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Candace Parker Says Arguments With Shaq Are Just Part of Talking Basketball

“She also looks at her conversations with O’Neal and appreciates that it is not viewed as Shaq talking to a WNBA player and that it is two basketball analysts having a conversation.”

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While the NBA on TNT’s postgame show on Tuesday night is not at the level of Inside The NBA, the last couple of weeks have been entertaining to say the least.

This week, Shaquille O’Neal brought up to Adam Lefkoe, Dwyane Wade, and Candace Parker that the WNBA should lower the rim so that they could dunk like the NBA players. Let’s just say Parker, a member of the WNBA’s Chicago Sky, wasn’t too thrilled about that comment. 

This isn’t the first time we saw Parker react to a comment from O’Neal on-air recently. Two weeks ago, Parker was telling Shaq about how the pick-and-roll game has changed in the NBA.

Despite all the visual reactions that Parker seems to make to what O’Neal says on the show, she told Michael Pina of Sports Illustrated in an interview earlier this week that she just views it as talking basketball and doesn’t view those debates as anything out of the ordinary.

“I feel so lucky to do my job in the sense that, you know, we’re all players, all discussing different strategies, or different philosophies of the game, and everybody’s entitled to their opinion. Everybody’s confident in themselves that they’re not going to take it the wrong way. And so, just as Shaq comes at me and challenges me, I feel confident in my preparation, and my knowledge.”

She also looks at her conversations with O’Neal and appreciates that it is not viewed as Shaq talking to a WNBA player and that it is two basketball analysts having a conversation.

“I think it goes to the environment and the culture that we have, like, the producer can talk and tell off so and so and tell them how they feel and vice versa and that’s just what it is. It’s not like Shaq, the four-time champion Hall of Famer versus Candace, women’s basketball player.”

While it is not the Charles Barkley vs. Shaquille O’Neal debates you see on Inside The NBA, Shaq debating Parker on anything basketball is becoming can’t miss TV to seeing what he will say next. At the very least, Parker can bring up the clips of her, O’Neal, and Lefkoe shooting threes at halftime (whether the video was edited or not):

Beginning this weekend, Parker will be a part of Turner’s NCAA Tournament coverage as she will be an analyst in the Atlanta studios with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, and Kenny Smith. Parker, who will be playing for the Chicago Sky in 2021, has been an analyst for Turner’s NCAA Tournament coverage since 2018. 

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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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