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NBC Brings Original Sunday Night Football Theme Back

“Underwood will be joined by the song’s original architect Joan Jett. The collaboration was reportedly Underwood’s idea.”

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Football fans never seem to have a shortage of opinion when it comes to NBC’s Sunday Night Football.  Last year, there was so much noise made over the Chris Collinsworth slide that Al Michaels and his longtime color analyst had no choice but to have fun with the blocking.  Maybe it’s the high quality games NBC always seems to draw, maybe it’s the chemistry in the booth, or maybe it’s just the last shred of football we can all cling to before the distant thought of Monday morning becomes a sobering reality.  No matter the reason, we all consistently congregate for Sunday Night Football – and we all seem to have thoughts on the show’s long running opening theme song.

In 2006 when NBC took over Sunday night rights – Pink, Faith Hill and Carrie Underwood have offered up variations of “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night,” a song inspired from Joan Jett’s 1988 “I Hate Myself For Loving You.”  For more than a decade, whether you liked the song or not, “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night,” represented the last four quarters of the NFL for the day.  That is, until last year’s “Game On,” replaced the late 80s Jett cut.  Like any change, “Game On,” caught it’s fair share of criticism throughout the season – but no one was more upset than Heidi Merrill.  

In June, Merrill filed a lawsuit against the NFL, NBC, Underwood and 6 other defendants claiming “Game On,” was stolen directly from her original song of the same title uploaded to YouTube in 2017.  The lawsuit has yet to be settled, but it’s clear NBC does not want to shine any more light on it’s ongoing legal battle with the disgruntled songwriter.  With that said – “Game On,” has officially been retired from the Sunday Night Football stage in favor of the return of “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night.”

The wrinkle?  Underwood will be joined by the song’s original architect Joan Jett.  The collaboration was reportedly Underwood’s idea. 

“When Carrie brought us this idea, we immediately embraced it as a terrific way to evolve the performance, while also celebrating the song we used in our first 10 seasons of SNF,” explained Sunday Night Football Executive Producer Fred Gaudelli in a press release, which did not mention Merrill’s lawsuit.

The new open will debut September 8 leading into the Steelers-Patriots Week 1 opener.  

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ESPN Reportedly To Lose Big Ten Media Rights For the First Time in 40 Years

The idea is that FOX would have its marquee game kick off at noon, with CBS airing a game at 3:30. NBC reportedly will air games in primetime.

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After several months, it appears the Big Ten is nearing the finish line on a new media rights deal. And despite still reportedly being in negotiations with the conference, ESPN is looking set to lose out on media rights.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, CBS and NBC are the frontrunners to join with FOX.

The idea is that FOX would have its marquee game kick off at noon, with CBS airing a game at 3:30. NBC reportedly will air games in primetime.

Ourand reported his sources told him ESPN’s deal to keep the Big Ten was not as strong as the one offered by the other two networks.

It would mark the first time in four decades that ESPN didn’t have some involvement in Big Ten sports. But Ourand indicates the worldwide leader could pivot into bundling Big 12 and Pac-12 rights as an alternative. Additionally the network would then pursue keeping its deals with NCAA for championship coverage as well as being the home for the College Football Playoff.

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Pat McAfee: Deals With Amazon/ESPN Fell Short Because The Show Comes First

“Energy, time, anything away from this show… we got a lot going on. This is my number one focus and it should remain as such…”

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Last week, it was announced that Pat McAfee would be hosting his own version of the popular Manning Cast only for college football games.

McAfee, co-host AJ Hawk, and the rest of his cast and crew from The Pat McAfee Show will host an alternate feed for six college football games this season.

McAfee was rumored to be in talks with Amazon about potentially hosting an alternate broadcast for its Thursday NFL games, and the former Colts punter had also reportedly talking with ESPN about potentially being featured on College GameDay.

McAfee said to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post that ultimately the Amazon and GameDay deals didn’t come to fruition because it just didn’t make sense.

“I’ve had great conversations with both companies, we just weren’t able to get to a point where ‘the ask’ and ‘the business’ were where it needed to be to get a deal done on both fronts,” McAfee said.

McAfee on his show on Monday elaborated a bit further, trying to put to bed that he was being courted for Thursday Night Football.

“I’m not 100 percent sure if that’s what we were talking about, by the way,” he said. “I was never really approached for anything for Thursday Night Football. That was never really anything.”

Pat read from the full response to Marchand’s questions, posted under the Post story which appeared on the paper’s site Monday. He reiterated that his daily show and the small business he built around his show, take precedent over anything else.

“Energy, time, anything away from this show, this operation, this crew; we got families being built, we got houses being bought, we got 12 employees, we got a lot going on,” he said. “So this is my number one focus and it should remain as such because I have a brain, and also I care a lot about this operation. I love it, actually.”

Still, McAfee made it clear that just because no deal was signed with ESPN and Amazon for 2022 means the ship has sailed permanently. He’s keeping his doors open.

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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