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Former NFL Linebacker Sam Acho Joins ESPN

Former NFL linebacker Sam Acho joined ESPN and will cover both college football and the NFL, the network announced in a statement.

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Activist and former NFL veteran Sam Acho will join ESPN in a multi-year deal, the network announced on Wednesday. Acho played nine seasons in the league after a career at Texas that saw him win the Wuerffel Trophy, given for outstanding commitment to community service.

“Sam is a welcome addition to ESPN,” said Lee Fitting, ESPN senior vice president of production. “Our viewers will quickly come to know and appreciate Sam’s trademark energy, his passion for the game, his dynamic analysis, and his ability to connect with commentators, coaches and players alike.”

Acho will work as a studio analyst for college football, serve as a commentator for select games, and also appear on SportsCenter, Get Up and College Football Live discussing both college and professional football. He will join his brother Emmanuel in the profession, who previously worked for ESPN before switching over to Fox Sports. The younger brother sent out his best wishes on Twitter.

In addition to his football career and service to the community, Sam Acho was also once featured in an AOL article about six NFL players who have genius IQs.

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Diamond Sports Group Names David Preschlack CEO

“He will be tasked with growing the company’s footprint and getting the Bally Sports properties back on track.”

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Diamond Sports Group has its first CEO. Sinclair, the parent company of Diamond, has named David Preschlack to the position. He comes to the company after stints with ESPN and NBC Sports.

“David is the ideal person to lead Diamond at this critical point in its development,” said Randy Freer, Chairman of DSG’s Board of Managers, in a press release. “David possesses a unique combination of deep sports broadcasting expertise, sound business judgment, and a track record of successfully managing relationships with major sports leagues and multichannel video programming distributors that will be invaluable as we work to realize the full potential of DSG’s Bally Sports Networks.”

Preschlack is no stranger to the Board of Managers. He has been a member since May.

He will be tasked with growing the company’s footprint and getting the Bally Sports properties back on track. The regional sports network business has had troubles in recent years as a number of TV providers drop them from channel lineups.

The Bally Sports Networks have lost 10% of subscribers in the last year. The company also posted a $1.1 billion loss in Q3 2022.

David Preschlack is optimistic about where the company can grow. He points not only to linear television but to the company’s Bally Sports+ streaming platform as valuable assets.

“Diamond is uniquely situated to create a differentiated and truly integrated regional sports offering that puts fans first by delivering live local sports in an immersive engagement environment, and I am honored to step into the role of CEO at this important moment,” he said. “My focus over the next few months will be on fostering and strengthening the relationships with our league partners and addressing the Company’s legacy financial issues, including strengthening our balance sheet, so that we can position Diamond to drive long-term, sustainable value for our stakeholders. I look forward to working closely with my talented and dedicated colleagues to make our vision for the future a reality.”

Sinclair said that it will continue to provide management services to Diamond and maintain a presence on its board.

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FOX Sports Sees Nearly 13 Million Viewers For USA vs Netherlands World Cup Match

It averaged 12.966 million, which is up 163% from the 2018 Knockout Round average from the 2018 World Cup.

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The United States was eliminated from the 2022 World Cup after a 3-1 defeat to The Netherlands, but the viewership was a ratings win for FOX Sports.

The broadcast averaged nearly 13 million viewers Saturday morning. It averaged 12.966 million, which is up 163% from the 2018 Knockout Round average from the 2018 World Cup, which the United States didn’t participate in. The 12.966 million figure is a slight dip compared to total from the USA’s match against England in the group stage, which saw 15.377 million viewers. That game was the most-watched soccer match in US English-language television history, which was played on Black Friday at 2:00 PM ET.

The match peaked at more than 16 million viewers during the second half of the contest. Nearly 600,000 viewers streamed the match, making in the second-most streamed game of the tournament.

The top five highest-rated markets were Cincinnati, St. Louis, Washington D.C., Kansas City, and Austin.

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Robin Roberts: ‘I Am Going To Tell Peyton To Be Nicer To Eli On Manningcast’

“In addition to Roberts, Peyton and Eli Manning will welcome ESPN’s Randy Moss and UFC president Dana White to the Week 13 broadcast.”

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One of the celebrity guests for the Week 13 Manningcast has been revealed. Monday on Good Morning America, Robin Roberts revealed that she will be a guest of the Manning brothers when her hometown team, the New Orleans Saints, take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Eli Manning joined Roberts to make the announcement. He told her to be prepared to make fun of some of her GMA co-hosts, because that is kind of par for the course with the Manning brothers.

“I am going to be on Team Eli,” she responded. “I’m gonna tell Peyton to knock it off. Be nice to your brother!”.

Eli Manning appreciated that Roberts recognized how hard the older Manning is on his little brother.

“Your Saints won a Super Bowl in 2010, and you know who they beat? My brother!” he said, promising that the topic will come up during the game, so he hopes that Roberts is ready to “come in hot.”

Robin Roberts is no stranger to the sports world. Prior to making the move to news, she was a part of ESPN’s SportsCenter lineup. She also played basketball in college at Southeastern Louisiana University, which Eli says he may have pictures of to share with the audience.

Roberts asked Eli how the brothers like having guests from outside of the football world on the Manningcast as opposed to current and former players and coaches.

The former Giants quarterback namedropped Barack Obama, Condoleeza Rice and Snoop Dogg as celebrity guests that have been great on the show.

“Getting to hear their passion they had about the game growing up, their favorite teams, favorite players. Just like myself, I grew up a Saints fan like you. I remember all those players when I was 14, 15, 16 years old going to games and that is such a vivid memory for me and a time when the passion was so real. So it is fun to hear those people and those guests talk about that time and see that they are huge sports fans and huge football fans and they have their team and are loyal to their team.”

In addition to Roberts, Peyton and Eli Manning will welcome ESPN’s Randy Moss and UFC president Dana White to the Week 13 broadcast.

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