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Amazon Eyeing Pat McAfee For Thursday Night Football Megacast

“No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.’

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First it was the Mannings. Now it’s McAfee. Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Pat McAfee could be at the center of an alternate broadcast of Thursday Night Football on Amazon in the 2022 season.

No deal is done yet. A source tells McCarthy that it hinges on McAfee’s very busy schedule, but a Megacast is appealing to the former punter.

Rumors of Amazon’s interest in McAfee began to bubble up last month. While he never directly addressed them, he did make mention on his show that he was “up to something” and insinuated that Amazon wasn’t the only company he was talking to.

McAfee has said on his show in the past that he wants to be part of an NFL broadcast. However, he is firm in that it would not be in the broadcast booth.

“I can’t call games. Not yet,” McAfee said on a show in February. “Have to be done with this show to call games. Because that’s like a 3-day, 4-day thing.” 

In addition to his daily show, McAfee is also committed to the WWE. He is on the road for Smackdown every Friday.

There is no word on exactly what a Pat McAfee-centered broadcast would look like. When reports first came out regarding discussions with McAfee, Ryan Glasspiegel of The New York Post reported that moving The Pat McAfee Show to Amazon was on the table. If that happens, it would make sense to use his entire crew on the Thursday Night Football presentation.

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SportsNet Pittsburgh Adds Four New On-Air Members to Broadcast Team

Former big leaguers Steven Brault, Jordy Mercer and Alex Presley join the network as in-studio analysts, while Hannah Mears joins as a sideline reporter.

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SportsNet Pittsburgh just went on a free agent signing spree, adding three former MLB players as analysts and a former Big Ten Network voice as sideline reporter. Steven Brault, Jordy Mercer and Alex Presley join the network as in-studio analysts for the channels’ pre-and post-game shows, while former Big Ten Network talent Hannah Mears joins the network as a sideline reporter.

According to TribLive, Brault, Mercer, and Pressly will join the network’s existing roster of analysts like Michael McKenry, Matt Capps, Bob Walk and Kevin Young. The new trio have each played multiple seasons for the Pirates — Brault six, Mercer seven, and Pressly three and change.

Mears will join Dan Potash and Hailey Hunter as a sideline reporter. While TribLive reports that the latter will host as well as report on games, it’s not been made clear whether Mears will do both jobs as well. She announced the move via her X account earlier:

Recently, SportsNet Pittsburgh announced a deal where it will remain the TV home of the Pirates. The Pirates begin their regular season Mar. 28 on the road against the Miami Marlins.

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JJ Redick In War of Words with Barstool Podcaster Patrick Beverley

“I had a four year offer with player option for the same money to be a starter for a different team. FOH ‘saved my career’.”

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Just days after he was promoted to ESPN’s top NBA broadcast team, JJ Redick is in a war of words with Barstool Sports podcaster (and Milwaukee Bucks guard) Patrick Beverley over comments the former made about Doc Rivers. The same Doc Rivers who Redick just replaced on ESPN’s A team — and Beverley’s current head coach.

Earlier today on First Take, Redick called out Rivers for a lack of accountability throughout his career. “It’s always an excuse, it’s always throwing your team under the bus,” Redick said about Rivers. “There’s never accountability with that guy.” Rivers was Redick’s coach while both were members of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Beverley responded to Redick’s words via X with some harsh criticism, saying “This Man Doc actually saved your career. Started you when no one else wanted 2. And u retire go on TV and say that.”

Redick quickly responded to Beverley, casting doubt upon the guard’s words, and said he had another starting-caliber offer available to him when he chose to play for the Clippers, then dismissed Beverley’s comments.

Redick is no stranger to controversy since joining the sports media space. Redick went after fellow ESPNer Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo for comments the longtime WFAN host made about Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown. He also called Russo out for defending NBA stars like Bob Cousy who the former Duke guard said, “played against plumbers and firemen.”

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Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay To Serve as Lead Analyst for Mexico Open Coverage on NBC

Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay will serve as NBC’s lead golf analyst for the PGA Tour Mexico Open while his partner, Justin Thomas, takes the event off.

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NBC is adding another name to its tryout list to serve as a lead analyst on its golf coverage, and it’s current PGA Tour caddy Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay. Mackay will serve as NBC’s lead golf analyst for the PGA Tour Mexico Open while his partner, Justin Thomas, takes the event off.

According to USA Today’s Golfweek, Mackay isn’t keen on making this a full-time gig, something he made known to NBC brass before signing on. He’s committed to caddying for Thomas, who will take this week off after playing four of the last five PGA Tour events. Mackay has worked for NBC in the past, serving as an on-course reporter in 2017 and providing spot coverage at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship last season.

A spokesman for NBC Sports told Golfweek that Mackay will serve as an on-course reporter on Thursday, then move to the booth for the remaining three rounds alongside veteran pro Brad Faxon, with Steve Sands and Dan Hicks rotating as host.

NBC has been trying different voices in the booth since laying off Paul Azinger in November. Since then, multiple analysts have stepped into the booth for NBC. Former Tour winner Kevin Kisner stepped in for NBC’s first two events of the season, while Brandel Chamblee stepped in for its coverage of “The American Express.” Reports indicated NBC was interested in adding Geoff Ogilvy to its golf coverage, but the former U.S. Open winner hasn’t been featured on the network yet.

Before caddying for Thomas, Mackay served as Phil Mickelson’s caddy for 25 years. Mackay was by Mickelson’s side during all but one of his major championships, including all three of his Masters wins.

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