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Joe Buck Says He Once Called A TD Pass While Peeing

“Mediaite’s Brandon Contes did a little digging and determined this had to have happened in 1994.”

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Joe Buck doesn’t have a problem being an open book. He has written and spoken about the loss of his father, a divorce, battles with depression and more. Have we finally hit a “TMI” moment with FOX’s goto broadcaster?

On the latest episode of the SmartLess podcast, Buck tells hosts Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes that calling games is not for people with stage fright. To illustrate that, he told a story that involved the NFL, urine and a plastic bottle.

“I have peed in a bottle while calling an NFL touchdown. I was peeing in a trash can and they handed me like a little water bottle,” he said. “We came back from a break and I was peeing and the action started. And I called a touchdown while urine was coming out of me.”

The incident happened during a game between the Packers and Falcons. Joe Buck said it was inside the press box at Milwaukee County Stadium. Mediaite’s Brandon Contes did a little digging and determined this had to have happened in 1994.

While the story certainly illustrates his point about broadcasters needing to be able to perform in high-pressure situations, there certainly had to be an easier way to do it. He could have talked about calling Super Bowls or World Series.

Speaking of World Series, Joe Buck will call his 24th Fall Classic this week. It ties him with former partner Tim McCarver for the most World Series broadcasts in history.

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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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Field Yates Re-Ups With ESPN

After the departure of Matthew Berry to NBC, ESPN has locked down fantasy expert Field Yates with a new contract to remain in Bristol.

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After the departure of Matthew Berry to NBC, ESPN has locked down fantasy expert Field Yates with a new contract to remain in Bristol.

Yates, 35, would have been a valuable target for FanDuel or DraftKings, surmises Andrew Marchand of The New York Post — who first reported the news — due to his large following on Twitter.

Yates, who also works as a host of Fantasy Football Now and NFL Insider for the network, across multiple platforms including ESPN Radio, will continue in those roles in addition to an assumed expansion of fantasy football duties after Berry’s exit.

He has worked for ESPN since 2012.

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