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Tim & Sid Prepare For TV Return

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They are recording the last podcast before their big return to television, and Tim Micallef and Sid Seixeiro are about to digress.

If you have somehow never seen or listened to the pair over their decade-plus on-air partnership, it is this type of verbal detour that shows off the brand of sports banter they specialize in.

Micallef throws out a “Where’s the Beef?” reference (admitting it’s dated), that sends Seixeiro reminiscing down a WrestleMania 2 rabbit hole that wends for a few minutes until Micallef gets him back to the actual news of the day — the most recent Pete Rose allegations. Seixeiro declares Rose’s rehabilitation tour done while Micallef tries to add a sober second thought, and then they’re on to the next topic.

That type of freewheeling sports and pop culture catchphrase-filled dialogue is a small slice of their career that has seen the pair move from TV to podcasting to radio across two national sports networks.

Starting out on The Score, they were poached by Rogers in 2011 to work early afternoons on Sportnet 590 The Fan, and now have seen their star rise to the point they are being given a national daily two-hour television slot from 5-7 p.m. on Sportsnet that starts July 1. The pair feels they are uniquely prepared to try and create a new kind of sports television show, one that will try to take their freeform approach to the screen, although that’s easier on radio than the traditionally more structured television.

“I think the mandate we’ve been given is that the highlights shows are changing in this country, the 6 o’clock sport news show is changing,” says Seixeiro. “People are on their phones, every one knows what’s going on. So the question is, what else can you give them?”

“Our radio show proved you could literally interact, without taking phone calls, with your audience and react in real-time to any news that is going on at the time, or whatever is hot and topical on that day,” says Micallef. “So now the question is how to take that to TV.”

The return to TV came as a bit of a surprise as the pair was seemingly doing well on in the 1-4 p.m. afternoon slot on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. They have a hardcore group of fans known as “Tim & Sid-izens” and have occasionally gone viral over the past year. Their over the top reaction to the winning goal of the 2014 Olympics Women’s gold medal hockey game has been watched over 830,000 times on YouTube. Seixeiro’s rant about ice dancing is almost over 220,000. Rogers clearly sees the pair as key to attracting a younger audience, wherever they might be.

“I don’t think of it as primarily a TV show, I think of it as a sports content factory that will be on all our platforms. So yes, it will be anchored at 5-7 p.m. on Sportsnet, but it will also live online on social media,” says Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties for Rogers. “They are not just highlight guys, they know how to engage on any sports topic and the great thing about these guys is they can connect with sports fans on any number of levels. I think they are a special talent.”

To read the rest of this story visit the Toronto Star where it was originally published

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Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys

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The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.

Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.

But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.

Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:

Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.

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Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”

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Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.

The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.

Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.

“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”

Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”

He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.

Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.

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NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer

“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”

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According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.

The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.

The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options. 

NFL+ would make NFL Media more valuable. The league is trying to sell an equity stake in its linear TV and digital media properties. Amazon and Apple are considered the most likely to make a deal. 

A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.

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