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ESPN Signs Nicole Briscoe To Extension

“She has been with SportsCenter for the last five years. She called the gig a dream come true in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.”

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Nicole Briscoe certainly knows her stuff in the world of motorsports. Her husband, Ryan, is an open-wheel racer for Wayne Taylor Racing in the ISMA WeatherTech Championship. She was at the Speed Channel before making her way to Bristol. In fact, ESPN initially brought her in as part of the network’s NASCAR coverage. When that ended, Nicole was moved to the SportsCenter desk, and that is where she is going to stay.

ESPN gave Briscoe a multi-year extension late last week. She has been with SportsCenter for the last five years. She called the gig a dream come true in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“It used to be like adult Disney World to me, right? And it was professionally the place I dreamed of working from the time I was a little kid,” Briscoe said in an interview. “I remember the first couple of times I got to drive on campus. I was just in awe of it. You could hear the ‘dah-dah-dah, dah-dah-dah’ in your head. The first time I sat down on the set and had to do my audition on the set or I would see people like Stuart Scott and  Chris Berman and John Anderson and Kenny Mayne. I’d see those guys walking through the halls. And the first time I sat on the set to do a show with John Buccigross and John Anderson and those guys, all of those are moments in your life where you want to be really present and remember because you worked really hard to get to that point. But you also never want to take it for granted, either, because there a lot of people who may never get the opportunity. And I am very aware of both of those aspects of my life. I’m still in awe of the situation.”

While Briscoe told the paper that she never wants to rule out what her future could entail, she said that being a part of that show on that network is something she holds dear.

“There was a day I was so nervous just to be sitting on the set and how while you’re still in awe of the four letters and what they mean and what they bring in terms of entertainment to so many people, it’s also home in a lot of ways,” Briscoe said. “And it’s humbling to be able to go into people’s homes and be part of their morning routines. It just kind of made me smile, because that kid who dreamed of being here is doing this, is living this every day, and it’s just as fun as I’d have imagined.”

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ESPN Reportedly To Lose Big Ten Media Rights For the First Time in 40 Years

The idea is that FOX would have its marquee game kick off at noon, with CBS airing a game at 3:30. NBC reportedly will air games in primetime.

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After several months, it appears the Big Ten is nearing the finish line on a new media rights deal. And despite still reportedly being in negotiations with the conference, ESPN is looking set to lose out on media rights.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, CBS and NBC are the frontrunners to join with FOX.

The idea is that FOX would have its marquee game kick off at noon, with CBS airing a game at 3:30. NBC reportedly will air games in primetime.

Ourand reported his sources told him ESPN’s deal to keep the Big Ten was not as strong as the one offered by the other two networks.

It would mark the first time in four decades that ESPN didn’t have some involvement in Big Ten sports. But Ourand indicates the worldwide leader could pivot into bundling Big 12 and Pac-12 rights as an alternative. Additionally the network would then pursue keeping its deals with NCAA for championship coverage as well as being the home for the College Football Playoff.

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Pat McAfee: Deals With Amazon/ESPN Fell Short Because The Show Comes First

“Energy, time, anything away from this show… we got a lot going on. This is my number one focus and it should remain as such…”

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Last week, it was announced that Pat McAfee would be hosting his own version of the popular Manning Cast only for college football games.

McAfee, co-host AJ Hawk, and the rest of his cast and crew from The Pat McAfee Show will host an alternate feed for six college football games this season.

McAfee was rumored to be in talks with Amazon about potentially hosting an alternate broadcast for its Thursday NFL games, and the former Colts punter had also reportedly talking with ESPN about potentially being featured on College GameDay.

McAfee said to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post that ultimately the Amazon and GameDay deals didn’t come to fruition because it just didn’t make sense.

“I’ve had great conversations with both companies, we just weren’t able to get to a point where ‘the ask’ and ‘the business’ were where it needed to be to get a deal done on both fronts,” McAfee said.

McAfee on his show on Monday elaborated a bit further, trying to put to bed that he was being courted for Thursday Night Football.

“I’m not 100 percent sure if that’s what we were talking about, by the way,” he said. “I was never really approached for anything for Thursday Night Football. That was never really anything.”

Pat read from the full response to Marchand’s questions, posted under the Post story which appeared on the paper’s site Monday. He reiterated that his daily show and the small business he built around his show, take precedent over anything else.

“Energy, time, anything away from this show, this operation, this crew; we got families being built, we got houses being bought, we got 12 employees, we got a lot going on,” he said. “So this is my number one focus and it should remain as such because I have a brain, and also I care a lot about this operation. I love it, actually.”

Still, McAfee made it clear that just because no deal was signed with ESPN and Amazon for 2022 means the ship has sailed permanently. He’s keeping his doors open.

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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