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Robin Roberts To Host ABC Draft Night Coverage

“The bulk of ABC’s coverage of the NFL Draft will feature ESPN’s College Gameday Crew. They will appear on a set separate from Roberts.”

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The NFL Draft will get a third network outlet this year. ABC will join sister network ESPN and the NFL Network in airing all three days of the event in April, and today on Good Morning America, it was announced that the network found the perfect bridge between its audience and the sports audience.

Former ESPN anchor and current GMA host Robin Roberts announced that she will serve as the host of ABC’s opening round coverage on April 25.

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The bulk of ABC’s coverage of the NFL Draft will feature ESPN’s College Gameday Crew. They will appear on a set separate from Roberts.

Roberts will be set up on Nashville’s historic Broadway entertainment district. In addition to conducting interviews with the players selected, she will also introduce video packages that tell their stories.

In a press release promoting Roberts’s involvement in the broadcast, ESPN noted that “Roberts is no stranger to ESPN and the NFL. The award-winning anchor and host started her national broadcasting career as a SportsCenter anchor. At ESPN, she covered the NFL Draft and was a regular contributor to NFL PrimeTime.”

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FOX Sports Sees Nearly 13 Million Viewers For USA vs Netherlands World Cup Match

It averaged 12.966 million, which is up 163% from the 2018 Knockout Round average from the 2018 World Cup.

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The United States was eliminated from the 2022 World Cup after a 3-1 defeat to The Netherlands, but the viewership was a ratings win for FOX Sports.

The broadcast averaged nearly 13 million viewers Saturday morning. It averaged 12.966 million, which is up 163% from the 2018 Knockout Round average from the 2018 World Cup, which the United States didn’t participate in. The 12.966 million figure is a slight dip compared to total from the USA’s match against England in the group stage, which saw 15.377 million viewers. That game was the most-watched soccer match in US English-language television history, which was played on Black Friday at 2:00 PM ET.

The match peaked at more than 16 million viewers during the second half of the contest. Nearly 600,000 viewers streamed the match, making in the second-most streamed game of the tournament.

The top five highest-rated markets were Cincinnati, St. Louis, Washington D.C., Kansas City, and Austin.

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Robin Roberts: ‘I Am Going To Tell Peyton To Be Nicer To Eli On Manningcast’

“In addition to Roberts, Peyton and Eli Manning will welcome ESPN’s Randy Moss and UFC president Dana White to the Week 13 broadcast.”

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One of the celebrity guests for the Week 13 Manningcast has been revealed. Monday on Good Morning America, Robin Roberts revealed that she will be a guest of the Manning brothers when her hometown team, the New Orleans Saints, take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Eli Manning joined Roberts to make the announcement. He told her to be prepared to make fun of some of her GMA co-hosts, because that is kind of par for the course with the Manning brothers.

“I am going to be on Team Eli,” she responded. “I’m gonna tell Peyton to knock it off. Be nice to your brother!”.

Eli Manning appreciated that Roberts recognized how hard the older Manning is on his little brother.

“Your Saints won a Super Bowl in 2010, and you know who they beat? My brother!” he said, promising that the topic will come up during the game, so he hopes that Roberts is ready to “come in hot.”

Robin Roberts is no stranger to the sports world. Prior to making the move to news, she was a part of ESPN’s SportsCenter lineup. She also played basketball in college at Southeastern Louisiana University, which Eli says he may have pictures of to share with the audience.

Roberts asked Eli how the brothers like having guests from outside of the football world on the Manningcast as opposed to current and former players and coaches.

The former Giants quarterback namedropped Barack Obama, Condoleeza Rice and Snoop Dogg as celebrity guests that have been great on the show.

“Getting to hear their passion they had about the game growing up, their favorite teams, favorite players. Just like myself, I grew up a Saints fan like you. I remember all those players when I was 14, 15, 16 years old going to games and that is such a vivid memory for me and a time when the passion was so real. So it is fun to hear those people and those guests talk about that time and see that they are huge sports fans and huge football fans and they have their team and are loyal to their team.”

In addition to Roberts, Peyton and Eli Manning will welcome ESPN’s Randy Moss and UFC president Dana White to the Week 13 broadcast.

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Sports Media Reacts to Adam Schefter Report on Deshaun Watson

Many pointed out the conundrum that Watson couldn’t show “signs of progress” if he hadn’t done anything wrong, which he has maintained throughout the entire ordeal.

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson played his first NFL game in nearly two years Sunday, returning to action after an 11-game suspension for repeated sexual misconduct with more than two dozen Houston-area massage therapists. Sunday morning, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter released a story that, according to anonymous sources, Watson had showed “signs of progress” during his treatment program.

Many in sports media took issue with the fact that Schefter’s report was anonymously sourced, with many pointing out the fallacy that Watson couldn’t show “signs of progress” if he hadn’t done anything wrong, which he has maintained throughout the entire ordeal.

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