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Eli Manning Doesn’t Consider Himself A Broadcaster

“I don’t want to do it. I would be horrible at it…I don’t consider myself a broadcaster.”

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The Manningcast is back on ESPN2 this week as the Chicago Bears take on the New England Patriots as fans get entertained by Peyton and Eli Manning and whichever guests end up coming on the show. However, how much preparation do these ex-quarterbacks do before the game?

Eli Manning was a guest on The Adam Schefter Podcast this week ands Eli said they do enough preparation to where he is glad they don’t do the alternate broadcast every week and it’s a collective effort from not just Peyton and Eli, but one of Eli’s former coaches with the Giants as well.

“It’s enough where I like the weeks off when I don’t have a game because you have to plan your week a little bit. You have to watch film. You say I’m going to watch one game, but that’s one game of Chicago’s offense and a game of their defense and it’s a game of New England’s offense and their defense, so it’s like watching four games just to get one game watched. A lot of it is listening to some voicemails I have.

“Peyton will watch maybe a different game, so he will give his analysis and I’ll kind of listen to that. We speak the same football language. I have Kevin Gilbride, my old offensive coordinator, break down the films also and give some analysis. Having a production meeting, Peyton and Eli get on the phone a good bit. It keeps us close, but maybe also good that we don’t go every week.”

Even though Manning didn’t expect to be in the media post-career, he says he enjoys getting to do different projects such as Eli’s Places on ESPN+ for his brother’s production company, Omaha Productions. Plus, by doing the Manningcast, he enjoys staying involved in football.

“I’ve enjoyed it. Just doing projects that I truly enjoy and I like. Doing places where it’s about college football and the history of college football and gets to reflect on my time in college and talk to other athletes, football players, coaches that I grew up watching or seen their games or have personal relationships with. Doing Monday Night Football, it keeps me in the game of football. It keeps me preparing and watching film and getting to talk with coaches and current players in the preparation for the upcoming games and also get to have some fun interviews.”

Eli told Schefter that he doesn’t consider himself to be a broadcaster and that he had zero interest to be in broadcasting after he retired.

“It was not the gameplan. It was actually the total opposite. When I retired, I said I have zero interest in getting into broadcasting. I don’t want to do it. I would be horrible at it…I don’t consider myself a broadcaster. I’m just sitting on my couch, making fun of Peyton.” 

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Jimmy Pitaro: Reaching Younger Audience A Priority for ESPN

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience. As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

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Many in the media industry have voice concern that millennials and Gen Z aren’t consuming traditional media outlets like previous generations. ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said it’s a priority for the network.

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience,” Pitaro said, quoted by Morning Consult sports business reporter Mark J. Burns. “As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

Pitaro made the comments at Sports Business Journal’s Media Innovators conference Wednesday. It is a continuation of comments he has made in recent years.

In 2018, Pitaro said at ESPN’s upfront “I think we are doing a fantastic job serving the sports fanatic,” said Pitaro. “What about the casual sports customer? Are we doing all we can to serve him or her?”.

In 2019, Pitaro said it was “all hands on deck” to reach a younger audience and women. “We have to be open and go to where our customers are,” he said in regards to reaching younger viewers on social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok.

Earlier this year, Pitaro added that ESPN won’t be leaving linear television anytime soon.

“What I will tell you is that as I sit here right now, that business is still incredible,” Pitaro said. “We serve the sports fan anyway and at any time. I know there are a lot of people that still want ESPN in that traditional ecosystem.”

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Don Mattingly Joining Blue Jays Staff After YES Network Courtship

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

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The New York Yankees regional sports network can take Don Mattingly off its talent wish list. Mattingly was announced Wednesday as a bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays starting in 2023.

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

But Mattingly told Andrew Marchand of The New York Post this week that he had another opportunity in the works but wouldn’t elaborate.

YES also has been considering luring Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Derek Jeter into broadcasting. But no formal talks have taken place.

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ESPN Paying Nearly $45 Billion For Rights Fees Through 2027

Currently, the network’s largest spending comes for its Monday Night Football package, which is $2.6 billion annually

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The last year or two has been evident that the price of rights to airing major college and professional sporting events on television are only going up. But the various networks either with longstanding relationships with leagues and conferences or looking to break into the media rights landscape are willing to pay up. That’s no more evident with Disney, which will be shelling out tens of billions of dollars to have regular season and postseason events air on ESPN.

According to Sportico, which reviewed Disney’s annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, ESPN is set to spend $44.9 billion on sports media rights through 2027.

Currently, the network’s largest spending comes for its Monday Night Football package, which is $2.6 billion annually. Additionally, ESPN will pay $1.4 billion through the 2024-25 season for NBA rights.

The Sportico report noted ESPN will generate more than $8.1 billion in affiliate revenue to help offset those costs. The network will soon be entering talks to renew its media rights deal to be the exclusive home for nearly all NCAA Division I championships, as well as engaging in new NBA rights negotiations.

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