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Five Changes Coming Soon To FS1

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Sporting News’ Mike McCarthy spoke recently with Fox Sports National Networks President Jamie Horowitz about upcoming programming changes at Fox Sports 1 and 2. Here are some of the initiatives that Horowitz says the network have planned.

Colin Cowherd To Add a Second TV Show: FS1 airs “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” weekdays from 12p-3p ET, but a second program with Cowherd is in the works. The show is expected to air later in the day. “We’re going to follow the model that Colin and I found successful at ESPN, where he did his radio show in the morning, and ‘SportsNation’ in the afternoon,”.

— Jason Whitlock To Host His Own Show: Whitlock appears as a frequent guest on “The Herd,” but is in “active development” for his own program according to Horowitz. No further details are available at this time.

— Season 3 for Katie Nolan: FS1 has big plans for Nolan, and plans to premiere Season 3 of her late night show, “Garbage Time with Katie Nolan,” on May 3. Her weekly show will air Wednesdays at midnight ET. Horowitz calls Nolan the network’s homegrown superstar.

— Fox Sports Live Gets a Makeover: FS1 created ‘Fox Sports Live,” to counter “SportsCenter”, and brought in Canadian imports Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole to tackle the challenge. However, the show never caught on. Horowitz says FS1 still believes in Jay and Dan, but the program is being adjusted to take advantage of the duo’s free-wheeling style which they often display during their podcasts.

— No Plans To Create Documentaries: Horowitz points out that it took ESPN three decades to launch its highly-acclaimed “30 for 30” documentary series. It has since blossomed. Rather than investing the time and resources into the documentary business, Horowitz feels FS1 has bigger things to focus on before shifting their attention towards additional high-brow programming.

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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