ESPN’s Mack Brown is leaving the broadcast booth and returning to the college football sidelines. 247 Sports is reporting that Brown has reached an agreement with the University of North Carolina to become the school’s next football coach., and has already begun recruiting assistants. One of his targets may be ESPN colleague Gene Chizik.
Todd Luginbill was the first national media figure to say this would happen. He was on air on SiriusXM’s ESPNU Radio on Sunday when the news broke that the Tar Heels would part ways with current head football coach Larry Fedora. Luginbill did not mince words on what he expected to happen next.
— College Sports on SiriusXM (@SXMCollege) November 25, 2018
A deal could be announced as early as Tuesday. This will be something of a homecoming for Brown, who is 67-years-old. He served as UNC’s football coach from 1988-1997 before leaving for the University of Texas, where he won a national championship in 2005.
If Chizik gives up his role at SEC Network to join Brown, that too would be a homecoming scenario. Chizik was UNC’s defensive coordinator in 2015 and 2016.
Joe Buck: I’m Not Looking Up Taylor Swift Lyrics for Cute References
Taylor Swift has taken over the NFL world with her reported romance with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. Despite the attention, ESPN’s Joe Buck says he won’t be referencing her on a broadcast anytime soon.
During an appearance on The Michael Kay Show Monday, Buck was asked if he had done any homework on the pop star with the intention of working in references during future broadcasts.
“I would not be the guy looking up lyrics trying to cutely add something in for a tip of the cap to all the Swifties out there. So no, I’m glad to just do a football game. I’m kind of glad to do football tonight,” Buck said as ESPN New York 98.7’s Peter Rosenberg said, “I love you for that”.
“I don’t even think you’d have to look up because I know you’re cool enough that you probably know some of her songs,” replied Kay.
“I’m not cool enough,” Joe Buck joked, “but I do have two daughters in their 20s both living in the great city of New York who went to both the New York Taylor Swift concert and one of them followed her to Kansas City, which from what I’m told it was the genesis of this whirlwind romance with one Travis Kelce.”
Swift was in attendance at Sunday Night Football between the New York Jets and Chiefs. The broadcast was the most-watched Sunday television program since Super Bowl LVII, garnering 27 million viewers.
MLB.TV Sees Record Numbers in 2023
MLB.TV had nine of its top-10 most-watched days in its 21-year history in 2023.
When MLB.TV was launched in the summer of 2002, the product revolutionized the way people consume the game of baseball, especially for people out of the home marketplaces of their favorite teams. The app has engendered people to become immersed in fandom across the country, a cable television subscription notwithstanding, and has been one of the most successful streaming packages on the market.
In the 2023 season, Major League Baseball reports that there were 12.7 billion minutes of action watched on the platform, up 9% from last year. Furthermore, the outlet has experienced a 14% increase in users, along with a concurrent 17% increase in the games watched. These changes are attributable to the remodeled portal, and likely the rules changes that have hastened play and grown offensive output.
MLB had a 24-minute decrease in the average length of a standard, nine-inning contest and a 7% increase in runs per game, leading fans to come to the ballpark in droves.
The out-of-market streaming service further backed the trend that baseball is on somewhat of a resurgence, with fans ages 18-24 watching 16% more games in 2023 than last season. MLB.TV had nine of its top-10 most-watched days in its 21-year history in 2023, including the top five of all-time. Overall, the number of games watched from start to finish rose by 17%, evidence of the sport being able to more effectively capture the attention of consumers.
Major League Baseball’s postseason coverage begins on Tuesday afternoon with Wild Card round matchups in both the American League and National League on ABC/ESPN.
Big Ten on Peacock Basketball Schedule Released
In addition to 32 regular season matchups, Peacock will exclusively stream early-round games from the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament.
As part of its new media rights deal, NBC Sports has the right to exclusively stream 47 Big Ten men’s basketball games. For the inaugural season, 34 matchups will be on the streaming service.
The announcement of the schedule comes on the heels of reporting that former ESPN analyst Robbie Hummel will serve as one of the color commentators for NBC Sports and Peacock’s coverage of the Big Ten. Additionally, Jordan Cornette, Zora Stephenson, and Noah Eagle are also joining the network for its basketball coverage.
The Big Ten on Peacock basketball schedule is below.
|Mon., Nov. 6||7 p.m.||Princeton vs. Rutgers (Trenton, N.J.)|
|Fri., Nov. 10||7 p.m.||Texas A&M vs. Ohio State|
|Fri., Nov. 10||7:30 p.m.||UTSA vs. Minnesota|
|Fri., Nov. 10||8 p.m.||Alabama State vs. Iowa|
|Fri., Nov. 10||9 p.m.||Tennessee vs. Wisconsin|
|Fri., Nov. 17||7 p.m.||Morehead State vs. Penn State|
|Sat., Nov. 18||2 p.m.||USC Upstate vs. Minnesota|
|Sat., Nov. 18||4 p.m.||Oregon State vs. Nebraska (Sioux Falls, S.D.)|
|Tues., Dec. 5||7 p.m.||Wisconsin vs. Michigan State|
|Tues., Dec. 5||9 p.m.||Indiana vs. Michigan|
|Sat., Dec. 16||4:30 p.m.||Arizona vs. Purdue|
|Thurs., Dec. 21||7 p.m.||LeMoyne vs. Penn State|
|Fri., Dec. 29||7 p.m.||Maine vs. Minnesota|
|Fri., Dec. 29||8 p.m.||Jackson State vs. Northwestern|
|Tues., Jan. 2||7 p.m.||Purdue vs. Maryland|
|Thurs., Jan. 4||7 p.m.||Penn State vs. Michigan State|
|Thurs., Jan. 4||9 p.m.||Minnesota vs. Michigan|
|Tues., Jan. 9||7 p.m.||Indiana vs. Rutgers|
|Tues., Jan. 9||9 p.m.||Purdue vs. Nebraska|
|Tues., Jan. 16||7 p.m.||Purdue vs. Indiana|
|Tues., Jan 23||7 p.m.||Ohio State vs. Nebraska|
|Tues., Jan 23||9 p.m.||Michigan vs. Purdue|
|Tues., Jan. 30||7 p.m.||Illinois vs. Ohio State|
|Tues., Jan. 30||9 p.m.||Michigan vs. Michigan State|
|Tues., Feb. 6||7 p.m.||Indiana vs. Ohio State|
|Tues., Feb. 6||9 p.m.||Michigan State vs. Minnesota|
|Tues., Feb. 13||7 p.m.||Michigan vs. Illinois|
|Tues., Feb. 13||9 p.m.||Ohio State vs. Wisconsin|
|Tues., Feb. 20||7 p.m.||Iowa vs. Michigan State|
|Tues., Feb. 20||9 p.m.||Maryland vs. Wisconsin|
|Tues., Feb. 27||7 p.m.||Wisconsin vs. Indiana|
|Tues., Mar. 5||7 p.m.||Purdue vs. Illinois|
|Wed., Mar. 13||6:30 p.m.||Big Ten Tournament|
|Wed., Mar. 13||9 p.m.||Big Ten Tournament|