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NBC Confirms Super Bowl Is Final Sideline Gig For Michele Tafoya

“Tafoya began her sports media career in 1993 and is now the most-honored national television sideline reporter in U.S. sports with four Emmy Awards.”

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Michele Tafoya will work her final NBC Sunday Night Football game at Super Bowl LVI on February 13.

Tafoya began her sports media career in 1993 and is now the most-honored national television sideline reporter in U.S. sports with four Emmy Awards.

“My time with NBC Sports has been the most satisfying of my career.  I’ve had the good fortune of collaborating with a team that is amongst the best at what they do, and the support I’ve received in this position has been unparalleled,” Tafoya said. “The list of people to thank is incredibly long, but for now, I will say I am immeasurably grateful to Fred Gaudelli, Drew Esocoff, Al Michaels, and Cris Collinsworth. They are the backbone of the Sunday Night Football family.”

“Some may consider me crazy to walk away from one of the more coveted roles in sports television, and I do not doubt that I will miss many aspects of the job.  But for some time, I have been considering other areas I would like to explore both personally and professionally. I couldn’t ignore that little voice anymore after what we have all endured over the last few years. There’s no better way to walk away from covering the NFL than with one more Super Bowl!”

Tafoya will work her fifth Super Bowl (and 327th NFL game, the most national primetime games for an NFL sideline reporter) at SoFi Stadium just around 10 miles from where she grew up in Manhattan Beach. 

Tafoya’s trophy case has become quite crowded over the years.  She was awarded the Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter 4 times, and also received 2 Gracie awards from the American Women in Radio and Television – awarded to “Outstanding On-Air Talent in a Sports Program” for her work as a sideline reporter on Sunday Night Football, and in 1997 for “Outstanding Achievement by an Individual On-Air TV Personality” for her WNBA work with Lifetime.  Along with these awards she has covered some of the biggest events and names in sports including the Super Bowl, Olympics, Michael Phelps, and Brett Favre.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT MICHELE TAFOYA:

Fred Gaudelli, SNF Executive Producer — “No one has performed the sideline reporter role better than Michele in my professional lifetime. She’s as good at her job as Al and Cris are at theirs. Her contributions to Sunday Night Football have been significant and I know she’ll be successful at whatever she chooses next.”

Drew Esocoff, SNF Director — “Michele is the consummate professional and more important, the ultimate friend. I’ve enjoyed every second of our work time together. We will miss her contributions to SNF which have been enormous!”

Al Michaels, SNF Play-by-Play – “Michele Tafoya is the perfect broadcast partner. I’ve worked with Michele on both the NFL and NBA on close to 350 telecasts and she always hits it out of the park. Her preparation is unmatched and her ability to convey what she’s addressing in the moment is flawless. And she does it in the snow or rain or heat or any element you can think of. What she does on the air speaks for itself but what she does behind the scenes in fleshing out stories through the years has been invaluable to me and to John Madden, Cris Collinsworth, Doc Rivers, Hubie Brown and every production unit she’s been a part of. And on top of all this is who she is – brilliant, funny, compassionate, understanding and a mom who just happens to have raised, along with husband Mark, two beautiful children. Working with Michele has been pure joy.”

Cris Collinsworth, SNF Analyst – “I am having such mixed emotions with this announcement.  I am so happy that Michele gets to turn her attention to her passion for changing the world. But, I am saddened at the thought of losing such an important member of our family. Michele makes every day at NBC Sports fun. She can take a joke and she can certainly dish them out. We have all had so many laughs together that at times it is easy to take for granted how incredibly talented she is and how hard she works every day at her craft. Michele is our standard. When topics that require meaningful research and depth of thought come up on Sunday Night Football, Al and I always say the same thing, ‘Let’s go down to Michele.’ Michele, we love you and will miss you badly.”

Brett Favre, Hall of Fame Quarterback – “From Monday nights to Sunday nights, I always enjoyed spending time in the production meetings with Michele. However, my absolute favorite was the postgame interview because we had won the game. Fortunately, I was able to participate in my fair share of those. Michele always kept the focus on the game and asked the questions fans wanted answered. I want to wish her the best in whatever comes next, and congratulate her on a great career.”

