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3rd Mike Tyson Vs Evander Holyfield Fight On Tap?

“Tyson already received a $1 million offer, which was soon upped to $3 million from Australian promoter Brian Amatruda.”

Brandon Contes

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It might be too easy to ask this question right now considering fans are starved for new and live sports content, but would you pay to watch Holyfield vs. Tyson III?

The current sports hiatus has proven that fans love to reminisce, and we’re all great at believing the last generation was the best. Michael Jordan isn’t coming back to the NBA, we’ve seen the last of Manning vs. Brady, but maybe boxing can provide a glimpse of what used to be, by sending two fighters in their 50’s back to the ring. 

Last week, one 5-second training video of 53-year old Mike Tyson triggered lucrative fight offers. In an Instagram Live interview with T.I. Harris, Tyson said he wants to box three or four round exhibitions for charity. Monday afternoon, Iron Mike made a possible return to the ring seem like more of a reality, posting an intense training video while proclaiming “I’m Back.”

Keep in mind, the last time Tyson won a sanctioned boxing match was Feb. 22, 2003. Putting in perspective how long ago that was, the night before Tyson won his last fight, Michael Jordan scored 43 points, leading the Washington Wizards to victory over the New Jersey Nets. 

Tyson already received a $1 million offer, which was soon upped to $3 million from Australian promoter Brian Amatruda. Later, Tyson received and declined a $20 million bid from Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship President David Feldman. 

In the meantime, 57-year old Evander Holyfield has also shared training videos while announcing a return to the ring, looking to raise money for charity through exhibition matches. Tyson has stated he hopes to raise money for drug addicts and homeless people. Holyfield’s initiative is #Unite4OurFight which will help underprivileged students during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Admittedly, I’ve never been a boxing fan, but I was locked in when a 60-year old Rocky Balboa returned to the ring in 2006, so I would absolutely pay for Evander Holyfield vs Mike Tyson III.

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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.”

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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.

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PGA Tour Expects Mic’d Players To Be Common For 2023 TV Broadcasts

“This doesn’t need to be a walk and talk like I did. But we can make it what you want it to be.”

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Following the success with Max Homa last weekend, the PGA Tour is planning to mic a player up this weekend at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

According to Sports Business Journal, the Tour is considering micing up a player on either the 14th or 18th hole at Pebble Beach.

“The point of this is that if you want it to just be, they have an air pod on your caddie and they ask him one question, he could elaborate on something,” Homa said in an interview on the podcast No Laying Up. “That would be an improvement. This doesn’t need to be a walk and talk like I did. But we can make it what you want it to be.”

Homa added that he appreciated that the questions he was asked while taking part in the segment were solely on the task at hand and tackling the hole he was on.

“It wasn’t about how it is being a dad, how it is being in contention, it’s about golf,” he said. “This hole. That’s what we wanted it to be.”

CBS received positive reviews for debuting the new segment in their season debut at Torrey Pines last week.

It will be interesting to see if having players mic’d up for a segment will carry into NBC coverage or if it remains exclusively CBS. Have to think that in April at The Masters, if CBS keeps with it, the segment has the potential to be pretty compelling especially if the interview is with a player in contention or even leading.

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ABC Scores Most Watched NBA Saturday Primetime Game In 4 Years

“The game drew 3.7 million viewers.”

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The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. While the game’s controversial finish left LeBron James and Patrick Beverly upset, executives at the Walt Disney Company had nothing but smiles thanks to the performance of ABC.

The game drew 3.7 million viewers. That means the Celtics’ win is the most-watched game in the ABC Saturday night prime-time window in the last four years. A February 2019 game between the Lakers and Golden State Warriors drew 4.1 million.

Boston also delivered the highest-rated game of the NBA season so far outside of the league’s stacked Christmas Day slate.

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC is experiencing a nice uptick in viewership this season. Through the weekend, the Saturday night games are averaging over 3.4 million viewers according to an ESPN press release.

That number represents a 16% jump from last season. The edition of NBA Countdown that airs before the Saturday night game is having a good season as well. It’s average audience is up 3% to just under 1.5 million.

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