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Grant Wahl Joins CBS And Paramount+

“Wahl famously spent 25 years with Sports Illustrated, cementing himself as one of the top soccer journalists in the country.”

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Work-life after Sports Illustrated is going well for Grant Wahl. The soccer journalist recently struck a deal with Meadowlark Media to house his podcast and just joined the CBS Sports team as an analyst and editorial consultant.

The network announced the addition as part of their press release for the upcoming round of World Cup Qualifiers. The role entails post-match analysis of U.S. Men’s National Team games and a role as an editorial consultant for the Paramount+ original documentary series Stories from the Beautiful Game.

Wahl famously spent 25 years with Sports Illustrated, cementing himself as one of the top soccer journalists in the country. He also spent seven years with FOX Sports and hosts the Fútbol with Grant Wahl podcast for Meadowlark Media.

“Thrilled to announce that I have joined CBS Sports as a TV analyst and editorial consultant for original soccer documentaries. Vamos!” Wahl said on Twitter about the new gig.

Wahl has his original podcast at Meadowlark and hosts a new show with The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz contributor Chris Wittyngham, and one of the greatest American soccer players ever, Landon Donovan, for a show focused on the USMNT’s attempt to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

The saga should have plenty of drama and intrigue after the USMNT failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup for the first time since the 1986 tournament.

“We’re always searching for people who have a unique point of view and a commitment to quality content,” CEO John Skipper said about the new projects. “There are many ways to tell a story in sports, and we believe that the podcasts we’re announcing today showcase the breadth of the Meadowlark offering.”

With the Premier League in full swing, MLS Playoffs on the horizon, and WC qualifying heating back up, Wahl has plenty of content to discuss on his new platforms.

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12.6 Million Tune in to Rams-49ers Monday Night Football Matchup

Additionally, the ManningCast featuring Peyton and Eli Manning saw its biggest audience this season.

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ESPN continues to generate massive audiences for its Monday Night Football telecasts.

The network reported that 12.6 million tuned in across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes to watch the San Francisco 49ers beat the Los Angeles Rams.

Additionally, the ManningCast featuring Peyton and Eli Manning saw its biggest audience this season. ESPN says 1.63 million caught the alternate feed.

That number ranked Monday’s broadcast tied for fourth among 12 previous editions.

Next week’s Monday night game features the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Las Vegas Raiders.

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NBC: Big Ten Media Rights Is Biggest New Property Deal Since NFL

“I can’t think of a bigger deal in the 16 years I’ve been here than the Big Ten. It’s very rare to see these properties change hands.”

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NBC Sports can’t be more excited to be a part of the new Big Ten media rights deal going into effect in 2023.

As part of their share of the $1 billion per year agreement, NBC will shell out $350 million each season to the conference for rights to 14-16 football games over the next seven years.

On a recent edition of SportsProMedia’s StreamTime Podcast, Peacock chief commercial officer Rick Cordella said this was the biggest acquisition for NBC since the network became the home to Sunday Night Football in the NFL in 2006.

“I joined NBC just after the NFL deal and [since then] we’ve re-engaged with NASCAR in 2013 and have signed some pretty important renewals along the way,” he said. “But in terms of a new property, I can’t think of a bigger deal in the 16 years I’ve been here than the Big Ten. It’s very rare to see these properties change hands.”

Cordella added that while NBC’s relationship with Notre Dame is historic and something to hang their hat on, it’s the longevity of the future of the Big Ten as a conference and pseudo-mega conference that makes being in on the new deal so monumental.

“We have a long relationship with Notre Dame that’s pretty unique and something we’re proud of, but to have Big Ten football every week in the fall…that conference is going to be a dominant force in college athletics, and we don’t have to worry about teams being poached and leaving (the conference),” he said.

The fact that Peacock will also be streaming football and men’s and women’s basketball games is another perk.

“It was the right spot to focus our investment and we’re excited to have content across both NBC and Peacock,” Cordella said. “That was an important factor.”

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SEC on CBS Draws College Football’s Most-Watched Game for Third Straight Week

Alabama-Arkansas drew an average of 5.828 million viewers, making it the most-watched Alabama-Arkansas game in 12 years.

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CBS is reaping the benefits of its package with the SEC. That’s because for the third consecutive week, CBS is home of college football’s highest-rated game of the week.

Alabama-Arkansas drew an average of 5.828 million viewers, making it the most-watched Alabama-Arkansas game in 12 years. That game also peaked at nearly 7 million viewers at one point.

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