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ESPN, CBS In Bidding War Over Tony Romo

“Clay Travis writes that he is in line to receive a contract worth between $15 million and $20 million per year.”

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Tony Romo is going to be the highest paid sportscaster in history with his next contract. Who will be paying him is still a mystery though. According to a report from Outkick the Coverage, ESPN wants to bring the former Cowboys QB to Bristol to be part of Monday Night Football.

ESPN and CBS entering into a bidding war will likely work out nicely for Romo. Clay Travis writes that he is in line to receive a contract worth between $15 million and $20 million per year.

Disney isn’t just interested in keeping Monday Night Football on ESPN. The company would also like to get ABC back into the Super Bowl rotation. It has been previously reported that Disney may also be interested in bidding for a Sunday NFL package for ABC. Signing Tony Romo, currently the highest profile NFL analyst on TV, would certainly send the message to the League that ESPN and Disney value its product and will do whatever is necessary to grow their relationship.

Travis points out that CBS is just as desperate to keep Romo for similar reasons. Not only is he the centerpiece of the network’s NFL coverage, there also isn’t an heir apparent should Romo move on. With CBS set to broadcast Super Bowl LV, this wouldn’t be an ideal year to break in a new lead analyst.

No timetable was revealed for a decision by Romo. CBS has the right to match any offer the former QB receives from Disney or any other company.

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Curt Menefee to Call Two Seahawks Preseason Games

FOX NFL studio host Curt Menefee will be on the TV play-by-play for the preseason opener on August 13 and the finale on August 26.

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The 2022 NFL preseason is going to kick off in earnest later this week, and the Seattle Seahawks have revealed their broadcast crews for two of the team’s three preseason contests.

FOX NFL studio host Curt Menefee will be on the TV play-by-play for the preseason opener on August 13 and the finale on August 26. He’ll be joined in the booth by former Seahawk Michael Robinson. The games will air locally on KING 5, the city’s NBC affiliate.

Additionally for the TV broadcasts, Paul Silvi and Ray Roberts will host the pre and postgame shows, with former Seahawk Michael Bennett working as an analyst.

On the radio, Steve Raible and Dave Wyman will call all three games. Jen Mueller will be the sideline reporter. Michael Bumpus will be the studio host and will be joined by former players Jordan Babineaux, Paul Moyer, Roberts, Marcus Trufant and Robert Turbin.

Radio broadcasts air on Seattle Sports 710 AM and KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM and are distributed across Washington on the Seahawks Radio Network.

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After Losing Out On Big Ten Rights, ESPN Turns Focus to NCAA Championships

According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024.

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After reportedly losing out on the Big Ten’s television rights, ESPN is reportedly turning to securing the NCAA Championship rights from hitting the open market.

According to Front Office Sports, ESPN’s contract for 29 NCAA Championships ends in 2024. Those 29 championships include everything from Women’s basketball to ice hockey, wrestling, softball, and baseball. The network pays a reported $34 million for the rights to broadcast those championship events.

However, according to a study commissioned by the NCAA reveals that the women’s basketball tournament could be worth anywhere from $81 million to $112 million per year by its lonesome. The NCAA is reportedly considering selling the women’s basketball tournament rights as a standalone product in the next negotiation.

Sources told Front Office Sports ESPN remains interested in striking deals with the Pac-12 and Big 12 media rights, as well as renewing a deal for the College Football Playoff.

The news comes after Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand reported ESPN declined a final offer from the Big Ten for a portion of the conference’s media rights. The reported deal was seven years and $380 million per year.

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ESPN Announces The Return of Stephen A. Smith to First Take

ESPN announced Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th.

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First Take has been without it’s anchor since the day after the NBA Draft in June. That’s when the ESPN personality took some time off to undergo shoulder surgery and to rehabilitate. However, it appears the wait for his return is almost over.

ESPN announced with a tweet that Smith will be returning to First Take on Monday, August 15th. They also teased a guest appearance from Michael Irvin.

This comes a day after Smith tweeted that the countdown was on for his return and we are one week away from the event.

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