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Turner Reportedly Landing NHL TV Package

For the first time since the 2005-06 season, the Stanley Cup Finals will have a new home since the following seven will be shared by ESPN, who is broadcasting four; meanwhile, Turner gets three.

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Last month, the NHL reached a television agreement with ESPN to mark the return to the four-letter network. However, like the other major sports in the United States, the NHL is looking for a second broadcasting partner after NBC had a monopoly on the sport. 

Now it seems as though the NHL is ready to depart from NBC after spending over a decade. Neither side has confirmed a deal, but the New York Post confirms the Sports Business Journal report that NBC is pulling out of the bidding race, and The Post adds that the network who will be grabbing the second television rights deal for the NHL is Turner.

According to the report, if Turner gets the TV rights, it could put HBO Max in the sports business. The OTT service has been mentioned as a potential home for some games.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the NHL will have a Board of Governors call discussing the upcoming US TV picture. 

For the first time since the 2005-06 season, the Stanley Cup Finals will have a new home since the following seven will be shared by ESPN, who is broadcasting four; meanwhile, Turner gets three. 

Turner appears to have won the bidding war process, but nothing is official. It appears that the NHL will have similar broadcast partners like the NBA starting next season when ESPN and Turner take over until 2027-28.

The announcement comes as a bit of a surprise. During the weekend, Chris Johnston of Hockey Night in Canada reported that FOX and Apple seemed to be in the driver’s seat.

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Curt Menefee to Call Two Seahawks Preseason Games

FOX NFL studio host Curt Menefee will be on the TV play-by-play for the preseason opener on August 13 and the finale on August 26.

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The 2022 NFL preseason is going to kick off in earnest later this week, and the Seattle Seahawks have revealed their broadcast crews for two of the team’s three preseason contests.

FOX NFL studio host Curt Menefee will be on the TV play-by-play for the preseason opener on August 13 and the finale on August 26. He’ll be joined in the booth by former Seahawk Michael Robinson. The games will air locally on KING 5, the city’s NBC affiliate.

Additionally for the TV broadcasts, Paul Silvi and Ray Roberts will host the pre and postgame shows, with former Seahawk Michael Bennett working as an analyst.

On the radio, Steve Raible and Dave Wyman will call all three games. Jen Mueller will be the sideline reporter. Michael Bumpus will be the studio host and will be joined by former players Jordan Babineaux, Paul Moyer, Roberts, Marcus Trufant and Robert Turbin.

Radio broadcasts air on Seattle Sports 710 AM and KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM and are distributed across Washington on the Seahawks Radio Network.

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After Losing Out On Big Ten Rights, ESPN Turns Focus to NCAA Championships

According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024.

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After reportedly losing out on the Big Ten’s television rights, ESPN is reportedly turning to securing the NCAA Championship rights from hitting the open market.

According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024. Those 29 championships include everything from Women’s basketball to ice hockey, wrestling, softball, and baseball. The network pays a reported $34 million for the rights to broadcast those championship events.

However, according to a study commissioned by the NCAA reveals that the women’s basketball tournament could be worth anywhere from $81 million to $112 million per year by its lonesome. The NCAA is reportedly considering selling the women’s basketball tournament rights as a standalone product in the next negotiation.

Sources told Front Office Sports ESPN remains interested in striking deals with the Pac-12 and Big 12 media rights, as well as renewing a deal for the College Football Playoff.

The news comes after Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reported ESPN declined a final offer from the Big Ten for a portion of the conference’s media rights. The reported deal was seven years and $380 million per year.

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ESPN Announces The Return of Stephen A. Smith to First Take

ESPN announced Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th.

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First Take has been without it’s anchor since the day after the NBA Draft in June. That’s when the ESPN personality took some time off to undergo shoulder surgery and to rehabilitate. However, it appears the wait for his return is almost over.

ESPN announced with a tweet that Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th. They also teased a guest appearance from Michael Irvin.

This comes a day after Smith tweeted that the countdown was on for his return and we are one week away from the event.

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