Don’t listen to people that say they hate the play-in tournament preceding this year’s NBA Playoffs. The numbers say fans are showing up in droves. Wednesday night was no exception.
ESPN’s PR account on Twitter revealed that the Lakers’ three-point win over Golden State is the most watched NBA game of any kind on the network since 2019’s Western Conference Finals.
The telecast won the night with key demos across all of television. It drew more than 5.6 million viewers on average, and peaked just before 1 am on the East Coast with an audience of 6.15 million.
It wasn’t just the late game that delivered Wednesday night. A press release from ESPN noted that the Lakers’ win overtook the team’s Christmas Day matchup with Dallas as the most watched NBA game of the season, but the early contest, which saw Memphis eliminate San Antonio, ended up as the third most-watched game of the season to air on ESPN.
Hopefully, the NBA can ride this momentum into the playoffs. Any kind of viewership rebound would be welcome after back to back years of decreasing audiences and the spotlight conservative media has shined on that fact.
Dwayne Johnson Reveals His $30 Million T Rex Skull On Manningcast
“Due to the worldwide web, viewers were able to discover Stan the T-Rex was sold for over $30 million in 2020.”
One of the most recognizable and famous men on the planet joined Peyton and Eli on Monday Night Football’s “ManningCast” last night. Dwayne “The Rock Johnson” was a fantastic guest, especially considering the game itself was not particularly interesting. The Rams essentially dominated the game with the Cardinals not being able to get out of their own way at times.
However, some viewers were much more interested in the background of Johnson’s screen than they were with the game. It looked as though “The Rock” had his own rock, that was actually a large dinosaur skull.
In time Johnson was asked about it. He told the Manning brothers the skull was named Stan and it is the most complete T-Rex skeleton ever to be excavated by a paleontologist.
If anyone were to have a house ornament like this it makes sense that Johnson is the one to have it casually sitting behind him. Thanks to the worldwide web, viewers were able to discover Stan the T-Rex was sold for over $30 million in 2020. Per National Geographic:
“Now, an auctioneer’s hammer has thrown Stan’s future into question, with the dinosaur bones sold off to the highest—and, so far, anonymous—bidder, stoking fear among experts that this beloved T. rex may be lost to science.
On October 6, the London-based auction house Christie’s sold the T. rex for a record $31.8 million, the highest price ever paid at auction for a fossil.”
It looks like all of that Fast and Furious money can get you some pretty cool stuff.
Carton & Roberts: Could Mike Mayock’s Failure Hurt Louis Riddick?
“The firing of Mayock brings a plethora of questions that were discussed on WFAN’s Carton & Roberts.”
Mike Mayock was fired by the Las Vegas Raiders from his general manager position on Monday. Mayock spent just three seasons with the Raiders, but it was certainly an eventful ride.
Besides the issues with Jon Gruden and his e-mails that ensued this season, Mayock himself also made some poor decisions when it came to top draft picks. The Raiders ended up cutting two of Mayock’s first round picks, Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette, as a result of their actions off the field.
The firing of Mayock brings a plethora of questions that were discussed on WFAN’s Carton & Roberts.
What next step does Mayock make? Could he try to go back to NFL Network, or would he take another job as an executive?
Carton & Roberts pointed out that Mayock may have a little “stink” on him if he were to try and go back to television as a draft expert seeing as he essentially failed at that position for an NFL team.
While the stink may wear off if Mayock were to lay low for a while, it could also make it difficult for other television personalities to be hired by NFL front offices. Louis Riddick, of Monday Night Football, has apparently shown interest in front office positions. Craig Carton hypothetically asked if Mayock’s failure have a ripple effect on tv personalites in the same way Urban Meyer’s failure could have a ripple effect on NFL teams hiring college coaches?
Other than trying to go back to television, it is also possible Mayock goes for a lower-level position in the NFL. It will be interesting to see how the NFL’s teams and networks respond to Mayock’s availability.
Apple Has Up To $200 Billion For Live Sports
“NFL Sunday Ticket is among the big players that could be up for purchase, according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives.”
It’s been an ongoing rumor that Apple is looking to get into the live sports realm, and it appears that’s getting closer to becoming a reality.
MacRumors on Monday reported a recent investor note sent out by the tech giant indicates the company is itching to spend a chunk of its $200 billion on its balance sheet on live sports.
NFL Sunday Ticket is among the big players that could be up for purchase, according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives. NASCAR and the NBA also potential areas of interest, in addition to college sports offerings from the Big Ten, Pac 12, Big East and Big 12.
Apple TV+ currently doesn’t have any live TV programming offered, and with the focus on original programming, the service could bring in an influx of new subscribers if it managed to land a top-tier product.
MacRumors also noted that Apple is in talks with Major League Baseball to potentially have rights to games. With baseball in a lockout, there’s no telling where discussions stand.
But at this point, Apple likely feels like they’re a step behind other streaming giants like Amazon. And with cash burning a hole in their wallet, landing Sunday Ticket or the NBA could level the playing field.
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