Jim Simpson was one of the great sportscasters in the history of television and radio. He passed away at age 88 on Wednesday. Here’s a few minutes of his call of the famous “Holy Roller” play in the Oakland Raiders/San Diego Chargers game on NBC-TV.
Monte Irvin played for the N.Y. Giants and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. He passed away Tuesday at age 96.
(Lakewood Ranch, FL) Major League Football, Inc. (MLFB), a new, professional spring-football league scheduled to kick off in 2016, today announced a Two-Year Television contract with American Sports Network, a division of Sinclair Networks Group, which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group. The deal includes broadcasting all regular season and post-season games in both 2016 and 2017 for MLFB’s new professional spring football league.
The Two-Year broadcasting deal between ASN and MLFB includes broadcasting all 40 Regular Season games and all Post Season games for Major League Football in 2016. In year two, with the anticipated expansion teams growing from eight to twelve franchises, ASN and MLFB will provide football fans with the ability to view every single regular season and post season game on multiple television outlets and digital media platforms for the next two MLFB seasons.
“Since the onset of negotiations began with American Sports Network, we have strived to give fans of Major League Football the avenue to watch each of our games this season and in 2017,” said Rick Smith, Major League Football COO. “ASN with their affiliation and content distribution capabilities within Sinclair Broadcast Group and numerous cable and multiple satellite providers, will provide MLFB fans the ability to enjoy football broadcasts in the spring in the same manner as they do in the fall and winter months viewing professional football throughout the country.”
“We are excited to partner with this new venture that is the Major League Football League,” said Bill Lutzen, Vice President and General Manager of ASN. “With this partnership, we continue to enhance our product offering, and provide relevant, high quality live sports events for football fans throughout our Sinclair footprint. We look forward to working together with the MLFB to help promote and distribute their product in a high-quality manner.”
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David Bowie passed away at age 69 this weekend. He was definitely a one of a kind performer. Here he sings a classic Christmas song duet with the legendary Bing Crosby on a 1977 television special.
(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold National Anthem auditions on Saturday, January 30 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at McKechnie Field. Auditions are open to anyone interested in singing The Star Spangled Banner prior to a Pirates Spring Training game. Prospective singers must feel comfortable performing in front of audiences of 7,000 people or more.
Auditions will be conducted a cappella and must be no longer than two minutes in length. There is no pre-registration for auditions. Prospective singers will perform in the order they sign up on the day of auditions. Registration will close at noon. National Anthem auditions will be conducted for vocalists only; instrumental renditions will not be accepted.
Pirates employees will supervise the auditions and determine which performers to invite to fill open spots in the Spring Training schedule. Contestants that wish to sing the Canadian National Anthem before the Pirates games against Toronto on Thursday, March 3 are welcome to audition using that selection. Participants that audition but are not selected to perform will have their information kept on file for potential anthem openings during the Bradenton Marauders season.
The Pirates will play a 16-game home schedule at McKechnie Field this spring, beginning with the Black and Gold intrasquad game on Monday, February 29.
For more information about Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training or National Anthem auditions, please call 941-747-3031, visit www.bradentonmarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.
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