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FOX Reveals New Footage From John Madden Documentary

“The legendary NFL figure retired from coaching at 42 years old but still had plenty to offer the sport.”

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John Madden and Pat Summerall are two of the most beloved broadcasters in NFL history, and the former is featured in his own FOX documentary airing on Christmas Day.

All Madden is less than two months from airing on FOX and the network unveiled an exclusive clip centered around Peyton Manning.

“My grandfather was a huge football fan,” Manning said to open the clip. “Obviously loved watching his grandchildren play. And my rookie year you know obviously we weren’t very good, 3-13, but every week he would ask me, ‘are Madden and Summerall doing the game Sunday?’ and I’d say, ‘Pawpaw, no they’re not. We are playing the Bengals, who are 1-9. Madden and Summerall don’t do those games.'”

A big game duo indeed. Madden and Summerall called plenty of incredible moments during their time in the booth together. Madden himself experienced a litany of great instances as a coach too.

Madden briefly played in the league for the Philadelphia Eagles before a training camp injury during his rookie year blew up that career before it could get off the ground. He then went into coaching, serving in various roles in the college ranks before embarking on a dozen-year career with the Raiders — including a decade as head coach — winning Super Bowl XI. 

The legendary NFL figure retired from coaching at 42 years old but still had plenty to offer the sport. Madden called NFL games for 30 years, first with CBS, then Fox, then ABC, and finally NBC until his retirement. He was famous during his broadcasting career for colorful phrases and an infectious passion for the game.

Madden may be most well known for the EA Sports Madden video game franchise that’s become a best-seller every August. The documentary title — All Madden — is a nod to Madden’s most difficult game mode.

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Al Michaels: Condensed Prep Time For Thursday Night Football ‘A Downside’

“It’s not that they don’t want to be with us, but they’re condensed too, so there’s less time to give to us.”

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There were bound to be unexpected hiccups and unintended consequences as Al Michaels moved to Thursday Night Football with Amazon Prime Video.

He told The Boston Globe Thursday that one of the downsides of the week’s schedule is less prep time with the teams playing in the game.

“When we go to see the teams, it’s not that they don’t want to be with us, but they’re condensed too, so there’s less time to give to us,” Michaels said. “And all the time I’ve been doing this, I’ve built some great relationships with coaches and players and GMs and owners and you name it, and I don’t get that much time to spend with them anymore. That’s a downside part of it for me. Some of the best stories you get come from those relationships.”

Michaels has raised eyebrows this season while not being shy about his disdain for some poor matchups early in the schedule. However, he now understands that there are quality games as the season approaches its close.

“The schedule was a little leaky with the Carolina-Atlanta game and a couple of other games that we’ve had, but now we’re positioned for a nice run down the stretch,” said Michaels.

The 78-year-old was also asked how he remains energetic and passionate for the job he’s held for so long.

The games are exciting. I love sports. You don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s no script. And unscripted television is the greatest.”

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Jimmy Pitaro: Reaching Younger Audience A Priority for ESPN

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience. As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

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Many in the media industry have voice concern that millennials and Gen Z aren’t consuming traditional media outlets like previous generations. ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said it’s a priority for the network.

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience,” Pitaro said, quoted by Morning Consult sports business reporter Mark J. Burns. “As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

Pitaro made the comments at Sports Business Journal’s Media Innovators conference Wednesday. It is a continuation of comments he has made in recent years.

In 2018, Pitaro said at ESPN’s upfront “I think we are doing a fantastic job serving the sports fanatic,” said Pitaro. “What about the casual sports customer? Are we doing all we can to serve him or her?”.

In 2019, Pitaro said it was “all hands on deck” to reach a younger audience and women. “We have to be open and go to where our customers are,” he said in regards to reaching younger viewers on social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok.

Earlier this year, Pitaro added that ESPN won’t be leaving linear television anytime soon.

“What I will tell you is that as I sit here right now, that business is still incredible,” Pitaro said. “We serve the sports fan anyway and at any time. I know there are a lot of people that still want ESPN in that traditional ecosystem.”

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Don Mattingly Joining Blue Jays Staff After YES Network Courtship

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

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The New York Yankees regional sports network can take Don Mattingly off its talent wish list. Mattingly was announced Wednesday as a bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays starting in 2023.

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

But Mattingly told Andrew Marchand of The New York Post this week that he had another opportunity in the works but wouldn’t elaborate.

YES also has been considering luring Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Derek Jeter into broadcasting. But no formal talks have taken place.

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