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Mets-Yankees Game on Tuesday Grabs Largest MLB on TBS Audience Since 2009

The game drew 912,000 viewers on TBS. That marks the most watched regular season game in thirteen years.

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In a fascinating broadcast scenario, Tuesday’s Subway Series matchup between the New York Yankees and New York Mets was broadcast on three networks in the New York market. The national one, TBS, reported that the MLB broadcast was strong.

The Mets beat the Yankees 6-3 on SNY, YES Network and TBS. The national feed aired on TBS and the network reports that it was a massive success. The game drew 912,000 viewers on TBS. That marks the most watched regular season game in thirteen years. It was also the third-best mark for a regular season game since 2008, when Turner became a national partner for Major League Baseball.

The Sports Business Journal reports that the top two games for TBS was a 2009 Yankees-Indians game, which drew 1.1 million viewers. The other was a 2008 Subway Series matchup as well, another Mets win 3-1 that drew 975,000 viewers.

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Tom Brady: I Don’t Want to Disappoint FOX, NFL Fans

“You never really know how sports are going to go, which is why we all tune in.”

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Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady will be joining the lead NFL on FOX broadcasting team this upcoming season, starting his new 10-year contract with FOX Sports reportedly worth a total of $375 million. Brady, considered by many football fans to be among the best players to have ever taken the gridiron, has been practicing his broadcasting skills and building chemistry with his colleagues throughout the offseason. His debut will come on Sept. 8, broadcasting a Week 1 matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys alongside play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt and reporters Erin Andrews and Tom Rinaldi.

Brady recently attended the UFL Championship Game in St. Louis, and appeared in the broadcast booth with Curt Menefee and Joel Klatt for part of the game. In commentating live at a stadium within a broadcast booth for the first time, along with practicing from afar, Brady has gained knowledge and experience in the profession. During an in-studio appearance on The Herd, host Colin Cowherd asked Brady if he has noticed a difference in his performance upon watching the tape.

“I would say yes, and I also think there’s still so much more room for improvement,” Brady explained. “Almost like when I was a player, I never felt I did things the right way. There were games where I’d go in afterward and I’d go, ‘God, I’m the worst quarterback in the NFL. Why would they even want me to play quarterback for this team?,’ and I’m sure I’m going to feel that way here at FOX where I finish a game and I go, ‘God, I didn’t even give them what they wanted,’ and it’s a very challenging thing in your own mind.”

As he has practiced broadcasting ahead of the NFL season, Brady has asked a few people how they know if they did a good job. He feels that much of it will come down to the preparation and if he is able to execute what he has studied to give themselves the best opportunity to elicit success to the fans. Brady understands that the game itself is the show and wants to be a complementary part of the action.

“We’re there to add our take on it and our analysis, but it’s also, ‘Did we feel like we added to the broadcast?,’” Brady said, “and from my standpoint, I’m going to work as hard as I can in the process of it, as you talked about earlier, to make sure that I do deliver because I don’t want to let anyone down. I don’t want to let the people at FOX here down, and I certainly don’t want to let the great NFL fans down either.”

Cowherd mentioned that a similarity between playing football as a quarterback and broadcasting is the skill to compartmentalize and be able to quickly recall information and implement it within a situation. Furthermore, he believes that what Brady is doing is the hardest thing in sports because it requires one to be smart 200 times for eight seconds within the course of a game. It led Cowherd to ask Brady if he feels any nerves in the situation, to which he replied that he always does when performing, especially since the outcome of the contest is not guaranteed.

“You never really know how sports are going to go, which is why we all tune in,” Brady said. “We tune in because the outcomes are very unexpected, which if they’re unexpected, there’s a chance of winning and losing, and because of that, there’s anxiety and there’s nerves going into every single one of those games, so the only way that I knew how to combat the nerves and the anxiousness of the game was to prepare.”

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Jake Peavy Feels the Connection to Baseball and Willie Mays at Rickwood Field

“Rickwood Field is going to bring the best out in us if we let it, but for me, it’s not really scripting too much of the night.”

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When Jake Peavy was dealt to the San Francisco Giants just ahead of the trading deadline during the 2014 Major League Baseball season, he was welcomed to the organization with open arms. Throughout his preceding years in the major leagues, largely spent with the San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox, he established himself as a premier pitcher with an ability to lead his team to victory.

Peavy ended up being a pivotal piece for the Giants down the stretch run as the team positioned itself to secure its third World Series championship in the span of six seasons. While in the clubhouse, he had the chance to converse with Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays and developed a friendship with him that continued after his career ended two years later.

Peavy regarded it an honor to speak with Mays and longtime Giants clubhouse attendant Mike Murphy about the game of baseball and life in general. Peavy is from Mobile, Ala. while Mays grew up in nearby Westfield, Ala., a short distance away from historic Rickwood Field. Mays had played at the ballpark as a teenager, suiting up as an outfielder for the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro American League. His talent was palpable and left an indelible mark on the game of baseball, accompanied by an aura and sense of humility that continued throughout the rest of his major-league career spanning over two decades.

“I had a great relationship with the two of them and sat in that office many days, and we talked about being from Alabama,” Peavy said. “I talked about [his] Rickwood Field days and Willie starting being in high school and not being able to go on the road and Willie’s father.”

