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Louis Riddick’s Name Mentioned For Falcons GM

“If Riddick does land with the Falcons or another franchise, ESPN might continue with Levy and Griese, but they could also keep the revolving door of Monday Night Football broadcasters turning.”

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For the first time in a longtime, there isn’t much complaining around ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast. Now on their fourth crew since Mike Tirico spurned The Worldwide Leader for NBC in 2016, ESPN may have finally found a trio that works with Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick. 

But could it still be another one and done for this crew? We’re just past the quarter mark of the NFL season and general manager jobs are already opening up, most notably the Atlanta Falcons. Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper joined 92.9 The Game’s Jon Chuckery and said Riddick is certainly a name who could fill the Falcons vacancy. 

Not only is Riddick qualified for a general manager position based on his front office credentials, but he’ll also create buzz for an organization. Having been with ESPN since 2013, and now a full-time analyst on Monday Night Football, his name resonates with fans. Like John Lynch with the 49ers and Mike Mayock with the Raiders, Riddick might be the next analyst to go directly from TV to a front office. 

If Riddick does land with the Falcons or another franchise, ESPN might continue with Levy and Griese, but they could also keep the revolving door of Monday Night Football broadcasters turning. We’re almost certain to hear about ESPN’s annual courtship of Peyton Manning in an attempt to bolster Monday Night Football’s star power. If not Peyton, maybe they would settle for his less polished little brother Eli Manning who hasn’t closed the door on broadcasting. 

The name that might make most sense is Kirk Herbstreit. He’s already in the ESPN family and arguably the best analyst in college football, skills that translated seamlessly to the NFL when he called one of their Week 1 Monday Night Football doubleheaders. Herbstreit has since admitted he enjoyed the broadcast and now feels more open to doing NFL games than he previously thought. 

But for now, we can enjoy the Levy, Griese, Riddick trio, because although Aaron Rodgers prefers to watch Monday Night Football with the sound off, this crew has some potential.

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Warriors Fans Throw Objects At Charles Barkley On Inside the NBA Set

“Barkley yelled back at the crowd but never actually left the set.”

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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”.

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Jon Miller To Call MLB Sunday Leadoff Game On Peacock

“According to a press release, Jason Benetti has a scheduling conflict.”

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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.

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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.’

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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.

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