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Urban Meyer: ‘I’m Back At FOX Because I Love Being Part Of Big Noon Kickoff’

“I love Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn, and Rob Stone. The management of FOX treats you great.”

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Urban Meyer will be back on FOX this fall as part of the network’s Saturday pregame show Big Noon Kickoff. He stepped away at the end of the 2020 season to become the new coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but returned after being let go before the end of his first season on that job.

Meyer was Dan Dakich’s guest on Tuesday’s episode of Don’t @ Me. Dakich told Meyer that he was sorely missed last season but wondered what brought him back to FOX.

“I love my team,” the three-time national champion coach answered. “I love Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Brady Quinn, and Rob Stone. The management of FOX treats you great.” 

Dakich praised Meyer as the centerpiece of the best segment on any pregame show for any sport. Meyer said that is because Big Noon Kickoff puts the focus squarely on football.

The offseason was tumultuous to say the least as the Big Ten’s media rights negotiations caused monumental shifts in college athletics. That combined with issues of athlete autonomy caused for a lot of handwringing amongst some fans.

Meyer told Dakich that despite any concerns they may have, as soon as the games kickoff on Saturday, fans will see that college football is actually in very good shape headed into 2022.

“Yeah, there’s NIL. There’s the transfer portal, but wait a minute. It’s never been more popular! The players have never been better, and it’s never been better coached.”

This will be the last year that Big Ten football games will be seen on ESPN. Meyer is sure that will not be great for the conference in the long run, but he also knows that his network will be a strong ally for the conference.

“I know one thing, FOX is all in on this Big Ten now. All in! They’re committed to this.”

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LA Clippers Sign New Contract with Bally Sports

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games.

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The Los Angeles Clippers will continue its relationship with Bally Sports, completing a new deal over the weekend to keep Bally as the team’s regional sports network.

The multi-year agreement will go into effect this season. Bally will carry 63 of the team’s 2022-23 regular season games. Additionally, 11 games will be carried by KTLA, giving the team some additional viewership reach. The remaining eight games will be broadcast on national television.

Brian Sieman will continue on as the play-by-play broadcaster for games, with Jim Jackson and Mike Fratello swapping the analyst chair. Jamie Maggio and Kristina Pink will be reporting.

According to the Los Angeles Times, all signs pointed to the team and the network hashing out a new contract.

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Pat McAfee Feels Good About His College Football MegaCast Debut

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said.

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The College Football MegaCast featuring Pat McAfee and his daily YouTube show’s cast debuted on ESPN2 over the weekend, and McAfee is looking forward to the next edition.

On his show Monday, McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk that he felt good about how the show went considering it was uncharted territory to be in.

“We had no idea how successful it would be,” McAfee said. “Like this is the first time we’re being judged in a different fashion. I don’t think we marketed it much, you know, because I don’t think we knew how it was gonna go.”

The alternate feed is being produced for ESPN by Omaha Productions, which is also responsible for the ManningCast which runs alongside the traditional Monday Night Football broadcast.

McAfee said this first show turned out to be a learning experience and that they started off on the right foot.

“I feel good going into the next one. I feel like we’ve learned from this first one,” he said. “We had no idea, it was very much of a roll of the dice. Going into the next one I think we’re gonna try and make it even grander and bigger, and I’m very excited for it.”

As for the style in which they covered the Clemson/N.C. State game, McAfee added that the giveaways and guest interactions added a lot of value.

“I think it’s the right way to watch a game, and to be honest I think it’s keeping us all invested as much and even more,” he said.

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ESPN’s NFL Programming Sees Big September Growth

For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

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For ESPN, September has been a really strong month with their NFL programming.

Sunday NFL Countdown is averaging 1.4 million viewers per show thus far in 2022. That up 15% from 2021’s first three shows of the NFL season. The season premiere – Sunday, Sept. 11 – averaged 1.6 million viewers, tying the network’s best Week 1 audience for the show since 2016 and is up 35% year-over-year.

NFL Live experienced large growth too. The episode airing after the first NFL Sunday, on Monday September 12, averaged 664,000 viewers which beat every NFL Live episode last season, including the most-watched episode on 2021 (December 17) which grabbed 635,000 viewers.

Monday Night Countdown is averaging 1.3 million viewers for its two, non-staggered September episodes, which aired in its traditional timeslot (6-8 pm).

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