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ESPN To Broadcast From San Francisco’s Marina Green

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ESPN has chosen Marina Green in San Francisco as its production headquarters for Super Bowl 50. From Wednesday, Feb. 3, through Sunday, Feb. 7, 45 hours of original content will originate from two outdoor stages and an adjacent demo field in the 74-acre waterfront expanse in the city’s Marina District.

Live daily editions of SportsCenter, NFL Insiders, NFL Live and a special three-hour Super Bowl edition of Postseason NFL Countdown are among the television shows that will air from Marina Green. Multiple ESPN Deportes and ESPN International shows will also be based in San Francisco during Super Bowl week, culminating with ESPN Deportes’ Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl 50.

Additionally, from Feb. 3-5, ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike and ESPN2’s First Take will originate from nearby Fort Mason – totaling an additional 18 hours of programming, while ESPN Radio’s Russillo & Kanell will broadcast live from the NFL Media Center’s Radio Row at the Moscone Center.

Chris Berman, Tedy Bruschi, Cris Carter, Trent Dilfer, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski, Keyshawn Johnson, Suzy Kolber, Ray Lewis, Steve Levy, Wendi Nix, Adam Schefter, Hannah Storm, Trey Wingo and Steve Young are among the many on-air commentators expected to be featured throughout the week, along with top guests from the world of sports and entertainment.

ESPN Deportes and ESPN’s International veteran team of NFL commentators will also be featured throughout the week reporting from San Francisco including Alvaro Martin, Super Bowl-winning kicker Raul Allegre, John Sutcliffe, Carlos Nava, Ciro Procuna, Eduardo Varela, Kary Correa, Mauricio Pedroza, Pablo Viruega, Roberto Garza, Sebastian Martinez Christensen and Sergio Dipp.

Program schedules will be released at a later date and all shows will be open for public viewing. ESPN’s set-up will begin January 29.

“With iconic landmarks, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, as our backdrop, Marina Green will provide the perfect setting and a constant reminder to football fans watching our shows that we are in the heart of San Francisco for Super Bowl week,” said Seth Markman, ESPN’s senior coordinating producer in charge of NFL studio shows and ESPN’s Super Bowl week coverage. “We are very appreciative of the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl Host Committee for welcoming ESPN and helping us secure such an ideal location.”

In addition to the company’s television and radio production plans for Super Bowl, ESPN will host the invitation-only “ESPN The Party” on Friday, Feb. 5, at Fort Mason. Annually one of Super Bowl week’s most popular nightlife events, the performers and sponsors will be announced later this week.

Credit to ESPN Media Zone who originally published this information

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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.”

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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.

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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?”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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