The Slime Zone is back for the NFL playoffs again this season, and don’t worry parents… there isn’t any chance of gambling talk slipping into the broadcast. ViacomCBS announced some key plans for the NFL coverage this year.
According to The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch, the company is bringing back the Nickelodeon Wild Card game broadcast and will continue to outlaw sports betting information on their game broadcasts.
The broadcast was met with strong reviews last year as a nice way to get kids more interested in the sport of football. Producers used different graphics and Nick-character appearances to create a fun, cartoon feel around the game.
Now they are diving back into the “Nick” universe for another dose of slime.
“This is a first of its kind presentation for the NFL together with Nickelodeon, and we are very excited to create a unique telecast that will maximize the co-viewing appeal for kids and families while maintaining the integrity of the game and its traditions,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said about the broadcast in January. “Partnering with Nickelodeon to showcase the NFL Playoffs is a great opportunity to highlight the power, depth, and reach of ViacomCBS, as we continue to unlock the true potential of our merged company with the first of many opportunities between CBS Sports and our ViacomCBS family.”
Don’t expect to see Spongebob Squarepants collecting bet slips on any of the graphics. CBS won’t be discussing gambling on the Nickelodeon broadcast or any of their games this season. That keeps in line with prior stances on sports betting.
Yet, with so many states legalizing the practice and the NFL now openly in business with sportsbooks, it’s a wonder why CBS is unwilling to discuss the medium. Regardless, NFL fans can expose their kids to the fun side of the sport without having to worry about another vice when they tune into the Wild Card round in a few months.
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St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI
It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.
St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.
According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.
Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.
“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”
McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.
NFL Flex Scheduling Forces ESPN To Change Bowl Schedule
The NFL flex scheduling an upcoming Las Vegas Radiers game out of Sunday Night Football on December 18 has forced ESPN to make a slight adjustment with its college bowl season schedule. But the change was something the worldwide leader was prepared to make.
The Raiders were originally scheduled to play the New England Patriots in the primetime window a week before Christmas, but with both teams losing ground in terms of the AFC playoff picture, NBC opted to go with a different game that night instead. Now fans will be tuning in to see the rematch between the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.
The shift out of the Sunday night window for the Raiders forced ESPN to swap kickoff times for the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl the day before on December 17. Florida and Oregon State will play in Vegas at 2:30 p.m. eastern, with BYU and SMU facing off in Albuquerque at 7:30 p.m.
The switch allows workers at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas enough time to switch the venue over from college bowl game to Raiders home game.
“We are accustomed to flexibility and we anticipated having to maneuver our event schedules based on the possibility of the Raiders game being flexed,” said ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby.
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FOX Scores Most-Watched PAC-12 Championship Game Ever
Friday night’s Pac-12 championship game between Utah and USC drew the largest audience in the game’s history, according to FOX.
Over 6.2 million tuned in to watch the Utes dominate the Trojans 47-24 and dash USC’s hopes at making the College Football Playoff.
The network said viewership was up 45% compared to the 2021 title game, which aired on ABC and also featured Utah. The Utes won the conference crown in convincing fashion that year too, posting a 38-10 victory over Oregon.
The Pac-12 will be without USC and UCLA as member schools following the 2023 season. The Trojans and the Bruins will join the Big Ten in 2024.