NBC Sports Group, Crackle bring “Sports Jeopardy!” with Dan Patrick to NBCSN beginning August 6

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Stamford, Conn. – April 20, 2016 – NBC Sports Group and Crackle will present Sports Jeopardy! on NBCSN following the network’s nightly coverage of the Rio Olympics. NBCSN has acquired the exclusive television rights to the series hosted by Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Dan Patrick, and which airs originally on Crackle. The 30-minute sports quiz show will air on NBCSN on Saturday, August 6, at midnight ET, and will then air nightly for two consecutive weeks until the conclusion of the Games.

Following a brief hiatus, Sports Jeopardy! will return in the fall of 2016 to air weekly on NBCSN immediately following the network’s coverage of NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry. NBC Sports commentators and highlights of NBC Sports Group’s live events will be incorporated into the show.

“We’re excited to work with Crackle to bring Sports Jeopardy! to NBCSN’s television audience of more than 82 million homes,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “Dan Patrick, Sony Pictures Television and the team at Crackle have created a great show that we know our viewers will enjoy.”

Sports Jeopardy! has been a critically-acclaimed weekly series on Crackle for the past year and a half and we can’t wait to bring episodes of the series to NBCSN,” said Eric Berger, EVP Sony Pictures Television Digital Networks and GM, Crackle. “Making the series available on both TV and streaming on demand during the most important athletic event of the year is a win for everyone.”

“For us…the special few who ignored the so-called important news growing up and spent our days reading box scores, watching random sports and getting C’s in our classes, we finally have a show,” said Patrick. “If you know…off the top of your head…Joaquin Andujar’s career ERA…or Warren Moon’s CFL stats…this is the show for you.”

The multi-year agreement between NBC Sports Group and Crackle will include more than 100 existing episodes of Sports Jeopardy! produced by Crackle. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product, will also stream episodes that are televised on NBCSN.

Seasons one and two of Sports Jeopardy! are currently streaming on Crackle. New episodes premiere every Wednesday.

Sports Jeopardy! is executive produced by Harry Friedman and the multiple-Emmy Award winning team behind Jeopardy!  Sports Jeopardy! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

Sportscaster Dick Enberg dies at 82

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SAN DIEGO — Dick Enberg, the longtime sportscaster who got his big break with UCLA basketball and went on to call Super Bowls, Olympics, Final Fours and Angels and Padres baseball games, died Thursday. He was 82.

Engberg’s daughter, Nicole, confirmed the death to The Associated Press. She said the family became concerned when he didn’t arrive on his flight to Boston on Thursday, and that he was found dead at his home in La Jolla, a San Diego neighborhood, with his bags packed.

“He was dressed with his bags packed at the door,” wife Barbara told the Union-Tribune. “We think it was a heart attack.”

Enberg retired in October 2016 after a 60-year career – and countless calls of “Oh my!” in describing a play that nearly defied description. He also was well-known for his baseball catchphrase of “Touch `em all” for home runs.

Raised in Armada, Michigan, Enberg’s first radio job was actually as a radio station custodian in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, when he was a junior at Central Michigan. He made $1 an hour. The owner also gave him weekend sports and disc jockey gigs, also at $1 an hour. From there he began doing high school and college football games.

During his nine years broadcasting UCLA basketball, the Bruins won eight NCAA titles. Enberg broadcast nine no-hitters, including two by San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum against the Padres in 2013 and 2014.

He said the most historically important event he covered was “The Game of the Century,” Houston’s victory over UCLA in 1968 that snapped the Bruins’ 47-game winning streak.

“That was the platform from which college basketball’s popularity was sent into the stratosphere,” Enberg said. “The `79 game, the Magic-Bird game, everyone wants to credit that as the greatest game of all time That was just the booster rocket that sent it even higher. … UCLA, unbeaten; Houston, unbeaten. And then the thing that had to happen, and Coach Wooden hated when I said this, but UCLA had to lose. That became a monumental event.”

Enberg’s many former broadcast partners included Merlin Olsen, Al McGuire, Billy Packer, Don Drysdale and Tony Gwynn. He even worked a few games with Wooden, whom he called “The greatest man I’ve ever known other than my own father.” Enberg called Padres games for seven seasons and went into the broadcasters’ wing of the Hall of Fame in 2015.

John Ireland, the radio voice of the Los Angeles Lakers, tweeted that “If there was a Mount Rushmore of LA Sports Announcers, Dick Enberg is on it with Chick Hearn, Vin Scully and Bob Miller. Rams, Angels, UCLA, NBC, and so much more. Was the first famous announcer I ever met, and he couldn’t have been nicer. Definition of a gentleman.”

Enberg won 13 Sports Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and UCLA named its Media Center in Pauley Pavilion after Enberg this year.

“Kindest, most proactive possible treatment of newcomers in this business, for the length of his career,” broadcaster Keith Olbermann said of Enberg on Twitter. “What a terrible loss.”

Sports world goes all-in on 2017 solar eclipse

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Nick Saban may not have had any interest in checking out today’s much-hyped solar eclipse, but he seems to be the only one in the sports world.

At least according to these epic #SolarEclipse2017 sports Twitter moments.

The NASCAR community was on point with their eclipse celebrations, seriously you’re missing out if you’re not following any of these teams/drivers on Twitter.

But they weren’t the only ones.

Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day and Billy Horschel weren’t the only golfers taking in the views (with proper glasses), Tiger Woods bought into the hype too.

The Rome Braves had their break, but Bartolo Colon watching the eclipse will be your moment of zen.

And remember, if you were truly amazed by #SolarEclipse2017 goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has some more mind-blowing universal knowledge for you.