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NFL Network Sets Schedule Release Special For Thursday

“In order to reach a wider audience, in addition to traditional television, the special can be streamed through the NFL Network app on smartphones, tablets and web connected televisions.”

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Fresh off of the success of the NFL Draft which saw viewership numbers reach a record high 55 million, the NFL, in conjunction with the NFL Network, has announced that the 2020 schedule will be released on Thursday, May 7 at 8 p.m.

The NFL Network will follow with a three hour special entitled Schedule Release ’20 with Verizon Wireless acting as the title sponsor for the show. During the ensuing three hour time slot, NFL Network analysts, which include former NFL players and executives, will break down the schedule for all 32 teams in the league, highlighting Primetime games and other key matchups throughout the season. In all, dates and times for all of the NFL’s 256 regular season games will be revealed.

In order to reach a wider audience, in addition to traditional television, the special can be streamed through the NFL Network app on smartphones, tablets and web connected televisions. NFL Network subscribers can also stream the show on the official NFL website.

Many personalities on the NFL Network have promoted the event on their twitter accounts, including reporter James Palmer and NFL Red Zone host Scott Hanson. The NFL Network also updated the header image on its official twitter account with the date and time of Schedule Release ’20 to make the information more readily accessible to their 3.9 million followers.

Several other outlets are reporting the NFL Network’s pending coverage of the 2020 schedule release, including the Sporting News, which adds that the event can also be accessed by Canadian viewers via live stream on the paid subscription service DAZN.

The COVID- 19 virus will alter the schedule slightly. The NFL has decided to move the five international games set for the United Kingdom and Mexico back to U.S. soil, the league announced in a press release on May 4. The NFL raised over 100 million dollars for COVID-19 relief efforts through the 2020 NFL Draft and will continue to promote that campaign during the Schedule Release ’20 special. 

Story written by BSM contributor Jacob Conley. Follow him on Twitter @GWUJake.

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ESPN’s Jesse Palmer Is New Bachelor Host

“With a January start, it is likely that Jesse Palmer will be able to finish college football’s regular season on ESPN without conflict.”

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Jesse Palmer came from Toronto to play quarterback for Steve Spurrier at the University of Florida in 1997. Four years later, the New York Giants selected him in the fourth round of the NFL Draft.

If you aren’t a college football fan or a New York Giants diehard, chances are the first time you heard his name was when he was the titular focus of The Bachelor during the ABC reality show’s fifth season. Seventeen years after being the focus of the show, the ESPN college football analyst is returning to the series as its host.

Season 26 of The Bachelor debuts in January, and The Hollywood Reporter writes that Jesse Palmer will take over as the new host. The job became available earlier this summer when Chris Harrison exited the role after 20 years.

With a January start, it is likely that Jesse Palmer will be able to finish college football’s regular season on ESPN without conflict. Bowl season could be a different story depending on when The Bachelor starts filming. He signed a contract extension at ESPN earlier this year.

“For more than 20 years, The Bachelor has brought the world dozens of unforgettable love stories, including at one time, my own,” Palmer said in a statement. “Falling in love is one of life’s greatest gifts, and I am humbled by the opportunity to return to the show as host this season to offer the newest Bachelor advice gained from firsthand experience and I am grateful to play a small part in his journey.”

A fun fact about Palmer’s time on The Bachelor is that it almost never happened. The show’s producers wanted Chris Simms, who was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the time. The NBC NFL analyst told Dan Patrick that he passed because he was worried he would be cut.

Jesse Palmer has been with ESPN since 2007. He has filled multiple roles on the network’s college football coverage. He and Brent Musberger were the original primetime broadcast team for the SEC Network. Currently, Palmer is an analyst on College Football Final alongside host Matt Barrie and Joey Galloway.

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Manningcast Audience Grows For Second Consecutive Week

“More than 1.9 million people tuned into watch Peyton, Eli and their guests talk football, analyze the game and shoot America the double birds.”

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Peyton and Eli Manning have a dedicated audience on Monday Night Football and it has gotten a little bigger each week. Count week 3 as no different. The Manningcast pulled in its largest audience to date in the Cowboys’ 41-21 route of the Philadelphia Eagles.

More than 1.9 million people tuned into watch Peyton, Eli and their guests talk football, analyze the game and shoot America the double birds. That is up from 1.86 million viewers in Week 2. That makes these last two editions of the Manningcast the two most-watched alternate broadcasts in ESPN history.

The traditional broadcast of Monday Night Football on ESPN drew 14.9 million viewers. That represent’s year-over-year growth of 1% from 2020 and 3% from 2019. It was the most watched program on TV “among households, viewers, and all keys demos” according to an ESPN press release.

The Manningcast now takes a break. Peyton and Eli will be off for three weeks. They will return for games in Weeks 7 and 8.

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FOX Draws Week 3’s Biggest NFL Audience

“More than 22.6 million viewers tuned into the network for the late window.”

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Usually, NBC’s Sunday Night Football dominates the NFL ratings and dwarfs all other games on the schedule. That wasn’t the case this week. America’s Game of the Week in the late window on FOX topped NBC.

More than 22.6 million viewers tuned into the network for the late window. It was headlined by the Rams’ 34-24 win over the reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. By comparison, Sunday Night Football drew 20.2 million viewers on NBC.

The news isn’t bad necessarily for NBC. Would the network liked to have topped FOX? Of course, but executives are still celebrating the performance of Green Bay’s last second victory over San Francisco. It gave Sunday Night Football an audience of more than 20 million for the third consecutive week. It is the first time since 2016 that NBC can say that.

The trend is likely to continue in Week 4. No regular season game has ever seen the kind of hype that Tom Brady’s return to New England is receiving right now. Plenty have predicted it could be the highest rated regular season game in NFL history.

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