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Richard Deitsch, Chad Finn Discuss Tom Brady’s Future On TV

“Deitsch brought up the idea of Brady controlling and running a roundtable show to break down NFL games in retirement.”

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Tom Brady earned rave reviews for his appearance with Peyton and Eli Manning on Monday Night Football. The greatest quarterback of all time joked with the brothers, gave insight on the teams, and produced an all-around entertaining piece of content.

The performance got The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch thinking about Brady’s plans after football. He discussed whether or not Brady would want to enter the broadcasting space with Boston Globe columnist Chad Finn.

Both believe Brady would be great on TV, but with all the time he’s dedicated to the game, they have a hard time believing he’d want to enter broadcasting.

“Facetiously, I’d say the odds are about the same as him becoming a punt returner at this point of his career,” Finn told Deitsch when the former asked if Tom Brady would enter traditional broadcasting. “But I do think it’s slightly more possible than it used to be. I’m confident in saying he would never want a Romo- or Aikman-type of gig, and he’s not going to go sit in the studio and guffaw with Boomer Esiason every Sunday.” 

Finn covered Brady for years while the two lived in the Boston area, and he ruled out traditional media. Although, he could see him following in Manning’s media footsteps.

“But I could see the success of the Manning Megacast opening his eyes to some possibilities,” Finn said. “Remember, Peyton has authority over the Megacast. It’s produced by his company, Omaha Productions, and it’s obviously shaped to what he wants it to be. It’s his show.”

Deitsch brought up the idea of Tom Brady controlling and running a roundtable show to break down NFL games in retirement. Finn acknowledged the idea but is skeptical of how many people would be interested.

“Definitely, though I can’t say they sound all that exciting to watch, and I’m not sure who the audience would be,” Finn said. “It’s worth remembering that Brady was terrific on The Shop: Uninterrupted back in June. That was when he revealed that there was an NFL team he was interested in joining before he signed with the Bucs. That team decided to stay with its incumbent, which as Brady said on the show left him incredulous — like, “You’re sticking with that guy?” It was funny and revealing.”

For the full conversation between Finn and Deitsch, click here.

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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