The NFL Draft has been synonymous with Mel Kiper Jr., regardless of whether a fanbase agrees or disagrees with his mock draft. The ESPN analyst has been a part of the network coverage since the 1980s, where he provides insight on the nation’s potential draft picks.
Ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft, Kiper Jr. spoke to the New York Post, where one of the questions that he answered is over being the rockstar of NFL mock drafts. Kiper Jr. revealed that he enjoys the job now more than ever; the 60-year-old admits that it wasn’t a glamorous job when he started.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Kiper Jr. said. “‘Why don’t you get a real job? Why would people want to watch that? Why would ESPN want to televise that? Why are you putting out books? Nobody cares about the draft.’ How many times did we hear that back in the ’70s and ’80s? To fight through all that negativity and still have resolve that you believe in what you’re doing and see where it is right now, every time I turn the computer on, you’ve got a million mock drafts, a million draft sites, a million articles about the draft. This was not the way it was in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.”
Mel Kiper Jr. started doing work for ESPN in the 1980s, but he had to grind during the 1970s to get there. Also, some criticism was not precisely for his mock drafts, but that nobody would be interested in this type of content. Fast forward to 2021, and the NFL Draft is an event that many fans are excited to see because of the hope that comes with it.
Why is he still around?
“I think being enthusiastic about what I do. I’ve never lost the enthusiasm for what I do,” he answered when asked about the key to his longevity.
Now every network that covers the NFL has its mock draft expert who helps with draft coverage months in advance leading up to the big three-night event.
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Curt Menefee to Call Two Seahawks Preseason Games
FOX NFL studio host Curt Menefee will be on the TV play-by-play for the preseason opener on August 13 and the finale on August 26.
The 2022 NFL preseason is going to kick off in earnest later this week, and the Seattle Seahawks have revealed their broadcast crews for two of the team’s three preseason contests.
FOX NFL studio host Curt Menefee will be on the TV play-by-play for the preseason opener on August 13 and the finale on August 26. He’ll be joined in the booth by former Seahawk Michael Robinson. The games will air locally on KING 5, the city’s NBC affiliate.
Additionally for the TV broadcasts, Paul Silvi and Ray Roberts will host the pre and postgame shows, with former Seahawk Michael Bennett working as an analyst.
On the radio, Steve Raible and Dave Wyman will call all three games. Jen Mueller will be the sideline reporter. Michael Bumpus will be the studio host and will be joined by former players Jordan Babineaux, Paul Moyer, Roberts, Marcus Trufant and Robert Turbin.
Radio broadcasts air on Seattle Sports 710 AM and KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM and are distributed across Washington on the Seahawks Radio Network.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett News Media. He also works for ABC8 News and Newsradio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond, Virginia. His prior experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and iHeartradio Richmond. He can be reached by email at Jordan.E.Bondurant@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.
After Losing Out On Big Ten Rights, ESPN Turns Focus to NCAA Championships
According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024.
After reportedly losing out on the Big Ten’s television rights, ESPN is reportedly turning to securing the NCAA Championship rights from hitting the open market.
According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024. Those 29 championships include everything from Women’s basketball to ice hockey, wrestling, softball, and baseball. The network pays a reported $34 million for the rights to broadcast those championship events.
However, according to a study commissioned by the NCAA reveals that the women’s basketball tournament could be worth anywhere from $81 million to $112 million per year by its lonesome. The NCAA is reportedly considering selling the women’s basketball tournament rights as a standalone product in the next negotiation.
Sources told Front Office Sports ESPN remains interested in striking deals with the Pac-12 and Big 12 media rights, as well as renewing a deal for the College Football Playoff.
The news comes after Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reported ESPN declined a final offer from the Big Ten for a portion of the conference’s media rights. The reported deal was seven years and $380 million per year.
ESPN Announces The Return of Stephen A. Smith to First Take
ESPN announced Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th.
First Take has been without it’s anchor since the day after the NBA Draft in June. That’s when the ESPN personality took some time off to undergo shoulder surgery and to rehabilitate. However, it appears the wait for his return is almost over.
ESPN announced with a tweet that Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th. They also teased a guest appearance from Michael Irvin.
This comes a day after Smith tweeted that the countdown was on for his return and we are one week away from the event.