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SiriusXM Presenting Sports Decade Special Across 11 Channel

“Each channel will produce episodes featuring hosts and guests talking about the chosen moments. An accompanying video series will also be available via the SiriusXM app.”

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SiriusXM is planning to highlight some of the most important moments in sports from the 2010. The presentation is going to be big, so big in fact that 11 of the satellite network’s sports channels will be involved.

The moments span the sports spectrum, and will be relived on their corresponding channels. Each channel will produce episodes featuring hosts and guests talking about the chosen moments. An accompanying video series will also be available via the SiriusXM app.

“Over the past 10 years, SiriusXM has aired so many of these great moments live, and we’ve covered all of these important stories and trends, across our channels, more extensively than anyone else in radio.  We’re proud to be the place where all fans can not only hear all about their favorite sport, but can call in and talk about it as well,” said Steve Cohen, SiriusXM’s SVP of Sports Programming.  “Now as the decade comes to a close we have a great opportunity – with our dedicated 24/7 sports channels – to relive and retell these stories, and do it in a really special way that will be both comprehensive and focused.”

The full list of channels and moments is as follows:

Mad Dog Sports Radio

Debut: December 24 (6:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/MDSRonSXM

Defining moments include: The Chicago Cubs’ break a 100-plus year World Series drought, the U.S. Supreme Court clears the way for legalization of sports betting in America; the NCAA establishes the College Football Playoff to determine a national champion; LeBron James’ impact on the NBA and free agency; and more.

SiriusXM NFL Radio

Debut: Dec. 24 (7:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/NFLonSXM

Defining moments include: The New England Patriots and the ageless Tom Brady continue their greatness with three more Super Bowl wins in five appearances; Dynamic quarterback play from future Hall of Famers and young stars; and the defining plays and playmakers throughout the decade.

MLB Network Radio

Debut: Dec 24 (4:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/MLBSXM

Defining moments:  Cubs win the World Series; Mike Trout arrives; the Wild Card play-in; the rise of the home run; and more.

SiriusXM NBA Radio

Debut: Dec. 24 (1:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/NBAonSXM

Defining moments include: Player empowerment; LeBron’s “Decision”; the rise and fall of team dynasties; the role of three-point shooting and pace in the evolution of the game; and more.

SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

Debut: Dec. 25 (10:00 am ET) – SiriusXM.com/GolfonSXM

Defining moments include:  The ups and downs of Tiger Woods’ career; golf makes its debut in the Olympic Games; controversial rulings cost two of the sport’s biggest stars – Dustin Johnson and Lexi Thompson – major championships and these events lead to changes in the reporting and application of rules.

SiriusXM NHL Network Radio

Debut: Dec. 24 (5:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/NHL

Defining moments include: Golden Goal by Sidney Crosby at the Vancouver Olympics; Connor McDavid gets drafted into the league; Alex Ovechkin wins his first Stanley Cup.

SiriusXM NASCAR Radio

Debut: Dec. 25 (11:00 am ET) – SiriusXM.com/NASCARonSXM

Defining moments include:  Jimmie Johnson’s seven championships; the evolution of the car; Danica Patrick winning the Daytona 500 pole; the retirement of some of the sport’s biggest stars and the emergence of new young talent; and more. 

ESPNU Radio

Debut: Dec. 24 (2:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/ESPNUonSXM

Defining moments include: The creation of the College Football Playoff; the realignment of college conferences; a #16 seed upsets a #1 seed for the first time ever in the NCAA Tournament; and more.

SiriusXM Fight Nation

Debut: Dec. 24, with three separate specials on pro wrestling (9:00 am ET), boxing (12:00 pm ET) and MMA (3:00 pm ET) –SiriusXM.com/FightNationSXM

Defining moments include: The passing of Muhammad Ali; the rise of Conor McGregor; Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao; the women’s revolution in pro wrestling, WME-IMG purchases UFC; the formation of All Elite Wrestling; and more.

SiriusXM FC

Debut: Dec. 24 (4:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/SiriusXMFC

Defining moments include: Dominant performances by the U.S. Women’s National Team; the FIFA corruption scandal; the retirement of legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson; and more.

SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio

Debut: Dec. 24 (6:00 pm ET) – SiriusXM.com/FantasySportsRadio

Defining moments include:  The emergence and impact of Daily Fantasy Sports; the rise in popularity of fantasy sports among pro athletes, celebrities and the media; changes in on-field play and their effect on the approach to fantasy sports play. 

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Tony Kornheiser: I Haven’t Watched PTI Documentary

“In my DNA is this: 6 months from now, they’ll just say get off the show, we’re bringing somebody new in if we keep the show at all. We gave you the celebration, so what’s your problem?”

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This week, ESPN aired a one-hour documentary about Pardon The Interruption that chronicled the 20-year history of PTI and how Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon went from journalists to debating the hot topics of the sports world on television. 

Of course, Kornheiser talked about the documentary on The Tony Kornheiser Show on Wednesday, but he has not actually watched the one-hour special yet and doesn’t plan on watching it.

“My feeling all along about this was it feels like a memorial to me, not like a celebration,” he said. “I didn’t want to get involved in it, that’s just me. I did get involved in it. I sat down. I was interviewed by Pablo Torre, who I love. I am happy that I did it, but I didn’t really want to watch it. In my DNA is this: 6 months from now, they’ll just say get off the show, we’re bringing somebody new in if we keep the show at all. We gave you the celebration, so what’s your problem?” 

