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Todd McShay Talks Covid-19 Struggle With Adam Schefter

“McShay said the exhaustion was the worst part of the disease and compared the way the virus made him feel to his college football days.”

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Adam Schefter welcomed fellow ESPN NFL reporter Todd McShay to his podcast this week. McShay discussed his battle against Covid-19, which left him out of commission for ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft last month.

“I had a mild case of it. It just lingered because I wasn’t taking care of myself,” McShay said. “I was preparing for the draft — I had a 400-page book that I distribute internally and that we use for the draft weekend. And just the stress of getting ready for the draft, and then knowing potentially that I might miss the draft — my doctors kind of said that it kind of all added up.”

The public didn’t learn of McShay’s health problems until an hour before round 1 began. McShay tweeted that afternoon that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and as a result, he would not be part of the night’s telecast. He also made it clear that his sickness was not life-threatening.

McShay said the exhaustion was the worst part of the disease and compared the way the virus made him feel to his college football days.

“I mean, I was a Massachusetts kid who went down to Virginia to play football, and had two-a-days in August in 100-degree temperatures with 97 percent humidity, and there were days I didn’t think I was going to make it. I’m telling you, this was more exhausting.”

Not only was McShay not on the telecast, he told Schefter that he couldn’t bring himself to even watch any NFL Draft coverage.

“For whatever reason, I couldn’t watch the draft knowing that I wasn’t a part of it, wasn’t on it, and I felt like I was letting everyone down.”

Todd McShay thanked doctors and health care workers. He promised he would be back on the sidelines as soon as the football season kicks off.

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3.72 Million Tune In To See LeBron James Break Scoring Record

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Lakers star LeBron James surpassed the NBA’s all-time scoring record on Tuesday night, and TNT benefitted from the milestone ratings wise.

According to Sports Media Watch, Tuesday night’s game averaged 2.98 million viewers. That figure made it TNT’s biggest regular season audience in over two years.

The broadcast peaked at 3.72 million around 11:45 p.m. when James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the record.

Reporting also indicated that the game was the number one single-network program on TV in key demographics.

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Disney Makes ESPN Independent Division In Corporate Restructuring

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Disney is in the process of reorganizing and restructuring the company, and details have emerged about the company’s plans for ESPN.

Deadline reported on Wednesday that ESPN will be one of three standalone segments comprising Disney. Entertainment and Parks, Experiences & Products are the other two segments.

The reorganization comes amid the exit of former CEO Bob Chapek and the re-entry of CEO Bob Iger. As one of Iger’s first moves back running Disney, he announced a restructuring of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

It was also reported that Jimmy Pitaro will continue as the president of ESPN.

In total, more than 7,000 jobs will be eliminated after the restructuring.

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Roger Goodell: ‘Wouldn’t Surprise Me’ To See Thursday Night Football Move to Flex Scheduling

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon.”

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In 2023, Monday Night Football will join Sunday Night Football in having the ability to flex NFL games into its window. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday Night Football could someday join that elite club.

During his “State of the League” speech Wednesday, Goodell said Thursday Night Football having the ability to flex matchups “wouldn’t at all surprise me”.

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon,” the NFL Commissioner said.

ESPN bargained for the ability to move higher profile games into Monday Night Football during its negotiations with the league for the next television contract that begins this upcoming season.

NBC has long held the ability to shift a select number of games from earlier windows into the Sunday Night Football primetime slot.

Amazon Prime Video just completed the first of an 11-year contract that sees the streaming platform spend nearly $1 billion per year on the Thursday Night Football package.

One of the largest storylines of Amazon’s debut season with the NFL was the near-constant ridicule from play-by-play announcer Al Michaels over the lackluster TNF schedule. Michaels made headlines over several weeks for his candor on the lack of interesting matchups, going as far as to joke that if the schedule didn’t improve he would retire.

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