Rich Eisen returns to the NFL Draft this season after a year away. He will again anchor the NFL Network’s coverage of the event in Cleveland.
2021 will be an interesting draft for a number of reasons. First, it represents the return to an in-person event. Covid-19 turned into into a series of Zoom calls in 2020. Also, this particular draft could see as many as five quarterbacks taken in round one. Eisen says that will likely bring a number of viewers that may not watch the event otherwise.
“If we all know that pick is going to be a defensive tackle or an offensive tackle, to be honest, it’s not going to be that great of a level of interest,” he told Richard Deitsch. “Then it’s your job as a broadcaster to keep people tuned in once the quarterbacks go off the board.”
It seems like a virtual certainty that the first two picks will both the be quarterbacks. Rich Eisen is pretty sure the third pick will be a quarterback too, but it would be a first if all of the first four picks are quarterbacks. Frankly, it is history Eisen hopes to see on Thursday night.
“It would be tremendous. We’ve never seen four in a row, so you have a chance to see something unprecedented. Then the conversation is which one of those franchises just had their generationally-talented, franchise-altering pick and which by the odds of the football gods did not. That’s for down the road. If one goes after the other and after the other, it’ll just be an evaluation for 40 straight minutes. Then comes the aftermath, and by that I mean all the other supremely talented players that would ordinarily have gone somewhere between picks 1 and 4 and getting pushed down. That might mean trades are going to be made to get somebody equally generationally talented like (Florida tight end) Kyle Pitts or (LSU wide receiver) Ja’Marr Chase. Then what happens after that? What about the two Alabama wideouts? When will the fifth quarterback be taken? What happens when the Cowboys are on the clock? It’s tremendous. I’m very excited. It goes very fast.”
The NFL Draft is a unique event. Rich Eisen says he is honored to have hosted the NFL Network’s coverage for so long. He told Deitsch that he is always excited to be part of an event built around young athletes seeing their hard work pay off.
“I love all of that. It’s a very unique role in sports television that I do not take for granted and I will never be jaded about.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.