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First Take Preparing For Epic Road Trip Next Week

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ESPN is taking First Take on the road all next week. The show is headed West and features stops in Texas, California, and Arizona.

On Monday, November 5 Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, Molly Qerim Rose, and their crew will be in Arlington, Texas ahead of that night’s Monday Night Football matchup between the Cowboys and Titans. The show will be open to a live studio audience and have a decidedly pro-Cowboys slant. Team legends Deion Sanders, Michael Irvin, and Darren Woodson are all scheduled to appear. Regular guest Will Cain, a Texas native, will also participate in debate segments that day.

After Texas, First Take will head to LA for an extended residence at ESPN’s West Coast production base in the heart of LA Live. The show will be in town from the 6th through the 8th. The stop is built around ESPN’s coverage of the Lakers and Timberwolves meeting on the 7th. Guests for those three shows include TNT’s Kenny Anderson and media mogul Steve Harvey live in studio, and Mark Wahlberg joining the show from New York.

The road trip ends in Maricopa County, Arizona. First Take will visit Luke Air Force Base in Glendale to celebrate Veteran’s Day. Military personnel are welcome to join the show as a live audience. Professional wrestling legend Ric Flair is scheduled to be in attendance as well.

First Take’s road trip comes after a strong performance for the show. It carried ESPN to the top of the ratings for all cable networks amongst both men and adults ages 18-34 and 18-49 during the month of October.

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NBC Expects To Make $500 Million On ‘Super Gold Sunday’

“The average cost for a 30-second commercial during the upcoming Olympics is between $635k and $670k. Meanwhile, spots during the Super Bowl have been sold for as much as $6.5 million in some cases.”

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It’s no secret that ad time during the Super Bowl is the most expensive piece of advertising real estate out there. Over 100 million tune in to the NFL’s championship game every year, and because the game is routinely the most-watched television broadcast, advertising comes at a premium.

NBC knows that, and given that the Beijing Winter Olympics will be going on at the same time, they’re anticipating a pretty penny in advertising revenue for Super Sunday.

Sportico’s Anthony Crupi reported Thursday that early estimates for NBC are that the network will bring in somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 million on Super Bowl Sunday thanks to both events happening that day. NBCUniversal ad sales and partnerships president Dan Lovinger told Sportico overall Olympics ad inventory is about even for where it was for the 2018 winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The average cost for a 30-second commercial during the upcoming Olympics is between $635k and $670k. Meanwhile, spots during the Super Bowl have been sold for as much as $6.5 million in some cases.

NBC has dubbed the day “Super Gold Sunday,” and the plan is for Olympics coverage to air in the morning until noon on the East Coast. From there, it’s all Super Bowl coverage until a champion raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy. After that happens, NBC will go back to China for a 75-minute block to finish out the night.

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Kevin Frandsen Named Nationals Analyst For MASN

“Frandsen spent the last four years as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies’ radio team.”

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While there may not be anything happening in terms of player acquisitions in Major League Baseball right now, some teams are acquiring new talent to lead their broadcast crews.

The Washington Nationals on Thursday announced former Nat Kevin Frandsen would be the team’s new TV color commentator. Frandsen replaces FP Santangelo, who departed following the 2021 season and missed some time after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced during the year.

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“I’d like to thank MASN and the Lerner family for this tremendous opportunity,” Frandsen said in a statement. “I’d also like to thank my team of Amanda, Tenley and Daylen for their love and support.”

Kevin Frandsen will call games alongside Bob Carpenter, who will be the team’s TV play-by-play commentator for the 17th season. Frandsen spent the last four years as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies’ radio team.

“Being able to learn from and work alongside Scott Franzke, Larry Anderson, Rob Brooks and everyone in Philadelphia the last four seasons has been a blessing, but I’m so excited to work with Bob Carpenter and bring games to the incredibly knowledgeable and passionate Nationals fan base,” he said. “I cannot wait to get started.”

Kevin Frandsen played nine seasons in MLB, including making 105 regular season appearances for the Nats in 2014. The team won the N.L. East that season.

The lockout in baseball continues, but spring training games for the Nationals are supposed to begin February 26. Their 2022 regular season is tentatively scheduled to begin March 31.

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Charles Davis Off CBS Playoff Coverage Due To Covid

“Trent Green will take Davis’s place.”

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Charles Davis will not be part of CBS’s coverage of the Cincinnati Bengals’ visit to Tennessee this weekend. According to Awful Announcing, a CBS press release says that he is being replaced “due to COVID protocols.”

His partner, Ian Eagle, will be in Nashville. Trent Green will take Davis’s place.

It is the second time in three weeks that CBS has lost a member of one of its top NFL broadcast teams. Jim Nantz was forced to miss a game between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers due to COVID protocols in Week 18.

Broadcasters don’t want to miss any assignment for any reason, especially when we get to the playoffs in their given sport. You have to feel for Charles Davis. Last week he endured single digit deperatures with sub-zero wind chill in Buffalo, but won’t be able to make the trip to a considerably warmer location.

On the plus side, at least he won’t be used as bulletin board material for the Titans as he predicted earlier this week.

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