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FS1 Will Offer Fans Tiger-Focused US Open Coverage

“Friday through Sunday – fans will have to go back to FOX’s digital platform for additional coverage options.”

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Whether it’s NBC, FOX or CBS covering a tournament, golf fans have come to expect digital support to supplement the network’s prime time telecasts.  Generally, the online platforms stick to high profile groups or featured holes – like Augusta’s Amen Corner.  This year, FOX is planning something a little different for it’s fifth consecutive US Open.  

Thursday, fans can find coverage from Pebble Beach starting at 12:30 pm ET on Fox Sports 1.  Come 7:30 pm ET, FOX will pick up the coverage with Joe Buck steering the ship.  However, die hard Tiger fans can stick to FS1 to watch Woods’ round uninterrupted (5:09 tee time) with Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose.  The same cable option will have every shot from that group and Brooks Koeka’s 4:47 threesome with Francesco Molinari and Victor Hovland.  This decision marks the first time FOX will use FS1 as a 2nd feed to help cover an event.

“There are times when you think you could be competing with yourself,” FOX Executive Producer Mark Loomis told John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal.  “The thought I had over the winter was ‘what’s the way to get more peoples’ eyes on the US Open?’ I thought this might work.”

Due to FOX’s commitment to the Women’s World Cup and the MLB, FS1 will only serve as a secondary option to their network’s main telecast on Thursday.  While it’s only one day, FOX Sports will have a pretty good idea of how to cover the USGA championship in the future based on their first round numbers on both linear channels.  Friday through Sunday – fans will have to go back to FOX’s digital platform for additional coverage options.  Justin Kutcher will anchor the supplemental coverage with Mark Brooks on board as an analyst.

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Curt Menefee to Call Two Seahawks Preseason Games

FOX NFL studio host Curt Menefee will be on the TV play-by-play for the preseason opener on August 13 and the finale on August 26.

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The 2022 NFL preseason is going to kick off in earnest later this week, and the Seattle Seahawks have revealed their broadcast crews for two of the team’s three preseason contests.

FOX NFL studio host Curt Menefee will be on the TV play-by-play for the preseason opener on August 13 and the finale on August 26. He’ll be joined in the booth by former Seahawk Michael Robinson. The games will air locally on KING 5, the city’s NBC affiliate.

Additionally for the TV broadcasts, Paul Silvi and Ray Roberts will host the pre and postgame shows, with former Seahawk Michael Bennett working as an analyst.

On the radio, Steve Raible and Dave Wyman will call all three games. Jen Mueller will be the sideline reporter. Michael Bumpus will be the studio host and will be joined by former players Jordan Babineaux, Paul Moyer, Roberts, Marcus Trufant and Robert Turbin.

Radio broadcasts air on Seattle Sports 710 AM and KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM and are distributed across Washington on the Seahawks Radio Network.

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After Losing Out On Big Ten Rights, ESPN Turns Focus to NCAA Championships

According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024.

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After reportedly losing out on the Big Ten’s television rights, ESPN is reportedly turning to securing the NCAA Championship rights from hitting the open market.

According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024. Those 29 championships include everything from Women’s basketball to ice hockey, wrestling, softball, and baseball. The network pays a reported $34 million for the rights to broadcast those championship events.

However, according to a study commissioned by the NCAA reveals that the women’s basketball tournament could be worth anywhere from $81 million to $112 million per year by its lonesome. The NCAA is reportedly considering selling the women’s basketball tournament rights as a standalone product in the next negotiation.

Sources told Front Office Sports ESPN remains interested in striking deals with the Pac-12 and Big 12 media rights, as well as renewing a deal for the College Football Playoff.

The news comes after Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reported ESPN declined a final offer from the Big Ten for a portion of the conference’s media rights. The reported deal was seven years and $380 million per year.

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ESPN Announces The Return of Stephen A. Smith to First Take

ESPN announced Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th.

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First Take has been without it’s anchor since the day after the NBA Draft in June. That’s when the ESPN personality took some time off to undergo shoulder surgery and to rehabilitate. However, it appears the wait for his return is almost over.

ESPN announced with a tweet that Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th. They also teased a guest appearance from Michael Irvin.

This comes a day after Smith tweeted that the countdown was on for his return and we are one week away from the event.

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