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Jim Nantz Wants to Announce The Masters Until 2036

“The Masters, I would like to do it 51 times, as bizarre as that sounds.”

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After announcing he would step away from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this coming spring, many have speculated when Jim Nantz would retire from his work with CBS Sports and its coverage of the NFL and The Masters. Nantz told Dan Patrick those days aren’t coming anytime soon.

The longtime CBS Sports voice wasn’t shy about his admiration for golf’s biggest event.

“The Masters — to me — is the thing that’s deepest in my heart. I’ve never chosen one sport as my favorite to do, but I think everyone knows that The Masters is something I feel a real personal tie to.”

Nantz then added he has been enamored with the event since he was a pre-teen.

“It was the event when I was 11-years-old and I turned to my mom and dad and went ‘That’s what I’d like to do one day. I’d like to be one of those voices’. I was watching a Masters tournament,” Nantz remembered. “‘I wanna do that’. I’ve been so fortunate. I’ve been living that childhood dream. Even into my 60s, so it’s been pretty amazing.”

He then revealed his motive for wanting to announce The Masters in 2036.

“You know how long I want to do The Masters for. That remains central, as does the NFL for many, many more years with Tony. We’re gonna do this another decade or so, maybe a little beyond. The Masters, I would like to do it 51 times, as bizarre as that sounds. Because my 51st Masters would be the 100th playing of The Masters. And I’d like to be there to see the end of the first century and that’s just a little goal I have in the back of my head. I’m through 37 right now, so 14 to go. Hopefully.”

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ESPN Creates ACC/SEC Challenge

The series will begin for the 2023-2024 season, launching with 28 games played between the two sports.

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ESPN, in conjunction with the ACC and SEC, is slated to announce the creation of the ACC/SEC Challenge for men’s and women’s basketball.

The series will begin for the 2023-2024 season, launching with 28 games played between the two sports. That number will grow to 30 contests when the SEC expands for the 2025-2026 season.

Every game in the challenge will be aired on an ESPN platform, with each side hosting the same amount of home games.

The creation of the event comes on the heels of the Big Ten’s new media rights deal with FOX, NBC, and CBS, ending a nearly four-decade relationship with ESPN. The ACC/Big Ten Challenge began in 1999, with the SEC/Big 12 Challenging beginning in 2013. Both events will cease to exist following this season.

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FOX Sports Sees Record-Setting Ratings Weekend

The World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

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FOX Sports has been home to a number of record-setting games in terms of viewership over the last several days.

In addition to FOX Sports setting a new mark for a Thanksgiving and regular season NFL audience, the World Cup matchup between the U.S. and England on Black Friday and Michigan/Ohio State on Saturday saw tens of millions of viewers tuning in.

The network reported the U.S./England match in the group stage of the 2022 World Cup averaged 15.377 million. It was the most-watched English-language soccer game in the U.S. ever, topping the 1994 World Cup final between Italy and Brazil.

Viewership of the match was up 11% compared to the second group stage contest for the U.S. team in 2014 against Portugal. The audience peaked at 19.646 million from 3:30-3:45 p.m.

FOX Sports also reported the Michigan/Ohio State game on Saturday drew in 17 million, which made it the most-watched regular season college game on the network ever. That figure was also the highest of any regular season contest since 2011. That game also saw the audience peak at 19.6 million.

Viewership for the game was up 3% compared to last year.

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ESPN Bowl Plans Could Be Altered By NFL Flex Scheduling

“While this situation poses a challenge, we are accustomed to flexibility and having to maneuver our event schedules.”

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ESPN could be forced to adjust its upcoming bowl season schedule if the NFL decides to flex a Las Vegas Raiders game a week before Christmas.

ESPN announced its contingency plans for two bowl contests, the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl. The Las Vegas Bowl is currently planned to kick off from Allegiant Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on December 17. The Raiders right now are still planning to play in the Sunday night game the next night against the Patriots.

Should the NFL decide to flex the Raiders out of the SNF window, ESPN will swap kickoff times between the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl. That would mean the game in sin city will kick off at 11:30 a.m. local time, with the contest in Albuquerque starting at 5:20 p.m. local time that evening.

“The SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl and New Mexico Bowl are both owned and operated by ESPN Events, so this change is a solution that will work for all parties,” ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby said. “While this situation poses a challenge, we are accustomed to flexibility and having to maneuver our event schedules. We are more than prepared to move forward with this revised schedule if necessary.”

Kickoff times will be determined well enough ahead that the schools taking part in both games shouldn’t be adversely affected.

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