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Broadcast notes: NBA Finals, college football; historic NFL move; UM recruiting

Wednesday night media notes and a few other things:

### Because the Warriors fired him after last season, some have asked whether ABC should use Mark Jackson as an analyst on the NBA Finals. We don't have the slightest problem with it.

If anything, his insights should make his analysis more interesting, if he’ll willing to share some level of inside knowledge. Jackson hasn't come off as blantantly pro- or anti-Warrior during ABC's coverage this postseason.

“I read articles that I shouldn't be doing it,” Jackson said on an ABC conference call.  “To me, it was laughable.  I'm having the time of my life calling games.”

After the Warriors won the Western Conference Finals, Warriors forward Draymond Green came over to ESPN’s broadcast location at midcourt and gave Jackson a hug.  Jackson reacted emotionally, which was understandable and human.

“If you came to my church, you would say, ‘Well, he cries every week,’” Jackson said.  “People say thank you.  People show appreciation.  I'm an emotional guy.  That was all it was.  One guy saying thank you and me appreciating his thoughts and his feelings.”

ABC co-analyst Jeff Van Gundy then chimed in:  “I just want to add something.  He bought me dinner the other night, and I said thank you, and the dude was bawling when I said thanks to him like that.  This guy, he is emotional.  He's crazy.”  

### Jackson declined to say if he’s rooting for the Warriors but said calling their games is not awkward.  

### Van Gundy, who makes you think more than most analysts, raised this point: "You know what's interesting --- and Mark was talking about how both sides think you want the other team to win sometimes…. I think a similarly good question is how forthright does the audience want the broadcasters to be?  Because when you tell your truth, there's a lot of anger that comes out. 

“Even within ‑‑ like I think it's a good question to ask TV people too.  How much truth do they want to be told?  How much truth does the league want told?  Because the truth isn't just a positive truth.  If you're going to tell the truth, you would be telling a lot of positive and some negative."

Van Gundy later ranted about how the Bulls handled the firing of his close friend and former assistant Tom Thibodeau.

“The statement they put out [trying to justify the firing] when they let Tom go proves once again that every organization needs a vice president of common sense because when you have a public relations, high powered public relations business put that out and then you have multiple people have to co‑sign it to put it out, and it just absolutely wreaked of a lack of class, it shows that you just need somebody to say whoa,” Van Gundy said.  “Let's just acknowledge his greatness, Thibodeau's greatness, and let's just move on, but it didn't happen that way. 

“And in some ways, in an odd way, I think it was good because, to me, that statement revealed exactly who each person was.  It reveals who Jerry Reinsdorf is.  It reveals who Gar Forman is.  And Tom Thibodeau's statement reveals who he is.  Everybody had to put their name finally on who they were, and they did.  I think that's great."

### Something historic: The NFL announced that Yahoo has been awarded rights to the Jacksonville-Buffalo Week 7 game in London, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Miami time. It will be the first game in NFL history televised only on the Internet outside the home markets. (Buffalo and Jacksonville will get the game on their CBS affiliate.) 

CNN reported Yahoo is paying at least $10 million for rights to carry the game, which will be available for free on-line. The NFL says it’s doing this as an experiment. DirecTV won't be permitted to make the game available to Sunday Ticket subscribers.

### For college football fans big on early planning, here’s Fox’s first-three-week schedule released this week, including a Miami game: 

 

Thursday, September 3

Conference

Network

8:30 PM       

Michigan at Utah

Pac-12

FOX Sports 1

 

 

 

 

Saturday, September 5

 

 

3:30 PM

Virginia at UCLA

Pac-12

FOX

 

 

 

 

10:00 PM

Mississippi St. at Southern Miss

C-USA

FOX Sports 1

 

 

 

 

12:00 PM

South Dakota St. at Kansas

Big 12

FSN

 

 

 

 

7:30 PM

Georgia Southern at West Virginia

Big 12

FSN

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 6

 

 

3:00 PM       

Purdue at Marshall

C-USA

FOX Sports 1

 

 

 

 

Thursday, September 10

 

 

8:00 PM

LA Tech at WKU

C-USA

FOX Sports 1

 

 

 

 

Friday, September 11

 

 

8:00 PM

Miami (Fla.) at Florida Atlantic

C-USA

FOX Sports 1

 

 

 

 

Saturday, September 12

 

 

4:30 PM

Iowa at Iowa St.

Big 12

FOX

 

 

 

 

12:00 PM

K-State at UTSA

C-USA

FOX Sports 1

 

 

 

 

10:30 PM

UCF at Stanford

Pac-12

FOX Sports 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7:30 PM

Central Arkansas at Oklahoma St.

Big 12

FSN

7:30 PM

Lamar at Baylor

Big 12

FSN

 

 

 

 

Saturday, September 19

 

 

7:30 PM

Cal at Texas

Big 12

FOX

 

 

 

 

12:00 PM

Tulsa at Oklahoma

Big 12

FOX Sports 1

3:30 PM

UTSA at Oklahoma St.

Big 12

FOX Sports 1

10:30 PM

BYU at UCLA

Pac-12

FOX Sports 1

 

 

 

 

3:00 PM

LA Tech at K-State

Big 12

FSN

8:00 PM

SMU at TCU

Big 12

FSN

 

 

 

 

2:30 PM

Rice at North Texas

C-USA

FCS

 

 

 

 

Friday, September 25

 

 

10:00 PM

Stanford at Oregon St.

Pac-12

FOX Sports 1

 

ABC/ESPN haven’t released their early-season schedules yet, but a bunch of games have been disclosed by conferences, including UM-Nebraska at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 19.

### Couple other quick things: Guard Torin Dorn, who is transferring from Charlotte after a coaching change, visited UM today, according to CBS, and reportedly will decide between the Hurricanes and North Carolina State, according to a Wolfpack fan web site.

Dorn, a 6-5 guard, was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year last year after averaging 12 points…. 

As part of the Seminole Boosters 2015 spring tour, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher will mingle with fans at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport and Cruise Port Hotel on Thursday. The event, which runs from 6 to 11 p.m., includes a meet and greet with Fisher, casino games and an auction.

Admission is $50 and also includes food and a gold card with points for casino chips and alcohol. Those who want to pay $100 admission receive multiple other perks, including photo opportunities with Fisher and a chance to kick a field goal in the second quarter of FSU's Sept. 5 opener against Texas State (we kid).

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