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Jay Harris Shares 2006 SportsCenter Anchor GQ Photo

Harris has anchored multiple SportsCenter slots for ESPN.

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There’s nothing like denim and nostalgia. 

ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jay Harris experienced that first hand this week when his mom uncovered a hidden gem from 15 years ago. Harris and some of his pals at ESPN did a photoshoot for GQ that ran as a part of the June 2006 issue, which featured Christina Aguilera on the cover.

John Anderson, Trey Wingo, Chris Berman, Kenny Mayne, Harris, Mike Greenberg, and Steve Levy all rocked some comfortable summer outfits for the shoot. GQ had a nice breakdown of the apparel all of the personalities wore:

“Whether ribbing one another on camera or shooting hoops out back, these guys perform their best in stylish, breathable apparel from NYNE Coolmax fabric. John Anderson and Chris Berman hold court in front pocket polo knits in black and skyway. Trey wears a striped poplin in white with LYCRA fabric, and Kenny Mayne stands tall in a white front pocket polo knit. All clothing available at Macy’s. Yahtzee!”

Harris and the rest of the crew also got a breakdown from the men’s lifestyle magazine:

“Jay Harris gets into the game in white knit collar polo with two-button placket. Steve wears a tidal foam poplin solid and Mike wears the short sleeve version in white and pink. all denim featured by Serfontaine with new T-400 LYCRA fiber, designed for premiere comfort and style.”

I have to give the whole crew credit on this one. Other than Greenberg’s jacket, every one of these outfits could walk down the street today and not get any weird looks. Most of this group has also stood the test of time at ESPN. Only Mayne and Wingo are no longer with the company, and they just left within the past year. GQ picked a lasting medley of ESPN veterans for this photoshoot.

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FOX Scores Another Big College Football Weekend

Saturday’s broadcast of Michigan-Iowa drew 4,198,000 viewers on FOX.

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FOX continues to grabs heaps of viewers for its prime viewing window of college football coverage.

Saturday’s broadcast of Michigan-Iowa drew 4,198,000 viewers on FOX. To date, thru five weeks of the college football season, Big Noon Saturday is averaging 5,767,000 viewers, the most-watched window in college football.

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NFL Ratings on CBS Off to Best Start Since 2010

That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season.

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The NFL of CBS is behemoth to start the 2022 season. This past weekend saw the more massive ratings for the network.

Sunday’s national game window, which was led the Patriots-Packers overtime game, averaged 24.647 million viewers which was the most-watched Week 4 window on CBS since 1998, when the NFL returned to CBS. It’s also a ratings increase of 8% from last season.

That number buoys the network to an average of 18.559 million viewers over the first four games of the season, CBS‘ best start to a season since 2010.

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ESPN Asked NHL For More Games on Linear TV

“It’s something that ESPN pushed for. But to the extent that ESPN was looking to make an adjustment for Year 2, we’re pleased to have the ongoing exposure.”

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The 2021-2022 NHL season was the first of a new media rights deal that saw the league’s games air nationally on ESPN and TNT.

The 2022-2023 season will see more games on linear television, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says that’s from ESPN’s insistence.

When asked by Sports Business Journal‘s Alex Silverman about a noticeably larger linear television schedule for the upcoming season, Bettman said “We’re happy to have it, but it’s something that ESPN pushed for. But to the extent that ESPN was looking to make an adjustment for Year 2, we’re pleased to have the ongoing exposure. Although, last year and the way things were balanced was a terrific year for us. Ratings were up, viewership was up, connectivity on all platforms for our fans was up. And ESPN and Turner have done an incredible job, and we’re grateful to be with them.”

Last season, ESPN and ABC only aired 28 games on linear television, 18 airing on ESPN or ESPN2 and 10 on ABC. 75 regular season games were exclusive to ESPN+ and Hulu.

This year, 52 games will air between the two networks with 37 games on ESPN or ESPN2 and 15 games on ABC. The Walt Disney Company has exclusive rights to 103 NHL broadcasts during the 2022-2023 season, including the opening night double header, the All-Star Skills Competition and All-Star Game, and the NHL Stadium Series.

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