He does think he will see the show eventually and that he will probably cry when he sits down and watches it because after accomplishing his childhood goal of being a sportswriter, everything else is a bonus.

Tony Kornheiser believes that the ability that he and Wilbon have of being “generalists” in sports helped them to be good at debating on TV and it was a big part in why the show has succeeded for so many years.

“We know a little bit about a lot of things. It enables us to do this show. We have this stamped on our brains over 40 years of working, my case 50 years about sports and loving sports. I can do this. I didn’t know that I could, but it doesn’t surprise me that I could do it. It doesn’t surprise me that Mike can do it.”

Over the years, the relationship between Kornheiser and Wilbon has not changed and according to Kornheiser, neither of them are “hot take artists” because of their experience in journalism and looking at stories from every angle.

“When you do that, it sort of mitigates being a hot-take artist because those people are sort of screaming about their opinions. When you write a column, it may sound like your decibel level is high, but you have considered all of the angles of it and you have enough intellectual firepower to diffuse those things which people will come at you with because you thought about it. I want the show to be entertaining. Entertainment is everything…but the whole of it is we present ourselves as people with a certain amount of credentials in this area. I actually think it is a great show for what it is.” 

While Tony Kornheiser did not expect that he would go down the path of doing this show, he enjoys entertaining people and people have enjoyed both him and Wilbon debating every weekday at 5:30 PM ET on ESPN over the last two decades. It is a feat in which Kornheiser is enormously proud of, particularly because of the work the staff has done since the beginning. 

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ESPN Radio Guests Can’t Get Enough Of NBC’s Adele Trailer

“You got to get people watching. That’s part of the deal.”

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Sunday Night Football on NBC will feature the Tampa Bay Buccaneers facing off against the New England Patriots. For a viewer who is not heavily invested in the National Football League, nothing significant may be able to be surmised from just looking at the matchup. For NFL fans, casual or die-hard, this game is perhaps the most substantial of the season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady will return to Foxborough to face his former team, the New England Patriots, where he won his first six championships. New details have recently emerged divulging the split between Brady and Patriots Head Coach and General Manager Bill Belichick, and should make the matchup even more interesting this Sunday night, further boosting its potential to shatter previous ratings records.

On Wednesday morning, “Keyshawn, JWill and Max” spoke on ESPN Radio about the primetime game, and how there should be plenty of content for the media to chronicle to attract and captivate viewers, especially after the game when the hall-of-fame duo meet at midfield to exchange pleasantries.

“Bill’s going to do what Bill does,” said Keyshawn Johnson, former NFL wide receiver and co-host of the newly restructured morning program on ESPN Radio. “[He’s] not going to give the media any opportunity for any major photo ops with him hugging Tom Brady.”

Viewership for Sunday Night Football on NBC has been on the rise this season, with the broadcast drawing an average of over 20-million viewers per week across its multiple platforms over the first three weeks of the NFL season, the first time the network has attained such a feat since 2016. This Sunday’s matchup though, thanks to the storylines and drama surrounding it, could eclipse those ratings… and considerably do so.

Just take the game trailer created by NBC, using “Hello” by Adele, a slow pop ballad to promote a football game. Uncharacteristic for sure, but appropriate based on the circumstances of this matchup. And it’s drawing viewers — nearly one million of them on Twitter in just two days.

The morning radio show welcomed former Major League Baseball player and current MLB Network analyst Mark DeRosa on the program to talk about the postseason set to commence next week, but even he could not resist commenting on the highly-anticipated matchup coming up at the end of the week.

“I watched that Sunday Night Football trailer with Adele’s ‘Hello’ track underneath it about thirty times yesterday,” said DeRosa. “I cannot wait.”

Former New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson also joined the show to talk about the upcoming Brady vs. Belichick matchup, and echoed DeRosa’s sentiments regarding the trailer created by NBC.

“You got to hype it up,” said Watson. “You got to get people watching. That’s part of the deal.”

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Pat McAfee: ‘People Are Going To Miss The Manningcast’

“The access that Peyton and Eli Manning get to the coaches, to the players, to the training staff, to whoever, I assume is going to be better than what Levy, Riddick, Griese and Lisa do.”

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Eli and Peyton Manning have a lot of fans in the broadcasting world. That has become clear over the last three weeks as ESPN’s Manningcast of Monday Night Football has seen its audience steadily grow. One of those fans is Pat McAfee. He said on his show on Tuesday that the alternate broadcast has become his preferred way to watch Monday night’s game.

The Manning brothers are taking a three week break. That means the millions that have choosen ESPN2 for Monday Night Football will have no choice but to watch Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese on ESPN. McAfee wonders how shocked the audience will be.

“They are getting probably a pretty new crowd on Monday night. That is a vastly different way to watch a game,” he said.

Pat McAfee was clear with his message. Sure, the Manningcast features interviews and informal banter that can make it hard to pay attention to all the action on the field (he pointed to how compelling the conversation with LeBron James was this past week), but the Mannings offer a level of access the traditional broadcast can’t match.

“The access that Peyton and Eli Manning get to the coaches, to the players, to the training staff, to whoever, I assume is going to be better than what Levy, Riddick, Griese and Lisa do.”

McAfee expects Steve Levy, Louis Riddick and Brian Griese to take their share of criticism online for the next month as people complain that the broadcast is less fun and not as informative.

“We will obviously probably follow the game much closer, but I think people are going to miss the Manningcast the next three weeks.”

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