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Thursday Night Football Streaming Quality Woes Continue for Viewers

But the tech giant is aware of the problems people have been experiencing and have teams of people dedicated to making sure the signal being sent out is the best it can be.

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The second regular season edition of Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video went off without any major hitches, but a number of viewers accessing the broadcast did experience problems for the second week in a row.

Fans tuning in to watch the Cleveland Browns defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers last week took to social media with a range of complaints ranging from audio synching issues to a drop in quality in the video of the game.

But the tech giant is aware of the problems people have been experiencing and have teams of people dedicated to making sure the signal being sent out is the best it can be.

Unlike DirecTV, which offered partial refunds following a flurry of complaints from Sunday Ticket streamers who couldn’t watch games or even access NFL RedZone the first two weeks of the season, fans shouldn’t expect Amazon to dish out a refund or credit of some kind to Prime members who had issues.

Pierre Moossa, the lead director for TNF, said on an appearance on Sports Media with Richard Deitsch that Amazon has a Vision Operation Center (AVOC) where people work to test quality and latency on a range of different devices.

He said while his main job is to focus on directing the actual broadcast of the game, he and the company know there’s work to be done to improve.

“I realize that some people may not have had a perfect experience, but they’re so focused on that consumer experience that they’re gonna figure out a way to make sure it’s determined,” Moossa said.

Fred Gaudelli, the TNF executive producer, added that Amazon will do everything possible to ensure an optimal viewing experience for everyone moving forward.

“They’re very customer-oriented, and I think they’re going to work like gangbusters to make sure that everybody has that great experience,” he said “And I’m hopeful that every week this is going to be less and less a thing.”

The Week 4 Thursday night matchup will feature the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals.

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The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz Moving To New Studio

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021.

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The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz is leaving its home at the Clevelander hotel on South Beach in Miami and moving into a new studio next year, according to a report from The Big Lead.

The show continued to be recorded inside the studio at the Clevelander after it departed ESPN Radio’s national lineup in 2021. It has remained the home for the show since Le Batard and John Skipper formed Meadowlark Media.

After a $50 million distribution deal with DraftKings was secured, the Meadowlark podcast network has grown in both reach and talent, allowing for an expanded studio space.

No immediate details were given on where the new studio space would be located.

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NSMA Announces Finalists for Awards, Hall of Fame

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

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The National Sports Media Association revealed its finalists for its national sportscaster of the year and national sportswriter of the year, and there are plenty of heavy hitters in the industry up for consideration for the NSMA awards.

Among the nominees for National Sportscaster of the Year include Al Michaels, Ian Eagle, Jim Nantz, Joe Buck, Kevin Harlan, and Mike Tirico. The full list includes Adam Amin, Jason Benetti, Joe Davis, and Mina Kimes.

For National Sportswriter of the Year, Adrian Wojnarowski, Ken Rosenthal, Nicole Auerbach, Pete Thamel, Pat Forde and Tom Verducci are among the biggest names. Candace Buckner, Katie Strang, Marc Spears and Wright Thomson round out the list of nominees.

The NMSA also revealed its finalists for the sportscaster and sportswriter Hall of Fame. James Brown, Joe Buck, Lee Corso and Tim McCarver are part of the sportscaster list, while Bill Plaschke and Ray Didinger appear among the names for the sportswriter hall of fame.

Final voting for the statewide and national awards, as well as for the Hall of Fame, will take place throughout this month, and the winners and inductees will be announced on January 9.

Winners and Hall of Famers will be honored at the NSMA Awards Weekend & National Convention held in Winston-Salem, N.C. June 24-26.

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Pat McAfee: Mentioning Brett Favre Scandal Is A Must

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened.”

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While things may have quieted down a little bit with Brett Favre and his scandal involving misuse of public funds in Mississippi, Pat McAfee is going to make sure people don’t forget what the hall of fame quarterback is accused of.

On his show on Wednesday, McAfee said he thought of a way to mention the situation during Aaron Rodgers’ weekly appearance the day before. Rodgers in conversation talked about learning under Favre in the first years of his NFL career in Green Bay.

“My brain was literally like we’re in the holiday season. Brett Favre – what did he do,” McAfee said. “He didn’t just steal from the poor. Oh, he is the actual Sticky Finger Bandits from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.”

Pat added that whenever the name Brett Favre is brought up on his show, it is absolutely necessary to remind folks about the scandal.

“We have to make sure that it’s mentioned every time that man is mentioned because that is a big deal that it happened,” he said. “Now obviously Brett Favre Enterprises is alleging that this is all wrong. And I can’t wait to hear BFE to drop Brett Favre Enterprises’ side of the story. And we will judge it accordingly.”

“Even though as a football player, he was an incredibly tough football player, good football player, did a lot of things,” McAfee added. “Certainly in the middle of stealing from poor people in Mississippi right now. Have to chat about that.”

Favre is yet to be charged with any crimes, but the state is currently investigating the matter. Early in the fall, Favre’s weekly appearances on local and national radio shows were halted in light of the initial fallout from the story.

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