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NFL Draft Sets Viewership & Attendance Records

“The NFL reports a total audience of 47.5 million watched the Draft on TV. That represents a 5% increase over the previous record set in 2018.”

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The 2019 NFL Draft was a smashing success by any measurement.

On the ground, the NFL saw its largest crowd to ever attend the Draft in person. Certainly the outdoor venue helped, but no matter what advantages the league may have had in Nashville, 600,000 people attending your event is nothing to scoff at.

The success was evident in the digital space as well. The NFL Draft averaged 6.1 million viewers across the many linear TV and streaming platforms that showed it.

Any worry that the TV pie would be sliced too thinly with ABC adding its own coverage this year was proven wrong. The NFL reports a total audience of 47.5 million watched the Draft on TV. That represents a 5% increase over the previous record set in 2018.

Next year’s Draft will be held in Las Vegas. Still, the NFL might have to pull out all the stops to beat the live attendance record. As for TV viewership, we will have to wait and see what bells and whistles, or even full network broadcasts are added before we can gauge how likely it is that the NFL surpasses 47.5 million viewers.

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Pablo Torre: Around the Horn is a Proving Ground for Lesser Known Talent

“I found it to be a really unrivaled platform in that sense where you get any number of things inside of this format that is always designed to be fun,” he said.

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Pablo Torre

ESPN’s Around the Horn is a show Pablo Torre grew up watching, and essentially launched his career at the worldwide leader.

Now that he’s been featured on the sports talk game show for a decade, Torre recognizes that as the show has evolved over its 20-year run it’s now a proving ground for lesser-known sports journalists featured.

“It became a place where you could gain legitimacy by climbing inside this self-aware game show and being laughed at, laughing at others, being made fun of, making fun of others, and then also sharing actual substantive thoughts,” Torre told Steve Bennett on The Sports-Casters podcast.

Torre noted that the competition style of the show it what ultimately makes the show so unique and a joy to be on.

“I found it to be a really unrivaled platform in that sense where you get any number of things inside of this format that is always designed to be fun,” he said.

But the variety of topics covered throughout the course of the show, Torre said, is a prime chance for those up and coming talent to really have a chance to express themselves.

“The idea that this is silly but also contains all of these possibilities for what we might discuss in a given day,” he said. “It’s kind of a metaphor for what I love about sports itself.”

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Pat McAfee: Nice to Have Kirk Herbstreit to Bail Me Out On College GameDay

“I’m very lucky to work alongside you,” he said.

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Pat McAfee is continuing to learn the ropes on College GameDay, and he’s appreciative to have a friend and colleague in Kirk Herbstreit on the desk next to him.

Herbstreit was a guest on The Pat McAfee Show on Thursday ahead of Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video, and McAfee said it’s nice that Herbstreit often follows whatever point he tries to make because often he needs bailing out.

“It’s always a nice comforting feeling that when I say something, then I hear it in my ear that Kirk’s next, I’m like OK here we go, thank God Kirk’s coming in here after me,” McAfee said. “And you’re gonna pull me out of the deep end wherever I went.”

Whether it is correcting Pat if he gets a school’s opponent wrong, he finishes on a tangent that kind of takes the discussion in a different direction, or he mispronounces a player or coach’s name, McAfee showed his thanks to Herbstreit for being there to get him pointed in the right direction.

“I’m very lucky to work alongside you,” he said.

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ESPN NBA Countdown Will Have New Team for Wednesday Doubleheaders

Wednesday NBA Countdown shows will air on ESPN at 7p ET.

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ESPN announced the change of it’s NBA Countdown show’s Wednesday setup today.

Starting in November, Malika Andrews, Richard Jefferson, Chiney Ogwumike and Kendrick Perkins will expand their roles from NBA Today and join senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski in anticipation of ESPN’s Wednesday NBA doubleheaders.

Wednesday NBA Countdown shows will air on ESPN at 7p ET.

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