While all the major sports leagues try to figure out when they are going to come back, college football is in a unique situation compared to the professionals. With different states experiencing different levels of the Coronavirus, it might be tough for all of the programs to start on time, if at all.
On Tuesday’s episode of Get Up, Paul Finebaum of The Paul Finebaum Show on the SEC Network talked about the return of college football being “the survival of the fittest.”
This segment was in response to Florida head coach Dan Mullen telling ESPN’s Laura Rutledge “we can’t sit here” and wait on every program to be ready to play. Rutledge mentioned in the conversation between Mike Greenberg, Dan Orlovsky, and Finebaum how the state of Florida soon opening gyms could lead to his players returning:
“A couple of weeks time, he [Mullen] thinks they will be able to open up the weight room. In the state of Florida, they may be opening gyms in a couple of weeks. They feel like their guys will be working out anyways in some of their gyms. They would rather have them on campus at their gym where they could monitor things and practicing as much safety as possible.”
“What they have dealt with, they have sent some tests out to some of their players who thought they might be positive for COVID and have not had any positive tests back, but they have been securing some tests. I do think that’s happening around the country as well.”
Finebaum also mentioned towards the end of the conversation some potential scheduling changes if Alabama can’t play USC to begin the year in Texas, they could play TCU because the Horned Frogs right now are scheduled to begin the year at California.
As Finebaum puts it, a lot of athletic departments need the revenue from college football. According to Forbes, a big-time program like Ohio State brings in $60 million for the department solely on ticket sales.
There is still time before college football begins, but a lot of questions remain unanswered. It is up to the NCAA and the conference commissioners to come together to try to make a plan that keeps the student-athletes safe first and foremost.
Last week, NCAA commissioner Mark Emmert said that he does not think sports can begin unless there are students taking classes on campus instead of the distance learning that has been going on recently.
Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set
“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”
Charles Barkley is no stranger to being the object of fans’ ire. The cities of San Antonio and Cleveland have a history of being the butt of the Round Mound of Rebound’s jokes. Thursday night in San Francisco, fans of the Warriors took things to a different level, throwing objects at Barkley on the Inside the NBA set.
The TNT studio show was broadcasting live from outside the Chase Center. The crowd chanted “Chuck, you suck!” at Barkley before the game. After Golden State clinched a birth in the NBA Finals, things got physical.
Fans threw things at the set, including a rolled-up t-shirt, which hit Charles Barkley in the back of the head. That resulted in Barkley leaving his seat and bowing up to the audience.
“Come on Chuck!” Ernie Johnson pleaded as Kenny Smith repeatedly said “Sit down Chuck.”
Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.
Now that the Western Conference Finals are over, TNT’s NBA schedule has concluded. That doesn’t mean Charles Barkley won’t return to San Francisco for the NBA Finals, but it is highly unlikely given the reception he has received there.
Barkley spent most of the postseason telling Golden State fans they were annoying and need to shut up and saying the city of San Francisco has “dirty ass streets”.
Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock
“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”
Legendary play-by-play man Jon Miller will be returning to the national broadcast booth on Sunday. He will call the San Francisco Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds game for Peacock. He’ll be joined in the booth by Barry Larkin and Shawn Estes.
According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict. Benetti, the regular play-by-play voice of Peacock’s MLB Sunday Leadoff, is also the television voice of the Chicago White Sox. NBC Sports Chicago has prioritized this weekend’s series between the White Sox and Cubs, making Benetti unavailable to the national broadcast.
Miller has been calling Giants games since 1997 and previously shared the Sunday Night Baseball booth on ESPN with hall of famer Joe Morgan.
The broadcast, called MLB Sunday Leadoff, will begin at 11 a.m. with pregame coverage hosted by Ahmed Fareed. The game broadcast begins at 11:30 a.m.
The game will take place in an exclusive two-hour broadcast window prior to the start of the rest of the league’s day of games.
Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast
“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’
First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.
No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.
Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.
McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.
“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.”
In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.
There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.