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NFL Network To Use 3 Analysts To Replace Mayock

“Quenzel stressed that he does not believe this will cause a mass defection of viewers away from the NFL Network on Draft Night.”

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Mike Mayock has been named the new general manager of the Oakland Raiders. That means one of the most respected draft analysts in the League will not be available to the NFL Network in 2019.

Richard Deitsch of The Athletic spoke with NFL Network’s Mark Quenzel about how the network will adjust to Mayock’s absence. Quenzel said that he is happy for Mayock to get the opportunity to move into a team’s front office. He told Deitsch that upon being informed of Mayock’s departure he said “Mike, I am so happy for you. Thank you for ruining my life!”.

All joking aside, Quenzel said that it isn’t lost on him how valuable Mayock has been and that no one person can make up for what the NFL Network is losing. “I am very surprised it took this long for (an NFL team to hire Mayock) and I have honestly been waiting for this call or text to come for a few years now. I always counted it as a blessing from our perspective that it didn’t come. But knowing that, we have been preparing for this for some time. Understanding that Mike is in many ways irreplaceable, we have incredible depth at the draft analyst position. Daniel Jeremiah is in many ways Mike’s equal in terms of knowledge. Obviously, he does not have Mike’s profile but he is amazing. Charles Davis is amazing, Bucky Brooks is amazing. We do not lack for people that know that absolute inside and outside of every draft class. So I am not worried about our ability to continue to deliver the information we have delivered with Mike.”

Jeremiah told Deitsch that he is already anticipating what the NFL Network’s desire to raise his profile will mean for his job description. “I think the biggest difference for me will be moving to the booth with Rich for our combine coverage. After the news was reported, I received a text from an NFL scout, ‘Hey DJ, you better work on your golf voice!’ I thought that was pretty funny. Also, I might be the new timer for Rich’s 40. That is a responsibility I’m not sure I’m ready to accept. I’m afraid it could impact our friendship.”

Quenzel stressed that he does not believe this will cause a mass defection of viewers away from the NFL Network on Draft Night. He acknowledged that there will be plenty of people that would be flipping back and forth between his product and ESPN’s anyway because of the competition’s planned MegaCast coverage of the event.

Still, Quenzel is confident in the NFL Network. “I think we can deliver an unbelievable product and my guess most of the people who watched us will continue to watch us.”

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XFL Signs Exclusive Deal With ESPN

“Games will return in 2023. The season opening slate will be played February 18.”

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All 43 games in the 2023 XFL season will air on Disney’s sports networks. The entire schedule will be seen on ABC, ESPN, and FX. Dwayne Johnson and Dani Garcia made the announcement at the 2022 Disney Upfront presentation.

This will be the third iteration of the XFL. The first attempt in 2001 ended after a single season. The 2020 revival was shut down due to Covid. Johnson and Garcia and their partners purchased the brand two years ago for $15 million.

“The XFL will tap into sports fans’ deep love of football by emphasizing competitive action while dedicating itself to innovation and entertainment,” Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman of ESPN and Sports Content said in a press release. “You can see a great path to success when you combine the reach and influence of ESPN and Disney with the collective vision of XFL leadership led by Dany, Dwayne and Gerry.”

Games will return in 2023. The season opening slate will be played February 18.

“The XFL is going to be a league of passion, a league of pride, and a league of culture,” Johnson said at the event, promising that those three principles will drive every decision for the league.

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NBA Playoff Ratings Hit 8-Year Highs

“At 3.71 million, the average audience for games this postseason is up 14% from last year. It is up 4% from 2019, the last time the playoffs started on time.”

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More people are watching the NBA Playoffs than have done so in a long time. Through the first two rounds in 2022, the league is enjoying its best postseason ratings in eight years.

The average audience across TNT, ESPN, ABC and NBA TV is 3.71 million people per game. If you take the less widely available NBA TV out of the mix, the NBA is averaging 4.08 million viewers per game.

At 3.71 million, the average audience for games this postseason is up 14% from last year. It is up 4% from 2019, the last time the playoffs started on time.

The Boston Celtics have been one of the most reliable performers this postseason. They have been involved in two of the three most-watched games. Sunday’s Game 7 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks is one of two games this postseason that now rank as the most-watched early round games in a decade. The other was Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Golden State has also been a hot draw. The Warriors have been involved in four of the seven most-watched playoff games.

With both teams still alive and plenty of star power left in the playoffs, the NBA is poised to deliver one of its most-watched postseasons in years.

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Domonique Foxworth: Tom Brady Contract Is About Impressing NFL

“I think that’s why the booths look the way they look. It’s because the league wants their games to feel big, and it’s worth it to them.”

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The shake-up of NFL TV broadcast booths has been one of the top storylines in the league this offseason.

Part of the reasoning is because of the massive sums of money involved. Whether it’s Joe Buck and Troy Aikman or Tom Brady, NFL broadcasters have been getting paid. And it doesn’t seem like the spending is going to slow down anytime soon.

Speaking to Bomani Jones on The Right Time, Domonique Foxworth said the NFL just wants to continue to get bigger and bigger even with its broadcast crews.

“These TV partners want to be in good with the league. And I think that’s what this Tom Brady contract comes down to,” Foxworth said. “I think that’s why the booths look the way they look. It’s because the league wants their games to feel big, and it’s worth it to them.”

Even with some feeling like Brady is uninteresting and likely won’t move the needle as an analyst, it’s the name recognition factor that will set the table for Brady in the booth.

“I do believe that if you turn on an NFL game, and Tom Brady’s talking about it, it feels bigger no matter what he’s saying,” Foxworth said.

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