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Rick Tocchet: ‘It Wasn’t Easy To Sign With TNT’

“It’s been great. I’m lucky to have this gig.”

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On April 24, the NHL on TNT studio crew of Liam McHugh, Wayne Gretzky, Anson Carter, Paul Bissonnette, and Rick Tocchet wrapped up the network’s first regular-season airing NHL games. The Stanley Cup Playoff games begin on May 5. 

Tocchet was a guest on a recent episode of Spittin’ Chiclets. The 18-year veteran and longtime NHL coach talked about why he decided to go into television after the Arizona Coyotes and he decided to part ways last year.

“Actually, my girlfriend and my agent said listen, why don’t you try out for TNT? I didn’t want to do it, but they talked me into it and I flew down the one day…The next day, they called and said we’d like to sign you….It was a tough decision. At the end of the day, I thought this was the best avenue if I wanted to get back to coaching.”

Initially, Rick Tocceht was worried about not having a competitive outlet. Instead, he has enjoyed a year of being more relaxed around the sport. He said he is happy he decided to join TNT because of the philosophy the network has about hockey coverage.

“TNT treats us like gold and their philosophy is great. What we want to do is talk hockey in a relaxed way; They don’t want you to sit and be a nerd and break down film too much, but they want your opinion. It’s been great. I’m lucky to have this gig.”

The TNT studio role isn’t Tocchet’s first job in TV. Back in 2010, he was on Flyers Postgame Live during Philadelphia’s run to the Stanley Cup. One decade later, Tocchet is back on the TV side of things and all eyes will be on TNT’s studio crew to see how they do during the postseason.

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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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NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer

“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”

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According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.

The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.

The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options. 

NFL+ would make NFL Media more valuable. The league is trying to sell an equity stake in its linear TV and digital media properties. Amazon and Apple are considered the most likely to make a deal. 

A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.

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