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SBD/November 28, 2012/Media
Published November 28, 2012
TAKE TWO: ESPN's Rob Parker yesterday announced on his Facebook page that he is "taking the lead role in a new Saturday edition" of "First Take." The show will begin airing on Dec. 8 and will be hosted by Cari Champion. "First Take" regulars Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith will not appear on the Saturday edition, but Parker will be paired with a "random panel of debaters" (AWFULANNOUNCING.com, 11/27).
SCIENCE EXPERIMENT: Google last week announced it is paying a six-figure rights fee to show NBA D-League games this season in what the NBA called an "experiment," but Horrow Sports Ventures CEO Rick Horrow said "as much of an experiment as this is for the NBA, it's equally intriguing as a test for Google." Horrow: "Live sports tend to be the primary reason consumers don't cut their cable cords and watch more shows and video online.” If the NBA-Google partnership is “successful, it could signal the entry of a new player in sports media: Google" ("Nightly Business Report," PBS, 11/27).