Peyton Manning, Hall of Fame Quarterback – “Michele Tafoya is a true professional. During my time in the NFL and even going back to the University of Tennessee, I always enjoyed my conversations with her in production meetings and our interviews on the field. She would bring out the joy in players during her interviews. That is one of her biggest strengths, getting players to talk about their emotions, what they were thinking and all that went into helping their team get a big win. It was always fun talking with Michele after a game because that meant you won and she had a unique way of bringing out all that went into that moment. Michele has done it the right way and done it for a long time at the highest level. I wish her all the best in this next chapter. One heckuva job well done, Michele. Congratulations on an extraordinary run, and I wish you all the best.”

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The Masters on ESPN Averages 3.17 Million Viewers, Most-Watched First Round Since 2015

Consumers are able to watch The Masters throughout Friday utilizing ESPN+, Masters.com or The Masters App in addition to the linear telecast at 3 p.m. EST.

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As golfers tee off from Augusta National for the 88th playing of The Masters, ESPN averaged 3.17 million viewers for its coverage of the opening round on Thursday. This is the most-watched first round since the 2015 edition of The Masters drew 3.22 million viewers, a final national number that does not include out-of-home viewing. ESPN began broadcasting coverage of The Masters in 2008 after USA Network had covered the first two rounds since 1982. The average of 3.17 million is the fourth-highest on record, only being surpassed by the iterations of the tournament held in 2015, 2009 and 2010. Ratings for the tournament were first reported by Jon Lewis of Sports Media Watch.

The opening round of the tournament last year averaged 2.51 million viewers, making this year’s broadcast a 26% year-over-year increase. Furthermore, the 2024 Masters opening round was up 12% from 2022 when it attained an average of 2.82 million viewers. ESPN was able to achieve this total despite initial play being delayed by rain; however, it was able to present several top golfers on the course including Tiger Woods, who had to complete his first round on Friday morning before playing a full second round of golf.

Coming into Friday, LIV golf pro and 2020 U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau was at the top of The Masters leaderboard with a 65 at seven under par. PGA Tour pro Scottie Scheffler sat in second with a 66 and six under par. Consumers are able to watch The Masters throughout Friday utilizing ESPN+, Masters.com or The Masters App in addition to the linear telecast at 3 p.m. EST.

Scott Van Pelt, Curtis Strange, Michael Eaves and Geoff Ogilvy are broadcasting live from Augusta National throughout the tournament, bringing fans key moments, interviews and analysis. The network also aired coverage of the Par 3 Contest on Wednesday afternoon, which drew an average of 650,000 viewers on the network and featured Sean McDonough, Curtis Strange and Marty Smith on the call.

ESPN is broadcasting The Masters for the 17th consecutive year, coverage of which is preceded by Welcome to the Masters hosted by Laura Rutledge with features, interviews and tournament highlights. ESPN Deportes is also broadcasting from Augusta National with announcers John Stucliffe, Hernán Rey and Matias Anselmo. The third and final rounds will be aired in Spanish on ESPN Deportes from 5 to 6 p.m. EST on Saturday and 5 to 7 p.m. EST on Sunday.

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Cynopsis Announces 2024 Sports Media Awards Winners

You can find a list of the winners for the 2024 Cynopsis Sports Media Awards below:

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Cynopsis held its 2024 Sports Media Awards ceremony on Thursday night in New York City, revealing winners across a variety of different categories. In addition to awards within categories, Cynopsis also granted standalone honors to different professionals in the sports media space. The ceremony was hosted by Colin Cosell, public address announcer for the New York Mets, New York Riptide and several Division I college teams. You can find a list of the winners for the 2024 Cynopsis Sports Media Awards below:

Navigator Award

  • Carolyn Tisch Blodgett
    • CEO and Founder | Next 3

Trailblazer Award

  • Keith Dawkins
    • President | Harlem Globetrotters and Hersch and Entertainment Studios

Engagement Innovation Luminary Award

  • Nickelodeon | CBS Sports
    • Kyle Moffat | Senior Director, Unscripted Development | Nickelodeon
    • Jennifer Bryson | Vice President, Production – Tentpoles, Events, Music & Specials | Nickelodeon
    • Shawn Robbins | Executive Producer/Coordinating Producer | CBS Sports

