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ESPN and Omaha Productions Reach Long-Term, Multi-Platform Media Rights Extension

As part of the deal, the award-winning alternate telecast “Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli” will continue.

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ESPN and Omaha Productions have agreed to a nine-year, multi-platform rights extension that will continue its work into 2034. As part of the deal, Monday Night Football with Peyton and Eli will continue, which recently attained an average of 1.24 million viewers over its nine-game slate. The series, which has been on the air for the last three seasons, features former NFL quarterbacks and Super Bowl champions Peyton and Eli Manning who break down the game and welcome several special guests. The series won the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Series in 2022, and Peyton Manning won the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst in 2023.

Both ESPN and Omaha Productions originally reached a three-year deal in 2021 and announced an extension in 2022, during which they have partnered on various projects. The two entities will continue working together on original content creation during the long-term extension. Omaha Productions produces original podcasts within ESPN’s audio library, including This is Football with Kevin Clark, Lead By Example with Bob Myers and Moxie Bets with Katie Mox.

ESPN and The Walt Disney Company are currently in an 11-year media rights contract with the National Football League that includes the ability to broadcast Monday Night Football games, a Week 18 Saturday doubleheader, Monday night Super Wild Card game and divisional playoff round game. ESPN will broadcast Super Bowl LXI in February 2027 from Los Angeles, Calif. and Super Bowl LXV in February 2031 in a city to be determined. This new agreement with Omaha Productions extends into 2034, and will also continue Omaha Productions content including Peyton’s Places and Eli’s Places.

Premiering this May on ABC and ESPN+, Omaha Productions and Words & Pictures, in partnership with ESPN+, will present Full Court Press. The new ESPN+ original series documents the journeys of women’s college basketball stars, including Iowa guard Caitlin Clark, South Carolina center Kamilla Cardoso and UCLA guard Kiki Rice, from the preseason through next week’s WNBA Draft. The first two episodes will air on Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. EST on ABC, while the final two episodes will commence on Sunday, May 12 at 12:30 p.m. EST. All episodes will be available to stream on ESPN+ as well following the linear broadcasts.

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick Return to Host Indy 500 for NBC Sports

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

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With less than two weeks until the event, NBC Sports has officially announced its team of race and studio commentators for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the sixth year in a row, we can expect to see familiar faces such as host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick contributing to pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage.

The race will air at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, on both NBC and Peacock.

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe will call the race for the sixth consecutive year. Marty Snider, Dillon Welch, Dave Burns, and Kevin Lee will serve as pit reporters. Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and Kim Coon will serve as roaming reporters.

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