“Starting in January, I will become a Tom Brokaw-like senior kibitzer on major news and events in boxing,” said Merchant, 81. “I was extraordinarily lucky to land with HBO when it was just a startup. I'm proud to be associated with so many talented people who made us into a groundbreaking network.”
Merchant worked with Jim Lampley since 1988. The doubleheader Saturday will be preceded by a replay of Juan Manuel Marquez's sixth-round knock out of Manny Pacquiao.
*KOKH-25 will air a battle of former OU stars when the Minnesota Vikings (Adrian Peterson) play at St. Louis (Sam Bradford) at noon Sunday. Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Kristina Pink will call the game.
*James Harden makes a national TV appearance at 7 p.m. Friday when the Houston Rockets host the Boston Celtics (Mike Tirico and Jon Barry) on ESPN. Denver hosts Memphis in the second game of the doubleheader at 9:30 p.m. (Terry Gannon and Chris Mullin).
*The NBA YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/nba) has eclipsed 1 billion all-time videos viewed by fans, making it the first professional sports channel on YouTube to surpass the mark. The channel's most-viewed video of all-time is the LeBron James, Dwight Howard, and Shaquille O'Neal impromptu dance contest at a practice for the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, which has been viewed nearly 18.9 million times. Additional top videos viewed include Kobe Bryant's Top 10 Plays of 2007 (7.9 million views) and Blake Griffin's dunk over Kendrick Perkins in 2012 (5.9 million views).
*Michigan's 2013 matchup against Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 7, 2013, will be televised in prime time on ESPN or ABC. It will be only the second night game at the Big House since its opening in 1927.