschilla) and OSU hosts Baylor at 4 p.m. on ESPNU (Brad Sham and Bob Valvano).

— KSBI-52 plans to carry the Texas Rangers' Friday night TV package again this season.

— Fox's coverage of the Daytona 500 at noon Sunday will include the use of Gyro-Cams, in-car cameras mounted in the center of the cockpit that rotate as the cars enter the speedway's 31-degree banked turns, keeping its view level with the horizon at all times. Mike Joy will call the race with analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds.

— Michael Phelps is the next line of athletes to be tutored in golf on “The Haney Project.” The new season, which Phelps said might be the funniest of the series, debuts at 8 p.m. Monday on the Golf Channel.

by Mel Bracht
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...
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