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ESPN Takes College Gameday To Disney World For Week 0

“Due to Disney policy, fans will not be allowed to bring in signs or flags for the broadcast.”

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The eyes of the sports world will be focused on Disney World next Saturday, as Florida and Miami square off in “Week 0” from Mickey’s backyard in Orlando.  With the rest of Division 1 football starting over Memorial Day weekend, ESPN has the whole day to themselves, and they intend to capitalize.

The all Sunshine State showdown between the longtime rivals will be the first to wear the ESPN CFB150 Showcase Game of the Week label, a brand the worldwide leader will stick with throughout college football’s 150th season.  College GameDay will be live from Magic Kingdom Park – which should be interesting as the crew will only have one FBS game outside of Florida vs Miami to preview. 

This year marks the 26th season for the 11 time Sports Emmy Award-winning program, and the first time it’ll broadcast from Disney World.  That makes the Magic Kingdom the 85th location in GameDay’s history. 

There is something though that will make the first College GameDay of 2019 different from any other. Due to Disney policy, fans will not be allowed to bring in signs or flags for the broadcast. That means it will be Mickey Mouse that brings the incredible streak of Washington State fans bringing their team’s flag to College GameDay to an end.

The 3 hour program will likely stock up with plenty of features (including Lee Corso cruising around Disney World) and big picture discussions over a number of college football story lines.  A couple hours after GameDay wraps up, ESPN will broadcast the Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff between Samford and Youngstown State leading into the Florida-Miami showdown at 7 pm ET.

Die hard Florida fans will have the option of clicking over to the SEC Network to check out SEC Nation Presented by Dr Pepper from 5 to 7 pm ET to preview the game with Laura Rutledge steering and Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears and Paul Finebaum providing analysis.  The combined 5 hours of pregame coverage between ESPN and the SEC Network ultimately kicks off a season that will feature more than 1,000 football games on the family of networks.  

As if there wasn’t enough coverage of the Week 0 matchup – the ACC Network, which launched two days prior, will offer up their All ACC Watch Party: Miami vs. Florida, where former Hurricanes Mark Richt and Jon Beason will have insight into the game from Bristol.  Former All-American Miami linebacker Jonathan Vilma will contribute from the game in Orlando.  

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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