The ManningCast returned on Monday night after a few weeks off and they made sure to give viewers extra incentive to watch. Former President Barack Obama joined Peyton and Eli at the start of the game between the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots. The 44th president is probably the most high-profile guest the Manning brothers have had on the show so far, but it was where he got pitched to appear that stands out.
Earlier this spring, Peyton, Larry David and President Obama were part of a foursome at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Obama joked that he was offered an appearance on the show by Peyton and Eli’s other brother, Cooper, and couldn’t refuse.
“The main reason I’m on, though, I think is actually cause of Cooper,” he said. “He called me up, and after seeing him on those Caesars ads I thought, how could I turn him down?”
Axios reported that it wasn’t until late last week that Obama’s appearance on the show was officially confirmed. Only a few people were in the know of the President’s confirmation.
“We had a great match, and I’m not gonna talk about anybody’s game, because I’m pretty sure I hit it in the woods and trees a couple of times, and there aren’t that many woods or trees at Riviera,” Obama said.
Next week’s Monday night game features the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, and the ManningCast will welcome WFAN morning host and former Bengals QB Boomer Esiason.
Boomer shared the news on Tuesday’s edition of Boomer & Gio.
“We’re trying to work out the schedules, and I think it should be OK, yeah,” he said.
Co-host Gregg Giannotti said it was great that Esiason would be appearing because often Boomer has said he’s felt like the ManningCast wasn’t exactly his cup of tea.
“I’ll tell them right to their faces, but now that I’m on it, it’s definitely must-watch TV,” he said.
Gio noted that it should be a better experience for Boomer as a guest considering that Omaha Productions has sorted out the gremlins with having remote guests.
“They finally figured it out. It used to be this horrible Zoom, and the audio was off, you couldn’t hear anything, it was a delay,” he said. “So hopefully they do a nice little setup for you wherever you’re gonna be on Monday night.”
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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage
“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”
The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.
Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.
“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.
Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.
How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.
NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake
“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”
The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.
“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”
Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.
Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.
Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”
Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handle Games ‘On Any Stage’
“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”
“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”
Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.