Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

KTVI's Drummond Heads to KMOV as Sports Director

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

KTVI's Drummond Heads to KMOV as Sports Director

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KMOV has a new sports director, although you probably won't see him on the air for several months.

Channel 4 has hired former KTVI (Channel 2) sportscaster Maurice Drummond to lead its Sports department as he replaces Steve Savard, who recently moved to a news-anchor role at the station.

Channel 4 news director Sean McLaughlin confirmed the hiring on Thursday but said he could not further comment because there still are extenuating circumstances that likely will keep Drummond from making his on-air debut until later in the year.

McLaughlin wouldn't be specific, but TV personalities typically have a "non-compete" clause in their contract that prohibits them from appearing on a competitor's airwaves for a specified period of time, generally several months, after leaving.

But Drummond is expected to be allowed to work in less-prominent roles at KMOV, possibly starting as early as next week.

It will be a big step up for Drummond, who primarily has been a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor at KTVI where he has worked for a decade. His last day was Thursday.

"I've had many thrilling opportunities and moments over the last 10 years, which makes my decision now to leave bittersweet, Drummond said in a statement. "I will miss the people (at KTVI), but I am excited about the challenges ahead."

He'll be the first new St. Louis television sports director in nine years, since Rene Knott took over at KSDK (Channel 5) after Mike Bush moved to news. Martin Kilcoyne has been in the sports director role at KTVI for 12 years and Rich Gould has done so for 26 years at KPLR (Channel 11) .

Birds fly on ESPN

The Cardinals are a hot commodity nationally as well as in the Midwest.

ESPN has selected the Redbirds' game on June 23, at home against Texas, for its "Sunday Night Baseball" telecast. It thus moves from 1:15 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. and will be shown exclusively on ESPN in its feature spot of the week for Major League Baseball.

Fox Sports Midwest had been scheduled to carry the contest, but it will not be able to do so because ESPN has exclusive rights nationally on Sunday nights.

This will be the Cards' fourth scheduled Sunday ESPN appearance they were shown April 21, in Philadelphia, will be on June 9, in Cincinnati, and after the Texas game also are in the slot on July 14, when they are on the road against the Chicago Cubs.

Because the Cards are popular nationally and have the best record in baseball, they are a solid bet to be picked once more for a Sunday night game to hit the maximum number of five appearances per year.

In fact, they've "maxed out" in each of the last three seasons, the only team other than the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox to have done so all three years, ESPN spokesman Ben Cafardo said.

Also on the network front, Saturday's Cards-Giants game will be shown regionally by the Fox network (KTVI locally), with Dave Flemming (play-by-play) and Eric Karros (analysis) in the broadcast booth. …

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