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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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3.72 Million Tune In To See LeBron James Break Scoring Record

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Lakers star LeBron James surpassed the NBA’s all-time scoring record on Tuesday night, and TNT benefitted from the milestone ratings wise.

According to Sports Media Watch, Tuesday night’s game averaged 2.98 million viewers. That figure made it TNT’s biggest regular season audience in over two years.

The broadcast peaked at 3.72 million around 11:45 p.m. when James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the record.

Reporting also indicated that the game was the number one single-network program on TV in key demographics.

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Disney Makes ESPN Independent Division In Corporate Restructuring

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Disney is in the process of reorganizing and restructuring the company, and details have emerged about the company’s plans for ESPN.

Deadline reported on Wednesday that ESPN will be one of three standalone segments comprising Disney. Entertainment and Parks, Experiences & Products are the other two segments.

The reorganization comes amid the exit of former CEO Bob Chapek and the re-entry of CEO Bob Iger. As one of Iger’s first moves back running Disney, he announced a restructuring of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

It was also reported that Jimmy Pitaro will continue as the president of ESPN.

In total, more than 7,000 jobs will be eliminated after the restructuring.

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Roger Goodell: ‘Wouldn’t Surprise Me’ To See Thursday Night Football Move to Flex Scheduling

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon.”

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In 2023, Monday Night Football will join Sunday Night Football in having the ability to flex NFL games into its window. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday Night Football could someday join that elite club.

During his “State of the League” speech Wednesday, Goodell said Thursday Night Football having the ability to flex matchups “wouldn’t at all surprise me”.

“Not today, but it’ll certainly be something that’s on our horizon,” the NFL Commissioner said.

ESPN bargained for the ability to move higher profile games into Monday Night Football during its negotiations with the league for the next television contract that begins this upcoming season.

NBC has long held the ability to shift a select number of games from earlier windows into the Sunday Night Football primetime slot.

Amazon Prime Video just completed the first of an 11-year contract that sees the streaming platform spend nearly $1 billion per year on the Thursday Night Football package.

One of the largest storylines of Amazon’s debut season with the NFL was the near-constant ridicule from play-by-play announcer Al Michaels over the lackluster TNF schedule. Michaels made headlines over several weeks for his candor on the lack of interesting matchups, going as far as to joke that if the schedule didn’t improve he would retire.

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