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Fox inks McCarver, Waltrip to two-year contract extensions
USA TODAY's Michael McCarthy reports Fox "is signing two-year contract extensions" for MLB analyst Tim McCarver and NASCAR analyst Darrell Waltrip. The extensions, which are "expected to be announced this week," will keep McCarver with the net "through the end of Fox's seven-year MLB deal" in '13. Waltrip's extension takes him "through the end of Fox's nine-year NASCAR deal" in '14. Fox Sports VP/Communications Dan Bell said that "each had about a year left on their deals" (USA TODAY, 3/7).

THE REAL DEAL? The GLOBE & MAIL's Bruce Dowbiggin wonders, "What's to be done about Twitter?" Several Twitter accounts falsely linked to hockey reporters conducted "bogus business" during the NHL trade deadline last week, and the "lords of disinformation were at it again" concerning Oilers LW Taylor Hall's season-ending injury. An unofficial Oilers site "prematurely announced that Hall was out for the rest of the season as a result of his fight-induced ankle injury." Dowbiggin: "While the report eventually proved to be true, TSN's Bob McKenzie, one of the best purveyors of Twitter, bit on the early report (then quickly rescinded it)." Dowbiggin: "McKenzie is hardly the only professional journalist caught in the snare of Twitter. Most of us have spent time validating -- and erroneously accepting -- fake stories on the social media" (GLOBE & MAIL, 3/7).

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: In N.Y., Frank Isola cited a source as saying that ABC was looking to add the Pacers-Knicks game next Sunday to its broadcast schedule. The game "is currently scheduled for 6 pm and ABC wanted to switch it to earlier in the afternoon, presumably at 1 pm." However, MSG officials "took a pass because it has already booked the building for the PSAL championships that afternoon" (NYDAILYNEWS.com, 3/4).
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