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Peyton Manning Shares Manning-Cast Details With Bill Simmons

“Guests and other added elements are possibilities as Manning laid out details on his new sports broadcasting role.”

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Courtesy: Eli Manning

ESPN bagged the broadcasting white whale when they set up alternate Monday Night Football broadcasts with Peyton and Eli Manning. The two are carrying out ten broadcasts per year over the next few seasons on ESPN2. 

Peyton joined The Bill Simmons Podcast and discussed the format of the new family venture, Including where they are recording each week.

“I’m going to be in Denver,” the newly enshrined Pro Football Hall of Famer said on the show. “At a buddy’s kind of garage cave. Eli’s going to be in his backhouse in [New] Jersey, we are going to be watching the game together. That’s the coolest part. I haven’t watched a Monday Night Football game with Eli since the fall of 1993.”

The two brothers are ready to talk all the biggest on-field action and shake up their football-watching habits together. Although, don’t expect to hear play-by-play of a 2nd down gain for two yards.

“It’s like we are at a bar watching a game, Bill,” Manning continued describing their plan for the show. “The viewer is kind of sitting down with us. When the game is great, we will be on the game. We’re probably not going to analyze the 2nd & 1 running play that nobody really cares about.”

Guests and other added elements are possibilities as Manning laid out details on his new sports broadcasting role.

“During that time, we are going to be telling a war story,” Manning described. “We are going to have Charles Barkley on to tell us why he didn’t play college football. You know entertaining stuff, but when the quarterback is talking to that coach on the sideline, Eli and I are going to probably role play. I’m going to tell you what the coach is saying to him and Eli is going to tell me what the quarterback is saying back.”

Fans get their first taste of the Manning-Cast when the Las Vegas Raiders battle the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 13.

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Tom Brady Announces Retirement, Doesn’t Mention FOX Plans

“While it didn’t take that long to announce he was hanging up his cleats, Brady still may need time to decide what he is actually doing next season.”

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You have to give Tom Brady credit. He announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday morning, and while he swears this is really it, he also acknowledges that he has to keep things simple this time around.

“I’m retiring, for good,” he said in a video posted on social media. “I know the process was a pretty big deal last time, so when I woke up this morning I figured I’d just press record and let you guys know first. I won’t be long-winded. You only get one super emotional retirement essay and I used mine up last year.”

This announcement comes a year to the day that Tom Brady announced his first retirement. That one lasted just 40 days before the Buccaneers’ quarterback announced that he had changed his mind and would play the 2022 season.

Brady swears his playing days really are over. He ended the video with a message to his family, friends, teammates and opponents.

“Thank you guys for letting me live my absolute dream. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Two weeks ago, Jordan Schultz reported that Brady planned to take a month before deciding on his future. While it didn’t take that long to announce he was hanging up his cleats, Brady still may need time to decide what he is actually doing next season.

Tom Brady did not mention FOX in his retirement announcement. The network gave him a ten-year contract worth $375 million to serve as a brand ambassador and analyst in its top NFL booth. It has widely been reported that the deal is a standing offer. Brady may not be obligated to start right away.

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Peacock Announces 19 Game 2023 Baseball Schedule

“It all starts on April 23 at 12:05 p.m. as the Colorado Rockies take on the defending N.L. champion Philadelphia Phillies.”

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MLB games are returning to Peacock in 2023. NBC announced its full schedule of Sunday matinee games on Tuesday.

It all starts on April 23 at 12:05 p.m. as the Colorado Rockies take on the defending N.L. champion Philadelphia Phillies.

Peacock will carry all 19 games this year. The game on May 7, an 11:35 a.m. first pitch, features the Baltimore Orioles and the Atlanta Braves and will also be simulcast on NBC.

As was the case for the first year of this deal in 2022, the Peacock games will be the only MLB action until 1:35 p.m.

Games will air on Peacock through September 3. NBC has not announced its broadcast team for these games.

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PGA Tour Expects Mic’d Players To Be Common For 2023 TV Broadcasts

“This doesn’t need to be a walk and talk like I did. But we can make it what you want it to be.”

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Following the success with Max Homa last weekend, the PGA Tour is planning to mic a player up this weekend at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

According to Sports Business Journal, the Tour is considering micing up a player on either the 14th or 18th hole at Pebble Beach.

“The point of this is that if you want it to just be, they have an air pod on your caddie and they ask him one question, he could elaborate on something,” Homa said in an interview on the podcast No Laying Up. “That would be an improvement. This doesn’t need to be a walk and talk like I did. But we can make it what you want it to be.”

Homa added that he appreciated that the questions he was asked while taking part in the segment were solely on the task at hand and tackling the hole he was on.

“It wasn’t about how it is being a dad, how it is being in contention, it’s about golf,” he said. “This hole. That’s what we wanted it to be.”

CBS received positive reviews for debuting the new segment in their season debut at Torrey Pines last week.

It will be interesting to see if having players mic’d up for a segment will carry into NBC coverage or if it remains exclusively CBS. Have to think that in April at The Masters, if CBS keeps with it, the segment has the potential to be pretty compelling especially if the interview is with a player in contention or even leading.

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