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Dan Orlovsky: There Were Moments I Thought I Was Going to FOX

“There were moments in the negotiation that I thought it was going to happen. I honestly did,” he said. “Me and my wife were just about to go to Los Angeles and start looking at homes and schools.”

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ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky said that after this year’s Super Bowl, when his contract with ESPN was done, he was very near leaving the network to head West for FOX.

Orlovsky was a guest on The Press Box podcast with Bryan Curtis and answered a question about his return to ESPN. He was asked if it was tied to him being able to broadcast Monday Night Football and its second game of a doubleheader.

“It was the tipping point, if I’m dead-honest, yeah,” said Orlovsky. He then went on to talk about where he was at mentally when it was time to negotiate for a new deal, his first since his initial one.

“This was the first time I was like ‘I really want to see what other opportunities there are,'” Orlovsky mentioned. “If it means going to a different network or if it means moving from Connecticut and away from the East Coast, I was ready for that.”

Orlovsky then got into how close he was in being ready to make the leap from ESPN to another network.

“There were moments in the negotiation that I thought it was going to happen. I honestly did,” he said. “Me and my wife were just about to go to Los Angeles and start looking at homes and schools.”

Orlovsky also noted that he felt like he needed to be challenged with something new and that was a major reason why he felt the tug to leave.

“I wanted to be challenged with a new opportunity. I believed that I was ready for it,” he said. “I believe that the work that I had done had proved that I was ready for it. When ESPN finally came to my people, my reps, and said this is what we want to do. I can’t pass up that opportunity. I can’t leave because that is an opportunity and situation that is an incredible one.”

He ceded that it would have been quite difficult to leave ESPN if he did make that choice.

“It was going to be tough to leave ESPN because I grew up watching SportsCenter like so many kids but I grew up watching SportsCenter forty minutes from it. ESPN was like heaven, so to speak… I adore the people I get to work with. To leave the NFL Live crew would have been probably the hardest thing.”

Curtis followed-up by asking if he meant FOX when he said he was looking to bolt for Los Angeles. He confirmed and then answered if the opportunity to call NFL games was on the table for him at FOX.

“That was going to be part of that transition, yes.”

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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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ESPN Assigns Broadcast Teams for MLB Wild Card Round

In preparation for the postseason, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

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There are just a few games left in the MLB season and the postseason begins this weekend with the Wild Card round. In preparation, ESPN has assigned the broadcast teams for the series forthcoming.

Andrew Marchand reports that the team assigned to the presumptive New York Mets Wild Card series will be Karl Ravech, David Cone and Eduardo Perez. The Mets still mathematically can win the NL East but they trail the Braves by two games with three to play.

He also reports that the St. Louis Wild Card series will be called by Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. The Cleveland series will be broadcast by Boog Sciambi and Doug Glanville while the Toronto series will be called by Dave Flemming, Jessica Mendoza and Tim Kurkjian.

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Stugotz: ‘Sean McDonough Hates The Aaron Judge Cut-Ins’

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

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College football fans are not being shy with how they feel about Aaron Judge. Whether it is private conversations or social media posts, people are making their disdain for the cut-ins to college football games on ESPN networks when the Yankee slugger comes to bat known. On Monday morning, Stugotz added that it isn’t just fans that are unhappy.

The Dan Le Batard Show discussed the second straight week of cut-ins on Monday morning. Stugotz pointed out that one of ESPN’s primary college football voices sounds just as annoyed as fans are.

“Sean McDonough hates the toss to Aaron Judge,” he said. Hates it!”

Last week, ESPN and ABC cut into games when Judge was sitting on 60 home runs. This week, he was sitting on 61. A 62nd home run would be the most in American League history.

Stugotz added that has to be part of McDonough’s frustration.

“In his defense, what are we cutting in for? I have no idea if [Aaron Judge] is breaking a record, what record he’s breaking, if he’s clean. I have no idea!”

Producer Mike Ryan Ruiz said the fact that Judge is yet to deliver is making the cut-ins more frustrating for fans.

“I think what hurts the whole thing is that Aaron Judge has been terrible during these cut-ins,” Ruiz said. “He’s been God awful during these cut-ins. I haven’t seen a single home runs during one of these cut-ins. There was genuine fury at a watch party I was at. Fury! At Aaron Judge.”

A popular criticism of ESPN has been that this kind of attention would not be paid to Aaron Judge if he was chasing a mark that wasn’t the home run record if he played anywhere other than New York. According to Ryan, the mistake is bigger than that. Why would regular season baseball ever interrupt college football?

“If you look at the numbers, if you look at the interest, if you look at the revenue that it generates for the networks, it makes more sense to have an Aaron Judge at-bat interrupted by an Iowa State field goal attempt than it does the other way around.”

There are four games left in Major League Baseball’s regular season. You can bet college football fans will make plenty of signs for College GameDay if Judge cannot hit number 62 before the playoffs start.

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