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Peter King Is Considering Leaving Sports Illustrated

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Peter King spent four days during Super Bowl Week with Shane Newell, a graduate student in Stanford’s Journalism Program. Newell chauffeured King, as he served as pool reporter for the Denver Broncos practices at Stanford Stadium in advance of Super Bowl 50. In exchange for driving King between his San Francisco hotel and Palo Alto and San José, Newell was granted access to him, observing King at work, and interviewing him about his career as a sportswriter and whether he might leave the MMQB when his contract expires in March.

King has built a powerful brand as an NFL insider writing his Monday Morning Quarterback column online for MMQB, a website that attracts three million unique visitors per month, and appearing in studio on NBC’s “Football Night in America”. He also sends out tweets to his 1.68 million Twitter followers. His three-year deal with SI expires this month and he’s considering all options, including the possibility of leaving SI. His goal is to make a decision by the end of the week.

King said “Part of what I think about is, ‘Should I do something else?’ ‘Should I try some other thing?’ ‘Should I try to do more television than I’ve done?’” “There are times when I say, ‘This has become a monster and I really should sort of scale back,’” he says of the column. King adds that the workload is enormous but when he finishes a column, he feels like he’s made a good contribution to people’s intelligence about pro football.

He’s known to pull all-nighters every Sunday evening during the NFL season, finishing his MMQB column in the wee hours. He also spends a month each summer visiting NFL training camps, and travels twice a month during the regular season, including watching the games most Sunday’s at the NBC Studios in Stamford, Connecticut.

There are other interests that King says he’d like to explore too. He told his wife Ann that he may want to cover the 2020 presidential election. “I don’t know if I’d be any good at it, but I think it would be fun” he says. He also dreams about the possibility of covering a full major league baseball season.

King acknowledged that there is a chance he could move to NBC full-time, bringing his NFL column to NBC’s website and doing more television work for the network. If he does remain with MMQB, King wants to see more videos and podcasts produced on the site.

To read the entire piece by Shane Newell, make sure to visit the Peninsula Press. It’s an excellent article.

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Big Ten Finalizes Largest Media Rights Deal in College Sports History

The conference will earn more than $8 billion over a seven-year deal with CBS, Fox, and NBC. It will generate $1.1 billion per year. Its previous deal with Fox and ESPN garnered the conference $440 million annually.

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Per a report from Sports Business Journal‘s Michael Smith, it’s official: The Big Ten has secured and finalized the largest media rights deal in college sports history.

The conference will earn more than $8 billion over a seven-year deal with CBS, Fox, and NBC. It will generate $1.1 billion per year. Its previous deal with Fox and ESPN garnered the conference $440 million annually. The soon-to-be 16 schools in the conference, after the additions of USC and UCLA, will receive nearly $70 million annually from the deal.

The contract also sees the Big Ten’s women’s basketball tournament championship game migrate to CBS.

As for the perceived overlap between the SEC and Big Ten during the 3:30 PM ET window on CBS, Warren said the conference was more than willing to work around prior contractual obligations.

“I made up my mind early on that I was not going to put CBS in a position where they had to say no because they had to break the SEC contract,” Warren told Sports Business Journal. “It wasn’t the right thing to do. So we just had to get creative.”

Peacock will become the conference’s streaming home, and NBC has agreed to a $100,000 advertising budget with each conference member to promote their academic institutions. NBC will have 16 games per season in primetime under the terms of the newly signed deal.

Fox’s package of Big Ten games will grow from 24-27 to 30-32 games through the end of the deal in 2029.

Each network will air the Big Ten’s football championship game during the lifetime of the deal. Fox will air four, CBS will air two, and NBC will air one.

Sources told SBJ that while ESPN was not included in this media rights deal, there’s a possibility talks could continue to bring ESPN a smaller package of games than previously negotiated.

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Notre Dame Expects Next Media Rights Deal to be Worth $60 Million Annually

Notre Dame is reportedly seeking $75 million per year, while Sports Business Journal figures the school would get closer to $60 million.

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There are still a few more seasons until Notre Dame starts the process of hammering out a new media rights deal, but it’s believed the FBS independent could have its next partner shelling out more than double what NBC is currently paying.

NBC, which appears to be a front-runner alongside CBS to be one of the key rights partners in the Big Ten’s new contract, currently pays $25 million each year for rights to Fighting Irish football according to Front Office Sports.

Notre Dame is reportedly seeking $75 million per year, while Sports Business Journal figures the school would get closer to $60 million.

Viewership for Fighting Irish games was reportedly down 48% year-over-year for the 2021 season, averaging 2.5 million viewers. The year before that, the pandemic season in 2020, viewership for Notre Dame was its best since 2005.

Notre Dame remains an independent in football, but is in the ACC for its other programs. The Fighting Irish do play some ACC schools in football. With NBC and the Big Ten apparently becoming new partners, it’s believed that Notre Dame would then have more Big Ten opponents in football.

The current contract between the school and NBC ends in 2025.

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Robert Griffin III Replaces Randy Moss on Monday Night Countdown

The network announced the addition of Robert Griffin III to the pre-game program.

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With Monday Night Countdown set to lead into Thursday’s preseason matchup with the Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks, ESPN announced their lineup for the show.

The network announced the addition of Robert Griffin III to the pre-game program. Robert Griffin III will join Booger McFarland and Steve Young as the show’s main analysts.

They will be partnered with Suzy Kolber who returns for her sixth year as the show’s host and news breaker Adam Schefter.

It was reported in July that analyst Randy Moss would not be returning to the show, opting instead to focus solely on Sunday Night Countdown.

The first regular season action featuring Monday Night Countdown will be on Monday, September 12 when the Seahawks play the Denver Broncos.

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