Mays passed away peacefully among loved ones on Tuesday afternoon at the age of 93, a devastating loss of a sports icon synonymous with the game of baseball. On Thursday night, Rickwood Field, the ballpark in which Mays began his professional career, will host a Major League Baseball game for the first time when the San Francisco Giants face the St. Louis Cardinals. Earlier in the week, Mays released a statement divulging that he could not attend the game this year and emphasized that his heart would be with everyone honoring the Negro League ballplayers, hoping that it would be a source of enjoyment and inspiration for children.

The league will honor Mays’ life and legacy this week at Rickwood Field, with the inaugural event serving as a landmark to recognize the impact he made on the game and society at large. Peavy will be on set for MLB Tonight alongside host Greg Amsinger and analysts Chris Young and Adam Wainwright to break down the action on the field and also bring viewpoints and knowledge pertaining to the setting and its relevance in the history of the sport.

“I think the initiative is to spread the message of paying homage,” Peavy said. “I think that so often in today’s fast-moving society, we lose sight of learning from our ancestors and people who came before us and really respecting them.”

As an analyst with MLB Network, Peavy feels a gravity and responsibility to contribute to the growth of the game by being part of the conversation and using his platform to benefit the next generation.

“The fact that this game is direct homage at the history of Rickwood Field [and] the history of the Negro Leagues, which now needs to be more prevalent and that story needs to be told – it hasn’t accurately been told and [put] out there,” Peavy said. “You’re talking about Josh Gibson now, the new Babe Ruth, the most famous and the best statistical player that we’ve ever seen, and we’ve got to talk and tell that story to the new-age kids.”

Throughout his major-league career, Peavy gained respect for the media and became more cognizant about how sports teams and events are covered. Rick Sutcliffe was his first pitching coach with the San Diego Padres and later transitioned into a media career. Former Padres Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn became a color commentator after playing as well. A few years after Peavy retired, he became part of the MLB Network team and began appearing across programming. On the shows, he articulated his esoteric knowledge and thoughts on the game while maintaining relationships around the sport.

“Your uniqueness and the perspective… is what’s going to draw people to you – the authenticity of that – that’s where I’m at,” Peavy said. “I don’t want people to think that I’m lying to them on television [because] what I say, I’ve done some research behind and then I believe it. Whether it’s right or wrong, it’s my opinion and here it comes, and there’s some thought that’s been [somewhat] behind it.”

Over his two years on the airwaves, Peavy has grown to learn the nuance of television operations and perceives the baseball elements of the role as second nature. Being cognizant of the synchronicity across programs and how to compendiously articulate a message to the audience has been part of the learning curve and facets of the role in which he feels he has improved. Peavy will seek to blend his discernment of working in sports media with his experience visiting and playing at Rickwood Field to serve as an asset on the seminal broadcast.

“I love the game of baseball and I’m passionate about it and I want to grow it, so I’m really looking to take another step forward,” Peavy said. “I’ve done this at a high level at something else, baseball, and was able to win a Cy Young [Award] and to be a part of a World Series championship, so I want to put that same effort and focus into being a media member and really just give my best effort.”

Mobile, Ala. is the hometown of five members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey, Satchel Paige, Ozzie Smith and Billy Williams encompass this pantheon, and there are numerous other athletes and fans that have had the privilege to step foot into Rickwood Field. While Thursday night’s game is critical in the tight National League playoff race, the contest is also a fundamental reflection on the past, honoring those who paved the way for posterity to prosper and cultivate a love of the game.

“Rickwood Field is going to bring the best out in us if we let it, but for me, it’s not really scripting too much of the night,” Peavy explained. “Letting it be about what it is and feeding off that emotion in a nice way for it to manifest there in front of us kind of will be the biggest challenge.”

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Stanley Cup Final Game 5 Draws 8.5 Million Viewers Across North America

The number represents a 61% increase from Game 5 last year when it was the Las Vegas Golden Knights and the Florida Panthers.

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Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final between the Edmonton Oilers and the Florida Panthers, which saw the Oilers win their second straight game of the series, drew 8.5 million viewers across North America. The series as a whole is now averaging 7.2 million viewers across North America, which is up 64% over the 2023 Stanley Cup Final.

The 8.5 million viewers for Game 5 was the total across ABC, ESPN Platforms, CBC, SN and TVA Sports. The number represents a 61% increase from Game 5 last year when it was the Las Vegas Golden Knights and the Florida Panthers.

Game 1 and Game 4 of the series drew just over 7 million viewers while Game 2 drew 6.8 million and Game 3 had a North American audience of 6.5 million viewers.

Florida had a 3-0 lead in the best of seven series before Edmonton came storming back in Game 4 with an 8-1 victory. A more competitive Game 5 saw Edmonton score 5 goals and take a 5-3 win.

Game 6 of the series will be played Friday night at 8 p.m. ET and if a Game 7 is necessary, it would be played Monday June 24. All games will be on ABC and on ESPN+.

Sean McDonough is calling the games on ABC along with Ray Ferraro and Emily Kaplan. Steve Levy, Mark Messier and PK Subban provide analysis before the game and in between periods.

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