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ESPN Announces Signing Day Coverage On All Networks
ESPN will deploy a multi-network approach to cover the Early Signing Period on Wednesday.
Tomorrow is the annual College Football early signing day for the early signing. ESPN has announced its coverage plans for the day across the family of networks
Seven recruits in the ESPN top 300 will make their announcements as part of College Football Live: Signing Day Special on ESPN2 beginning at 3 p.m. ET. The two-hour special will be hosted by Matt Schick and national recruiting director Tom Luginbill. They will be joined by ESPN recruiting insider Craig Haubert, analyst Roddy Jones and reporter Tom Van Haaren. There will also be guest appearances by Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell and new Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman.
Alyssa Lang hosts with Haubert, and analysts Gene Chizik and Roman Harper joining the desk for insight and analysis on the SEC Network. Five-minute updates will be given at the top of the hour at 9, 10, and 11 a.m. before the SEC Now: Signing Day Special begins at noon.
The Huddle: Signing Day Special with host Jordan Cornette along with Eric Mac Lain, EJ Manuel and Mark Richt will provide a wrap-up of the day’s events at 6 p.m on the ACC Network.
Longhorn Network kicks off the morning at 8 a.m. with a two-hour special, Texas Football National Signing Day. The special, hosted by Lowell Galindo along with Fozzy Whittaker and Michael Griffin, as well as Alex Loeb who will be reporting live from the Texas football team office, will focus on head coach Steve Sarkisian’s first official Texas recruiting class.
Galindo and Whittaker will be back with Coach Steve Sarkesian at 7 p.m. for a 30-minute recap show, Longhorn Extra: National Signing Day Special.
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Sean McManus: LIV Golfers Won’t Get Different Treatment During The Masters
“We’re not gonna put our heads in the sand.”
CBS Sports is preparing for coverage of its 68th consecutive year of The Masters, but the 2023 event could prove to be unlike any before it, and CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus is cognizant of the situation.
After several former Masters champions departed the PGA Tour for the upstart LIV Golf, many pondered what that meant for the sport’s major championships. The Masters decided to continue to allow the golfers who are now playing exclusively with the Saudi-backed league to compete for the green jacket. McManus shared that CBS will continue the showcase the golfers as it always has.
“We’re not gonna cover up or hide anything,” McManus said, as reported by Golf Digest. “As I’ve said so often, our job is to cover the golf tournament. We’re not gonna show any different treatment for the golfers who have played on the LIV tour than we do the other golfers. And if there’s a pertinent point or something that we need to, or we feel that we should bring up in our coverage on Saturday and Sunday, or on our other coverage throughout the week, you know, we’re not gonna put our heads in the sand.
“Having said that, unless it really affects the story that’s taking place on the golf course, we’re not gonna go out of our way to cover it. I’m not sure there’s anything that we could add to the story as it already exists. We’ll cover it as, as is suitable.”
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NFL Owners Not Voting on Flex Scheduling For Thursday Night Football
“The owners have simply decided to wait until May to make their decision.”
Amazon will have to wait for flex scheduling. NFL owners decided to table a proposal that would allow the league to create more compelling matchups for Thursday Night Football later in the season.
That doesn’t mean flex scheduling won’t be a reality on Thursday nights this season. The owners have simply decided to wait until May to make their decision.
Earlier this week, Peter King of NBC Sports reported that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing the idea. Coaches have been outspoken about how much they dislike it, complaining about managing injuries and the competitive disadvantage that would come with finding out you suddenly have a shorter week of preparation than expected. According to King, Goodell is trying to make Amazon happy after the first season of Thursday Night Football failed to deliver projected audience numbers for Prime Video.
League owners did take a step they hope will lead to fewer games between losing teams. Last season, teams could only be scheduled once for a Thursday night game. The owners decided to bump that limit up to twice per season.
Goodell defended the proposal against accusations that the league is prioritizing revenue over player safety.
“We always look at the data with respect to injuries,” he told the media gathered at the league meetings. “That is what drove our decisions throughout the first 12 or so years of Thursday Night Football and how it’s evolved. I think the data was very clear: it doesn’t show a higher injury rate. But we recognize shorter weeks. We went through this with COVID, too.”
When the idea of flex scheduling is revisited in May, it will require the support of 24 team owners in order to become a reality.
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Eric Shanks Got Approval From Alex Rodriguez Before FOX Hired Derek Jeter
“Why wouldn’t we reach out?”
Derek Jeter is going to work a very limited schedule for FOX next season. Still, before he came on board, FOX Sports CEO Eric Shanks wanted the support of Jeter’s former Yankees teammate and on-again/off-again friend Alex Rodriguez.
Andrew Marchand is reporting that Shanks reached out to ARod personally. Rodriguez gave his approval to the network.
“Why wouldn’t we reach out?” a Fox Sports spokesman said when The New York Post reached out for confirmation.
While Derek Jeter is now part of the FOX family, fans shouldn’t expect to see him every time baseball is on the network. He is only scheduled to work “marquee events”. This season, those include the London series, the All-Star Game, and the World Series.
He will be at the desk alongside Kevin Burkhardt, David Ortíz, and Rodriguez.