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Desmond Howard Goes After Nebraska On Get Up!

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With Tuesday’s news that the Big Ten and Pac-12 are postponing football until the spring, one school in the Big Ten is still hoping that they can play college football in some way this fall. That would be the University of Nebraska. 

On Tuesday, a joint statement was issued by head coach Scott Frost, Athletic Director Bill Moos, and Chancellor Ronnie Green when the announcement was made about the postponement of football.

“We are very disappointed in the decision by the Big Ten Conference to postpone the fall football season, as we have been and continue to be ready to play,” it reads. “We will continue to consult with medical experts and evaluate the situation as it emerges. We hope it may be possible for our student athletes to have the opportunity to compete.”

Before the postponement announcement, Frost told the media on Monday that the school was ready to play football no matter what.

On Wednesday’s edition of Get Up, ESPN College GameDay analyst and Michigan alum Desmond Howard had a strong take on Nebraska that if they don’t apologize to the conference, then maybe the conference could work on getting them out.

“I have a bitter taste in my mouth about that whole thing. I think it is greatly disrespectful to the new commissioner, Kevin Warren,” the Heisman Trophy winner and Super Bowl MVP said. “You think that they are the only team that really wants to play? Of course not. All the teams and all the coaches want to play, but they are not whining and crying. I think at this point I would demand an apology from the chancellor, president, and Scott Frost or if I am Kevin Warren right now, I am working on a way to get their ass out of the Big Ten.”

Later in the show, Howard was back on with Jalen Rose to talk more about Nebraska, but before that, he told the audience what he tells people when they ask him whether or not there is going to be a college football season. 

“When you get on social media or you watch the news and you see protests about not wearing a mask and they don’t want to practice social distancing… I said those people are actively sabotaging our chances of having a college football season because once those numbers keep spiking and we are still breaking records, then you put the commissioners and the presidents in a position that they can’t have a college football season.”

Towards the end of the show, Howard along with Rose gave some advice to the athletes that are disappointed about not having football this fall.

“Use your time wisely. Don’t just invest in your physical health, invest in your mental health too. Read books. Check out something on YouTube and find out how to do different things, things that may interest you that you never had the time to do before but invest in your mental health just as much as you do your physical health.” 

While Howard’s words for Nebraska will make more headlines, his advice to young athletes as a former Heisman Trophy winner should not go unnoticed. 

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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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AFC Championship Game Delivers New Viewership High For CBS

53.1 million viewers tuned in to see the Chiefs victory over the Bengals, making it the most-watched television program since Super Bowl LVI.

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The AFC Championship Game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals drew a massive audience for CBS.

53.1 million viewers tuned in to see the Chiefs’ controversial victory over the Bengals, making it the most-watched television program since Super Bowl LVI. Additionally, the event is the most-watched NFL Conference Championship Game since 2017.

CBS claims the game peaked with 59.3 million viewers and was also the most-streamed live sporting event in the history of Paramount+.

With an audience of 53.1 million, CBS concludes its NFL playoff coverage averaging 40.798 million viewers for each game. That leads all networks thus far. The 2022 NFL season was the most-watched regular season on CBS in the past seven seasons.

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Michael Cole to Pat McAfee: I Didn’t Know If We’d See You In WWE Again

“If you noticed I haven’t said much to anyone publicly about when you were coming because no one knew.”

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WWE over the weekend held its annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view show, and in typical Rumble fashion the event didn’t go off without its fair share of surprise returns.

Among those returns was that of Pat McAfee to commentary. McAfee had last been seen on WWE television back in the summer. He took a leave of absence from his SmackDown responsibilities on Friday nights to go be an analyst on College GameDay.

McAfee’s SmackDown broadcast partner Michael Cole appeared on The Pat McAfee Show on Monday and said he honestly didn’t think Pat would go back to WWE.

“I legit did not know if you were ever gonna be back,” Cole said, alluding to the fact that McAfee is now a father-to-be as a couple of big changes in his life. “And if you noticed I haven’t said much to anyone publicly about when you were coming because no one knew.”

Cole said he had prepared to call the Royal Rumble alongside broadcast partner Corey Graves, and it wasn’t until McAfee’s name flashed on the screen in the Alamodome that Cole realized what was happening.

“Paul Levesque was in my ear and he said, ‘Are you gonna sell it?’ And I mouthed to him in the spy cam, ‘Sell what?'” Cole said. “Then I looked up and saw your video board and I’m like oh my God you’re ribbing me.”

“I didn’t even know what to say and then when I saw you were in your blazer I was legit like so excited,” he added.

Cole said even his wife, who doesn’t typically watch WWE programming, tuned in and was excited to watch Pat make his return.

“She thought I was texting her to tell her that you were coming back. I knew nothing about it,” Cole said. “She texted me and said, ‘PAT!’ right in the middle of your entrance. It was craziness dude.”

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