Charles Barkley was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday. He was on the air to talk about his involvement in TNT’s The Match: Champions for Charity event over the holiday weekend.
The PGA Tour is planning to return to action next month without spectators. Barkley said if that is the case, the Tour can make up for the lack of energy that fans would normally bring by following the example of the made-for-TV event and putting microphones on every player.
“You can’t just have guys playing golf and announcers talking,” Barkley said. “I think if they’re gonna be successful and they’re gonna have great ratings – number one, they’re going to be successful because we need golf. We need sports. But I think they should consider micing the players.”
Barkley added that the event was successful because the participants were all there to play to the cameras. “I thought the key to the event was how relaxed the players were and how much fun they had,” he said.
The Match was certainly a very different atmosphere than a PGA Tour event. Still, Sir Nick Faldo tweeted that that sort of access could benefit the broadcasts, but players would have to be willing to participate.
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NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC
“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”
ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.
ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.
This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.
Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.
“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”
ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.