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Chris Simms: Dad’s Super Bowl Win Is Key To My Success

“I don’t know if I would be here if it wasn’t for the L.A. Super Bowl, my dad’s Super Bowl XXI.”

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There were far fewer playing days than Chris Simms was probably hoping for in his football career. However, the exact opposite is true in his media career. The rising star will be part of NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl LVI this week. He spoke with the media yesterday and said that it is fitting to be a part of the game’s return to Los Angeles.

“L.A. is a special place for me with the Super Bowl,” he said Tuesday on a conference call. “I don’t know if I would be here if it wasn’t for the L.A. Super Bowl, my dad’s Super Bowl XXI. It’s cool to be here on a personal level.”

Phil Simms was the MVP of the New York Giants’ Super Bowl XXI win over the Denver Broncos. He threw for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 39-20 win. He is also credited with starting the “I’m going to Disney World!” tradition by shouting the phrase after the game.

Chris Simms says it isn’t about nepotism. That moment made it clear that he wanted his future to be about football.

“It of course was increasing my love of football, and I was young at the time, six-and-a-half. But just another boost in the direction of, wow, I want to be a part of this. I want to play football. I want to be a part of the NFL.”

The performance solidified his dad as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL at the time. It remains one of the iconic Super Bowl performances.

While Chris Simms acknowledges that his name and his dad’s success did play a role in getting him where he is, Simms continues to impress in the broadcasting world. NBC has used him on Football Night in America and its coverage of Notre Dame football on Saturdays. The company has also given him his own show on Peacock called Chris Simms Unbuttoned.

Simms will be part of for Super Bowl LVI, contributing analysis during the pregame show, which begins at 1 pm Eastern time on Sunday.

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Don Mattingly Joining Blue Jays Staff After YES Network Courtship

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

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The New York Yankees regional sports network can take Don Mattingly off its talent wish list. Mattingly was announced Wednesday as a bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays starting in 2023.

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

But Mattingly told Andrew Marchand of The New York Post this week that he had another opportunity in the works but wouldn’t elaborate.

YES also has been considering luring Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Derek Jeter into broadcasting. But no formal talks have taken place.

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ESPN Paying Nearly $45 Billion For Rights Fees Through 2027

Currently, the network’s largest spending comes for its Monday Night Football package, which is $2.6 billion annually

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The last year or two has been evident that the price of rights to airing major college and professional sporting events on television are only going up. But the various networks either with longstanding relationships with leagues and conferences or looking to break into the media rights landscape are willing to pay up. That’s no more evident with Disney, which will be shelling out tens of billions of dollars to have regular season and postseason events air on ESPN.

According to Sportico, which reviewed Disney’s annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, ESPN is set to spend $44.9 billion on sports media rights through 2027.

Currently, the network’s largest spending comes for its Monday Night Football package, which is $2.6 billion annually. Additionally, ESPN will pay $1.4 billion through the 2024-25 season for NBA rights.

The Sportico report noted ESPN will generate more than $8.1 billion in affiliate revenue to help offset those costs. The network will soon be entering talks to renew its media rights deal to be the exclusive home for nearly all NCAA Division I championships, as well as engaging in new NBA rights negotiations.

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Return of Bob Iger Puts Pac-12 ‘Not Exactly In A Great Place’

“I think it’s even more evident it’s not gonna happen. These places aren’t gonna spend big money on the Pac-12.”

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The Pac-12 is currently in a media rights negotiation with partners for its next TV deal after the departure of USC and UCLA. The conference has remained committed to the stance that it feels it can match the dollar amount given to the Big 12 from FOX and ESPN. However, Andrew Marchand of The New York Post isn’t so confident.

During The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast, Marchand said the recent return of Bob Iger as Disney CEO, coupled with recent layoffs from Amazon, could spell bad news for the PAC 12’s quest to match what the Big 12 received.

“Do I still think they can get the same number as the Big 12? I do, but you start thinking about where this is going and that’s not exactly a great place to be if you’re the Pac-12. They might get the number, but the idea that they’ll get a lot more than the Big 12 — which I’ve already said is not gonna happen — I think it’s even more evident it’s not gonna happen. These places aren’t gonna spend big money on the Pac-12…I think there’s some rough waters out in the Pacific.”

Marchand said if the University of California Board of Regents won’t allow UCLA to join the Big Ten as expected, the conference would then set its sights on Washington and Oregon, which would continue to decimate the Pac-12.

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