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Mike Gorman Reducing Schedule, ‘Not Going Anywhere’

“The folks at NBC (Sports Boston) have said to me ‘Whatever you wanna do, you can do, and we’ll fill in around that.’ “

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NBC Sports Boston play-by-play announcer Mike Gorman is reducing his schedule for the network’s coverage of the Boston Celtics for the 2022-2023 season, but says he isn’t retiring anytime soon.

The longtime announcer told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich he is scaling back, but has signed an agreement to stay with the network’s coverage.

“Well, in general, I’m only going to do home games,” Gorman said. “There are some exceptions. I’ll definitely go to New York City this weekend and do the Knicks. I’ll be there when we go to Brooklyn the first time. I’ll go to the Philadelphia games.

“Here’s the thing — and this has been a wonderful experience — but I wanna make this up front: I am the one making the call on what games I’m going to and not. I’m not being forced into any situation. In fact, it’s the opposite. The folks at NBC (Sports Boston) have said to me ‘Whatever you wanna do, you can do, and we’ll fill in around that.’

“So it’s me who’s calling that shot. And I don’t mean that from a sense of power, I just don’t want anyone thinking ‘He’s getting squeezed’. That said, I’ll probably end up doing 48 games this year. We lose 12 games to networks, that gets us up to 60. I’m not gonna make the West Coast trips, but I will go to Phoenix because that’s where my daughter lives, and I became a grandfather this summer for the first time.

“I’m too old to be throwing snow off my car at 3:30 in the morning from an airport space. It’s just not what I want to do with my life right now. I have just reached an agreement to do this for the next two years on the basis of what we’ve just said, so I’m not going anywhere.”

Gorman has worked Boston Celtics TV broadcasts since 1981, pairing with Tommy Heinsohn to form one of the longest tenured broadcast partnerships in major sports history, until Heinsohn died in 2020.

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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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NFL Thanksgiving Games Set Ratings Records

FOX Sports added that viewership was up 49% compared to 2021.

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The Thanksgiving slate of NFL games last week brought in the largest audiences ever. Viewership across all three games averaged 33.5 million.

The game with the largest viewership was Giants/Cowboys in the 4:30 p.m. window. FOX Sports reported that 42 million watched Dallas beat New York 28-20. It is the largest regular season audience ever, surpassing the previous leader set 32 years ago.

The network added that viewership was up 49% compared to 2021. FOX carried the Detroit Lions traditional noon Thanksgiving game last year. Compared to the Cowboys turkey day contest on CBS in 2021, viewership was up 3%.

The Bills/Lions game in the early window on CBS averaged 31.627 million, with the audience peaking at 41.981 million. It was the most-watched early Thanksgiving game on record.

Patriots/Vikings on NBC in the nightcap averaged 25.9 million. That figure was up 24% compared to Bills/Saints a year ago, with NBC Sports claiming it’s the second most-watched primetime Thanksgiving game on record. The game was simulcast in Spanish on Telemundo, which averaged 565,000 viewers and made it the most-watched NFL game ever on the network.

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