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NBC, Cris Collinsworth Working on Big Money Extension

NBC Sports is deep into negotiations to keep Cris Collinsworth at its lead Sunday Night Football analyst until 2025.

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Cris Collinsworth has been with NBC in his most recent stint since 2006, and it doesn’t seem like he is going anywhere else in the near future. NBC Sports is deep into negotiations to keep him in place as the lead Sunday Night Football analyst until 2025, according to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post.

Collinsworth and NBC are discussing a contract in the $12.5 million per season range, according to sources close to Marchand.

With Amazon Prime Video set to take over the exclusive rights to Thursday Night Football next season, NBC’s plan is to pair Cris Collinsworth with Mike Tirico for Sunday Night Football to replace Al Michaels, who has been rumored to Amazon.

Michaels’s contract is set to expire after this year’s Super Bowl in his hometown of Los Angeles, and while Amazon has not yet finalized a deal for Michaels, it appears likely that he will be their guy on Thursday Night Football.

Michaels is also expected to be offered a reduced role back at NBC as well. He could work select games, including one postseason game for the network.

There were some rumors that Drew Brees would be joining Tirico next season for Sunday Night Football, but it appears that Cris Collinsworth isn’t moving aside though. That likely means Brees is staying in his role on Football Night in America as well as calling Notre Dame football.

The puzzle pieces seem to be fitting in for every network going forward. With Tirico and Collinsworth working Sunday Night Football, that allows Amazon to get their dream scenario of Al Michaels joined by Troy Aikman if that is what they want.

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Mason & Ireland Ink Contract Extensions with ESPN Los Angeles

The pair signed a multi-year contract and that will ensure they continue to be the longest-running duo in L.A.

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The long-running West Coast sounds of Mason & Ireland will continue. The pair signed a multi-year contract and that will ensure they continue to be the longest-running duo for ESPN Los Angeles.

Steve Mason and John Ireland have been on-and-off partners in radio since 1992.

Mason said of the extension, “I love L.A. sports and I can’t imagine working anywhere else. I really appreciate ESPN and our new owner Good Karm Brands. We’ve got a really good team on Mason & Ireland with producer Greg Bergman and associate producer Jorge Briones. And I especially love doing the show every day with John Ireland, my friend of 30 years.”

Ireland also has a statement that read, “It’s both an honor and a privilege to continue this ride with ESPN. During the course of our last deal, the Lakers, Rams and Dodgers all won titles. Obviously, we were able to mistakenly convince our bosses that we had something to do with that, so they’re letting us continue. Please, nobody tell them.”

Mason & Ireland airs weekdays from 1-4p PT on 710 ESPN in Los Angeles.

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Mike Francesa and Phil Mushnick Lock Horns Over Golf Bets

That led to a Mushnick article lambasting the “soothsayer of colossal doom”. Mushnick continued to attack Francesa and claiming his legacy was as a “self-deluded, boastful blowhard”.

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Phil Mushnick of The New York Post, is no fan of Mike Francesa. The latest bout between the two was triggered by a series of erroneous golf bets that Francesa has given out in each of the last three majors.

Francesa, on his podcast with BetRivers Network, told folks that the best bet to win the Masters was Brooks Koepka. The best bet to win the PGA Championship was Scottie Scheffler. He also said the best bet to win The U.S. Open was Cameron Smith. Neither won. Neither even made the cut.

That led to a Mushnick article lambasting the “soothsayer of colossal doom”. Mushnick continued to attack Francesa and claimed his legacy was as a “self-deluded, boastful blowhard”. 

Francesa heard about, or read, the piece and responded on Twitter, calling Mushnick “sad, pathetic” and said that Mushnick’s writings make him look “like the jealous old man that he is”.

Moments later, Francesa tweeted again, “Ask him to add up how much the horses I own have won the past two years. What a complete, obsessed fool.”

As AMNY points out, these two have rammed horns before.

Mushnick once said he had alleged tapes of Francesa and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo demanding loyalty oaths from Jews after 9/11.

The writer would also accuse Francesa of fighting with his then-boss Mark Chernoff, after losing to ESPN New York’s Michael Kay in ratings, an accusation Francesa denies.

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Luke Kuechly Joins the Carolina Panthers Radio Broadcast 

“I just love the Panthers; I love being around it,” Kuechly told Panthers.com. “I love the people. I think I want to be attached to the team, and the game, and the organization somehow.”

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The Carolina Panthers radio booth just added another piece to their crew for the 2022 season. Luke Kuechly, the retired linebacker who spent his entire eight-year career with the Panthers, will be an analyst this season.

“I just love the Panthers; I love being around it,” Kuechly told Panthers.com. “I love the people. I think I want to be attached to the team, and the game, and the organization somehow. I think it could be a lot of fun. I think that’s the biggest reason, to do something around the game on game day that’s fun. You still get the atmosphere, and all the good memories I have here in Carolina.”

Kuechly will join the three-man Panthers radio broadcast with play-by-play announcer Anish Shroff and two other former Panthers who call some but not all of their games, Jordan Gross and Jake Delhomme. Kuechly will be a part of the broadcast team for seven of the team’s games. Jim Szoke is the third man in the booth for the games Kuechly doesn’t call.

The Panthers have already announced which games Kuechly will broadcast. He will call Week 1 at home vs. Cleveland, Week 4 vs. Arizona, Week 5 vs. San Francisco, Week 7 vs. Tampa Bay, Week 9 on the road at Cincinnati, Week 12 vs. Denver and Week 15 vs. Pittsburgh.

The Panthers have made several broadcast changes this offseason. It includes a new flagship television partner and a new flagship radio partner as well.

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