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I love him. The best announcer. He has gotten a ton of national attention. I feel like its only a matter of time before a big organization or network like ESPN offer him a huge camt turn down kind of deal. 

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1 hour ago, Daddy_Uncle said:

I love him. The best announcer. He has gotten a ton of national attention. I feel like its only a matter of time before a big organization or network like ESPN offer him a huge camt turn down kind of deal. 

Yeah. I've read he loves to call baseball too, so ESPN would make a lot of sense. Turner just got the NHL. It might be interesting to hear EC call a hockey game too. Hopefully he stays though. He does seem to love working with Dell.

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14 hours ago, Daddy_Uncle said:

I love him. The best announcer. He has gotten a ton of national attention. I feel like its only a matter of time before a big organization or network like ESPN offer him a huge camt turn down kind of deal. 

I think EC and MJ meet in the middle and keep EC here long-term.  I see EC as a loyal guy so he wouldn't gouge MJ for too much l, but he will definitely be getting a significant raise.  And I see MJ seeing the value in having possibly the most renowned play-by-play guy currently in the league, attached to a young, up-and-coming core with Melo, Terry, and Miles as they grow into a contender.  It makes sense for both sides to stay together...  also, if I'm not mistaken, whatever these local deals are, I don't think they keep play-by-play guys from working with other networks when it comes to the playoffs (Eagle comes to mind, as well as Stephanie Ready and our former guy Devlin, as they all worked the playoffs for TNT while they were with us), so I fully expect EC to cash in on that while still staying on with us for the future.

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31 minutes ago, Proudiddy said:

I think EC and MJ meet in the middle and keep EC here long-term.  I see EC as a loyal guy so he wouldn't gouge MJ for too much l, but he will definitely be getting a significant raise.  And I see MJ seeing the value in having possibly the most renowned play-by-play guy currently in the league, attached to a young, up-and-coming core with Melo, Terry, and Miles as they grow into a contender.  It makes sense for both sides to stay together...  also, if I'm not mistaken, whatever these local deals are, I don't think they keep play-by-play guys from working with other networks when it comes to the playoffs (Eagle comes to mind, as well as Stephanie Ready and our former guy Devlin, as they all worked the playoffs for TNT while they were with us), so I fully expect EC to cash in on that while still staying on with us for the future.

MJ has no say in the TV announcing team. They are signed and paid by the network.

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7 minutes ago, jayboogieman said:

MJ has no say in the TV announcing team. They are signed and paid by the network.

You sure about that?

I'm pretty sure the team does have say in it.  I know the network pays them, but I thought they were contracted out.  I'm pretty sure if they had Billy Bob and Jimbo up there announcing our games, the organization would ensure that wouldn't last very long.  

I mean, I don't know all the ins and outs of the deals, but the organization has to have some influence...  they've had to.  I mean, it's probably why we've had more play by play guys since we have had a franchise back than other franchises have had in 40 years.

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1 minute ago, Proudiddy said:

You sure about that?

I'm pretty sure the team does have say in it.  I know the network pays them, but I thought they were contracted out.  I'm pretty sure if they had Billy Bob and Jimbo up there announcing our games, the organization would ensure that wouldn't last very long.  

I mean, I don't know all the ins and outs of the deals, but the organization has to have some influence...  they've had to.  I mean, it's probably why we've had more play by play guys since we have had a franchise back than other franchises have had in 40 years.

Fairly sure. If you remember, it was the network that let Steve go and brought in Eric in the first place. Then the Hornets gave Steve the radio job for one last year before he retired.

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I was watching a Braves game and Chip Carey was asked a question. Cant remember the question but his answer was "I work for Bally Sports, I dont work for the Braves." First time I ever realized that

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50 minutes ago, jayboogieman said:

Fairly sure. If you remember, it was the network that let Steve go and brought in Eric in the first place. Then the Hornets gave Steve the radio job for one last year before he retired.

Yeah, you're right...  I'm thinking the organization hires the radio guys, bc i know they are the ones that announce that directly, so that may be where my confusion was.  Also would explain why, as you mentioned, that when the TV network forced Martin out, the team brought him back as the radio guy.

Makes sense.

Either way, I imagine it makes sense for the network to try to keep him (and keep him with the Hornets) bc of both his and the team's trajectory, and it constantly keeps their name in the public conscience.

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9 minutes ago, Proudiddy said:

Yeah, you're right...  I'm thinking the organization hires the radio guys, bc i know they are the ones that announce that directly, so that may be where my confusion was.  Also would explain why, as you mentioned, that when the TV network forced Martin out, the team brought him back as the radio guy.

Makes sense.

Either way, I imagine it makes sense for the network to try to keep him (and keep him with the Hornets) bc of both his and the team's trajectory, and it constantly keeps their name in the public conscience.

Hopefully Bally is smart enough to want to keep him. If the management is the same ones that took Steph out of the booth, they might not be. She bailed shortly after she was demoted back to the sideline and Turner came calling.

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