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NFL Network Sets Schedule Release Special For Thursday

“In order to reach a wider audience, in addition to traditional television, the special can be streamed through the NFL Network app on smartphones, tablets and web connected televisions.”

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Fresh off of the success of the NFL Draft which saw viewership numbers reach a record high 55 million, the NFL, in conjunction with the NFL Network, has announced that the 2020 schedule will be released on Thursday, May 7 at 8 p.m.

The NFL Network will follow with a three hour special entitled Schedule Release ’20 with Verizon Wireless acting as the title sponsor for the show. During the ensuing three hour time slot, NFL Network analysts, which include former NFL players and executives, will break down the schedule for all 32 teams in the league, highlighting Primetime games and other key matchups throughout the season. In all, dates and times for all of the NFL’s 256 regular season games will be revealed.

In order to reach a wider audience, in addition to traditional television, the special can be streamed through the NFL Network app on smartphones, tablets and web connected televisions. NFL Network subscribers can also stream the show on the official NFL website.

Many personalities on the NFL Network have promoted the event on their twitter accounts, including reporter James Palmer and NFL Red Zone host Scott Hanson. The NFL Network also updated the header image on its official twitter account with the date and time of Schedule Release ’20 to make the information more readily accessible to their 3.9 million followers.

Several other outlets are reporting the NFL Network’s pending coverage of the 2020 schedule release, including the Sporting News, which adds that the event can also be accessed by Canadian viewers via live stream on the paid subscription service DAZN.

The COVID- 19 virus will alter the schedule slightly. The NFL has decided to move the five international games set for the United Kingdom and Mexico back to U.S. soil, the league announced in a press release on May 4. The NFL raised over 100 million dollars for COVID-19 relief efforts through the 2020 NFL Draft and will continue to promote that campaign during the Schedule Release ’20 special. 

Story written by BSM contributor Jacob Conley. Follow him on Twitter @GWUJake.

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Outside the Lines Won’t Return to ESPN Weekend Schedule

The show, which debuted in 1990, aired as a daily show from 2003 to 2019 and aired a Sunday-edition from 2000 to 2017.

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ESPN has decided to not return Outside the Lines to its weekend lineup, ending the show’s linear television run.

A report from John Ourand of Sports Business Journal claims ESPN told OTL staffers that the show wouldn’t return to the network after the Super Bowl.

The show, which debuted in 1990, aired as a daily show from 2003 to 2019 and aired a Sunday-edition from 2000 to 2017. Outside the Lines was often regarded as the “moral compass” of ESPN, and was often the source of some of the more investigative reporting employed by the network.

Outside the Lines — which was airing at 9:00 AM on Saturday mornings — averaged 303,000 viewers in the timeslot. Meanwhile, SportsCenter: AM has seen an average audience of 572,000 in the same window.

The Outside the Lines brand will continue being utilized during the Noon ET SportsCenter, as well as ESPN digital platforms, including the network’s YouTube page.

Jeremy Schaap will continue to host the Outside the Lines segments during SportsCenter, but will also be the host of a new iteration of The Sports Reporters that will air on ESPN’s YouTube channel. Schaap’s father, Dick, was the host of the ESPN Sunday morning program from 1988 until his death in 2001. The show aired on ESPN from 1988 to 2017.

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CBS: Calling Meeting With Tony Romo ‘Intervention’ is ‘Complete Mischaracterization’

“We meet regularly with our on-air talent.”

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An opening question in broadcasting circles is ‘What happened to Tony Romo?’, with even CBS reportedly pondering the issue.

During The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast earlier this week, The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand claimed CBS attempted “an intervention” with its lead NFL analyst.

The intended mission of several alleged meetings with CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus and CBS NFL producer Jim Rikhoff was to return Romo to his previous heights, which were widely regarded as the best NFL analyst in the business.

CBS Sports has responded to the insinuation that the meetings would be classified as an “intervention” with a strong denial.

“To call this an intervention is a complete mischaracterization, we meet regularly with our on-air talent,” CBS Sports spokeswoman Jen Sabatelle told Marchand

Marchand added that CBS Sports officials plan to attempt to rectify the issues it sees with Romo again this offseason. Romo — who signed a 10-year, $180 million contract with CBS Sports in 2020 — is slated to call Super Bowl LVIII in 2024 with Jim Nantz.

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Cameron Maybin Joining Detroit Tigers TV Booth

“All of us at Bally Sports Detroit are energized about this upcoming season and watching all the excitement unfold.”

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After being dropped from the New York Yankees booth on YES Network, Cameron Maybin has a new television home with the Detroit Tigers.

The 35-year-old Maybin had three separate one-year stints with the Tigers during his 15-season big league career. Maybin was drafted by the franchise with the 10th overall selection of the 2005 MLB Draft.

A report from the Detroit Free Press adds that the Tigers will rely on Craig Monroe as its primary color commentator alongside play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard. Monroe played six of his nine MLB seasons in Detroit and was a member of the team’s 2006 World Series club.

Additionally, former Tigers relief pitcher Todd Jones will also join the broadcast crew on Bally Sports Detroit as an analyst for the 2023 season. Jones pitched for Detroit from 1997 through 2001 and also from 2006 through 2008.

“Tigers baseball is always a winner,” Bally Sports Detroit Senior Vice President and General Manager Greg Hammaren said Thursday in a statement. “All of us at Bally Sports Detroit are energized about this upcoming season and watching all the excitement unfold.

“Our crew behind the scenes and our engaging talent on camera are the best in the business. Starting with spring training, we are committed to bringing Tigers fans the absolute best coverage all season long.”

The news of Maybin and Jones joining the Bally Sports Detroit booth comes on the heels of the network failing to reach an agreement with Hall of Fame pitcher Jack Morris to return to the network. The Free Press report claims Morris was offered a reduced role with the television broadcaster, but declined.

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