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Paul Finebaum is Part of ESPN’s SEC Media Days Plans

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In a sign that maybe we are close to a resolution of Paul Finebaum’s contract negotiations with ESPN, the college football provocateur is included in a press release detailing the SEC Network’s coverage of SEC Media Days live from Atlanta.

The network’s coverage will also be anchored by The Paul Finebaum Show each day, with eight head coaches slated to appear, including Alabama’s Nick Saban, LSU’s Ed Orgeron, and Will Muschamp of South Carolina. The show, which will have reaction to the latest news and buzz of the annual college football kickoff event, will also air on ESPN Radio.

Last month, Clay Travis reported that Finebaum was considering sitting out SEC Media Days if he was unable to get a new deal done with ESPN before the event started. There has been no confirmed news of a new deal as of this posting.

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More Than 34 Million Tune In For Chiefs vs Jaguars

“The game was the most watched Saturday afternoon divisional game since 2015 and also set a new NBC Sports NFL streaming record.”

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NBC Sports on Monday reported viewership numbers for Saturday night’s AFC divisional playoff game between the Chiefs and Jaguars. They are very good.

Viewership of Kansas City’s 27-20 win over Jacksonville peaked at 37.3 million, averaging 34.1 million across TV, streaming on Peacock and NBC Sports Digital, as well as NFL Digital platforms.

The game was the most watched Saturday afternoon divisional game since 2015 and also set a new NBC Sports NFL streaming record.

“What an exciting way to cap our coverage of the 2022 NFL season, with star quarterbacks in a one-score game for a berth in the AFC Championship Game,” NBC Sports chairman Pete Bevacqua said. “We thank our best-in-class team for their creative effort and tireless work throughout the season, and look forward to watching the culmination of an exciting postseason.”

Kansas City will take on Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon in the AFC championship game.

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Chip Caray Leaving Braves To Be New TV Voice of St. Louis Cardinals

“Chip Caray fills the seat of Dan McLaughlin on Bally Sports Midwest.”

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The St. Louis Cardinals have hired a new TV play-by-play announcer. Chip Caray was believed to be the leading candidate according to Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. By Monday evening The Athletic’s Cardinals reporter Katie Woo and Atlanta Braves reporter David O’Brien confirmed that Caray will be trading his seat in the booth at Truist Park for the one at Busch Stadium.

Chip, the son of broadcaster Skip Caray and grandson of Harry Caray, had called Braves games on Bally Sports South and Bally Sports Southeast since 2005.

Chip was born in St. Louis and went to high school in the area. His grandfather, who s best known by many for calling Cubs games on WGN, called Cardinals games for over two decades.

Chip Caray fills the seat of Dan McLaughlin on Bally Sports Midwest. McLaughlin and Bally parted ways in December.

Neither the Cardinals or Bally Sports Midwest have made any formal announcement of Caray’s hiring.

Seattle Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith was also interviewed for the job but recently withdrew his name from consideration according to Caesar.

The Braves now have to find a new voice to replace Caray on TV. The first full-squad spring training workout for the Braves is February 21, and Grapefruit League games begin February 25.

Atlanta opens the 2023 season on March 30.

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FOX To Air Documentary About Gus Johnson Attending Harvard

“It will air on February 18 ahead of a Michigan State vs. Michigan basketball game, where Johnson will the call the action.”

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The life of a broadcaster is busy enough already. Imagine adding classes at Harvard to the schedule! That is what Gus Johnson did this year while calling college football and basketball for FOX and the network wants to take people inside that experience.

Back to School with Gus Johnson is a one hour special documenting Johnson trying to balance the two demanding realities. It will air on February 18 on FOX.

“I was nervous about letting people into my life, but I thought if I could show kids through my journey that education is cool, it was worth it,” Gus Johnson said in a press release. “I think this is a really good story and hope that it inspires. I also hope fans enjoy watching some fantastic folks at a great school, and get new insights into sports as well as the pursuit of lifelong learning.”

Johnson was recruited to be a part of Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative in 2022. His classmates in the year-long program included business and social leaders from around the world. During that time, not only did he call college football and basketball for FOX. Johnson also called some NBA Playoff games for TNT.

University of Michigan football coach, Jim Harbaugh and Harvard basketball coach, Tommy Amaker both appear in the film as do other stars from the sports world.

“FOX Sports is honored to shine a spotlight on Gus Johnson’s story from becoming one of the most iconic voices in all of sports to his truly inspirational new journey through academia,” Charlie Dixon, Executive Vice President & Head of Content for FOX Sports, added. “Gus is a one-of-a-kind talent, and we couldn’t be more excited to give audiences a special look into his illustrious career and the impactful work he is doing at Harvard.”

Back to School with Gus Johnson is a collaboration between FOX and Coaches+ Media. It will air on February 18 ahead of a Michigan State vs. Michigan basketball game, where Johnson will the call the action.

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