In N.Y., Andrew Marchand reports Rachel Nichols and ESPN are "officially done," so she is "free to pursue a professional comeback." A settlement agreement comes as Nichols had "one year remaining on her deal." Sources said that Nichols now is "free to pursue other opportunities immediately." Sources said that she was "making in the neighborhood" of $1.5-2M. ESPN and Nichols both declined comment (N.Y. POST, 1/5).
STILL OUT WITH COVID: In Sacramento, Jason Anderson notes Kings radio voice Gary Gerould is "still out after testing positive" for COVID-19 (SACRAMENTO BEE, 1/5). Anderson in a separate piece noted Gerould was "placed under NBA health and safety protocols Sunday after testing positive." Gerould, 81, "disclosed his positive test result on Twitter" after calling the Kings’ 115-113 victory over the Heat on Sunday at Golden 1 Center. Gerould is in his 37th season as the radio voice of the Kings, having called their games on radio since the franchise moved to Sacramento in '85 (SACRAMENTO BEE, 1/4).
DECIDING TO RETIRE: In Indiana, Dustin Dopirak notes Indiana Univ. football color analyst Buck Suhr has "decided to retire." The '21 season was his "last on the booth" after two separate stints in his role totaling 17 years. Suhr said, "It was just kinda time. Everybody retires. You get to the point, I'm going to be 69 on Friday. I want to go to a Pittsburgh Panther game this year, I want to go down and see Alabama play. There's some opportunities I want to do in the fall" (Bloomington HERALD-TIMES, 1/5).