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Mina Kimes Worries ‘It’s Gonna Be Ugly’ When Sports Return

“Once sports comes back (NBA, NHL, maybe MLB, NFL), the schedule will be overwhelmed with so many games/events that it will end up being the equivalent of a “sports buffet”, according to Kimes.”

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With the resumption plans of the NHL and NBA starting to come into focus, fans are starting to get excited about the possibility of being able to watch live sports on a daily basis for the first time since March. 

On Tuesday’s Highly Questionable (which has rebranded Highly Quarantined) with Dan Le Batard, ESPN senior writer Mina Kimes along with Pablo Torre were talking with Le Batard about the excitement level of sports coming back and let’s just say there was a unique analogy thrown in at the end by Kimes:

“We, as a nation, have been on a sports diet, right? We have been subsisting on three almonds a day of sports. And enjoying those three almonds, but now here we are, pulling up to the sports buffet, and it’s gonna be ugly! Like, spouses coming home and us passed out on the floor drowning in sports wrappers levels of ugly, because we crave it so much!”

Kimes brought up a good point right out of the gate by comparing the last two months for the nation being on a sports diet. When any live sports have been on, we have all been trying to get to a TV or a streaming service to watch the event, such as The Match II this past weekend. 

Once sports comes back (NBA, NHL, maybe MLB, NFL), the schedule will be overwhelmed with so many games/events that it will end up being the equivalent of a “sports buffet”, according to Kimes. It would surely make up for the last couple of months of few, if any live events to choose from. 

At the end of the clip, Torre’s comment was interesting after Kimes brought up her other analogy about us being in a long-distance relationship with sports right now. He said about bringing up old videos of older relationships, which you could say is the equivalent of watching classic games and remembering the good old days like many of us have done. 

It is important to remember the health risks that still exist when the major leagues resume play at some point. With that being said, many sports fans are waiting for the day where there will be many live events to choose from that it will be tough to make a choice as to watch. It will be like being at a buffet where you will have your choice once again. 

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Scott Hanson Clarifies NFL RedZone Missteps During Raiders/Seahawks

Hanson believed in the moment that CBS was airing the overtime period to a national audience. But due to NFL broadcasting rules, the game was only available on select stations.

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NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson ruffled feathers for many football fans Sunday when he told viewers to switch from the channel to their local CBS affiliates to see the conclusion of the Las Vegas Raiders and Seattle Seahawks game.

Unfortunately, for both viewers and Hanson, the game was only being shown in a small portion of the country, with the rest of the nation’s CBS affiliates already airing 60 Minutes. The game was also available to NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers.

Hanson took to Twitter Sunday evening to explain what happened on the air and to apologize for the miscalculation.

Hanson believed in the moment that CBS was airing the overtime period to a national audience. But due to NFL broadcasting rules, the game was only available to stations in the Las Vegas, Fresno, Sacramento, Reno, Eugene, Portland, Boise, Seattle, and Spokane markets on the west coast. Additionally, the game was available in Chicago, Tampa, Atlanta, and Charlotte.

He apologized for the mistake and said he would have more details at a later date.

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ESPN Creates ACC/SEC Challenge

The series will begin for the 2023-2024 season, launching with 28 games played between the two sports.

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ESPN, in conjunction with the ACC and SEC, is slated to announce the creation of the ACC/SEC Challenge for men’s and women’s basketball.

The series will begin for the 2023-2024 season, launching with 28 games played between the two sports. That number will grow to 30 contests when the SEC expands for the 2025-2026 season.

Every game in the challenge will be aired on an ESPN platform, with each side hosting the same amount of home games.

The creation of the event comes on the heels of the Big Ten’s new media rights deal with FOX, NBC, and CBS, ending a nearly four-decade relationship with ESPN. The ACC/Big Ten Challenge began in 1999, with the SEC/Big 12 Challenging beginning in 2013. Both events will cease to exist following this season.

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FOX Sports Sees Record-Setting Ratings Weekend

The World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

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FOX Sports has been home to a number of record-setting games in terms of viewership over the last several days.

In addition to FOX Sports setting a new mark for a Thanksgiving and regular season NFL audience, the World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

The network reported the U.S./England match in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup averaged 15.377 million. It was the most-watched English-language soccer game in the U.S. ever, topping the 1994 World Cup final between Italy and Brazil.

Viewership of the match was up 11% compared to the second group stage contest for the U.S. team in 2014 against Portugal. The audience peaked at 19.646 million from 3:30-3:45 p.m.

FOX Sports also reported the Michigan/Ohio State game on Saturday drew in 17 million, which made it the most-watched regular season college game on the network ever. That figure was also the highest of any regular season contest since 2011. That game also saw the audience peak at 19.6 million.

Viewership for the game was up 3% compared to last year.

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