HoopsHype Joel Meyers rumors
This is the latest edition of “Give-and-Go,” a periodic Hornets.com feature in which Hornets players and other team personnel respond to questions from fans. In this installment, new New Orleans television play-by-play broadcaster Joel Meyers answers Twitter questions sent to @Jim_Eichenhofer. If Meyers’ name sounds familiar, there is very good reason for that. The veteran play-by-play man has been a part of prominent national sports broadcasts for over two decades, including covering the NBA and NFL extensively. He also has significant experience in the Western Conference, having worked previously on television broadcasts for the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers. NBA.com
The Lakers would not comment on media reports that team television play-by-play announcer Joel Meyers will be replaced by radio play-by-play announcer Spero Dedes at the end of the season. Dedes would become the third Lakers television announcer since the death of Hall of Famer Chick Hearn. Paul Sunderland took over for Hearn after Hearn's death in August 2002. "All of our announcers are under contract and we're not going to discuss that situation until the end of the season," said Lakers vice president of public relations John Black. Los Angeles Times
Joel Meyers, who has been doing play-by-play on Lakers games since 2003, the past six of those seasons on TV, has been told he will not have his contract renewed for next season, according to several sources. Los Angeles Daily News
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