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Could Mike Tirico Replace Doc Emrick On NHL Games?

“It is also possible that no permanent replacement is named right away.”

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Andrew Marchand has wasted no time trying to figure out what the next move is for The NHL on NBC. The New York Post columnist published a piece on Monday after his colleague Phil Mushnick broke the news of Emrick’s retirement outlining what NBC’s plan could be for replacing the NHL’s iconic voice.

Marchand says not to rule out Mike Tirico as the one tapped to take over. He is the face of the NBC Sports brand and outside of Sunday Night Football, the NHL on NBC is the network’s only relationship with any of America’s four major professional sports leagues.

Tirico certainly has a full plate at NBC. He is a studio host for Sunday Night Football and is expected to take over the play-by-play role after Al Michaels retires. He also handles studio coverage of horse racing’s triple crown, the Olympics, and major golf events. Tirico is also the play-by-play voice of NBC’s coverage of Notre Dame football. Still, this could give NBC the opportunity to paint Tirico the way FOX does Joe Buck – the voice of the network’s most important sports moments.

Marchand mentions that Kenny Albert, the more obvious candidate, is still a strong possibility. He has been on the call of NBC’s #2 NHL game each week. The network also uses him to call the conference finals each year and Olympic hockey every four years.

It is also possible that no permanent replacement is named right away. The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed back the start of the next NHL season. It has also delayed the 2020 Summer Olympics to July of 2021. It would make it virtually impossible for Tirico’s schedule to not overlap.

On top of that, the NHL is set to negotiate a new media rights deal soon. NBC only has rights to the league’s national broadcasts, including the Stanley Cup Finals, for one more year. The league is reportedly interested in splitting its national TV rights with ESPN and FOX said to be interested. What effect that might have on NBC’s hockey schedule remains to be seen.

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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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