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Media Members Recognize Rob Manfred’s Feedback Problem

“Whatever variable caused Manfred to sound like he was talking in slow motion would have hindered the ability to have a coherent conversation on live television.”

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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred received the Roger Goodell treatment Tuesday night, getting viciously booed by fans as he attempted to present the World Series trophy to the Dodgers. 

The ensuing times Manfred had to speak on-air, he sounded rattled and under the influence of some element. But many broadcasters came to the commissioner’s defense after he gave his less than polished interview to FOX reporter Tom Verducci, explaining feedback must have disordered Manfred.

It sounded as if FOX accidentally aired the interview in slow motion, but despite some fans being concerned for Manfred’s health, many media members stuck with feedback as the likely culprit. 

Here’s audio of Manfred from the 2019 interview Colin Dunlap was referring to. The commissioner sounds very similar to the way he did Tuesday night in Arlington. 

The context of Manfred’s answer in the video was in reference to Verducci asking about Justin Turner needing to leave the game early because of a positive COVID-19 test. Turner’s positive test was the first in 59 days for Major League Baseball, but it will likely be the most scrutinized as he later returned to the field to celebrate with teammates. 

Verducci only got one question to the commissioner about what might turn out to be one of the biggest baseball stories in 2020, but he likely recognized the difficulty Manfred was having. Whatever variable caused Manfred to sound like he was talking in slow motion would have hindered the ability to have a coherent conversation on live television. 

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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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