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Thunder leads league in TV ratings at All-Star break

OKC is averaging a 8.8 on Fox Sports Oklahoma
by Mel Bracht Published: February 18, 2014

At noon Sunday, the Thunder will host the L.A. Clippers on ABC. Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and reporter Lisa Salters will call the game. ABC's second game at 2:30 p.m. is Chicago at Miami (Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Doris Burke).


— CBS' NFL studio show, “The NFL Today,” has shaken up its lineup with Tony Gonzalez, a former All-Pro tight end with Kansas City and Atlanta, joining the show and Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe departing. Gonzalez will join host James Brown, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason. “The NFL Today” regularly ranks behind “Fox NFL Sunday” in the ratings.

— The NFL Network's live coverage of NFL Scouting Combine workouts begins Saturday with offensive linemen, tight ends and kickers, and continues with running backs, quarterbacks and wide receivers on Sunday, linebackers and defensive linemen on Monday, and defensive backs on Tuesday. Coverage of workouts begins each day at 8 a.m. Commentators include NFL draft experts Mike Mayock and Charles Davis and former NFL coaches Steve Mariucci and Brian Billick.

— ESPN's “College GameDay” will be at two sites Saturday, previewing the No. 4 Arizona at Colorado game at 9 a.m. on ESPNU and 10 a.m. on ESPN and then previewing No. 1 Syracuse at No. 5 Duke at 5 p.m. on ESPN.

Allen Bestwick has agreed to a new multiyear deal with ESPN and will become lap-by-lap announcer for ABC's telecasts of the IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500.

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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