Excellence in Media Luminary Award

  • YES Network
    • Jared Boshnack | Vice President, Productions | YES Network

Brands of the Year

  • Carmax
    • Brandy Everhart | Director of Media & Partnerships | Carmax
  • Toyota
    • Dedra DeLilli | Head of Sponsorships | Toyota

All-Stars

  • Alexa Landestoy
    • Host/Reporter | Monumental Sports Network
  • Aliyah Funschelle
    • Sports Content Creator | Sports with Aliyah
  • Buster Scher
    • Founder | The Buster Agency, Hoops Nation
  • Sofia Tsachouridou
    • Senior Corporate Counsel | DraftKings
  • Laura Sonday
    • Editor-in-Chief | TennisONE LLC

Award Category Winners

CategoryAward WinnerTitle or Company
Activation at Live EventNew York JetsNew York Jets x LED Wristbands
Awareness Campaign for a Social Good by a Brand/Cause/LeagueWashington CommandersWashington Commanders Salute to Service Programming
Best Campaign to Engage with Consumers 30 and YoungerNFL MediaYouth Flag Football “Let’s Play”
Best Expansion of Team Marketing Outside North AmericaNew York JetsNew York Jets x Chicago Bears UK Girls Flag Football League
Best Fan Engagement ToolHang MediaHang Media
Best in Content Storytelling by a BrandNFL MediaDiana Flores – Super Bowl Commercial Surprise
Best in Content Storytelling by a LeagueHarlem GlobetrottersHarlem Globetrotters
Best in Team Communications/MarketingFOX SportsFOX Sports Communications & Marketing
Best Marketing Campaign by a College or UniversityLSU AthleticsThat Kid Jayden
Best Platform Geared to Diverse Sports Interest and AthletesNew York JetsEmpowHER: Keep Rising
Best Social Responsibility ActivationDIRECTVDIRECTV Soccer Champions Tour – “Goals for Good”
Best Social Responsibility ActivationThe Coach Knapp Memorial FundThe Coach Knapp Stair Climb
Best Streaming Platform InnovationPrime VideoPrime Vision with Next Gen Stats
Best Use of a FAST ChannelSportsGridSportsGrid: #1 Sports FAST Channel
Best Use of Brand Activation – Women’s Sports PropertiesHang MediaHang Media
Best Use of Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) by a Brand, Athlete or SchoolMuscle Milk/WNBA – Own Your StrengthMuscle Milk/WNBA – Own Your Strength
Best Use Overall of Web 3.0 from AR and VR to AINickelodeonSuper Bowl LVIII Live From Bikini Bottom
Broadcast/Consumer Tech InnovationCBS SportsDoink Camera
Digital ExecutiveKelly PrachtnVenue
Diversity InitiativeHarlem GlobetrottersHarlem Globetrotters
Documentary Series or Special – IndividualESPNSC Featured: Nothing Else Matters, Alexandra Nolen
Documentary Series or Special – TeamBig Ten NetworkB1G Story: Nebraska Volleyball
Esports EventONE EsportsONE Esports MPL Invitational 2023
League of the Year for Breakthrough SportSlamBallSlamBall
Live Coverage of a Sporting Event (Regional/Local)Bally Sports SouthSpecial Hall of Fame Booth Calls Braves vs Mets Thriller
Live Coverage of a Sporting Event (Regional/Local)Marquee Sports NetworkCubs Walk-Off vs White Sox
Live Coverage of a Sporting Event (National)TelemundoEl Clásico de México: Chivas vs. América
Live Stream PresentationPrime VideoBlack Friday Football
Live Stream PresentationProcter & Gamble (P&G)P&G Battle of the Paddles
Marketing Campaign (National)FOX Sports2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup: USA vs The World
Marketing Campaign (Regional/Local)Washington Wizards2023-24 City Edition Boundary Stone Campaign
Marketing ExecutiveKristen HerlihyOmaha Productions
Mobile AppONE EsportsONE Esports Mobile App for Samsung Galaxy
New Sports ShowMonumental Sports NetworkCaps Red Line
New Sports ShowThe VolumeNightcap
Overall Social Media Excellence (Brand)Bleacher ReportBleacher Report
Overall Social Media Excellence (Limited Run/Campaign)NBAThe Larry O’Brien Trophy’s NBA Finals Bucket List
Pregame ShowTelemundoCopa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA: La Antesala
Production ExecutiveTherese AndrewsOmaha Productions
Reality/Docu-SeriesNew York JetsFlight 23: Ascension
RSN of the YearMarquee Sports NetworkMarquee Sports Network
Seasonal Coverage (National)Omaha ProductionsMonday Night Football with Peyton and Eli
Seasonal Coverage (Regional)Marquee Sports NetworkChicago Cubs on Marquee Sports Network
Spoken Word Series – English/Non-EnglishNBC, Telemundo, On Her Turf and LemonadaMy New Favorite Futbolista
Spot (30 seconds) – NationalFOX Sports“Goalkeeping” – FOX Sports + Geico
Spot (30 seconds) – RegionalYES NetworkNY Liberty – Season Tease
Spot (Over 30 seconds) – NationalFOX SportsUndisputed: Eulogy
Spot (Over 30 seconds) – RegionalYES NetworkYES – We Got Nets
Studio ShowPrime VideoTNF Tonight/TNF Halftime/TNF Nightcap
Tune-In PromotionFOX Sports2023 NASCAR Daytona 500: Metallica
Use of Integrated Sponsorship for BroadcastHaworth Marketing + MediaSports Change Lives with Integrated Sponsorship of NCAA Basketball
Webisode SeriesBleacher ReportHero Ball

