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Jeremey Roenick Exits NBC

Roenick posted a video on Twitter announcing his exit from NBC, saying “I’m very disappointed and angry today. I will not be returning to NBC.”

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While serving an indefinite suspension with NBC stemming from inappropriate comments he made during an appearance on Barstool Sports’ Spittin’ Chiclets podcast, hockey analyst Jeremey Roenick announced he won’t be returning to the network. 

Clearly upset with the decision, Roenick posted a video on Twitter announcing his exit from NBC, saying “I’m very disappointed and angry today. I will not be returning to NBC.” “What a joke!” Roenick captioned the tweet.

During the Dec. 19 episode of Spittin’ Chiclets, Roenick discussed the close friendship he and his wife have with his NBC Sports colleague Kathryn Tappen. Roenick recounted a vacation to Portugal he and his wife took with Tappen last summer.

“I was the king of Portugal,” Roenick said. “When you walk into every place and you have two blond bombshells on each side … your chest pops out a lot more.”

Roenick added that while in Portugal, he was asked if both women were with him, to which he would say “Yes, they are.”

“And then Kathryn says, ‘Will you shut up?’ She starts yelling at me,” Roenick added. “I play it off like, you know, we’re going to bed together every night, the three of us. Now, if it really came to fruition that would really be good, but it’s never going to happen.”

Shortly after the inappropriate comments, Roenick did have plenty of positive things to say about his friend and now former co-worker, complimenting Tappen’s work ethic, preparedness and professionalism. But those compliments were overshadowed by Roenick’s demeaning sexual references. 

Roenick joined NBC Sports in 2010 after a 20-year career in the NHL that included nine All-Star appearances, 513 goals and 703 assists. 

“Even though I’m leaving NBC, I will not be gone for long,” Roenick added in his Twitter video. “I’ll be back better and more motivated than ever to bring you the best entertainment and the best that I have for the game of hockey. I’ve seen all the support, I’ve read all the support, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, it’s overwhelming and for that, I can’t wait to see you soon.”

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here

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ESPN Reportedly To Lose Big Ten Media Rights For the First Time in 40 Years

The idea is that FOX would have its marquee game kick off at noon, with CBS airing a game at 3:30. NBC reportedly will air games in primetime.

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After several months, it appears the Big Ten is nearing the finish line on a new media rights deal. And despite still reportedly being in negotiations with the conference, ESPN is looking set to lose out on media rights.

According to John Ourand of Sports Business Journal, CBS and NBC are the frontrunners to join with FOX.

The idea is that FOX would have its marquee game kick off at noon, with CBS airing a game at 3:30. NBC reportedly will air games in primetime.

Ourand reported his sources told him ESPN’s deal to keep the Big Ten was not as strong as the one offered by the other two networks.

It would mark the first time in four decades that ESPN didn’t have some involvement in Big Ten sports. But Ourand indicates the worldwide leader could pivot into bundling Big 12 and Pac-12 rights as an alternative. Additionally the network would then pursue keeping its deals with NCAA for championship coverage as well as being the home for the College Football Playoff.

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Pat McAfee Says Deals With Amazon/ESPN Fell Short Because His Show Comes First

“Energy, time, anything away from this show… we got a lot going on. This is my number one focus and it should remain as such…”

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Last week, it was announced that Pat McAfee would be hosting his own version of the popular Manning Cast only for college football games.

McAfee, co-host AJ Hawk, and the rest of his cast and crew from The Pat McAfee Show will host an alternate feed for six college football games this season.

McAfee was rumored to be in talks with Amazon about potentially hosting an alternate broadcast for its Thursday NFL games, and the former Colts punter had also reportedly talking with ESPN about potentially being featured on College GameDay.

McAfee said to Andrew Marchand of The New York Post that ultimately the Amazon and GameDay deals didn’t come to fruition because it just didn’t make sense.

“I’ve had great conversations with both companies, we just weren’t able to get to a point where ‘the ask’ and ‘the business’ were where it needed to be to get a deal done on both fronts,” McAfee said.

McAfee on his show on Monday elaborated a bit further, trying to put to bed that he was being courted for Thursday Night Football.

“I’m not 100 percent sure if that’s what we were talking about, by the way,” he said. “I was never really approached for anything for Thursday Night Football. That was never really anything.”

Pat read from the full response to Marchand’s questions, posted under the Post story which appeared on the paper’s site Monday. He reiterated that his daily show and the small business he built around his show, take precedent over anything else.

“Energy, time, anything away from this show, this operation, this crew; we got families being built, we got houses being bought, we got 12 employees, we got a lot going on,” he said. “So this is my number one focus and it should remain as such because I have a brain, and also I care a lot about this operation. I love it, actually.”

Still, McAfee made it clear that just because no deal was signed with ESPN and Amazon for 2022 means the ship has sailed permanently. He’s keeping his doors open.

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Fox Officially Unveils NFL Broadcast Teams

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In what has been considered a formality for some time, Fox today officially unveiled Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Erin Andrews, and Tom Rinaldi as their number one NFL broadcast team Monday. Burkhardt and Olsen were elevated to Fox’s top booth after the departure of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman to ESPN’s Monday Night Football earlier this year.

There were some reports that Drew Brees could have been a possibility to join the network, but those discussions fell apart.

The network’s other teams include several familiar faces to football fans:

#2 team: Joe Davis, Daryl “Moose” Johnston, Pam Oliver
#3 team: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Kristina Pink
#4 team: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Shannon Spake
#5 team: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin
#6 team: Chris Myers, Robert Smith, Jen Hale

Olsen’s jump to the number one team with Burkhardt is a formality until the retirement of Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl winner will ascend to Fox’s number one booth upon his retirement, whenever that may be.

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