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Sports media notebook: NFL Network hires Brad Nessler

The veteran broadcaster will call play-by-play on the network's Thursday night NFL package.
by Mel Bracht Modified: May 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm •  Published: May 5, 2011
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*Sideline reporter Michele Tafoya has jumped from ESPN to NBC to join the network's “Sunday Night Football” broadcast. She replaces Andrea Kremer.

*ESPN's “E:60” newsmagazine, 6 p.m. Tuesday, goes undercover to examine cockfighting in Texas. Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states, but because of legal loopholes in Texas, the sport thrives there.

*The Golf Channel will celebrate the life of Frank Chirkinian, recognized as “the father of televised golf,” on the eve of his posthumous induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame with a half- hour special at 7 p.m. Friday.

*TNT analyst Kenny Smith on the second-seeded Los Angeles Lakers apparently headed for elimination, similar to top-seeded San Antonio: “Man. I saw Muhammad Ali go down, now I'm about to see Mike Tyson in his prime (go down). The difference between the Spurs and the Lakers is that the Lakers have about three or four guys that are still in their prime.”

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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