The Manningcast is back on ESPN2 this week as the Chicago Bears take on the New England Patriots as fans get entertained by Peyton and Eli Manning and whichever guests end up coming on the show. However, how much preparation do these ex-quarterbacks do before the game?
Eli Manning was a guest on The Adam Schefter Podcast this week ands Eli said they do enough preparation to where he is glad they don’t do the alternate broadcast every week and it’s a collective effort from not just Peyton and Eli, but one of Eli’s former coaches with the Giants as well.
“It’s enough where I like the weeks off when I don’t have a game because you have to plan your week a little bit. You have to watch film. You say I’m going to watch one game, but that’s one game of Chicago’s offense and a game of their defense and it’s a game of New England’s offense and their defense, so it’s like watching four games just to get one game watched. A lot of it is listening to some voicemails I have.
“Peyton will watch maybe a different game, so he will give his analysis and I’ll kind of listen to that. We speak the same football language. I have Kevin Gilbride, my old offensive coordinator, break down the films also and give some analysis. Having a production meeting, Peyton and Eli get on the phone a good bit. It keeps us close, but maybe also good that we don’t go every week.”
Even though Manning didn’t expect to be in the media post-career, he says he enjoys getting to do different projects such as Eli’s Places on ESPN+ for his brother’s production company, Omaha Productions. Plus, by doing the Manningcast, he enjoys staying involved in football.
“I’ve enjoyed it. Just doing projects that I truly enjoy and I like. Doing places where it’s about college football and the history of college football and gets to reflect on my time in college and talk to other athletes, football players, coaches that I grew up watching or seen their games or have personal relationships with. Doing Monday Night Football, it keeps me in the game of football. It keeps me preparing and watching film and getting to talk with coaches and current players in the preparation for the upcoming games and also get to have some fun interviews.”
Eli told Schefter that he doesn’t consider himself to be a broadcaster and that he had zero interest to be in broadcasting after he retired.
“It was not the gameplan. It was actually the total opposite. When I retired, I said I have zero interest in getting into broadcasting. I don’t want to do it. I would be horrible at it…I don’t consider myself a broadcaster. I’m just sitting on my couch, making fun of Peyton.”
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Netflix CEO: ‘We’re Not Anti-Sports, We’re Just Pro-Profit’
“He characterized expensive media rights as a “loss leader” in the streaming world and noted that Netflix doesn’t view sports as a necessity to grow.”
Netflix will not join Apple and Amazon in the rush to gobble up live sports rights. Co-CEO Ted Sarandos addressed the streaming giant’s disinterest at the UBS Global Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Wednesday.
He characterized expensive media rights as a “loss leader” in the streaming world and noted that Netflix doesn’t view sports as a necessity to grow.
“We’re not anti-sports,” Sarandos said according to Deadline. “We’re just pro-profit. We have yet to figure out how to do it. But I’m very confident we can get twice as big as we are without sports.”
Questions about the interest the company has in carrying live sports have come up several times in the past. Sarandon made similar comments last year when asked about it.
Reed Hastings, Sarandos’s co-CEO at Netflix, has a slightly different view. In 2021, he indicated that Netflix could be interested in F1 rights someday thanks to the success of its documentary series Drive to Survive, but that would be a special case. Any league interested in doing business with Netflix, he said, would have to allow Netflix to control all of its content.
Ted Sarandos echoed that sentiment in his most recent comments. He said that the company does not see a way to profit by “renting big-league sports.”
FOX Sued for Patent Infringement Over NFL Scheduling
“Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.”
An analytics company is suing FOX over claims that the network developed a mapping tool using their patented technology to create a season slate of NFL games.
Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.
The lawsuit claims FOX used access to Recentive’s predictive analytics tools to develop a resource of their own that would create optimal schedules for its 1 and 4 p.m. NFLwindows.
The company is seeking a declaration that FOX infringed on two of its patents. Recentive is also suing for damages and wants an injunction keeping FOX from using Recentive tech and preventing the network from “selling, offering for sale, marketing or using any internal network and mapping analytics tool for the scheduling and regionalization of events covered by the patents.”
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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage
“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”
The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.
Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.
“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.
Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.
How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.