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In Charlotte, Roderick Boone wrote the Hornets are "slowly graduating from simply being a 'League Pass alert' team to one that’s piquing even more interest nationwide," and "extra exposure awaits." Friday's home game against the Lakers will now be "broadcast on ESPN," and the game time has changed to 7:30pm ET to "accommodate the switch." It marks the Hornets’ "fifth national TV broadcast of the season and second in a little over a week," as a win in Boston against the Celtics was also televised on ESPN. Since the team dropped the Bobcats branding in '14, it "hasn’t had more than four national TV games in a single season," but that is "about to change" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/22).

TIME TO SHINE: In Boston, Peter Abraham writes the "biggest spotlight" of Karl Ravech's career is coming, as he will take over doing play-by-play for “Sunday Night Baseball” with David Cone and Eduardo Perez as analysts. Ravech said, “This group will only get better. Cone, as good as he is now, he will find another level. Eduardo will push him that way.” He added, “There’s no ego in the booth. I’ve never been an ‘I’ or ‘me’ guy. I don’t like those two words. It turns me off. There’s a curiosity from the three of us about the way the game is currently played." For himself, Ravech is "in favor of a more radical idea: playing seven-inning games" (BOSTON GLOBE, 1/23).

JOINING THE CREW: MOTORSPORT.com's Nick DeGroot noted Tony Stewart will "join the NASCAR on FOX booth for both the Daytona 500 and the Clash at the L.A. Coliseum in February." Stewart joins Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in the booth and "replaces Jeff Gordon," who left his on-air position to become Hendrick Motorsports Vice Chair. Larry McReynolds will "return as the NASCAR on FOX technical analyst." Jamie Little, Regan Smith, and Vince Welch will "once again be reporting from pit road" for the '22 season (MOTORSPORT.com, 1/22).

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