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Mike Francesa: Despite Moving Playoff Games to Peacock, NFL Will Never Exclusively Stream Super Bowl

“Absolutely not. Will never happen. Not in my lifetime, not in your lifetime. Won’t happen.”

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While some analyze last weekend’s Peacock-exclusive NFL playoff game as a sign that we could one day see the Super Bowl only available on pay-per-view, Mike Francesa says don’t count on that anytime soon.

Listener Ryan emailed The Mike Francesa Podcast on Thursday, asking the legendary former WFAN host if that’s where he thought things were headed. NBC reported an audience of 23 million watched the Chiefs beat the Dolphins last Saturday night, the largest streaming audience of any kind in the U.S.

Francesa gave a pretty emphatic no.

“Ab-so-lute-ly not. It will never happen in – I don’t know how old you are, Ryan – it won’t happen in your lifetime, it won’t happen in my lifetime,” Francesa said. “It won’t happen in the unborn’s lifetime.”

“Congress will never allow championship games in America be played on pay TV. That will never happen,” he continued. “They will always be played on free TV, unless there isn’t free TV. That might change the dynamic, but I think we’re still a long, long way from that where there’s no free TV.”

Mike Francesa pivoted to the league, saying that as long as fans continue to buy in, they will continue to move more games to streaming.

“The NFL will continue in any way possible to grab every dollar and squeeze every dollar out of the best fanbase that any sport could ever dream of having,” he said. “They have a hundred million ardent fans. That is insanity. It’s beyond the realm of the league’s comprehension. And it is a golden goose that just keeps on giving.”

He finished his point by saying the NFL puts the fan last. It doesn’t matter how much money is too much.

“And they could care less about you, me or anybody else who is a fan of the sport,” Francesa said.

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Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit Featured As Commentary Team for ‘NCAA Football 25’

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NCAA Football fans rejoice — NCAA Football 25 will feature ESPN’s Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit. Fowler will be making his first appearance in the game while Herbstreit will be doing it for the 14th time. The pair confirmed the news today via their X accounts:

The pair were finally able to reveal their involvement as more news came out about the game starting today. Multiple news items about the game were reported, including the participation of all 134 Division I football programs, and that college football players could opt into the game for NIL purposes. According to The Athletic’s Chris Vannini, players will receive $600 and a free copy of the game for opting in. Those who fail to opt in will be replaced by a generic avatar.

The last NCAA Football game was released in 2013 and started the conversation of whether players should be paid for their participation. EA Sports then stopped putting out versions of the game, despite critical and commercial success. Fan projects like College Football Revamped strived to bring the game into modern times — but now it’s no longer needed. College Football 25 will be revealed in earnest this May, with a release date slated for the summer.

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Joy Taylor and Taylor Rooks to Launch New Podcast

“This show is a space for us to be honest about our experiences, our emotions, and the way we view the world.”

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Fox Sports 1’s Joy Taylor and Thursday Night Football’s Taylor Rooks are teaming up for a new podcast, Two Personal, which will debut on March 6. The description of the new content says it will take on subjects beyond the world of sports such as mental health, discrmination and other social issues. The two friends plan to share things they would normally talk about only in private.

“Joy [Taylor] and I have navigated our careers together as sisters in sport, but Two Personal allows us to expand and share our private thoughts and conversations with our listeners,” said Rooks. “This show is a space for us to be honest about our experiences, our emotions, and the way we view the world. There is infinitely more to us than what we have allowed the public to see, and I’m thrilled to be in a place where I feel ready to bare my full self and give an honest look into who I am completely.”

“I am so excited to launch Two Personal with Taylor [Rooks]” Joy Taylor said. “We have spent our careers in sports and now have created an opportunity to show a different side of ourselves. The authentic, raw and exposing side of our experiences and personalities outside of sports. We can’t wait to bring our girl talk to the world!”

The podcast is scheduled to drop a new episode each Wednesday on YouTube and wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Report: Amazon Prime Video Paying $120M to Stream NFL Playoff Game

NBCU wanted to keep the game, however, the report says Amazon has a clause in its agreement for ‘Thursday Night Football’ which allows it to have first choice.

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting Amazon and the NFL have reached agreement on a $120 million deal for Prime Video to have exclusive rights to stream an NFL playoff game at the end of the 2024 season.

Amazon had passed on the opportunity to air the game this past season. It subsequently aired on Peacock in a deal which was valued at $110 million. The AFC Wild Card round matchup between the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs made sports media history, garnering an average minute audience (AMA) of 23.0 million viewers, making the contest the most-streamed live event in the history of the United States.

NBCUniversal also revealed that the contest reached 27.6 million total viewers and peaked at an average of 24.6 million viewers during the second quarter. Engagement with the playoff game accounted for the largest internet event in history with 30% of internet traffic prioritizing the game at this time.

NBCU wanted to keep the game, however, the report says Amazon has a clause in its agreement for ‘Thursday Night Football’ which allows it to have first choice.

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