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McNabb Off Air at Fox and NBC

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Donovan McNabb, the NFL Quarterback turned commentator, will be sidelined from his jobs at Fox Sports and NBC Sports in the wake of his arrest in Arizona late last month.

Fox Sports said Sunday evening that McNabb had been “suspended indefinitely.”

“It is important that Donovan use this time as best he can to resolve his personal situation,” the network said.

NBC previously said he was taking a leave of absence from his radio role there.

McNabb was arrested on June 28 when police officers in Gilbert, Arizona, suspected he was driving under the influence of alcohol, “the second such arrest for the former NFL quarterback in the last 18 months,” the Arizona Republic reported last week.

McNabb rear-ended a car and later showed several signs of impairment, according to police documents.

He has not been found guilty in the case. But he did plead guilty in March 2014 to a DUI violation, and spent one day in jail for it. If found guilty this time, he faces a steeper sentence.

McNabb was the celebrated starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles between 1999 and 2009. He briefly played for the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings before retiring and entering the media business, first as an analyst for NFL Network, then for Fox Sports.

He appears most often on “Fox Sports Live,” the cable channel’s flagship program.

He also co-hosts “Under Center with McNabb & Malone” on the radio network run by NBC Sports.

According to NBC’s Pro Football Talk site, McNabb made reference to his arrest on the show last Tuesday — saying “I am very aware of it, handling the matter at this particular point” — but did not go into details.

The next day, NBC said he was off the show for the time being.

“Donovan McNabb is taking immediate leave to address some personal issues, and we support him in this decision,” the radio network said.

Sunday’s decision by Fox to suspend McNabb was first reported by Sports Illustrated.

Credit to CNN Money who originally published this article

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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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