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Baseball Tonight On Every Night During MLB Playoffs

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ESPN is giving MLB fans new editions of Baseball Tonight every night during the playoffs. The network has not set a firm time for each show, stating only that the show will start “around midnight” every night. The nightly show will be 60 minutes long during the Divisional and Championship Series and feature the regular crew of host Karl Ravech and experts Mark Teixeira, David Ross, Eduardo Pérez, John Farrell, Tim Kurkjian and Buster Olney.

Depending on ESPN’s live sports commitments, Baseball Tonight will be seen on either ESPN2 or ESPNews. The show can also be streamed via the ESPN app.

During the World Series ESPN will move Baseball Tonight into the spotlight. There will be a 60 minute version of the show on at 5pm each afternoon. That will be followed by a second 30 minute edition at 7pm. Those shows will be done on-site from the stadium hosting each night’s game and will feature interviews with players and managers involved in the World Series.

The full schedule for Baseball Tonight during the playoffs is below:

Date Time (ET) Network(s)
Fri, Oct 5 1 a.m. ESPN2
Sat, Oct 6 Midnight ESPNEWS
Sun, Oct 7 Midnight ESPN2
Mon, Oct 8 Midnight ESPN2
Tue, Oct 9* Midnight ESPN2
Wed, Oct 10* Midnight ESPNEWS
Thu, Oct 11* Midnight ESPN2
Fri, Oct 12 1 a.m. ESPN2
Sun, Oct 14 Midnight ESPN2
Mon, Oct 15 Midnight ESPN2
Tue, Oct 16 Midnight ESPN2
Wed, Oct 17 Midnight ESPNEWS
Thu, Oct 18* Midnight ESPN2
Fri, Oct 19* Midnight ESPNEWS
Sat, Oct 20* 1 a.m. ESPNEWS
Sun, Oct 21* Midnight ESPN2
Tue, Oct 23 5 p.m. ESPN2
  7 p.m. ESPNEWS
Wed, Oct 24 5 p.m. ESPN2
  7 p.m. ESPN2
Fri, Oct 26 5 p.m. ESPN2
  7 p.m. ESPN2
Sun, Oct 28* 5 p.m. ESPN
  7 p.m. ESPN2
Tue, Oct 30* 5 p.m. ESPN2
  7 p.m. ESPN2
Wed, Oct 31* 5 p.m. ESPN2
  7 p.m. ESPN2

*Only applicable if games are played on that day

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Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys

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The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.

Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.

But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.

Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:

Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.

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Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”

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Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.

The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.

Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.

“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”

Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”

He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.

Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.

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NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer

“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”

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According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.

The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.

The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options. 

NFL+ would make NFL Media more valuable. The league is trying to sell an equity stake in its linear TV and digital media properties. Amazon and Apple are considered the most likely to make a deal. 

A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.

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