Presenters

  • Jessica Berman
    • Commissioner | National Women’s Soccer League
  • Bonnie Bernstein
    • Founder & CEO | Walk Swiftly Productions
  • Nate Burleson
    • Analyst & Host | CBS, CBS Sports & Nickelodeon
  • Noah Coslov
    • Broadcaster & Personal Producer
  • Nathan Lindberg
    • Owner | MONEYBADGER Consulting LLC
  • Nancy Newman
    • Yankees Batting Practice Today Host & Yankees and Nets Pre- and Post-Game Studio Anchor | YES Network
  • Christina Norman
    • Head of Content | National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)

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‘Voices’ Returns With New Episode Sunday on FOX

Former MLB pitcher and two-time Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia will make a special appearance with an essay tribute to Jackie Robinson within the episode.

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The award-winning series, Voices, from FOX Sports that features diverse sports stories that impact community and culture will be returning to the air with a new episode on FOX this Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. EST. Hosted by FOX NFL reporter Kristina Pink, the presentation will honor legacies within sports that have paved the way for future generations, including Jackie Robinson, Reggie Jackson, Madison Hammond, Caitlin Clark and Camryn Bynum.

Ahead of Jackie Robinson Day on Monday, April 15, FOX Sports is commemorating the 77th anniversary of his MLB debut that broke the color barrier. Former Major League Baseball pitcher and two-time Cy Young Award winner CC Sabathia will make a special appearance with an essay tribute to Robinson within the episode.

Additionally, the show will provide a profile on Reggie Jackson’s Mr. October Foundation, which is focused on providing access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education for underserved youth in several communities. Aside from its work in New York City, Detroit, Oakland and St. Louis, the organization also cultivates pathways of employment.

Voices will highlight Angel City FC defender Madison Hammond, who is the first Native American to play in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Throughout the segment, it aims to display the historic representation and how she is a role model to aspiring indigenous female athletes around the world. Iowa Hawkeyes point guard and NCAA Division I all-time scoring leader Caitlin Clark will be highlighted through a vignette as well. The presentation will include her run to the national championship and her greater effect on women’s sports.

Minnesota Vikings safety Camryn Bynum and the work he performs through the Bynum Faith Foundation in the Philippines will also be promulgated. The organization brings awareness regarding community hardships and provides long-term support and disaster relief with the goal of restoring hope, faith and love to underserved communities both in the Philippines and in the United States. Bynum recently introduced Camp Beezy, a program that makes the sport of American football accessible to young athletes in the Philippines, and will be part of the episode as well.

Voices will also feature a look into the history and culture of marching bands at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). This part of the show features interviews with band leaders from Tennessee State University and Virginia State University, along with performances from both schools. Moreover, Florida A&M University (FAMU), Southern University, Alabama State University, Norfolk State University, Jackson State University, Langston University, Texas Southern University and Morgan State University will be included in the performances.

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