Thunder expands its TV viewership area by 65 percent

The NBA team will go into Missouri and Nebraska for first time and more of Kansas to reach more than 3.8 million homes
by Mel Bracht Published: October 29, 2013
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Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins, a former Notre Dame standout, interviewed Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant this past weekend for the 5 p.m. Wednesday edition of ESPN's “SportsCenter.”

The basketball standouts played a game of HORSE and interacted with kids at the Oklahoma County Boys & Girls Club. Durant's mother, Wanda Pratt, had donated a mural to the club.

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— At halftime of the Thunder-Jazz telecast Wednesday night, Fox Sports Oklahoma will air an interview with Durant, Nick Collison, and Russell Westbrook, the remaining three players from the first Thunder team. They sat down with TV analyst Grant Long to reflect on the past five seasons and their role in developing the Thunder culture. The second part will air Friday night during the Thunder-Timberwolves telecast.

— FSOK plans to include Thunder player introductions in all broadcasts of home games. “We think that brings the atmosphere of the game to the viewer,” Mahoney said.

Jon Barry, a 14-year NBA veteran, has reached a multiyear agreement to serve as the lead analyst for the NBA on ESPN Radio, replacing Dr. Jack Ramsay. Kevin Calabro, who has called NBA games on ESPN Radio since 2008, returns as the play-by-play voice. P.J. Carlesimo, a former Nets and Thunder coach, will work select games, partnering with Marc Kestecher. Former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy will serve as a game analyst for 10 broadcasts.

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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