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Bryson Dechambeau Mocks Tom Brady’s Torn Pants at “The Match”

Dechambeau and Aaron Rodgers won “The Match 4”

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Courtesy: Golf.com

The Match 4 pitted Aaron Rodgers and Bryson Dechambeau against Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson… and tape?

Dechambeau made sure to get the jokes rolling early on Tuesday by bringing a roll of duct tape to the first tee. The polarizing golfer had a joke ready to harken back to The Match 2 when Brady split his pants on camera while picking the golf ball out of a hole.

Right when Brady was getting set to launch his opening tee shot, in walked Dechambeau with the duct tape roll ready.

“Hold up guys!” DeChambeau said before tossing the tape to Brady. “I really wanted to do this for you guys so that what happened last time doesn’t occur.”

“It’s for the pants, and that’s for your lips,” DeChambeau added. “Boom roasted.”

The quick-witted Brady had a retort ready to fire, “I like it, look at the young gun, he’s not afraid of anybody.” That confidence didn’t carry over to the tee shot as the 43-year-old quarterback sailed his first drive left. That was the start of a rough day for Mickelson and Brady who ultimately lost the alternate shot format to their favored opponents.

Whether it’s a major winner in Brooks Koepka or the winningest quarterback of all time, Dechambeau isn’t afraid to ruffle the great’s feathers.

Rodgers and Dechambeau may have won the day on paper, but Mickelson carried the ill-timed broadcast in Big Sky country. The event ran up against Game One of the NBA Finals, but Mickelson did his best to keep the audience engaged throughout the round with jokes and his signature charm. 

The 2021 PGA Championship winner even tried to work in side bets with Dechambeau, doing all he could to keep the evening entertaining. Rodgers was his normal, quiet self while having to dodge questions about his future in Green Bay.

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Al Michaels: Condensed Prep Time For Thursday Night Football ‘A Downside’

“It’s not that they don’t want to be with us, but they’re condensed too, so there’s less time to give to us.”

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There were bound to be unexpected hiccups and unintended consequences as Al Michaels moved to Thursday Night Football with Amazon Prime Video.

He told The Boston Globe Thursday that one of the downsides of the week’s schedule is less prep time with the teams playing in the game.

“When we go to see the teams, it’s not that they don’t want to be with us, but they’re condensed too, so there’s less time to give to us,” Michaels said. “And all the time I’ve been doing this, I’ve built some great relationships with coaches and players and GMs and owners and you name it, and I don’t get that much time to spend with them anymore. That’s a downside part of it for me. Some of the best stories you get come from those relationships.”

Michaels has raised eyebrows this season while not being shy about his disdain for some poor matchups early in the schedule. However, he now understands that there are quality games as the season approaches its close.

“The schedule was a little leaky with the Carolina-Atlanta game and a couple of other games that we’ve had, but now we’re positioned for a nice run down the stretch,” said Michaels.

The 78-year-old was also asked how he remains energetic and passionate for the job he’s held for so long.

The games are exciting. I love sports. You don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s no script. And unscripted television is the greatest.”

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Jimmy Pitaro: Reaching Younger Audience A Priority for ESPN

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience. As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

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Many in the media industry have voice concern that millennials and Gen Z aren’t consuming traditional media outlets like previous generations. ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said it’s a priority for the network.

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience,” Pitaro said, quoted by Morning Consult sports business reporter Mark J. Burns. “As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

Pitaro made the comments at Sports Business Journal’s Media Innovators conference Wednesday. It is a continuation of comments he has made in recent years.

In 2018, Pitaro said at ESPN’s upfront “I think we are doing a fantastic job serving the sports fanatic,” said Pitaro. “What about the casual sports customer? Are we doing all we can to serve him or her?”.

In 2019, Pitaro said it was “all hands on deck” to reach a younger audience and women. “We have to be open and go to where our customers are,” he said in regards to reaching younger viewers on social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok.

Earlier this year, Pitaro added that ESPN won’t be leaving linear television anytime soon.

“What I will tell you is that as I sit here right now, that business is still incredible,” Pitaro said. “We serve the sports fan anyway and at any time. I know there are a lot of people that still want ESPN in that traditional ecosystem.”

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Don Mattingly Joining Blue Jays Staff After YES Network Courtship

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

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The New York Yankees regional sports network can take Don Mattingly off its talent wish list. Mattingly was announced Wednesday as a bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays starting in 2023.

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

But Mattingly told Andrew Marchand of The New York Post this week that he had another opportunity in the works but wouldn’t elaborate.

YES also has been considering luring Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Derek Jeter into broadcasting. But no formal talks have taken place.

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