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FS1 Considering Building Courtroom Debate Show Around Skip Bayless

“Front Office Sports states the 69-year-old Bayless would probably judge debates featuring some of the network’s younger talent such as Emmanuel Acho, Joy Taylor and Nick Wright.”

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When Skip Bayless’ massive contract extension from FOX Sports was revealed last week, it came with a report that the sports talker could be adding an afternoon show. And according to Michael McCarthy of FrontOffice Sports, one of the ideas the network has considered features Bayless as the judge of a debate show. 

If the idea for Bayless as a judge does take off, requiring him to reflect 18th century fashion should be a caveat and he can even turn to another sports talker for help in Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo. 

The potential plans for an afternoon show won’t take Bayless away from co-hosting Undisputed with Shannon Sharpe every morning on FS1. The afternoon show is also unlikely to include Sharpe. Instead, Front Office Sports states the 69-year-old Bayless would probably judge debates featuring some of the network’s younger talent such as Emmanuel Acho, Joy Taylor and Nick Wright. The show will ultimately give sports audiences more Skip Bayless, but less of his argumentative opinions. 

Bayless recently signed a four-year $32 million deal to stay with FOX Sports. It’s his second contract with FOX Sports and a 33% increase from his first one which was signed in 2016. Adding an afternoon show to his schedule could be an effort to justify giving Bayless a bump in pay and a near $8 million annual salary. 

Launching an afternoon show also could be an attempt from Bayless to keep up with his former partner Stephen A. Smith. Smith recently signed a massive contract extension with ESPN, where his daily show First Take sometimes more than triples the audience of Bayless’ Undisputed on FS1. Smith recently added a solo afternoon show on ESPN+ to his daily schedule and continues to be one of the network’s premier personalities. 

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Peter King: Sean McVay Wants to be a Star, ‘Not Just Some Guy on TV’

“I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

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L.A. Rams head coach Sean McVay will remain at his post for the 2023-24 season. The team tweeted that news Friday afternoon, seeming to, at least for now, put the rumors of McVay leaving coaching for a TV job to rest.

ProFootballTalk’s Peter King wrote in Football Morning in America on Monday that McVay understands the kind of position on television he’s looking for may not necessarily be there for him.

“I don’t think that was the only thing about TV that appealed to him, but I don’t think McVay was interested in being Just a Guy on TV,” King wrote. “I do think he had some regret over not taking a two- or three-year hiatus last year and taking one of the big TV jobs. Amazon? Maybe FOX? But if he really wanted to jump after winning the Super Bowl, he would have.”

King noted that McVay has been told to “Do what makes you happy” by folks with the Rams. He also said he believes coaching is what Makes McVay happy. Especially with a chance to shake up his coaching staff and being involved in trying to bring the team back from a 5-12 season in their follow-up campaign to winning the Super Bowl.

“He wants to be challenged, and this staff wasn’t doing it,” King said. “Offensive coordinator Liam Coen may not have been what McVay wanted in an OC—a coach who would challenge him and bring new ideas to him—and that could be why he’s going back to the University of Kentucky as a coordinator.”

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Lisa Salters Makes Monday Night Football History Completing 11th Season on Sideline

“Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.”

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Monday night’s Cowboys/Bucs wild card playoff game set a new milestone for ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters.

The network tweeted that Salters completed her 11th season in that role. That makes her the longest tenured reporter in Monday Night Football history.

Salters has been with ESPN for almost 23 years. She started as a general assignment reporter before moving to sideline reporting in 2006.

“When I first got the call to do Monday Night Football, I would have never thought that 10 years later I would still be doing it,” Salters said last year in a video reminiscing on ten years on Monday Night Football. “I was at home and I got a phone call from my boss Vince Doria and he said, ‘Hey, I was wondering if you would be interested in being a sideline reporter for Monday Night Football‘, and I couldn’t believe what he just asked me.”

Salters is also featured on network coverage of the NBA, something she’s been doing since 2005.

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No Conspiracy Behind ESPN Monday Night Playoff Game Selection

“The decision to continue with 4/5 games in the Monday night window came down to convenience.”

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ESPN has only carried NFL playoff games on Monday night for two seasons but has been a part of wild card weekends dating back to the 2014-15 campaign.

With the exception of one season, a 4-seed versus 5-seed matchup has always been covered by the Monday Night Football broadcast team in that stretch of nine seasons. That continued with Cowboys/Bucs this year.

In 2021-22, with the NFL expanding the playoff field to seven teams, the first Monday night playoff game was played. The Rams cruised past the Cardinals 34-11.

Last week, the decision was the source of much speculation. TV executives shared a number of theories about why ESPN landed the game that had the most star power in the Super Wild Card round of the playoffs.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post wrote that no speculation was necessary. The decision to continue with 4/5 games in the Monday night window came down to convenience. The new format, the games that have a likelihood of altering seeding for the divisional rounds have already been played.

The 4/5 games this weekend proved to be pretty entertaining. The Jaguars rallied from down 27 to beat the Chargers. Al Michaels and Tony Dungy were ripped on social media for how they called a particularly exhilarating game for NBC. So it turns out Joe Buck and Troy Aikman would’ve called either one of the weekend’s best games.

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