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Tim McCarver Not On FOX Sports Midwest Schedule In 2021

“According to Dan Caesar of the St.Louis Post-Dispatch, McCarver likely won’t be in the St. Louis Cardinals TV booth this year and at 79-years-old, the former catcher may never return to the broadcast.”

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Tim McCarver’s storied broadcasting career as a Major League Baseball game analyst might be over. 

According to Dan Caesar of the St.Louis Post-Dispatch, McCarver likely won’t be in the St. Louis Cardinals TV booth this year and at 79-years-old, the former catcher may never return to the broadcast. 

After leaving his position as a national game analyst alongside Joe Buck for FOX in 2013, McCarver joined FOX Sports Midwest in a part-time role the next season. He signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals last February to work around 30 games during the 2020 season, but McCarver opted out of baseball’s abbreviated schedule amid concern for the coronavirus pandemic. 

With Cardinals broadcasters scheduled to call every game from St. Louis to limit travel, the commute would still be a difficult task for McCarver considering he resides in Florida. Although a decision on his future with the Cardinals hasn’t been made yet, McCarver isn’t scheduled to be part of their cast of broadcasting analysts as of now. 

But McCarver did tell Caesar of the Post-Dispatch that he’s healthy and even received the first of two COVID-19 vaccine shots earlier this week. 

“Everything is fine with me, I’m very healthy — and plan on keeping it that way,” McCarver said Thursday. “I just have to use common sense.”

Even though he’s vaccinated, the 79-year-old is unsure if he wants to return to the Cardinals broadcast booth, taking a wait and see approach on a decision he plans to make once COVID restrictions are lifted. 

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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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