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Tyler Media's new sports station might benefit Jim Traber

Traber's contract with the Sports Animal expires in October
by Mel Bracht Published: July 12, 2013
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“If you talk to a lot of the Home Run Derby participants who have made it to the later rounds, it a matter of how well they really pace themselves to get through the entire round,” he said.

“Kruk makes an excellent point that he doesn't have to swing so hard, but he's also super strong. It's key to be able to last that long, that's a key for Chris Davis.”

Short takes

— Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray, a former OU standout, appeared on several ESPN shows Wednesday, bouncing from “SportsCenter” to “First Take” to “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.” Murray said that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is “definitely” worthy of his six-year, $108 million contract extension and joked about how Romo has spent some of that money taking Murray out to dinner a couple times during the offseason. “He will have a great year,” he said.

— ESPN “SportsCenter,” 9 a.m. Sunday, and “Baseball Tonight,” 6 p.m. Sunday, takes a look at the 15th anniversary of celebrities, including Will Ferrell, Ozzy Osbourne and Bill Murray, singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during Wrigley Field's seventh inning stretch. Chicago native Jim Belushi narrates the piece chronicling the “Guest Conductors” who've taken over for the late Harry Caray, who began the tradition.

— The NFL Network has hired Dan Hellie, the sports director of Washington, D.C., station WRC the past seven years, as host of the network's signature show, “NFL Total Access.” He will begin work Aug. 5.

— Marking his 50th year in Major League Baseball, Chicago White Sox broadcaster and former All-Star player Ken “Hawk” Harrelson will be profiled in MLB Network's documentary “Hawk: The Colorful Life of Ken Harrelson” at 6 p.m. Thursday. In the hourlong special narrated by Bob Costas, Harrelson shares many stories of his meetings and relationships with famous baseball and sports figures. Harrelson on why he turned down three manager jobs: “My temper is not conducive to being a good manager at all.”

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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