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Rich Eisen Reached Out to Al Michaels Before Latest NFL Network Play-By-Play Opportunity

“He says calling a game, you speak in captions and ellipsis. By captions, he means just caption the picture and the ellipsis is like a dot dot dot in your sentence.”

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Rich Eisen had the opportunity to be the play-by-play voice for the NFL’s first ever game in Germany last Sunday with the crew from NFL GameDay Morning (Steve Mariucci, Kurt Warner, and Michael Irvin). Calling a game is something Eisen has done before for NFL Network, but he doesn’t get to do it often.

Eisen was a guest on the Green Light with Chris Long podcast this week and he told Long that the four of them did a rehearsal game back in October to get ready for Seahawks-Buccaneers in Germany. That’s when Eisen noticed something.

“We rehearsed for the Saints-Cardinals Thursday night game (late October) and all 4 of us went into some studio with a green screen behind us and mimicked what the setup was going to be like. I’ve done it before, but I hadn’t done it in years. I just noticed that I was talking a lot. There’s 3 other voices to get in there.

“By talking a lot, I mean like I was stringing sentences together because that’s what I normally do on this show for 3 hours and NFL Gameday Morning for 4 hours and it’s a totally different endeavor.”

Eisen mentioned that he reached out to get some advice from Al Michaels on how to let the game breathe.

“I told him I need to be a little bit more brief. I need to let the game breathe a little bit and he told me some great advice. He says calling a game, you speak in captions and ellipsis. By captions, he means just caption the picture and the ellipsis is like a dot dot dot in your sentence. You don’t need to finish your sentence. Let the picture finish your sentence for you.

‘”When you are describing a play and you’re seeing this incredible pass, you don’t need to say that’s an incredible pass. All you got to do is he throws. You use your voice to meet the moment. I wanted to have that sort of mentality and it isn’t easy.”

All in all, Eisen enjoyed the experience of being in Germany and said he thinks you will see an NFL game in that country more often in the future.

“It was incredible. It was just like any Super Bowl I have been to, to be honest with you. Weeklong build-up, you felt everything in the town. Huge event in the stadium, massive pregame ceremonies, Tom Brady’s playing in it….There was a whole different vibe to it. The stadium was sweet. It was just awesome. There’s doubt in my mind that the NFL’s going to have a game or two in Germany forevermore.”

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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handle Games ‘On Any Stage’

“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

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Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are on tap to call Super Bowl LVII in February, and Olsen told Front Office Sports he has the confidence to announce the game with no hesitations.

“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”

Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.

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St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”

McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.

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