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President Trump Tells Mike Tirico Sports Can Return ‘Very Quickly’

“The conversation came during NBC’s coverage of the TaylorMade Driving Relief charity event which raised $5.5 million for COVID-19 relief.”

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UFC, NASCAR, the PGA and horse racing are paving the way for other sports to return from the COVID-19 induced hiatus. As the entire country braces for that return to come without fans in attendance, President Trump has different ideas. 

“We want big, big stadiums loaded with people,” Trump told NBC’s Mike Tirico Sunday afternoon. “We want to get back to normal, where you have the big crowds and they’re practically standing on top of each other, and they’re enjoying themselves.”

The conversation came during NBC’s coverage of the TaylorMade Driving Relief charity event which raised $5.5 million for COVID-19 relief. NBC aired the two-man skins competition from 2 – 6pm ET on Sunday.

It seems a long way off, to have people “standing on top of each other” at any event, but the president also told Tirico he wants sports to return quickly. “We are getting it back and it’s going to be fast.”

“Things can happen very quickly,” the president added. “We are looking at vaccines, we are looking at cures. We are very, very far down the line. I think people are going to be very impressed with what is being developed right now.”

The sentiment opposes what NIAID director Dr. Fauci told The New York Times a few weeks ago, when he questioned the ability for sports to return.

“I would love to be able to have all sports back,” Dr. Fauci said to the Times. “But as a health official and a physician and a scientist, I have to say, right now, when you look at the country, we’re not ready for that yet.”

As president Trump signed off from the interview on NBC, the avid golf fan and course owner, reflected back to when he played golf with Tirico.

“Thank you very much, Mike and it was great playing golf with you guys — I remember that very well and we had a good time,” Trump said, which was followed by a pause from Tirico.

“I got to see firsthand, you’re a good putter, knock it to kick-in distance often,” Tirico finally responded, with what could have been construed as a backhanded compliment. 

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Mike Tirico, Tom Brady, Manningcast Win Sports Emmys

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The annual Sports Emmys were handed out on Tuesday night, and some usual names and new names ended up taking home hardware.

Among the usual names were NBC’s Mike Tirico, who won for Outstanding Personality/Studio Host, and soon-to-be Sunday Night Football broadcast colleague Cris Collinsworth, who was named Outstanding Personality/Sports Event Analyst.

But among the new names as Sports Emmy winners include Tom Brady and both Eli and Peyton Manning.

Brady’s Man in the Arena saga won Outstanding Documentary Series, while the Mannings were rewarded for their work on the Monday Night Football Manningcast, which won Outstanding Live Series.

Here’s a rundown of some of the key Sports Emmy winners:

Here is a full list of winners and nominees for the 2022 ceremony.

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Joe Buck Says He Won’t Miss World Series

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game.”

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Among the bigger chain reactions set off by Joe Buck leaving FOX for ESPN was the sudden vacancy in FOX’s main MLB broadcast booth.

The 2022 World Series will mark the first time since 1995 that Buck will not be on the microphone.

Speaking to Chris Long on his podcast Green Light, Buck hopes to be in a more exotic location watching World Series games this fall.

“I would like to be in Cabo San Lucas with a margarita in my hand and a half-smoked cigar watching Game 7 of the World Series,” Buck said. “Cheering on Joe Davis and John Smoltz, and Ken Rosenthal, and Tom Verducci, and Pete Macheska and Matt Gangl and right on down the line.”

Buck added he’ll take pleasure in turning the broadcast off if it’s Game 7 and there’s an insurmountable lead. But the broadcasting legend said even on a bigger scale, not calling any baseball games at all this season, let alone the World Series, is a bit surreal after covering the sport for so long.

“This is the first time since I was 18-years-old, and I’m 53, that I’m not doing a baseball game,” he said. “And that’s really weird to me, but I walk away really proud of what I and we did.”

He added that he will not miss the opportunity, because he does not feel like he will “leave any unfinished business” in FOX’s MLB booth.

Buck further praised his FOX colleagues and said it was time for a change. He knows Joe Davis will thrive in the opportunity.

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NFL Likely To Launch NFL+ Streaming Service This Summer

“A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+.”

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According to the Sports Business Journal, consumers could be downloading NFL+ by July. Now, just what NFL+ will be is still yet to be finalized.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal reported in the site’s newsletter that live games will certainly be at the center of the league-owned streaming service. It is likely to only be available on phones and tablets with no option to stream to a larger monitor.

The viewing options would be limited. No out of market games would be available on the app. It is meant to replace the deals that recently expired with Yahoo and mobile phone carriers that recently expired.

The app could also include other content. Radio calls, team-created digital content, and league-owned podcasts are all options. 

NFL+ would make NFL Media more valuable. The league is trying to sell an equity stake in its linear TV and digital media properties. Amazon and Apple are considered the most likely to make a deal. 

A source tells Fischer that a $5 per month price has been discussed for NFL+. The pricing structure can and likely will change before the app hits the market.

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