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CFL Broadcasters To Deliver More Manziel Coverage

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Johnny Manziel didn’t even start his first preseason game as a member of the Canadian football League’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, but he effected the game both on the field and in the ratings. The former Heisman Trophy winner came off the bench to rack up 80 yards on a 9 of 11 passing performance. He also carried the ball twice for 20 yards in his team’s loss to Toronto.

TSN, who carried the game for the Canadian audience reports that it was their most watched game of the preseason, scoring 310,000 viewers. By comparison, last week’s game between Montreal and Ottawa only drew 107,000 viewers. ESPN+, which carried the game for American audiences, has not reported its viewership numbers, but clearly sees the value in more Johnny Football…or is it Johnny Foutball now that he’s in Canada?

TSN has announced that it is adding Saturday’s Tiger-Cats game against the Montreal Allouettes to its schedule. According to CFL.ca, there is a very real chance Manziel will start that game in place of the Tiger-Cats’ regular starter, another former American college football standout, Jeremiah Masoli.

ESPN+ is also adding the game to its slate. Kickoff will be at noon on Saturday. US audiences tuned into B/R Live to see Manziel’s two games in the Spring League, where he was a regular starter.

It will be interesting to see if Manziel has a continuing effect on CFL ratings both north and south of the border. Hamilton head coach June Jones has already said that he anticipates Manziel being his backup quarterback when the regular season begins. That could change though, as Masoli isn’t thought of as one of the CFL’s best-established starting quarterbacks.

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NHL All-Star Game Ratings See 31% Increase

The event on ABC saw an average of 1.5 million viewers over the weekend, with the game peaking at 1.9 million viewers.

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After a less-than-stellar report on the television ratings front for the first half of the NHL season, ESPN saw encouraging news from the 2023 NHL All-Star Game ratings.

The event on ABC saw an average of 1.5 million viewers over the weekend, with the game peaking at 1.9 million viewers.

That number is a 31% increase over the 2022 edition of the event, ESPN reported. In the coveted 18-49 demographic, the festivities were up 52% compared to a season ago.

On Friday evening, the NHL All-Star Skills event was the top-rated cable program in the 18-49 demo, with an average of just over 1 million viewers.

However, last year’s events — bot the NHL All-Star Skills and NHL All-Star Game — were faced by competition from the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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Candace Parker, Draymond Green Joining NBA All-Star Game Broadcast

The 36-year-old Parker will make history as the first woman to work as an analyst for the event.

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WNBA superstar Candace Parker and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green will join the NBA All-Star Game broadcast crew later this month.

Parker will team with play-by-play man Brian Anderson and Reggie Miller for the broadcast on TNT. Dennis Scott will work as the sideline reporter for the broadcast.

The 36-year-old Parker will make history as the first woman to work as an analyst for the event. Parker currently serves as a game and studio analyst for the NBA on TNT but will be announcing her first NBA All-Star Game.

The event is also the first for Anderson, who joins an illustrious group of play-by-players like Bob Costas, Marv Albert, and Kevin Harlan as voices of the NBA All-Star Game.

Green will be joined by the Inside the NBA studio crew — Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal, and Charles Barkley — for the alternate broadcast on TBS.

A four-time All-Star in his own right, Green is a contributor to TNT throughout the NBA season.

The 2023 NBA All-Star Game takes place on Sunday, February 19th in Salt Lake City.

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Kevin Harvick Only Spoke to FOX About Broadcasting Opportunities

“They’re very similar to the things I like to do — being a little bit edgy and doing things their own way.”

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NASCAR legend Kevin Harvick is joining the NASCAR on FOX booth for the 2024 season. The former series champion said the network was the only one he discussed broadcasting opportunities with.

Harvick told Sports Business Journal’s Adam Stern that FOX was the only outlet he would have considered joining, claiming “they’re very similar to the things I like to do — being a little bit edgy and doing things their own way.”

The 60-race winner will join longtime play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and former teammate Clint Bowyer in the NASCAR on FOX booth after completing his final season of competition in 2023.

Harvick added he is looking forward to getting to know more people behind the scenes at the network.

“One of the most intriguing things to me is being more involved in the whole process and getting to know the production people and producers.”

FOX had been seeking a replacement for another NASCAR legend — Jeff Gordon — after he departed the booth to join Hendrick Motorsports as its Vice Chairman after the 2021 season. Meanwhile, the NASCAR on NBC analysts roles are currently held by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Burton, both somewhat recently retired drivers in their own right.

The addition of Harvick to its broadcast team could be considered a signal that FOX Sports is serious about continuing a relationship with NASCAR. The motorsports entity is reportedly planning to take its television rights to the open market as its contracts with FOX Sports and NBC Sports end after the 2024 season.

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