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News: Walton telecast, NFL in Europe, LIV Golf, and more

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Bill Walton lands an alternative NBA telecast. Plus: the NFL will play more games in Europe than ever before; more details about LIV Golf and The CW; and more sports media news.

Bill Walton to host alternative NBA broadcast

Per The New York Post‘s Andrew Marchand, NBA Hall of Famer and current ESPN broadcaster Bill Walton will host Throw it down with Bill Walton, an alternative NBA broadcast on the NBA League Pass app. Walton will be joined by Fox Sports’ Jason Benetti for the five Monday broadcasts. The first game will be the January 23 San Antonio Spurs at Portland Trailblazers matchup. The telecast will be shot at Walton’s home in San Diego for the first game and will feature NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving and Nike co-founder Phil Knight as special guests. (Marchand 1.19)

NFL announces 5 European games for 2023

The NFL announced that it would host five regular season games in Europe in 2023, the most in NFL history. In London, the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans will each host a game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and the Jacksonville Jaguars will host a game at Wembley Stadium. The NFL will return to Germany with two games in 2023 with host teams the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots. Although Munich and Frankfurt are considered frontrunners, the specific host cities will be formally announced at a later date. Notably, there will not be in an NFL game in Mexico City in 2023, due to Estadio Azteca renovations for the 2026 World Cup. (NFL 1.19)

LIV Golf and CW deal details

New details on the deal between LIV Golf and the CW emerged. Per ESPN, the multiyear deal will showcase the first round of each of the 14 tournaments on the CW app alone. The second and third rounds on Saturday and Sunday will then be broadcast over the air on The CW, as well as the app. The deal is revenue-sharing based, as opposed to the network paying a rights fee. LIV Golf will also have to continue to pay production costs, as it did in their first season. LIV Golf tees off its season on February 24 at the El Camaleon Golf Club in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. (ESPN 1.19)

Plus: NBA BBC deal, IOC Europe deal, Apple Premier League

The NBA reached an agreement with the BBC to televise nine games this season, including an NBA Finals game. … The IOC signed a deal with Warner Bros. Discovery and the European Broadcasting Union to televise Olympic Games in Europe through 2032. … Apple is rumored to be preparing a bid for the UK’s domestic Premier League rights with the Sky Sports and BT Sport deal expiring in 2025. … (Front Office Sports NBA 1.19, Front Office Sports IOC 1.18, Daily Mail 1.13)

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