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Friday’s Mashup: Hall of Fame sportscaster Dick Enberg dies

Lucy Burdge
December 22, 2017 - 7:31 am

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-- Longtime sports broadcaster Dick Enberg has died, it was announced on Thursday. He was 82.

His daughter, Nicole, and his wife confirmed the death. Nicole became worried when he never arrived on his flight to Boston from San Diego on Thursday. Enberg was found dead at his home in La Jolla. His bags were packed and it is believed he died of a heart attack, though no cause of death has been determined.

Enberg voiced games for NBC, CBS and ESPN and worked 10 Super Bowls, eight NCAA men's basketball title games and 28 Wimbledons. He won 13 Sports Emmys, a Lifetime Achievement Emmy, the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award, the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Rozelle Award and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Gowdy Award. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and UCLA named its media center in Pauley Pavilion after him this year.

Enberg retired in 2016 after serving as the primary play-by-play TV voice of the Padres.

The team released a statement on Enberg’s passing.

"We are immensely saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg," the statement reads. "Dick was an institution in the industry for 60 years and we were lucky enough to have his iconic voice behind the microphone for Padres games for nearly a decade. On behalf of our entire organization, we send our deepest condolences to his wife, Barbara, and the entire Enberg family."

His former colleague Don Orsillo reacted on Twitter to his passing.

Enberg is the only person to ever win Emmy Awards as a sportscaster, a writer and a producer.

-- The Starters released a spoof video on Thursday imagining what it would be like if the NBA had a RedZone, a la the NFL.

TNT’s Ernie Johnson Jr. stars in the humorous video of this RedZone with the tagline, “Never miss a basket.”

“But NBA games are so long and tedious — a rapid-cutting show that covers all the games would be great!,” Johnson says in the video.

Though this is a joke, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said he wants to add a feature to NBA League Pass that lets fans tune in to the final minutes of games.

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