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Mike Tirico Hits 200 NFL Regular-Season Game Milestone

During the most recent Sunday Night Football telecast, Tirico serves as the television play-by-play voice for his 200th NFL regular season game.

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Mike Tirico may be the new voice of NBC’s Sunday Night Football, but he is certainly not new to calling NFL games.

During the most recent Sunday Night Football telecast, Tirico serves as the television play-by-play voice for his 200th NFL regular season game when the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Dallas Cowboys.

It’s a notable milestone achieve by the Sports Emmy award-winner. NBC also did the research and found some notable tidbits from his first 200 NFL regular-season broadcasts. For instance, the team he has broadcast the most in that stretch is the New Orleans Saints (23), followed by the Steelers (20), Bears (20) and Ravens (20). This Sunday he will broadcast the Steelers-Dolphins game with Cris Collinsworth, breaking the three-way tie for second.

In his 200 regular-season games, Tirico has handled NFL play-by-play in 38 stadiums.

MOST GAMES, TEAM

NFL club# of Games
New Orleans Saints23
Pittsburgh Steelers20
Chicago Bears20
Baltimore Ravens20
Green Bay Packers19

MOST NFL PLAY-BY-PLAY SITES

Stadium, Location# of Games
Caesars Superdome, New Orleans15
FedEx Field, Maryland11
MetLife Stadium, New Jersey11
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia10
Acrisure Stadium, Pittsburgh9
Lambeau Field, Green Bay9

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FOX Sued for Patent Infringement Over NFL Scheduling

“Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.”

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An analytics company is suing FOX over claims that the network developed a mapping tool using their patented technology to create a season slate of NFL games.

Recentive Analytics filed suit against FOX in a Delaware federal court on November 29 according to Yahoo Sports.

The lawsuit claims FOX used access to Recentive’s predictive analytics tools to develop a resource of their own that would create optimal schedules for its 1 and 4 p.m. NFLwindows.

The company is seeking a declaration that FOX infringed on two of its patents. Recentive is also suing for damages and wants an injunction keeping FOX from using Recentive tech and preventing the network from “selling, offering for sale, marketing or using any internal network and mapping analytics tool for the scheduling and regionalization of events covered by the patents.”

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FOX Will Use Chris Fallica On Belmont Stakes Coverage

“While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.”

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The Bear will be more than just a college football presence when he moves to FOX. Chris Fallica wrapped his final duties for ESPN last week and is now headed to a new network and will tackle some new responsibilities.

Fallica’s new role at FOX will involve plenty of sports gambling content. Richard Deitsch of The Athletic reports that content will include horse racing.

“One Fox Sports source said look for him to appear on the Belmont Stakes coverage,” Deitsch wrote in his weekly media column.

Starting in 2023, horse racing’s Triple Crown will not be seen all in one place. While the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby remain at NBC, The Belmont Stakes is moving to FOX as part of the network’s deal with the New York Racing Association.

How the network intends to use Chris Fallica on the broadcast is not clear. Given that he is coming to the network to contribute to gambling conversations, it is likely he would either be making picks or at least reviewing odds right up to the start of the race.

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NBCUniversal CEO Expects Disney To Buy Company’s Hulu Stake

“Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal.”

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The Walt Disney Company owns 67% of Hulu. The other 33% is owned by NBCUniversal. The latter company doesn’t expect that to be the case forever.

“It’s worth a lot of money,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said at an investor conference earlier this week, “and I think there’s no indication that anything else is going to happen than Disney writing us a big check.”

Hulu is primarily a platform for movies and television shows. It is a major part of Disney’s deal with the NHL though. The streaming giant is part of the package of 103 games that are exclusive to ESPN and ABC. Hulu is also a live TV provider for many. The company’s Hulu Plus Live TV package had over 4 million subscribers as of the summer of 2022.

Shell noted that live sports coverage is helping make the stake in Hulu a luxury for NBCUniversal. He credits sports and content migrated from Hulu as the reason Peacock has grown to 18 million paid subscriptions since September.

Deadline reports that if Disney does want to acquire NBCUniversal’s stake in Hulu, “the price could fluctuate but will be in the tens of billions of dollars.”

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