Ever since Dan Patrick left ESPN in 2007, there’s always been wonderment whether a situation would ever arise that would lead the former SportsCenter anchor to return to Bristol airwaves. Recent years have seen many former ESPNers welcomed back home with open arms like Michelle Beadle, Keith Olbermann, and Jason Whitlock. But when it comes to former Bristolites coming back home, DP is in many ways the holy grail of ESPN returns.
Not only was Patrick one of the faces of the network for some time, his exit from ESPN (and success in his post-Bristol life) has always made a return the most unlikeliest of all. When a potential SportsCenter reunion show was touted last week once again, Patrick said he would only appear for $100,000 and the ability to fire a person in management on the air.
All that will change on Monday night. With the new Scott Van Pelt centered SportsCenter debuting after the Ohio State-Virginia Tech game, the anchor announced his first guest on the program on Twitter. It will be none other than Patrick himself.
If Keith Olbermann’s return to ESPN was a “hell freezing over” type moment, Dan Patrick appearing on SportsCenter once again might just be hell freezing over and Santa Claus moving in to take over the reins from Satan himself.
The relationship between Patrick and ESPN has improved in recent years. After a lengthy period of time when no guests from ESPN could appear on The Dan Patrick Show, we’ve seen several Bristolites like Chris Berman, Bill Simmons (at least when he worked there), and Van Pelt make appearances. Given Van Pelt and Patrick’s relationship, this would be the time and place to welcome DP back onto ESPN airwaves.
Of all the front-facing personalities who have left ESPN over the last 20 years, you can easily make the case that Patrick has had the most success. In addition to his daily national radio show, he’s a mainstay on Sunday Night Football and NBC’s Olympic coverage. Patrick doesn’t really *need* to come back to ESPN and relive his glory days because he’s still in the midst of them. Nevertheless, it will be a cool piece of nostalgia to see him on SportsCenter once again. Too bad we missed out on that Olbermann reunion though.
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Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX
“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”
FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.
A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.
The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.
Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.
That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.
Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.
FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars
“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”
The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.
Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.
Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.
“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”
Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.
“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.
FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.
NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC
“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”
ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.
ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.
This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.
Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.
“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”
ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.