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Mike Greenberg: Manningcast Curse is Real

“Active players are 0-6 the week after appearing with Peyton and Eli.”

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Mike Greenberg doesn’t need any more convincing. The curse of the Manningcast is a very real thing. He said Friday on his ESPN Radio show that even his wife has become aware of the superstition surrounding ESPN2’s alternate broadcast of Monday Night Football.

“My wife says to me ‘Michael, have you seen this about the Manningcast and the curse of the Manningcast?’” Greenberg told his audience. “So she’s come across it, so obviously this is not going to come as stunning news to most of you.”

Active players are 0-6 the week after appearing with Peyton and Eli. The Chiefs and Seahawks fell victim to the curse in Week 2 after Travis Kelce and Russell Wilson were guests in Week 1. The Buccaneers lost in Week 3 after Rob Gronkowski was part of the Week 2 show. The Rams lost after Matthew Stafford made an appearance in Week 3. The Buccaneers lost again in Week 8 after Tom Brady tempted fate.

Greenberg and Paul Hembekides, better known to fans of Greeny and Get Up! as “Hembo,” agree that nothing hammers home that this isn’t a coincidence quite like Week 9. Josh Allen was on the Manningcast in Week 8.

“We were having conversations about the Bills vs. the field in the AFC,” Mike Greenberg said, noting that he did not start Allen in a DraftKings daily fantasy contest because he figured the Buffalo Bills would be up by 31 on the Jacksonville Jaguars at halftime and the quarterback would be pulled out of the game. Instead, no one scored a touchdown and the Jags completed a 9-6 upset.

“The first five, you could talk yourself into that being a football thing, not the Josh Allen one,” Hembo said. “The Josh Allen one is the nail in the coffin. Those guys have a lot of power. That is the unlikeliest result of the NFL season so far.”

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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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