Recent news involving sports media personalities, including Ernie Johnson returning to baseball play-by-play, Josh Elliott bidding farewell to ESPN, and former NBA referee Rashan Michel planning to sue Dominique Wilkins.
- Rashan Michel: According to TMZ, the former NBA referee plans to sue Hawks TV analyst Dominique Wilkins. Michel, who was arrested and charged with simple battery after fighting with Wilkins Wednesday night, says he did not instigate the physical confrontation. Wilkins was uninjured in the fight, which took place at Atlanta’s Phillips Arena, but Michel ended up with a swollen eye. (tmz.com, ajc.com)
- Ernie Johnson: The Turner Sports broadcaster will call TBS’ first two Major League Baseball telecasts of the season. Johnson was the lead broadcaster for the Division Series and ALCS on TBS last season. (Turner Sports)
- Josh Elliott: The ESPN SportsCenter anchor, departing the network for a position with ABC’s Good Morning America, wrote a farewell message on ESPN’s Front Row blog. “I will take so much of this place with me to Times Square,” Elliott wrote of ESPN, “Above all, though, I’ll cherish this place’s spirit — to constantly push, to never fear failure, to find out what can be.” (frontrow.espn.go.com)