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Kristina Pink to Join FOX’s Thursday Night Football Team

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Kristina Pink, who worked with Kenny Albert and Ronde Barber last season, is expected to be announced as an addition to Fox’s coverage of Thursday night NFL games this season according to the New York Post.

The network is promoting sideline reporter Kristina Pink, sources told The Post, to join Joe Buck and Troy Aikman as it attempts to make Thursday Night an even bigger event.

Erin Andrews, who has worked with Buck and Aikman on Fox’s No. 1 team, is expected to join Pink on the sidelines, but the final details of both Pink’s and Andrews’ deals are still being ironed out. Pink is likely only going to work with the top crew on Thursdays.

Using two sideline reporters might make the Thursday night game feel like more of an event. ESPN has used the same strategy for Monday Night Football in the past. Whether or not it works, it certainly won’t hurt to try, as the reputation of the NFL’s Thursday night product is less than stellar at the moment. If Fox wants these games to have more of a playoff feel, they may want to start by petitioning the league for a better Thursday schedule instead of adding another personality to the broadcast.

Either way, congratulations are in order for Pink, who has been with Fox Sports since 2012. In that time she has covered the NFL, college football, and worked with Fox Sports Prime Ticket on LA Clippers broadcasts. It is expected that the Thursday night games will be her only NFL assignment next season.

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3.72 Million Tune In To See LeBron James Break Scoring Record

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Lakers star LeBron James surpassed the NBA’s all-time scoring record on Tuesday night, and TNT benefitted from the milestone ratings wise.

According to Sports Media Watch, Tuesday night’s game averaged 2.98 million viewers. That figure made it TNT’s biggest regular season audience in over two years.

The broadcast peaked at 3.72 million around 11:45 p.m. when James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the record.

Reporting also indicated that the game was the number one single-network program on TV in key demographics.

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Disney Makes ESPN Independent Division In Corporate Restructuring

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Disney is in the process of reorganizing and restructuring the company, and details have emerged about the company’s plans for ESPN.

Deadline reported on Wednesday that ESPN will be one of three standalone segments comprising Disney. Entertainment and Parks, Experiences & Products are the other two segments.

The reorganization comes amid the exit of former CEO Bob Chapek and the re-entry of CEO Bob Iger. As one of Iger’s first moves back running Disney, he announced a restructuring of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

It was also reported that Jimmy Pitaro will continue as the president of ESPN.

In total, more than 7,000 jobs will be eliminated after the restructuring.

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Roger Goodell: ‘Wouldn’t Surprise Me’ To See Thursday Night Football Move to Flex Scheduling

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon.”

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In 2023, Monday Night Football will join Sunday Night Football in having the ability to flex NFL games into its window. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday Night Football could someday join that elite club.

During his “State of the League” speech Wednesday, Goodell said Thursday Night Football having the ability to flex matchups “wouldn’t at all surprise me”.

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon,” the NFL Commissioner said.

ESPN bargained for the ability to move higher profile games into Monday Night Football during its negotiations with the league for the next television contract that begins this upcoming season.

NBC has long held the ability to shift a select number of games from earlier windows into the Sunday Night Football primetime slot.

Amazon Prime Video just completed the first of an 11-year contract that sees the streaming platform spend nearly $1 billion per year on the Thursday Night Football package.

One of the largest storylines of Amazon’s debut season with the NFL was the near-constant ridicule from play-by-play announcer Al Michaels over the lackluster TNF schedule. Michaels made headlines over several weeks for his candor on the lack of interesting matchups, going as far as to joke that if the schedule didn’t improve he would retire.

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