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ESPN Drops Trailer For Roy Halladay Doc ‘Imperfect’

“Imperfect will air Friday May 29, on the 10-year anniversary of Halladay’s first perfect game while he was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.”

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Three years ago, most baseball fans would have thought of a Roy Halladay documentary as being a celebration of a Hall-of-Fame career. Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story is an upcoming ESPN feature, and based on the recently released trailer, the documentary will offer a deep personal look into the hall-of-fame pitcher’s life. 

Nov. 2017, Halladay died at the age of 40, by crashing a plane he was piloting. Since the crash, Halladay was said to be using prescription drugs that may have impaired his ability to fly the plane. 

The start of the trailer features the late Halladay’s wife, Brandy Halladay, who is asked about the meaning of the word “perfect.” 

“Unrealistic expectation. I don’t think there’s such a thing as perfect,” Halladay says.

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Few people were seemingly aware of the issues Halladay dealt with off the field, but details that have emerged since his death have revealed more information about substance abuse and the challenges in his life. 

“His body was dependent on these medications just to function,” Brandy Halladay, says in the trailer. “A.D.D., depression, anxiety, paranoia — Roy had a lot of demons he was trying to work on all at the same time.”

Imperfect will air Friday May 29, on the 10-year anniversary of Halladay’s first perfect game while he was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. ESPN has been successful in using documentaries while live sports remain on hold, led by their Chicago Bulls series The Last Dance. The announcement of Imperfect, comes after ESPN also announced three new 30 for 30’s, LanceBe Water and Long Gone Summer

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PGA Tour Expects Mic’d Players To Be Common For 2023 TV Broadcasts

“This doesn’t need to be a walk and talk like I did. But we can make it what you want it to be.”

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Following the success with Max Homa last weekend, the PGA Tour is planning to mic a player up this weekend at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

According to Sports Business Journal, the Tour is considering micing up a player on either the 14th or 18th hole at Pebble Beach.

“The point of this is that if you want it to just be, they have an air pod on your caddie and they ask him one question, he could elaborate on something,” Homa said in an interview on the podcast No Laying Up. “That would be an improvement. This doesn’t need to be a walk and talk like I did. But we can make it what you want it to be.”

Homa added that he appreciated that the questions he was asked while taking part in the segment were solely on the task at hand and tackling the hole he was on.

“It wasn’t about how it is being a dad, how it is being in contention, it’s about golf,” he said. “This hole. That’s what we wanted it to be.”

CBS received positive reviews for debuting the new segment in their season debut at Torrey Pines last week.

It will be interesting to see if having players mic’d up for a segment will carry into NBC coverage or if it remains exclusively CBS. Have to think that in April at The Masters, if CBS keeps with it, the segment has the potential to be pretty compelling especially if the interview is with a player in contention or even leading.

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ABC Scores Most Watched NBA Saturday Primetime Game In 4 Years

“The game drew 3.7 million viewers.”

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The Boston Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night. While the game’s controversial finish left LeBron James and Patrick Beverly upset, executives at the Walt Disney Company had nothing but smiles thanks to the performance of ABC.

The game drew 3.7 million viewers. That means the Celtics’ win is the most-watched game in the ABC Saturday night prime-time window in the last four years. A February 2019 game between the Lakers and Golden State Warriors drew 4.1 million.

Boston also delivered the highest-rated game of the NBA season so far outside of the league’s stacked Christmas Day slate.

NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC is experiencing a nice uptick in viewership this season. Through the weekend, the Saturday night games are averaging over 3.4 million viewers according to an ESPN press release.

That number represents a 16% jump from last season. The edition of NBA Countdown that airs before the Saturday night game is having a good season as well. It’s average audience is up 3% to just under 1.5 million.

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NHL Ratings on ESPN, TNT Down in 2nd Year

So far this season, games on ESPN and TNT are averaging 373,000 viewers, which is down from 478,000 last season.

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Viewership totals from ESPN and TNT show NHL ratings have declined heading into the All-Star break, but there are some extenuating circumstances for the nearly 22% drop.

So far this season, games on ESPN and TNT are averaging 373,000 viewers, which is down from 478,000 last season. However, both channels have increased their linear television schedule, doubling from 27 games to 54.

ESPN has aired 18 games with an average of 402,000 viewers. In the same time period last year, the worldwide leader had only aired seven contests, but garnered 622,000 per game. None of ESPN’s games last season had aired on weekends, while the network has broadcast six games on Sunday this year alone. The 12 games ESPN has aired that weren’t on Sunday have averaged 491,000 viewers.

The 2023 NHL All-Star Game will air on ABC Saturday, and the network is hoping for a lift from last season. In 2022, ratings fell 38% from the previous All-Star Game on NBC, and hit the lowest total since 2009. The NHL Skills challenge saw its largest audience in a decade after airing on ESPN in primetime on a Friday evening. Nearly 1.1 million watched the skills challenge, a 30% increase compared to 2020.

At this time last season, TNT had aired 20 games. Through 36 games this season, the network has seen an average of 359,000 viewers. The network is helped by the 2023 Winter Classic, which took place at Fenway Park on Monday, January 2nd. The afternoon contest saw an audience of 1.78 million, up 31% compared to the previous year.

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