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Talent Revealed For NFL Draft Coverage On ESPN And ABC

“Broadcast teams will be spread out across Vegas. ESPN has sets at the NFL Theater near the Caesars Forum and Beer Park at The Paris Hotel, while ABC will be in the vicinity of the NFL Theater”

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The 2022 NFL Draft is next week in Las Vegas, and on Monday ESPN announced its coverage plans for the event.

The entire draft will air across ESPN, ABC, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and network social media from April 28-30. The final day of the draft on Saturday will be simulcast on ABC.

Mike Greenberg, Mel Kiper Jr., Louis Riddick and Booger McFarland will be ESPN’s primetime commentators for the first two nights, with Kiper appearing virtually. Chris Mortensen will be reporting. Adam Schefter will miss the draft to attend his son’s college graduation.

Additionally, Jeff Darlington (Kansas City), Kimberley A. Martin (Jets), Sal Paolantonio (Eagles) and Dianna Russini (Giants) will be live at team facilities.

ABC’s talent lineup will include Todd McShay, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard on Thursday and Friday. Additionally, Rece Davis, Sam Ponder, Jesse Palmer and Robert Griffin III will be a part of coverage.

Broadcast teams will be spread out across Vegas. ESPN has sets at the NFL Theater near the Caesars Forum and Beer Park at The Paris Hotel, while ABC will be in the vicinity of the NFL Theater, between the theater and the High Roller Ferris Wheel. The Beer Park set will also be utilized on ABC.

ESPN Radio will be at the Caesars Forum, while ESPN Deportes will split between Vegas and ESPN HQ in Bristol, Connecticut.

Shae Peppler Cornette will host all three days of the draft for ESPN Radio alongside Mike Tannenbaum. Ian Fitzsimmons will be reporting. Bart Scott will be on the broadcast on Thursday and Friday. Jordan Reid will be an analyst for Saturday coverage.

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Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX

“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”

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FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.

A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.

The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.

Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.

That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.

Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.

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FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”

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The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.

Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.

Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”

Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.

“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.

FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.

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NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC

“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”

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ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.

ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.

This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.

Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.

“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”

ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.

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