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ESPN Providing MegaCast Coverage of Coach K’s Final Home Game at Duke

When the North Carolina-Duke game does tip off, ACC Network will offer an alternate telecast featuring a dedicated Krzyzewski cam. Wes Durham, Mark Packer, and Debbie Antonelli will host.

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Duke men’s basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski is set to put a bow on his regular-season career Saturday afternoon, as his Blue Devils take on rival North Carolina before the start of next week’s ACC Tournament in Brooklyn.

ESPN is pulling out all the stops to commemorate the day, and on Wednesday the network announced MegaCast coverage for Coach K’s final home game.

Some of the coverage has already begun digitally, with senior writer Wright Thompson putting together a profile of the prolific coach taking readers and viewers behind the scenes into Krzyzewski’s personal life. It’s continuing on ESPN podcasts ESPN Daily and Bald Men on Campus, in addition to additional features on ESPN.com.

A five-episode digital series looking at the most notable Duke teams of Krzyzewski’s tenure entitled Four Decades in Durham is set to debut with episodes Monday through Friday next week on ESPN’s YouTube channel.

On Saturday, College GameDay will be live from Coach K Court inside Cameron Indoor Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The two-hour show will be hosted by Rece Davis with analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg, and LaPhonso Ellis, and Holly Rowe contributing.

When the North Carolina-Duke game does tip off, ACC Network will offer an alternate telecast featuring a dedicated Krzyzewski cam. Wes Durham, Mark Packer, and Debbie Antonelli will host. And the ESPN App will offer two alternate camera angles from which viewers can watch the game.

Primary coverage of the game on ESPN will be presented in 4K resolution on DIRECTV, Comcast, YouTube TV, and Verizon Fios, with post-game remarks and a ceremony for Coach K on the court immediately after the game.

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Joe Buck: ESPN Is Letting Us Set Tone For Monday Night Football

“It wasn’t well, you are at ESPN, you have to figure out how we do it.”

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While Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will be calling football games on Monday nights for ESPN instead of Sunday afternoons for FOX this year, fans shouldn’t expect the broadcasts to be that much different, if at all, than what they’ve been used to over the last 20 years. 

Buck was recently a guest on the Green Light with Chris Long podcast and said that ESPN knows that he and Aikman have to be comfortable in order for Monday Night Football to be a success.

“I know we are in the honeymoon phase. I’m not dumb. That stuff wears off after a while. They are like ‘however you guys have always done a game, that’s the way we want you to do a game whether it’s with regard to meetings vs. conference calls or when you guys show up, how you like the booth set up. However you want it, we are going to do it your way’ and that’s to their credit. It wasn’t well, you are at ESPN, you have to figure out how we do it.”

Buck and Aikman are obviously already very familiar with each other. Buck said that it will be important not to take that for granted or second guess what they already know.

“I think the one thing Troy and I have to avoid is trying to be different than we’ve been. They hired us based on what we’ve done and who we are and how we relate to each other and the way we see a game,” said Buck. 

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Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys

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The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.

Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.

But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.

Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:

Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.

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Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”

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Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.

The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.

Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.

“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”

Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”

He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.

Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.

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