ESPN’s long awaited Michael Jordan documentary series The Last Dance makes its debut this weekend. Viewers will be able to chose how they experience the story of His Airness’s final run with the Chicago Bulls.
An uncensored version will air on ESPN. A version with expletives bleeped out will air on ESPN2. Both versions will air simultaneously starting at 9 pm.
Joe Lucia of Awful Announcing writes that the strategy makes sense for ESPN. It creates content for two networks during a time both are struggling to find programming that is relevant to the audience.
In reality, this is a fine way to pump the viewership for The Last Dance. It’s not as if ESPN2 has any other pressing content to air right now, so simulcasting The Last Dance on the network is a common sense move. And in case viewers will inevitably get upset about their (or their children’s) ears being dirtied with salty language, there’s a broadcast that will work out just fine for them.Joe Lucia, Awful Announicng
This isn’t the first time ESPN has used this strategy. The first ever ESPN original film, A Season on the Brink was presented the same way when it premiered in 2002. The movie focused on notoriously foul-mouthed coach Bobby Knight and the 1985-86 Indiana Hoosiers’ basketball season.
The Last Dance will premier two episodes at a time. Starting on Sunday, April 26, the two episodes that debuted the previous week will air at 7pm Eastern with the new episodes premiering at 9 pm each week.
Mike Francesa on First Take: ‘I Wish Tom Brady Would Have Picked Another Day’
“It’s a special day! It’s a special day at First Take! Look at the crew I have in front of me.”
Wednesday was bound to be one of the biggest in the history of First Take. Not only was Mike Francesa scheduled to join the show for a Mike & The Mad Dog reunion, but before the show even went on the air, Tom Brady announced his retirement. It made all the sense in the world that the show went thirty minutes before taking a break.
“It’s a special day! It’s a special day at First Take! Look at the crew I have in front of me,” Molly Qerim said as she introduced the panel that included Francesa alongside the regular Wednesday cast of Stephen A. Smith and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo.
Before the debates began though, Adam Schefter joined the show to discuss Brady’s retirement. The New York native told Qerim that it was hard not to notice the history on the set.
“You’re in the company of royalty, Molly,” he said. “Stephen A, the greatest ever to do it on TV. Two of the guys that are the founding fathers of sports radio.”
“I wish Brady would have picked another day,” Francesa joked.
While discussion of what Tom Brady meant to the NFL and the American sports landscape in general dominated the discussion, there was plenty of time for ribbing and reflection. Stephen A. Smith acknowledged what a fan he was of Mike & The Mad Dog when the show aired on WFAN. He called it an honor to be on with Francesa and Russo.
After spending the majority of the top segment talking about Brady, the show opened its second segment talking about the history of Mike & The Mad Dog. The show came back from commercial with a montage from the 30 for 30 film about the duo. It featured clips from their history and colleagues talking about their influence on New York and the sports talk format.
“I feel like I’m at my funeral,” Mike Francesa joked after the video.
Russo acknowledged that what people were seeing on the screen wasn’t always possible. Whether he was talking about what happened on air or behind the scenes, he acknowledged that there was a time when the two of them wouldn’t be able to get through a walk down memory lane.
“We don’t fight as much as we used to. Mike and I one time spent hours killing each other about who had the best bathroom facility between the Yankees or the Giants.”
Tom Brady Announces Retirement, Doesn’t Mention FOX Plans
“While it didn’t take that long to announce he was hanging up his cleats, Brady still may need time to decide what he is actually doing next season.”
You have to give Tom Brady credit. He announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday morning, and while he swears this is really it, he also acknowledges that he has to keep things simple this time around.
“I’m retiring, for good,” he said in a video posted on social media. “I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first. I won’t be long-winded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year.”
This announcement comes a year to the day that Tom Brady announced his first retirement. That one lasted just 40 days before the Buccaneers’ quarterback announced that he had changed his mind and would play the 2022 season.
Brady swears his playing days really are over. He ended the video with a message to his family, friends, teammates and opponents.
“Thank you guys for letting me live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Two weeks ago, Jordan Schultz reported that Brady planned to take a month before deciding on his future. While it didn’t take that long to announce he was hanging up his cleats, Brady still may need time to decide what he is actually doing next season.
Tom Brady did not mention FOX in his retirement announcement. The network gave him a ten-year contract worth $375 million to serve as a brand ambassador and analyst in its top NFL booth. It has widely been reported that the deal is a standing offer. Brady may not be obligated to start right away.
Peacock Announces 19 Game 2023 Baseball Schedule
“It all starts on April 23 at 12:05 p.m. as the Colorado Rockies take on the defending N.L. champion Philadelphia Phillies.”
MLB games are returning to Peacock in 2023. NBC announced its full schedule of Sunday matinee games on Tuesday.
It all starts on April 23 at 12:05 p.m. as the Colorado Rockies take on the defending N.L. champion Philadelphia Phillies.
Peacock will carry all 19 games this year. The game on May 7, an 11:35 a.m. first pitch, features the Baltimore Orioles and the Atlanta Braves and will also be simulcast on NBC.
As was the case for the first year of this deal in 2022, the Peacock games will be the only MLB action until 1:35 p.m.
Games will air on Peacock through September 3. NBC has not announced its broadcast team for these games.
Jordan Bondurant is a features reporter for Barrett Sports Media. He works full-time as a multimedia specialist at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, while also putting in part-time work for News Radio WRVA and 910 The Fan in Richmond. Additionally, you can find Jordan contributing coverage of the Washington Capitals for the blog NoVa Caps. His prior media experiences include working for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Danville Register & Bee, Virginia Lawyers Weekly and ABC 8News. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @J__Bondurant.