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Joe Buck Was ‘Emotional Wreck’ After First Monday Night Football Broadcast

“We went to dinner in Seattle after that game and I was an emotional wreck. I think I had put so much pressure on myself that once the game was over — and I could finally exhale — it felt like it was normal.”

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During an appearance on The Michael Kay Show Monday, ESPN Monday Night Football announcer Joe Buck admitted his first assignment in his new role was a relief.

Asked whether a new role at this stage in his career had energized him or if it was a similar role with a new company, Buck was honest that it was a move that reignited a spark.

“It did,” Buck said. “I think it’s probably a good question for my therapist why it did. I think it was the music, I think it was the theme song, and trying to start something again and almost feeling like I had to prove something to myself again. I was thinking of my dad. My dad was around and alive when he I was hired at FOX and he was there when I finished my first World Series in the Bronx. That’s who I called when my first huge assignment was over. And now it was something new.

“I was emotional after that game and I didn’t know I would be,” he continued. “My wife does pregame on Monday Night Football, does the interviews on Monday Night Countdown. We went to dinner in Seattle after that game and I was an emotional wreck. I think I had put so much pressure on myself that once the game was over — and I could finally exhale — it felt like it was normal.

“The reaction was good. I felt like I could tell — there are very few wins in broadcasting — but that night felt like a win. And I’m smart enough to know it had nothing to do with me but as far as my career and my own mind, it was a really big relief in my world.”

Buck, who has previously said he felt the same pressure of taking on Monday Night Football that he did when he replaced Pat Summerall, was also asked when being a football announcer surpassed the prestige of being a baseball announcer. He couldn’t put a hard date on it, but was in agreement that the pendulum had definitely swung in the NFL’s favor.

“Whether you’re in St. Louis, or Pittsburgh, or Houston if they’re not in it — if your team’s not in it, I don’t know if you’re living and dying with the World Series like we all did when we were growing up. When did that happen? I don’t know. When you combine that with what goes on with fantasy football, I just think it’s a balance that went heavily in favor of the NFL and I think a lot of it has to do with TV and fantasy sports.”

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Scott Hanson Clarifies NFL RedZone Missteps During Raiders/Seahawks

Hanson believed in the moment that CBS was airing the overtime period to a national audience. But due to NFL broadcasting rules, the game was only available on select stations.

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NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson ruffled feathers for many football fans Sunday when he told viewers to switch from the channel to their local CBS affiliates to see the conclusion of the Las Vegas Raiders and Seattle Seahawks game.

Unfortunately, for both viewers and Hanson, the game was only being shown in a small portion of the country, with the rest of the nation’s CBS affiliates already airing 60 Minutes. The game was also available to NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers.

Hanson took to Twitter Sunday evening to explain what happened on the air and to apologize for the miscalculation.

Hanson believed in the moment that CBS was airing the overtime period to a national audience. But due to NFL broadcasting rules, the game was only available to stations in the Las Vegas, Fresno, Sacramento, Reno, Eugene, Portland, Boise, Seattle, and Spokane markets on the west coast. Additionally, the game was available in Chicago, Tampa, Atlanta, and Charlotte.

He apologized for the mistake and said he would have more details at a later date.

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ESPN Creates ACC/SEC Challenge

The series will begin for the 2023-2024 season, launching with 28 games played between the two sports.

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ESPN, in conjunction with the ACC and SEC, is slated to announce the creation of the ACC/SEC Challenge for men’s and women’s basketball.

The series will begin for the 2023-2024 season, launching with 28 games played between the two sports. That number will grow to 30 contests when the SEC expands for the 2025-2026 season.

Every game in the challenge will be aired on an ESPN platform, with each side hosting the same amount of home games.

The creation of the event comes on the heels of the Big Ten’s new media rights deal with FOX, NBC, and CBS, ending a nearly four-decade relationship with ESPN. The ACC/Big Ten Challenge began in 1999, with the SEC/Big 12 Challenging beginning in 2013. Both events will cease to exist following this season.

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FOX Sports Sees Record-Setting Ratings Weekend

The World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

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FOX Sports has been home to a number of record-setting games in terms of viewership over the last several days.

In addition to FOX Sports setting a new mark for a Thanksgiving and regular season NFL audience, the World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

The network reported the U.S./England match in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup averaged 15.377 million. It was the most-watched English-language soccer game in the U.S. ever, topping the 1994 World Cup final between Italy and Brazil.

Viewership of the match was up 11% compared to the second group stage contest for the U.S. team in 2014 against Portugal. The audience peaked at 19.646 million from 3:30-3:45 p.m.

FOX Sports also reported the Michigan/Ohio State game on Saturday drew in 17 million, which made it the most-watched regular season college game on the network ever. That figure was also the highest of any regular season contest since 2011. That game also saw the audience peak at 19.6 million.

Viewership for the game was up 3% compared to last year.

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