There’s a big difference in SportsCenter and SportsCentre. The “er” version is ESPN’s flagship show, while the “re” version is on TSN in Canada.
Over the weekend, Nabil Karim announced that he is leaving SportsCentre for SportsCenter. The former TSN anchor took to Instagram to announce that he and his family were headed to Bristol. The post also served as an emotional goodbye to his co-workers and fans in Toronto.
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It may take a minute, but I better get used to spelling @sportscenter with “ER” now, because I’ve joined @espn! I’m so jacked about this opportunity. Honestly, I feel so fortunate and blessed. I can’t wait to start this new exciting chapter of my career with my family by my side in Connecticut. To those who’ve reached out on social media over the last little while, I appreciate all the love. Seriously, thank you 👊🏽 . With that being said, the change is bittersweet. @tsn_official is a special place with a ridiculous amount of talent on-camera and behind the scenes. The experiences I went through have set me up for the next step I’m about to take. Special shoutout and a huge THANK YOU to all those I worked with along the way. It’s truly a team effort to make TV. And, we got the best in the biz doing that on a nightly basis. Gonna miss the laughs, newsroom 💩 talk, late nights (except the 2am rule 😝), but most importantly the people. Made some life-long friendships at TSN. Those will never change. Leaving Toronto won’t be easy for our growing family. I first moved here in 2010 from the west coast. An intimidating city quickly turned into the place I identify as home. I LOVE this city. We’ve made so many great friends and we were lucky to have incredible family support along the way. By the time I start work, it will have been about a month and a half since I last worked. I’m almost 100 percent sure I’ve put on a few lbs in that time—which ain’t great when you have aggressively slim fitted suits. Time to get back to the grind. So pumped for what’s to come. Let’s go! ✌🏽 . . . . #espn #tv #sports #sportsbroadcasting #sportscaster
Karim did not indicate when he is set to start at ESPN. He left TSN in mid-March.
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.