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Nickelodeon Launching Weekly NFL Show

“Teenage sports reporter Dylan Schefter (daughter of ESPN’s Adam Schefter) and Nick star Young Dylan are on the show with Burleson.”

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Nickelodeon is investing more of its resources into NFL content. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the ViacomCBS cable outlet and CBS Sports are launching a weekly football highlights show, NFL Slimetime, on Sept. 15. 

Former NFL wide receiver and newly named CBS Mornings anchor host Nate Burleson hosts the show airing on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET. Teenage sports reporter Dylan Schefter (daughter of ESPN’s Adam Schefter) and Nick star Young Dylan are on the show with Burleson.

The show comes on the heels of the successful Nickelodeon NFL wild card game broadcast this past January featuring the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears.

“Our coverage of the NFL wild card game was literally a game-changer in so many ways, and the sensational response absolutely proved there’s huge demand for sports content with the kind of kids and family point of view that only Nickelodeon can deliver,” Brian Robbins, president and CEO of Nickelodeon, said about the deal.

ViacomCBS is “Nick-ifying” the highlights show with Nickelodeon’s unique themes along with other game footage, segments featuring youth football, and interviews with players.

“Together with Nickelodeon, CBS Sports is cultivating the next generation of NFL fans,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said. “Our inaugural NFL wild card game on Nickelodeon was an outstanding display of the power and the ability of ViacomCBS to continue to reach broader and younger audiences. We are thrilled to team up with the NFL and Nickelodeon this season, offering kids and families a full season of unique and unparalleled NFL content, including our second edition of the NFL wild card game on Nickelodeon.”

Burleson was a key voice on the January wild card game broadcast that brought in 2 million viewers. The contest was Nickelodeon’s most-watched program in almost four years.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with CBS Sports and Nickelodeon to present our game and content to young NFL fans and their families,” NFL Media executive VP and chief operating officer Hans Schroeder said. “Nickelodeon’s unique presentation of last year’s wild card game was a success, and we look forward to another playoff broadcast this year and a new weekly show for families to enjoy.”

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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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