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ESPN Adds More NFL Draft Coverage With Matt Miller & Jim Nagy

The former NFL Draft analyst and insider for Bleacher Report, Matt Miller, made his ESPN debut Friday morning, joining Greeny and the crew on Get Up!

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ESPN is upping its NFL Draft coverage by adding industry veteran Matt Miller and extending Senior Bowl Executive Director Jim Nagy’s contract as NFL Draft contributors.

The former NFL Draft analyst and insider for Bleacher Report, Matt Miller, made his ESPN debut Friday morning, joining Greeny and the crew on Get Up! His is a face ESPN fans will need to get used to, because according to ESPN Press Room, Miller has joined the network as an NFL Draft contributor and will appear on NFL Live, SportsCenter, NFL Draft and Mock Draft specials, ESPN+ exclusive programs, ESPN Radio and more.

“We have been paying attention to Matt’s work; he is a well-respected voice who will make our NFL Draft team even stronger, and he has earned this opportunity,” said Seth Markman, ESPN vice president, production. “While we look back with pride on all ESPN has done to cover the NFL Draft these past four decades, we are confident our best work is ahead of us, and Matt will play an important role in where we’re going.”

“When I was in elementary school a teacher asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. I told her I wanted to be Mel Kiper, Jr.,” Miller said in ESPN’s press release. “After a decade helping to build Bleacher Report, it’s my dream come true to join the amazing NFL Draft team at ESPN.”

As Bleacher Report’s lead NFL Draft writer from 2010-2021, Miller contributed mock drafts, scouting reports and in-depth stories, becoming the most-read author in the history of the website. He also recently launched The Draft Scout – a site for all things NFL offseason. In addition, Miller hosts a daily sports radio show and contributes to a twice-weekly podcast covering college and NFL football.

In addition to Miller, Nagy’s contract extension will allow him to continue providing analysis across a multitude of platforms as and ESPN NFL Draft contributor.

Nagy is in his third NFL Draft season with ESPN, but new in 2021, his role will allow him to take part in original NFL Draft-focused programming on ESPN+.

“Jim is smart and insightful and his experiences scouting in the NFL and leading the Senior Bowl add a valuable dimension to our Draft coverage,” said Seth Markman, ESPN vice president, production. “In returning our veteran teammate Jim and welcoming in Matt Miller, we continue to demonstrate our dedication to the NFL Draft and serving our viewers.”

Nagy added, “I couldn’t be more excited to be re-joining ESPN’s talented team for coverage of the 2021 NFL Draft.  Due to Covid’s impact on the NFL scouting process, this year’s draft will be as unpredictable as any we’ve seen. Looking forward to a fun next few months.”

Nagy returns to the network Feb. 25 and will appear on SportsCenter Special: Mel Kiper’s NFL Mock Draft 2.0 and other shows.

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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.”

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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.

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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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