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ESPN Wants Al Michaels & Peyton Manning For MNF

“As for what Disney can offer NBC to let Michaels out of his contract, that has not been discussed and negotiations aren’t even close to starting.”

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ESPN has some big and aggressive plans to overhaul its Monday Night Football booth according to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post. After falling short in the Tony Romo sweepstakes, Bristol has set its eyes on Peyton Manning and is hoping to work out a deal with NBC that would allow Al Michaels to come back to the MNF booth as well.

Disney has not been shy about its desire to get back into the Super Bowl rotation in the next round of NFL TV negotiations. The company has also discussed wanting to add a Sunday package of games on ABC in addition to ESPN’s Monday night broadcast.

As for what Disney can offer NBC to let Michaels out of his contract, that has not been discussed and negotiations aren’t even close to starting. It won’t be the first time that Al Michaels has been at the center of negotiations between the two companies. In order to allow Michaels to leave Monday Night Football in 2006 and join his partner John Madden on NBC, NBC had to agree to give control of Oswalt the Lucky Rabbit back to Disney. The character was one of Walt Disney’s first creations.

Al Michaels’s current contract ends after the 2022 Super Bowl. NBC has already hired Mike Tirico to step in as the voice of Sunday Night Football once Michaels is gone, so the network is more than ready for the transition. What any potential negotiation henges on now is how likely is NBC to want to help another company get involved in the Super Bowl rotation.

ESPN is prepared for the possibility that it only gets Peyton Manning if it already has Al Michaels signed. The network has reportedly also kicked the tires on recently released Chargers QB Phillip Rivers, although Rivers has declared his intention is to play for a new team in 2020. The company has also discussed the possibility of bringing Manning’s former Colts teammate Jeff Saturday into the Monday Night Football booth as a co-analyst.

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Michael Irvin Removed From NFL Network Super Bowl Coverage

“I came into the lobby and I talked to somebody. I talked to this girl. I don’t know her, and I talked to her for about 45 seconds.”

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A complaint from a female to NFL Network has caused the network to remove Michael Irvin from its Super Bowl coverage.

NFL Network did not comment on the nature of the complaint or the allegation of any impropriety by Irvin, simply stating Irvin would not be a participant in coverage of the event from Arizona.

“Michael Irvin will not be a part of NFL Network’s Super Bowl LVII week coverage,” said NFL Media Vice President of Communications Alex Riethmiller in a statement.

Irvin claimed the interaction happened during a brief moment Sunday after having dinner and drinks with former Cowboy defensive back Michael Brooks.

“This all happened in a 45-second conversation in the lobby,” Irvin told The Dallas Morning News. “When I got back after going out … I came into the lobby and I talked to somebody. I talked to this girl. I don’t know her, and I talked to her for about 45 seconds. We shook hands. Then, I left…That’s all I know.”

Irvin, 56, admitted he didn’t recall the conversation between him and the female but called the interaction “just a friendly conversation”. He defended himself by saying “There was definitely nothing physical”.

The report from The Dallas Morning News added that Glendale police officials do not know about any incident regarding Irvin.

A report from Front Office Sports claims ESPN executives are “poised to pull the plug” on Irvin’s scheduled appearance on First Take from Radio Row Friday.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer has been with NFL Network since 2009, and in August of last year signed an extension to remain with the cable channel.

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Pro Bowl Lowest Rated Since 2006

While the numbers decreased, the Pro Bowl was still the second-highest rated All-Star Game for the major professional sports leagues.

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The NFL completely revamped its Pro Bowl format for the 2022 season, and the changes did not garner more viewers.

An average of 6.28 million viewers tuned into the event across ABC, ESPN, and DisneyXD Sunday for the first 7-on-7 event. That number is a decrease of 6% compared to last year and is the lowest-rated Pro Bowl since the 2006 event saw just 5.96 million viewers. That figure excludes the 2021 Pro Bowl, which was a “virtual” event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the numbers decreased, the Pro Bowl was still the second-highest-rated All-Star Game for the major professional sports leagues, with the MLB All-Star Game seeing an average viewership of 7.51 million. The 6.28 million who watched the Pro Bowl is a virtual tie with last season’s NBA All-Star Game.

The Pro Bowl Skills Challenge — now produced by Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions — did see a large increase in viewership compared to last year. More than 1 million viewers tuned into the Thursday night primetime event, which is the second-best figure on record. That audience is a 23% increase compared to last year’s event.

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Terry Bradshaw: I Was Going To Quit Broadcasting Before The NFL Today

“It wasn’t any fun. “And then The NFL Today came calling.

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Terry Bradshaw has done well with his broadcasting career. He’s glad he stuck with it.

When Bradshaw retired from playing in 1984, he hopped right into the broadcast booth at CBS. But Terry was open about admitting he just wasn’t cut out for a play-by-play role.

“I was a better player in the Super Bowl than I am as a broadcaster,” Bradshaw told BSM’s Demetri Ravanos on Radio Row in Phoenix on Tuesday. Bradshaw will be a part of the FOX NFL Sunday crew getting America ready for the big game.

“I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to stumble in broadcasting. And after a really hard talk and deciding well I’ll retire, I’m not gonna do this anymore. It wasn’t any fun,” Terry added. “And then The NFL Today came calling. And that’s really where I should’ve been.”

Bradshaw said a conversation with Ted Shaker at CBS helped change the trajectory of his broadcasting career.

Terry has made a name for himself being a form of comic relief on the FOX set. He said having a chance to have fun and not get too bogged down by talking about the minutiae of football is what makes his job fun.

“I don’t look at X’s and O’s. I don’t care anything about X’s and O’s,” Bradshaw said. “If I’ve got something that’s really important that involves X’s and O’s, I’ll say it. But where am I gonna get that? Who’s gonna share that with me? Nobody!”

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