Sports Business Journal has announced their awards for the year, and as expected the Manningcast alternate feed for ESPN’s Monday Night Football has received some high praise.
The Manningcast was named “the best innovation” for the year. The alternate broadcast concept has been done before by ESPN, but the Mannings have taken it to the next level.
“What was clear to all of us was that flexibility was important,” ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro told the Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast in October. “I think Peyton said that, Eli said that, that flexibility in terms of his family was his top priority, and what I communicated back to Peyton is that we’re willing to be creative here.”
Flexibility is the keyword when it comes to the Manningcast. Both Peyton and Eli can go from having attention to detail and being analytical about the game, and quickly shift to comedic and light-hearted, a welcome sight for viewers at home.
Eli Manning believes what makes the telecast so good is that it feels special, it doesn’t take place every Monday night which allows the content to not get stale.
“We signed a contract to do 10 games a year for three years, and no one’s talked about changing that,” he said. “You’ve got a few bye weeks to get a break, get a breather, which is helpful.” said Manning.
The product has received plenty of interest from potential suitors once their contract with ESPN runs up in 2023.
It is also possible that we won’t see any more Manningcast in the future, as Peyton has expressed interest in joining an ownership group for the Denver Broncos in the near future.
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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.