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Charles Barkley, Peyton Manning Trade Barbs On MNF MegaCast

“The SEC Network tweeted the clip and it had nearly 80,000 views by Tuesday morning.”



ESPNU once had an advertising campaign that centered on the slogan “Never Graduate”. Evidently, former SEC standouts Charles Barkley (Auburn basketball) and Peyton Manning (Tennessee football) took that message to heart, as the pair exchanged light-hearted barbs with one another on the Monday Night Football Megacast between the New Orleans Saints and the Las Vegas Raiders.

The broadcasting duo of Kirk Herbstreit and Rece Davis facilitated the fun as Herbstreit asked Barkley his height and weight as a senior in high school.

Barkley, who is affectionately known by the nickname, “The Round Mound of Rebound”, due to his size, quickly answered, “I was 6’5, 225 (lbs)”.

Due to the successful transition of basketball players from the hardwood to the gridiron, Herbstreit suggested that Barkley could have played Tight End. After Barkley said that he never played with a quarterback good enough to make him a star, Davis interrupted to ask if Manning would have been a good enough quarterback for Barkley.

“I don’t know,” Barkley responds. “He (Manning) went to Tennessee because he did not have the grades to get into Auburn, but me and Bo Jackson, we could have gotten him into Auburn.”

The quick-witted Manning, an Academic All-American in high school, sent a good-natured insult back to Barkley.

“I wanted to go to Auburn, but I just couldn’t get in academically,” Manning joked. “A man has got to make a decision. Charles, just to follow up, what is your playing weight now?”

The SEC Network tweeted the clip and it had nearly 80,000 views by Tuesday morning. 

Barkley and Manning are no strangers to showing off their comedic sides. Barkley often acts as comic relief as an analyst on TNT’s Inside the NBA, while Manning’s Saturday Night Live United Way sketch has garnered over 3.7 million views on YouTube.

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Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys



The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.

Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.

But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.

Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:

Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.

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Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”



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Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.

The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.

Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.

“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”

Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”

He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.

Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.

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NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer

“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”



According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.

The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.

The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options. 

NFL+ would make NFL Media more valuable. The league is trying to sell an equity stake in its linear TV and digital media properties. Amazon and Apple are considered the most likely to make a deal. 

A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.

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