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Moser, Lombardi & Kane Add Altitude Sports TV Simulcast

“The show began streaming on Twitch last year. Their stream is one of the top five sports offerings in the country.”

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Marc Moser, Vic Lombardi, and Brett Kane are taking their act to television. The popular Denver sports radio trio heard on Altitude Sports 92.5 FM will now also be seen on sister TV network Altitude Sports weekday mornings at 7am MT.

“Doing the radio on TV thing has been a dream of mine for years,” said Lombardi. “Now we finally have the firepower to pull it off. Moser’s face got us to the finish line.”

Moser and Lombardi are no strangers to local television viewers. Marc serves as the TV play-by-play voice of the Colorado Avalanche, and has been part of the team’s broadcast crew in various capacities since 1997. Vic on the other hand is a 3-time Emmy winner and anchors studio coverage of the Denver Nuggets. The duo has a combined 50 years of experience covering Denver sports. Brett Kane joined the two Denver broadcasters on radio in 2019.

“Honestly with faces like ours, this can go two ways….total connection and the ability to commiserate, which would be great, or complete avulsion” joked Moser. “It’s going to bring our show to a larger audience and we have our listeners to thank for it. If it weren’t for them already making our show one of the most watched sports shows online period, none of this would have happened.”

Moser’s point about the show’s online success is an important one. The morning team branched out beyond radio last year, adding a live stream of their show on Twitch. Since doing so it’s become one of the top five sports offerings in the country.

The opportunity to expand the program’s local presence on local television also has Kane excited. He added “The simulcast is exciting because if nothing else, it’ll give listeners a true glimpse at the absolute nonsense that this show prides itself in, and an opportunity to laugh along with us.”

Just two years into its move on to the FM dial, Altitude Sports 92.5FM is still in growth mode. Program Director Dave Tepper summed up the television expansion as another step in the right direction for the brand.

“This is another accomplished goal on our journey,” said Tepper. “Special credit is deserved by our Digital Coordinator Alex Rajaniemi who took producing a sports radio simulcast on Twitch TV to a higher level. We appreciate the opportunity that Altitude TV has given us to expand the awareness of this entertaining show and Altitude Sports Radio 92.5.”

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FOX Sports Sees Record-Setting Ratings Weekend

The World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

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FOX Sports has been home to a number of record-setting games in terms of viewership over the last several days.

In addition to FOX Sports setting a new mark for a Thanksgiving and regular season NFL audience, the World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

The network reported the U.S./England match in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup averaged 15.377 million. It was the most-watched English-language soccer game in the U.S. ever, topping the 1994 World Cup final between Italy and Brazil.

Viewership of the match was up 11% compared to the second group stage contest for the U.S. team in 2014 against Portugal. The audience peaked at 19.646 million from 3:30-3:45 p.m.

FOX Sports also reported the Michigan/Ohio State game on Saturday drew in 17 million, which made it the most-watched regular season college game on the network ever. That figure was also the highest of any regular season contest since 2011. That game also saw the audience peak at 19.6 million.

Viewership for the game was up 3% compared to last year.

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ESPN Bowl Plans Could Be Altered By NFL Flex Scheduling

“While this situation poses a challenge, we are accustomed to flexibility and having to maneuver our event schedules.”

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ESPN could be forced to adjust its upcoming bowl season schedule if the NFL decides to flex a Las Vegas Raiders game a week before Christmas.

ESPN announced its contingency plans for two bowl contests, the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl. The Las Vegas Bowl is currently planned to kick off from Allegiant Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on December 17. The Raiders right now are still planning to play in the Sunday night game the next night against the Patriots.

Should the NFL decide to flex the Raiders out of the SNF window, ESPN will swap kickoff times between the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl. That would mean the game in sin city will kick off at 11:30 a.m. local time, with the contest in Albuquerque starting at 5:20 p.m. local time that evening.

“The SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl and New Mexico Bowl are both owned and operated by ESPN Events, so this change is a solution that will work for all parties,” ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby said. “While this situation poses a challenge, we are accustomed to flexibility and having to maneuver our event schedules. We are more than prepared to move forward with this revised schedule if necessary.”

Kickoff times will be determined well enough ahead that the schools taking part in both games shouldn’t be adversely affected.

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NFL Thanksgiving Games Set Ratings Records

FOX Sports added that viewership was up 49% compared to 2021.

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The Thanksgiving slate of NFL games last week brought in the largest audiences ever. Viewership across all three games averaged 33.5 million.

The game with the largest viewership was Giants/Cowboys in the 4:30 p.m. window. FOX Sports reported that 42 million watched Dallas beat New York 28-20. It is the largest regular season audience ever, surpassing the previous leader set 32 years ago.

The network added that viewership was up 49% compared to 2021. FOX carried the Detroit Lions traditional noon Thanksgiving game last year. Compared to the Cowboys turkey day contest on CBS in 2021, viewership was up 3%.

The Bills/Lions game in the early window on CBS averaged 31.627 million, with the audience peaking at 41.981 million. It was the most-watched early Thanksgiving game on record.

Patriots/Vikings on NBC in the nightcap averaged 25.9 million. That figure was up 24% compared to Bills/Saints a year ago, with NBC Sports claiming it’s the second most-watched primetime Thanksgiving game on record. The game was simulcast in Spanish on Telemundo, which averaged 565,000 viewers and made it the most-watched NFL game ever on the network.

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