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ESPN.com news services | 10:44 AM CT
John Saunders, one of the familiar on-air faces of ESPN for nearly 30 years, has died. He was 61.
Saunders hosted studio and play-by-play programming. He covered college football, basketball and the NHL for the network, in addition to anchoring SportsCenter. He was also host of The Sports Reporters.
Born in Canada, Saunders was an all-star defenseman in the junior hockey leagues of Montreal. He played at Western Michigan and Ryerson Polytechnical in Toronto before becoming one of the most prominent broadcasters of his time.
Saunders was a founding member of The V Foundation for Cancer Research and served on the board of directors.
“John was an extraordinary talent and his friendly, informative style has been a warm welcome to sports fans for decades,” said John Skipper, president of ESPN and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, in a statement. “His wide range More >
ESPN is reportedly giving $20M back to advertisers because the College Football Playoff on New Year’s Eve was such a disaster0
ESPN’s broadcast of the New Year’s Eve bowl games — the College Football Playoff semifinals and the Peach Bowl — saw viewership decline than more than a third in 2015. As a result, their advertisers aren’t happy.
A report from John Consoli of Broadcasting & Cable magazine says the network is currently negotiating more than $20 million in make-goods — credits given to advertisers to compensate for mistakes — in response to the broadcast’s lower-than-expected ratings. ESPN had assured advertisers that running two of the season’s biggest bowl games against a night historically reserved for parties and other non-football events would have no negative effect on their total viewers. Now, they’re making up for the lack of viewers during what had been sold as a prime advertising opportunity.