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Bobby Hurley Calls Out Pac-12 Network Announcers

“The head coach wants broadcasters to sell the product, not offer the notion of a game being difficult to watch.”

Brandon Contes

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The Arizona State Sun Devils men’s basketball team earned their eighth victory of the season Wednesday night, but even as they lead the Pac-12 Conference, head coach Bobby Hurley wasn’t pleased. 

During a post-practice press conference on Thursday, Hurley aimed his displeasure at the Pac-12 Network. According to Michelle Gardner of the Arizona Republic, the game’s broadcasters were critical of both teams and the officials. Hurley watched the telecast to review the game and one of his takeaways was the negative commentary.

“I thought it was poorly done by the telecast. There was a lot of sheer negativity said about the game and I think two teams that were competing hard,” Hurley said. 

Officials called 57 total fouls as the Sun Devils took 51 free throws, their most in a game since 2002, leading to criticism from the announcers. Longtime play-by-play voice Barry Tompkins and former UCLA forward and nine-year NBA vet Don MacLean were on the call for the Pac-12 Network.

Hurley believed his team played hard, as did the opposition, Prairie View. The head coach was also more than satisfied with the officiating.

“It was almost to the point where are you doing us a favor by doing the game or are young going to report what’s going on and not feel like you want to go have dinner or are we going to be here till breakfast,” Hurley said, believing some of the broadcast’s negativity was over the top. “Comments like that don’t sit well when you have teams that are fighting and competing as hard as we were.”

Hurley seemed most concerned about the announcers presenting negative vibes to fans. The head coach wants broadcasters to sell the product, not offer the notion of a game being difficult to watch.

“We have to make our fanbase want to show up,” Hurley added. “We have such a good impact. When we’re playing hard we’re entertaining. I hope Sun Devil fans show up against Georgia.”

The Sun Devils welcome the Georgia Bulldogs to Arizona Saturday night at 6pm for a game that will again be televised by the Pac-12 Network.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here

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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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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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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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