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Kenny Albert: Busy Schedule Sometimes Feels Like I’m in 2 Places At Once

“To me, those are the most fun times. I do get a lot of work done in airplanes, in hotel rooms, in taxis, in Ubers.”

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One of the busiest, if not the busiest play-by-play broadcaster in the industry is Kenny Albert. Whether it is calling a NHL national game for Turner Sports, a Knicks game on MSG, a Rangers game on 98.7 ESPN Radio in New York, an NFL game on FOX during the season, or calling hockey during the Winter Olympics, Albert’s voice is one viewers and listeners hear very often.

Albert was a guest on the most recent episode of Drinks With Binks Podcast with Julie Stewart-Binks on the FUBO Sports Network. For him, the key to being able to pull off the crazy schedule he sometimes has is to be organized. However, even he occasionally feels like he’s in different places at the same time:

“Sometimes, I feel like I am in two places at once. Sometimes, it is hard to keep track of what studio you are in, what hotel room number you are supposed to go to, but to me the key is to be organized,” Albert told Binks. “When I have a number of games coming up in different sports, I’ll start preparing early on. I was in a hotel room a couple of weeks ago. I had four folders in front of me. One was for a Turner hockey game, one was for a Knicks game. I had one for men’s hockey and one was for women’s hockey.

“I’ve had some instances in the past in October especially. Four to five years ago, I would have football on the weekends, a couple of hockey games during the week, maybe a basketball game, and baseball playoffs I worked on several occasions for FOX. There were four sports in the span of eight to nine days. To me, those are the most fun times. I do get a lot of work done in airplanes, in hotel rooms, in taxis, in Ubers. It’s actually not as hard as you might think as far as preparing and getting the work done. To me, the key is organization and preparation.”

As for how Albert prepares for a NFL broadcast, he told Stewart-Binks how much time goes into preparing for a broadcast during the season:

“The process to prepare for an NFL game for a broadcaster is probably about 30 or 40 hours throughout the week leading up to that game,” Albert explained. “It starts on Monday morning and it’s a lot of reading, preparing charts, going through statistics and articles. Of course, I’m including the time we spend on Friday and Saturday with the teams. During football season, I always say besides eating, sleeping, and spending time with your family, for those four months, any free moment I feel you spend preparing for that game.

With football, you might have two teams in Week 16 that you haven’t seen all year and you have to play catch-up because you know the fans of those teams know everything there is to know about the players, the coaches, the season they’ve gone through. You really have to study their entire season… You do take a bit of a collective deep breath when the season comes to an end, even though it’s so much fun and there’s nothing we’d rather be doing. Once that four-month block of time comes to an end, you do feel like you get a little bit of your life back, but again, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

While it can take Albert time to prepare for a NFL game, he said that for him, calling hockey games is comparable to riding a bike:

“It’s so much different than the other sports. In hockey, for example, I’m around the Rangers all the time,” said Albert. “I do work national games but teams play three to four games a week, you go to the morning skates, you watch the prior games. To me, calling hockey is like riding a bike. I can probably wake up in the middle of the night, not even look at the rosters, and do a hockey game if I had to.”

If you want to read more on Albert’s illustrious career, check out the interview that Derek Futterman did with him for Barrett Sports Media in January.

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Peter King: Sean McVay Wants to be a Star, ‘Not Just Some Guy on TV’

“I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

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L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay will remain at his post for the 2023-24 season. The team tweeted that news Friday afternoon, seeming to, at least for now, put the rumors of McVay leaving coaching for a TV job to rest.

ProFootballTalk’s Peter King wrote in Football Morning in America on Monday that McVay understands the kind of position on television he’s looking for may not necessarily be there for him.

“I don’t think that was the only thing about TV that appealed to him, but I don’t think McVay was interested in being Just a Guy on TV,” King wrote. “I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

King noted that McVay has been told to “Do what makes you happy” by folks with the Rams. He also said he believes coaching is what Makes McVay happy. Especially with a chance to shake up his coaching staff and being involved in trying to bring the team back from a 5-12 season in their follow-up campaign to winning the Super Bowl.

“He wants to be challenged, and this staff wasn’t doing it,” King said. “Offensive coordinator Liam Coen may not have been what McVay wanted in an OC—a coach who would challenge him and bring new ideas to him—and that could be why he’s going back to the University of Kentucky as a coordinator.”

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Lisa Salters Makes Monday Night Football History Completing 11th Season on Sideline

“Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.”

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Monday night’s Cowboys/Bucs wild card playoff game set a new milestone for ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

The network tweeted that Salters completed her 11th season in that role. That makes her the longest tenured reporter in Monday Night Football history.

Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.

“When I first got the call to do Monday Night Football, I would have never thought that 10 years later I would still be doing it,” Salters said last year in a video reminiscing on ten years on Monday Night Football. “I was at home and I got a phone call from my boss Vince Doria and he said, ‘Hey, I was wondering if you would be interested in being a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football‘, and I couldn’t believe what he just asked me.”

Salters is also featured on network coverage of the NBA, something she’s been doing since 2005.

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No Conspiracy Behind ESPN Monday Night Playoff Game Selection

“The decision to continue with 4/5 games in the Monday night window came down to convenience.”

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ESPN has only carried NFL playoff games on Monday night for two seasons but has been a part of wild card weekends dating back to the 2014-15 campaign.

With the exception of one season, a 4-seed versus 5-seed matchup has always been covered by the Monday Night Football broadcast team in that stretch of nine seasons. That continued with Cowboys/Bucs this year.

In 2021-22, with the NFL expanding the playoff field to seven teams, the first Monday night playoff game was played. The Rams cruised past the Cardinals 34-11.

Last week, the decision was the source of much speculation. TV executives shared a number of theories about why ESPN landed the game that had the most star power in the Super Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post wrote that no speculation was necessary. The decision to continue with 4/5 games in the Monday night window came down to convenience. The new format, the games that have a likelihood of altering seeding for the divisional rounds have already been played.

The 4/5 games this weekend proved to be pretty entertaining. The Jaguars rallied from down 27 to beat the Chargers. Al Michaels and Tony Dungy were ripped on social media for how they called a particularly exhilarating game for NBC. So it turns out Joe Buck and Troy Aikman would’ve called either one of the weekend’s best games.

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