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Davis Love III Out, Kelly Tilghman In For CBS Golf Coverage

“The extent of her role with CBS is unknown, but as the network prepares for a season of NFL broadcasts, its reasonable to assume Tilghman will be used a lot as the schedule fills up for both Jim Nantz and Andrew Catalon.”

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Davis Love III’s broadcasting career did not last long. The two-time Ryder Cup captain took to Twitter today to announce that he would no longer be a part of CBS’s golf broadcasts.

The decision comes just months after the network announced his addition to their roster as part of a total overhaul of its golf presentation. In October of last year, CBS announced that it would move on from Peter Kostis and Gary McCord. Love’s addition was supposed to add a younger voice that had a stronger connection with current players.

Love’s chance to grow in the role certainly suffered from the interruption both in play and American life that the Covid-19 Pandemic presented. It also didn’t help that Love never really seemed devoted to the gig. As he mentions in his tweet, he was still playing in PGA Tour events, although he only made the cut in three of the thirteen event he’s played in since 2019.

Jay Rigdon of Awful Announcing points out that Love hasn’t had the easiest time in his personal life in 2020. His family’s home in Georgia burned down in March.

“I think it might have taken 10 minutes for the house to be completely engulfed, and it was completely gone in less than half an hour,” Love told Golf Digest about the blaze. “All we could do was stand there and watch. It was beyond awful.”

Kelly Tilghman will take over for CBS. It will make her the first woman to be the lead voice for PGA Tour coverage on a network. She will anchor coverage of the PGA Championship.

Tilghman left the Golf Network in 2018 after spending the previous 22 years at the network. The extent of her role with CBS is unknown, but as the network prepares for a season of NFL broadcasts, its reasonable to assume Tilghman will be used a lot as the schedule fills up for both Jim Nantz and Andrew Catalon.

One final interesting note is that Davis Love III may very well be on CBS next week. He is a lifetime member of the PGA Tour and former winner of the PGA Championship. That gives him lifetime eligibility to play in the event.

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Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX

“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”

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FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.

A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.

The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.

Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.

That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.

Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.

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FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”

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The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.

Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.

Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.

“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”

Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.

“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.

FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.

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NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC

“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”

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ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.

ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.

This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.

Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.

“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”

ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.

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