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ESPN Is ‘Most Viable Lifeline’ For Pac-12

“Currently, ESPN and FOX hold the Pac-12’s media rights.”

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If the Pac-12 Conference is going to survive, it may be up to ESPN. Reporter John Canzano writes that the conference is waiting for Bristol to make its move in negotiating a new TV deal. He also says plenty of what he has heard from inside the conference makes it clear that ESPN as “the most likely bidder” for the conference’s next media rights package.

The negotiating power for the conference took a hit last month when UCLA and USC announced they were leaving for the Big Ten. It is a move that one executive told Canzano will likely cost the conference $200 million from interested TV partners.

Speculation about the future of college sports’ five “power conferences” lead the Pac-12 to begin its search for a new media deal last week. The hope, likely, is that a new media deal makes the six members rumored to be eyeing a move to the Big 12 more likely to stay put.

A thirty day window is currently in place for the conference to make a decision. If things move faster “depends on our friends in Bristol” a source told Canzano.

Currently, ESPN and FOX hold the Pac-12’s media rights. If either network were to come to a handshake agreement with the conference, the other network would have to waive its rights or submit a bid of its own before anything could be finalized.

Right now, the ten remaining Pac-12 schools are “galvanized” according to Canzano. That is why ESPN may be “the conference’s most intriguing and viable lifeline”.

He notes that the rumored content partnership with the ACC Network could be the key to a bigger programming effort for ESPN, which could see special football and basketball events created to generate revenue and drive up the value of relationships with both conferences.

Canzano points out that the conference is so invested in what ESPN can do for the conference, that a lowball offer from Bristol could destabilize everything.

“The network is essentially playing kingmaker in this 30-day negotiating window. It’s bidding against itself in this round of negotiations because Fox isn’t a likely bidder,” he writes. “Under a lowball scenario, I believe a few Pac-12 universities — particularly Arizona State — might become frustrated and consider alternate options.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick Return to Host Indy 500 for NBC Sports

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

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With less than two weeks until the event, NBC Sports has officially announced its team of race and studio commentators for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the sixth year in a row, we can expect to see familiar faces such as host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick contributing to pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage.

The race will air at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, on both NBC and Peacock.

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe will call the race for the sixth consecutive year. Marty Snider, Dillon Welch, Dave Burns, and Kevin Lee will serve as pit reporters. Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and Kim Coon will serve as roaming reporters.

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