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Mark Schwarz retirement: ESPN ‘SportsCenter’ reporter steps away

Mark Schwarz, a veteran ESPN reporter known for his work on SportsCenter, is calling it a career after 32 years with the network.

Schwarz started at ESPN in 1990, covering a litany of major events throughout his career. In 2021–22, he’s focused on major stories including the Novak Djokovic situation at this year’s Australian Open as well as Celtics center Enes Kanter Freedom’s vocal activism.

“I very much knew when I signed my last deal back in December of 2018 it would be my final deal,” Schwarz said in ESPN’s announcement of his retirement. “And I have thoroughly enjoyed all 32 years that I’ve had.

“Using a sports cliché–I’ve put it all out on the field. I have plenty more to give, and I’m a young guy in good health, but there’s a lot more in my life that I’m looking to do right now, and I

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Former Myrtle Beach anchor to be on ESPN’s SportsCenter

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Max McGee never let his life’s bloopers get in the way of his dream.

From being on academic probation in community college to earning a job on ESPN’s flagship program, SportsCenter, the former Myrtle Beach news anchor is living a true underdog story.

ESPN recently announced that McGee, a former sports and news anchor for WMBF News, has been hired as an anchor on SportsCenter. He starts the job Monday, though his television debut likely will be a little further down the road.

“I’ve always thought I could do it. I just didn’t know when in my career I was going to do it,” McGee said. “Obviously I’m super honored to be able to call myself a SportsCenter anchor.”

‘It’s obviously a dream come true’

A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, McGee grew up playing primarily baseball while also dabbling in football and basketball.

“Baseball was my first

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Sportscenter forging ahead as concert venue

Jan. 26—More than 70 years after its construction, the Owensboro Sportscenter is enjoying a second act as a concert venue, after primarily hosting sporting events for decades.

Laura Alexander, general manager of the Sportscenter and Owensboro Convention Center, said it was initially believed that the Sportscenter would not be practical as a concert venue because it was believed lighting and speakers could not be rigged from the steel beams in the center’s roof.

“Back in October 2016 is when the city hired Spectra, Global Spectrum at that time, to come in and manage the Sportscenter,” Alexander said. “And at that time, we were told that we could not really do concerts at the Sportscenter, primarily due to the rigging.”

That left any potential artists with having to utilize what is known as ground support for concerts, meaning speakers and lighting would have to be stacked on the ground. It’s a

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UAlbany’s Tyler Oedekoven, twice SportsCenter Top 10 star, enters transfer portal

When University at Albany wide receiver Tyler Oedekoven entered the NCAA transfer portal, he had two great highlights in his reel to attract interest from other schools.

Oedekoven, who made the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 Plays in consecutive weeks during the 2019 season, said Tuesday he’s moving on for academic reasons. He announced his decision to leave Monday on Twitter.

Oedekoven, who’s on course to receive his bachelor’s degree in business administration this spring, said he wants to study business analytics in graduate school. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

“Albany has an information systems program, which is more of the IT direction,” said Oedekoven, who aspires to become a CEO. “But I wanted more of the business side of analytics, rather than the IT side. It was all academic reasons why I wanted to leave, for the most part. After the season, I contemplated about what transpired and

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