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Published November 5, 2013
DAN IN REAL LIFE: In Miami, Barry Jackson reports WMEN-AM yesterday "dropped host Dan Sileo" after he posted on Twitter on Sunday "that he was offering $1,000" to any Univ. of Miami player who would do something to sideline Florida State RB Devonta Freeman in a potential ACC Championship Game between the teams (MIAMI HERALD, 11/5). ESPN.com's David Hale noted after fans "criticized the tweet, Sileo deleted it and suggested it had been a joke, but station management didn't accept the excuse." Sileo has a "history of controversy, having been suspended from another station for comments about several female reporters" (ESPN.com, 11/4).
STAN IN THE PLACE WHERE YOU WORK: SI.com's Richard Deitsch reports ESPN has reached an agreement with analyst Stan Van Gundy "to join ESPN Radio's NBA coverage team." He will serve as a game analyst "for 10 broadcasts during the 2013-14 NBA regular season and also work as one of the rotating guest hosts" on the Miami-based WAXY-AM program "The Dan Le Batard Show" (SI.com, 11/4).
TO THE LAST LAP: In Dallas, Barry Horn wrote "lame-duck status hasn't dulled the ESPN crew's passion for producing top-notch race coverage," despite NASCAR already deciding to leave ABC/ESPN for NBC/NBCSN in '15. ESPN race announcer Allen Bestwick said there remains "intense professional pride, and no question people are auditioning for the future" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 11/2).