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NBC Has Been Prepping for This Week’s SNF Since June

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Fred Gaudelli, the executive producer for Sunday Night Football on NBC, spoke with The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch this week about his crew’s upcoming game. It is the Green Bay Packers on the road against the New England Patriots. It is a big deal because they are two of the leagues better teams and more iconic franchises. It is a bigger deal because it is only the second time Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have faced each other as starting quarterbacks.

Gaudelli says he found out his crew would get the game back in April, when NFL Vice President Howard Katz called him to confirm NBC wanted the matchup.

I was overjoyed,” Gaudelli said. “There was incredible excitement. Viewers have only seen this once. Now that Peyton Manning is gone, these guys are the two best (QBs) along with Drew (Brees). But Drew and Tom have met more times than Aaron and Tom. You want it because it has not been seen, you want it because you know you will be doing two of the better teams in football, and you want it because you have the potential for a game like we had with New England-Kansas City a couple of weeks ago (New England’s 43-40 win on October 14) where whoever has the ball last will win the game. All of the things that make for high ratings, you have a great chance of getting with this matchup.

With his crew, Gaudelli began brainstorming ideas for promos and in-game segments for this one game back in June. Some of those included a numerology segment about the number 12 and a piece on the definition of the word “mastery.” He knew it would be too much to fit into a single game broadcast. “There were so many great ideas and if you were doing a one-hour documentary on the matchup, you could do a ton of stuff.”

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St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”

McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.

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NFL Flex Scheduling Forces ESPN To Change Bowl Schedule

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The NFL flex scheduling an upcoming Las Vegas Radiers game out of Sunday Night Football on December 18 has forced ESPN to make a slight adjustment with its college bowl season schedule. But the change was something the worldwide leader was prepared to make.

The Raiders were originally scheduled to play the New England Patriots in the primetime window a week before Christmas, but with both teams losing ground in terms of the AFC playoff picture, NBC opted to go with a different game that night instead. Now fans will be tuning in to see the rematch between the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.

The shift out of the Sunday night window for the Raiders forced ESPN to swap kickoff times for the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl the day before on December 17. Florida and Oregon State will play in Vegas at 2:30 p.m. eastern, with BYU and SMU facing off in Albuquerque at 7:30 p.m.

The switch allows workers at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas enough time to switch the venue over from college bowl game to Raiders home game.

“We are accustomed to flexibility and we anticipated having to maneuver our event schedules based on the possibility of the Raiders game being flexed,” said ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby.

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FOX Scores Most-Watched PAC-12 Championship Game Ever

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Friday night’s Pac-12 championship game between Utah and USC drew the largest audience in the game’s history, according to FOX.

Over 6.2 million tuned in to watch the Utes dominate the Trojans 47-24 and dash USC’s hopes at making the College Football Playoff.

The network said viewership was up 45% compared to the 2021 title game, which aired on ABC and also featured Utah. The Utes won the conference crown in convincing fashion that year too, posting a 38-10 victory over Oregon.

The Pac-12 will be without USC and UCLA as member schools following the 2023 season. The Trojans and the Bruins will join the Big Ten in 2024.

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